Saturday, April 30, 2016

The IDF soldier Sgt. Elor Azaria said "He's a Palestinian terrorist, he needs to die."

Exclusive: Leaked IDF Report States Soldier Who Shot Palestinian Attacker Driven by 'Twisted Ideology'
One sick and twisted psychopath among many more IDF Terrorists

By Ben BryantApril 28, 2016 | 6:50 am

A "twisted ideology" drove an Israeli soldier to fatally shoot a Palestinian assailant in the head as he lay subdued in the road, states a classified Israel Defense Forces (IDF) document leaked to VICE News.

The internal investigation includes criticism of 19-year-old Sgt. Elor Azaria's actions from multiple IDF investigating military officials. Azaria shot Palestinian attacker Abdul Fatah al-Sharif with a single bullet to the head as he lay wounded on the street in the West Bank city of Hebron on March 24. The killing has polarized Israeli society and triggered a national debate about how the military should conduct itself.

The 17-page dossier states:

* The soldier said before the shooting that the subdued Palestinian "needs to die."

* After the shooting, he told a commander: "He's a terrorist, he needs to die."

* The soldier "changed his version [of events] in the different investigations," according to one investigator, telling a commander: "I shot because I felt there was a threat to life."

* The incident "severely hurts the IDF and Israel's image."

Last week Israeli prosecutors filed manslaughter charges against Azaria, but there has been an outpouring of support for his actions from some parts of Israeli society.

The incident has pitted the military's chief of staff and defense minister, who criticized the soldier's actions, against politicians, the soldier's relatives, and sympathizers who say his actions were entirely appropriate and should be celebrated.

The criminal case is expected to hinge on whether Azaria can persuade the court that he shot the assailant because he posed a danger, rather than as an act of revenge.

Related: An Israeli Soldier Who Shot a Subdued Palestinian Will Be Charged With Manslaughter

The report, titled "Investigation into the incident of a terrorist attack of the Jilber Position and the subsequent shooting of the terrorist after he was neutralized," is likely to play a pivotal role in the case. When contacted by VICE News, an IDF spokesperson declined to comment on the report.

"The prosecution started out talking about a murder charge, now they are down to manslaughter," Benjamin Malka, one of the lawyers representing the soldier, told reporters earlier in April. "We are sure of his innocence and we are sure this charge will also disappear."

Azaria — who was a company medic — arrived at the checkpoint in Hebron minutes after two Palestinian assailants had stabbed and wounded another soldier on March 24, the document states.

Sharif had carried out the attack with another man named as Ramzi Aziz al-Qasrawi, who was also shot dead. An army statement on the day of the attack disclosed that: "Two assailants stabbed an [Israeli] soldier at a military post in Hebron. Forces responded to the attack and shot the assailants, resulting in their deaths." Azaria later claimed that he shot Sharif dead as he lay wounded because he feared he had been wearing an explosive vest.

The leaked investigation states that both assailants had already been checked by another soldier to ensure they "were no longer a threat." Azaria arrived on the scene at 8.21am, after this process had been completed, according to the report.

About six minutes after the arrival of Azaria, the company commander noticed head movements in Sharif, and was "surprised" to see that he was still alive.

"It is important to emphasize that until that stage, according to the understanding of the company commander, the terrorist was not moving and he assumed that he had died from the shooting of the soldiers in the incident, similarly to the second terrorist," the report states.

The company commander then "tried to contact the company situation room in order to update them on the status of the second terrorist."

According to the report, "a few seconds before the attack, few seconds before the attack, as came up in the investigation with Sergeant M, [Azaria] told him that 'a terrorist that wounded their friend needs to die.'"

The document continues: "Sergeant M tried to calm the soldier down telling him, 'Relax, our wounded friend will be just fine.'"

Azaria then "fired a single shot towards the head of the terrorist and hit him," the report says.

The company commander then took him to one side. "Azaria was agitated and told the company commander the following sentence: 'He's a terrorist, he needs to die,'" according to the report.

Azaria "changed his version [of events] in the different investigations," according to one investigating commander in the report.

"To his commanders he said right after he shot that 'A terrorist who hurt our soldiers shouldn't stay alive,'" states the investigator. "He said the same to his friend, another soldier, seconds before the shooting.

"To me... he gave a different version: 'I shot because I felt that there was a threat to life. There was a knife next to the terrorist and also people shouted that he had a bomb on him.'"

Related: Video Shows Israeli Army Executing Palestinian After Alleged Stabbing

Both attackers had already been checked for additional weapons, according to the investigation. The first emergency squad that arrived at the scene, "checked whether the terrorists were carrying any weapons on them and made sure that they were no longer a threat."

"The facts speak for themselves," writes one of the investigators. "The company medic took the decision to shoot the terrorist due to a twisted ideology."

The investigators are also sharply critical of the failure to provide medical treatment to Sharif.

"The treatment of the terrorist was bad," wrote a different investigator. "We need to address the subject of treating terrorists after they get neutralized immediately. We need to increase our moral attention to it and we need to demand our soldiers do exactly what we expect them to do in such events."

Other contributors to the investigation noted that the incident had the potential to do significant damage to the IDF's image.

One wrote that, "there is no choice but to denounce and condemn it entirely."

"Incidents such as these harm the strength and power of the IDF and leave a stain on our daily activities," he added.

A fourth investigator wrote that the event "severely hurts the IDF and Israel's image."

The fifth and most senior investigator wrote: "I want to emphasize that the shooting at the terrorist while he is on the floor with almost no movement, and is bleeding for a few minutes after the terror attack happened, is a significantly immoral action and there is no good explanation for this... The shooting serves the Palestinian claims about executions and by this hurts the legitimacy of our actions."

He added: "I expect and order in the clearest way that the IDF forces in the West Bank will do their best to ensure medical treatment to every Palestinian including terrorists that [have] attacked and [have] stopped being dangerous."

If Azaria is found guilty, he faces a prison term of up to 20 years. Since 2000 only one Israeli soldier has been convicted of manslaughter, for the killing of British activist Tom Hurndall.

Statistics compiled by Yesh Din, an Israeli human rights group, based on official army figures, show that of 2,600 investigations opened by the IDF into alleged crimes committed by soldiers against Palestinians between 2000 and 2014 only 5 percent resulted in indictments. In that time frame there were four convictions against soldiers for negligent killing — which carries a maximum sentence of three years — in the case of Palestinian fatalities, and one conviction of manslaughter for Hurndall's death.

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Obama-Netanyahu Rift Impedes U.S. Offer of Record Aid Deal for Israel

Obama-Netanyahu Rift Impedes U.S. Offer of Record Aid Deal for Israel


WASHINGTON — President Obama has proposed granting Israel the largest package of military aid ever provided by the United States to another nation, but he and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu remain deeply at odds over a figure for the assistance despite months of negotiations.
American officials have balked as their Israeli counterparts insisted on more generous terms for a new 10-year military aid package that could top $40 billion. The divide, which could have broad national security implications for both the United States and Israel, is exacerbated by the pent-up animosity between Mr. Obama and Mr. Netanyahu, which has been stoked by their radically divergent views of the nuclear deal withIran.
“There’s a unique place of pique for the Israelis in certain places in the administration, and I think that hovers around this negotiation,” said Robert Satloff, the executive director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. “It’s one of the reasons it’s taken so long to reach a decision.”
Powerful political forces are also at work. While Mr. Obama would like to burnish his legacy with an unprecedented military aid pact with Israel, some observers in the United States and Israel believe that Mr. Netanyahu is calculating that he can reach a more advantageous deal with a future president.
“At the end of the day, it’s a numbers question and a political bet about whether the Israelis can get something better from the next administration, which I think would not be a wise gamble,” said Ilan Goldenberg, the director of the Middle East Security Program at the Center for a New American Security. “I do think the longer this drags on, the less likely they are to get a deal.”
Israeli officials strongly deny that they are holding out for a sweeter agreement under a new president. One Israeli official, speaking on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to comment publicly on the confidential talks, said the Israeli government hoped a deal could be reached soon with the Obama administration.
At the height of the split over the Iran agreement last year, Mr. Netanyahu refused to negotiate with Mr. Obama over the terms of a package to replace the roughly $3-billion-a-year military aid deal that expires in 2018. Now, both sides say they want a deal, even as the talks approach a fifth month.
“What the United States has committed to do is to ramp up the assistance that we provide to Israel in a way that would allow Israel to be the recipient of more national security aid than any other country has ever received from the United States,” Josh Earnest, the White House press secretary, said Wednesday.

“That is an indication of the depth of this country and this administration’s commitment to Israel’s security,” he added. “Working out the details, though, is complicated.”
Mr. Earnest said he could not put a time frame on a resolution.
It has long been United States policy to ensure that Israel preserves a “qualitative military edge” over neighboring countries, on the theory that because it is much smaller than its potential adversaries, it needs better technology and training to counter threats. Israel has been the largest cumulative recipient of American foreign aid since World War II.
Wary of an impasse in the talks, 81 Republicans and Democrats in the Senate signed a letter to Mr. Obama this week urging him to conclude “a robust new M.O.U.,” or memorandum of understanding, “that increases aid while retaining the current terms of our existing aid program.”
They cited “the likelihood that Iran will resume its quest for nuclear weapons.”
Aid to Israel “needs to be increased given the security challenges in the region,” said Senator Chris Coons, Democrat of Delaware, who was a principal force behind the letter, along with Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina.
“It’s an important legacy item to leave the U.S.-Israel security relationship on a strong and robust footing,” Mr. Coons said in an interview. “It would provide stability, security and predictability for the Israeli people and for America’s allies in the region to conclude this sooner rather than later.”
Technical discussions about the agreement are being conducted in strict secrecy by military officials of both governments, and neither side would detail specific funding levels. But the disputes over money are grounded in more profound rifts over policy, politics and national security strategy.
While the president views the Iran agreement as having bolstered Israel’s security — along with that of the United States and the rest of the world — by restraining Tehran’s ability to develop a nuclear weapon, the Israelis believe that the lifting of sanctions on Iran has only emboldened a government that directly threatens them.
“The administration doesn’t want to lose the Iran battle after they’ve already won it by rewarding Israel with an over-the-top increase in aid,” said Aaron David Miller, vice president of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
At the same time, there are powerful incentives for both sides to seek a swift agreement. For Mr. Obama, the deal would cement his claim to have done more than any other president to support Israel’s security, while Mr. Netanyahu would come away with assurance that the countries’ relationship has survived an extraordinarily tumultuous and partisan period.
“The president and the White House would like to end his term putting the capstone on his persona as the most supportive of Israel’s security,” said Mr. Satloff, of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. “The Israelis are very eager to complete this deal precisely because he is a progressive president, and having a progressive president endorse this is important for the bipartisan nature of the relationship.”
Some observers also believe that signing a generous military aid package would insulate Mr. Obama against accusations of being too tough on Israel should he decide later this year to pressure it to accept a peace deal with the Palestinians that embraces a two-state solution. The White House has debated whether Mr. Obama should do so, in an effort to preserve for a successor the possibility of a two-state solution.

If the administration takes that approach, Mr. Miller said, “they need to have laid the predicate that they’ve got Israel’s back on the security piece.”

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Fighting around a hospital in Aleppo late on Wednesday is reported to have left at least 20 civilians dead.

Syria envoy: Truce must be revitalized before peace talks resume in May
04-28-2016 19:34 BJT

The UN's Syria envoy Staffan de Mistura says he plans to hold another round of peace talks in May. But he says the ceasefire needs to be 'revitalized' before a date can be set. De Mistura said previous talks were a success to the extent that various parties had recognised the need for a new transitional government in Syria. But escalating violence continues to threaten the fragile truce. He called for the United States and Russia, who support different sides in the conflict, to organise a high-level Syria meeting before negotiations resume. Fighting around a hospital in Aleppo late on Wednesday is reported to have left at least 20 civilians dead.

Air strikes and shelling kill more than 60 people in Syrian city of Aleppo

Staffan de Mistura has called on the US and Russia to come together to help save the peace talks in Syria
Staffan de Mistura has called on the US and Russia to come together to help save the peace talks in Syria
A wave of air strikes and shelling have killed more than 60 people in less than 24 hours in the Syrian city of Aleppo, monitors and activists said.
The contested city is now one of the main battlegrounds of the country's devastating civil war, with a cease-fire that has collapsed and peace talks in Geneva stalled.

At least 27 people died as a hospital supported by Doctors Without Borders and the International Committee for the Red Cross (ICRC) and nearby buildings were hit overnight in the rebel-held part of Aleppo.
The UN envoy for Syria appealed early on Thursday to the US and Russia to help revive the peace talks and a cease-fire, which he said "hangs by a thread".
However, the violence only escalated. New air strikes in residential areas in the rebel-held part of the city killed at least 20 people while state media reported that at least 1,000 mortars and rockets were fired at government-held areas of Aleppo, killing at least 14 civilians.
Chief Syrian opposition negotiator Mohammed Alloush blamed the government of President Bashar Assad for the violence.
He said it shows "the environment is not conducive to any political action".
Around 200 civilians have been killed in the past week, nearly half of them around Aleppo.
There has also been shelling in Damascus, along with a car bombing - both rarities for the capital.
The ICRC said the fighting, including the destruction of the hospital, is putting millions at grave risk.
With peace talks in Geneva completely deadlocked, Syrians are regarding the escalating bloodshed with dread, fearing that Aleppo is likely to be the focus of the next phase of the war.
Rebel commanders said government forces have been mobilising soldiers, equipment and ammunition in preparation for a military action in Aleppo.
The well-known al-Quds hospital, supported by Doctors Without Borders and ICRC and located in the rebel-held district of Sukkari, was hit shortly before midnight on Wednesday, according to opposition activists and rescue workers.
Six hospital staff and three children were among the 27 who died there.
The Syrian Civil Defence, a volunteer first-responders agency whose members went to the scene of the attack, put the death toll at 30 and said the dead included six hospital staff.
Among those killed was one of the last paediatricians remaining in opposition-held areas of the city and a dentist.
The defence agency, also known as the White Helmets, said the hospital and adjacent buildings were struck in four consecutive air strikes.
It said some victims were still buried under the rubble and that the rescue work continued.
The Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said three children were among the 27 victims but it was not immediately clear if they were patients at the hospital.
Doctors Without Borders, also known as MSF, said in a statement that at least 14 patients and staff were among those killed, with the toll expected to rise.
"Destroyed MSF-supported hospital in Aleppo was well known locally and hit by direct air strike," it said.
Muskilda Zancada, head of the MSF Syria mission, said: "This devastating attack has destroyed a vital hospital in Aleppo, and the main referral centre for paediatric care in the area.
"Where is the outrage among those with the power and obligation to stop this carnage?"
The 34-bed, multi-storey hospital had an emergency room and offered services such as obstetric care, outpatient and inpatient treatment.
It had an intensive care unit and an operating theatre. Eight doctors and 28 nurses worked full-time in the hospital, MSF said. It has supported the hospital since 2012.
A Syrian military official quoted on state TV denied reports that the hospital was targeted.
A video posted online by the White Helmets showed a number of lifeless bodies, including those of children, being pulled out from a building and loaded into ambulances amid screaming and crying.
It also showed distraught rescue workers trying to keep onlookers away from the scene, apparently fearing more air strikes.
Shortly after midday, new air strikes in rebel-held areas killed at least 20 people in two neighbourhoods, the Syrian Civil Defence and the Observatory said.
Videos provided by activists show scenes of dust rising up from buildings on fire as men and women run away from collapsing houses and children cry, looking for their parents.
In one clip, a man is seen lifting his daughter out of the rubble.
State media said at least 1,300 rockets and missiles fell in residential areas in government controlled parts of the city, killing 14 people on Thursday.
Mr Alloush, who was one of the leading negotiators of the opposition in the Geneva talks, described the air strikes as one of the latest "war crimes" of Mr Assad's government.
"Whoever carries out these massacres needs a war tribunal and a court of justice to be tried for his crimes. He does not need a negotiating table," he said.
"Now, the environment is not conducive for any political action."
The February 27 cease-fire has been fraying in the past weeks as casualty figures from violence mount, particularly in Aleppo and across northern Syria.
Air strikes earlier this week also targeted a training centre for the Syrian Civil Defence, leaving five of its team dead in rural Aleppo.
Nearly 200 people have died since April 19, including at least 44 in an air strike on a market place in rebel-held area in northern Idlib province, as well as dozens of civilians in government-held areas from rebel shelling.
The UN envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, briefed the UN Security Council via video-conference about the largely stalled indirect talks between the Western- and Saudi-backed opposition and envoys from Mr Assad's government, which has the backing of Moscow.
He said that after 60 days, the cessation of hostilities agreed to by both sides "hangs by a thread".
"I really fear that the erosion of the cessation is unravelling the fragile consensus around a political solution, carefully built over the last year," Mr de Mistura said in his council briefing.
"Now I see parties reverting to the language of a military solution or military option. We must ensure that they do not see that as a solution or an option."
The talks foundered last week after the main opposition group, called the High Negotiating Committee, suspended its formal participation in the indirect talks with Mr Assad's envoys.
It is protesting against alleged government cease-fire violations, a drop in humanitarian aid deliveries and no progress in winning the release of detainees in Syria.

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Witnesses: Palestinian Siblings Posed No Threat When Shot Dead (PHOTOS & VIDEO)

Witnesses: Palestinian Siblings Posed No Threat When Shot Dead (PHOTOS & VIDEO)

Apr 27 2016 / 7:50 pm
Witnesses to an alleged stab attempt on Israeli border police at a military checkpoint in the occupied West Bank Wednesday said two siblings shot deadduring the incident posed no threat at the time the Israeli officer killed them.
Witnesses told Ma’an that 23-year-old Maram Salih Hassan Abu Ismail, five months pregnant, and her 16-year-old brother Ibrahim were en route to Jerusalem when they took a path intended for vehicles, not pedestrians, into Qalandiya checkpoint near Ramallah. The two were apparently unable to understand Israeli officers yelling in Hebrew, and stopped walking.
Witnesses said it appeared that Ibrahim attempted to grab his sister’s hand and move away from the officers, when they opened fire on her. Maram fell to the ground and when Ibrahim attempted to aid her, he was shot in his tracks.
A Palestinian bus driver present at the scene, Muhammad Ahmad, told Ma’an that the Israeli officer who opened fire on Maram was standing behind a cement block some 20 meters away from her at the time. The driver said it did not appear that Maram or her brother posed any threat when the officer shot them.
Palestinian local and witness to the incident Ahmad Taha told Ma’an that Israeli officers approached the two after they had been shot and had fallen to the ground before opening fire on them again “to ensure that they were dead,” adding that the officers “could have moved the two away without opening fire.”
Taha alleged that the officers planted knives on the scene, photographs of which were distributed by Israeli police who said they had been in Maram and Ibrahim’s possession.
The witness accounts collected following the incident contradict Israeli police reports that the officer opened fire after Maram threw a knife in their direction.
Local sources said Maram was the mother of a six and four-year-old, and five months pregnant. She had reportedly obtained a permit from the Israeli authorities to enter Jerusalem for the first time when she was crossing on Wednesday.

Maram and her 16-year-old brother are among over 200 Palestinians to be killed by Israeli forces or settlers since October, the majority during small-scale attacks that have left nearly 30 Israelis dead.
Palestinian factions in the Gaza Strip denounced the deaths Wednesday and called for continued resistance against the Israeli occupation.
Daoud Shihab, spokesperson of the Islamic Jihad movement, referred to their deaths as an “execution,” while Fawzi Barhum of Hamas said the move by the Israeli officer to shoot the two was “systematic terrorism” and a “hideous crime that has crossed all red lines,” adding that the “crime would not go without punishment.”
Maram and Ibrahim’s deaths come in the wake of mass criticism towards what has been termed Israel’s policy of “extrajudicial executions” towards Palestinians, which most recently came under spotlight after an Israeli soldier was caught on film shooting a prone Palestinian through the head from point blank range.

Israel’s excessive use of force against Palestinians has brought allegations from local and international NGOs, senior UN officials and foreign leaders, and prominent US congressmen that Israeli forces regularly carry out unlawful killings.
Popular Palestinian support for stab attacks — widely explained by Palestinian and international leadership as a natural response to the effects of the ongoing Israeli military occupation — has hovered below fifty percent for the past two months, according to polls, coinciding with a relative drop in the frequency of such attacks that initially surged in October.
A reduction in stab attacks has been attributed to security coordination between the Palestinian Authority and Israel, as well as to general public sentiments that the attacks are not effective in resistance against the occupation, according to polls.

Number of Palestinian children in Israeli prisons soars

Number of Palestinian children in Israeli prisons soars

Dima al Wawi, 12, the youngest Palestinian female detainee, is welcomed by her family at the Jbara checkpoint in the occupied West Bank, after her release on 24 April.
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Israel has sunk to new lows this year: arresting and imprisoning its youngest female detainee, 12-year-old Dima al-Wawi, and sentencing her to nearly five months in prison.
Dima was arrested in February after she allegedly approached the settlement of Karmei Tzur in the southern occupied West Bank with a knife. All of Israel’s settlements are illegal under international law.
She has said her intention was to stab a security guard, but the incident resulted in no injuries.
Israel released Dima on Sunday, after she served half her sentence, following a successful appeal of her detention by her family on the grounds that Israeli law prohibits incarcerating children under 14.
But Israel has also reached grim new highs this year, incarcerating a much greater number of Palestinian children between the ages of 12 and 15, making Dima’s imprisonment disturbing not so much for its novelty but for how routine it is.
At the end of December 2015, 116 Palestinian children between 12 and 15 years old were held in Israeli military detention, an eleven-fold increase from the previous year.
In total, 440 children under 18 are currently held in military detention, which is the highest number since the Israeli army began sharing data in 2008, and almost two-and-half times the number imprisoned a year ago.
According to Defense for Children International–Palestine (DCIP), no other country in the world systematically prosecutes hundreds of children in military courts each year.
DCIP thoroughly documents the alarming trends in Israel’s incarceration of children in a new report, No Way to Treat a Child, which details the extent to which Israel has degraded the rights of children living under its military rule.
The researchers collected 429 sworn testimonies between January 2012 and December 2015.
The report reveals that in 97 percent of the cases, no parent or lawyer was present during interrogation and in 88 percent of the cases the children were not informed of the reason for their arrest.


Following harsh censure in 2013 for its treatment of Palestinian children in military courts by the UN children’s fund, UNICEF, and the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, Israel made several attempts to publicly reform the image of how it treats Palestinian children.
Israel amended its military orders to prohibit night arrests of minors, blindfolding and restraining children with shackles and handcuffs.
But as DCIP documents, those practices are still widely used.
Moreover, in November 2015, Israel’s parliament, the Knesset, amended the Youth Law to institute mandatory minimum sentences for children alleged to be involved in throwing stones, and increased maximum sentences for children who throw stones at a moving vehicle.
“Under the military legal framework,” the report states, “any soldier or police officer is authorized to arrest persons without a warrant, even children, where they have a suspicion that the individual has committed an act violating one of the ‘security offenses’ in Israeli military law.”
“Most children are arrested on suspicion, without arrest warrants. There is little to no independent oversight over arrests,” the report adds.
Meanwhile, according to DCIP, Israel maintains that it is not obliged to extend international human rights law, including protections outlined in the Convention on the Rights of the Child, to Palestinians living in the occupied West Bank – arguments that have been rejected by the International Court of Justice and several UN human rights treaty bodies.
Dima’s case is emblematic of many of the abuses documented by DCIP. She was interrogated without her parents or a lawyer and attended her court sessions with her feet in shackles.
She was also sentenced after accepting a plea bargain, confessing to attempted voluntary manslaughter and illegal possession of a knife. More than 99 percent of DCIP’s cases ended with plea deals.
At her homecoming from prison on Sunday, Dima said that her one respite during her two-and-a-half-month ordeal was that she was allowed to play with other incarcerated girls.
But this is telling of a concerning trend: though still a minority, the number of young Palestinian girls in Israeli prison has reached new heights – there were 12 as of February.

Coerced confessions

“As the number of arrests of children has grown amid the escalation of violence in recent months, so has the number of cases in which international norms protecting children are violated,” Human Rights Watch states in its recent report on the abuse of detained Palestinian children.
The DCIP and Human Rights Watch reports demonstrate that within the Israeli military system, Palestinians’ status as children yields to their presumed criminal status, justifying the denial of a host of protections that should apply to minors according to international norms and sometimes even Israeli law.
The systematic abuse of children, from arresting them in the middle of the night, to keeping them from their parents, to inflicting physical abuse, is aimed at coercing confessions.
Seventeen-year-old Bashir, who was summoned for questioning, told DCIP, “[The Israeli interrogation officer] kicked me twice on my legs, punched me twice in the stomach and three times on the head, while shouting, ‘You better confess because I won’t stop beating you unless you confess.’”
DCIP records that 27.5 percent of children experienced some form of physical violence during interrogation.
“The main philosophy of interrogation is to exert as much pressure on the person under interrogation and keep his resistance as low as possible,” Ayed Abu Eqtaish, the accountability program director at DCIP states in Detaining Dreams, a new short documentary, above, produced by the organization.
DCIP writes, “Interrogation sessions serve as the primary means of securing evidence against children.”
The documentary interviews four teenagers who were arrested in the spring of 2014 and severely beaten during their arrests and subsequent interrogations.
Abed, who was 14 at the time of his arrest, recalls that he was chained to a wall with his feet barely touching the ground, as the soldiers delivered blows to his body: “It reached a point where all I felt was pain.”

System of control

DCIP emphasizes that “cosmetic” changes to Israeli military law cannot adequately address the mistreatment of children in the military court system because “the system serves control interests of the occupation,” rather than the interests of administering justice.
“The Israeli military’s resistance to implementing a summons process for Palestinian minors, or other practical changes to address violence and abuse, suggest an inherent conflict within the military court system between seeking justice and legitimizing control of the Palestinian population living under military occupation.”


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MOSCOW AND BEIJING are BREAKING the back of the WASHINGTON | Latest news today: China, Russia vs USA, Syria

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

BBC Film Blames Poroshenko for Downing #MH17 avoiding many others involved

BBC Film Blames Poroshenko for Downing #MH17 avoiding many others involve


The British news Agency BBC told the world what a lying Poroshenko
British broadcaster BBC is going to release a documentary about a downed "Boeing", which was destroyed over the territory of Ukraine in summer 2014. This film will reflect all the events that occurred on July 17.
I will cover the basic versions of destruction of a passenger plane. And shown new evidence of involvement of Kiev to the death. According to one existing version, the cause of the aircraft crash are wrongful actions taken by the Ukrainian side. In the film it is alleged that the attack on the aircraft was performed by the Ukrainian fighters.
In connection with these actions, the BBC also unveiled all of its available data about the constant lies and misinformation from the mouth of the Ukrainian President. One of the points is the rejection of Poroshenko that the Kiev government is guilty of mass death of people.
Devastating article about the Ukrainian President released under the name "the President, who promises not fulfilled Poroshenko". The West now sees, which is the word of the President.
Excerpts from this article are of such a nature: "from the very first days of his presidency Ukrainian President Poroshenko at once declared to his people, that will be cancelled visas to visit EU countries. At his inauguration, which took place on 7 June 2014, he assured the nation that achieved the first stages of the agreements of visa-free regime with Europe, and soon will be over and the second. By the end of 2015, Ukrainians were able to travel abroad without visa". Although this promises to European leaders, the Ukrainian President did not give, noted in his article British journalists.
The article also raises issues with regards to campaign promises made in early April 2014 Petro Poroshenko, about the sale of his enormous business, which is still not implemented. And the hard questions asked in interview to the channel "BBC" about the assets, the President said that "customers no business".
After four months of repeated question about selling the business he received at the summit "YES", to which he replied: "you will Soon receive significant new news".
Then three months later there arose a scandal, which touched on the presidential offshore accounts. And four – was never implemented the so-called "blind trust" with Rothschild, written by the British.
A promise to end anti-terrorist operation "fast and efficient", to improve relations with Russia within three months given to the students of Kharkiv University of law in April 2014 nothing has been done, noted the article.
The Donetsk airport also suffered a mishap. The President gave the "cyborg" setting on some key point of defense of Ukraine allowed to donate.
Passed a month and a half.
During the signing of the "second of the Minsk agreements", Poroshenko said that the country will be announced martial law, but this promise was forgotten when there were bloody battles for Debaltsevo.
After the local elections, the Ukrainian President promised a new life "Monday", journalists are tired of these Mondays, because the life in Ukraine so still and not improved.
The issue of illegal mining of amber, which was discussed at the regional level with law enforcement agencies in Lviv, also was a failure. The term problem solving in two weeks was broken and not implemented to date.
In 2015, having announced that the appointment of governors in the country will only be conducted with local councils, Poroshenko appointed Georgian Mikhail Saakashvili.
Presidential not implemented the agreement on "open skies" with the EU by the end of 2015, which was declared by Poroshenko. The Minister of infrastructure of Ukraine considers that this will not happen before mid-summer of 2016.
After the arrest of Korban Poroshenko promised that will not stop the corruption, but so far no one has not planted.
The BBC hinted that the leader of the Ukrainian state Petro Poroshenko never tells the truth, so anything he promised or said, cannot be taken seriously. The label "lying President" the country has never consumed get out of its crisis.
Ukraine just there is no trust, nobody wants to cooperate, because there is no confidence in the reliability of this state. You cannot invest in a country when a business partner in the person of the state constantly lies to you.
As noted in the air force, promises, which gave Poroshenko last Tuesday 19 April at the meeting of the National Council reform on the occasion of meetings with representatives of various business communities planned to conduct on Thursday, also should not be considered seriously.
Since Thursday, the President held an official visit to Romania, so perhaps he will meet with other entrepreneurs in the "near future", noted in the edition.
Ales Novak
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