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  • WATCH: Soldiers taunt, set dogs on Palestinian teen

    Israeli army decries video showing soldiers taunting and setting dogs on Palestinian, despite it being IDF policy. A leaked video showing a 16-year old Palestinian being attacked by two canines, while being held by two IDF soldiers, was posted on Facebook on Monday by former Knesset member and far-rightist Michael Ben-Ari (who later removed it). It quickly spread around the web and made headlines in Israel. WARNING: Footage may be disturbing to some The incident itself took place last December 23 in between the Karmei Tzur settlement and Beit Ummar, a Palestinian village in the southern West Bank. The video…

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  • WATCH: IDF officer fires tear gas directly at photographer

    A video shot in the West Bank town of Beit Ummar last Wednesday shows an IDF officer shooting a tear gas canister directly at a volunteer videographer from human rights organization B'Tselem. The images were captured during a protest in the small town, north of Hebron. Stones were thrown at an army vehicle; soldiers shot tear gas in the general direction of the stone throwers. B'Tselem photographer Muhmmad Awad was standing near the soldiers and documenting the event when an officer aimed and shot shot a tear gas canister directly at him. Awad suffered light injuries. Here is a video…

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  • Why did prosecutors sit on a Palestinian boy's killing for 14 months?

    Yusuf Fahri Mussa Ahleil, aged 16, was shot and killed on January 28, 2011, probably by a settler. The state took 14 months to appoint a prosecutor to the case. By Yesh Din, written by Yossi Gurvitz Many of Yesh Din’s posts in this blog deal with the incompetence of Israeli police investigations, and it's possible that the death of Yusuf Fahri Mussa Ahleil, a 16-year-old boy from Beit Ummar, will be added to that list; but for the time being, it is a story of criminal negligence on behalf of the prosecution. On January 28, 2011, something happened in…

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  • 'The New York Times' investigates a Palestinian hobby

    You thought Palestinians throw stones because of the occupation? Think again. The New York Times on Sunday published one of its most out-of-context items from the West Bank in recent years - and it has published many of them. The piece consists of a study of "the culture of stone-throwing,” which apparently has become part of Palestinian life, in the same way that Friday dinners are part of Jewish life or Sunday walks in Central Park are part of New York life. The head of the paper's Jerusalem bureau, Jodi Rudoren (who has written decent pieces in the past), traveled to…

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  • "Army crossed another red line:" report from Beit Ummar

    The Israeli army arrested 19 Jewish peace activists who held a demonstration outside of the West Bank village of Beit Ummar on Saturday. One of the activists who was arrested and beaten shares his recollection of the day's events.   “The army has crossed another red line,” Micha Kurz, longtime Jerusalem peace activist told me this afternoon as he recounted yesterday's spontaneous Ta'ayush demonstration outside of the southern West Bank village of Beit Ummar. “The soldiers acted as if they'd thought about how much they hate leftist Jews before we arrived and then just unleashed fury on us” Kurz recalled.…

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  • Israeli army arrests children in Beit Ummar

    The Israeli army has been arresting children in the village of Nabi Saleh for the past two months as a means of applying pressure on the village to end its popular unarmed resistance against the occupation. On Saturday 19 February, Israeli army officials adopted a similar strategy against the southern West Bank village of Beit Ummar. The village has been holding weekly unarmed demonstrations against the occupation and the confiscation of their land by illegal Jewish settlements such as Karmaei Tzur. The weekly demonstration on Saturday attracted supporter from other villages including Nabi Saleh, Susya, Tuwani and Wad Rahel as…

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  • Soldiers raid house of Beit Ummar popular committee member

    Soldiers from the Karmei Tzur settlement/military base invaded a civilian house this afternoon in Beit Ummar using live ammunition and sound bombs. During the raid, woman and children were injured as the soldiers harassed one of the Popular Committee leaders of the village. At 3 pm, soldiers came from the Karmei Tzur settlement to the house of Ibrahim Abu Maria in Beit Ummar. Soldiers attacked his wife by hitting her on head and also attacked some of his children in a similar manner. The soldiers rampaged the house, breaking items left and right. The only clear motivate of this attack…

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  • Soldiers injure journalist, 50-year-old at W. Bank demo

    One Palestinian photojournalist was attacked and detained while a 50-year-old man collapsed due to tear gas inhalation at a Beit Ummar demonstration. The protesters were calling for the release of 17-year-old Youssef Abu Maria and the boycott of settlement products. Palestinian, international and Israeli activists held a demonstration in front of the settlement of Karmei Tzur on Saturday afternoon demanding the release of 17-year-old Youssef Abu Maria and the boycott of settlement products. The demonstration was organized by PSP and the Beit Ummar Popular Committee and is part of an ongoing project of non-violent resistance in the village. The demonstration…

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