Israel of Accused of Whitewashing Soldiers’ Abuses

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Human rights group B’Tselem said it will continue to document human rights violations carried out by Israel and to report on them.

The Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem announced it will no longer refer complaints of abuses carried out by Israeli soldiers to Israeli military courts because the system is a “whitewash mechanism” which acts only to “cover up unlawful acts and protect perpetrators.”

“There is no longer any point in pursuing justice and defending human rights by working with a system whose real function is measured by its ability to continue to successfully cover up unlawful acts and protect perpetrators,” the organization said in a letter sent to the Israeli army.

For the past 25 years the organization has filed complaints on behalf of Palestinian victims of abuse by the Israeli security forces and Israeli settlers in the West Bank and Gaza. But the organization says the Military Police Investigations Unit has looked into only 25 out of the 739 cases referred by the group since 2000.

However, B’Tselem also said it will continue to document human rights violations carried out by Israel and to report on them, the group said it also will coordinate meetings between Military Police investigators, victims and Palestinian witnesses, and acquire various documents for the investigatory authorities.

B’Tselem ended its cooperation agreements with the Israeli military in 2014, following the last military offensive against Gaza, which lasted 50 days and left 2,140 Palestinians dead and wreaked huge destruction on the enclave.

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Related video added by Juan Cole:

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3 Responses

  1. Fact checking:
    1. 75% of the complaints have been checked by the military police (not 25 cases as mentioned above).
    2. in half of the complaints there there was either a sentence or plea bargain
    3. Only in 25 cases, there was trial.

    the Link:
    link to btselem.org

    the table:

    אחרי אפריל 2011 (לאחר שינוי במדיניות החקירות) עד אפריל 2011
    24 3 3 10 1 4 3 טרם הוחלט אם לפתוח בחקירה
    182 2 12 30 47 9 82 לא נפתחה חקירה
    69 2 10 37 4 15 1 בחקירה
    343 15 46 199 38 13 32 התיק נסגר
    39 0 0 1 7 24 7 בטיפול הפרקליטות
    25 0 2 11 4 2 6 הוגש כתב אישום
    13 0 3 5 4 0 1 הועבר לדין משמעתי
    44 9 2 7 17 1 8 הפנייה לא אותרה
    739 31 78 300 122 68 140 סה”כ

  2. It should be noted that those who praise the IDF brass and former Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon for the manslaughter prosecution of Azarya ignore the fact that military prosecutors were overruled by superiors in their decision initially – and correctly – to seek a murder indictment against the sergeant.

    What was not covered by the American press was that former Yisrael Beiteinu (the political party led by Avigdor Lieberman) Member of Knesset sponsored a rally in Rabin Square in Tel Aviv last month attended by thousands to support Elor Azarya.

    PM Netanyahu issued a statement before the rally calling for leniency for the soldier.

    Some of the “highlights” of that gathering:

    (A) attendees chanted “Death to Arabs”;

    (B) a flag was unfurled with the slogan “We are all with Kahane” underneath a drawing of the late extremist;

    (C) a journalist covering the event was beaten;

    (D) police arrested counter-demonstraors from the human rights group B’Tselem;

    (E) a young woman created a stir – captured by photographers – by raising a placard with the words “Kill them all”.

    Pictures paint a thousand words:

    link to timesofisrael.com

    link to electronicintifada.net

    link to loonwatch.com

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