Two arrested in Malaga over hit-and-run of boy, 7, who was found unconscious by grandfather

LAST UPDATED: 21 Nov, 2017 @ 11:42


TWO suspects have been arrested over the hit-and-run of a seven-year-old boy.

The child was hit by a motorcycle on November 12 and was left lying unconscious on the road in Gaucin.

He was found by his grandfather who called emergency services who rushed the boy to the Maternal and Child Hospital of Malaga, where his condition became serious.

Upon regaining consciousness, the child said he had been run over by a blue cross-country motorcycle that was circulating next to a red one.

Guardia Civil found out that minutes before the event there was a group of four motorists who had been refueling at the gas station in Gaucín.

On the morning of November 14, one of the identified motorcyclists was arrested as the alleged perpetrator of the offense while another was charged as an accessory.

The minor is still recovering but doctors are confident he will make a full recovery.



“Go back where you came from!”

لماذا غزة؟ Why Gaza?

Within the past 24 hours, I’ve heard two passionate versions of the ugly refrain “Go back where you came from!”    

Mind you, neither was directed to me personally.  I feel very welcomed in Gaza.  In fact, I think “welcome” must be in the lexicon of every taxi driver, shopkeeper and student in Gaza.

But two Palestinians, one from East Jerusalem who now lives in the United States, and the other living in Gaza, both told me they think Jews in Israel should “Go back where they came from!”

In the first instance, I posted this photo on my Facebook page with the following note:

Jeff Halper Jeff Halper in front of sign “Join With Us”

Lora wrote:  An Israeli and a Palestinian with their grandchildren who want to live in peace with each other. Jeff Halper was originally from Minnesota, USA ….. a long-time resident of Israel. Kudos Jeff. Minnesota’s…

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The Choir Cheers

لماذا غزة؟ Why Gaza?

Josh Ruebner ended his talk Wednesday with a standing ovation from the 50-75 members of the choir who showed up at the Mennonite Church in Albuquerque.

Josh Ruebner Josh Ruebner

He was in town to promote his new book — Shattered Hopes: Obama’s Failure to Broker Israeli-Palestinian Peace (Verso Books 2013). He certainly has the cred to speak and write about this topic. He’s the National Advocacy Director of the US Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation and before that was an Analyst in the Middle East Affairs at the Congressional Research Service. And former President Jimmy Carter attended Josh’s High School graduation! (Carter’s grandson was a classmate.)


By the nods throughout the room, Ruebner clearly had a friendly audience. They were probably well-informed about the atrocities that Israel perpetrated in Gaza this summer. No need to recite the facts, although Ruebner shared many.

Did you know that Israel killed 500 children in just…

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Battle of the words – the storm following Operation Pillar of Defense

لماذا غزة؟ Why Gaza?

The Israeli spin machine is hard at work getting its version out to Americans and Westerners about what happened during the 8-days of Operation Pillar of Defense.   I have copied Israeli Ambassador Meir Shlomo’s piece at the end of this blog.  Needless to say, having witnessed Israel’s military assault from the ground in Gaza, I adamantly reject many of the Ambassador’s assertions.  I wonder where he was sitting while the bombs were falling?

Thankfully, the Jewish Voice for Peacechapter in Albuquerque, New Mexico has written a strong rebuttal which I hope the local paper will publish.  Whether you side with Israel, with Palestine or sit on the fence, I hope you will read both pieces carefully and judge for yourself which narrative rings true.

The Albuquerque Chapter of the Jewish Voice for Peace wrote the following:

“In a recent op-ed piece, Ambassador Meir Schlomo, the Consul General of Israel…

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Obfuscation and distortion

لماذا غزة؟ Why Gaza?

My Jewish family and friends may watch this 20-minute video and say confidently “we told you so!”

My Palestinian friends may watch this and blow a fuse!   This will definitely piss them off.

Nevet Basker, Executive Director of Broader View, an Israeli Resource Center, discusses Israel’s recent “Operation: Pillar of Defense” against Gaza in November 2012.

Now that I have warned everyone, I hope people will watch this short piece dispassionately and critically, and be ready to answer some questions that follow.

This video epitomizes one of the serious problems in the Middle East.  One side is trying to demonize the other side, make them look less than human, to build support for its own inhumane acts of aggression.   [I think both sides are engaged in this kind of propaganda.  It must stop!]

The questions we should be asking Ms. Basker and the producers of this video are:

  • Where is the OCCUPATION in this narrative?   Every action and…

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Paying terrorists a salary

لماذا غزة؟ Why Gaza?

I caught my breath when I read this piece in The Times of Israel — How American taxpayers are funding Palestinian terrorism, by Edwin Black, November 10, 2013.  The takeaway message is that the Palestinian Authority, the author asserts, is using donations from the US and other countries to pay monthly salaries to Palestinians imprisoned in Israeli jails for “acts of terrorism”.

Under a sliding scale, carefully articulated in the Law of the Prisoner, the more heinous the act of terrorism and the longer the prison sentence, the higher is the salary. Detention for up to three years fetches a salary of almost $400 per month. Prisoners incarcerated between three and five years will be paid about $560 monthly — a compensation level already higher than that for many ordinary West Bank jobs. Sentences of 10 to 15 years fetch salaries of about $1,690 per month. More severe acts…

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Dreaming of Freedom

لماذا غزة؟ Why Gaza?


Dear Representative McCollum,

Thank you for sponsoring H.R. 4391, Promoting Human Rights by Ending Israeli Military Detention of Palestinian Children Act.  I want to help educate your colleagues in Congress about the serious abuses perpetrated upon Palestinian children by Israel, including military detention and torture.

Your legislation requires that the Secretary of State certify that American funds do not support Israel’s military detention, interrogation, abuse, or ill-treatment of Palestinian children. This measure should be a no-brainer, but I know that the Israeli lobby will fight tooth and nail to obfuscate the issues.

I highly recommend a book on this subject “Dreaming of Freedom: Palestinian Child Prisoners Speak” (June 2016).  I hope the testimonies of Palestinian child prisoners who have been subjected to Israeli detention and torture will be part of the public record.

I will ask my member of Congress from New Mexico to cosponsor your bill. If…

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