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  • For Israel's military gov't, PR trumps freedom of information

    When Israel's military government needs to provide Palestinians with crucial information about the rules that affect their lives, money and Arabic-speaking staff are apparently in short supply. When it comes to PR, resources are seemingly on tap. Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman this week announced his new "carrot and stick" plan for Palestinians living in the West Bank, which roughly works out as: if you behave, we will give your towns and communities economic benefits; if you don't, there will be more demolitions, more arrests, more raids, more canceled permits. Within Liberman's plan is a proposal for an Arabic-language news website to…

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  • Sheriffs of the land: Meet the settlers with military authority

    The position of the Civilian Security Officer is unique to Israel: a settler who gives orders to IDF soldiers as if he is an officer, but is not actually held responsible under the military system. So, to whom is he accountable? By Yesh Din, written by Yossi Gurvitz I remember my first Ravshatz (Hebrew acronym for: Civilian Security Officers in Coordination with the IDF -- CSO). It was in December of 1988, i.e. in the Bronze Age, and yours truly was three months out of basic training and found himself in a small and isolated settlement. The man who commanded…

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  • Soldier sushi sous chefs coming soon

    What do you get when you combine xenophobic national politics and mandatory military service?  Bad sushi!  As if Israel’s sushi wasn’t lousy enough, now politicians are getting involved, a move that may effectively rid the foreign delicacy of all foreignness. The Israeli Defense Ministry has revealed that this summer, it will fund some one million shekels (nearly $300,000) of a sushi chef training course for post-service soldiers.  According to officials behind the program, the scheme is a win-win idea.  One ministry official told Ha’aretz newspaper: There is a lack of Israeli workers in this area, and that is why we…

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