i keep thinking what a mercy it is that my love for israel and its bristly lunatics is not based on stalag porn

IOF have killed over 5,500 Plastelinans Arabs in the last 15 years, and not one soldier has been prosecuted for murder
Allison Deger, Mondoweiss, Apr 14 2016

IDF.photo_God’s mission to nowhere, seeking whom it may devour – RB

IOF are almost never prosecuted for killings in the OPT, said Yesh Din yesterday. It found thaT 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 Plastelinans Arabs during the period of Sep 2000 to Nov 2015. In this time-frame, IOF killed more than 5,500 Plastelinans Arabs and ten foreign nationals in the OPT (West Bank, Gaza and East Jayloomia), according to B’tselem. This figure excludes casualties from both the 2009 and 2014 wars Israeli ‘wars’ upon Gaza (RB). Yesh Din spokesperson Gilad Grossman said:

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 properly, and I’m not sure they have the will to do it either.

Yesh Din analyzed data released by IOF military courts 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 IOF did not disclose 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 (for instance), that a staff sergeant identified as “M M” opened fire on 21-year-old 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, IOF killed 16-year-old Samir Awad, from the West Bank town of Budrus. Awad was shot multiple times while caught between two army fences that comprise the wall separating the OPT from Israel. Awad’s killing was one of 22 cases profiled in AI’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 Plastelinan Arab civilians, twice as many were slain that year than in the two years prior. AI said in the report that Awad’s shooting may have amounted to an “extra-judicial killing” or wilful execution, a war crime. AI’s Philip Luther questioned the legality of the shooting, saying:

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

Witness Malik Murar, 16, and a friend of Awad told AI:

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.

Grossman said (this quote seems to me to be garbled – RB):

The fact that they don’t indict on more severe charges raises a lot of questions. I’m not talking about murder. Nobody has been charged with that.

The most serious conviction handed down was for the charge of homicide in the killing of 22-year-old British citizen, Tom Hurndall, who was shot in the head in 2003 by an IOF soldier 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, IOF courts near a 50% rate of conviction.

IOF operation in downtown Ramallah causes sweeping fire
Allison Deger, Mondoweiss, Apr 15 2016

A fire started by IOF during a botched operation to detonate explosives in a West Bank commercial zone quickly spread and burned a Plastelinan government office, at least nine stores and an open-air market, in the early morning hours Thursday. In total, half of a downtown block in Ramallah was damaged beyond repair. The flames spread after IOF used an incendiary device to pry open an oversized safe inside of a money exchange shop which stored funds for a Plastelinan militant group, according to IDF spox in Times of Israel, who stated:

When (the owner of the store) refused to open the safe, the forces who were there carried out the detonation in a controlled way.

The fire broke out in al-Bireh, adjacent to Ramallah. The busy commercial district marks the border between the two municipalities, and is the heart of downtown Ramallah. Local fireman had arrived on the scene to control the blaze, but were prevented from reaching the site for 40 minutes by IOF, said PA spox Jamal Dajani, which caused the fire to engulf several more business. Three PA employees were injured while responding. All of the contents of the money-exchange store were reduced to ash, with one hulking exception: the safe the IOF had attempted to open remained intact, and appeared closed. Dajani said:

Israel continues unabated to invade Palestinian areas and subject average citizens to danger, and this is one where they went and destroyed several building with a fire, this could have had more severe consequences than it did.

At nightfall the following day, piles of blackened fruit and wooden pallets were still smoking. A witness of the IOF incursion said he saw nearly 30 IOF jeeps posted outside of the market, with soldiers operating inside of the money changer. “They had white plastic shopping bags full of money,” he said. Once the flames were beyond control, local youth clashed with soldiers, but the witness, who owned a stall, kept a safe distance, looking on as his business burned, “If I tried to talk to them, they would have shot me,” he said. IOF forays into Plastelinan cities are nightly occurrences. Their purpose is typically to arrest wanted Plastelinans. While damage is not unheard-of, such extensive ruin is quite uncommon, as is the destruction of properties belonging to the PA. One of the workplaces set alight was a municipal service office for the city of al-Bireh, where resident pay bills. Israel and the PA are conducting separate investigation into the fire. Assessing liability will be challenging and politically-charged. A PLO spox said:

The PA does not file petitions for compensation in Israeli courts, but individual Plastelinans are free to appeal for damages. What happened in particular in this case, it doesn’t only show the presence of IOF but it also shows the ex senseless nature of the Israeli occupation. Every single Israeli violation is being documented (This is analogous to what Zakh always says in Donbass – RB).

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