Category: Israel

Israeli Marksmen continue to use Peaceful Palestinian Protesters in Gaza for Target Practice: 2 dead, 40 Wounded | Informed Comment

4th Week

Ma’an News Agency | – – Gaza City (Ma’an) — Israeli forces shot and killed a 24-year-old Palestinian protester in Gaza on Friday afternoon, the second Palestinian to be killed during Friday’s

Source: Israeli Marksmen continue to use Peaceful Palestinian Protesters in Gaza for Target Practice: 2 dead, 40 Wounded | Informed Comment

Israel kills child and crushes bones in Gaza | The Electronic Intifada

Landscape view of protesters against thick plumes of smoke from burning tires

Muhammad Ibrahim Ayyoub, 14, shot in the head east of Jabaliya in northern Gaza on Friday, is the fourth child among the more than 30 Palestinians killed during protests since the rallies began on 30 March.

Israel kills child and crushes bones in Gaza

Israeli soldiers open fire on Gaza protesters fourth week in a row | +972 Magazine

Palestinian medics evacuate a protester injured during the Great Return March in Gaza. April 20, 2018. (Mohammed Zaanoun / Activestills.)

Some 70 percent of the Gazan population are refugees, meaning they, their parents, or their grandparents fled or were expelled from towns, villages, and cities inside the territory that became Israel in 1948.

Speaking to +972 Magazine before the first day of protest last month, one of the ‘Great Return March’ organizers, Hasan al-Kurd, explained that the plan was to set up camps between between 700-1000 meters from Israel’s border fence, outside the Israeli army’s unilaterally imposed buffer zone. In the weeks leading up to Nakba Day, there would be weekly marches as well as bicycle races and other events.

By mid-May, the Return March organizers hope that hundreds of thousands of Palestinians will join.

via Israeli soldiers open fire on Gaza protesters fourth week in a row | +972 Magazine

Israel to French Mayor: You can’t visit Occupied Palestine if you stand against Occupation | Informed Comment

Israel’s Strategic Affairs Ministry explained Leclerc was turned back over his support of the pro-Palestinian boycott movement, which was recently nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

“The decision not to let him into the country was made for a series of reasons in connection to his activity in the BDS movement and his promotion of boycotts against Israel,” reads the statement.

via Israel to French Mayor: You can’t visit Occupied Palestine if you stand against Occupation | Informed Comment

Anti-Semitism rears its ugly head once more

 

“Anti-Semitism is distinct from other forms of racism because instead of looking down on other races as inferior, it directs the venom upwards, towards an imaginary and evil elite. The “evil” — ever malleable historically as Bolshevism, “rootless” cosmopolitanism, capitalism, globalism, Zionism — has a new potency in this anxious, reactionary moment.”Julie Szego

I don’t know whether Julie Szego is Jewish or not but she certainly seems lost. To her if you do or don’t mention Jews your anti-Semitic. If you do or don’t mention Israel your anti-Semitic, If you are a Jew or aren’t a Jew your possibly anti-Semitic. Apparantly Netanyahu like Corbyn is anti-Semitic but neither know they are but in Corbyn’s case it’s inexcusable, in Netanyahu he’s just confused.

As my father married a Shitzka  it make me fully half or just my shadow anti-Semitic?  Jews don’t recognize me Nazis do and I ‘m deplored at what the State Israel is currently doing while being able to say some of my best friends are Jews without fear of lying.   What does Julie Szego say? “I don’t fear for the Jews. I fear for the world.” She says utterly nothing from her” I’m lost and alone” apartheid position of them and me which according to her makes me part of the World and her lamentably not. (OD  comment)

 

via Anti-Semitism rears its ugly head once more

2 Dead, 30 wounded: Israeli troops again Fire on Peaceful Palestinian Protesters at Gaza Border | Informed Comment

“Criticism of Israeli use of live arms has come from within the country as well. On Thursday a group of former Israeli soldiers, members of the sniper teams, wrote in an open letter “we are filled with shame and sorrow… Instructing snipers to shoot to kill unarmed demonstrators who pose no danger to human life is another product of the occupation and military rule over millions of Palestinian people, as well as of our country’s callous leadership, and derailed moral path.”

via 2 Dead, 30 wounded: Israeli troops again Fire on Peaceful Palestinian Protesters at Gaza Border | Informed Comment

Israeli soldiers open fire on Gaza protesters third week in a row | +972 Magazine

Update: 6:35 pm

The Palestinian Ministry of Health in Gaza is reporting that 701 people have been injured during the Return March protests. 17 of those injured are said to be medical personnel.

Update: 5:30 pm

The Palestinian Ministry of Health is reporting that over 500 Palestinians have been injured during today’s protests, 122 by live fire.

via Israeli soldiers open fire on Gaza protesters third week in a row | +972 Magazine

Jewish Labour Movement worked with Israeli embassy spy | The Electronic Intifada

Smearing Corbyn

The Jewish Labour Movement is one of the main organizations within Labour promoting claims that the party under left-wing leader Jeremy Corbyn has a major “problem with anti-Semitism.”

The group’s parliamentary chairperson Luciana Berger kicked off the current wave of the “Labour anti-Semitism” furore.

Rose herself has been running trainings on anti-Semitism to local Labour groups around the UK since 2016.

But many Jewish members of the Labour party do not accept the controversial definition of anti-Semitism offered in these trainings, which conflates hatred of Jews with criticism of Israel, or its state ideology, Zionism.

via Jewish Labour Movement worked with Israeli embassy spy | The Electronic Intifada

Israel’s arms exports: A decade of war and new markets | +972 Magazine

 

Israeli soldiers belonging to the IDF's Sky Rider unit seen during a training drill at the Tze'elim army base, August 5, 2013. The Sky Rider Unit operates unmanned aerial vehicles manufactured by Elbit Systems. (Miriam Alster/Flash90)

The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) recently published an updated report on international arms transfers, showing Israel’s numbers continuing to grow. While SIPRI only tracks the sales of leading companies in the arms industry — and there are many more sales, deals, and trainings that go unrepresented in these figures — the statistics give us a glimpse into the trends of Israel’s military exports.

Israel’s arms exports: A decade of war and new markets | +972 Magazine

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Palestinians lose legs as Israel punishes them by denying medical care | The Electronic Intifada

Crowd of protesters carry injured man

The legs of two Palestinians were amputated on Wednesday after Israel refused to allow them to leave the blockaded Gaza Strip for treatment.

Human rights groups had appealed to the Israeli authorities to allow for the transfer of Yusif Karnaz, 20, and Muhammad al-Ajouri, 17, to a hospital in the occupied West Bank for surgery that would save their limbs.

via Palestinians lose legs as Israel punishes them by denying medical care | The Electronic Intifada

Labour Israel lobbyist deletes anti-Semitic “conspiracy” claims | The Electronic Intifada

IT TAKES ALMOST 2 YEARS TO DEFEAT A LIAR WHO THEN SIMPLY WALKS AWAY IN SILENCE. A TYPICAL AND DAILY TACTIC BY ANDREW BOLT A MURDOCH MAN DO

The former Israel lobbyist and high-profile Labour lawmaker Ruth Smeeth has deleted a statement from her website which alleged anti-Semitism in Labour.

In one of the most high profile instances of the supposed “anti-Semitism crisis” in the UK’s main opposition party, Smeeth in June 2016 claimed she had been “attacked by a Momentum activist and Jeremy Corbyn supporter who used traditional anti-Semitic slurs to attack me for being part of a ‘media conspiracy.’”

Activist Marc Wadsworth had in fact neither said nor implied anything about Jews. Neither did he use the word “conspiracy.”

Smeeth did not reply to a request for comment. You can read the deleted statement in full below.

via Labour Israel lobbyist deletes anti-Semitic “conspiracy” claims | The Electronic Intifada

Why it looks like Israel was behind today’s strike on a Syrian airbase – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

A medical worker gives a toddler oxygen. Someone is laying in a bed beside him. There are patients on the floor, one is a child.

There is every reason to believe that Israel was behind today’s airstrike on a Syrian military base, and not the United States, as Syria at first claimed.

via Why it looks like Israel was behind today’s strike on a Syrian airbase – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

A state-sponsored mass shooting | +972 Magazine

I am generally wary of making any predictions but here’s how I see this playing out. The Israeli army will eventually come out with a statement about how it cannot reach any definitive conclusions about who shot Yasser Murtaja, or why he was shot, but it will be able to definitively conclude that the Israeli army doesn’t target journalists — so he surely was mistakenly hit. A tragedy that can be blamed entirely on Hamas. (Hamas is always to blame.)

But Murtaja was not the only journalist shot by Israeli snipers that day. Shooting one wrong person could conceivably be an accident. Six journalists shot on the same day suggests something more sinister.

via A state-sponsored mass shooting | +972 Magazine

Brutality is the only answer Israel has to Gaza’s civil disobedience | +972 Magazine

Palestinians youth collect tires to burn them during demonstrations in Khan Yunis, southern Gaza Strip, April 4, 2018. (Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash90)

Israel issues the Death Penalty for Civil Disobedience

It is impossible to know what will happen along the border with Gaza in the coming weeks. But one thing is certain: Israel will continue to respond with brutality and arrogance in the face of Palestinian nonviolent civil disobedience.

via Brutality is the only answer Israel has to Gaza’s civil disobedience | +972 Magazine

Israeli snipers open fire on Gaza protests second week in a row | +972 Magazine

Palestinian protesters burn tires at the Gaza-Israel border during the eighth day of the 'Great Return March,' Shuja'iyya, Gaza City, April 6, 2018. (Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Israeli snipers kill at least seven Palestinians, wound over 300 others during the eighth day of the ‘Gaza Return March.’ Protesters attempt to block soldiers’ line of sight by burning tires.

via Israeli snipers open fire on Gaza protests second week in a row | +972 Magazine

Israeli troops kill seven and wound 200 Palestinians as Gaza border protests resume: medics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

A man is seen carrying a boy who appears to be wounded in the head.

Killing kids Israel claims it’s their right of defense

Israeli troops have shot dead seven Palestinian protesters and wounded at least 200 along the Israel-Gaza border, Palestinian medical officials say, raising the death toll to 27 in the week-long disturbances.
Key points

1) 27 Palestinians were killed over the past week and at least 200 wounded Friday by Israeli gunfire
2) Israel has come under international criticism for its use of force
Israel said it acted in self defence and that many killed were militants

They said the demonstrators, including two teenage boys aged 16 and 17, were killed at protest sites along the frontier during a round of daily demonstrations that began on March 30 and are known as “The Great March of Return”.

via Israeli troops kill seven and wound 200 Palestinians as Gaza border protests resume: medics – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

Palestinian journalist dies after being shot by Israeli forces | News | Al Jazeera

Andrew Bolt approves of this.

A total of 31 Palestinians have now been shot dead since the start of the protests on March 30, when tens of thousands took to the border area with Israel, demanding the right of return for Palestinian refugees.

via Palestinian journalist dies after being shot by Israeli forces | News | Al Jazeera

Israeli violence against Palestinians will never end as a result of UN & US hypocrisy — RT Op-ed

Israeli violence against Palestinians will never end as a result of UN & US hypocrisy

many 1000s of Gazans are ready to die as martyrs rather than submit to Israel’s policy of slow death; Israeli snipers will continue 2 kill Palestinian demonstrators in cold blood; US gov’t & news media have given Israel a green light.

The US is fine with “rebels” like Al-Qaeda “protesting” in Syria, but when genuinely unarmed Palestinians protest the occupiers who violently expelled them from their homes and land, they are “inciting violence.”

During peaceful protests on March 30 in eastern Gaza, an unarmed Palestinian man walked on farmland towards the fence built by his occupiers. Within minutes, he was shot by one of the 100 Israeli special forces snipers deployed along the fence precisely to quash dissent—by any means necessary—under the old pretext of “self-defense.”

On the same day, a Palestinian woman, armed solely with a flag, walked towards the fence which has imprisoned her for so many years. She, too, was targeted by one of the snipers.

Among the 17 killed that day was a 16-year-old girl and a 27-year-old farmer, the latter killed by Israeli tank fire.

Even the BBC, which is not generally known to report fairly on Palestine, noted: “The first to die was Omar Samour, 27 – a Palestinian farmer killed in Israeli shelling as he worked his land near Khan Younis early on Friday, before the protests began.”

Yet, according to Israel, this farmer was a “terrorist infiltrator,” the lexicon which Israel uses to whitewash its extrajudicial assassinations.

via Israeli violence against Palestinians will never end as a result of UN & US hypocrisy — RT Op-ed

Israel: Massacre of Palestinian Protesters in Gaza was a Calculated War Crime (HRW) | Informed Comment

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Both before and after the confrontations, senior officials publicly said that soldiers stationed along the barrier that separates Gaza and Israel had orders to target “instigators” and those who approach the border. However, the Israeli government presented no evidence that rock-throwing and other violence by some demonstrators seriously threatened Israeli soldiers across the border fence. The high number of deaths and injuries was the foreseeable consequence of granting soldiers leeway to use lethal force outside of life-threatening situations in violation of international norms, coupled with the longstanding culture of impunity within the Israeli army for serious abuses.

via Israel: Massacre of Palestinian Protesters in Gaza was a Calculated War Crime (HRW) | Informed Comment

13-year-old “leaves hell” of Israeli detention | The Electronic Intifada

He was detained during a 10 December protest in Bethlehem against US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

According to Abdel Raouf, at least 10 soldiers rushed the crowd of protesters and grabbed him.

“One of the soldiers threw me to the ground, and another began beating me on my legs,” he told The Electronic Intifada. “I couldn’t walk for a month because I felt so much pain in my leg from the beating.”

Following his detention, the minor was brought to an interrogation facility in Israel’s Gush Etzion settlement bloc. Like all Israeli settlements in the West Bank, Gush Etzion is illegal under international law.

Hours of interrogations with Israeli authorities followed, Abdel Raouf told The Electronic Intifada, as Israeli officials accused Abdel Raouf of throwing stones at Israeli forces during the protest.

It was five hours before his father was called and told his whereabouts. Palestinian parents are frequently denied the right to accompany their children during interrogations conducted by the Israeli authorities in the West Bank.

13-year-old “leaves hell” of Israeli detention | The Electronic Intifada

For Israel, There’s Little Political Cost to Killing Palestinians

All the while, the ongoing blockade and restrictions imposed on Gaza have made conditions more difficult for the Palestinians who live there. “I want to be shot,” one 22-year-old protester told my colleagues on Friday. “I don’t want this life.”(Photo: Adam Helweh/Flickr/CC)

This weekend in Gaza, Palestinians buried their dead after Israeli soldiers killed at least 18 Palestinian protesters and wounded hundreds more on Friday. About 30,000 Palestinians had gathered near the fenced barrier separating the Gaza Strip from Israel, both protesting the stifling blockade on their territory and mourning the dispossession of their ancestral lands at the hands of the Israeli state.

As in many other Palestinian protests that take place in the occupied territories, most protesters were unarmed and nonviolent. Families picnicked in the shadow of the Israeli border and flew Palestinian flags. But like so many other Palestinian protests, this one ended in tears.

via For Israel, There’s Little Political Cost to Killing Palestinians

Shooting Protesters in Cold Blood: How Israel Became a Typical Middle Eastern Dictatorship

"It may be objected that Israel is not a dictatorship like that of Yemen or Syria. But for Palestinians in the Occupied Territories, that is precisely what it is." (Photo: Steve Rhodes/flickr/cc)

The Israeli army snipers who were ordered to shoot unarmed Palestinian protesters last Friday at the Gaza border, killing 17 outright and wounding hundreds of others, were acting according to the contemporary script of Middle Eastern dictators.

The Israeli army initially admitted in a tweet that the tactic was premeditated and precise, but then deleted the tweet, as the Israeli peace group B’tselem pointed out:

via Shooting Protesters in Cold Blood: How Israel Became a Typical Middle Eastern Dictatorship

Gaza: Hundreds Wounded by live fire as Israeli Snipers Shot protesters in Back & while Prayer

Gaza: Hundreds Wounded by live fire as Israeli Snipers Shot protesters in Back & while Prayer

“Israeli soldiers have fired on Palestinians in Gaza for the second day running. Four young men were injured near the border, where 17 unarmed Palestinians were killed on Friday. Videos from Gaza show one protester being shot in the back while running away from the border with a tyre in his hand. Another man was shot while praying at the protest. The Israeli army is under increasing international pressure to explain why. Al Jazeera’s Alex Gatopoulos reports.”

via Gaza: Hundreds Wounded by live fire as Israeli Snipers Shot protesters in Back & while Prayer

Israel Rejects Calls for Probe of Gaza Violence

JERUSALEM—Israel’s defense minister on Sunday rejected international calls for an investigation into deadly violence along Gaza’s border with Israel, saying troops acted appropriately and fired only at Palestinian protesters who posed a threat.

Fifteen Palestinians were killed and over 700 wounded in Friday’s violence near the Israeli border, according to Palestinian health officials. It was the area’s deadliest violence since a war four years ago.

Human rights groups have accused the army of using excessive force, and both the U.N. secretary-general and the European Union’s foreign policy chief have urged an investigation.

In an interview, Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Israel would not cooperate with a U.N. inquiry if there were one.

via Israel Rejects Calls for Probe of Gaza Violence

Videos show Israeli soldiers sniping unarmed protesters in Gaza | +972 Magazine

Attempts to retroactively portray Friday’s demonstrators as Hamas militants, stone-throwers, or human shields serves only one purpose: to quiet the Israeli conscience.

The Israeli army and Israel’s hasbara apparatus wasted no time blaming the 16 Palestinians killed by Israeli army snipers last Friday for their own deaths. Infographics were released within hours. Talking points distributed. Israel was defending its sovereign border, they said.
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Two videos published on the day of the carnage in Gaza, however, show a different story. They appear to show Israeli snipers positioned behind dirt mounds on the other side of the border fence shooting and killing unarmed protesters — carrying neither weapons nor rocks nor Molotov cocktails — who posed absolutely no threat to security forces — or anyone, for that matter.

via Videos show Israeli soldiers sniping unarmed protesters in Gaza | +972 Magazine

Netanyahu praises Israeli army after killings of Palestinians | Israeli–Palestinian conflict News | Al Jazeera

More than 1,500 Palestinians were injured in Friday's protests calling for the right of return for Palestinian refugees [Mohammed Salem/Reuters]

Netanyahu was protecting Israelis from the NOISE

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has praised Israel’s security forces after the killings of 17 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, just as condemnation over the Israeli army’s use of live ammunition against protesters grows.

In a statement on Saturday, Netanyahu thanked his troops for “guarding the country’s borders” and allowing “Israeli citizens to celebrate the [Passover] holiday peacefully”.

via Netanyahu praises Israeli army after killings of Palestinians | Israeli–Palestinian conflict News | Al Jazeera

Funerals begin for Palestinians killed by Israel army on Land Day | Israeli–Palestinian conflict News | Al Jazeera

via Funerals begin for Palestinians killed by Israel army on Land Day | Israeli–Palestinian conflict News | Al Jazeera

What’s behind the protests in the Gaza Strip? | Gaza | Al Jazeera

 

The demonstrators were marking Land Day, which stems from March 30, 1976, when 2,000 hectares of land was confiscated from Palestinian citizens of Israel. Back then, six people died in subsequent protests.

via What’s behind the protests in the Gaza Strip? | Gaza | Al Jazeera

Israeli Snipers Murder 17, wound dozens of Trapped Refugee Protesters at Gaza Border | Informed Comment

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US press is reporting that those killed died in “clashes,” they appear all to have been on the Gaza side of the line of control and never actually to have encountered any Israelis. There was no “clash.” Shooting down innocent unarmed people on their own land is typically termed “murder.”

via Israeli Snipers Murder 17, wound dozens of Trapped Refugee Protesters at Gaza Border | Informed Comment

Video shows Palestinian shot dead with back to Israeli snipers | Israeli–Palestinian conflict News | Al Jazeera

Netanyahu Praises this and the work of his 100 snipers & 17 dead over 1,400 wounded

Several videos circulating on social media purport to show unarmed Palestinian protesters being shot in the back or while praying by Israeli snipers.

In one of the videos, a demonstrator – identified by relatives as 19-year-old Abdelfattah Abdelnabi – is shot in the back while running away from the border separating the Gaza Strip and Israel.

via Video shows Palestinian shot dead with back to Israeli snipers | Israeli–Palestinian conflict News | Al Jazeera

Israeli army kills 15 Palestinians in Gaza protests | Israeli–Palestinian conflict News | Al Jazeera

A Palestinian protester wounded by Israeli sniper fire during Land Day protests east of Gaza City [Hosam Salem/Al Jazeera]

via Israeli army kills 15 Palestinians in Gaza protests | Israeli–Palestinian conflict News | Al Jazeera

more on Gaza

Palestinians are the majority. Is it apartheid yet? | +972 Magazine

Palestinians from the West Bank cross through Qalandyia checkpoint to attend evening prayers in Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque, June 21, 2017. Israeli authorities allowed women of all ages and men over 40 to enter Jerusalem without permits on Fridays during the month of Ramadan only. (Ahmad al-Bazz/Activestills.org)

Countless Israeli military campaigns, laws, and policies since 1948 have aimed to keep non-Jews out of the state (namely Palestinian refugees) and curb the rights of those living inside it. While these policies principally target Palestinians and Arabs, they are also directed against African refugees and other ‘unwanted’ persons deemed socially and politically undesirable by the Zionist ethos.

via Palestinians are the majority. Is it apartheid yet? | +972 Magazine

Palestine: 17% increase in Israel’s squatter settlements under Trump | Informed Comment

 

Palestine: 17% increase in Israel’s squatter settlements under Trump

Construction of settlements in the occupied West Bank surged 17 per cent during the first year of US President Donald trump’s presidency, Israeli monitoring group Peace Now has said.

According to data released by the group, Israel began construction of 2,783 settlement homes in 2017, 17 per cent more than the annual average since Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took office in 2009.

The vast majority of the new “homes” – 78 per cent – were in settlements which would likely have to be evacuated if a Palestinian state was established, Peace Now added.

Additionally, eight per cent were in illegal outposts which are not authorised by the state.

Trump has taken a softer line on Israeli construction in the occupied West Bank than his predecessors.

via Palestine: 17% increase in Israel’s squatter settlements under Trump | Informed Comment

What justice looks like for those who kill Palestinians | +972 Magazine

Ahed Tamimi was sentenced to eight months in prison for slapping a soldier. Col. Israel Shomer, who shot a Palestinian teenager in the back three times didn’t sit a single day behind bars.

via What justice looks like for those who kill Palestinians | +972 Magazine

Bearing witness to Israel’s crimes | The Electronic Intifada

Israel has expropriated a natural spring in the occupied West Bank village of al-Walaja, making off-limits a site long used by Palestinian residents for picnicking and swimming.

I have only been to al-Walaja twice. On the first occasion, in 2006, I was a volunteer with the YMCA of Palestine, helping to harvest olives from fields that al-Walaja’s Palestinian farmers could no longer access without threat of arrest or worse due to their proximity to Israeli settlements.

On that occasion two soldiers from the Israeli army turned up. They were pleasant; they seemed amused at our presence – eccentric foreigner “do-gooders” come to help the undeserving. They stayed but 20 minutes and left with a smile and a laugh.

A week later the fields we had harvested were declared a “closed military zone” by arbitrary edict of the occupation. No one, except those who could obtain an authorized military permit, could now access them.

Effectively, the farmer we had helped with the harvest had his lands seized because we had helped him. The unofficial policy of keeping him off his lands was formalized into an official policy of keeping him off his lands.

via Bearing witness to Israel’s crimes | The Electronic Intifada

Israeli town halts property sales after realizing most buyers were Palestinians | The Electronic Intifada

Racism

Adalah, a legal center for Palestinians in Israel, stated that Yechieli’s words and actions “are motivated by racism.”

Preventing Palestinian citizens of Israel “from purchasing homes due strictly to their national identity is an illegitimate act,” Adalah added.

“In a climate in which the Israeli Knesset continues to promote racist legislation targeting Arab citizens, Kfar Vradim’s council leader feels emboldened to promote racist policies and to trample the most basic of democratic principles,” the group stated.

Jamal Zahalka, a Palestinian lawmaker in Israel’s parliament, called on the attorney general to investigate Yechieli’s “racist” decision.

via Israeli town halts property sales after realizing most buyers were Palestinians | The Electronic Intifada

Ahed Tamimi to spend 8 months in prison in plea deal | +972 Magazine

Juvenile Justice in Israel

Over 70 percent of juvenile defendants accept plea bargains in Israeli military juvenile courts, which have a startling conviction rate of more than 95 percent.
Ahed Tamimi seen in a protest in Nabi Saleh. (Haim Schwarczenberg)

Ahed Tamimi seen in a protest in Nabi Saleh. (Haim Schwarczenberg)

The practice of pre-conviction detention (denying bail) is the default in Israeli military courts. This means that Palestinian minors are faced with a choice of either fighting the charges and remaining in prison for the duration of their trial or signing a plea deal and receiving a reduced sentence.

Given the time spent in prison awaiting trial — Ahed, for example, has been imprisoned for three months already and her trial hasn’t even begun — even a defendant who is acquitted still might spend more time in prison that they would if they had agreed to sign a plea deal.

via Ahed Tamimi to spend 8 months in prison in plea deal | +972 Magazine

Israel arrested 1,300 Palestinians in two months, rights groups say | +972 Magazine

Illustrative photo of Border Police officers arresting a Palestinian. (Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

The Israeli army arrested 1,319 Palestinians during the months of January and February, according to a new report released Wednesday by various Palestinian prisoners rights groups. Of the 1,319 arrested, 274 are minors, 23 are women, and four are journalists.

via Israel arrested 1,300 Palestinians in two months, rights groups say | +972 Magazine

Israel’s new Jewish state bill ‘institutionalising the apartheid regime’ | Informed Comment

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The Israeli Knesset is fast tracking a “nation-state bill” which opposition groups have denounced as “institutionalising the apartheid regime”. Knesset members approved the final draft of the bill defining Israel exclusively as a nation for Jews.

The “Zionism’s flagship bill”, as it’s been described by Israeli politicians, will permit Jewish-only communities and mark a dangerous turning point for Palestinians whose democratic rights will come under greater threat.

Critics say the bill will effectively block any chance for Israel’s large Palestinian minority – 20 per cent of the population – to reform Israel in the future into a normal, Western-style democracy. Palestinian members of the Knesset condemned the move saying the bill “institutionalises an apartheid regime in the most blatant way”.

via Israel’s new Jewish state bill ‘institutionalising the apartheid regime’ | Informed Comment

Israel’s secret deportation plan faces biggest challenge yet | +972 Magazine

African asylum seekers and human rights activists protest against deportation in central Jerusalem. February 10, 2018. (Yaniv Nadav/Flash90)

The Israeli government’s plan to deport tens of thousands of African asylum seekers may face its most serious hurdle as the country’s High Court of Justice hears a challenge to the deportation plan, slated to begin in two weeks.

The deportation plan is based on an agreement between Israel and Rwanda, which Israel insists must remain secret and which Rwanda has denied even exists.

via Israel’s secret deportation plan faces biggest challenge yet | +972 Magazine

1/3 of Israelis live in Poverty, especially Palestinians & Ultra-Orthodox

1/3 of Israelis live in Poverty, especially Palestinians & Ultra-Orthodox

Israel has one of the highest poverty rates of any developed country with the gap between the rich and the poor ever widening, the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) revealed yesterday.

via 1/3 of Israelis live in Poverty, especially Palestinians & Ultra-Orthodox

For new Adelson-funded organization, anti-Semitism is not a problem | +972 Magazine

American billionaire businessman Sheldon Gary Adelson (L), and his wife Miriam Ochshorn attends the Israeli Presidential Conference at the International Conference Centre in Jerusalem May 13, 2008. (Olivier Fitoussi /FLASH90.)

Right-wing Jews like Sheldon Adelson have no problem shelling out money for the European ‘New Right,’ even if it means flirting with anti-Semites.

Spring Time for Hitler and Right-Wing Jews (OD)

For new Adelson-funded organization, anti-Semitism is not a problem | +972 Magazine

Israelis disguised as journalists shoot, abduct Palestinian students | The Electronic Intifada

Tamara Nassar Rights and Accountability 7 March 2018

Undercover agents from Israel’s Border Police stormed the Birzeit University campus in the occupied West Bank disguised as journalists on Wednesday.

They beat and arrested Omar Kiswani, the head of the student council.

The university said Wednesday night that two students were injured by Israeli gunfire during the incursion and were being treated at the hospital.

Birzeit University condemned what it called a “barbaric intrusion.”

It said the assault was part and parcel of Israel’s “systematic destruction of Palestinian educational life by targeting academic institutions.”

During the incident, according to the university, students and campus guards confronted the occupation forces, but the Israeli soldiers confined the guards to their quarters.

Earlier, the university posted the video above on YouTube showing several Israeli gunmen beating and kicking Kiswani and brandishing their guns at other students.

The university also tweeted the video, stating that it shows “Israeli forces kidnap university student, fire shots on campus in broad daylight.”

The undercover Israeli agents – so-called mistaravim – dress up as Palestinians to abduct, injure and infiltrate groups of civilians, often during protests against Israel’s military occupation.

Israel has even used mistaravim to kidnap and kill Palestinians inside hospitals.

via Israelis disguised as journalists shoot, abduct Palestinian students | The Electronic Intifada