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Know Anyone Who Thinks Racial Profiling Is Exaggerated? Watch This, And Tell Me When Your Jaw Drops.


This video clearly demonstrates how racist America is as a country and how far we have to go to become a country that is civilized and actually values equal justice. We must not rest until this goal is achieved. I do not want my great grandchildren to live in a country like we have today. I wish for them to live in a country where differences of race and culture are not ignored but valued as a part of what makes America great.

Monday, May 20, 2024

Israel-Hamas War and Gaza News: Latest Updates - The New York Times

Middle East Crisis International Criminal Court Prosecutor Requests Warrants for Netanyahu and Hamas Leaders

"The International Criminal Court has requested arrest warrants for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel and for the leaders of Hamas, including Yahya Sinwar.

The International Criminal Court prosecutor, Karim Khan, said Monday that he had requested arrest warrants for the leaders of Hamas and for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel for war crimes and crimes against humanity in relation to the Oct. 7 attack and the war in Gaza.

In a statement, Mr. Khan said he was applying for arrest warrants for Yahya Sinwar, Muhammad Deif and Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas. He also said he was requesting warrants for Mr. Netanyahu and for Israel’s defense minister, Yoav Gallant.

Israel’s Parliament was to be the focus of resurgent antigovernment protests on Monday as it prepared to open its summer session after a six-week recess.

Questions have been swirling about the stability of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition, and the protests, primarily calling for early elections, came days after deep divisions within the wartime emergency cabinet burst into the open.

Key Developments

  • The U.S. national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, met on Monday in Tel Aviv with Israeli officials including Yoav Gallant, the defense minister, who briefed him on the war against Hamas and on efforts to evacuate civilians from the city of Rafah, according to an Israeli government statement. Mr. Sullivan met with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday as the United States and other countries push Israel to limit its incursion into Rafah. 

  • Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s two main partners in running the war have challenged him to come up with a decisive strategy for what should happen in Gaza when the fighting ends. While the demands from Yoav Gallant, the defense minister, and Benny Gantz, a centrist former military chief, laid bare the divisions in Mr. Netanyahu’s wartime government, analysts said they were unlikely to bring about major change.

  • A renewed Israeli offensive in Jabaliya in northern Gaza, which came under intense attack earlier in the war, is newly displacing thousands of people.  “We’re so exhausted,” said one resident. “You see it in our faces. We want to cry at times, but we’re unable to.”

Israel-Hamas War and Gaza News: Latest Updates - The New York Times

Sunday, May 19, 2024

At Chaotic Rally in Brooklyn, Police Violently Confront Protesters - The New York Times

At Chaotic Rally in Brooklyn, Police Violently Confront Protesters

"Officers were filmed punching several people at a pro-Palestinian demonstration in Bay Ridge.

Several police officers, one wearing riot gear, hold down a man who is on the ground in a street.
A pro-Palestinian protester was detained by the police during a protest in Brooklyn on Saturday. One officer was captured on video repeatedly punching the man.Eduardo Munoz/Reuters

A large protest in Brooklyn against Israel’s military offensive in Gaza erupted into a chaotic scene on Saturday, as the police arrested dozens of pro-Palestinian demonstrators and at times confronted them violently.

In videos posted on social media, officers can be seen punching at least three people who were prone on the ground at the demonstration in the Bay Ridge neighborhood. The aggression was corroborated by eyewitnesses. Another protester who was filming the police was tackled and arrested.A police spokesman declined to comment on the officers using force on protesters.

At least 34 people were arrested, according to a senior law enforcement official who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss a developing situation. The police had not released details on the charges the protesters face as of early Sunday. 

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At a pro-Palestinian demonstration in Bay Ridge on Saturday, an officer wearing the white shirt of a commander repeatedly punched a man who was already lying in the street.Katie Smith

“I saw police indiscriminately grabbing people off the street and the sidewalk,” said Nerdeen Kiswani, founder of Within Our Lifetime, an activist group led by Palestinians that organized the demonstration. “They were grabbing people at random.”

In recent years, Within Our Lifetime has put on an annual mid-May rally in Bay Ridge, a neighborhood with a large Arab population, to commemorate what Palestinians call the Nakba, or “catastrophe” — when hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were forced from their homes during the war that led to Israel’s founding in 1948. 

Given the war in Gaza and months of protests in New York, this year’s protest was charged from the start. It started at 2 p.m. at the intersection of Fifth and Bay Ridge Avenues. Within about 25 minutes, a large group of officers arrived and warned protesters to get onto the sidewalk. Those who remained in the street would be arrested, the police told them.

Officers attempted to move protesters off the street.Eduardo Munoz/Reuters

From there, the event alternated between protest marches and standoffs with the police. In one video taken by Katie Smith, an independent journalist, a police commander in a white shirt delivers at least three punches to a person lying on the pavement. In another video she recorded, an officer punches a man who is on the ground at least six times and a white-shirted commander aims a kick at the man, though it is not possible to see if it landed.

In a separate instance filmed by another independent journalist, Talia Jane, an officer flings a protester against a signpost and then hurls him to the pavement, where he is pinned by two officers as he is punched by a third.

The footage of the police, including at least one commander, pummeling protesters recalled some of the N.Y.P.D. conduct caught on video at the Black Lives Matter demonstrations in 2020. The city ended up paying $13 million to settle a class-action suit brought by those protesters.

In a video of the Saturday protest posted on Twitch, half a dozen people could be seen filming a group of police officers and commanders walking on Bay Ridge Avenue. A police commander grabbed the nearest one, followed by two more commanders and a scrum of blue-shirted officers.

The protester was shoved to the ground, handcuffed and arrested. Other people in the crowd continued recording the event.

Those arrested were led to police vans and driven to the headquarters in Manhattan. A light rain began to fall, and by 8 p.m. the protest had dispersed.

Sabir Hasko contributed reporting."

At Chaotic Rally in Brooklyn, Police Violently Confront Protesters - The New York Times

Saturday, May 18, 2024

From the Embers of an Old Genocide, a New One May Be Emerging

From the Embers of an Old Genocide, a New One May Be Emerging

a photograph of a woman sitting near a tent in a desert
A 15-year-old Darfur girl who was the victim of a sexual assault sits outside a shelter after fleeing to Chad.Zohra Bensemra/Reuters

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First they killed the adults.

“Then they piled up the children and shot them,” a witness told Human Rights Watch. “They threw their bodies into the river.”

That’s a scene from a humanitarian crisis happening now in Sudan that has been overshadowed by Gaza and Ukraine and may be about to get far worse. It’s a conflict, by some accounts a genocide, unfolding particularly in the Darfur region there.

You may remember Darfur: It was the site of a genocide two decades ago. Those atrocities galvanized a vast response, led by protesters across the United States. Barack Obama and Joe Biden, then senators, were among those who called for action, and they were joined by tens of thousands of high school and college students, plus activists from churches, synagogues and mosques working together.

While hundreds of thousands were slaughtered in Darfur at that time, the campaign also probably saved the lives of hundreds of thousands of others. Other countries imposed sanctions and an arms embargo, peacekeeping forces were established by the African Union and the United Nations, and the Sudanese leader who commanded the genocide was eventually ousted.

Yet today the slaughter in Darfur is resuming — and the international response is not. Most Western nations and African ones alike have been fairly indifferent.

“The inaction pales in comparison to the situation 20 years ago, when global leaders felt morally and legally obliged to act on Darfur,” Human Rights Watch noted in a new 228-page report.

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Some of the same Arab forces responsible for the genocide in the 2000s are picking up where they left off. They are massacring, torturing, raping and mutilating members of non-Arab ethnic groups — the same victims as before — while burning or bulldozing their villages, survivors say.

There’s a racist element: Arab militias mock their victims as “slaves” and taunt them with racial epithets — the non-Arabs are often darker skinned. The militias seem to be trying to systematically eliminate non-Arab tribes from the area.

The Rapid Support Forces, an Arab militia associated with the worst atrocities, is on the edge of the city of El Fasher, with some 800,000 inhabitants, and may be about to sack it. Linda Thomas-Greenfield, the United States ambassador to the United Nations, warns that El Fasher is “on the precipice of a large-scale massacre.”

In addition, food is running out in Sudan, and gunmen have blocked aid groups from delivering food. The U.N. World Food Program reports that with 28 million Sudanese facing acute hunger, people are resorting to eating grass and peanut shells.

Cindy McCain, the leader of the World Food Program, warnedthat Sudan may soon constitute the world’s worst hunger crisis, risking millions of lives. “Today, the people of Sudan have been forgotten,” she added.

One gauge of the global indifference: Countries have offered only 8 percent of what the U.N. needs to support refugees who have poured out of Sudan — including almost 600,000 who have reached Chad in the last year, 88 percent of whom are women or children.

The latest crisis in Sudan is the result of a civil war that began a year ago between the army and the Rapid Support Forces, both Arab dominated. The attacks on civilians like the non-Arab tribes, amounting to collateral damage in the civil war, have been particularly vicious in Darfur.

When the non-Arab governor of West Darfur protested what he called an “ongoing genocide,” he was detained by the Rapid Support Forces and executed. Videos circulated that showed his corpse stripped and mutilated.

The Rapid Support Forces have been killing boys and men and raping women and girls, according to accounts from human rights monitors and survivors. In interviews with Reuters, more than 40 mothers described how their children, mostly sons, had been killed by Rapid Support Forces. One was a 2-year-old boy beaten to death in front of his mother, who was shot below the shoulder when she tried to intervene.

The Raoul Wallenberg Center for Human Rights issued a reportconcluding that the atrocities meet the legal standard of genocide, adding that it is “a repeat genocide, and a repeat failure.”

“The international community has completely abandoned the non-Arab communities of Darfur facing an ongoing genocide,” said Yonah Diamond, senior legal counsel to the Wallenberg Center.

And the global response? The U.N. Security Council has passed a pair of pathetic resolutionscalling for a cease-fire, most recently merely for the month of Ramadan. This week, the U.S. sanctioned two Rapid Support Forces commanders for their actions in Darfur, a move that is welcome but far from enough. It’s appalling that leading countries not only can’t muster significant action, they also can’t even manage a significant statement.

What we can do is push, as was done two decades ago, for a much greater effort to end the civil war in Sudan. That means an arms embargo and firm pressure on countries like the United Arab Emirates that (despite its denials) appear to be fueling the war with weapons shipments to the Rapid Support Forces. A U.N. report cites evidence of cargo flights several times each week carrying weapons from the U.A.E. to the Rapid Support Forces via Chad.

Sports figures, business leaders and celebrities visiting the U.A.E. should question why it chooses to provide weapons used for mass atrocities.

Leading countries can also impose sanctions on Sudanese figures and press the African Union and the African members of the Security Council to show leadership. A Security Council visit to the border with Chad would highlight the crisis, as would other high-level visits and statements.

“Darfur has been abandoned by everyone,” said Tirana Hassan, the executive director of Human Rights Watch.

So, in impoverished Darfur, the vow after every genocide of “never again” risks becoming “one more time.”

Friday, May 17, 2024

Durbin calls for Alito recusal from Jan. 6 cases over upside-down flag that flew at his home

Durbin calls for Alito recusal from Jan. 6 cases over upside-down flag that flew at his home

Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito testifies at a hearing.
Chip Somodevilla, Getty Images file

Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito testifies about the court’s budget during a hearing of the House Appropriations Committee’s Financial Services and General Government Subcommittee on March 7, 2019, in Washington.

“Senate Judiciary Committee Chair Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) called on Justice Samuel Alito to recuse himself from all cases related to the 2020 election and Jan. 6, 2021, after it was reported an upside-down American flag was flown outside his home in the days surrounding the attack. 

According to The New York Times, an upside-down version of the flag was flown outside the Alitos home in Alexandria, Va., on Jan. 17, 2021, and potentially for several days during that time. The justice said in a statement that he has “no involvement whatsoever in flying the flag” and said his wife, Martha-Ann, hung the flag as part of a dispute with neighbors. 

However, the news comes as the court is set to rule on two key Jan. 6-related cases, including whether former President Trump has immunity from prosecution. Durbin said Alito should step back during those cases and play no role in those rulings. 

“Flying an upside-down American flag — a symbol of the so-called ‘Stop the Steal’ movement — clearly creates the appearance of bias,” Durbin said. 

“Justice Alito should recuse himself immediately from cases related to the 2020 election and the January 6th insurrection, including the question of the former President’s immunity in U.S. v. Donald Trump, which the Supreme Court is currently considering,” he added.

“The Court is in an ethical crisis of its own making, and Justice Alito and the rest of the Court should be doing everything in their power to regain public trust,” Durbin continued, saying it is another reason for Congress to pass legislation to create a code of conduct for justices. “Supreme Court justices should be held to the highest ethical standards, not the lowest.”

The upside-down flag has long been known as an SOS signal, but it has been used increasingly in the political universe in recent years, especially on the right after Trump’s loss, and it gained steam among his supporters as a symbol to “stop the steal.” 

The Supreme Court’s ethics code says justices should not make political statements, in order to preserve their impartiality on matters that arrive before the court.

Alito is not the only justice to have faced questions about whether he should weigh in on Jan. 6-related cases. Justice Clarence Thomas faced calls for his recusal over his wife, Virginia, and her involvement in the effort to overturn the 2020 election result, but he has declined to do so. 

This is also the latest in a lengthy back and forth between Alito and Durbin, the No. 2 Senate Democrat, who has sought to institute a new ethics code for justices after revelations of multiple instances where some, headlined by Thomas and Alito, have received lavish gifts and vacations, among other things, from wealthy donors and benefactors. 

The court has pushed back heavily on this possibility, saying Congress has no standing to implement rules on justices.“

What Israel’s Netzarim Corridor in Gaza reveals about its postwar plans - The Washington Post

What Israel’s strategic corridor in Gaza reveals about its postwar plans

"Analysts say the buildup of the Netzarim Corridor is part of a large-scale project by the Israeli military to reshape Gaza and entrench its presence there.

Israeli troops are fortifying a strategic corridor that carves Gaza in two, building bases, taking over civilian structures and razing homes, according to satellite imagery and other visual evidence — an effort that military analysts and Israeli experts say is part of a large-scale project to reshape the Strip and entrench the Israeli military presence there.

The Netzarim Corridor is a four-mile-long road just south of Gaza City that runs from east to west, stretching from the Israeli border to the Mediterranean Sea. Hamas has made Israel’s withdrawal from the area a central demand in cease-fire negotiations.

Source: Planet Labs

But even as talks have continued over the past two months, Israeli forces have been digging in. Three forward operating bases have been established in the corridor since March, satellite imagery examined by The Washington Post shows, providing clues about Israel’s plans. At the sea, the road meets a new, seven-acre unloading point for a floating pier, an American project to bring more aid into Gaza.

Israel insists it does not intend to permanently reoccupy Gaza, which its troops controlled for 38 years until withdrawing in 2005. But the construction of roads, outposts and buffer zones in recent months points to an expanding role for Israel’s military as alternative visions for postwar Gaza falter.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has released few concrete plans for the “day after” — a source of frustration for his generals and for Washington — but has repeatedly vowed to maintain “indefinite” security control over the enclave. In addition to conducting future raids from outside, Israeli troops may need to “be inside” Gaza to ensure the demilitarization of Hamas, Netanyahu said in a podcast interview earlier this week.

In addition to leverage in negotiations, control of the corridor gives the Israeli military valuable flexibility, allowing troops to be deployed quickly throughout the enclave. It also affords the Israel Defense Forces the ability to maintain control over the flow of aid and the movement of displaced Palestinians, which it says is necessary to prevent Hamas fighters from regrouping.

At least 750 buildings have been destroyed in what appears to be a systematic effort to create a “buffer zone” that stretches at least 500 yards on either side of the road, according to an analysis by Hebrew University’s Adi Ben-Nun, a geographic data specialist. Another 250 buildings have been razed in the area of the U.S. pier, he said.

The IDF declined to comment on the clearing of buildings around the corridor, saying it could not answer operational questions during an ongoing war.

Military experts say it is part of a large-scale, long-term reshaping of Gaza’s geography, harking back to past Israeli plans to carve Gaza into easier-to-control cantons.

Damaged or destroyed buildings

detected by satellite

Destroyed

agricultural land

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agricultural land

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Corridor

New Israeli road

and outposts

Kerem Shalom

crossing

Sources: Building analysis of Copernicus Sentinel-1 satellite data through May 8 by Corey Scher of CUNY Graduate

Center and Jamon Van Den Hoek of Oregon State University, Microsoft Maps. Agriculture analysis

by Adi Ben-Nun of Hebrew University. 

“What we need is full freedom of operation for the IDF everywhere in Gaza,” said Amir Avivi, a reserve brigadier general and former deputy commander of the Israel Defense Forces’ Gaza Division.

‘Welcome to Netzarim Base’

The Netzarim Corridor is named after an Israeli settlement that used to sit on the coastal route — the second “finger” of then-Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s “five fingers” strategy that envisioned carving Gaza into segments, all under Israeli security control. The plan was only partially implemented before Sharon — once a champion of settlements — ordered an Israeli withdrawal from Gaza in 2005.

“It’s no surprise that Israel went back and established this as a new corridor,” said Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, a fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and a former IDF spokesman. “The terrain is the most conducive there and it suits the military purposes.”

The Netzarim axis was among the first targets for Israeli troops after they invaded Gaza in response to the Hamas-led attack on Oct. 7, pushing forward to cleave the Strip in two.

By Nov. 6, troops had cut an informal, winding track to the sea that allowed armored vehicles to reach al-Rashid Road, a major north-south thoroughfare that runs along Gaza’s coast. In February and March, Israeli troops formalized the corridor by building a straight road a few hundred meters to the south. The last section of the road, nearest to the coast, was completed between March 5 and March 9, satellite imagery shows.

The IDF says the road enables military vehicles to travel from one side of the Strip to the other in just seven minutes, giving soldiers speedy and unimpeded access to north and central Gaza. It was used as a base of operations for recent IDF attacks in Zeitoun, in northern Gaza, said one Israeli military official, speaking on the condition of anonymity in line with IDF protocol.

IDF’s infrastructure along the Netzarim Corridor

IDF al-Rashid outpost

Work starts being visible 

in satellite images around

mid March

Port offloading 

area

Destroyed

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Destroyed

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Section builtbetween Feb. 14

and March 9

Road visible in satellite

image since November

2023

Israa

University

Destroyed

buildings

Earth berm created

close to the corridor

during the second

half of March

Wastewater

treatment

plant

A road from the main corridor

to the Turkish hospital

compound was also created

in late March.

Turkish-Palestinian

Friendship

Hospital

Bulldozed 

farmland

al Noor tourist 

resort

Destroyed

greenhouses

Destroyed

buildings

Bulldozed 

farmland

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Corridor

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berms

Areas likely used

as staging ground

by the IDF in 2023

Destroyed

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areas

al-Azhar

University

Destroyed

buildings

Destroyed building

of the al-Riyadh 

auditorium 

Bulldozed

areas

Preexisting,

paved section

Destroyed buildings

Destroyed

warehouses

Destroyed

buildings

IDF Salah al-Din outpost

Work starts being visible 

in satellite images between 

March 5 and March 15

Destroyed warehouses

Possible

temporary

buildings

Destroyed

warehouses

Section built

between Feb. 7 and

Feb. 14

Netzarim

Corridor

Destroyed

buildings

Road visible in satellite

image since November

2023

Section built

between

Feb. 14 and

March 9

Juhor ad Dik outpost

Work starts being visible in satellite

images between March 15 and March 30

Source: Satellite image as captured on April 16, Planet Labs

The corridor bisects Gaza’s only two major north-south roads — Salah al-Din Road, in the middle of the territory, and al-Rashid Road along the coast. The IDF began building forward operating bases at both points in early March.

The bases offer signs that the IDF could be preparing at some point for a controlled return of civilians to the north. Next to both bases, on roads leading north, are structures that appear to be “long parallel intake hallways” leading to a central compound, said Sean O’Connor, a lead analyst for satellite imagery at the security firm Janes.

The United States has said that Gazans who fled to Rafah and other points south should be allowed to return to their homes in the north; United Nations experts have said blocking them could amount to the “forcible transfer” of the population, a crime against humanity.

Jumaa Abu Hasira, 37, said soldiers fired shots in the air as he approached the corridor last month during a lull in the fighting, when rumors swirled that families could go north again. He was then detained, he said — blindfolded, hit with a rifle butt, beaten and interrogated for eight hours.

The IDF acknowledged that soldiers used “cautionary fire” as Gazans, including “armed terrorists,” approached the corridor, but did not respond to questions about Abu Hasira’s alleged detention.

The al-Rashid outpost also features observation points and a possible sentry post, said William Goodhind, an open-source researcher with Contested Ground, a research project that tracks military movements in satellite imagery.

The forward operating base on al-Rashid Road sits next to a jetty constructed in mid-March to receive aid for distribution by the World Central Kitchen charity. The U.S. floating pier is expected to be in the same area, with IDF troops providing security for shipments by sea.

“Welcome to Netzarim Base,” reads the blue graffiti on the concrete barriers outside, according to a photo geolocated by The Post and posted on X by an Israeli journalist who said it was spray painted by his brother. At night, bright white flood lights are visible for miles around.

“It is the only place in Gaza that is lit,” said one 29-year-old woman who lives just south of the base, speaking by phone on the condition of anonymity out of fear for her safety. “They usually go to an area and leave afterward,” she said of Israeli troops, adding that in Netzarim they look set to stay.

The fact that the pier lands at the end of the Israeli-military controlled corridor “suggests the IDF wants to be to control the flow of aid,” said Michael Horowitz, head of intelligence at Le Beck International. The corridor also links up with “Gate 96,” a new access point on Israel’s border with central Gaza that has recently been opened for aid trucks, according to the military official.

“You’re waiting for three to four hours, you can be sent back, you can be arrested,” Mohammed Abu Mughaisib, deputy medical coordinator for Doctors Without Borders, said of aid trucks trying to traverse the corridor.

The United Nations has said that Israel’s repeated refusal to allow humanitarian convoys access to the north has magnified the hunger crisis there — described by the head of the World Food Program as a “full-blown famine.”

IDF’s al-Rashid outpost

According to experts,

a series of long “halls” could be intake areas, leading to possible holding areas.

al-Rashid

outpost

Destroyed 

buildings

Destroyed 

buildings

Observation

point

Masts 

for operational 

communication

Temporary 

buildings

Entry/Exit checkpoint

Observation

point

Secondary 

entry/exit

Masts for operational 

communications

IDF al-Rashid outpost

Observation

point

Temporary

buildings

Secondary

entry/exit

Destroyed

building

Observation

point

Source: Planet Labs and IDF handout images

Radar and observation capabilities have been installed at the new outposts, said Doron Kadosh, a military reporter with Israel’s army-run radio station who visited the Salah al-Din outpost last month. His photos show blue and white portable toilets, generators and towering red and white communications towers.

“There was nothing,” he said of his first visit along the corridor in October, when it was still just a tank track. Now bases have sleeping areas, showers, a portable canteen building and hard cover shelters, Kadosh said.

Israeli troops also appear to have commandeered nearby civilian structures and turned them into military outposts. One is a former school in the village of Juhor ad Dik, about a mile from the border with Israel. Protective sand berms appeared at the location between March 15 and March 30, according to satellite imagery. The rest of the village has been destroyed.

Abdel Nasser, 45, fled his farm house in Juhor ad Dik with his wife and five children in October. “It used to be a haven for my family and me ... where we spent countless beautiful moments together,” he said.

“About two weeks ago, my neighbors informed me that the entire area had been destroyed, and all the surrounding agricultural land had been bulldozed.” He hasn’t been able to bring himself to tell his wife yet.

Israeli troops also appear to be using the Turkish-Palestinian Friendship Hospital, which once specialized in treatment for cancer patients, as a base of operations. The hospital shut down in the first week of November due to nearby airstrikes and lack of fuel, and thousands of cancer patients have been left without care. Sand berms appeared around the hospital in late November.

An Israeli soldier filmed himself tearing down large parts of the hospital with an earth mover in February. Images published online on May 8 by the Palestinian journalist Younis Tirawi and geolocated by The Post show Israeli soldiers using the hospital as a sniper position.

By March, Israeli forces had cleared hundreds of acres around the hospital — demolishing greenhouses and blowing up Israa University and the Palace of Justice, which housed Gaza’s high courts.

“Israel has not provided cogent reasons for such extensive destruction of civilian infrastructure,” Volker Türk, the U.N. high commissioner for human rights, said in February.

In all, the area cleared around the corridor and the pier encompasses at least four square miles, or a little more than 2,500 acres, according to the analysis by Ben-Nun from Hebrew University, though extensive damage to buildings and agricultural land extends farther.

“Everything is demolished along the way,” he said. “Completely demolished.”

Satellite images taken six months apart show the creation of the Netzarim Corridor south of Gaza City. (Video: Planet Labs)

Israel has indicated it may be willing to pull out of the corridor in the short term. The cease-fire deal that Hamas agreed to last week sets out a staggered drawdown from the area, according to a copy of the document obtained by The Post and verified by a person close to the negotiations.

On the 22nd day, the IDF must withdraw entirely from the Netzarim Corridor area and “completely dismantle military sites and installations,” it says.

But the IDF is likely to have been given assurances that it could return to Netzarim, even if it were forced to leave for a few months during a cease-fire, Horowitz said. The construction of multiple outposts, roads and extensive clearing “would suggest this might become permanent,” he said.

A protracted period of military occupation appears increasingly likely, military analysts say, in the absence of other plans for governance in postwar Gaza. Israel has pushed back against a U.S. proposal for a return of the Palestinian Authority, and there appears to be little regional buy-in for Arab security forces.

A long-term Israeli troop presence would be deeply unpopular in Gaza, with the corridor already a lightning rod for attacks. Hamas and other militant groups, including Palestinian Islamic Jihad and al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigades, have launched more than half a dozen rocket and mortar attacks on Israeli troops in the corridor in the last week.

But as Hamas returns to northern areas already cleared by the IDF, military occupation — once an unthinkable suggestion within Israel — is now being openly discussed.

“There is no other option,” said Michael Milshtein, former adviser on Palestinian affairs to the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories.

Hajar Harb in London, Heba Farouk Mahfouz in Cairo, Karen DeYoung in Washington, Jarrett Ley in New York, Laris Karklis in Washington and Júlia Ledur in Philadelphia contributed to this report."

What Israel’s Netzarim Corridor in Gaza reveals about its postwar plans - The Washington Post