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September 27, 2016 / 24 Elul, 5776

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IDF Military Advocate General Issues Update on 2014 Gaza War-Related Criminal Investigations

Wednesday, August 24th, 2016

IDF Military Advocate General (MAG) on Wednesday issued a press release regarding a number of alleged “exceptional incidents” that took place during Operation Protective Edge in the summer of 2014. Many of these claims originated in complaints that were transmitted to the MAG Corps on behalf of Arab residents of the Gaza Strip, as well as by several NGOs. Other allegations were made in media reports, as well as by internal IDF operational reports.

To date, the MAG Corps has received some 500 complaints about 360 incidents alleged to have occurred over the course of the Operation. Some alleged incidents received more than one complaint.

Each complaint suggesting misconduct by IDF forces, undergoes an initial examination. If the allegation is deemed credible, prima facie, and is sufficiently concrete, it is referred to the MAG for a decision as to whether an immediate criminal investigation is warranted without further examination, or whether the incident should be referred to the General Staff Mechanism for Fact-Finding Assessments (FFA Mechanism), for a prior factual examination before making a decision on whether to open a criminal investigation.

To date, in the wake of allegations that indicated prima facie grounds for a reasonable suspicion of criminal misconduct, the MAG has ordered the opening of criminal investigations without the need for prior factual examination with regard to 24 exceptional incidents. Of these criminal investigations, the MAG decided to issue indictments against three IDF soldiers, accused of looting and of aiding and abetting looting. The legal proceedings regarding these charges are underway at the present time.

Regarding 13 other criminal investigations, the MAG has closed the cases without undertaking any criminal or disciplinary proceedings. The remainder of the investigations are still ongoing – some are still underway, and some have been completed with their findings having been submitted to the MAG for review.

Other allegations, which did not indicate prima facie grounds for a reasonable suspicion of criminal misconduct, were referred to the FFA Mechanism for examination. This mechanism, which was initiated while the operation was still underway, collates information and relevant materials and undertakes inquiries, in order to assess the facts of exceptional incidents. These efforts are intended to provide the MAG with as much factual information as possible in order to reach decisions regarding whether or not to open a criminal investigation, as well as for the purpose of a “lessons-learned” process and the issuance of operational recommendations that will assist in mitigating the risk of exceptional incidents occurring in the future.

All in all, to date, around 360 complaints and reports relating to around 220 exceptional incidents alleged to have occurred over the course of the Operation have been transmitted to the FFA Mechanism for examination, after undergoing an initial examination by the MAG Corps.

To date, after reviewing the factual findings and the material collated by the FFA Mechanism, the MAG has referred seven incidents for criminal investigation. One of these investigations has already been the subject of a decision by the MAG. Other investigations have been completed and are awaiting review of their findings by the MAG, or are currently ongoing.

With regard to around 80 additional incidents that were examined by the FFA Mechanism, the MAG decided to close the case without opening a criminal investigation, where the actions of the IDF forces involved did not give rise to reasonable grounds for suspicion of criminal behavior. However, in relation to some of these incidents, the MAG recommended reviewing operational methods in order to assess whether any changes should be made. In certain cases that were closed, the MAG found that no involvement of IDF forces could be identified in regard to the incident.

David Israel

Kevin Costner in Israel for pre-premiere of Criminal

Friday, April 8th, 2016

By Viva Sarah Press

Academy Award winner Kevin Costner was in Israel this week for the pre-premiere screening of his new film,Criminal, co-starring Israeli actress Gal Gadot and directed by Tel Aviv’s Ariel Vromen.

“This time I’m here [in Israel] to support Ariel [Vromen]….This is his country, his parents are here, and I’m very proud of him. He’s a young man who is truly doing well,” Costner told reporters at the screening at the cinema complex in Glilot, just outside of Tel Aviv.

Vromen is best known for directing the 2012 American film, The Iceman. Israeli-American Avi Lerner was the executive producer for Criminal.

Costner stars alongside Ryan Reynolds, Gary Oldman, Tommy Lee Jones, Alice Eve, Scott Adkins, Antje Traue, Michael Pitt and Gadot in Criminal – a thriller about a death-row inmate implanted with the memories and skills of deceased CIA agent in the hope that he will be able to prevent a hellish plot that could cost many lives.

Asked about Gadot, who can also be seen in Batman v Superman, Costner said she was “lovely” to work with and “a wonderful partner.”

According to Yediot Aharonot, Costner requested an array of Israeli snacks and Golan wines during his stay here.

Costner was also asked by reporters about his decision to attend the pre-premiere screening in Israel. “I don’t ask anyone’s permission to travel. I’ve received lots of love here. I wouldn’t have missed that,” he said.

Criminal opens in theaters on April 15, 2016.

Initially published at Israel21c

Israel 21C

Terror Attack: Bomb on Bus Lightly Injures Police Bomb Squad Officer

Sunday, December 22nd, 2013

A bomb exploded in Bat Yam, on a Dan company bus #240 on Sunday afternoon.

Passengers had noticed a suspicious object on the bus, and informed the driver, who got everyone off the bus.

The bomb was left in a bag on a seat in the back of the bus.

The bomb exploded just as a police bomb squad member approached the bus, lightly injuring the officer. The passengers and driver were 15 meters from the bus when the explosion went off.

The Chief of Police has confirmed that the bomb was a terror attack.

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The Third Option in Beit Shemesh

Sunday, October 27th, 2013

We welcome blogger David Morris, who will keep us posted on events in Beit Shemesh from an American-Zionist perspective. For more on the election, go to: Beit Shemesh – We Was Robbed.

The use of criminal, illegal and immoral tactics by the ‘winning’ Moshe Abutbol campaign in Bet Shemesh, has led to various practical options to resolve the situation.

Option One Is to Re-Run the Disputed Election. 

I understand there are precedents for this in Israel, and the logistics do not need to be complicated. There is already a system for 2nd round elections in the case that no candidate for mayor obtains more than 40% of the vote. These 2nd round municipal elections will all be taking place around the country on 5th November.

So, in principle, adding Beit Shemesh to that list of second-round municipal elections on 5th November is feasible.

A problem is finding a mechanism which would force this election to be re-run.

I cannot see Moshe Abutbol voluntarily agreeing to a new election.

The Supreme Court would need to rule – and that would require legal proof of the nature and scale of the fraud. The Supreme Court cannot judge immorality – which may stink, but is not a factor in law.

Another problem is that, even in a second round election, the results will likely be a similarly bitter 50/50 split of the population, and whoever wins that election will also not have a popular legitimacy to rule the other 50%. The division in the city will remain, even if another mayor wins.

Option Two Is to Physically Split Beit Shemesh

Gidon Saar, Minister of the Interior, is due to evaluate dusted-off plans to split the city of Beit Shemesh into hareidi and non-hareidi cantons.

There would be two Town Councils – Beit Shemesh would have one, and Ramat Beit Shemesh another. Maps have been widely publicized in the press showing the possible split-up of the territories.

People point to Modein and Modein Ilit (Kireat Sefer) as a precedent.

To me, this looks like a logistical and bureaucratic nightmare – in the case of Beit Shemesh which, unlike Modein/Modein Ilit, is a 50 year old town. It would seem to be very complicated, expensive and the legalities would likely take years.

Option Three – Splitting the City by Time, Not Geography

I therefore propose a third solution to the current messy situation.

The precedent is the Shamir/Peres Government between 1984-88. Due to inconclusive election results in 1984, the two opposing leaders agreed to be prime minister for two years each. (More info here)

I suggest an agreement between Moshe Abutbol and Eli Cohen to split the term of office, so that each becomes mayor for 2.5 years. For the other 2.5 years they would each be a deputy mayor.

This will be seen by (close to) 100% of the population to be reasonable and fair, a mature approach to resolving differences, and should buy the city 5 years of fully functioning calm.

This does not require complex and costly logistics.

It is achievable by the two men simply signing an agreement, and moving on.

Like the other two options, Moshe Abutbul of course will not voluntarily do this. After all, he’s sitting in power.

All three options require it being untenable for Moshe Abutbol to simply hold onto his mayor’s seat.

There needs to be huge public pressure – demonstrations, effective PR and media for the cause, utilising every legal recourse and civil disruption. (Recall Orot Banot?)

IMHO – the end result should be a time-split between the two candidates.

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David Morris

Updated: Car Explodes Near Tel Aviv Bus

Thursday, January 10th, 2013

Two suspects have been arrested in conjunction with an apparent assassination attempt against alleged underworld figure Nissim Halperon (Alperon).  It is the eighth attempt on life.

On Jabotinky Street and Shlomo Hamelech Boulevard, near the Azrieli Towers, a short distance from the IDF central command in Tel Aviv, a parked car exploded next to a bus at 1:00 PM on Thursday.

MDA initially called it a Mass Casualty Event, but canceled it. There were approximately 7 people reported as lightly wounded, mostly from the shock-wave.

The bomb was apparently place underneath the parked Mazda, and police initially, and correctly suspected the bombing was criminal, and not terror related.

Witnesses said that a moped was seen speeding away from the scene, and two suspects have been arrested.

The nearby bus was empty at the time.

 

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