« End of Occupation » No 978

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‘NY Times’ produces a weak report on the Israeli soldier sentenced to 1 month in prison for murdering a Palestinian boy

James North on  October 31, 2019

Relatives of Palestinian Othman Hellas,15, who was shot dead by Israeli troops during clashes at Gaza-Israel border, mourn during his funeral in Gaza city on July 14, 2018. Photo by Mahmoud Ajour

The New York Times did the bare minimum today in reporting on the Israeli soldier who was sentenced to only one month in prison for murdering a young Gazan demonstrator last year. The victim was a 14-year-old boy, Othman Helles, and video evidence showed he was clearly unarmed. In the print edition, the Times headline did not include the shocking short prison sentence, and the Times used some of its other techniques to minimize the damage to Israel’s reputation.

Use the passive voice: The second paragraph reports that “. . . hundreds of Palestinians were killed during the [Great March of Return] protests. . .” Why not “Israeli soldiers killed 183 Gazans and wounded another 9204. Gazans killed 1 Israeli and wounded 11.” (more…)

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« End of Occupation » No 977

WhatsApp sues Israeli firm NSO for ‘helping spies hack phones with video calls’

WhatsApp sued Israeli surveillance firm NSO Group, accusing it of helping government spies break into the phones of roughly 1,400 users across four continents in a hacking spree whose targets included diplomats, political dissidents, journalists and senior government officials.

In a lawsuit filed in federal court in San Francisco, messaging service WhatsApp, which is owned by Facebook, accused NSO of facilitating government hacking sprees in 20 countries. Mexico, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain were the only countries identified. (more…)

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« End of Occupation » No 976

Palestinian woman on hunger strike against Israeli imprisonment and abuse

Palestinian prisoner, Heba Al-Labadi is on a hunger strike after being sentenced to administrative detention for five months without charge or trial on August 20, 2019. She was interrogated by the Shin Bet for over a month…

By Amira Hass, reposted from Haaretz

A young Jordanian woman who has been held in Israel since August 20 has entered the 22nd day of a hunger strike in protest over the administrative detention order that was issued against her. This order frees the authorities from the need to issue an indictment and back it up with evidence. (more…)

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« End of Occupation » No 975

Gideon Levy: A Quiet, Cruel Population Transfer in South Hebron Hills

Demolition of Palestinian homes – last week’s excuse was to create Israeli “nature reserves,” this week a “firing zone” – causes now-homeless Mahmoud Hamamdi to ask, “Who is the terrorist: the one who builds a house or the one who demolishes a house?”

by Gideon Levy and Alec Levoc, reposted from Ha’aretz

It’s obvious from the pink walls, the colored tiles decorated with butterflies and the white ceramic flooring that the people who lived here loved their home, maintained it as best as their meager means allowed and gave it a distinctive look. The gardening outside tells the same story: small, well-tended pine saplings planted in the arid, rocky ground, a small herb garden, miniature fruit trees. All of this now lies in ruins, alongside water cisterns and drainage ditches that were also demolished in two tiny shepherd communities in the South Hebron Hills, planted among the lawless wilds of Jewish settlements. Here, a quiet population transfer is going on every day with no one to stop it. (more…)

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