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Thursday, December 22, 2005 

Video shows Israeli police need serious reform

Here's an article and a video that shows just why some Israeli police officers are in serious need of psychologists:
This past Oct. 26, the day after the Sukkot holiday, hundreds of youths from around the country attempted to build four new neighborhoods in the Yesha (Judea and Samaria) communities of Efrat, Kedumim, Elon Moreh and Kiryat Arba. "Expansion in Place of Destruction" - har'havah bimkom hah'ravah - was the motto of the new initiative, in the wake of the destruction wrought upon Gush Katif and northern Samaria just two months earlier.

In at least one of the cases - in the new outpost near Kedumim, in the Shomron (Samaria) - the police and army forces employed particularly strong violence in order to evacuate the youth. The idealistic teenagers later related accounts of girls being dragged by their hair across rocky ground, punches to the ribs and face, and more.

"But not only were they physically beaten," says Orit Strook of Hevron, considered the leading human rights activist of the nationalist right-wing camp, "they felt that they were beaten a second time when they were widely condemned by their own rabbis, MKs and public figures, who did not bother to first find out the entire story."

The story that was widely publicized in the media at the time was that the youths had been violent towards the security forces. Strook says she remembers Yesha Council officials and others who immediately took to the airwaves to condemn their behavior. "It took the youths a while to get their act together," she told Arutz-7, "but now they have put together a very powerful movie [in Hebrew, but with footage of the violent evacuation] that shows exactly what they went through."
Well! If that isn't a sign that these are clearly not people dedicated to their job, then I don't know what is. Read (and view) it all.

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Just found your blog and am adding it to my list. This article brings up a number of very good points (I don't have the stomach for the video) including the knee-jerk reaction of the powers-that-be to condemn.

On the other hand, it also points out a sobering reality. When those who believe in the necessity of starting more "maachazim" and call on the youth to participate (something that I personally don't agree with but I can see their point) they have to take into consideration the possible violence involved. (Yes, from the police to the youth and not the other way, I know.)

This is a big responsibility. One that I would not take upon myself personally.

Thanks. I've already made sure to add your link to my list as well. It's possible that the subject could come as a big debate in the future.

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