IPNOT QUOTE OF THE DAY January 12th 2017: Israeli Schools a New Front-line For the Occupation

According to the proposed bill, the minister is empowered to keep away from schools people and elements whose activity outside Israel raises “concern that soldiers of the Israel Defense Forces would be put on trial in international courts and foreign countries for actions they took in the course of their military service.” The main target is the veterans’ organization “Breaking the Silence,” which documents and publishes — in Israel and abroad — testimony by IDF soldiers of human rights violations in the occupied Palestinian territories.
 
Bennett, who sponsored the bill, posted to Facebook example video clips from which, in his view, the tender souls of Israeli school children must be protected. The clips show the veterans’ organization telling foreign reporters about the abuse of Palestinian detainees and wholesale violations of the IDF’s rules of engagement with civilians. In the interviews, the veterans protest the bombing of homes whose inhabitants are suspected of harboring Hamas members and blame the political echelon for forcing the IDF to manage the occupation on its behalf.
 
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