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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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  • When shooting a Palestinian in the back is merely 'reckless'

    Why trust the military to investigate itself when soldiers who kill unarmed Palestinians are let off the hook time and time again? By Alma Biblash In January 2013, an Israeli soldier shot a 16-year-old Palestinian who posed absolutely no threat in his back. Samir Awad, from the village Budrus, didn't survive the valiant military operation, and was killed. Last December, the High Court of Justice harshly criticized the Military Advocate General's (MAG) handling of the case calling on it to finish its investigation. On Tuesday, the State announced that it would charge the soldier reckless and negligent use of a…

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  • The operational logic behind terrorizing Palestinians

    Four Israeli soldiers carry out a routine procedure of 'showing presence' by throwing a smoke grenade into a Palestinian home. Its real purpose? Terrorizing innocent people. By Yossi Gurvitz for Yesh Din The incident in question, given the daily routine of the occupation, is relatively minor. On December 3rd, 2007, Adnan Abu Haniyeh, a resident of the West Bank village Yanoun, woke up from the sound of an explosion. Something blew up, the windows of his house were shattered and the house was filled with smoke. His little girl screamed in terror, and for a time the family feared that her…

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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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  • The consequences of a culture of lies

    The IDF used to take pride in reporting the truth. Nothing good has happened since it stopped. By Yesh Din, written by Yossi Gurvitz Once, quite a long time ago, the IDF used to proudly claim that its troops reported the truth, and that this was the secret of its success. Officers boasted that unlike their rivals in the Arab armies, they knew precisely what their troops were doing. A seminal book which came right after the Yom Kippur War (whose anniversary was noted recently), Ha’Mekhdal (“The Scandalous Neglect”) claimed that when the war began, the tables turned: Arab officers…

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  • On IDF violence: My own private Lt. Colonel Shalom Eisner

    Nearly three years ago I also met a Shalom Eisner at a demonstration. He gashed my head with his blows for no reason. Then too, like this week, a camera was filming as an IDF officer beat me up. To this day, my own private Shalom Eisner is running free. Of course, mine is not the Lt. Col. Shalom Eisner, deputy commander of the Jordan Valley brigade who rammed his rifle in face of Danish activist on Sunday. The person who sent me to the hospital with his blows was another soldier, in reserve service, whose name I still do not…

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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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