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  • 'He should have been a hero, instead he's a murderer'

    The parents of Israelis, killed and killers, are crying because they have lost their loved ones. They were betrayed by the lies. Mother of a murderer?  A border policeman is arrested for shooting a Palestinian teen at a demonstration in Beitunia with live fire; he faces murder charges. On Wednesday his parents are interviewed. Faces blacked out, the unmistakable sounds of betrayal and anguish pour from the shadows. The mother’s voice shakes, then sobs. She pleads for the nightmare to end. “It’s tearing me to pieces. I can’t believe this is happening to me, to our family” she weeps. The…

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  • Border cop arrested for Nakba Day killing, debunking IDF tales

    The arrest appears to prove what footage and family indicated from the start: Live bullets were fired at protestors, unlawfully, as the victims posed no immediate threat. A Border Police officer was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of shooting Nadim Syam Nuwara (17) with live ammunition, one of two Palestinian teenagers killed during Nakba Day protests in the West Bank village of Beitunia last May. The border policeman is being charged with murder and his commander is also facing charges for not reporting the incident. The shootings, which were caught on film by CCTV cameras, showed that the protesters posed no…

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  • WATCH: Israeli forces detain 7-year-old Palestinian boy in Hebron

    Israeli Border Police detained two Palestinian boys aged seven and 12 in the West Bank city of Hebron Monday morning on suspicion of throwing stones. Before school on Monday, a group of Palestinian youths allegedly threw stones at an Israeli Border Police checkpoint in Hebron. According to International Solidarity Movement (ISM) activists who witnessed and filmed the scene, it took some time before the officers came out of their protected position and began making arrests. The ISM activists said there was no certainty that the boys who were detained were in any way connected to the stone throwing. The children…

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  • Photos of the week: Border Police bloopers

    This week: Border Police bloopers in Bil'in, asylum seekers in Tel Aviv, Palestinian activists launch campaign in the Jordan Valley, anti-Arab graffiti in Silwan, ultra-orthodox Jews against the draft in Jerusalem, a far-right politician hands out award for McCarthyism in Israeli schools, and solidarity outside Holot 'open' detention center.                        

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  • VIDEO: Israeli forces shoot Palestinian protester from close range

    An Israeli Border Policeman was videotaped shooting Palestinian activist Manal Tamimi in the leg with a rubber-coated bullet from very close range in the Palestinian village of Nabi Saleh on Friday. According to Manal's husband Bilal Tamimi, who shot the video, and a report from the Palestine News Network, the border policeman was no more than a few meters from Manal when he shot her in her knee region, reportedly causing a fracture to her bone from the impact. Tamimi told +972 they also tried to break his camera. In the video below you can see the unarmed Manal walking up…

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  • WATCH: After handshake, settler child throws stone at six-year-old Palestinian

    One activist captures what was almost a moving moment between a six-year-old Palestinian and a settler child in the occupied south Hebron Hills. Almost.  In a video filmed by Amir Bitan, an Israeli Ta'ayush activist, Thamer Ibrahim Alayan, a 6-year-old Palestinian child from the Umm al Ara’is village in the South Hebron Hills is seen going up to shake the hand of a settler child from the illegal outpost of Mitzpeh Yair. Thamer is first seen being escorted away from the settlement by a Border Policeman, presumably to prevent a confrontation between the two. However, Thamer returns to the settler,…

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  • Between violent reprisal and random police brutality

    M., a resident of the West Bank village of Al-Ma'asara, was attacked by Border Policemen solely for living in a village that actively opposes the occupation. By Yesh Din (written by Yossi Gurvitz) One morning in early August, M., a resident of the West Bank village of Al-Ma'asara, went to Ramallah for medical treatment. He took a public taxi back home. At one point, the taxi reached the Container Checkpoint, which was manned by a Border Policeman. The cop asked for the Palestinian's ID card, as per protocol. He took a long time examining M.'s card, then ordered him off…

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  • WATCH: Border Police target progressive Tel Aviv cafe in late-night raid (updated)

    Scroll down for updates. Two women at Albi, a café in south Tel Aviv that is popular with queer and progressive activist communities, were arrested in a violent police raid early Tuesday morning. A massive police force raided the café at around 1 a.m., after municipal inspectors claimed it was open past legal hours of operation. In fact, the café was closed. The two women - one of whom is the owner of the café - work there, and were tidying up and taking care of the cash register. Dozens of Border Police officers with several police cars filled the…

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  • WATCH: Israeli forces shoot B'Tselem spokesperson during West Bank protest

    B'Tselem spokesperson and colleague Sarit Michaeli was shot in the leg from close range on Friday by Israeli forces while documenting the weekly protest in Nabi Saleh, as she has been doing for years. She issued a statement Saturday on her understanding of what happened, which I translated below.  Although this is not the first time an Israeli has been wounded by IDF fire at West Bank protests (there are a handful of other cases), it is quite uncommon. It is certainly not the first time a Palestinian or foreigner has been wounded (there are dozens of such cases). It is…

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  • Seeking justice for Tristan Anderson: Who watches the watchmen?

    Israel's High Court of Justice will hear a petition demanding simply that an investigation into the wounding of a foreign citizen also investigate the real suspects. By Yesh Din, written by Yossi Gurvitz On March 13, 2009, Tristan Anderson was standing in the forecourt of the mosque in the village of Ni'lin. Anderson, an American citizen, came to Ni'lin to document the weekly protests there. The demonstration was winding down, and the Border Police were conducting their usual chase after stone throwers on a nearby hill, nicknamed "Antenna Hill." Without any warning, a tear gas canister smashed into Anderson's brow.…

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  • Palestinian hospitalized after IDF handcuffs, abandons him at checkpoint

    A Palestinian resident of East Jerusalem found himself dehydrated in a Hebron hospital after border policemen and soldiers handcuffed, blindfolded and abadoned him in a car on a hot day in May.  By Yesh Din, written by Yossi Gurvitz About two weeks ago, A. was on his way from Hebron to Jerusalem. A is a resident of Abu Dis, and married to a resident of East Jerusalem; as such, he enjoys Israeli residency. But as he was about to find out, that didn't help him all that much. On his way home, A. passed through a checkpoint charmingly named "the…

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  • WATCH: Border Police detain, humiliate Palestinian at checkpoint

    Another day, another case of Israeli soldiers showing the ugly side of the occupation (make that: 'the only side of the occupation'). Here's an incident that happened four years ago and that is now being discussed in the courts. A group of Border Police officers detained a Palestinian man, who appears to be mentally disabled, after he did not bring his ID while trying to cross a checkpoint. The story was reported last week by Channel 2, and I've decided to subtitle the video now. Why is this important, you may ask, if it happened four years ago? Simple: because…

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  • The heroine vs. the terrorist: A case study in brainwashing

    How the 'newspaper of the nation' reported on a Border Policewoman's killing of a Palestinian teenager who was found to have been carrying a toy gun.  Yedioth Aharonoth's coverage of Wednesday's killing of a Palestinian teenager in Hebron tells you pretty much everything you need to know about how Israeli brainwashing works. And Yedioth, the country's most widely-read, influential newspaper, is considered relatively liberal, which it is in the sense that it often criticizes Netanyahu and the right, but when the story is Israel vs. the Arabs, particularly the Israeli army vs. the Arabs, then Yedioth, the "newspaper of the…

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