Israeli soldiers gathered and photographed 13 Palestinian children, forcing them to ‘say cheese’ before snapping an illegal image. The children, all in kindergarten and early years of elementary school, were forced to stand outside in a line. Several of the children were trembling and crying.
Despite the increase in violence, Israeli forces continue their practice of not intervening to stop the attacks in most cases, and often actively join in, B’Tselem rights group says.
Israel’s internal security service, Shin Bet, interrogated a field researcher for rights group B’Tselem who they said was always around during Palestinian activity, and has been “making trouble and threatening the army.”
His troublemaking includes reporting on an unarmed Palestinian who was shot in the neck and paralyzed.
A rabbi with South African roots recalls the moment he realized that Israel’s system is “apartheid.” He describes his struggle to release his idealistic view of the Jewish State, and encourages Jews to practice “moral clarity” regarding Israel – without which it is impossible to find a way forward.
This is just the latest incident caught on film in which Israeli soldiers cheered and congratulated each other after shooting a Palestinian protester. The teen may face a lengthy recovery. Such violence against the occupied Palestinian population is daily and deliberate.
“The Israeli government will have to contend with us until the apartheid regime ends,” B’Tselem’s director Hagai El-Ad tweeted after defying a ban put in place by Israel’s Education Minister that sought to prevent human rights groups from entering public schools.
As is standard practice in American mainstream media, CNN and NPR buried a major story critical of Israel so deep, it’s almost like it never happened.
“It has been six days, and I still ache all over. My ribs hurt when I breathe, and I still have blue marks on the right side of the body and on my back. I still have no idea why the soldiers attacked me so violently. All I know is that they didn’t even ask to see our ID’s.” Report by Israeli NGO B’Tselem on June incident…
Each month, numerous NGOs produce reports on the humanitarian situation in Israel-Palestine, but US media rarely report on them. See this compilation of reports by Human Rights Watch, Amnesty International, National Lawyers Guild, Red Cross, Christian Aid, B’Tselem, Defense for Children International, and others…
Israel admits that live fire against Palestinian protestors has at times caused death when only serious injury was intended. Israeli snipers have killed 300 while gradually tweaking their limb-targeting approach. Now they “aim for the ankles,” likely only maiming the unarmed demonstrators. The Israeli Supreme Court has backed the lethal open-fire policy from day one.