Security officials have launched a public campaign painting the 'Great Return March' as a violent, Hamas-sponsored event. Israel has never needed excuses to violently suppress Palestinian protests, which makes this a priori justification of violence all the more worrying. Israel’s senior-most defense policy official once famously told American diplomats that “we don’t do Gandhi very well.” Israeli security forces, Defense Ministry policy chief Amos Gilad was explaining, don’t really have the means or patience to suppress mass, nonviolent Palestinian protests without employing disproportionate violence themselves — nor are they willing to allow such protests to occur without being suppressed. [tmwinpost]…Read More... | 1 Comment
IDF soldiers confiscate cameras from a Palestinian photojournalist – and turn them over to a settler. They come back broken. By Yesh Din, written by Yossi Gurvitz One morning last September, Nadel Shafiq Taher Shatiya heard the loudspeakers of the mosque in his Nablus-area village announce that settlers were approaching the village's land. Shatiya, a photojournalist by trade, grabbed two cameras and raced to the scene. Based on his account, when he arrived, several tractors and settlers – who, according to the reports received by Shatiya, came from the nearby settlement of Elon Moreh – were trying to plough the…Read More... | 4 Comments
New report by Israeli and international rights groups demand more protection for the right to protest. But even as the report shines a light on the West Bank, how can you protect a right you don't have? If freedom of expression is the grievance system of democracies, the right to protest and peaceful assembly is democracy’s megaphone. It is the tool of the poor and the marginalized – those who do not have ready access to the levers of power and influence, those who need to take to the streets to make their voices heard. ('Take back the streets: Repression…Read More...
Israel’s most renowned torturer threatens to expose the dirty secrets of the Israeli security system, if he does not receive remuneration Yediot Ahronot’s “7 Yamim”, a weekend supplement, published a long interview yesterday with “Captain George,” the nom de guerre of a disgraced army interrogator, who has become Israel’s most infamous torturer. George, who sued the government for kicking him out of the army, states clearly that his goal is blackmailing the government. “I kept my mouth shut and said nothing about this case [the interrogation and torture of Amal’s Mustafa Dirani – YZG], as well as many other cases…Read More... | 9 Comments
In a new wikileaks cable, Director of Policy and Political-Military Affairs at the Israel Ministry of Defense, Maj. General (reserves) Amos Gilad, told American government officials, 'we don't do Gandhi very well' in reference to unarmed demonstrations taking place throughout the West Bank and specifically in Nabi Saleh. The cable confirms that the Israeli army has, in recent months, decided to increase violent pressure on the demonstrations 'even [if the] demonstrations appear peaceful.' In the cable, titled "IDF PLANS HARSHER METHODS WITH WEST BANK DEMONSTRATIONS" and labeled confidential, the Israeli army is portrayed as fed up with the demonstrations and likely to engage in harsh repression if the…Read More... | 13 Comments
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