News roundup for March 30, 2009 – IDF drops ‘Hearsaygate’ investigation

Posted: March 30, 2009 by Jonathan Boyko in Gaza, IDF, Israel, Palestinians
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IDF soldiers before battleIDF Military Police investigators have cancelled an investigation into the ‘Hearsaygate’, where two soldiers have described situations in which IDF soldiers due to reckless behavior killed Palestinian civilians, during the 2008 Gaza campaign. According to IDF investigators both soldiers relayed hearsay to the group they were speaking to – later published by the head of course both soldiers attended – also exaggerating their testimonies for further effect (It should be added that ironically, ‘human rights groups’ and foreign governments and media usually rush IDF to finish an ongoing investigation and act openly skeptical when told IDF thoroughly investigates an issue).

Israeli Arabs have marked the ‘Land Day‘, an annual event commemorating the killing of six Israeli Arab citizens killed in clashes with Israeli military forces. MK Talab el-Sana called on PM-elect Netanyahu to “to put a stop to the racist plans of Judaizing the Galilee and Negev and adopt development policies for all the Galilee and Negev’s residents”. Remember previous sentence: Israelis are not allowed to ‘Judaize’ not only Jerusalem but the rest of the Jewish state as well. In addition, no Israeli flags were waved at the march – the PLO ones were.

Arab leaders at Doha summit rejected an arrest warrant for Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir for alleged war crimes, particularly in Darfur.

Hamas ‘officials’ took tough stance today, saying PM-elect Benjamin Netanyahu will get ‘identical’ prisoner list in exchange for kidnapped Gilad Shalit. Hamas’ Osama al-Mozainy also added that Hamas considers Israel’s plan to worsen conditions of Hamas prisoners in Israel as ‘ridiculous’.

Picture of the day:

And an article of the day, ‘Attacking Sderot in America‘, by Jacob Shrybman:

Yet before I could finish answering the question, I was interrupted and silenced by the overwhelming Hamas supporters. Next, another audience member stood up and screamed out, calling me a “dirty whore” in Arabic and proceeding to grab his crotch and scream “Here’s your Qassam!” in Arabic.

My free speech was denied, I was not able to utter a word, and the event was terminated. As I was collecting my belongings amidst the continuing anti-Semitic harassment, a small group of audience members interested in my presentation approached me and expressed their resentment over the interruption and their fear to speak out. The local police teamed with university security then had to escort me to my car several blocks down the street.


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