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This disturbing image shows the back of the head of a child or young man as seen in the crosshairs of a rifle. The photo was posted on the personal Instagram account of Mor Ostrovski, a 20-year old Israeli soldier in a sniper unit.
The context – particularly the character of the buildings seen in the background of the image – strongly suggests the child could be Palestinian.
There are no other images to suggest that the photographer actually fired at the person in the image in this case. The image is simply tasteless and dehumanizing. It embodies the idea that Palestinian children are targets.
It reminded me of a chilling account another Israeli soldier gave to the group Breaking the Silence about how Israeli soldiers in Nablus in 2006-2007 would deliberately fire at children, sometimes using live ammunition and sometimes rubber-coated steel bullets:
Where do you aim? Do you choose some kid at random?
Yes. Choose someone, aim at his body.
Center of mass.
10 meters’ range at the center of mass?
I remember one time we put a kid down. We didn’t kill him but someone hit the kid in the chest and he fell and probably lost consciousness, or at least, it was pretty close. About 10 meters.
Recently, Benjamin Doherty pointed out how the Israeli army has wittingly and unwittingly used Instagram and other social media to promote itself. These images, which Doherty calls “war sporno” use “male and female bodies to eroticize the military, to displace violence against Palestinians, to encourage Western publics to identify with Israeli soldiers.”
Ostrovski’s account includes other images of himself and his weapons:
Full Story: http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/ali-abunimah/israeli-soldier-posts-disturbing-instagram-photo-child-crosshairs-his-rifleThis disturbing image shows the back of the head of a child or young man as seen in... more
A teenage boy was killed by Israeli soldiers on the separation barrier close to the West Bank village of Budrus yesterday, shot from behind as he was running away, according to Palestinian accounts.
Samir Awad, 17, was among a group of boys who had just completed an exam on the last day of school before a midterm break when they approached the barrier, reports said. The Israeli Defence Forces said the youths were "attempting to infiltrate into Israel", and its soldiers "responded immediately". It confirmed live fire was used.
According to villagers, Samir was grabbed by soldiers who were concealed in a trench. He broke free and was running away when a soldier or soldiers opened fire. He was hit by three or four bullets, in his head, torso and leg.
Ayed Morrar, a member of the village popular resistance committee, said: "They shot him in cold blood, they shot him in the back. He wasn't threatening them." He said there had been no stone-throwing at the time of the shooting.
Samir, one of 15 siblings, was buried in the village cemetery overlooking the separation barrier on Tuesday afternoon. A large group of men and boys, some carrying Fatah and Hamas flags, accompanied his shrouded body to the grave.
His brother Jibril, 23, wearing a blood-soaked T-shirt, said he had rushed to help Samir as soon as he heard about the shooting. "The soldiers prevented me from getting near him at first," he said. "There was a soldier on top of him."
He said his family had lost more than five acres of land and 3,000 olive trees when the separation barrier was constructed on Budrus land. His mother had been injured in protests against the route of the barrier, and he had been jailed three times for taking part in popular resistance actions. "All our family has suffered from the wall," he said.
Budrus was the first West Bank village to organise regular weekly protests against the barrier and eventually succeeded in getting its route changed. An eponymous documentary film about the village's struggle was released in 2009.
After Samir's funeral, soldiers fired teargas at village youths who gathered near the barrier. Mouin Awad said Samir's death could trigger further confrontations between villagers and the IDF. "We will throw rocks and protest. What else can we do?"
The IDF said an investigation into "reports regarding a wounded Palestinian" was under way.
On Monday a 21-year-old Gaza man died after being shot in the head by Israeli forces, according to Palestinian officials. The IDF denied being involved.
On Saturday a 21-year-old Palestinian was shot dead by Israeli troops while trying to cross the barrier near the southern West Bank town of Dura. On Friday a 22-year-old man was killed and another injured by Israeli forces in northern Gaza, according to reports.
Meanwhile, the Israeli military said it had discovered a shaft leading to a tunnel dug from Gaza. The opening was around 100 metres inside Israeli territory and was intended "to execute terror attacks against Israeli civilians and IDF soldiers on Israeli territory", the IDF said.
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jan/15/israeli-shot-youth-in-back-palestinians?CMP=twt_guA teenage boy was killed by Israeli soldiers on the separation barrier close to the... more
Terror, terror, terror, terror, terror. Here we go again. Israel is going to “root out Palestinian terror” – which it has been claiming to do, unsuccessfully, for 64 years – while Hamas, the latest in “Palestine’s” morbid militias, announces that Israel has “opened the gates of hell” by murdering its military leader, Ahmed al-Jabari.
Hezbollah several times announced that Israel had “opened the gates of hell” for attacking Lebanon. Yasser Arafat, who was a super-terrorist, then a super-statesman – after capitulating on the White House lawn – and then became a super-terrorist again when he realised he’d been conned by Camp David; he, too waffled on about the “gates of hell” in 1982.
And we journos are writing like performing bears, repeating all the clichés we’ve used for the past 40 years. The killing of Mr Jabari was a “targeted attack”, it was a “surgical air strike” – like the Israeli “surgical air strikes” which killed almost 17,000 civilians in Lebanon in 1982, the 1,200 Lebanese, most of them civilians, in 2006, or the 1,300 Palestinians, most of them civilians, in Gaza in 2008-9, or the pregnant woman and the baby who were killed by the “surgical air strikes” in Gaza last week – and the 11 civilians killed in one Gaza house yesterday. At least Hamas, with their Godzilla rockets, don’t claim anything “surgical” about them. They are meant to murder Israelis – any Israelis, man woman or child.
http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/comment/as-israel-and-hamas-open-the-gates-of-hell-in-gaza-all-the-journalistic-cliches-of-war-are-here-again-8327133.htmlTerror, terror, terror, terror, terror. Here we go again. Israel is going to... more
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- An Israeli airstrike damaged two media headquarters in Gaza City early Sunday, injuring six journalists, witnesses said.
Khader al-Zahhar, a cameraman with al-Quds TV, had a leg amputated due to injuries sustained in the attack.
The Al-Shawa building, struck in the early hours, houses a number of media organizations, including Ma'an News Agency's headquarters in the Gaza Strip.
A Ma'an correspondent said the impact was focused on the eleventh floor, where the office of al-Quds TV is located.
Six journalists were moderately injured, five of whom were identified as Darwish Bulbul, Ibrahim Labed, Muhammad al-Akhras and Hazem al-Daour, all al-Quds TV employees.
An Israeli army spokesman said forces targeted the antennae of the building. He said it was used by Hamas for carrying out terror activities.
A second Israeli airstrike around 7 a.m. hit a second media complex in Gaza City , the al-Shuruq building.
Sky News Arabia and Al-Arabiya reported that their offices have been affected. There were no initial reports of injuries.
Full Story: http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=538829&utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+imeu+%28IMEU+%3A+Institute+for+Middle+East+Understanding%29GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- An Israeli airstrike damaged two media headquarters in Gaza... more
The Obama administration's unstinting financial, military and diplomatic support for Israel is a key enabling force in the conflict. A Palestinian man carries a wounded child at a hospital following an Israeli air raid in Beit Lahia in the northern Gaza Strip, on November 17, 2012. Photograph: Moiz Salhi/AFP/Getty Images.
A central premise of US media coverage of the Israeli attack on Gaza - beyond the claim that Israel is justifiably "defending itself" - is that this is some endless conflict between two foreign entitles, and Americans can simply sit by helplessly and lament the tragedy of it all. The reality is precisely the opposite: Israeli aggression is possible only because of direct, affirmative, unstinting US diplomatic, financial and military support for Israel and everything it does. This self-flattering depiction of the US as uninvolved, neutral party is the worst media fiction since TV news personalities covered the Arab Spring by pretending that the US is and long has been on the side of the heroic democratic protesters, rather than the key force that spent decades propping up the tyrannies they were fighting.
Literally each day since the latest attacks began, the Obama administration has expressed its unqualified support for Israel's behavior. Just two days before the latest Israeli air attacks began, Obama told Palestinian Prime Minister Mahmud Abbas "that his administration opposes a Palestinian bid for non-state membership of the UN". Both the US Senate and House have already passed resolutions unequivocally supporting Israel, thus earning the ultimate DC reward: the head-pat from Aipac, which "praised the extraordinary show of support by the Senate for Israel's struggle against terrorist attacks on its citizens". More bipartisan Congressional cheerleading is certain to come as the attacks continue, no matter how much more brutal they become.
In reflexive defense of Israel, the US government thus once against put itself squarely at odds with key nations such as Turkey (whose prime minister accused Israel of being motivated by elections and demanded that Israel be "held to account" for mounting civilians deaths), Egypt (which denounced Israeli attacks as "aggression against humanity"), and Tunisia (which called on the world to "stop the blatant aggression" of Israel).
By rather stark contrast, Obama continues to defend Israel's free hand in Gaza, causing commentators like Jeffrey Goldberg to gloat, not inaccurately: "Barack Obama hasn't turned against Israel. This is a big surprise to everyone who has not paid attention for the last four years" (indeed, there are few more compelling signs of how dumb and misleading US elections are than the fact that the only criticism of Obama on Israel heard over the last year in the two-party debate was the grievance that Obama evinces insufficient fealty - rather than excessive fealty - to the Israeli government). That the Netanyahu government knows that any attempt to condemn Israel at the UN would be instantly blocked by the US is a major factor enabling them to continue however they wish. And, of course, the bombs, planes and tanks they are using are subsidized, in substantial part, by the US taxpayer.
Full Story: http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/2012/nov/17/israel-gaza-us-policy?utm_source=twitterfeed&utm_medium=twitter&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+imeu+%28IMEU+%3A+Institute+for+Middle+East+Understanding%29The Obama administration's unstinting financial, military and diplomatic support... more
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Hamid Younis Abu Daqqa, 13, always wore his Real Madrid shirt when he played soccer with his friends. He died wearing the same shirt, killed by Israeli forces before the second half of a game with friends could be finished.
His father said Hamid would imitate Real Madrid star Ronaldo while playing in front of his Gaza home.
"My house is located in an area away from clashes, nearly one and a half kilometers away from the nearest point of the borders with Israel, therefore I didn't have a problem with my son playing in front of the house," Hamid's father told Ma'an.
"I received a phone call. His friend was on the phone telling me that my son was shot in the chest. I rushed to the hospital and found him dying."
Hamid would never miss a Real Madrid game.
"Despite me pushing him to focus on his schoolwork, he would be mesmerized in front of the TV screen watching games," his father said.
Hamid used to play soccer every day for 30 minutes before sundown, his attention focused on the ball, blocking out the sound of Israeli helicopters.
It was during a game he loved that Hamid was killed, his white Real Madrid shirt stained red as the bullets hit him.
Medics said Hamid was hit by machine gun fire, either from Israeli helicopters or tanks, during an incursion into the Gaza Strip on Thursday.
An Israeli army spokeswoman said at the time that reports of injuries were being checked.
Hamid's funeral took place on Friday, a Palestinian flag draped over his body.
http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=535839GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Hamid Younis Abu Daqqa, 13, always wore his Real Madrid... more
There are lots of things wrong with Netanyahu using the Jewish experience during WW2 to push for a mass murder campaign for Iran.
I don't think that the people of the world have forgotten about Operation Cast Lead, when the IDF fired white phosphorous munitions on Palestinians, creating an actual holocaust: sacrificial ritualistic burnt offering.
The nations taking part in the Non-Aligned Movement conference hosted by Iran prove that many in the international community have not learned the lessons of the Holocaust, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday.
Netanyahu's comments came after, earlier in the day, news network Khabar quoted Iranian Foreign Minister Ali-Akbar Salehi as calling on NAM member states o to push for opening a war tribunal against Israel.
Speaking during a meeting with Minister-President of the German state of Lower Saxony David McAllister in Jerusalem later Wednesday, Netanyahu denounced the summit in Tehran as a "disgrace and a stain on humanity," saying that the conference proved that "many in the international community have learned nothing" after the Holocaust.
The premier indicated at the opening of his meeting that following the Second World War the world united to prevent another Holocaust, saying "alliances were forged to fight genocide and the United Nations was formed."
"But today, there are more than 120 nations in Tehran, where the regime denies the Holocaust and is working to annihilate the Jewish state," the PM said, adding that the Iranian government abuses its citizens, "cooperates with the slaughter of innocents in Syria, and calls for death to American and death to Israel."There are lots of things wrong with Netanyahu using the Jewish experience during WW2... more
Loyal to whom? Jewish state senator from New York appears to be ready to join the IDF and fight against Syria.
If this were a representative donning the uniform of a foreign nation other than Israel, they would be run out of office.
A New York state senator has taken up arms while posing for a picture in an Israeli army uniform on the Syrian border during an official trip to Israel.
A New York state senator has been photographed with a weapon in his hands and posing for a picture in an Israeli army uniform on the Syrian border during an official trip to Israel.
A photo posted online on August 15 showed State Sen. David Storobin in an Israeli army uniform and with a rifle in his hands side-by-side with Israeli officers.
Storobin, who is running for reelection as a Republican, is seen standing next to Gen. Shculik Olansky, who is in charge of Israel's Golan Heights Armor Division.Loyal to whom? Jewish state senator from New York appears to be ready to join the IDF... more
A 15 year old Palestinian boy's experience after being arrested at 2AM at his home (documented by Defense of Children International):
"While sitting on the ground near the truck, a person speaking Arabic approached me and grabbed my hands and ordered me to stand up and accompany him. He grabbed me so violently and pulled me. He forced me to walk with him for about 20 meters, and I could see from under the blindfold that we stopped behind a military jeep. He slapped me hard twice and grabbed my testicles so hard and started pressing them. Then, he asked me whether I threw stones and Molotov cocktails
DCI expressed alarm about sworn affidavits children provided, explaining instances of sexual assault or threatened assault to obtain confessions. In 2009 alone, DCI reviewed 100 sworn affidavits attesting to the following:
97% of children said their hands were tied during interrogations;
92% said they were blindfolded or hooded;
81% said forced confessions were made;
69% said they were beaten or kicked;
65% said they were arrested from midnight to 4AM;
50% said they were verbally abused;
49% cited threats or inducements;
32% were forced to sign confessions in Hebrew they didn't understand;
26% cited painful position abuse;
14% were in solitary confinement;
12% were threatened with sexual assault; and
4%, in fact, were sexually assaulted.
Full Article: http://www.examiner.com/article/un-group-joins-condemning-israel-for-abuse-of-palestinian-child-detaineesA 15 year old Palestinian boy's experience after being arrested at 2AM at his... more
Question about Operation Cast Lead, the 2009 mass murder campaign against Palestinians: would the IDF have bombed Jewish neighborhoods had Hamas set up command posts and bases in them?
Senior IDF officer says destruction in Lebanon will be extensive due to Hezbollah establishing command posts and bases in villages; potential attack on Iran could spark conflict with Hezbollah.
The Goldstone report which criticized Israel's operation against Hamas in the Gaza Strip in 2009, will pale in comparison to what will happen to Lebanon in a future war with Hezbollah, a senior IDF officer in the Northern Command said on Thursday.
"The destruction will be greater in Lebanon than in Israel and the amount of explosives which will fall there will be far more than what will fall here...We will need to be strong and aggressive," the officer said.Question about Operation Cast Lead, the 2009 mass murder campaign against... more
"Forty-five years ago, the USS Liberty was attacked in international waters by Israeli jet fighters and torpedo boats."
at which time israel was involved in a war with egypt,syria,and jordan
"The attack killed 34 members of the crew, and wounded 174 more on board. Both U.S. and Israeli governments conducted inquiries about the incident, and decided the attack was a result of Israeli confusion about who the USS Liberty was."
Other wise known as a classic case of friendly fire.
"Many veterans don't agree."
While the majority do agree
"This Friday, a USS Liberty memorial service will be held at the graves of the Liberty victims at Arlington Cemetery, in part to remember, but also to accuse.
A Facebook page for the event asks supporters to sign a petition calling for a renewed investigation of the attack. The petition suggests a U.S. government cover up, noting that the U.S. initially dispatched aircraft to aid the wounded USS Liberty, but say they were later recalled."
As this is a case of mistaken identity a great deal of confusion surrounded the events as they unfolded.
From the U.S. being concerned the Liberty was attacked by soviets to Israel offering to rescue survivors upon learning it was an American ship not an Egyptian one.just a few points that explain the delay in action that are habitualy left out of the account on the part of some.
"The page also points supporters to reports on the incident from USS Liberty veterans, including a draft letter to Congress asking for a better investigation."
An investigation that will never come as it has already taken place and concluded the Liberty had no basis to be where it was, and Israel attacked it by accident when lead to believe the Liberty had left the area as the United States military had ordered it to.
this is a thoroughtly investigated event from almost a half century ago, that only matters more than any other event to those who are so cravenly bent on attacking israel they are willing to go as far back in history as needed to find anything that can be spun to sell their hatred.
always left out is:
The CIA as well as the joint chiefs held independant investigations, which both concluded what had happened was a case of friendly fire.
Israel offered to rescue the survivors, and did pay reperations for the damages within 24 hrs.
(hardly the actions of any enemy nation ever in war)
Most of all, Israel intelligence had discovered that Egyptian ships had planned to shell Israeli towns from the sea.An explosion had taken place where the Israelis expected the Egyptians to attack, leading them (and anyone else in their position) to believe an Egyptian ship was present.Which the liberty appeared to be.
On every front their is a very simple reasonable explanation for the events that transpired, that require no suspension of reality.As this incident is no different than any of the other bazillions of incidents of friendly fire, with the exception that it was Israel."Forty-five years ago, the USS Liberty was attacked in international waters by... more
The still image of Lt. Col. Shalom Eisner striking a dutch man, Andeas Ias, as usual, made its way across global media telling the story it was designed to.
A picture is worth a thousand words, with that picture's words meant to only demonize Israel.
So as usual with provacateur staged events( with media on stand by)a predertimed narrative is displayed and lapped up by those with an appetite for it.
The full story how ever is ignored.
The part about how these people refered to what they were doing as the "flytilla" as an omage to the mavi marma "flotilla".
The part about how these activist assumed the presentation of cyclists on an innocent ride, while choosing the path of literal greatest resistance.knowing their was a check point that they were not going to be allowed to pass.
From the flags in their hand (and mouth) to the media that magicaly appeared at just the right time, all the standard hallmarks of a staged event designed to demonize Israel were present.
None of which of course absolves soldiers from smashing in the face of civilians.
The part that is left out of the story as it was distributed across the world, was the aggression shown by the "civilians" prior to one being struck in the face.
All video capturing the events as they unfolded are missing the footage of this supposed aggression.
In this video attached, filmed by the activists, they can be seen waving more people to come to the soldiers, not yield.Then the film cuts to the part where the soldiers are attacking the civilians.Gee i wonder why their is footage missing?
The follow up to the story is that Lt. Col. Shalom Eisner has been punished for the events that took place.A part of events of course that those so interested in the events of the middle east never seem to bother to report.Eisner is now excluded from military promotion for 3 yrs, suspended presently, and had a finger broken as well as damage to his wrist requiring a cast.The result of the actions mysteriously missing from the footage.
But this isnt important information to the world media.
Just that Andreas Ias was taking a leasurely bike ride with a few of his closest friends, wanting to take in the scenery with palestinian flags in their mouths and camera crews following, when a spontanious protest broke out.
Cuz that is all one needs to know.The whole story is just a waste of time it seems.The still image of Lt. Col. Shalom Eisner striking a dutch man, Andeas Ias, as usual,... more
Israeli beating of activist causes uproar 4/14/12
In the video, Lt. Col. Shalom Eisner is seen smashing a Danish activist in the face with his M-16 rifle.
"Any reasonable viewer who sees the clip asks himself how many such incidents take place where there is no documentation, and how the army responds when there is no conclusive and public proof of unjustified violence," wrote Ofer Shelah, a military columnist for the Yediot Ahronot daily
JERUSALEM (AP) — A senior Israeli military officer's seemingly unprovoked assault against an unarmed pro-Palestinian activist drew sharp condemnations Monday, raising questions in Israel over whether the country's heavy-handed approach to nonviolent protesters was exaggerated and causing damage to Israel's image.
The assault, captured on video and featured in all major newspapers and TV broadcasts, follows Israel's high-profile interception at its main airport of dozens of international activists who had planned a solidarity mission with Palestinians in the West Bank. Adding to the sense that Israel may have gone too far, officials said Tuesday that nearly 500 people were erroneously blocked from visiting.
Israel has branded the activists "provocateurs" who posed a security threat to the country. Calling itself the Middle East's only democracy, it says the protesters have their priorities wrong and should instead focus on rampant human rights violations in neighboring Arab countries.
Israel feels it is unfairly singled out internationally and is obsessed about its international image. Leaders often complain about what they say are unfair efforts to "delegitimize" the country with boycotts, divestment calls and other campaigns. The country even has a ministry of public diplomacy that aims to promote the country's image overseas.
But critics say that Israel's policies, not its public relations efforts, are the problem, particularly when it comes to its actions in the occupied West Bank. Saturday's beating of the foreign activist, filmed by another demonstrator as soldiers blocked them from riding bicycles near the West Bank town of Jericho, gave new ammunition to its detractors.
"Any reasonable viewer who sees the clip asks himself how many such incidents take place where there is no documentation, and how the army responds when there is no conclusive and public proof of unjustified violence," wrote Ofer Shelah, a military columnist for the Yediot Ahronot daily.
In the video, Lt. Col. Shalom Eisner is seen smashing a Danish activist in the face with his M-16 rifle. Israel said the group of about 200 activists was attempting to block a main highway and had provoked the soldiers.
http://youtu.be/Um8KJi4l0esIsraeli beating of activist causes uproar 4/14/12
In the video, Lt. Col. Shalom... more
Rachel's bravery will never be forgotten. Everyday, more and more people become aware of Rachel's work in Palestine and the positivity she left behind. Her parents have tirelessly been working for the last 9 years to bring justice for the shocking and disgraceful behaviour shown by the Israeli and American governments regarding Rachel's death.
http://youtu.be/ZMHeuDjhwFoRachel's bravery will never be forgotten. Everyday, more and more people become... more
Mo’men Shtayeh probably owns a John Cena shirt, the WWE wrestler who the Palestinian kids hero worship, their shrill voices echoing in neighborhood streets of Cena’s catchphrase, “You can’t see me!” accompanied with waving a hand in front of their faces.
Mo’men Shtayeh has seen and knows too much. There is a chance — nay, a probability — that due to witnessing the Israeli army’s brutality and severe oppression in his village of Kufr Qaddoum, Mo’men might have grown up to be a warmongering Islamist (or perversely, a Tea Partier).
Mo’men Shtayeh represents a threat to the security of the Israeli racist occupying state. Apparently, it is well known that due to his savvy nature, Mo’men has been involved in drawing up specialized blueprints to attack enemy bases.
So it all makes perfect sense that the most moral army in the world, the Israeli Defense Forces, the fourth strongest army, the upholders of the beacon of democracy and godly light, tried to arrest Mo’men on Monday, 2 April.
The thing is, Mo’men is two-and-a-half years old.
http://electronicintifada.net/blogs/linah-alsaafin/israeli-forces-attempt-arrest-2-year-old-palestinian-child?utm_source=EI%20readers&utm_campaign=6ecf3ef0ab-RSS_EMAIL_CAMPAIGN&utm_medium=emailMo’men Shtayeh probably owns a John Cena shirt, the WWE wrestler who the... more
INTERNATIONAL press advocacy group Reporters Without Borders has accused the Israeli military of deliberately targeting news photographers covering Palestinian protests in the occupied West Bank.
"Reporters Without Borders strongly condemns the violence used by Israeli forces against Palestinian, Israeli and foreign photojournalists covering demonstrations against Israel's West Bank separation barrier and the continuing colonisation of Palestinian territory," it said in a statement.
"The press freedom organisation deplores the total impunity enjoyed by the soldiers responsible for these abuses," it added in the statement, headlined: "Israeli troops take aim at photojournalists covering protests in West Bank."
An army spokesman denied the allegations.
"There is no such policy and I would even say it's ridiculous to make such a claim," Captain Arye Shalicar told AFP.
"There is no intention to deliberately hurt somebody.
"These demonstrations are generally violent," he said.
"The photographers are among them ... exactly where those using violence against the security forces are, they are taking a risk of being hurt.
"By the fact of being there, they are placing themselves in danger and they need to be aware of that."
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/world/israeli-military-accused-of-targetting-members-of-press-in-west-bank/story-e6frf7lf-1226271846145INTERNATIONAL press advocacy group Reporters Without Borders has accused the Israeli... more
Doron Zahavi, who still can be called only “Captain George” in the Israeli media, has gone public with his grievance against the IDF, which employed him to torture kidnapped Arabs who were thought to have intelligence about affairs in Lebanon or Syria, specifically Israeli prisoners of war. Among those he worked his wonders on was Mustafa Dirani, who was thought to have specific knowledge of the whereabouts of Ron Arad. Yossi Gurvitz reports ( in Hebrew) that Zahavi ordered one of his subordinates to undress and rape Dirani. Another Zahavi subordinate, who blew the whistle on the whole military torture complex he ran, says his commander sodomized Dirani with a nightstick.
The brave torturer has the effrontery to claim that the anal lacerations Dirani suffered were due to “constipation,” for which they gave him a laxative that caused him to soil himself. The victim says he was forced to wear a diaper constantly even when it contained excrement. And such treatment, as Gurvitz confirms and as I’ve reported here previously is SOP for the Israeli torture apparatus.
There are those who applaud the Israeli Supreme Court for outlawing torture in a landmark ruling. But unlike the U.S. Supreme Court, the Israeli rulings appear to be only advisory and not declarative. The security apparatus feels emboldened to act as it wishes, court ruling or no. That’s why IDF Gen. Yair Naveh ordered Palestinian militants murdered in cold blood though they were unarmed, in direct violation of a Supreme Court ruling. Note, that the brave justices, when offered an opportunity to review Naveh’s brazen violation of their ruling, refused to do so, in characteristically timid fashion.
Full Story: http://www.richardsilverstein.com/tikun_olam/2012/02/05/idf-torturer-doron-zahavi-wants-to-sodomize-arabs-and-get-medal-for-it/Doron Zahavi, who still can be called only “Captain George” in the Israeli... more