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A Toddler Dies in the West Bank


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Carrie
- 1384 days ago - newyorker.com
How the reaction continues to play out will likely depend, in large measure, on how the Israeli justice system deals with the killers. There were already questions, from the Palestinian side, about whether the settlers' relatives, ...



   

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Evelyn B (63)
Saturday August 1, 2015, 1:14 pm
"Some Israeli press reports put Ali’s murder in the category of what are known, among settlers and their supporters, as “price tag” attacks: the phrase is meant to convey an effort to make Palestinian violence against Jewish Israelis cost those communities something. But what currency is it reckoned in? Neither the slogans painted on the Dawabsheh family’s wall nor such degraded equations would have been intelligible to a toddler like Ali, and neither can encompass his loss."

Thanks Carrie
One can only hope that in this particularly ugly case, Justice will be done, and be seen to be done.

But unfortunately, Israel has a particularly poor record in its dealing with its own terrorists a.k.a. extremist settlers. Yesh Din, an Israeli Human Rights group tracks resolution of such "price tag" attacks - and concerning their last report (released in May 2015) write :
"Yesh Din published today (Sunday) a new report titled Mock Enforcement. The report examines law enforcement on Israeli civilians who harm Palestinians in the West Bank. Law enforcement failures lead to meager results in terms of the indictment and conviction of offenders:

According to Yesh Din’s figures, 85.3 percent of investigative files are closed due the failure of the police investigators to locate suspects or to find sufficient evidence to enable indictment.
Only 7.4 percent of investigations yielded indictments against suspects.
Only one-third (32.7 percent) of legal proceedings ended in the full or partial conviction of the defendants.
The chance that a complaint submitted to the Israel Police by a Palestinian will lead to an effective investigation, the location of a suspect, prosecution, and ultimate conviction is just 1.9 percent.

The report reveals a worrying picture regarding the conduct of the law enforcement system in general, and the police in particular, in response to ideologically-motivated crime (including violence, damage to property, the seizure of land, and other offenses). The report will be presented on Thursday at a conference to mark the tenth anniversary of the foundation of Yesh Din. For the first time, we are also publishing a data sheet with statistics regarding the outcomes of prosecutions on account of ideological crime in the West Bank.

Yesh Din’s figures reflect failings in every stage of the law enforcement process:
Investigations: The report details a series of failures at all stages of the investigations. The result of these failures is that around 85 percent of files are closed due to the failure of the police investigation to locate suspects or find sufficient evidence to indict suspects. Just 7.4 percent of SJ (Samaria and Judea) District police investigations led to the indictment of suspects.

Prosecution: the probability that a complaint submitted to the Israel Police by a Palestinian will lead to an effective investigation that results in the location of a suspect, and followed by indictment, trial and conviction is just 1.9 percent. Of the small proportion of cases that led to an indictment, only one-third ended in conviction. The remaining cases end in the acquittal of the defendants, the nullification of the indictment, a ruling of culpability without conviction, or other outcomes.

In addition, the failure of defendants to appear for legal proceedings is a relatively common phenomenon in the cases monitored by Yesh Din. Yesh Din is monitoring 71 cases in which it was decided to indict suspects. In at least 18 of these proceedings, members of the organization have documented the failure of defendants to appear at scheduled hearings. In most of these cases, the defendants show a systemic pattern of failure to attend. In some cases, their absence led to the suspension of the legal proceedings.

The outcome of these law enforcement failures is the extensive use of administrative orders against Israeli suspects. In the absence of investigations yielding a sufficient evidential infrastructure for prosecution, the law enforcement agencies use a “short cut” enabling them to remove individuals from the West Bank, or restrict their movement, if they are considered “problematic.” The use of administrative orders is improper and incompatible with the rule of law in a democracy, since it is intended to bypass the right to due process that is the core of every suspects' rights.

Ziv Stahl, the director of Yesh Din’s Research Department and the author of the report, comments: “The failures and structural problems described in the report lead to the inevitable conclusion that the law enforcement system in the West Bank lacks the most important component of all: a genuine motivation to investigate, prosecute, and convict Israeli offenders who attack Palestinians. Without enforcement there can be no deterrence. The state thereby conveys the message to offenders that it does not take a serious view of their actions, and perhaps even that it is not interested in halting these actions”.
 

fly b (26)
Saturday August 1, 2015, 2:16 pm
Chris Hedges from Truthdig :

http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/why_i_support_the_bds_movement_against_israel_20150726

Why I Support the BDS Movement Against Israel
 

Teresa W (782)
Saturday August 1, 2015, 2:50 pm
sadly noted
 

Animae C (508)
Saturday August 1, 2015, 8:48 pm

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Arild W (174)
Sunday August 2, 2015, 3:12 am
I don't believe this is the "straw that broke the camels back",worse things will happen before Israel will change it's Zionist policy - if they ever will??
 

S J (124)
Sunday August 2, 2015, 6:12 pm
i hope i can do much more than read and take note. some people are digging their own grave industriously.
 

Past Member (0)
Sunday August 2, 2015, 10:10 pm
Horrible
 

Past Member (0)
Monday August 3, 2015, 5:39 am
No more sacrifice
 

Mary S (3)
Tuesday August 4, 2015, 6:57 am
How tragic! I can only hope and pray justice is done
 

Janet B (0)
Tuesday August 4, 2015, 12:43 pm
Thanks
 

Vikram S (34)
Wednesday August 5, 2015, 12:09 am
Thanks for sharing. Noted.
 

Roberto M (88)
Wednesday August 5, 2015, 7:49 am
very sad news, people who want war not peace
 

marie C (163)
Wednesday August 5, 2015, 5:03 pm
Its got to the point its just yet another tragedy it just goes on is it Israeli or is it Palestinian and yet another it actually stops being shocking or heartbreaking just OMG another one
 

Carrie B (306)
Wednesday August 5, 2015, 8:43 pm
I still find it shocking and heartbreaking.
 

Shawna S (45)
Wednesday August 5, 2015, 9:48 pm
Very tragic.
 

Jonathan H (0)
Thursday August 6, 2015, 1:31 am
Noted
 

Aaron B (158)
Thursday August 6, 2015, 6:17 am
very sad
 
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