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Prominent Israeli rights group blacklisted from national service program

B'Tselem protest
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Members of B'Tselem protesting Israeli atrocities.
Israel has banned young people from serving in one of its most prominent human rights groups as an alternative to military service because of its campaigns against the war in Gaza and Israeli settlements in the West Bank.
B'Tselem is an Israeli non-governmental organization (NGO), which was founded in 1989; one of its aims is to document human right's abuses in the occupied territories.
Sar-Shalom Djerbi, the director of the Sherut Leumi, the national civilian service administration, which is responsible for the non-military options available to Israelis who don't won't to serve in the IDF said that B'Tselem had gone too far in its recent campaigning.

Israeli soldiers indicted
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B'Tselem's investigation leads to indictment of soldiers who abused Palestinians.
B'Tselem has "crossed the line in wartime [by] campaigning and inciting against the state of Israel and the Israeli Defense Force, which is the most moral of armies," he told Channel 2 TV.

Djerbi set out his position in a letter to Hagai el-Ad, the executive director of B'Tselem.

"This is especially relevant now, when the State of Israel is dealing with the threat of thousands of rockets and missiles on millions of its citizens and is in the middle of a comprehensive campaign to remove the threat on its citizens," he wrote.

Palestinian w camera
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In January 2007, B'Tselem launched its camera distribution project, a video advocacy project. We provide Palestinians living in high-conflict areas with video cameras, with the goal of bringing the reality of their lives under occupation to the attention of the Israeli and international public.
He added that the activities of B'Tselem encourage "extreme anti-Semitic expressions against the State of Israel, as well as violent acts of anti-Semitism around the world."

But Hagai el-Ad said the blacklisting was the latest in a campaign by the Israeli state of intimidation and threats against the rights group over the past three weeks, because of its vocal anti Gaza campaign.

Comment: B'Tselem endeavors to document and educate the Israeli public and policymakers about human rights violations in the Occupied Territories, combat the phenomena of denial prevalent among the Israeli public, and help create a human rights advocacy culture in Israel. (http://www.btselem.org/)

B'Tselem is independent and is funded by contributions from foundations in Europe and N. America that support human rights activity worldwide and by private individuals in Israel and abroad.

They have gained a reputation for accuracy and do their own fieldwork, research and cross checking to ensure reliability. B'T publishes scores of reports covering rights violations, torture, fatal shootings by security forces, restriction on movement, expropriation of land, discrimination, detention and settler violence. They regularly provide Knesset members with information, assisting in placing human rights matters on the agenda.

They advocate for accountability, prosecuting Israeli land-grabs, and Palestinian rights to their land, free movement and self-determination. Their list of press releases attests to the integrity of this organization and the "threat" they pose on the Israeli empirical agenda and status-quo.

Perhaps there is a ray of hope, conscience and sanity out there...but for how long?

Heart - Black

Sparing none: Israel mercilessly targeted and murdered people with special needs in Gaza

gaza disabled bombeed
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Mubaret Phiilistine care home for Orphans and Handicapped in Gaza's Beit Lahiya district. A damaged wheelchair next to the crater caused by the missile that crashed through the building.
During its war on the Gaza Strip, the Israeli occupation has worsened the plight of those whom life has already wronged. Its random and intentional targeting of civilians did not spare the mentally handicapped.

Mohammed Matar, 38, was one such person. He used to make daily visits to the cemetery where his brother had been laid to rest, until he finally joined him in the afterlife after being hit by an Israeli drone missile. It was the 16th day of the war when Mohammed washed his brother's grave with his own blood instead of water.

Mohammed frequently washed and laid flowers on the grave of his older brother Majed, who was shot and killed in the summer of 2007 by occupation forces in the east of Gaza. Majed's martyrdom had struck Mohammed hard, because he was the one who paid him the most attention and care.

A few weeks have already passed since Mohammed, nicknamed "the wild one" was martyred, yet his older brother, Abu Awad, still cannot grasp the idea of losing him.

"He was peaceful and everyone loved him...he went as usual to visit his brother but they killed him," Abu Awad, 45, sighed.

He said that he tried to stop his brother from going to the graveyard in Beit Lahiya, in the north of Gaza, because he was worried about him. But Mohammed kept repeating, "Majed is waiting, he wants water, I must go, I do not want him to be upset with me." He then snuck out of the house without anyone noticing.

A few minutes later, an explosion was heard at a place close by and the media declared that a man was targeted at Beit Lahiya's graveyard. Abu Awad felt at once that his brother was the target; he cried "Mohammed is there.... they killed him."


Investigation reveals Florida police entrap men to boost sex sting arrest totals

But Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd, when asked about over-aggressive detectives, instead went on the offensive: "The concern (I have) is that you inflate your investigative reporting to make it glitzy."
This is the first of a two-part series examining how law enforcement is blurring the lines on due process.

In the decade since Chris Hansen and "To Catch a Predator" popularized Internet sex stings, more than 1,200 men in Florida alone have been arrested, accused of preying on underage teens and children for sex.

But as the stings put more and more men behind bars, detectives are working harder and harder to keep up their arrest numbers. And the tactics they're using to put alleged sexual offenders in jail are sweeping up large numbers of law-abiding men, too.

A yearlong investigation by 10 Investigates reveals many of the men whose mugshots have been paraded out by local sheriffs in made-for-TV press conferences were not seeking to meet children online. Instead, they were minding their own business, looking for other adults, when detectives started to groom and convince them to break the law.

While detectives used to post ads suggesting an underage teen or child was available for sex, they now routinely post more innocuous personal ads of adults on traditional dating sites. When men - many of them under 25 with no criminal history - respond, officers switch the bait and typically indicate their age is really 14 or 15 years old. However, sometimes the storyline isn't switched until the men, who were looking for legal love, already start falling for the undercover agent.

According to arrest affidavits inspected by 10 Investigates, law enforcement is also now routinely making first contact with men who have done nothing wrong, responding to their ads on dating sites like PlentyOfFish.com. After men start conversing with what they think are adults, officers change the age they claim to be, but try to convince the men to continue the conversation anyway.


Guardian is called out for running what is clearly a racist and pro-Israel ad

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Britain's Guardian Newspaper demonstrates a deep-seated pro-Israel bias by running a hateful and hopelessly slanted ad that other papers have rejected.
A major UK-based newspaper has come under attack for its pro-Israeli bias after publishing a widely-censured ad paid for by a Zionist group that accused Palestinian resistance group Hamas of "child sacrifice."

Britain's Guardian newspaper has been accused of pro-Israel bias after publishing a widely condemned advertisement paid for by Jewish group This World: The Values Network, which accused Hamas of "child sacrifice."

The pro-Israeli advertisement sponsored was previously run in US-based dailies, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post but had been rejected byThe Times in London.

Explaining its rejection of the controversial ad, The Times of London said, "The opinion being expressed is too strong and too forcefully made and will cause concern amongst a significant number of Times readers."

Comment: The other part of this story would seem to be about Elie Wiesel. One would think that such an individual as Wiesel who has survived the Holocaust and has written and spoken so extensively about it could recognize the IDF's atrocities in Gaza for exactly what they are. Rather than that, however, he has chosen the low road of lies, racism, apartheid, hate and genocide - all in the name of being 'pro-Israel'.

Wine n Glass

Arizona teacher showed up to school drunk a day after DUI arrest

An Arizona math teacher arrived drunk at her high school and hit the bottle again in the classroom, where she yelled at her students before one of the pupils alerted administrators, authorities said on Thursday.

Kathleen Jardine, 57, a teacher at Poston Butte High School faces one count of public consumption of alcohol stemming from the incident on Wednesday in the community about 35 miles southeast of Phoenix, said Sergeant Pat Ramirez, a spokesman for the Pinal County Sheriff's Office.

Ramirez said a student called the main office to alert them that Jardine appeared drunk and was yelling at the students.

An on-site sheriff's deputy responded and he could tell she was "extremely intoxicated," police said.

Later, a school security officer found in her classroom a half bottle of vodka, an empty single-serving bottle of white wine and a half-empty bottle of an orange drink, police added.

Eye 2

Utah man wearing headphones gunned down by police after not complying with orders

Police shot and killed a 20-year-old Monday who was wanted for probation violation, but the man's brother said he was wearing headphones and could not hear officers' orders.

Officers were called about 7 p.m. to a 7-Eleven store in Salt Lake City after witnesses reported a man waving a gun around.

Dillon Taylor was walking out of the convenience store with his brother and cousin when officers arrived, and police said Taylor matched a description of the suspect.

Three officers said they ordered Taylor to reveal his hands, but they said he ignored their commands and was "visibly upset."

Taylor was then shot by police and was pronounced dead at the scene.


Bill O'Reilly criticized by Russell Brand over Ferguson protest coverage

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British comedian Russell Brand took to his online series The Trews to criticize Bill O'Reilly of Fox News for insisting that protesters angry over the death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson are not letting justice take its course.

On the latest episode of The Trews, Brand performed running commentary of a recent O'Reilly segment where the Fox News host begins by saying the death of Brown, 18, at the hands of a police officer "is now being investigated by state and local authorities, but that hasn't stopped rioting and looting in the area."

"I like that immediate implication," Brand said, mimicking police: "We're investigating! You can stop rioting and looting!"

"The police shot and killed an unarmed teenager, what's there's to investigate?" Brand added, comparing the killing of Brown to the slaying of Trayvon Martin, both African American teens who have become emblems of "larger social unrest."


Ferguson police identify Michael Brown shooter as Officer Darren Wilson


Michael Brown
Authorities named Darren Wilson as the police officer who killed an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri last weekend, saying the officer had a good record and the incident came in the aftermath of a robbery in which the teen was a suspect.

Wilson, who shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown on Saturday afternoon outside an apartment complex, had served six years on the force and had a good record, Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson said at a news conference Friday.

Jackson said there had been a report of a robbery of cigars in a convenience store in the area a few minutes before Wilson encountered Brown walking down the street near an apartment complex. The robbery suspect had been described as a black male wearing a white T-shirt, according to police records Jackson released Friday.

The deadly interaction was swift: Jackson said Wilson encountered Brown at 12:01 p.m. and had shot him by 12:04 p.m.

Bad Guys

The Michael Brown shooting: What you're not being told

StormCloudsGathering weigh in on the murder by cops of unarmed teenager Michael Brown...

Comment: In the wake of the tragic shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, there has been widespread protesting. As people continue to stand their ground and express their outrage at yet another example of police brutality, the police have reacted as can be expected: they have responded with more police brutality and intimidation.

Fed by the military-industrial complex, even small, local police forces have been beefed up to the extreme with 21st century military technology. And now that they have it, they fully intend to use it.

The above is an excellent, yet brief, compilation of the events that led to Mike Brown's murder. It puts the tragedy within a perspective of the larger systems in which innocent people die, the people's will is smashed, and America seems further ground into the dust.

For further reading:

Social media used to illustrate mainstream media bias towards minorities in police shooting of Michael Brown

Militarized Police: St. Louis County police were supplied with military grade weapons by Pentagon during Ferguson protests

FBI opens civil rights investigation into shooting death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown by police


Goon cops have gone wild all over America

police confrontation
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Ferguson, Mo. is a small overwhelmingly black town whose government and police are white. The Ferguson police murdered an 18 year old black kid who has his hands over his head. Moreover, it is unclear that the kid had committed any offense. If you take a look at the photo of the three goon thugs pointing military rifles in his face at point blank range, any one of the over-sized goons unarmed could have restrained the small kid.

So what did the police goons do? They shot him to death.

This is murder. There is no question whatsoever that it is murder. But it will be covered up by the white government and the white police force if protests are limited to the black small town population of Ferguson. Who cares about them? Justice? That's only for the mega-rich.

Comment: Also see: Police are more dangerous to citizens than criminals