+972 Magazine » +972 Resources http://972mag.com Independent commentary and news from Israel & Palestine Tue, 07 Jul 2015 07:51:06 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.8 Resource: Faced with settler violence, the IDF stands idly by http://972mag.com/resource-faced-with-settler-violence-the-idf-stands-idly-by/108339/ http://972mag.com/resource-faced-with-settler-violence-the-idf-stands-idly-by/108339/#comments Tue, 30 Jun 2015 08:29:57 +0000 http://972mag.com/?p=108339 A new report by human rights organization Yesh Din about how IDF soldiers act when offenses are committed by Israeli citizens against Palestinians in the West Bank.

The phenomenon of “standing idly by” refers to incidents when soldiers witness violence by Israeli citizens against Palestinians and their property and do nothing to prevent the harm while the action is ongoing; refrain from detaining or arresting the perpetrators after the event; fail to secure the scene to allow the collection of evidence; or fail to testify about the event to the police.

According to the provisions of international law as well as repeated rulings by the Israeli Supreme Court, the IDF is obligated to maintain law and order in the West Bank. Therefore, upon the occupation of the West Bank its forces were given policing powers. However, the report shows how over the years the army has avoided fulfilling that duty and tried to impose it on the Israel Police.

Yesh Din is a volunteer organization working to defend the human rights of the Palestinian civilian population under Israeli occupation.

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Resource: Presumed guilty from the get-go http://972mag.com/resource-presumed-guilty-from-the-get-go/108075/ http://972mag.com/resource-presumed-guilty-from-the-get-go/108075/#comments Tue, 23 Jun 2015 12:18:13 +0000 http://972mag.com/?p=108075 Military courts have operated in the occupied territories since the Israeli occupation began in 1967. To date, hundreds of thousands of Palestinians have been brought before these courts. The following B’Tselem report focuses on one of the central aspects in the work of the military justice system: remand in custody pending end of proceedings.

With the exception of individuals tried for traffic violations, remanding Palestinian defendants in custody for the duration of the proceedings is the rule rather than the exception. One of the outcomes of this policy is that the vast majority of military court cases end in plea bargains. Defendants prefer to avoid a lengthy trial while in custody, knowing that they risk spending more time behind bars than the prison sentence they would receive in a plea bargain.

In effect, the case is decided at the time the remand is approved rather than on the basis of evidence against the defendant.

B’Tselem – The Israeli Information Center for Human Rights in the Occupied Territories was established in 1989 by a group of prominent academics, attorneys, journalists, and Knesset members. It endeavors to document and educate the Israeli public and policymakers about human rights violations in the Occupied Territories, combat the phenomenon of denial prevalent among the Israeli public, and help create a human rights culture in Israel.

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Resource: ‘Mock’ law enforcement in the West Bank http://972mag.com/resource-mock-law-enforcement-in-the-west-bank/107289/ http://972mag.com/resource-mock-law-enforcement-in-the-west-bank/107289/#comments Sat, 30 May 2015 13:56:43 +0000 http://972mag.com/?p=107289 Only 7.4 percent of West Bank Israeli police investigations following complaints from Palestinian victims of offenses committed against them or their property by Israeli civilians result in indictments. The remaining investigations are closed, in most cases (some 85 percent), due to investigative failure, largely because investigators were unable to find suspects or collect enough evidence for an indictment.

A new report by Israeli human rights organization Yesh Din discusses the reasons for the failure to enforce the law on Israeli civilians in the West Bank. An analysis closed case files reveals substandard investigations characterized by failures and deficiencies at every stage.

Read also:
Perpetrator unknown: The systemic failure to investigate settler violence

Yesh Din is a volunteer organization working to defend the human rights of the Palestinian civilian population under Israeli occupation.

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Infographic: East Jerusalem by the numbers, 2015 http://972mag.com/infographic-east-jerusalem-by-the-numbers-2015/106833/ http://972mag.com/infographic-east-jerusalem-by-the-numbers-2015/106833/#comments Sun, 17 May 2015 14:36:48 +0000 http://972mag.com/?p=106833 Ahead of Jerusalem Day 2015, the Association for Civil Rights in Israel (ACRI) released a factsheet detailing the disparities between the city’s Jewish and Palestinian residents and the systemic discrimination in East Jerusalem. The following infographic accompanies the report. Read more here.

ACRI infographic on Jerusalem, 2015

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Testimonies: ‘This is How We Fought in Gaza’ http://972mag.com/testimonies-this-is-how-we-fought-in-gaza/106339/ http://972mag.com/testimonies-this-is-how-we-fought-in-gaza/106339/#comments Mon, 04 May 2015 09:58:31 +0000 http://972mag.com/?p=106339 Breaking the Silence, an organization of Israeli combat veterans who want to expose the Israeli public to the realities of the occupation, publishes a report compiling over 60 testimonies of soldiers and officers who served in 2014′s Gaza war, Operation Protective Edge.

The testimonies in this collection close the yawning gaps between what the IDF and government spokespersons told the public about the combat that took place in Gaza, and the reality described by the soldiers who took part in the operation.

The testimonies reveal the guiding military principle of “minimum risk to our forces, even at the cost of harming innocent civilians,” which alongside efforts to deter and intimidate the Palestinians, led to massive and unprecedented harm to the population and the civilian infrastructure in the Gaza Strip.

Read more: Redefining civilians and legitimate targets: Israeli soldiers testify on Gaza

Breaking the Silence is an organization of veteran combatants who have served in the Israeli military since the start of the Second Intifada and have taken it upon themselves to expose the Israeli public to the reality of everyday life in the Occupied Territories. We endeavor to stimulate public debate about the price paid for a reality in which young soldiers face a civilian population on a daily basis, and are engaged in the control of that population’s everyday life.

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Resource: Fact-finding mission investigates ‘Protective Edge’ http://972mag.com/resource-fact-finding-mission-investigates-protective-edge/101633/ http://972mag.com/resource-fact-finding-mission-investigates-protective-edge/101633/#comments Tue, 20 Jan 2015 23:13:28 +0000 http://972mag.com/?p=101633 A new report by Physicians for Human Rights, authored by a team of international medical experts, documents shocking testimonies of victims and presents new evidence from Operation Protective Edge in Gaza.

In the course of the armed conflict during Operation Protective Edge in Gaza during the summer of 2014, allegations were made regarding the use of disproportionate force by the Israeli army, indiscriminate attacks on civilian targets, and a lack or failure of precautionary measures. Up until now, external independent experts were not allowed to enter Gaza for purposes of fact-finding and documentation of evidence, either during the fighting or after the ceasefire.

In July 2014, while the attacks were ongoing, Physicians for Human Rights-Israel made a decision to commission a fact-finding mission to Gaza. The aim was to collect and document, wherever possible, information regarding patterns of injury and attack from witnesses and victims. To this end, PHR-Israel recruited 8 independent international medical experts, who were not affiliated with either Israeli or Palestinian parties involved in the conflict. They visited Gaza three times — once during the fighting and twice after.

Read more about the report here.

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Resource: Two legal systems — discrimination under military occupation http://972mag.com/resource-two-legal-systems-discrimination-under-military-occupation/100377/ http://972mag.com/resource-two-legal-systems-discrimination-under-military-occupation/100377/#comments Mon, 22 Dec 2014 12:44:53 +0000 http://972mag.com/?p=100377 One of the most prominent and disturbing characteristics of Israeli military rule in the West Bank is the creation and development of an official and institutionalized legal regime of two separate legal systems, on an ethnic-national basis.

The long-standing residence of citizens of the State of Israel, the occupying power, in settlements at the heart of the occupied territory – which contravenes international law in and of itself – has led to systematic discrimination that is anchored in legislation and rulings that affect every aspect in the lives of Palestinian residents of the West Bank.

This dual system of law is the focal point of a new report by the Association of Civil Rights in Israel, “One Rule, Two Legal Systems: Israel’s Regime of Laws in the West Bank.”

Established in 1972, ACRI is Israel’s oldest and largest human rights organization and the only one dealing with the entire spectrum of rights and civil liberties issues in Israel and the Occupied Territories. Read more about ACRI here

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Resource: Coercing African asylum seekers to go home http://972mag.com/resource-coercing-african-asylum-seekers-to-go-home/96901/ http://972mag.com/resource-coercing-african-asylum-seekers-to-go-home/96901/#comments Sun, 21 Sep 2014 13:14:42 +0000 http://972mag.com/?p=96901 Israeli authorities have unlawfully coerced almost 7,000 Eritrean and Sudanese nationals into returning to their home countries where they risk serious abuse, Human Rights Watch said in a report released in September 2014. Some returning Sudanese have faced torture, arbitrary detention, and treason charges in Sudan for setting foot in Israel, while returning Eritreans also face a serious risk of abuse.

The 83-page report, “‘Make Their Lives Miserable’: Israel’s Coercion of Eritrean and Sudanese Asylum Seekers to Leave Israel,” documents how Israel’s convoluted legal rules thwart Eritrean and Sudanese asylum seekers’ attempts to secure protection under Israeli and international law. Israeli authorities have labeled Eritreans and Sudanese a “threat,” branded them “infiltrators,” denied them access to fair and efficient asylum procedures, and used the resulting insecure legal status as a pretext to unlawfully detain or threaten to detain them indefinitely, coercing thousands into leaving.

Read +972′s full coverage of the refugee issue

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Resource: Privatizating law enforcement in, around settlements http://972mag.com/resource-privatizating-law-enforcement-in-around-settlements/96879/ http://972mag.com/resource-privatizating-law-enforcement-in-around-settlements/96879/#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 16:14:30 +0000 http://972mag.com/?p=96879 ‘The Lawless Zone’ is a report by Yesh Din on the transfer of policing and security powers to the Civilian Security Coordinators (CSC) in Israel’s West Bank settlements and outposts. The report presents an analysis of the institution of the CSCs as an inherent aspect of the biased and chaotic state of Israeli law enforcement in the occupied Palestinian territories.

The report demonstrates how the regime of civilian security coordinators undermines the rule of law in the West Bank to the point of stripping it of all meaning. It constitutes another layer in Israel’s dereliction of its duty to protect the Palestinian residents of the West Bank, Yesh Din writes.

Read more about the report here. Watch a video explaining the civilian security system here.

Related:
Settler violence: It comes with the territory
Sheriffs of the land: Meet the settlers with military authority

Yesh Din is a volunteer organization working to defend the human rights of the Palestinian civilian population under Israeli occupation.

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Resource: How the Shin Bet holds Gazans’ health ransom http://972mag.com/resource-how-the-shin-bet-holds-gazans-health-ransom/96794/ http://972mag.com/resource-how-the-shin-bet-holds-gazans-health-ransom/96794/#comments Tue, 16 Sep 2014 18:10:32 +0000 http://972mag.com/?p=96794 A 2008 report by Israeli NGO Physicians for Human Rights – Israel, detailing for the first time the methods Israel’s domestic security services use to exploit the medical needs of Gaza Strip residents in order to extort them into becoming collaborators for Israel.

In September 2014, dozens of Israeli army intelligence reservists publicly spoke out about the way that they were trained and ordered to conduct surveillance on innocent Palestinians to find ways of extorting them into becoming informants. Such information included innocent Palestinians’ sexual orientation, which the Shin Bet could threaten to expose, or health problems — their own or of a family member.

The practice of leveraging Gazans’ access to health care in order to get intelligence information out of them has been documented in the past. Six years earlier, in 2008, Physicians for Human Rights – Israel (PHR-I) put out a detailed report on the practice, including testimonies from Palestinians whom the Shin Bet demanded information from in exchange for permission to enter Israel to receive needed medical care.

Following the Unit 8200 reservists’ letter, PHR-I responded that soldiers’ testimonies corroborate the testimonies it collected from Gazan patients six years earlier, calling it “direct extortion.” The organization added, “we are encouraged by the fact that these acts also bother those serving in the security forces and we hope that this will bring about a discussion of the matter and an end to this practice.”

+972 is republishing the report here in order to explain in greater detail exactly what the reserve intelligence officers are describing:

More on the 8200 revelations:
Against spy revelations, Israel doth protest too much
IDF’s ‘start-up nation’ reservists refuse to serve the occupation
Refusal by elite IDF reservists angrily dismissed as ‘political’

Physicians for Human Rights-Israel is a non-profit, non-governmental organization that strives to promote a more fair and inclusive society in which the right to health is applied equally for all. It is PHR-Israel’s view that Israel’s prolonged occupation over Palestinian territory is the basis of human rights violations. For this reason it opposes the occupation and endeavor to put an end to it.

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