Tag Archives: human rights abuses

Israeli Soldiers Charged with Brutality

Israeli soldiers indicted for brutality

JAFFA, Israel, April 6 (UPI) — An Israeli Army medic and his superior officer are facing charges they brutalized Palestinian detainees in the West Bank, prosecutors say.

Charges filed with the Jaffa Military Court allege the two, a staff sergeant serving as a medic and a lieutenant serving as a company commander, committed aggravated assault upon Palestinians detained for routine searches and questioning, Ynetnews.com reported.

Prosecutors say the incident occurred last September when, while on a military motorcade patrolling the West Bank, the medic struck a Palestinian who had been stopped for questioning with his helmet, kicked him in the abdomen and tore his shirt while the lieutenant — his direct superior — stood by and did nothing.

The indictment also alleges that the medic struck a second Palestinian and shoved a third to the ground, later pinning another detainee to a wall, choking and kicking him, Ynetnews reported.

The officer’s attorney, Shimon Cohen, reportedly demanded his client be released from jail and provided a statement by the soldiers’ brigade commander saying the case was hurting military morale.

Hurting Military Morale?????????????????????
What about the injured and abused? Oh, so sorry, how stupid of me to forget they are only Palestinians!

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USA to Help Israel Deflect Human Rights Abuse Accusations

The US will run for a seat in the UN Human Rights Council in order to “change” it. Translation=No more critisizing of Israel will be allowed.

Well, this really makes me sick. here comes the USA to defend Israel once again. So much for “hope and change” And notice how it comes after the Gaza genocide? I wonder if this move is so that when the human rights abuses being to come hard and fast at Israel, the US will deflect them for Israel. What a disgrace this move is and totally transparent.

WASHINGTON (AFP) — US President Barack Obama’s administration announced Tuesday it will run in May for a seat on the UN Human Rights Council — a body the Bush administration had shunned.

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and the US ambassador to the United Nations, Susan Rice, said the United States wanted a seat to help reform the body from within, according to the State Department.

“We’re very committed to bring about the serious reform that the council needs,” she said.

“The principal problem is there has been too little focus on the most egregious abuses of human rights … and too much focus, unbalanced focus we believe, on other issues that don’t merit the amount of time,” she added.

“Yes, of course, we mean Israel.”

The next round of elections to the Council will be held on May 15 in the UN General Assembly in New York when members will be elected to a three-year term.

Howard Berman, the Democratic chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said the United States could no longer afford to be on the sidelines after the body had “become increasingly dysfunctional and politicized.

But the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), a leading anti-Semitism watchdog, expressed concern over the decision.

“ADL had urged Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to seek reform of the Council before deciding to join it,” it said in a statement.