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  • Rights groups: Gaza protests aren't combat, IDF must stop shooting protesters

    Israeli human rights organizations demand High Court order the state to revoke the rules of engagement that permit shooting unarmed demonstrators. After three weeks in which Israeli army snipers have killed dozens and wounded well over 1,200 protesters inside the Gaza Strip, four prominent human rights organizations petitioned Israel's High Court of Justice on Sunday, demanding that the court order the state to revoke the rules of engagement that permit shooting demonstrators who pose no danger to human life. [tmwinpost] The overwhelming majority of those who were killed and wounded by Israeli forces over the past three weeks were unarmed participants in the "Great Return March," a 45-day series…

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  • The Israeli army's war on consciousness

    The IDF Spokesperson describes its work as part of the army's operations arm, speaks of 'media operations,' and defines 'tarnishing the name of Israel's enemies' as one of its main goals. “In the past few months we at the IDF Spokesperson's Office have come to the understanding that we are actually conducting media operations,” IDF Spokesperson Brig.-Gen. Ronen Manelis told a room full of Israeli journalists earlier this week. “The IDF's digital platforms are operational tools in the operational arm of the IDF.” [tmwinpost] In the chief spokesperson’s words, the military is engaged of “a war over consciousness” — changing…

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  • B'Tselem to Israeli soldiers: Refuse orders to shoot Gaza protesters

    Israeli soldiers have a legal obligation to refuse manifestly illegal orders. In a new campaign, the Israeli human rights group says shooting unarmed civilian protesters is just that — unmistakably and patently illegal. Israeli human rights group B'Tselem will launch a campaign on Thursday urging Israeli soldiers to refuse orders to open fire on unarmed demonstrators. The campaign, titled "Sorry Commander, I cannot shoot," comes on the heels of last Friday's events on the Gaza border, in which Israeli snipers shot dead at least 17 Palestinians and wounded hundreds during The Great Return March. [tmwinpost] The campaign, which will appear…

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  • As soldiers, we too were told to open fire at protesters in Gaza

    I was on the border with Gaza six years ago. The same marchers, the same protest. Even the orders to open fire at crowds of people remained the same. By Shai Eluk I was there six years ago. It was Friday, March 30, 2012. Land Day on the border with Gaza. Demonstrations began after Friday noon prayers. A group of snipers had set up its post the previous night, while the rest of the unit stood armed with riot dispersal weapons, closer to the fence. The order was clear: if a Palestinian crosses the “buffer zone” — 300 meters from the fence inside the…

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  • Israel arrested 1,300 Palestinians in two months, rights groups say

    According to a new report, Israel arrested 1,319 Palestinians in January and February. Of them, 274 are minors, 23 are women, and four are journalists. The Israeli army arrested 1,319 Palestinians during the months of January and February, according to a new report released Wednesday by various Palestinian prisoners rights groups. Of the 1,319 arrested, 274 are minors, 23 are women, and four are journalists. [tmwinpost] The report culls data from various organizations, including the Prisoners and Liberties Affairs Association, the Palestinian Prisoner Club, Addameer, and Al Mezan Center for Human Rights, and includes a geographic distribution of those arrested: 381 from…

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  • New video contradicts IDF narrative of killing in Jericho

    Israeli soldiers shot Yasin al-Saradih in Jericho after he tried to attack them, then the army kept changing its story about how he died. New video shows soldiers abusing and beating him well after he was shot, without treating him. Soldiers invade the heart of a Palestinian city, clashes ensue and a Palestinian is killed. When news of the killing breaks, the army changes its version of events over and over again. That is, until the video comes out, refuting each and every one of the IDF's claims. [tmwinpost] On February 22, at around 1 a.m., 20 Israeli soldiers entered…

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  • WATCH: Soldiers arrest Palestinian children for throwing stones — without proof

    Israeli soldiers arrest two Palestinian boys for allegedly throwing stones — even though the only soldier who could identify them admits that he can't identify them. By Yael Marom There should be nothing normal about holding Palestinian children in detention for hours on end, simply because they were seen in an area where stones were thrown. But that is precisely what Israeli soldiers did this past weekend in the city of Hebron in the occupied West Bank. [tmwinpost] The incident, captured on film by Israeli human rights group B'Tselem, took place last Sunday in Hebron's Al-Hariqa neighborhood, adjacent to the settlement…

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  • 'IDF killed five unarmed Palestinians in a single month'

    The Israeli army shot and killed five unarmed Palestinians in January, all of whom were shot in the upper body, none of whom posed a danger to the soldiers. The Israeli army shot and killed five unarmed Palestinians last month, all of whom were shot in the upper body during clashes and demonstrations in the West Bank and Gaza, according to Israeli anti-occupation organization B’Tselem. None of them posed a danger to the soldiers when they were killed, says the organization. The first killing took place on January 3rd, when Israeli soldiers reportedly shot Mus’ab a-Sufi, 16, in the neck from…

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  • Another unnecessary war

    The following is a prediction best left unfulfilled. Faced with the drums of war, one must remain resolute, even if there is no certainty that war will break out. Too much is at stake. And if war does not break out now, it will at a later time. It will materialize one way or another. By Idan Landau The writing is already on the wall: Israel will soon launch a military operation in Lebanon. Not a targeted attack on a weapons convoy or factory, but a simultaneous attack on Hezbollah's missile production and launch sites. The operation will take place at the same…

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  • Israel deports 14-year-old girl to Gaza — without telling her parents

    Ghada had spent her entire life in the West Bank, yet somehow found herself deported to the Gaza Strip after being arrested by Border Police officers. Israeli authorities deported a 14-year-old epileptic Palestinian girl from the West Bank to the Gaza Strip earlier this month, without notifying her parents, and despite the fact that she has never lived there a day in her life. [tmwinpost] Ghada, who was born in Ramallah where she has lived much of her life, was arrested by Israeli Border Police officers on January 13 for being in Jerusalem without a military permit. She was traveling…

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  • Imagining Palestine's children as our own

    My daughter, like Ahed Tamimi, also has blonde curly hair and light eyes. Her continual detention has left me awake in the middle of the night, my stomach churning. What if it was my little girl? The controversy began with an image — that of a young Palestinian girl slapping the arm of an Israeli soldier. Since that girl, Ahed Tamimi, has been arrested a flurry of images has followed, turning her into the poster child for the new generation of Palestinian resistance. [tmwinpost] We should, indeed, be rallying around Ahed. But we mustn’t get so caught up in Ahed’s…

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  • In Gaza, Israel is shooting fish in a barrel

    A man with no legs, shot in the head, is the perfectly harrowing metaphor for life in Gaza, and for Palestinians on a whole. Helpless, Static. Stunted. Embed from Getty Images Israeli soldiers shot in the head and killed Ibrahim Abu Thurayeh, 29, a man with no legs, who was holding a Palestinian flag near the Gaza border fence on Friday. [tmwinpost] Abu Thurayeh, who according to several sources lost his legs and vision in one eye during an Israeli air strike in 2008 during Operation Cast Lead, was killed by Israeli soldiers while protesting along the Gaza border fence along with some 3,500 other Palestinians. Following…

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  • Israel Hayom's new target: Conscientious objector's mother

    'Israel Hayom' put a high school principal in its crosshairs after she expressed support for her daughter's refusal to serve in the IDF. This is what a witch hunt looks like. By Yael Marom Israel Hayom, the newspaper funded by Netanyahu patron Sheldon Adelson, and the country's most circulated daily, has found yet another target. After an unsuccessful attempt last week to bring about the firing of Palestinian-Israeli journalist Makbula Nassar a week earlier, this week  Israel Hayom put Iris Gur, the mother of conscientious objector Noa Gur Golan, in its crosshairs. [tmwinpost] Gur, an elementary school principal, has expressed support…

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