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Category Archives: Israeli Government
A video created by Alex Nunns, who subtitled a BBC interview with Israeli spokesperson Mark Regev. The interview follows the Israeli bombing of an UN school in Jabaliya that killed at least 20 Palestinians.
Is Israel losing the media war? In the last few days, as Israel continues its bombardment of the Gaza Strip and the Palestinian death tools continues to mount, this question has consumed the global media. And most have agreed: in the age of social media, with abundant mobile technologies in the hands of Gaza Palestinians and their global supporters, the Israeli state-sponsored media strategy has failed. What’s been lost in this coverage – in this story of surprise — is the history of the Israel’s army presence on social media.
The Israeli army targeted and destroyed the Gaza strip’s only rehabilitation hospital even though Israeli authorities said they did not believe weapons were inside of the facility. El-Wafa Rehabilitation Hospital, which treats long-term injuries and physical disabilities, was heavily shelled Thursday evening causing an emergency evacuation of all staff and patients. The IDF confirmed to Mondoweiss’s Allison Deger that the military understood there were no weapons inside of el-Wafa hospital, but when asked how far a humanitarian site needs to be to ensure there is not direct fire, a spokesperson said, “It’s not a matter of science, the IDF is very precise and they usually target whet they intend to target.” Above, patients in el-Wafa Rehabilitation Hospital in Gaza City.
Jumping on Hamas’s rejection of the bogus cease-fire offer on Tuesday, July 15, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, “Hamas’s rejection of the cease-fire gives Israel full legitimacy to expand the operation to protect our people.” Thus, Netanyahu implicitly admitted that the Israeli government otherwise lacked “full legitimacy.” And Netanyahu acknowledged just how much his government craves legitimacy.
Early this evening in Palestine, a senior official in the Palestinian Authority said Hamas has accepted a ceasefire with Israel, as brokered by Egypt.
Tensions haven’t been so high on the West Bank since the intifadahs. Fatah crowds celebrate Hamas rockets, and the Israeli army kills a 22-year-old man as it continues to search for those wanted in connection for killings of three Israeli teens.
Overnight three rockets struck Israel from southern Lebanon, marking the second instance of crossfire between the Mediterranean states over the weekend and since the beginning of the military offensive in the besieged Gaza Strip.
The players may change, but the game remains the same: The use of racism to justify the massacre of innocent civilians in Gaza
Israel uses the same tool that has been used for centuries to justify various forms of oppression of an ethnic group, from enslavement of blacks and ethnic cleansing of Native Americans in the United States to apartheid in South Africa: the dehumanization of the oppressed by portraying them as inherently inferior in some aspect, and the insistence that, regardless of its acts, the oppressor is morally superior and therefore justified.
A cartoon by Katie Miranda.
An eyewitness to the brutal beating of Palestinian-American teen Tarek Abu Khdeir says that he was far away from the clashes taking place in Shuafat when he was pummeled by undercover Israeli forces. Leen Barghouti, the eyewitness, called the attack an “ambush” in her first interview with the media since witnessing the beating. Barghouti said Tarek Abu Khdeir “wasn’t anywhere near the main street” where the clashes took place. Israeli officials have claimed that Tarek and other Palestinians attacked Israeli forces and the video of the beating was “edited and biased,” but Barghouti’s account bolsters what Tarek and his family have said from day one: that the 15-year-old was not throwing stones or taking part in clashes that were sparked by the brutal murder of his cousin, Mohammed Abu Khdeir.
‘Operation Protective Edge’ begins: Gaza rocked by Israeli airstrikes as Palestinian militants shoot at Jerusalem
The Israeli military launched “Operation Protective Edge” last night with a series of heavy airstrikes across the Gaza Strip. So far, the air attacks have killed 22 Palestinians, including 7 children. Palestinian militant groups, including Hamas, have fired an estimated 160 rockets into Israel, with one exploding in Jerusalem. It is the largest military operation on Gaza since November 2012, when an aerial bombing campaign killed an estimated 167 people including 87 civilians, and Israeli leaders are saying that the current military operation won’t be short. “The prime minister’s instruction by the end of the meeting was to prepare for a thorough, long, continuous and strong campaign in Gaza,” a senior official told Haaretz. “The prime minister instructed the army to be ready to go all in. A ground offensive is on the table.”
After brutal police beating, Palestinian-American Tarek Abu Khdeir, 15, sentenced to home arrest without charge
Just before noon today Tarek Abu Khdeir, the 15-year-old American-Palestinian who was brutally beaten by Israeli police earlier in the week, walked into court wearing the same clothes he had on when arrested. After a brief closed deliberation, with media corralling in the narrow hallway of the Jerusalem District Court, he was released under the condition of nine days of home arrest and a $880 (3,000 NIS) fine, despite not being charged of any crime. During arraignment prosecutors for the police originally requested Abu Khdeir remain in Israel for 15 days, an additional six days past his scheduled flight, during which time an investigation against him will continue. Police have sealed the details of the on-going inquiry. Above, Abu Khdeir speaks moments after his release about his beating and arrest.
Allison Deger reports from the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Shuafat where an investigation is ongoing to find the culprits responsible for abducting, killing and burning Mohammed Abu Khdeir, 17, two days ago. Police are not stating if the crime was “nationalistic” or “criminal” — code for whether the perpetrator is Israeli or Palestinian — but the Abu Khdeir family says the police are focusing on relatives. Yet all of Shuafat is sure Israeli settlers conducted a retaliation murder for the deaths of the three kidnapped Israeli youths Gil-Ad Shaer, Naftali Fraenkel, and Eyal Yifrah. Above, Palestinian youth move a sign to construct barricade inside of Shuafat.
Allison Deger reports on the fallout since the bodies of the three abducted Israeli youth were found. She talks to Israeli settlers hitchhiking from the spot Gil-Ad Shaer, Naftali Fraenkel, and Eyal Yifrah were taken and the families of the kidnapping suspects whose home in Hebron was destroyed in a punitive Israeli demolition. Finally, she travels to the teens’ funeral where calls for revenge ring out. Above, the Abu Aisha family’s demolished house in Hebron.
What did Israeli officials know about the abducted and murdered teens, and when did they know it? Israeli authorities have told news outlets that they had evidence the teens were killed, but that information only emerged yesterday with the discovery of the youths’ bodies. Under the cover of government-enforced uncertainty regarding the teens’ fate, Israel launched its #BringBackOurBoys campaign and its wide-ranging military operation–an operation condemned as “collective punishment.” The cost, in Palestinian lives, infrastructure and cash, has been severe–and it’s likely to get worse in the coming days. Israel seems to have exploited the situation in order to strike a blow against Hamas and the unity deal the Islamist movement struck with Fatah.
The Israeli government reportedly wants to return to its 2nd Intifada-era policy of destroying the homes of alleged militants involved in attacks against Israeli soldiers or civilians. News outlets report that Israeli authorities want a court to approve their desire to destroy the family homes of two Palestinians convicted of killing police officer Baruch Mizrahi near Hebron in April.
The Israeli government has imposed a gag order on journalists covering the apparent abduction of three Jewish teens in the West Bank last week to keep media from reporting details of its investigation. According to social media and our source, the order has suppressed reporting on an emergency call made by one of the abducted youths that many have heard. A widespread rumor is that the sound of gunshots can be heard on the call. The rumors have fed reports on social media that Israel’s West Bank operations are not focused on finding the teens alive– but that pretext is necessary for it to prolong the operation.
One killed in protests as Israeli army takes control of Ramallah city center for first time since 2007
The de facto capital of the West Bank was laid under siege in the early morning hours as both the Israeli army and Palestinian Authority police attacked Palestinians on the streets of Ramallah in a coordinated effort, with one killed by Israeli live-fire. Not since 2007 had the Israeli military taken control of the city’s downtown, typically a nexus of commerce in the occupied Palestinian Territory. Although there has been longtime security coordination since the establishment of the Palestinian civil administration in 1994, this was the first instance of both Israeli and Palestinian forces working in armed conjunction to suppress Palestinian protesters.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has laid the blame for the reported West Bank kidnappings at the feet of Mahmoud Abbas and the unity pact he signed. But if Netanyahu really believed Abbas was responsible for the action, Israel’s government would have stopped transferring cash to the Palestinian Authority’s coffers. They have not. Instead, Israel and the PA are working together in an operation that is targeting Hamas and weakening Fatah-Hamas reconciliation–which may be the real point of Israel’s wide-reaching operation.
In a major escalation of force not seen since the Second Intifada, tonight Israeli military vehicles are inside cities across the West Bank, and the army has enacted a curfew in a Nablus area town. The only population center in the West Bank that does not have Israeli soldiers patrolling and carrying out arrests is Jericho. The raids come in the aftermath of the abduction of three Israeli youths last Thursday.
The Bedouin village of al-Araqib located in the Naqab desert in southern Israel was destroyed again last Thursday, the 12th of June. It was 70th time the village had been demolished since 2010.
The manhunt for three Israeli teens abducted from a West Bank intersection in the Gush Etzion settlement bloc late Thursday evening continues with the Israeli army sealing Hebron and arresting 80 overnight in the largest operation in the Palestinian territory in years. The Palestinian Authority indicated that Hamas is not responsible, and says naming Hamas is an “escalation” tactic.
Allison Deger offers a diary from Ramallah. Weeks after Nadime Nuwara and Mohammed Salame were killed during a Nakba day protest, Ramallah is still in gloom. This wasn’t a clash. It was an indiscriminate spray of bullets. And one took a boy from deep inside the Ramallah enclave: Nadime attended St. George Orthodox School in an upscale neighborhood with restaurants priced around twice that of any other West Bank city.