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  • Justice will never be the norm under occupation

    A 15-year-old boy is shot and killed, and the soldiers who shot him —  in violation of army regulations — will likely never see the inside of a prison cell. The situation is both outrageous, and the most normative end to this story and countless others just like it. The Israeli soldier and army officer who opened fire on a car full of teenagers coming home from an evening at the pool in the summer of 2016, killing a 15-year-old boy, will face no criminal charges, according to a report in Haaretz last week. The soldiers will never see the…

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  • When shooting a teen in the back is a 'professional error'

    An IDF brigade commander shot a Palestinian teen who threw a rock at his jeep, while the boy was running away, and then left him bleeding on the road. Initially, the colonel claimed his life was in danger. With each subsequent interrogation, the story changed. The military police determined the incident was a ‘professional error’ –  bad aim – and closed the case despite evidence that tells a very different story. By John Brown* and Noam Rotem On July 3, 2015, Col. Yisrael Shomer, then-commander of the IDF’s Binyamin Brigade, was driving towards the Qalandiya checkpoint in the West Bank.…

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  • Assault on Palestinian man shows violent effects of police impunity

    Even when brutality is documented, Palestinians must live with the knowledge that they are unlikely to receive truth, justice, or respect from the authorities that claim to serve them. In the wake of a video released last Thursday showing an Israeli police officer assaulting a Palestinian truck driver in East Jerusalem, Police Commissioner Roni Alsheikh stated that it was “difficult to find any justification whatsoever” for the policeman’s behavior, and assured the public that the officer would be dismissed. “This is an irregular incident that has no place in the Israel Police,” he insisted. [tmwinpost] Alsheikh’s attempt to portray the…

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  • Accepting the truth about Umm al-Hiran killing isn't enough

    The slander and lies that accompanied the lethal shooting of a Bedouin teacher in Umm al-Hiran last month were nothing out of the ordinary. Walking it back won't be enough. In the end, it took a looming police internal affairs report for one of Israel's most senior government ministers to even consider walking back his insistent mislabeling of last month's double killing in Umm al-Hiran as a terrorist attack. For weeks, even as every single detail of the police's account of the incident withered in the face of witness testimony and video evidence, Internal Security Minister Gilad Erdan — along with the…

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  • Qalandiya rashomon: Anatomy of an apparent murder in cold blood

    Nobody knows what happened last week at Qalandiya checkpoint, where a Palestinian woman was killed together with her brother. And until police release the CCTV footage, nobody will. By Alon-Lee Green Last week, 23 year-old Maram Salih Hassan Abu Ismail and her 16-year-old brother, Ibrahim, were killed by Israeli forces while walking towards Qalandiya checkpoint, in the West Bank. The wanton coverage the killing got in the Israeli media made it clear instantly that something wasn't quite right – beyond the ongoing injustice of the occupation. [tmwinpost] Following increasing pressure from MKs Zehava Galon (Meretz) and Dov Khenin and Ahmad Tibi (Joint…

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  • Challenging Israeli impunity in the ICC

    As the Israeli judiciary continues to side with the state and its security services, advocates and human rights lawyers must reevaluate the strategy of litigating Palestinian grievances in the occupier’s courts. By Sagiv Galai Palestinian human rights organizations submitted a classified communication to the International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor last month. The information contained will most likely involve the documented targeting of non-military facilities during the 2014 Gaza war. At least 28 schools were damaged or destroyed during the 2014 offensive, according to Human Rights Watch hospitals, medical staff, sewage and electricity plans, and other civil infrastructure were also allegedly…

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  • The heavy price of segregation and occupation

    In Jerusalem nowadays, Palestinians stay on the east side, Israelis on the west, and Netanyahu’s right-wing government is smack in the middle racking up political points. Much of the violence taking place at the moment begs the question: who actually benefits from the occupation? We know it’s not the Palestinians, and it’s definitely not the Israelis. Watching the video clip of young Israelis rooting for the killing of a 19-year-old Palestinian by Israeli police (see below), and listening their cheerful applause once he is gunned down, I am reminded how Israelis fail to see the tragic moral consequences the occupation…

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  • The IDF must come clean about the Hebron shooting

    Why is the Israeli army refusing to release its footage from the shooting of 18-year-old Hadeel al-Hashlamon?  By Noam Rotem Israeli soldiers shot to death Hadeel al-Hashlamon, 18, in Hebron last week while she was apparently on her way to school. Found inside the black bag she was carrying were notebooks, a blue Pilot pen, a brown pencil case, a cellular phone, and other things girls of her age take to school. [tmwinpost] The IDF Spokesperson says that the metal detector at the urban checkpoint beeped when she passed through it, and that she ignored orders to stop from the…

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  • The questions nobody is asking about Hebron shooting

    Could Israeli soldiers have arrested, instead of killed a young knife-yielding woman in Hebron? And what will happen to those soldiers if it turns out they shot when they didn't need to? A young Palestinian woman was shot dead by Israeli soldiers in the occupied city of Hebron Tuesday morning, hours before the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur and the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha. As usual, there are — at least — two conflicting narratives. There are also a number of details everyone agrees on. [tmwinpost] Hadeel al-Hashlamon arrived at the “Shoter” checkpoint in the West Bank city of…

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  • Near impunity for IDF soldiers who kill Palestinians

    The IDF and Border Police killed three more Palestinians last week. Despite the IDF's 'knife in the back' legend that it betrays its own, its combat soldiers have little reason to fear its 'justice' system. By Yesh Din, written by Yossi Gurvitz Anyone following the Israeli morning radio broadcasts is already accustomed to the mantra-like report of IDF soldiers arresting "wanted persons" during the night, and that they were "turned over for interrogation by the security forces." Behind this short line, supplied to the reporters by the IDF Spokesman on the condition that they broadcast "out of their own mouths,"…

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