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  • An Israeli policeman's account of Land Day, 1976

    On March 30, 1976, Israeli police repressed protests by Palestinian citizens of Israel against the confiscation of Arab land in the Galilee for use by Jewish citizens. Six protesters were killed, some 100 wounded and hundreds were arrested. Ever since, Palestinians in Israel, the Occupied Territories and the Diaspora mark Land Day on March 30. ‘Ha’olam Hazeh,’ a magazine published by Uri Avnery, was the only Israeli media outlet to challenge the state’s narrative of the events at the time. The following, a testimony from an Israeli police officer who was present that day, is short item 'Ha'olam Hazeh' published…

  • An invitation to Israel's thought police: Haul me in

    A Palestinian man from East Jerusalem is summoned by Israeli police for a Facebook status describing his city as occupied. It has been a month since I last visited Occupied Jerusalem. By writing those words, I may be hastening my return to the city, albeit involuntarily. This week, a Palestinian resident of Occupied East Jerusalem was summoned by Israeli police for describing the city’s mayor, Nir Barkat, as the “mayor of the occupation,” Haaretz reported. East Jerusalem was occupied by Israeli forces on June 7, 1967. Later that month, some 70 square kilometers of Palestinian East Jerusalem and the West…

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  • Whitewashing the settlers' police force

    Israeli police in the West Bank manage to avoid carrying out the most basic of investigative actions – even while holding in custody two suspects caught red-handed. By Yesh Din, written by Yossi Gurvitz On July 26, 2010, Israeli civilians – some of whom were seen coming from the direction of the settlements of Yizhar and Har Bracha – went on two rampages in the Palestinian village of Burin. In the first and more severe case, they attacked and destroyed property; when the owner, Ibrahim 'Id, could no longer stand watching his property go up in flames and approached the…

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  • 'You think filing a complaint will restore your rights?'

    An Israeli police interrogator exposes the true farce that is the 'rule of law' in the West Bank, when it comes to Palestinians at least. The abuse of a boy as a microcosm of the occupation. By Yesh Din, written by Yossi Gurvitz This past June, we reported on an unusually severe incident next to the settlement of Eli: a security officer drew his gun at M., a 14-year-old Palestinian boy who came near the settlement, fired in the air, and when the boy fell down and was wounded, he abused him – everything, naturally, with the support of our…

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  • Baseless accusations: Activists acquitted for 'Cast Lead' protest

    Four and a half years after 16 activists were arrested in Tel Aviv for protesting Operation Cast Lead, a court acquits them of all charges. The question is why -- despite video evidence showing they did nothing wrong -- did the police continue to aggressively push to indict the protesters on bogus charges? By Inbal Sinai, Social TV editorial It was hard to remain apathetic as difficult-to-digest reports arrived from Gaza during the Israeli attack in the winter of 2008-2009, known as “Cast Lead.” According to data from B’Tselem, 1,391 Palestinians were killed in the fighting (759 of whom were…

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  • Israeli inaction enables settler violence against Palestinians

    The failure of Israeli authorities in the struggle against Jewish terrorism makes them its enablers. Yesh Din demands a special IDF deployment in order to protect Palestinians. By Yesh Din, written by Yossi Gurvitz Yesh Din on Wednesday published its annual data sheet about law enforcement on Israeli civilians in the West Bank, and as usual, the data is not encouraging. You can see the full data sheet here. To make a long story short, between 2005 and 2013, the SHAI (Judea and Samaria/West Bank) District Police managed to obtain indictments only in 8.5 percent of the cases Yesh Din…

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  • Fact sheet: Israeli police fail to prosecute violence against Palestinians

    Yesh Din publishes research and tracking of police investigations into allegations of violence against Palestinians perpetrated by Israeli citizens. The updated figures show that between 2005 and 2013 just 8.5 percent of investigation files ended in the indictment of Israelis suspected of harming Palestinians and their property. In the vast majority of cases, the investigators failed to locate the offenders or to collect sufficient evidence for prosecution. The new figures are virtually identical to those reported in the past. Accordingly, the past year has not brought any improvement in the ability of the police to investigate offenses by Israeli civilians…

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  • A diary of violence: Nakba Day protests in East Jerusalem

    One activist's diary of the arrests and violence that Israeli police used against Palestinian protesters in East Jerusalem on Nakba Day, 2013. By Sahar Vardi Scene 1: A few dozen Palestinians march down Bab A-Zahara Street with a police van behind them, they head toward Damascus Gate for the Annual commemoration of the Nakba. Police cavalry pass the marchers, turn around, block the sidewalk on which the protesters are marching and start galloping towards them. Another line of border policeman prevents those who managed to pass from walking toward Damascus Gate, but they’re too late, half the protest is already…

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  • PHOTOS: Palestinians commemorate Nakba Day in rallies and protests

    As Noam Sheizaf's recent headline states, "the Nakba's memory is more present than ever in Israel."  The Nakba, literally, "the catastrophe," is the name given to the massive deportation of more then 700,000 Palestinians from what became the State of Israel in 1948. Sheizaf goes on to point out how efforts, such as the "Nakba law," which authorizes the finance minister to withdraw funds from organizations commemorating the day, have backfired and effectively injected Nakba consciousness into the global discourse. From Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and throughout the West Bank and Gaza, activists marched to assert a history which is no longer…

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  • Israel's justice system fails to protect the Palestinians it rules

    Many Palestinians have despaired of complaining about violations against them. Yesh Din's new report, "The Road to Dispossession," shows why. By Yesh Din, written by Yossi Gurvitz April 14, 2011 was a special morning for the Hizme family from the village of Turmusaya: it was one of the few days they were allowed to work their land, which unfortunately for them is close to the illegal outpost Adei Ad. They received the necessary permits from the army. Even so, some 90 minutes after they started working, IDF personnel showed up and asked them to leave, so as not to "cause problems…

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  • In Hebron, no arrests (of Jews) on Saturdays

    A Palestinian is attacked by a famous settler. Police detain the Palestinian, but not the settler – because it's already Shabbat. By Yesh Din, written by Yossi Gurvitz At the beginning of February, "I.", a resident of Tel Rumeida, was sitting in his yard with some friends. This was a Friday, twilight was setting in, and I. was sitting with his back to a path servicing the settlers. "B.", a famous settler with a long history of convictions and a longer list of detentions by the police, was passing by, and was identified by "I." A small number of other settlers…

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  • Settlers arrested in connection with near-fatal shooting of Palestinian man in Qusra

    Police make rare arrests in connection to settler violence against Palestinians. But the circumstances surrounding the shooting were unique, and likely played no small role in pushing police to investigate seriously. Update (April 3): Police released all of the suspects and cleared them of wrongdoing, according to The Jerusalem Post.  In a rare display of law enforcement against violent Jewish settlers, Israeli police raided the notorious illegal outpost of Esh Kodesh early Tuesday morning. Police arrested five settlers, including an active duty soldier, in connection with the near-fatal shooting of a young Palestinian man from the nearby village of Qusra…

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  • A new low: Police claim torching of Palestinian cars was 'fabricated'

    When the police say the residents of Qusra fabricated the incident, they are actually saying the residents committed the felony of a false report. But so far, not a single Qusra resident has been interrogated for false complaints.  By Yesh Din, written by Yossi Gurvitz At the end of last week, the police came out with an unusual announcement, claiming that the torching of six cars in the village of Qusra some ten days ago was "fabricated." We reacted immediately (Hebrew), and reporter Yigal Mosco of Channel 2 had some select words for the police (Hebrew), noting their claims were…

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