Did a Palestinian activist see justice only because the soldier who shot him was an Arab? In a rare piece of positive news, Haaretz reported Saturday that the Jerusalem Magistrates' Court decided that 155,000 shekels ($40,200) should be paid in compensation to Rateb Abu Rahmeh, a Palestinian activist and university lecturer from the West Bank village of Bil'in. The decision was made after Abu Rahmeh filed a lawsuit against a Border Policeman who, in 2005, shot him in the leg with a sponge-tipped bullet during a weekly demonstration in Bil'in. The court found that the policeman had given a false…Read More...
Israel Border Police
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
The IDF video makes it appear extremely unlikely that border policewoman 'N.' was justified in shooting the Hebron teenager. From the dark, fairly crude IDF video, there are so many things we don't know about the killing of 17-year-old Mohammed Salaymah by border policewoman "N." in Hebron a week ago. For one thing, we don't even know if N. was the only shooter; from the video it looks to me like two police officers might have fired at the boy. We don't know if Salaymah pulled a realistic-looking cigarette-lighter gun during the fight, which was N.'s stated justification for shooting…Read More... | 52 Comments
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