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  • How to bungle an investigation into settler violence

    A Palestinian man identifies the Israeli settlers who cut down his olive trees. Police close the case anyway, claiming they have no idea who the perpetrator is — without ever questioning the suspects. By Yesh Din, written by Yossi Gurvitz I am considering demanding a refund from Israeli Treasury for the portion of my taxes they spent on the division of the Israel National Police operating in the West Bank (Samaria and Judea Police Department, or SJPD), since it is clearly a superfluous expense. This blog is not, to say the least, an admirer of the SJPD, but this time special forces would be required to help…

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  • WATCH: Jewish extremist tries to stab 'rabbi for human rights'

    Volunteers and activists were accompanying Palestinian olive harvesters in the West Bank to help protect them from settler attacks. A right-wing Jewish extremist threw stones at and attempted to stab president of Rabbis for Human Rights, Arik Asherman, following an olive harvest coordinated with the Israeli army on Friday. Nobody was significantly injured in the incident. Rabbi Asherman and a group of Israeli and international activists arrived to accompany Palestinian farmers to their privately owned olive orchard, located near the illegal Israeli outpost of Gideonim, which is an offshoot of the Itamar settlement. [tmwinpost] Following the harvest, the Palestinian farmers…

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  • Israel’s scapegoat problem

    Israeli governments always found someone to blame for whatever violence came their way, and then they bombed them. This time around there's nobody to blame. Except for that one thing. By Talal Jabari This current wave of “lone-wolf” attacks by Palestinians against Israelis poses a threat to the Israeli government unlike any other. Obviously I am not referring to the security risk they pose — after all, Israel has far more deaths and injuries from car accidents. Nor am I referring to the fear this onslaught of attacks may be causing Israelis. No, the real threat is that for the…

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  • Israel still holds all the cards

    The relative quiet on the ground in recent years, enforced by the Palestinian Authority on Israel’s behalf, led Israelis to believe they can enjoy peace and prosperity without ending the occupation. Thirteen years passed between the First Intifada, which broke out in December 1987, and the start of the second in October 2000. Both intifadas lasted for roughly five years. It has been 15 years since the start of the Second Intifada, and 10 years since it ended. [tmwinpost] If history and experience teach us anything, the timeframe is exactly right for the arrival of a new generation of young…

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  • A different type of terrorism

    We’ve been trained to think that if there’s no blood then it’s not worth talking about, that it’s not ‘terrorism.’ But terror is also ridiculing the corpse of a religious woman, it is regular settler attacks against Palestinian villages, and it being attacked just for speaking Arabic. As we are inundated by reports of deaths across the West Bank, Jerusalem and Hebron, I’ve starting compiling my own list of stories that will never make it to the headlines in the Israeli media — incidents in which not enough blood was spilled. The ISIS effect, according to which a story is…

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  • WATCH: Settlers hurl burning tires, boulders at Palestinians

    Hundreds of settlers launch dozens of attacks against Palestinians across the West Bank, in the wake of two Palestinian attacks that left four Israelis dead. Rights groups demand the army intervene to protect Palestinians from settler violence. Israeli settlers carried out dozens of violent attacks across the West Bank over the past two days in the wake of the murders of four Israeli civilians by Palestinians. In the northern West Bank village of Bur’in masked settlers were filmed rolling boulders and burning tires down a hill toward Palestinians. Groups of settlers, at times accompanied by the Israeli army, threw stones…

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  • The idiot's guide to whitewashing the occupation

    With a naive tone, jovial denial of the existence of Palestinians and winsome depiction of settlers and life in the West Bank, Israel's settlement lobby creates an illustrated guide to hasbaraland.  "Occupation, shmoccupation!" declares a new booklet published by the Yesha Council, the lobbying and political arm of West Bank settlements. Titled "Kibush kishkush" (which translates more literally as "occupation nonsense"), the pamphlet states its professed aim of addressing "misconceptions about settlements and the settler public in Judea and Samaria." The book is intended to tackle the "stigmas left-wing organizations are trying to disseminate," Yesha Council spokesperson Yigal Dakmoni told…

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  • WATCH: Masked settlers attack Palestinians at Hebron checkpoint

    Masked Israeli settlers attack, pepper spray Palestinians detained at the Beit Hadassah checkpoint in Hebron. Palestinian activist: 'Had a Palestinian attacked the settlers, the entire neighborhood would have already been punished.' By Yael Marom A video released Saturday shows four settlers violently attacking two Palestinians who were detained by Israeli soldiers near the Beit Hadassah settlement in the city of Hebron. According to the organization "Youth Against Settlements," whose activists filmed the incident, two Palestinians were detained by Israeli soldiers near Beit Hadassah on Saturday, an area known for settler violence. The Palestinians began arguing with the soldiers when four…

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  • Nothing to be done about the near-kidnapping of a Palestinian child

    When Israeli civilians try to kidnap a Palestinian child, the police do their best not to investigate. By Yesh Din, written by Yossi Gurvitz The date: December 19, 2014. The place: the AM/PM convenience store outside the West Bank village of Hawara. Majed Musa AbdAziz As’ous parks his vehicle across the road from the store, making certain the windows are open, and goes in for a quick purchase. In the front seat on his right sits five-and-a-half year old N.; two other children sit in the back seat. [tmwinpost] As the father crosses the road, an Israeli vehicle — As’ous…

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  • No one is put on trial when a Palestinian family is burned alive

    Three years before the attack on the Dawabshe family, a Molotov cocktail was thrown at a taxi, burning and seriously wounding members of the Riyada family. Despite incontrovertible evidence showing settlers were behind the attack, the case was closed after a two-week investigation. By John Brown* and Noam Rotem August 2012. A Molotov cocktail is thrown at a cab, burning an entire Palestinian family. They miraculously survive. Nearby the police find a red bag with a plastic bottle full of gasoline, white latex gloves, and a black lighter with DNA belonging to a Jewish minor from the Bat Ayin settlement. Despite…

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  • Photos of the Month: A long, hot summer of hate crimes

    A Palestinian family is burned alive in their sleep, a 16-year-old Israeli is stabbed to death during the Jerusalem pride march, a hunger-striker calls the shots, and more. These are the best Activestills photos of the month. Photos by: Keren Manor, Ahmad Al-Bazz, Yotam Ronen, Faiz Abu-Rmeleh, Omer Sameer, Oren Ziv / Activestills, Edited by: Anka Mirkin

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  • License to Kill: Stone-throwing while Palestinian could get you killed

    An IDF brigade commander earns praise from the political establishment for killing a Palestinian stone-thrower, while soldiers are commended for using 'restraint' in the face of Jewish stone-throwers. The fourth installment in a series examining the case files of soldiers who killed unarmed Palestinian civilians. [Read parts one, two, three, and four] By John Brown* and Noam Rotem Translated from Hebrew by Ofer Neiman On Friday, July 3, Colonel Yisrael Shomer, commander of the Binyamin Brigade, shot two bullets into the back of 17-year-old Muhammad Ali-Kosba, and another in his head. Shomer claimed the boy was throwing stones at his vehicle. The political…

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  • Never enough evidence to convict 'price tag' attackers

    It’s hard to avoid the feeling that the police are incapable, even at their best, of obtaining convictions for Jews who burn Palestinian vehicles.  By Yesh Din, written by Yossi Gurvitz The deplorable murder of Ali Dawabshe led to a wave of far-reaching, anti-democratic proposals allegedly meant to augment the fight against hate crimes targeting Palestinians. As Yesh Din sees it, the problem lies somewhere else entirely: the quality of police work. The final week of July — which began with a stunning acquittal and ended with a terrible tragedy — provided us with a good example. At the end of July, a…

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