Amid worldwide condemnation of Israel’s use of lethal force against Palestinian protesters in Gaza, officials in Israel’s parliament have proposed a bill, which would effectively ban the collection of evidence relating to the human rights and other abuses committed by members of the army.
— mark lacy (@lacy_mark) May 27, 2018
The move comes at the same time Israeli government officials announced thousands of new settlement units in the West Bank and mere days after the killing of more than 60 protesters on May 14, the same day the United States moved its embassy to Jerusalem.
— Palestine Chronicle (@PalestineChron) May 25, 2018
Overall Israeli Army has killed at least 116 Palestinians and injured over 12,000 using live ammunition on unarmed protesters, who have participated since March 30 in the “Great March of Return” protests according to newly-released figures from health officials.
— Palestine Chronicle (@PalestineChron) May 27, 2018
The Israeli Parliament, the Knesset, convened Thursday to discuss a bill that would prohibit taking pictures or recording Israeli soldiers on duty.
The bill proposes a five-year prison term for anyone “anyone who filmed, photographed, and/or recorded soldiers in the course of their duties, with the intention of undermining the spirit of IDF soldiers and residents of Israel,” and ten-year prison terms for anyone “intending to harm state security.”
https://t.co/XAonHvaJL4 New bill in the Israeli Knesset criminalizes journalists: anyone who shoots video/photo,records soldiers…will be sentenced to 5 years imprisonment. #feelthebern pic.twitter.com/u3PpmrueXH
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The bill would also penalize the distribution of photo or video content on social networks or in the media, effectively hampering journalistic work and limiting the freedom of the press.
According to Robert Ilatov, a member of the Knesset and the bill’s sponsor, the legislation was proposed “in response to harassment by left-wing operatives of Israeli soldiers while dispersing violent demonstrations by Hamas on the Gaza Strip border.”
שמים סוף לשיימינג ולהכפשת חיילי צה״ל! שתפו https://t.co/rrVyMsDxVc
— רוברט אילטוב (@robertilatov) May 24, 2018
The introductory note of the bill reads:
“For many years the State of Israel has witnessed a worrying phenomenon of documentation of Israeli soldiers. This is done through video, stills, and audio recordings by anti-Israel and pro-Palestinian organizations such as B’Tselem, Machsom Watch Women, Breaking the Silence.”
The bill, according to observers, would serve as a useful tool in targeting Israeli and Jewish organizations that oppose the occupation and the mistreatment of Palestinians by members of Israeli state security forces.
The Israeli Ministerial Committee for Legislation in the Knesset is scheduled on Sunday to discuss a bill that would prohibit the documentation of Israeli soldiers’ human rights violations against Palestinian citizens. pic.twitter.com/AaPomaMo3m
— Quds News Network | (@QudsNen) May 26, 2018
Israeli soldiers have a long history of human rights violations and extrajudicial killings, and the bill some fear would consolidate impunity.
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