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  • Resource: The systematic abuse of Palestinian teens in East Jerusalem

    Affidavits collected from 60 Palestinian teenagers reveal how they are pulled out of bed in the middle of the night, handcuffed, interrogated in violation of their rights, and kept in custody under harsh conditions, sometimes for extended periods of time by Israeli authorities. A new report by Israeli human rights groups HaMoked and B’Tselem reveals the broad, systemic human rights abuses against hundreds of Palestinian teens arrested every year in East Jerusalem.

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  • In the crosshairs: Israel's war of attrition on political dissent

    The attempt to outlaw Israeli human rights organizations means the Jewish state may soon be forced to shed its image of a liberal democratic state. Are Israelis ready for that? The war of attrition against Israel’s human rights community took a dark turn last week. Hardly anyone noticed. [tmwinpost] According to reports, Minister of Tourism Yariv Levin is currently working on a new bill that would outlaw Israeli anti-occupation NGO Breaking the Silence, along with any other organization that harms IDF soldiers or promotes boycotts of the Jewish state. The bill reportedly has the full backing of Prime Minister Netanyahu, who will review it for…

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  • Israel's top court rules human rights aren't 'controversial.' What about the occupation?

    As the pro-peace camp has shrunk into oblivion, human rights groups have become the only real anti-occupation force in Israel today. That has made them uncomfortably political. Israel’s High Court of Justice on Wednesday ruled that equality and human rights are not, or should not be, controversial in Israel. “[It is difficult to accept] the idea that a commercial promoting human rights could be socially or politically controversial,” wrote Justice Anat Baron. “The recognition of and commitment to human rights are intrinsically linked to the very existence of a democratic society.” [tmwinpost] The honorable justice must have missed Israeli Justice…

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  • WATCH: Settlers sexually harass Palestinian woman, soldiers stand by

    Settlers in Hebron use loudspeaker to disparage Islam and sexually harass a Palestinian woman in the middle of the night. The settlers of Hebron have never been known for their manners. This time, however, it seems that they have sunk to a new low — even by their standards. [tmwinpost] Last Thursday night, settlers from the nearby settlement of Kiryat Arba approached the neighborhood of al-Hariqah and used a PA system to curse Islam as well as the local Palestinian population, in both Arabic and Hebrew. A Palestinian volunteer for Israeli human rights organization B'Tselem documented parts of the incident…

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  • WATCH: This is what it looks like when Israel demolishes your home

    Israeli authorities demolish homes, car repair shops, and businesses in four different East Jerusalem neighborhoods — in a single day. By Eli Bitan Hundreds of Israeli soldiers, police officers, and municipal inspectors made their way to the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya on Tuesday mornin, to demolish two large apartment buildings, an agricultural business, and a store. [tmwinpost] Muhammad Abu Hummus, a resident of Issawiya and a member of the neighborhood's popular committee, witnessed the demolitions. "Hundreds of soldiers arrived at 4 a.m. and evacuated the building. This is a building that has been standing for 10 years, and over the…

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  • WATCH: Police assault wounded Palestinian patient, staff at J'lem hospital

    Newly-released video shows Israeli security forces storming an East Jerusalem hospital in late July, as they tried to prevent doctors from bringing a wounded Palestinian into surgery. A Palestinian man died on a gurney in a Jerusalem hospital last month, as Israeli police in full riot gear tried to prevent medical staff from wheeling him into the operating room for surgery. B'Tselem, the Israeli human rights NGO, released footage of the incident that was recorded by the hospital’s security cameras. The video shows armed Israeli police wearing helmets and military-style riot gear bursting into the emergency room at al Makassed Hospital…

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  • Watch: Israeli settlers harass Palestinian man in Hebron as troops look on

    The B’Tselem video shows a group of Israeli settlers and their dog, who decide to celebrate a festive Jewish holiday by intimidating and abusing a Palestinian man at a checkpoint. Instead of intervening, the Israeli troops on scene made the victim leave, telling him it is a place for Jews only. By Yael Marom There is no blood in this video, published here in English for the first time. There is no extraordinary physical violence. For a checkpoint in the occupied city of Hebron, it’s fairly routine — a few Israeli Border Police officers and a handful of settlers having a…

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  • The Israeli media has kept us in the dark for 50 years

    Since 1967, the Israeli media has hid the ugly, everyday reality in the occupied territories. But even if they really knew, would Israelis still choose to end 50 years of military rule over the Palestinians? By Yizhar Be'er According to the democratic-liberal-utopian model, let us assume for a moment that every citizens has access to all the information about the reality that surrounds us. In this world, Israelis would know everything about what is being done in their names in the territories occupied in 1967. And what would happen then? [tmwinpost] Over the past few months I have been producing a radiophonic project…

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  • I was taught to hate Palestinians — until I met one

    I grew up believing the Arabs wanted to throw us into the sea. Then I met a Palestinian from Gaza, and started to question everything I was ever taught. By Osnat Ita Skoblinski As a young girl I believed that Arabs were evil. My belief wasn’t based on personal experience — it was just common knowledge. As befits a coastal country, Israelis would often talk about “throwing people into the sea” — either the evil Arabs throwing us into the sea, or us throwing them in first as a preventive measure. [tmwinpost] I spent first grade studying in a bomb shelter because…

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  • Civil society groups join forces to protect freedom of speech

    Dozens of civil society, feminist, and anti-occupation groups form the 'Council for the Protection of Freedoms' to fight back against the government's and public's attacks against freedom of expression. Representatives from over 30 civil society organizations gathered on Friday in Nazareth for the founding conference of the "Council for the Protection of Freedoms." The council was established to fight back against the feeling among various organizations that their activities and freedom of expression are at risk. The goal will be to protect these freedoms from both the government as well as various tendencies among both Jewish and Arab society. [tmwinpost] The…

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  • Israeli sniper shoots dead unarmed Palestinian at West Bank demo

    Israeli security forces have shot and killed 21 Palestinians with live ammunition so far in 2017; Saba Abu Ubeid, 23, is the latest victim. An Israeli army sniper shot and killed an unarmed Palestinian man on Friday afternoon during a demonstration in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, near Ramallah. Saba Abu Ubeid, 23, was hit in his upper body and evacuated to an area hospital, where he was pronounced dead by attending physicians. The cause of death was internal bleeding, according to a spokesperson for the Palestinian Authority’s Ministry of Health. [tmwinpost] The demonstration was organized to express support for the Palestinian…

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  • The 'silent' war on Gaza's hospitals

    The director of a hospital destroyed during 'Protective Edge' has managed to rebuild part of the facility. Now he has about a month's worth of fuel left to keep its back-up generators running. Without them, the hospital faces another complete shutdown.  At the height of Israel's Operation Protective Edge, El Wafa Medical Rehabilitation Hospital was the target of fierce attacks from Israeli positions along Gaza's eastern border, just over a kilometer away. Speaking to +972 at the time, the hospital's director, Dr. Basman Alashi, described panic among his patients but insisted that he and his staff would continue to care for them — even if it…

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  • WATCH: Settlers attack Palestinian school, harass students

    Settlers are caught on video throwing stones at a Palestinian school in Burin, and a settlement security guard fires his gun into the air. But the soldiers who arrive on the scene take no action against the attackers.  By Yael Marom School children in the West Bank village of Burin were harassed and attacked by settlers who threw stones at them and even fired a gun in the air last month, according to witness testimonies and video footage provided by B’Tselem. In the late morning on Thursday March 16, two settlers approached the school, one of whom climbed the fence on…

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