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  • 'Israeli army increasing use of live fire at West Bank protests'

    Despite being illegal as a crowd control weapon, eyewitness accounts and a new report by B'Tselem document the Israeli military's increased use of 0.22 caliber live bullets against Palestinians at West Bank protests and clashes. Photos by: Ryan Rodrick Beiler and Oren Ziv/ Text by: Ryan Rodrick Beiler Two years ago this week, 15-year-old Palestinian Salih al-Amarin was shot in the head by Israeli forces with live ammunition. He died several days later. Al-Amarin, a resident of Azza Refugee Camp in the West Bank town of Bethlehem, was taking part in clashes with Israeli forces stationed on the separation wall…

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  • Weekly Notebook: On Bibi's lies, BDS, reality shows, and more

    New feature: A selection of Larry Derfner's sociopolitical outbursts on Facebook (and one email) for the week ending Saturday, April 5.    WHAT HAVE THEY DONE FOR US LATELY? FB reaction to commenter who asks, “What have the Palestinians done to advance peace recently?" (Sunday, March 30): Close, daily security cooperation with the IDF and Shin Bet for 10 full years. They've arrested thousands of Hamasniks. It's a key reason why terror is so low, and the only reason why you don't see massive anti-Israeli demonstrations. Palestinian forces are policing the Palestinian population areas - the cities, the villages, the…

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  • Coverage of hate crime against Jew highlights media biases

    A group of Arab teenagers were indicted yesterday for the racially-motivated shooting death of a 51-year-old Jewish man. Comparing coverage of a similar incident in 2011 - in which a Palestinian man was stabbed to death by Jewish youth - reveals deep bias in Israel's media. Haaretz reports that eight teens were indicted yesterday in last month's shooting death of a Ramle man, George Sa'ado. The murder appears to have been racially-motivated. The article is here. I warn you that it is graphic and heartrending. Let's compare this to a similar incident that occurred in February of 2011, when a…

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