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  • How Israel is predetermining a violent outcome for Gaza return march

    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]…

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  • Who's afraid of Israeli hate crimes?

    What the government calls 'nationalist crimes' are not random acts of violence—they have a clear goal: dispossessing Palestinians of their land. By Yesh Din, written by Yossi Gurvitz From time to time, this country is shaken by a particularly severe wave of nationalistically-motivated hate crimes against Palestinians, often in the form of arson or desecration of a religious site. After each such incident, we are faced with the usual ritual: senior government or police officials stare into the cameras with a determined gaze; they call the acts unconscionable; they say they take the incident with a full measure of responsibility and severity; they…

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  • WATCH: Soldiers attack Palestinian journalists in West Bank refugee camp

    Soldiers push, throw stun grenades and point their guns at Palestinian journalists reporting on clashes in Jalazone refugee camp. A video published last weekend showed a group of soldiers from the Kfir Brigade assaulting a Palestinian man in Jalazone refugee camp, throwing him on the ground while kicking and beating him with their guns. Four of the soldiers were sentenced — one of them was reprimanded, one was given 30-day confinement, and two others received 28-day suspended sentences each. [tmwinpost] On Tuesday, activists from the International Solidarity Movement (ISM) — which brings activists from around the world to participate in…

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  • Army arrests unconscious activist at Corrie commemoration

    During an olive planting action to commemorate the 12th anniversary of the death of American activist Rachel Corrie, Israeli forces arrest two Palestinians--one of them while unconscious. Text and photos by: Ahmad Al-Bazz/Activestills.org Marking 12 years since the death of Rachel Corrie, activists planted 40 olive trees in the threatened lands of the West Bank village Qaryut, which is surrounded by many Israeli settlements and outposts. Corrie, an American activist, was killed in 2003 by an Israeli military bulldozer in Rafah, Gaza Strip, as she tried to block the demolition of a Palestinian home. Activists hung pictures of Corrie on…

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  • How does the army please settlers? By upping its violence

    When the settlers of Halamish complained that the IDF isn’t being violent enough, a brigadier-general assured them that he orders his troops to use unnecessary force against Palestinians.  By Yesh Din, written by Yossi Gurvitz Near the Palestinian villages of Dir Nizam and Nabi Salah lies a settlement named Halamish, also known as Neve Tsuf. About a month ago, after Palestinians threw stones at their vehicles, the settlers of Halamish took the law into their own hands and began “securing” the road leading to the settlement. The IDF didn’t like the initiative, but – lo and behold – did not…

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  • PHOTO: Soldier punches Palestinian activist in the face

    Israeli soldiers have been harassing Palestinian activist Issa Amro since he released a video of a soldier cocking his weapon at two youths. 'They know I am a moving camera,' he says. Palestinian non-violent activist Issa Amro is seen in the following photo, taken on May 28, being punched by an IDF soldier (the soldier's identity is unknown and this specific moment does not capture the punch that achieved contact). Amro, who lives in Hebron, is the founder and director of Youth Against Settlements and one of the most prolific and effective documentarians of Israeli occupation in the city. Amro, who has…

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  • PHOTOS: Whose hands are really tied in the West Bank?

    Text and photos by: Ryan Rodrick Beiler/Activestills.org Just about every article covering the social media meme supporting the Israeli soldier caught on video cocking and aiming his gun at Palestinian youths in Hebron includes a line something like, "soldiers are tired of having their hands tied" when dealing with Palestinians. To help relieve any confusion, this is what having your hands tied looks like: But wait for it--this sick joke has a punch line. As The Times of Israel reports: 'The IDF regrets the erroneous reports on the punishment of the soldier and emphasizes that his imprisonment stemmed from violence…

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  • While you were sleeping: The systematic terrorization of Burin

    Israeli civilians terrorize the village of Burin; as usual, they are aided by the strongest army in the Middle East. By Yesh Din, written by Yossi Gurvitz To paraphrase Tolstoy, every village in the West Bank is miserable in its own way. The curse of Burin, in the Nablus region, is that it neighbors two particularly troublesome settlements, Har Bracha and Yitzhar. Attacks by Israeli civilians coming from these settlements against the residents of Burin are almost daily occurrences; in one recent week, no fewer than four such attacks were documented. (More about Burin, see here). The problem with these…

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