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  • Report by British jurists reminds of the horrors of Israeli child detention

    The report - which specifies at least six violations of the UN convention on children's rights -  spotlights the horrors Israelis have grown accustomed to. A report by a group of distinguished British jurists, published on Tuesday, reached the conclusion that Israel violates the Convention of the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), of which it is a signatory, by its behavior in the Occupied Territories, and that in a few cases it is also in violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention. The report was made at the behest of the British Foreign Ministry, whose officials said they intend to "challenge…

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  • Thoughts on an attack by a Jewish mob

    Two days ago, my girlfriend and I were attacked by a mob of proud Jews in south Tel Aviv. Still trying to understand why. I went to a demonstration led by MK Michael Ben-Ari two days ago (Tuesday), and was joined by my girlfriend, Galina. Ben-Ari, a Kahanist, was inciting the crowd against the African refugees in a distinctly anti-Semitic manner, peppering his talk with incessant references to excrement and urine. At some point, Galina couldn’t take it any longer, and shouted something back. Within minutes we were surrounded by an angry mob of about 20 people, composed mostly of…

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  • It's time for an international force in the West Bank

    Since the IDF cannot and will not protect Palestinians from settlers, it's time to turn over the West Bank to an international force. An incident in the village of Asira Al-Qibiliya drew media attention on Saturday, since it was captured on B'Tselem's cameras. A group of Yitzhar settlers tried to raid the village, set its fields on fire, and two of its people opened live fire against the villagers who gathered to defend themselves, severely wounding one of them. IDF gunmen present at the scene did nothing. The IDF Spokesman sputtered something (Hebrew) about "on the face of it, the…

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  • Too little, too late: On Peter Beinart's 'The Crisis of Zionism'

    While Peter Beinart's latest book is well worth reading, his solutions come far too late and are likely to achieve little. I've recently finished reading Peter Beinart's controversial book, The Crisis of Zionism; admittedly I read it mostly to understand what the noise was all about. The book took heavy criticism, if by "criticism" you mean "ad hominem attacks," even before it was published. It was basically attacked by the entire Jewish establishment in the United States. Why? Because Beinart insists, as he did two years ago, on stopping to treat Israel as a special-needs child whose tantrums must be…

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  • What the Adnan affair tells us about the occupation

    The Khader Adnan hunger strike affair showed the true face of all of the Israelis involved in the occupation, from its enablers in the courts to the Israeli mob. Khader Adnan became a Palestinian national hero two days ago, and rightly so. He brought the Netanyahu government, as well as the Israeli apparatus of darkness (as Uri Avneri called it in the 1950s) to its knees. In a hastily-convened hearing in the High Court of Justice (HCJ), the prosecution offered Adnan’s lawyers a classic saving-face deal: Adnan will be discharged on April 17 at the latest, the same day his administrative detention…

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  • Defense Ministry weighs in on siege of Gaza, contradicting PM

    The government decided to lift the civil siege of Gaza in 2010. The Ministry of Defense didn’t get the memo On June 9, 2011 MK Zahava Galon (Meretz) sent a query to Defense Minister Ehud Barak. Galon wanted to know why Israel prevented women from leaving the Gaza Strip to Tulkarm, where they were supposed to participate in a workshop of the Palestinian Trade Union of Hair Stylists, and asked what Israel’s policy towards Gazan women is as a whole. She noted that since Israel only allows major traders to leave the Strip, and as woman in Gaza are generally small-scale…

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  • With latest flotilla, IDF celebrates overcoming passive activists

    The military tries to paint the blocking of two unarmed ships as a major military success – and highlights its own faults in the process Our brave troops have raided, at dawn, two unarmed ships, filled with dangerous and enthusiastic peace activists, and have managed to carry out the operation without casualties. The operation actually had a name – Ruah Kalah, “Light Wind” – and was overseen by the commander of the Israeli Navy himself, Admiral Ram Rotberg (Hebrew). Senior brass have told Ynet they were “deeply satisfied” with the results of the operation, though they admit that the success…

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  • The two-state solution is no longer feasible: Time to decide

    Binyamin Netanyahu fantasizes about 60 more years of occupation – and the Palestinians should demand equal citizenship in Israel If anyone wanted to know what Binyamin Netanyahu actually thinks about the peace process, he said it clearly himself last week: According to Netanyahu, the Palestinian appeal to the UN “will gridlock the negotiations for 60 years”. So, 44 years after the occupation and 18 years after the Israeli government and representatives of the Palestinians began negotiating, Netanyahu thinks it feasible to carry on for some 60 more years, give or take. And, naturally, should anything of the sort happen, this…

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  • In the West Bank, there is no justice, even for children

    Hundreds of Palestinian minors were arrested for weeks and even months by Israel in the last five years. Those children - including 34 of them under the age of 14 - were tried in military courts. Only one was acquitted. A new report by human rights NGO B'tselem shed light on one of the occupation's most horrifying aspects As part of its annoying habit of shedding light on parts of the occupation most Israelis would prefer to know nothing about, B'tselem published yesterday morning a report about the arrest of minors in the West Bank. Most Israeli media preferred highlighting…

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  • The occupation testimonies: The brutalization of the IDF

    How Giving teenagers power over the lives of other corrupts them – and the IDF “And my story is we and my story is that one time we grabbed a kid, not a big kid, a 10 or 12 year-old boy, something like that, we explained to him with the help of point with the barrel of the gun what he has to do, meaning waving the gun, showing him what do. The situation that was created was like…there is a little boy behind him, a patrol jeep, and three soldiers aiming their weapon at him and he [the boy]…

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