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  • The IDF doesn't investigate Palestinian deaths — it whitewashes them

    The Israeli army says it would like to conduct thorough investigations of the Palestinians it kills or wounds. The only problem? It is unable to do so honestly. By Hagai El-Ad A little over a year ago, on the last day of October 2017, Muhammad Musa and his sister Latifah drove to Ramallah to run some errands. Shortly after the two filmed a short selfie video during the ride, soldiers opened fire at their car near Halamish junction. Latifah was wounded, Muhammad was killed. He was 26. [tmwinpost] B’Tselem’s investigation into his killing was made public about five weeks later, and included several eye…

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  • IDF edited out key footage of deadly Gaza missile strike, researchers say

    The Israeli military published drone footage of its air force bombing a seemingly empty building in Gaza. It left out the part where one of its missiles killed two teens sitting on the roof, independent investigators find. The Israeli army edited out key footage of a missile strike that killed two Palestinian teenagers sitting on a Gaza rooftop earlier this year, according to an investigation by the UK-based Forensic Architecture institute and Israeli human rights group B’Tselem that was published this week. [tmwinpost] In the late afternoon hours of June 14, 2018, two Palestinian teens, Luai Kahil and Amir al-Nimra,…

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  • New videos contradict IDF claims about West Bank killing

    Footage from four separate cameras appears to show Israeli soldiers were not in any danger when they shot a mentally challenged Palestinian man in the back of the head in Tulkarm last week. By +972 Magazine Staff CCTV footage of Israeli soldiers shooting a Palestinian man in the West Bank city of Tulkarm last week appears to contradict the army's claims about the killing. [tmwinpost] The footage, taken from four separate cameras, appears to show that, unlike the army's claims, no clashes were taking place at the time of the shooting, no crowd control measures were used, and that the soldiers were…

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  • Israeli gov't is trying to defund +972 Magazine, report says

    Israel has been working to curtail critical voices in recent years, often by portraying them as foreign agents and seeking to dry up their funding. By +972 Magazine Staff Israel asked the German government to pressure two left-leaning political foundations to stop funding +972 Magazine, according to a report in the German media Thursday. +972 was able to independently verify the report. The total contributions from the two foundations, Heinrich Böll Stiftung and Rosa Luxemburg Stiftung, comprise only 9 percent of +972’s overall 2018 budget as of September. In the past two years, 40 percent of our budget has come…

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  • Israeli parents protest arrests of Palestinian children in central Tel Aviv

    A group of Israeli parents mark International Day for the Rights of the Child by raising awareness of the conditions of Palestinian minors in Israeli custody. For the majority of Israelis, stories of mass arrests of Palestinians in the occupied territories are nothing new. And yet, the Israeli mainstream rarely hears about Palestinian children who are routinely rounded up from their beds in the middle of the night and taken into detention. That's why on Tuesday, which marked International Day for the Rights of the Child, a group of Israeli activists read testimonies by Palestinian minors arrested by Israeli security forces in…

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  • No justice for Bil'in Palestinian activist shot dead by Israeli soldier

    Nearly a decade after an Israeli soldier killed Bassem Abu Rahmeh while he was nonviolently protesting in Bil'in, Israel's High Court decides once and for all that his killer will never see the inside of a courtroom. More than nine years after an Israeli soldier killed Palestinian activist Bassem Abu Rahmeh at a protest in Bil’in, Israel’s High Court of Justice rejected a third and final appeal against the army’s refusal to prosecute or punish anyone for his death. [tmwinpost] The court, however, accused military police and prosecutors of handling the case with negligence, particularly for their inability to identify…

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  • Israel sent an average of 29 Palestinians a month to admin. detention last year

    As of May 2018, 440 Palestinians were being held in Israeli prisons without charge or trial, according to new data. Administrative detention orders can be renewed indefinitely, without any way for the prisoner to defend themselves in court. By Yael Marom Israeli authorities sent an average of 29 Palestinians a month to prison without charge or trial last year, according to new data provided by the Israel Prison service to B'Tselem. Over the past decade there was not a single month in which Israel held fewer than 150 Palestinians in administrative detention. According to the data, as of May 2018,…

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  • Israeli demolition of entire Palestinian village days away, villagers fear

    Israeli security forces show up and survey homes in Khan al-Ahmar, which activists and residents fear is a sign of forced displacement of the entire village. Israel's top court gave its approval to the demolition, an act rights groups say would constitute a war crime. By +972 Magazine Staff After getting the green light from Israel's High Court, Israeli security forces on Sunday reportedly began preparing for the demolition of Khan al-Ahmar, a small Palestinian village in the West Bank, according to the village's residents, human rights activists, and Palestinian officials. [tmwinpost] Video footage provided by Israeli human rights group…

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  • Hiding the occupation doesn't make it go away

    A proposed law, said to be supported by Netanyahu's government, would criminalize videotaping Israeli soldiers doing the dirty work of the occupation. But hiding something from sight doesn't make it go away. Or does it? If an Israeli soldier beats a Palestinian and no one is there to catch it on video, did it really happen? That is the question a group of Israeli lawmakers seems determined to find out. A new bill, proposed by four members of Avigdor Liberman’s far-right Israel Beiteinu party, would make “videotaping, recording, or photographing Israeli soldiers carrying out their duty with the intention of…

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  • What would you do if soldiers dragged your son out of bed in the middle of the night?

    After more than half a century of occupation, most Israelis can no longer imagine themselves in the place of the Palestinians. But if we cannot imagine what it is like to live under occupation, we must at least confront its brutal reality.  Twenty years ago, in March 1998, the head of the Labor Party Ehud Barak was asked by Haaretz journalist Gideon Levy what he would do were he a young Palestinian living under occupation. “If I were a Palestinian of the right age, I would, at some point, join one of the terrorist groups,” Barak answered. [tmwinpost] Today, not…

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  • Charged with killing Palestinian teen, two soldiers to walk free

    Israeli soldiers shot 16-year-old Samir Awad eight times in the back, killing him. After a two-year delay, they were finally indicted. Now, five years after the killing, the prosecution is dropping the charges against them. Indictments against two former Israeli soldiers charged with killing an unarmed Palestinian teenager will be dropped, the state prosecutor announced Monday. [tmwinpost] The two former soldiers, whose names are under gag order, had been charged for the “reckless and negligent use of a firearm” that killed 16-year-old Samir Awad near the village of Budrus in 2013. Awad was shot in the back eight times by soldiers who had been…

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  • A victim is the suspect at the trial of the soldiers who killed him

    Samir Awad was unarmed when he was shot in the back eight times by soldiers. During his killers' trial, the judge and defense treated the dead boy as if he was the one being charged with a crime. In Israeli courts, the rare trial of a soldier who killed a Palestinian invariably becomes a trial of the Palestinian they killed. Tuesday morning in the Ramle Magistrate’s Court, where two former Israeli soldiers are on trial for killing 16-year-old Samir Awad, was no exception. [tmwinpost] Samir was not mentioned once by name during the nearly four-hour cross-examination of one of the…

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  • The real danger of Natalie Portman

    Israeli leaders are relentlessly hammering home the idea that the kind of political dissent displayed by Natalie Portman is foreign. And dissenters, by definition, are not real Israelis. When Natalie Portman announced that she would not attend the lucrative Genesis Prize ceremony because she opposes Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, who was to present the prize to her, reactions in Israel were smoke-out-the-ears hysterical. [tmwinpost] Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan wrote her an impassioned open letter with gimmicky Star Wars references, to help Portman, who starred in the film, understand her mistakes. Jews in Israel and abroad bemoaned her fall into the…

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