Law enforcement in the West Bank is a complex topic. Those who attempt to analyze it better get the background right. In his recent piece for the new, explanatory journalism website Vox, Zack Beauchamp attempts to analyze some figures on law enforcement in the West Bank, obtained by The Associated Press. He divides the number of arrests of Israeli citizens and Palestinians in the occupied territory by the size of each population, and reaches a surprising outcome: it is Israelis that are more frequently arrested than Palestinians, not vice versa. To his credit, he does point out that "[i]t's unlikely…Read More... | 2 Comments
Settlement depends on deception, lies and theft. So why aren't the police and prosecution doing everything in their power to put an end to it? By Yesh Din (written by Yossi Gurvitz) The story was supposed to be simple: Yoel Tzur, the CEO of the Company for the Development of the Yeshiva Town in Beit El (Yesh Din dealt with this shady company previously) admitted during his police interrogation that he built what would come to be known as “Ulpana Hill” on private Palestinian land, for which he had no valid contract. Tzur told the police that he began construction in…Read More... | 1 Comment
When residents of one of the most radical settlements in the West Bank terrorized their Palestinian neighbors, the army and police did what they are becoming known for doing: absolutely nothing. By Yesh Din (written by Yossi Gurvitz) On April 25th, 2013, Raed Mahmoud Ahmad Sabah was in his house in the village of 'Urif when he noticed three Israeli civilians, all wearing hoods, approaching his house from the nearby settlement of Yitzhar. Shortly afterwards, a settlement security vehicle joined the group, and out stepped a man who Sabah identified as a settlement security officer. Several minutes late, two IDF…Read More... | 1 Comment
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…Read More... | 8 Comments
Scores of racist commenters rejoice at the sight of a news item about the tragic death of four young girls in the Hebron area. So why doesn't anyone do anything about it? By Tomer Zeigerman This past Thursday, Israel's Channel 2 News posted on a news item on its Facebook page about a tragedy in Hebron: four Palestinians girls had died after they were forgotten in a car (actually, the girls accidentally locked themselves while playing, and this did not happen in Hebron but in a nearby town, Taqumiya). Scores of Israelis responded with appalling comments. Here's a small…Read More... | 12 Comments
The Judea and Samaria Police outdid itself by closing a case of shooting at a Palestinian for 'lack of criminal culpability.' By Yesh Din, written by Yossi Gurvitz This blog has dealt extensively with one of the most dysfunctional organizations around, to wit, the Judea and Samaria Police District (JSPD), which manages to look even worse than regular Israeli police. (Judea and Samaria is the name used by Israel to describe the West Bank.) That should have immunized yours truly from being shocked by it; and yet, our volunteers are now helping search for my dropped jaw. Let’s begin with…Read More... | 16 Comments
Israeli police's failure to stop the murder of two young Bedouin sisters highlights the arbitrariness of citizenship and discrimination for Palestinians under occupation - regardless of whether they are citizens. Abir Dandis, the mother of the two girls found dead in an unrecognized Bedouin village in southern Israel last Tuesday, is not an Israeli citizen. In a more perfect world, her citizenship status wouldn't matter, considering she is in an abusive relationship and her daughters' lives were in imminent danger. But the Israel Police were well aware of her citizenship status when she went to alert them of her concerns for…Read More... | 11 Comments
An attempt to kill a family in its sleep would force almost any police force to make an extra effort in catching the perpetrators. Not when the police are Israeli and the victims Palestinian. By Yesh Din, written by Yossi Gurvitz Late one night in May 2012, H., a resident of the West Bank village Einbus, was awakened when he heard a noise outside his house. He went towards the window, heard dogs barking and then smelled smoke. He ran to the balcony where he noticed two things: first and foremost, his car was on fire; second, three or four…Read More... | 39 Comments
Anat Hoffman, longtime crusader for the advancement of progressive Judaism in Israel and a tireless activist for the rights of women to partake in religious traditions, was arrested last month while saying the Shma prayer at the Western Wall. Hoffman, the Executive Director of the Israel Religious Action Center and one of the founders of Women of the Wall (and a former Jerusalem City councilwoman) is no stranger to the law: it was the sixth time she has been arrested. Yet she says she has never been charged. When I interviewed her nine days later at a conference in Germany,…Read More... | 16 Comments
From the River to the Sea, Palestinians are prevented from protesting freely for their rights. Yesterday, I attended my first Palestinian demonstration across the Green Line, in front of Ramle Prison. Having been to many protests in the West Bank I was eager to assess the differences between the two events and how the Israeli authorities respond to each. The day before, I had attended a demonstration in front of Ofer Prison near Ramallah. Both events were in support of the Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli jails, and therefore, relatively parallel. In the occupied West Bank, peaceable assembly…Read More... | 2 Comments
Israeli police and army mount a massive operation to stop Israelis from reaching the special Friday protest, marking seven years of popular and joint struggle in Bil'in In the beginning there were engineers, soldiers and bulldozers. It was after the International Court of Law in The Hague had already barred construction of The Separation Wall within the West Bank, and before the Israeli High Court of Justice found the Wall's route in Bil'in illegal. It was after someone somewhere decided that more than 2,000 dunams of the village's agricultural lands were to be annexed to Israel by force, and before…Read More... | 15 Comments
Tens of thousands gathered in a Tel Aviv protest organized by the "tent city" movement, demanding affordable housing and social justice. Later, hundreds blocked main streets in the city This post is joint reporting by Dahlia Scheindlin and Dimi Reider Dimi writes: Hundreds of protesters for social justice clashed with police in central Tel Aviv tonight under chants of revolution and signs reading "Mubarak. Assad. Netanyahu." Some 42 people were arrested, a rare if not unprecedented number for a Tel Aviv demonstration on any issue. After a huge turnout to a well-organized march (estimates vary between the 20 and the 40…Read More... | 8 Comments
Around 100 settlers from Bat Ayn settlement descended upon the Palestinian villages of Saffa and nearby Beit Ummar in the southern West Bank, shooting 17-year-old Yousef Fakhri Ikhlayl in his head, leaving him critically injured Friday Morning. Doctors have announced that Yousef is currently brain-dead in a Hebron hospital [UPDATE: Yousef died at Hebron's hospital]. Israeli media reported that 30 settlers took a hike without coordinating with the army and clashes erupted when Palestinians threw stones at them once they entered the village of Safa. A large group of armed settlers began shooting towards Palestinian homes in Saffa at around…Read More... | 1 Comment
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