High-profile Palestinian journalist Omar Nazzal has been arrested on terror charges that Israel considers classified and therefore neither he nor his lawyer can see. The army issued an order to keep him in jail for another four months - without trial. The Israel Defense Forces issued on Monday a four-month order for the administrative detention of Omar Nazzal, a Palestinian journalist who was arrested last week at Allenby Crossing on his way to a meeting of the European Federation of Journalists in Sarajevo. Initially the Shin Bet claimed that Nazzal, a freelance journalist and a member of the Palestinian Journalists’ Guild, was…Read More...
A 24-year-old Palestinian and her teenage brother were shot and killed by Israeli troops after allegedly trying to stab Border Police officers. The police's version of the events doesn't add up, but nobody in Israel, including the media, feels the need to ask questions. The facts are still unclear, in fact very unclear: the exact number of knives found, the number of bullets shot, the number of meters distance, why exactly they were there. But even if we accept Israel Police's highly terse account of the events, we are still left with a bottom line: Two Palestinians, Maram Salih Hassan…Read More... | 10 Comments
Palestinian journalists are increasingly threatened, arrested and interrogated just for doing their jobs. And for the most part, Israeli journalists remain silent. By Noam Rotem On a Tuesday night in the beginning of April, Israeli armed forces raided a house in the Silwan neighborhood of East Jerusalem. They woke up sleeping family and gave al-Hayat journalist Diala Jwehan a summons to appear for interrogation. Jwehan has been covering the uprising of recent months, primarily in East Jerusalem, and is one in a long list of Palestinian journalists who have been called in for questioning because of their media work –…Read More...
Maybe even worse than the murder itself is the fact that no one in the vicinity seems at all moved by it. WARNING: This post contains a highly graphic video and images. An IDF soldier was filmed shooting a Palestinian in the head at close range in the Tel Rumeida neighborhood of occupied Hebron Thursday, after he and another Palestinian reportedly stabbed a different soldier, lightly wounding him. Most Israeli media outlets initially went with the usual headline, "Soldier stabbed, assailants killed." A few hours later, however, video of the incident was released showing that the Palestinian man was already…Read More... | 20 Comments
Israelis tend to warn of the 'Islamization' of Europe in the wake of attacks like those in Brussels. But the fear of Muslims in a country where Jews and Muslims must live together is simply not an option. After events like the terrorist attacks in Brussels or Paris, it has become common to hear Israelis say that "Europe is finished" or that it is being "conquered by Muslims." In fact, people say these things even when there are no attacks. Regardless of inherent racism, I do not really understand the logic behind such statements. In France, seven percent of the…Read More... | 14 Comments
Mass funerals for terrorists are no more a representation of Palestinian society than Israelis who dance with knives and glorify Baruch Goldstein are a representation of Israeli society. By Ksenia Svetlova Yoaz Hendel, a former director of communications for Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, wrote an article in Yedioth Ahronoth’s weekend supplement addressing a topic that has became popular, if not populist, in recent weeks: why Palestinians don’t experience bereavement. Or in other words, why are we better than the Palestinians and why are they worse than us. As Hendel, whose writing I love and try never to miss, wrote: “The difference between…Read More... | 4 Comments
A new report by B'Tselem and Hamoked includes testimonies of Palestinian detainees who were held in Israel's 'Shikma' interrogation facility. Human Rights organizations “Hamoked — Defence of the Individual” and B’Tselem on Wednesday published a report that draws on affidavits and statements from 116 Palestinians who spent time in the Shin Bet’s (Israel Security Agency) Shikma interrogation facility. The Palestinians, all of whom were “security detainees” — which means they were suspected of political crimes or terrorism-related offenses as opposed to criminal suspicions — spent time at Shikma between August 2013 and March 2014. Some of the testimonies describe Shin…Read More... | 4 Comments
There is nothing new about the multi-pronged attack on human rights and anti-occupation activists in Israel, but there's something different this time. Something scarier. There is nothing particularly new about the wave of attacks against human rights and the anti-occupation Left in Israel taking place recently. There is nothing new about the increasingly hostile political atmosphere. Not at all. And yet something feels far worse, and scarier, this time around. Everything happening in Israel these days has also happened in the past. We have seen scarier legislative attempts to target human rights NGOs. Politicians have called leftists traitors before. Security services have targeted…Read More... | 4 Comments
Four Israelis who work for leading human rights organizations woke up to a new, frightening reality after a video accused each one of them of being a foreign agent working to defend Palestinian terrorists. A new video entitled "Foreign Agents - Revealed!" was released on Tuesday by Im Tirtzu, a neo-Mccarthyite, extreme right-wing group notorious for its public attacks against left-wing academics and organizations. In 2013 an Israeli court ruled that the group bears similarities to a fascist movement. Its leadership enjoys ties with Likud and Yisrael Beitenu politicians. [tmwinpost] The video plasters the faces of the heads of four Israeli human…Read More... | 15 Comments
The founders of the state, Jews of Ashkenazi origin raised on European ideas, viewed 'Oriental Jews' as backward and primitive from the moment they began arriving en masse on Israel's shores. "An Ashkenazi gangster, thief, pimp or murderer will not gain the sympathy of the Ashkenazi community (if there is such a thing), nor will he expect it. But in such a primate community as the Moroccans' — such a thing is possible." - David Ben-Gurion, Israel's first prime minister, 1959 Israel's media was abuzz Monday following the release of an overtly racist commercial targeting Mizrahi Jews. The commercial for the upscale…Read More... | 2 Comments
The leader of a popular Jewish supremacist group circulates a new video that puts CCTV footage of stabbing attack to bouncy electronic music and violent, disturbing lyrics. Benzi Gopstein, the head of Lehava, posted a video on his Facebook page Monday glorifying the killing of Palestinians. Lehava is a popular Jewish supremacist group dedicated to preventing Arab-Jewish relations, which is also accused of regular incitement and racism against Palestinians — both online and on the streets of Jerusalem. (Click here for the original posting on Facebook) The video itself is CCTV footage of an incident in Jerusalem on Monday in which two Palestinian…Read More... | 8 Comments
Group seeks to 'reclaim Jewish identity,' raise a global Jewish voice to 'challenge Israel's destructive policies.' A new international network of Jewish groups and individuals committed to justice in Palestine released a statement over the weekend calling for an end to the killing and an end the occupation. The network, which first met over the summer and has yet to come up with a name, currently spans 16 countries — from Brazil, to Australia, to Switzerland and South Africa — and represents 15 organizations. According to the preface to their statement, the group seeks to "reclaim Jewish identity not as a…Read More... | 6 Comments
Israeli security forces shoot two small Palestinian children with 'less lethal' bullets — one in the head, one in the thigh. The Israeli media barely notices. A five year old. An armed, uniformed Israeli pointed a gun at him. And shot. A kid not even old enough for first grade. I haven't seen any reports on this in English and the few I saw in Hebrew were scant and focused primarily on the incendiary, racist comments posted by Israelis on the photo of Abu Ali that went around Facebook. Things like, "too bad they didn't take him out," and, "if…Read More... | 8 Comments
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