How does the IDF deal with brush fire? Depends whether it threatens Jewish or Palestinian property. By Yossi Gurvitz, written for Yesh Din In the beginning of May 2016, S., a resident of the West Bank village of Sur, returned to his village and immediately noticed heavy smoke billowing from his land. Normally in such cases one hastily summons the firefighters; but we are dealing with the West Bank under Israeli military rule, so things tend to get complicated. [tmwinpost] S. grows olives on his land, where he owns around 100 trees. He lives off the olive harvest, estimating that…Read More... | 5 Comments
For years they have served in high-ranking positions in the Israeli army, taking part in the most violent aspects of the occupation. Only once they leave do they suddenly discover that, perhaps, military rule isn't such a great idea. By now it has become a tired ritual: every once in a while a former high-ranking member of Israel's defense establishment "wakes up" and discovers — to his and his supporters' utter surprise — that over the past 50 years Israel has been maintaining a violent occupation over millions of people who lack basic rights. This week came Gen. Gadi Shamni's turn to…Read More... | 14 Comments
Omri Baranes sat in military prison for 67 days for refusing to join the Israeli army. After spending 67 days in military prison, Israeli conscientious objector Omri Baranes was officially released from IDF service on Thursday. Baranes, from the city of Rosh HaAyin in central Israel, was recognized by an IDF committee as a pacifist and was thus released on conscientious grounds. The conscientious objectors committee originally rejected her request, leading Baranes to refuse to serve in the army and sit in prison. [tmwinpost] According to the IDF conscientious objectors who oppose all forms of violence or service in any army…Read More... | 21 Comments
When the occupation seems to becomes a bit too 'quiet,' the Israeli military is always there to fully contain and eliminate the threat. By Talal Jabari Israeli intelligence has intercepting would-be suicide bombers down to a fine art. The military is quite adept at quashing demonstrations in the West Bank (they did a very thorough job at leveling entire sections of the Gaza Strip during the 2014 military campaign). And along with every Israeli military action come the right-wing politicians who make their television appearances, patting themselves on the back and talking about eliminating the enemy — all the while reinforcing their fear-mongering…Read More... | 8 Comments
Maj. Gen. Uzi Dayan was trying to support a soldier charged with killing an unarmed Palestinian. Instead, he ended up confessing to a crime that could have severe repercussions at The Hague. By Yael Marom and John Brown* Late last week, Channel 2 news reported that three senior reserve officers — Maj. Gen. Uzi Dayan, Brig. Gen. Shmuel Zakai, and Gen. Dan Biton — will testify for the defense of Elor Azaria, the Israeli soldier who is on trial for shooting and killing a Palestinian who stabbed an IDF soldier in Hebron, though he was already immobilized. Zakai had previously posted on…Read More... | 4 Comments
Contrary to what some activists claim, Defense Minister Liberman's decision to forbid soldiers from volunteering with children of asylum seekers is a good one. By Dror Mizrachi Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman caused controversy this week when he acquiesced to requests by activists in south Tel Aviv and ordered the IDF chief of staff to stop soldiers from volunteering with asylum seeker children. The anger against Liberman was justified: volunteer work is a positive thing, especially when it is for the benefit of the weakest segments of society. But the question that needs to be asked is how, from the get go,…Read More... | 2 Comments
An IDF officer opened fire on a Palestinian taxi, killing a 15-year-old boy, and wounding five others. The driver, who was shot in the head, returned from the hospital to discover his work and entry permits had been revoked. By John Brown* On Tuesday, June 21 at 1:30 a.m., an officer from the IDF's Kfir Brigade who was driving on Route 443 in the West Bank stood over a bridge adjacent the road and fired a number of bursts at a taxi that passed below. This took place after Palestinians had reportedly thrown stones in the area. The gunfire killed…Read More... | 3 Comments
As Israelis debate whether an Israeli soldier should or shouldn't have killed an incapacitated Palestinian, it becomes clear that we know close to nothing about the victims of the occupation. By Orit Kamir Elor Azaria is an Israeli soldier, a paramedic, who shot and killed a Palestinian civilian that had previously tried to stab Israeli soldiers in Hebron. Azaria shot the Palestinian in the head when the man was lying on the ground, at Azaria's feet, helpless and defenseless. Since the event was photographed and publicized, Elor Azaria has been put on trial for manslaughter. His trial is the talk of the town…Read More... | 5 Comments
As the images of the attempted coup in Turkey flooded the media, some in the Israeli Left began fantasizing about our own version of a military takeover. Along with millions of others across the world, I closely followed the coup attempt in Turkey over the past weekend. Rather than being glued to the television, we stayed up until the early hours of the morning looking at Facebook Live feeds from the streets of Istanbul and Ankara. [tmwinpost] No less fascinating was the response to the coup attempt among many of my Facebook friends. Coups, it turns out, are an exciting…Read More... | 9 Comments
A Palestinian resident of Hebron is attacked for trying to protect a child from settler violence. It turns out his attackers were aided by an IDF soldier. By Yossi Gurvitz, for Yesh Din Sometimes you run into stories that encapsulate the entirety of the injustice of the occupation. All too often those stories come from the Hebron region, where reality is even harsher than the rest of the West Bank. [tmwinpost] Ra’ed Jihad Yakoub Abu Armila owns a souvenir shop in Hebron and works as a photographer for Israeli human rights group, B’Tselem. Around the beginning of May 2016, he…Read More...
More occupation means demolishing more homes. It means more families who will wake up in the middle of the night. It means killing more Palestinian teenagers. Because we have the power, the weapons, and the law at our disposal. By Hagai El-Ad A few hours before Israeli President Reuven Rivlin told members of the EU Parliament that "the current diplomatic, political and regional conditions do not allow Israelis and Palestinians to reach a permanent peace agreement" a few weeks ago, Israeli soldiers shot and killed 15-year-old Mahmoud Badran. They also "mistakenly" wounded four of his friends, who had just come back…Read More...
The IDF has spent NIS 28 million on advertising in various media outlets, despite claims to the contrary. By Itamar Bazz The Israel Defense Forces purchased advertorial content in media outlets, according to an investigation by The Seventh Eye. In an interview to radio station “Kol Ha’ayin” last year, IDF Spokesperson Moti Almoz said the army is not involved in purchasing advertorial content and that media outlets that publish IDF content do so for their own editorial reasons and without receiving any compensation. But data obtained by The Seventh Eye and the organization “Hazlacha” indicate that in certain cases IDF…Read More...
Defense Minister Ya'alon has been heralded as the Left's newest spokesperson after repeatedly speaking out against Israel's political leadership. Let's not forget that this is the same guy who called Breaking the Silence 'traitors.' After reserving a spot among the "left-wing pragmatists" for openly stating that executing a dying man, and especially while on camera, is not such a good idea, Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon continues to excite the Israeli peace camp. "Keep speaking your mind — even if it differs from the positions and ideas voiced by senior commanders or the political leadership," Ya'alon told IDF officers. His summons…Read More... | 1 Comment
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