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Israel Pushes Bill to Criminalize Filming IDF Soldiers

HeadlineJun 18, 2018

Israel has introduced new legislation to make it illegal for human rights groups to film Israeli soldiers in order to document human rights violations. The proposed law would criminalize both filming and publishing footage, with a maximum 5-year prison sentence. This is Amit Gilutz with the human rights group B’Tselem.

Amit Gilutz: “The problem is not with the documentation of reality, but with reality itself, the reality in which Israel is holding 5 million people with no political rights, indefinitely, for generation after generation, under its military control. If that embarrasses, if the occupation embarrasses the Israeli government, it is welcome to work to end the occupation. But the documentation of human rights violations happening under the occupation will continue nonetheless.”

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