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Kafr Kanna

  • No charges for officers involved in Kafr Kanna killing

    Netanyahu and the Israel Police offer diametrically different responses to two cases of police violence, one against an Ethiopian Israeli and another against an Arab citizen of Israel. When it comes to police brutality, it seems that even racism stinks of discrimination. Two separate cases of police violence against Israeli citizens were caught and recorded by CCTV cameras over the past six months. [tmwinpost] The first incident involved a Palestinian citizen of Israel, Kheir Hamdan. Last November, Hamdan approached a police van in Kafr Kanna and started banged on its window with an object. When he fled, officers exited their…

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  • Justice unlikely in deadly Kafr Kanna police shooting

    Clashes break out in the town in northern Israel as police demolish local resident's home. Knesset member warns of 'consequences' if the officer who shot Khair Hamdan isn't charged. The Israeli Police’s internal affairs unit plans to close its investigation into the officer who was filmed shooting and killing Kheir Hamdan in Kafr Kanna last year, according to a Channel 10 report. The shooting led to days of rioting and clashes with police last November when video of the incident surfaced hours after police put out a short statement saying they had fired a warning shot and believed their lives were in…

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  • Blame Peres, not Bennett, for the Qana massacre

    The twisted logic of Peres' Grapes of Wrath operation was all about hitting civilian targets. That was the reason refugees sought shelter in Qana's UN base in the first place. Yigal Sarna, a journalist for Israeli daily Yedioth Ahronoth, published a dramatic and serious accusation over the weekend against Naftali Bennett, the head of the Jewish Home party. Bennett was the commander of a small IDF unit that operated inside the “Security Zone” that Israel occupied in South Lebanon during the 1996 military operation Grapes of Wrath. According to Sarna, Bennett decided on his own to diverge from his orders, got his soldiers…

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  • Kafr Kanna isn't Ferguson, it's much worse

    Imagine that at the peak of the Ferguson protests, President Obama — or any other American official — had issued a formal statement threatening to revoke the citizenship of African Americans who chose not to keep their mouths shut. By Seraj Assi and Lawrence McMahon Israeli police shot dead a young Arab citizen in the town of Kafr Kanna in the lower Galilee this past week. Numerous reports have suggested that the victim, Kheir Hamdan, was shot simply because he was an Arab. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu seemingly conceded the same conclusion when, prior to any investigation whatsoever into…

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  • Intellectuals call for investigation into police shooting of Arab youth

    A group of prominent Jewish and Arab intellectuals published a petition Thursday calling on the Israeli government to establish a committee of inquiry to investigate the shooting death of Khir Hamdan at the hands of Israeli police officers. Hamdan attempted trying to attack a police van, and was shot as he turned his back and began running from the police. The killing lead to widespread protests across the country, as well as a one-day general strike. The petition states that tens of Arab citizens have been killed by the police since 2000. The signatories see that fact as a sign…

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  • The difference between Israel’s violent, racist cops and America’s

    It’s in how Israel and America, especially their respective leaders, react to these cops' most outrageous crimes. Israeli police are not the only ones with a habit of getting trigger happy when they come up against members of a feared and hated ethnic minority. While many Israeli cops (and soldiers) have a tendency toward overkill with Arabs, many American cops have the same tendency with blacks. But there’s a crucial difference – not necessarily between American and Israeli police, but between the way American and Israeli society, especially their leaders, react to such killings. After police in Ferguson, Missouri killed…

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  • PHOTOS: Palestinian citizens strike, protest Hamdan killing

    Photos by Yotam Ronen, Oren Ziv / Activestills.org Text by Keren Manor Palestinian citizens of Israel called for a general strike on Sunday to protest the shooting death of Khir Hamdan at the hands of Israeli police overnight on Saturday. The strike paralyzed large cities and villages across the country, with several schools shutting down for the day. Protests took place throughout the day at the Technion in Haifa, Tel Aviv University, Ben-Gurion University in Be'er Sheva and Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Demonstrations also took place in Arab cities and villages, including in Kafr Kanna, Kafr Manda, Acre, Tamra, Kafr…

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  • Far-right group to IDF soldiers: If you feel threatened, shoot Arab in head

    Lehava, the right-wing, anti-miscegenation group whose main activity is to incite against Arabs as a way of dissuading Jewish Israeli girls from dating them, has taken its incitement beyond intermarriage and into the realm of security. A new poster on its Facebook page encourages Israeli soldiers to act trigger happy when it comes to Palestinian protestors. It reads: Soldier! Stones and firebombs can kill you! Do you feel your life is in danger? Pick up your weapon and put a bullet through the murderer's head. It's better to sit in jail than die. 'Kill or be killed' [quote from Sages] IDF soldiers and…

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  • How police lied about the deadly shooting of Khir Hamdan

    I was sure that with all of their past experience, Israeli police would finally learn how to tell a decent lie. It turns out that the boys in blue could stand to learn a thing or two. I spent the last week in Amsterdam, where I hoped to disconnect and forget about the racism and the violence of Zionism, to see Ajax — my favorite soccer team since childhood — defeat a formidable opponent in its home stadium like in the good old days, and for a bit of nostalgia. The first goal was achieved. The second one? Not so…

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  • Netanyahu: Those who call to destroy Israel should have citizenship revoked

    Just hours after thousands of Palestinian citizens of Israel demonstrated in the northern Israeli village of Kafr Kanna Saturday in response to the overnight killing from close range of 22-year-old Khir Hamdan by police, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued the following statement: Israel is a nation of law. We will not tolerate disturbances and rioting. We will act against those who throw stones, block roads and call for the establishment of a Palestinian state in place of the State of Israel. Whoever does not honor Israeli law will be punished with utmost severity. I will instruct the Interior Minister to evaluate revoking the citizenship…

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  • WATCH: Police kill would-be attacker as he runs away

    Police shot and killed 22-year-old Khir Hamdan in the village of Kafr Kanna overnight on Saturday after he attempted to attack them with a knife. A security camera that captured the shooting show that Hamdan was fleeing from the officers when they shot him, which ostensibly means he posed no threat to the lives of the policemen at that moment. The video shows Hamda trying to attack a riot police unit (known in Hebrew as "Yassam") van that arrived in the village with what appears to be a knife. After several seconds, the policemen exit the vehicle and Hamdan backs…

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