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  • 'Nakba Day killings': Cop gets 9 months prison for killing unarmed teen

    Former Border Police officer Ben Deri pled guilty to a reduced charge of negligent manslaughter for killing an unarmed Palestinian teenage boy in Beitunia four years ago. He was not charged with the killing of a second boy. Ben Deri, the Israeli border policeman who shot and killed 17-year-old Palestinian Nadeem Nawara on Nakba Day four years ago in the West Bank village of Beitunia, was sentenced to nine months in prison on Wednesday. He will likely only serve seven. [tmwinpost] Nawara and another Palestinian teenager, Mohammed Abu Daher, who died in identical circumstances at the same location an hour…

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  • Military dictatorship requires dehumanization

    A top military official dubiously declares that a Palestinian teen shot in the head by Israeli soldiers actually just had a bicycle accident. Welcome to a new era of Palestinian dehumanization. The evidence was there for all to see. Anyone who wanted to know why 15-year-old Mohammed Tamimi, Ahed Tamimi’s cousin, has only two-thirds of his skull intact could find the answer. There was the bloodied rubber-coated bullet doctors removed from his cranium. There were the eyewitnesses who saw Tamimi as he was shot in the head during a demonstration in his village, Nabi Saleh. There were the medical reports…

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  • Pallywood: The dark matter of the Zionist universe

    Two recent cases of Israeli troops caught murdering Palestinians demonstrate the power, and limitations, of an entire nation deciding to believe what it wants to believe, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary. By Eishton They call it "Pallywood." Like Dark Matter, it's a non-observable phenomenon, derived from our need to settle the contradiction between the viewable and the expected. As we gazed out into the stars, a universe presumed to be slowing down by gravity, was actually accelerating and expanding. Matter should have given the opposite result (contraction), and antimatter was insufficient in quantity to explain the forces pulling the universe apart. There…

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  • When people can't believe their eyes, it's usually ideology

    +972 published video of undercover Israeli soldiers restraining a Palestinian stone thrower and shooting him point blank in the leg. An astonishing number of people looked at the evidence and refused to believe what they saw. Yesterday I published a post about a video that showed Israeli plainclothes undercover soldiers restraining a Palestinian youth at a West Bank demonstration and shooting him in the leg at point blank range. The youth was clutching a small stone, but was otherwise unarmed. These undercover agents are called "mistarevim" in Hebrew (meaning disguised as an Arab) and "mustarabeen" in Arabic. According to reports from several…

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  • Against 'hasbara': Explaining ourselves to death

    The Israeli obsession with showing 'our side' of the story not only guzzles financial and human resources — it is a conscious attempt to distract the world from policies of occupation.  Last week, the CEO of the global French-owned cellular provider Orange made headlines when he told a Cairo press conference that he would like to end his company’s brand-use contract with a local Israeli provider forthwith. Apparently, he felt the profits are hardly worth the resources needed to defend the partnership politically in France. Within hours the incoming CEO of the Israeli local provider, called “Partner,” had honed his talking points…

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  • ‘Pallywood’: A particularly ugly ethnic slur

    And a very popular one among right-wing Israelis and Diaspora Jews. I've been writing for years against the "Pallywood" theory – the right-wing notion that videos showing Palestinians getting killed by Israelis are really elaborate fakes meant to blacken Israel's name. Yet it's only this morning I realized that the term "Pallywood," which was coined by Boston University Prof. Richard Landes, is an ethnic slur, and a particularly ugly one. It not only mangles the name of an entire people, it does so in the most contemptuous context – it links the name Palestinian with the telling of lies, and…

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  • The questions people don't ask about 'staged photojournalism'

    A few years ago, a far-right commentator on Israel-Palestine coined the term "Pallywood" to describe video clips and photographs which were allegedly staged or manipulated to score public relations points against Israel. The term is now quite widely used by those who take an uncritical Israel-advocacy position. People who subscribe to the Pallywood theory believe that Israel is the true victim in its conflict with the Palestinians. Israel's only real wrongdoing, they claim, is in its failure to combat effectively what they perceive as a relentless media battle waged by Palestinians and their advocates. What Israel needs, they say, is…

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  • A child is dead: Charles Enderlin on the 'Al-Dura incident,' 10 years later

    This article was originally published in October 2010. I am republishing it following the Israeli government's publication of its definitive report on the incident, in which it absolves the army of responsibility for the boy's death. I've added two new paragraphs at the end. In September 2000, on the second day of the Second Intifada, a 12 year-old Palestinian boy named Muhammad al-Dura was shot and killed during an exchange of gunfire between Israeli and Palestinian forces in Gaza. Several other Palestinian children were killed by gunfire that day, and hundreds more in the months and years since, but only…

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