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  • The well-oiled legal machine that enables IDF violence

    The majority of complaints by Palestinians about violence by Israeli soldiers go nowhere, and when they do, it can take over a year for the military prosecution to decide whether to even open an investigation. In his latest article, my colleague Michael Schaeffer Omer-Man described the way in which Israel’s civilian and military court system is used as a fig leaf to prevent the International Criminal Court from investigating Israeli crimes in the occupied territories. The idea is simple: as long as the local legal systems effectively fulfill their role, the ICC has no mandate to intervene. [tmwinpost] Meanwhile, Deputy Defense Minister Eli…

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  • When a Palestinian girl is shot and killed 'by accident'

    Samah Abdullah, 18, was in a car with her family when she was shot in the head by Israeli soldiers, dying three weeks later. The army claims it was an accident. By Yossi Gurvitz / Yesh Din Samah Abd Al-Muman Ahmed Abdullah, from the West Bank village of Amoriya, woke up on Monday, November 23rd 2015, as she did on any day. She was an 18-year-old recent high school graduate who had just begun a cosmetics course in Nablus with her younger sister, H. Samah and H. took public transportation to the school. At about 11:00 a.m., Samah spoke with…

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  • Israel arrests Palestinian journalist en route to int'l conference

    Omar Nazzal, a well-known journalist in Ramallah, has been in custody since Saturday on terror charges, based on secret evidence. His lawyer says that his alleged contact with militants was an integral part of his job. Israel arrested a Palestinian journalist on Saturday while he was trying to leave the West Bank en route to Sarajevo for a meeting of the European Federation of Journalists. Omar Nazzal, a Ramallah-based independent journalist and a member of the board of the Palestinian Journalists' Syndicate, was arrested before crossing Allenby Bridge into Jordan and has since been detained on "security charges," Israel claimed.…

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  • Hebron shooter's indictment is an exception that proves the rule

    When Sgt. Elor Azaria was caught on camera finishing off a wounded Palestinian knifeman and indicted for manslaughter, the IDF said rogue soldiers would always be brought to justice. The case of Bassem Abu Rahme, an unarmed protester who was fatally shot by an unknown soldier in 2009, shows that when given an opportunity to be lenient, the army will seize it.  By Yesh Din (written by Yossi Gurvitz)   On April 17th 2009, Bassem Abu Rahme was demonstrating against the separation wall in his West Bank village, Bil’in. After Israeli troops fired crowd-dispersal weapons and one demonstrator was hit, Abu…

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  • If only the army could investigate soldiers who harm Palestinians

    When it comes to prosecuting its own soldiers, it seems the military investigation system is set up to allow the IDF to dodge accountability. By Yossi Gurvitz, written for Yesh Din Who is in charge of the military investigative system when soldiers harm Palestinians? This turns out to be a rather complex question that the IDF is at pains to answer. The running of the investigation itself is the responsibility of Military Police Criminal Investigations Division (MPCID), but it does not always decide whether to open an investigation. In cases of a suspected crime during operational activity, the decision over…

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  • Shin Bet photo lineup: Can you pick out the female suspect?

    Palestinian MP Khalida Jarrar’s trial in Israeli military court has lasted more than six months. When the judge threatened to release her, the military prosecution said it would simply throw her back in administrative detention. By Avi Blecherman I’ve been in a few court hearings in my day. I’ve also seen a fair number of Law & Order episodes, and I'd like to think I have a pretty good idea of what a lineup of suspects is supposed to look like, be it an in-person or photo lineup. But nothing could have prepared me for the lineup I saw earlier…

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  • Four years, one dead Palestinian and a closed investigation

    What does an Israeli military investigation of the killing of a Palestinian look like? An utter waste of time. By Yesh Din, written by Yossi Gurvitz On Friday, January 16, 2009, stormy demonstrations took place throughout the West Bank, as Operation Cast Lead was in full force in Gaza. The Israeli media did not report the many civilian casualties caused by IDF fire in the Gaza Strip. The Arab media, however, reported on it extensively. Yesh Din wrote about a failed investigation by the Military Police Criminal Investigations Division (MPCID) about a shooting that day in Bil'in here. That same day…

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  • Making sure Israeli soldiers stay above the law

    Abusive soldiers evade justice under the aegis of the slow procedures, as well as some creative excuses. By Yossi Gurvitz for Yesh Din Several weeks ago, Yesh Din attorney Emily Schaeffer received responses from the Military Advocate for Operational Affairs Unit (MAOA) regarding two appeals she submitted years ago on behalf of a Palestinian complainant, Ayman Abd al-Maqtsur Tabieh. In both cases, surprise surprise, the appeals were rejected. Both cases merit discussion, as they shed light on the way abusive soldiers evade punishment. The first incident took place on November 3, 2008, when Tabieh reached the Azoun Atma checkpoint, where…

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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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  • When the stones fly the wrong way

    Settlers threw a stone, and then another one, at a Palestinian's head. Then they killed his sheep. The chances they will be indicted for attempted murder are slim. By Yesh Din, written by Yossi Gurvitz At the beginning of March, K., a Palestinian resident of the village of Al Mughayer, took his herd to pasture. As readers of this blog may have noticed, many of the incidents reported here take place in pasture lands; it's a part of the attempt by the settlers to prevent Palestinians from working their land or grazing it. As soon as the Palestinians abandon the…

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