The bizarre Swedish report led to a no-less-bizarre Israeli response. Bad and irresponsible journalism crossed paths with bad and irresponsible diplomacy. Instead of simply denying the report, Lieberman, true to form, acted like a bully. In his fiery response – from his disrespectful mention of the Holocaust to identifying every criticism of Israel as anti-Semitism, to his ludicrous demand that the Swedish Foreign Ministry condemn the article – Lieberman caused great diplomatic damage to Israel. He even scandalously attacked Norway for marking the 150th birthday of its greatest author. However, the article’s damage to the fight against the occupation cannot be ignored.
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“We turned Kuntar into God-knows-what – the murderer of Danny Haran and his daughter, Einat. The man who smashed in the girl’s head. That’s nonsense. A story. A fairy tale. He told me he didn’t do it and I believe him. I investigated the event within the framework of the next book I am writing, about hostage-taking incidents. As far as I am concerned, it was no more than a newspaper report. I sat with him; he was very intelligent. He was a squad commander at 17. He told me that his motive for infiltrating Nahariya was to take hostages. He said [his organization] knew that would both humiliate Israel and get them media publicity.
“He told me: ‘If I had wanted to kill Danny and his daughter, I would have shot them in the house. I took them to the boat because I wanted hostages. I had no interest in hurting them. After I got them into the boat, wild gunfire started and I went back to help my squad on the shore. Danny, the father, kept shouting, “Stop firing, you crazy people.” He and his daughter were found shot in the boat. I was on a small rise, shooting at your forces, and the boat was 20 meters away in the water, with Danny and the girl.'”
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Addameer Prisoners Support and Human Rights Association: Torture of Palestinian Political Prisoners in Israeli Prisons
Terror: This is usually done in the first stages of torture, by displaying the tools of torture to the prisoner, or threatening to use physical torture. Throughout history, it has been documented that this is often enough to get a prisoner to confess. Palestinian child prisoner Wajdi Salem Najajra (17 years old), in a sworn affidavit, reported the following:
“The interrogator “Ibrahim” said to me that he had two ways to get me to confess, one was human and the other was barbaric, and he gave me the opportunity to choose one of them. When I denied the accusations he was making against me, he told me that it was time to start using the barbaric methods. He started beating me on my face and head. He then pulled me by my hair and started hitting me on my throat. After that, he picked up two electrical wires and rubbed them against each other to create a spark. He told me he would use the wires on me if I didn’t confess. He blindfolded me and cuffed my hands behind my back. Then a soldier lif ted up my shirt and Captain “Ibrahim” put the two wires on my nipples. I started shaking and screaming. Then he removed the wires and asked me if I rethought my answer. I told him that I had nothing to say. He then put the wires back onto my nipples, and I started shaking and screaming again.”
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A New York federal appeals court said on Thursday that former Shin Bet chief Avi Dichter cannot be sued in the United States for 15 deaths in a Gaza City bombing. The court said the former security official was immune under common law from being held responsible for the July 2002 bombing of an apartment complex.
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The target of the bombing was Hamas leader Saleh Shehada, but the strike also killed 14 civilians.
US District Judge William H. Pauley III said in a written decision that he ”cannot ignore the potential impact of this litigation on the Middle East’s delicate diplomacy.”
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According to Diskin, Egyptian efforts to curtail the smuggling across its shared border with Gaza have improved, and several successes have been recorded. “When Israel provides intelligence on smuggling that is about to happen, or is happening, they respond quickly and effectively,” he said. However, Diskin added, since the end of Operation Cast Lead, the express goal of which was to bring an end to rocket fire from Gaza into Israel, 45 tons of raw materials for the production of weapons have been smuggled into the Strip, along with 22 tons of standard explosives, as well as dozens of rockets, mortar shells, and anti-aircraft missiles.
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A large part of the operation was conducted by remote control. “The Palestinians are completely transparent to us,” says A., a reservist whose brigade was posted in the Gaza Strip. “The Shin Bet has people everywhere. We observe the whole area from the air and usually the Shin Bet coordinator can also tell you who lives in what house.” The Shin Bet defines the enemy and, for the most part, someone who belongs to Hamas’ civilian welfare organizations (the da’awa) is treated the same way as a member of its military wing, the Iz al-Din al-Qassam.
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