Arnon Grunberg



On investigations – Amos Harel in Haaretz:

‘The Israeli army's Military Police Criminal Investigation Division does not plan to investigate the fatal shooting of Shireen Abu Akleh. The Palestinian-American journalist for Al Jazeera was killed during clashes between Israel Defense Forces soldiers and Palestinian gunmen in Jenin on May 11.
Abu Akleh’s death has been widely covered in international media outlets and brought fierce condemnation of the Israel Defense Forces and Israeli policy in the West Bank. Israeli officials, including the prime minister and the military chief of staff, expressed regret over her death. The Biden administration also criticized Israel and demanded explanations. The Palestinian Authority accused Israel of killing Abu Akleh. The IDF said its interim investigation could not determine whether she was killed by Israeli or Palestinian gunfire.’


‘At the end of the second intifada, then-Military Advocate General, Maj. Gen. Avichai Mendelblit, instituted a protocol whereby in most cases in which Palestinian civilians were killed in the West Bank and there was a suspicion that it was caused by Israeli gunfire, a probe by the Military Police Criminal Investigation Division – better known by its Hebrew acronym, Metzah – was opened. This is in contrast to cases in which armed activists were killed in an exchange of fire with IDF forces and in contrast to incidents during fighting in the Gaza Strip, which are rarely investigated by Metzah.
This time, however, the Military Advocate General, Maj. Gen. Yifat Tomer-Yerushalmi, refrained from ordering a Metzah probe. The main reason for this is that there is no suspicion of a criminal act: The soldiers testified that they did not see the journalist at all and aimed their fire at gunmen, who were indeed nearby. However, it seems that one of the reasons for the decision was the belief that such an investigation, which would necessitate questioning as potential criminal suspects soldiers for their actions during a military operation, would provoke opposition and controversy within the IDF and in Israeli society in general.
The Israeli right, in particular, has in recent years sharply criticized every case in which an investigation is opened against fighters.’


‘The nonprofit organization Yesh Din said the decision not to authorize the military police to investigate the incident showed that “the army law enforcement mechanisms no longer even bother to give the appearance of investigating. Eighty percent of the complaints that are submitted are dismissed without a criminal investigation. It appears that politics and image count for more than truth and justice. An army that investigates itself in such a serious case as this again proves that it is incapable or unwilling to undertake a fair and effective probe.”’

Read the article here.

A capitulation to the right, and indeed, there is no need to bother even with the appearance of investigations, even in the case of a dead of a US-citizen.

The state, and Israel is unfortunately not an exception, feels the safety of impunity, another word for indifference of all the other states that often have the same disrespect for the lives of foreigners and sometimes even citizens.

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