Proposed Israeli Law Criminalizes Filming Soldiers' Human Rights Violations

A controversial new bill set to go before Israel's Ministerial Committee for Legislation in the Knesset on Sunday would ban taking videos or photos of Israeli soldiers in the process of arresting or subduing Palestinians. 

It's a move that advocacy groups are decrying as an aggressive censorship measure aimed at banning the documentation Israeli soldiers' human rights violations, especially as the U.N. Human Rights Council has opened a formal investigation into accusations that Israeli security forces recently gunned down scores of Palestinian civilians protesting along the Gaza-Israeli border fence. 

The legislation, if passed, could result in a punishment of 5 to up to 10 years in prison for merely recording encounters between Israeli soldiers and Palestinians.

The bill reads, “anyone who shoots a video or a photo, or records soldiers while they are doing their job, with the aim of disturbing the morale of soldiers and citizens, will be sentenced to five years imprisonment. In case this is done with the aim of destabilizing the state’s security, the perpetrator will be sentenced to ten years imprisonment.”

A photographed 2014 arrest of a youth after clashes published in Turkish and Lebanese media. Image source: Al-Akhbar via Anadolu news

Even so much as an individual sharing such content on social media could fall under purview of the proposed law, as Middle East Monitor reports, "the bill prohibits the sharing of photographs or recorded content on social media or in the media."

The proposal originated via the right wing Yisrael Beiteinu bloc , significantly with support from the party's leader Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman. The bloc chairman, MP Robert Ilatov, identified mostly left-wing groups responsible for hindering Israeli security efforts, notably among them BDS organizations (the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement, which seeks to halt West Bank settlement expansion by exerting economic pressure on Israel).

In comments carried by Middle East Monitor, MP Ilatov explained:

Israel has long been facing a disturbing phenomenon; that of the documentation of Israeli army soldiers, by video shooting or audio recordings by organizations that are hostile to Israel and supportive of the Palestinians, such as B’Tselem, Machsom Watch, Breaking the Silence, BDS and other organisations.

Disturbingly, it appears those behind the bill simply don't want people with the wrong politics to be able to film, with the further suggestion that foreign governments are fueling anti-Israeli activism. 

The bill's sponsor, MP Ilatov, claimed further that “the majority of these organisations receive support from associations and governments with anti-Israel agenda, and that they are using these contents to jeopardize Israel and its security,” according to Middle East Monitor.

He decried it as "unreasonable for an activist or leftist organisation, supported by a foreign entity, to be granted the freedom to document soldiers while doing their duties. The best conditions must be provided for the soldiers to do their duty without worrying about any activist or organization publishing their photos to intimidate them.”

There's no doubt this attempt is in response to the dozens of viral videos which show Palestinian civilians — some of them teenagers — shot in open fields by Israeli snipers, sometimes while running away from Israeli positions. 

Al-Jazeera describes one such video of a death that occurred during the first month of Palestinian "Great Return March" protests:

In one of the videos, a demonstrator - identified by relatives as 19-year-old Abdelfattah Abdelnabi - is shot in the back while running away from the border separating the Gaza Strip and Israel.

The footage shows Abdelnabi and another Palestinian being just a few meters away from a small group of unarmed protesters. A loud shot rings out and Abdelnabi drops to the floor. According to the Palestinian health ministry, Abdelnabi died from his wounds.

Original footage showing Israeli sniper attacks begin at :38 mark.

But then again among the most shocking videos, which unambiguously confirm that some Israeli soldiers are willfully intending to execute unarmed Palestinian civilians, have been recorded by the soldiers themselves, and subsequently leaked to Israeli press.

Israel's Haaretz newspaper described the video as depicting "a motionless Palestinian shot by Israeli sniper to the sound of soldiers' cheers" and that "following the shooting, a voice is heard shouting 'Wow, what a video! Yes!'." The video has been confirmed as authentic by the Israeli government, which promised to investigate. 

Here's the Haaretz published video "Motionless Palestinian Shot by Israeli Sniper to Sound of Soldiers' Cheers" (warning: mature content):

The censorship bill, aimed at stopping the spread of such videos by pro-Palestinian activists and left-wing Israelis sympathetic to the Palestinian plight, also comes after a 16-year old Palestinian girl named Ahed Tamimi attracted global media attention, including from Hollywood celebrities who spoke out on her behalf, after she was filmed kicking and slapping two Israeli soldiers said to be violating her family's property. 

As the the Independent reported at the time, "A teenage Palestinian girl who was filmed kicking and slapping two Israeli soldiers has been sentenced to eight months in jail as part of a plea bargain."

The newly proposed legislation will seek to suppress such viral videos from the very moments they are uploaded to the internet. 

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Throughout the mass Palestinian protest along the Gaza-Israel border, which began on March 30th, Israel has maintained its stance that Hamas is purposefully provoking the shootings, even to the point of sending children and disabled to the fence near Israeli security positions, and hiding firearms among the crowd. However, the U.N. and a number of nations that have condemned the killings — some like South Africa even recalling their ambassador — aren't buying this as a valid explanation for the appalling death toll.

But both the Israel and the United States appear to be shrugging off the recent UN stinging rebuke — a formal vote which initiated a UN inquiry into the Gaza deaths near the border fence   and both countries have repeatedly accused the 47-member council of anti-Israel bias. Israeli ambassador Aviva Raz Schechter was quick to question the legitimacy of the body, calling the newly passed human rights inquiry "politically motivated and [it] won't improve the situation on the ground by even one iota."

The Israeli ambassador further said blamed falls exclusively on Hamas' shoulders: "The loss of life could have been avoided had Hamas refrained from sending terrorists to attack Israel under the cover of the riots, while exploiting its own civilian population as human shields," she said, and added further, "It is Israel, certainly not Hamas, which makes a real effort to minimize casualties among Palestinian civilians." Schechter concluded, "It is regrettable that so many member states allow themselves to be misled by the false narrative of so-called peaceful protests."

In addition to the 60 killed on May 14, Gaza's Ministry of Health stated that 1,703 Palestinians were wounded by live fire, occurred simultaneously with the opening ceremony for the new US embassy in Jerusalem, and which corresponded further with both Israel's 'Jerusalem Day' festivities, and the eve of Palestinian 'Nakba' day

Prior to the incident, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reported that by the end of April over 40 Palestinians had been killed and 5,511 were wounded after the first full month's protest. 

Despite global outrage and demands for justice, the U.N. inquiry will be slow going and is unlikely to satisfy any party to the conflict. What the resolution describes as an "independent, international commission of inquiry" mandated by the council will not produce its final report to be placed before the Human Rights Council until next March — nearly a full year away.

Comments

Wild Bill Steamcock revolla Sat, 05/26/2018 - 13:46 Permalink

I hate the cocksucking ZIOS (Jews + evangelical asswipes) and the Muslims.  I hate anything that comes from that whole shithole region we call the Middle East, including Christianity. You don't believe it? Not my fucking problem.  Couldn't care less.

 

I'm not batting for any political team or ideology. 

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bobcatz Wild Bill Steamcock Sat, 05/26/2018 - 13:50 Permalink

Bravo ZH!

Unlike Drudge and Alex Jones, you are sticking it to the satanic Zios where it hurts.

By Publishing the Truth!

The EVIL ZIONIST JEWISH entity in that fake biblical country doesn't want the truth to come out. Tough luck, I say!

Israel will go down, whether they like it or not.

“When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love have always won. There have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they can seem invincible, but in the end, they always fall. Think of it — always.”- Mahatma Gandhi

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PrayingMantis Wild Bill Steamcock Sat, 05/26/2018 - 14:40 Permalink

 

   ... “ ... The Nomadic Parasites will shift out of London and into Manhattan. And this will be presented under a camouflage of national slogans. It will be represented as an American victory. It will not be an American victory. Until you know who has lent what to whom, you know nothing whatever of politics, you know nothing whatever of history, you know nothing of international wrangles.
—Ezra Pound ... “ ... 

           .... that’s the intro to this book “ THE NEW BABYLON    THOSE WHO REIGN SUPREME
The Rothschild Empire: The Modern-Day Pharisees and the Historical, Religious and Economic Origins of The New World Order “  ... by Michael Collins Piper ... subtitled, ... “A Panoramic Overview of the Historical, Religious And Economic Origins of The New World Order “ ...

 

... click here for the free PDF ebook >>> https://ia801302.us.archive.org/17/items/TheNewBabylonThoseThatReignSupreme/MichaelCollinsPiperTheNewBabylon.pdf ...

 

   ... it’s a good read whenever you feel like taking a break ... and perhaps learn about the (((masters))) ... those khazarian tribe, from the Pale of Settlement, who plans to control a “New World Order” ... where goyim’s only purpose in life is to serve their talmudic masters ...

 

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PrayingMantis PrayingMantis Sat, 05/26/2018 - 15:36 Permalink

 

     ... in order to understand what the Talmud is about without reading the massive volumes, here’s a short summary excerpt from the book, The New Babylon, pp 61-62 ...

 

     ... “ ... Dr. Auguste Rohling, a professor at the University of Prague in the late 19th Century was a student of Hebrew and assembled a translation of the Talmud. This is what Rohling described as the basis of the Talmud:

1) The soul of the Jew is part of God Himself; the souls of the other peoples come from the Devil and resemble those of brutes;

2) Domination over other peoples is the right of Jews alone;

3) Awaiting the coming of the Messiah, the Jews live in a con- tinsel state of war with other peoples;

4) When the victory of the Jews is won, other peoples will accept the Jewish religion; however the Christians will not be given this privilege, but will be exterminated because they belong to the Devil.

5) The Jew is the substance of God; a Gentile who strikes him deserves death;

6) Non-Jews are created to serve Jews;

7) A Jew is forbidden to show mercy to his enemies;

8) A Jew may be a hypocrite to a non-Jew;

9) To despoil a non-Jew is permitted;

10) If anyone returns to a Christian something he has lost, God will not pardon him;

11) God has ordained that the Jew shall take usury from the non-Jew in order to injure him;

12) The best of the non-Jews should be exterminated; the honest life of a Gentile should be the object of hate;

13) If a Jew can deceive a Gentile by pretending to be a non-Jew, he is permitted to do so. ... “ ...

 

          ... the best part of waking up is opening your eyes ...

 

 

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PrayingMantis PrivetHedge Sat, 05/26/2018 - 23:02 Permalink

 

   ... the “point” is not “odd” ... and I think you missed the point ... regardless of what you believe, all those numbered “points” are a summary of what ((( they ))) think and believe, which are totally based on their belief of the Talmud ... I don’t need a “better translation of the Talmud” because that summary did not come from me ... it came from a professor, (as I had pointed out), who “studied” and eventually compiled the talmudic teachings into a series of coherent and simple numbered paragraphs  ... to make it easy for us Goyims to understand ...

 

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thisandthat PrivetHedge Sun, 05/27/2018 - 11:40 Permalink

The star of "David" is nothing more than the symbol of Shiva and Shakti, from Hinduism, representing the duality/complementarity of nature: male/female, creation/destruction, above/below, human/divine, etc.

Jews and Muslims both came originally from Southern India, through Southern Arabia.

Abrahamic religions are nothing more than a rehash of Hinduism.

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Chupacabra-322 Quantify Sat, 05/26/2018 - 21:48 Permalink

Political Zionism:

 

The social movement which creates and sustains the physical nation of Isreal.  The driver for World Government through Isreal in the tradition of the Heretical Frankist Jews. 

 

This definition is embodied by The Rothschild family.

 

Not all Jews are political Zionists.  Not all political Zionists are Jews.

The political Zionist movement feeds off Jews in the sameway the the Nazi movement feed off the Germans.

 

Political Zionism is the greatest enemy of the Jews.

 

Remember Five points:

 

1. Isreal will fight to the very last American Soldiers Death.

2. The Zionist screams in Pain as he Stikes you.

3.The Yinon Plan.

4.Operation TALPIOT.

5. Qatari Pipeline Petro Dollar Vs. Russia / China Petro Yaun.

 

 

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besnook bobcatz Sat, 05/26/2018 - 14:16 Permalink

i think it is time to start killing everyday jews to pressure the zionazis into acting responsibly. i used to only criticize israel but i have realized all jews are responsible for the criminal state of isreal. i need some soap and lampshades.

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OverTheHedge besnook Sat, 05/26/2018 - 15:05 Permalink

Speaking of killing Jews, this ICRC report is all over the internet suggesting that only 250,000 died in the Holocaust. I got all excited about it, until I discovered that the report isn't the ICRC report, just a claim to be a summary. The report itself is nowhere to be seen, anywhere on the internet. It is either top secret, or never existed.

So, here is just one example of a right-wing site with the "report": http://www.renegadetribune.com/international-red-cross-report-confirms-…

Does anyone actually have the 3 volume report, or know anyone who has read it? I have found one individual who claims to have seen it, in Australia of all places, but no corroborating evidence, so I can only assume this is all a pile of steaming poo, like so much of the insane nonsense surrounding both sides of the jewish / israeIi issue.

I'm actually a bit peeved to have been taken in by it - nothing like believing what you want to believe, to make you feel like an idiot once you come to your senses.

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besnook OverTheHedge Sat, 05/26/2018 - 15:24 Permalink

i read it years ago in the late 90s on the net. the conclusion was that less than a million jews died among the total number. i forget the breakdown of the numbers but i remember it included gypies and catholics. of those that died the majority died of disease(typhus and dysentery) in the last year of the war when logistics broke down.

it was an interesting chronicle because the red cross kept meticulous records. this is an important point that is buried in the holohoax story. remember, hitler welcomed the red cross because they helped feed the prisoners with the care packages they provided. is that what a murderer would do, provide witnesses to the crime?

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OverTheHedge besnook Sat, 05/26/2018 - 16:10 Permalink

As the tongue in cheek statement goes, 4 million Jews in German controlled Europe were sent to camps, of which 6 million were exterminated, and 5 million survived. However, I am looking for the actual report, which comes in three volumes, rather than allusions to the report. Thank you for your reply, but until I get to see a copy, I will be assuming that this is all disinformation.

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OverTheHedge besnook Sun, 05/27/2018 - 00:53 Permalink

Again, many thanks, but this is the same 22 page document that everyone is claiming is the report, but in fact just states that, if there ever was a report, this is what would be in it. More of a document summary than a 3 volume, meticulously prepared and footnoted, detailed explanation. The internet is very cool, but sometimes it can contain things that are not what they seem to be.

 

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Chupacabra-322 bobcatz Sat, 05/26/2018 - 21:44 Permalink

@ bob,

 

Christ called the followers of the Talmud, the Pharisees, Sons of Satan.

So Christ will give Christian Palestinians their land back.

 

But Christ will not follow the dictates of the false Zionist Scoffield Bible Apocalypse.

 

The true Apocalypse (meaning unveiling) will be pulling back the curtain on the Wizards of Zion, the Lucifarian Rothschilds. Then will Humanity be free of their debt slavery.

 

All the Jews were killed in 70AD by the Romans as Jesus predicted.

They're all gone the current ones are impostors.

This is very true...

  'The New Jew Review' is composed of nomadic Turk's (Khazarians) who were residents of the Crimea region when they adopted Judaism on the orders of their King, who got his orders from the Russian Tsar at the time (around 700 AD.)

They are not Semites at all. Khazarian Jews are not Semites, although Sephardic Jews are Semites; you know, those guy's the 'Israelite's' ran out of Palestine back in 1948 because they were not Khazarian Jews, who consider themselves as 'The Master Race'!

 

The way I look at it as an ex catholic is a jew is a person who is like Abraham. If you are ready to murder your own child then you understand what it takes to advance in this cult.

 

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