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…Read More... | 6 Comments
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…Read More... | 79 Comments
A new regular feature from the Activestills photography collective. Each week, we will bring you a selection of our most compelling images from movements for political and social change throughout Palestine and Israel. Activestills is a collective of Israeli, international and Palestinian photographers, united by a conviction that photography is a vehicle for political and social change. To stay updated on our latest images, like Activestills on Facebook or follow @activestills on Twitter. You can also visit our flickr photostream.Read More...
The police and the army have yet to provide an explanation for the deployment of a military surveillance vehicle - nicknamed the Raccoon - that followed the social justice protesters in Tel Aviv last week. It was not clear who the vehicle belonged to: it looks like an army vehicle but was operated by Border Police officers last week - or at least that is what the IDF claimed. Last night (Saturday) the vehicle made another appearance in Tel Aviv, this time escorting the counter protest to the one organized by the establishment against "draft dodgers." It made its way…Read More... | 12 Comments
B'Tselem just released disturbing footage of a Border Police officer kicking a Palestinian child while another officer holds him on the streets of occupied Hebron. The video was shot last Friday June 29 by a B'Tselem activist, from the window of his house, adjacent to the Tomb of the Patriarchs. According to B'Tselem, the person started shooting the video upon noticing a border police officer hiding behind the wall. The name of the child is Abed a-Rahman and he is only 9 years old. You can see the policeman at the start of the video appear, then disappear, and then…Read More... | 76 Comments
An attack dog released on unarmed Palestinians by Israeli security forces sank its teeth into the arm of a Palestinian man and refused to release it for several minutes. Soldiers released an attack dog on unarmed Palestinians at a Friday anti-occupation demonstration in the West Bank village of Kufr Qaddoum, report eyewitnesses that include an AP photographer. According to a report from Jonathan Pollack, a political activist, Border Police officers released an army dog at a group of protesters who were standing several dozen meters away. The dog chased the protesters, then locked his jaw on the arm of one…Read More... | 39 Comments
Israeli border police (Magav) injured three Palestinian residents of the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya today, according to village sources. Magav also arrested two Palestinian residents of Issawiya, including lawyer Shireen al Issawi. For reasons that were not immediately clear, border police reportedly attempted to enter the al Issawi residence, which, Maan News Agency reports, is home to Samir al Issawi, who was released in the prisoner exhange that freed Gilad Schalit. Laila al Issawi, Samir's mother, blocked the doorway and her daughter Shireen informed the Magav that they could not enter without a warrant. The border police reportedly pushed Laila…Read More... | 2 Comments
23 Israelis and Palestinians injured - some including broken bones and bloody gashes - in an attack by settlers from the settlement of Anatot just outside Jerusalem, West Bank According to Israeli activists, on Friday morning (Sept 30) Palestinian and Israeli activists were attacked by settlers near the settlement of Anatot, which is about 20 minutes drive outside of Jerusalem in the West Bank, just north of Maale Adumim. Activists came to accompany the owner of the plot of land to plant trees - when they were met by a large group of settlers, who attacked them and reportedly cracked…Read More... | 131 Comments
By Mati Milstein If you seek to obtain a truly comprehensive picture of the state of press freedom and freedom of expression in territories under Israeli control, come watch Israeli soldiers shoot at journalists in the West Bank. On Friday, 29 July, at the start of the weekly Palestinian demonstration in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, Israeli army infantry reservists opened fire with riot-control weapons on a group of some 10 press photographers. This attack crossed a red line. The troops had just repelled a march of several dozen Palestinian, Israeli and foreign protesters with a few rounds…Read More... | 4 Comments
By Sean O'Neill Late Tuesday morning, July 5, around 11:30am, a convoy of IDF, Civil Administration, and Border Police arrived in the Palestinian village of Amniyr accompanying a flatbed truck with a front end loader and a backhoe. Israeli settlers having a picnic at the settlement outpost next to the Susiya archaeological site looked on as the army destroyed nine large tanks of water and a tent. Amniyr is a small village of 11 families in the South Hebron Hills, just northeast of the Palestinian village of Susiya and the Israeli settlement of the same name. The village of shepherds…Read More... | 6 Comments
Here is a report that so far didn't get that much traction on Israeli news sites, except for YNET (which didn't bother to report whether the accused deny the charges, but I'll update as soon as I find out.) "The Justice Ministry’s department for the investigation of police officers served an indictment to the Jerusalem District court against two border police - Yishai Ben Uzri, 30, of Ariel, and Shani Sevilia, 22, in Jerusalem, on charges of aggravated abuse and assault of a Palestinian teenager. According to the indictment… in March last year the 17-year-old in question was detained at…Read More... | 10 Comments
Last night (Friday) clashes erupted between Israel Border Police and Palestinian residents in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan. The soldiers entered the area and positioned themselves on a rooftop of a Palestinian building that they often use for a lookout. According to Palestinian residents, when Border Police entered the house, they assaulted a woman, which resulted in many youths from the neighborhood throwing stones in protest. The soldiers were forced to leave the area, but then large forces of police were sent back later on after realizing that large amounts of ammunition had been left there, which was was taken…Read More... | 3 Comments
What happens before and after an Israeli-Palestinian protest can teach us a lot about the challenge of building trust and the hard work needed in the joint struggle against decades of occupation and segregation. While the Sheikh Jarrah Solidarity movement has been successfully bringing the story of East Jerusalem neighborhoods such as Sheikh Jarrah, Silwan and Issawiya to the forefront of public debate in Israel, a far less covered aspect of the story is what happens before and after the protests, which reflects the challenges and complexities of organizing acts of civil disobedience amongst Palestinians themselves, between them and Israelis,…Read More... | 41 Comments
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