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17 Jewish Activists Protesting Israeli Occupation Arrested at ADL Headquarters

World  (tags: Passover Seder, Jewish Activists, If Not Now, Anti-Defamation League, arrests )

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The Seder's ten plagues included "subjecting Palestinians to daily humiliation" & "destroying the Palestinian economy." "We act now to build a Jewish community that recognizes that we cannot be free absent the freedom for Palestinians,"


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Darren Woolsey (218)
Saturday April 23, 2016, 9:57 am
Shared on social media to spread awareness, Evelyn.

fly bird (26)
Saturday April 23, 2016, 10:41 am
More harassment against free speech. One of these days, the ADL may well find it has bitten off more than it can chew, and wake up to grasp that abuse and tyranny over others only backfires, in the end.

Thanks for sharing, Evelyn.


Animae C (508)
Saturday April 23, 2016, 3:41 pm
Thanx Evelyn

Eleonora Oldani (37)
Saturday April 23, 2016, 5:01 pm

Freedom of speech anyone?! Thanks for posting, Evelyn!!

Rose Becke (141)
Saturday April 23, 2016, 6:13 pm
What happened to freedom of speech

Sherri G (128)
Sunday April 24, 2016, 12:14 am
Thank You Evelyn for sharing. Noted.

basabi Banerjee (28)
Sunday April 24, 2016, 2:36 am
Doesn't it somewhat reminisce of the 60 s when the American youths courted arrest protesting against the Vietnam policy of the USA?

Darren Woolsey (218)
Sunday April 24, 2016, 3:51 am
History repeats itself.
The worry is, humankind doesn't learn.

Freya H (345)
Sunday April 24, 2016, 5:33 am
History doesn't necessarily repeat itself - but it does rhyme.

Lona Goudswaard (66)
Sunday April 24, 2016, 10:06 am
Good to see people out to protest Israeli occupation, sad to see their protest nipped in the bud by (Jewish) establishment, who seem to have a monopoly on free speech.

fly bird (26)
Sunday April 24, 2016, 4:37 pm
'Israeli forces have killed over 5,500 Palestinians in the last 15 years and not one soldier has been prosecuted for murder.

Israeli soldiers are almost never prosecuted for killings in the occupied Palestinian territory, the Israeli human rights group Yesh Din said yesterday after finding over the past 15 years, no officers were indicted for murder, and only one soldier was convicted of homicide in the case of the killing of a foreign national.

No soldiers were charged with homicide in the slaying of Palestinians during the period of September 2000 to November 2015. In this time frame Israeli forces killed more than 5,500 Palestinians and ten foreign nationals in the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem, according to the human rights group B’tselem (this figure excludes casualties from both the 2009 and 2014 wars in Gaza).

“The fact is that we see the cases and we see the statistics, and it just seems the army doesn’t know how to or doesn’t have the ability to investigate these cases property,” said Yesh Din spokesperson Gilad Grossman, “And I’m not sure they have the will to do it either.”

Yesh Din analyzed data released by Israeli’s military court and found investigations were opened into the killings of 262 cases since 2000, leading to the indictments of 22 soldiers, and the conviction of seven.

The Israeli military did not disclosed information on all of the incidents where soldiers were sentenced. Filling in the blanks on one of the two negligent homicide convictions, Yesh Din conducted an independent inquiry and found a staff sergeant identified as “M.M.” opened fire on Palestinian Udai Darwish, 21, as he attempted to cross into Israel near the Negev in 2013. Darwish did not pose any threat to M.M. at the time of his killing.

For Darwish’s death, the soldier served less than one year in prison.

Yesh Din said M.M. “was convicted on the basis of his own admission and sentenced to seven months’ imprisonment, a five-month suspended sentence, and demotion to the rank of sergeant.”

In a similar case where Yesh Din said two soldiers were indicted but not convicted of reckless behavior in 2013, Israeli forces killed Samir Awad, 16, from the West Bank town of Budrus. Awad was shot multiple times while caught between two army fences that comprise the wall separating the occupied Palestinian territory from Israel.

Awad’s killing was one of 22 cases profiled in Amnesty International’s 2013 report Trigger-happy: Israel’s use of excessive force in the West Bank. The year of his death marked an increase in the killings of Palestinian civilians, twice as many were slain that year than in the two years prior.

Amnesty International said in the report Awad’s shooting may have amounted to an “extrajudicial killing,” or a willful execution, which is considered a war crime under international law.

Amnesty International’s Philip Luther questioned the legality of the shooting.

“It’s hard to believe that an unarmed child could be perceived as posing imminent danger to a well-equipped soldier. Israeli forces appear in this and other cases to have recklessly fired bullets at the slightest appearance of a threat,” Luther said.

Witness Malik Murar, 16, and a friend of Awad told Amnesty International, “They shot him first in the leg, yet he managed to run away… how far can an injured child run? They could have easily arrested him… instead they shot him in the back with live ammunition.”

“The fact that they don’t indict on more severe charges—I’m not talking about murder, nobody has been charged with that,” Grossman said, “raises a lot of questions.”

The most serious conviction handed down was for the charge of homicide in the killing of a British citizen, Tom Hurndall, 22. Hurdnall was shot by an Israeli soldier in the head in 2003 while volunteering in Gaza.

Grossman’s view is light sentences reflect a culture within military tribunals that sees these incidents not as “an extreme criminal case, but as a a mistake that happens during soldiers’ work.”

In other types of criminal offenses such as sexual abuse, Israeli military courts near a 50 percent rate of conviction.

Eleonora Oldani (37)
Sunday April 24, 2016, 4:54 pm

Lona - well put observation. Can't send you right now another GS ***********

It is truly amazing how "Freedom of Speech" is given and taken away depending on the subject. Funny enough it doesn't seem to bother too many people ... or are they just meantime so numb that they don't care anymore? We'll never now but it's an interesting phenomenon.

Eleonora Oldani (37)
Sunday April 24, 2016, 5:07 pm

Thanks Jess for this additional info.

"... and only one soldier was convicted of homicide in the case of the killing of a foreign national." This wouldn't have to do with the fact that it was not "just another Pali" ...?!

Do I remember Tom Hurndall! He was murdered while trying to shield children who were playing when fire erupted. Some froze and all he was doing ... was trying to protect them when he got killed by a sniper despite the fact that he wore a bright orange jacket (worn by foreigners (ISM) at the time). We should also not forget that this brave young man was for nine month in a coma before he died.

Stephen Brian (23)
Monday April 25, 2016, 8:48 pm
They were protesting in the lobby of a private building. That's not free speech. That's trespassing and harassment in other people's workplace. If they want to protest, they are free to do so on public property, even on the street in front of the building, after acquiring permits which authorities must provide unless there are practical issues or safety considerations preventing them from doing so. They are free to protest as much as they want, just not free to be stupid about how they do it.

Hi Jess,
Your story begins with blatantly false claim: For example, the recent shooting of a neutralized stabber led to a murder trial. There are serious problems in the IDF' ability to run and follow through on internal investigations because it runs on conscripts without career NCOs, but where there is a clear crime reported by credible parties, there is prosecution. (No, after Amnesty International became the only major NGO denying responsibility for false claims during the Jenin hoax after it was debunked, explaining that it only publicizes local claims and does not actually verify anything, I do not consider it credible at all.)

Farah Hage Ali (155)
Thursday May 5, 2016, 8:47 am
noted, thank you sharing
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