Court orders the state to begin releasing more than 1,700 prisoners immediately. In a landmark ruling, a special nine-justice panel of the High Court of Justice decided to strike down the amendment to Israel’s infamous anti-infiltration bill, which allowed the state to hold African asylum seekers in custody, without trial, for three years (and in some cases – indefinitely). The court’s unanimous decision was that the bill contradicts Israel’s Basic Law: Human Dignity and Liberty. The amendment in the bill allowing the state to hold without trial any person who entered the country illegally was deemed “disproportionate” to the challenge…Read More... | 2 Comments
On Thursday, I traveled to the south with a group of journalists and bloggers to view the construction of new detention facilities around Ketsiot, near the Egyptian border. When completed, the four prisons in the area are meant to be able to hold more than 16,000 inmates, making them, together, the largest detention facility for immigrants in the West. The trip was organized by ASSAF - Aid Organization for Refugees and Asylum Seekers in Israel, with the participation of Physicians for Human Rights, the Hotline for Migrant Workers and Amnesty International. Aid workers and reporters are not allowed into the…Read More... | 12 Comments
This is really hard to watch: A search in prisoners cells and tents in Ktziot, a huge prison for Palestinians near the Egyptian border, ended up with the guards shooting prisoners in their quarters, killing one and injuring others. The whole operation was unnecessary, intended to promote self-confidence and to "boost morale" among the guards. As can be see near the end of the video, some guards are clearly enjoying themselves (not everyone - others are trying to prevent the situation from getting out of hands). (For English subtitles, press arrow, then "CC" on the lower-right corner of the player)…Read More... | 12 Comments
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Why does the Israeli media treat Gazan lives as expendable? @Ha_Matar's latest http://t.co/7XuPyMOFXk
Two months on, and the Israeli media still isn't asking about the death of the Joudah family: http://t.co/7XuPyMOFXk http://t.co/RiSMmVAEkK
For the Israeli media, Gazan lives are little more than expendable http://t.co/7XuPyMOFXk by @Ha_Matar
If settling Jews in East Jerusalem is legitimate, why are they doing it under the cover of darkness? http://t.co/Mar0rYvgRC
Part 2 of @yuval_ba’s series, ‘The Beaten Path.’ This time, he visits the Baha’i Gardens http://t.co/K3ecVlD0mn
The Beaten Path: Baha'i Haifa, Banana St. and the ultimate Other (part 3) http://t.co/K3ecVlD0mn by @yuval_ba
@NotSaebErekat @IsraelandStufff @MairavZ Good one!