Destruction of Al-Arakib:

“jkdamours | September 14, 2010

The Palestinian Bedouin village of Al-Arakib was destroyed for the fifth time in two months on Monday September 13th, 5 a.m. Villagers and their supporters watched as it took only one hour for three bulldozers and at least 100 police officers to raze the entire community. Even before the police left, residents began the rebuilding process, vowing to remain on their lands.

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Fascist Israel Razes Second Beduin Village within a Week – Demolishing Al Araqib Village

Ethnic cleansing in Israel: Al Araqib demolished for the 3rd time

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Palestinians still thirsty for wells as costs keep rising:

AFP | September 13, 2010

Water is one of the most precious commodities in the Middle East. Nowhere more so than in the West Bank, where the US government recently provided funding for more wells to supply local Palestinians. But delays from the Israeli authorities are now said to be costing the project some 20,000 dollars a day.

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Hanin Zoabi @ Alkarama – 8 September 2010:

“AlkaramaHR | September 14, 2010

Hanin Zoabi, member of the Knesset representing the Balad party, visited Alkarama in Geneva to discuss the growing issue of human rights violations in Israel and the Palestinian Occupied Territories, as well as her experiences aboard the MV Mavi Marmara when it came under siege by Israeli IDF forces on 31 May 2010.
Alkarama hosted Hanin Zoabi throughout her visit in Geneva as a part of its continued cooperation with human rights advocates in the Arab world.

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Bereaved Palestinians bury their dead

PressTV Protesters condemn killing of three Palestinians:

“Palgaz | September 13, 2010

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Reaction on the Palestinian Street to 2010 Direct Talks:

“IMEUdotnet | September 09, 2010

We asked Palestinians in the West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza about the latest round of talks between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. This video is a compilation of some of their reactions to the 2010 US-mediated talks.

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Blair's Journey: US medal for 'war criminal'?:

“RussiaToday | September 13, 2010

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair will receive a prestigious American medal for human rights work. But in his ten years as premier, Blair went from huge popularity to being called a U.S. poodle. His policies in Iraq and Afghanistan earned him accusations of having blood on his hands. And as Laura Emmett reports, many are outraged at his latest award.

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I have updated this post with a YouTube Video, added on top for those that can’t stream the Blip Tv Video. Please see the B’Tselem Report below the videos.
Void of Responsibility:

“btselem | September 14, 2010

Two cases illustrating the Israeli army’s policy of lack of accountability for killing Palestinians

B’Tselem – Publications – Void of Responsibility, Sept. 2010:

“Void of Responsibility: Israel Military Policy not to investigate Killings of Palestinians by Soldiers

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From the beginning of the first intifada, in December 1987, to the outbreak of the second intifada, in September 2000, the Military Police Investigation Unit (MPIU) investigated almost every case in which Palestinians not taking part in hostilities were killed. At the beginning of the second intifada, the Judge Advocate General’s Office announced that it was defining the situation in the Occupied Territories an “armed conflict,” and that investigations would be opened only in exceptional cases, in which there was a suspicion that a criminal offense had been committed. This policy, which led to a significant drop in MPIU investigations of homicide cases, ignored the varying character of the army’s actions in the Occupied Territories, and treated every act carried out by soldiers as a combat action, even in cases when these acts bear the clear hallmarks of a policing action.

The primary tool used to determine whether to open an MPIU investigation is the operational inquiry, whose principal purpose is to learn lessons to improve operational activity in the future, and not to identify persons responsible for past failings. In November 2005, in the framework of a hearing on a petition filed by B’Tselem and the Association for Civil Rights in Israel objecting to the policy of not opening MPIU investigations, the army instituted a procedure calling for preliminary investigation, within a limited period of time, of cases in which Palestinians not taking part in hostilities were killed. However, the procedure did not set a time framework for making decisions whether to order an MPIU investigation or to prosecute alleged offenders. As a result, these decisions may be delayed months, even years, thus preventing effective handling of suspected criminal acts within a reasonable time from the day that the incident occurred. The establishment, in 2007, of the Office of the Judge Advocate for Operational Matters, which was intended to improve the efficiency in handling complaints and reduce the handling time, did not bring about significant change.

During the period covered by the report (2006-2009), B’Tselem made a demand for an MPIU investigation in 148 cases. The Judge Advocate General’s Office ordered an MPIU investigation in only 22 cases. In 36.3 percent of the cases in which an MPIU investigation was opened, the investigation did not begin until a year or more after the incident occurred. Where an MPIU investigation was carried out, two ended with the Judge Advocate General’s Office’s decision to close the file without prosecution; the others await decision. In 95 cases, 1 6 of which date from 2006, preliminary handling by the Judge Advocate General’s Office has not been completed, and B’Tselem has not been informed whether an MPIU investigation will be ordered.

The lack of a decision in the vast majority of cases make it impossible to determine the considerations the Judge Advocate General’s Office takes into account in deciding whether to order an MPIU investigation or to close the file. To explore the considerations, the report analyzes a number of instances in which the decision was made not to open an MPIU investigation and finds that MPIU investigations were not opened also in cases in which there was a serious suspicion of clear breach of international humanitarian law. Also, it seems that the interpretation of the circumstances of the incident is based solely on the results of the operational inquiry and the testimonies of the soldiers, and not on other eyewitness testimony and evidence that conflicts with the soldiers’ description of the incident.

B’Tselem protests the sweeping classification of the situation in the Occupied Territories as an “armed conflict,” which effectively grants immunity to soldiers and officers, with the result that soldiers who kill Palestinians not taking part in hostilities are almost never held accountable for their misdeeds. By acting in this way, the army fails to meet its obligation to take all feasible measures to reduce injury to civilians, allows soldiers and officers to violate the law, encourages a trigger-happy attitude, and shows gross disregard for human life

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