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IPI glossary designed for journalists covering the Israeli-Palestinian conflict available here to download. The popularity of the handbook has been key for IPI´s decision to release the complete PDF of the handbook containing more than 75 alternative words and phrases. A print version of the handbook, which is designed to help journalists covering the region, has been distributed to nearly 100 journalists and researchers.

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The report recognizes the existence of a guarantee of the right to freedom of expression in the Palestinian Basic Law, which serves in lieu of a constitution, and calls for this to be strengthened. The recommendations highlight that existing legal restrictions on free expression should be amended to be in line with international standards of necessity and proportionality. The study also encourages the national authorities to adopt a right to information law, drawing on extensive work already completed in this area with civil society organizations. It further recommends the establishment of an independent regulatory body, the transformation of the Palestinian Public Radio and Television Corporation into an independent public service broadcaster, and the promotion of community media. The report proposes that the media industry develop an effective system for self-regulation, and invites universities to modernize their media programmes and consider the establishment of a Master’s programme on media. It acknowledges the efforts of the national authorities to involve civil society in the development of a new strategic ICT and digital transition plan and encourages them to continue following this approach.

[Originally published here on the WITNESS Hub Blog.]

I spent part of today talking to a military expert about the military’s changing role in ending mass atrocities, and it made me think hard about what role the experiences of soldiers might play in a human rights-focused space like the Hub – on which, more soon.  (What do you think?  Know good examples?  Let me know via the comments box below.)

I got back to find that F had emailed me a report that the Israeli army has launched an investigation into the conduct of its troops during Operation Cast Lead after stories emerged at a military academy of killings of Gaza civilians.  The mention of “Breaking The Silence” in that report led me to an interview earlier this month given by a former Israeli solder to the UK’s Independent On Sunday newspaper about his role in a “botched ambush that killed two Palestinian bystanders, as well as the two militants targeted” eight years ago.

The soldier interviewed by the Independent was one of many that have given testimony to Breaking The Silence (in Hebrew, Shovrim Shtika), “an organization of veteran Israeli soldiers that collects testimonies of soldiers who served in the Occupied Territories during the Second Intifadah.”

Last year, Breaking The Silence released a series of anonymised video interviews with several Israeli veterans.  Here’s one from the series:

You can see the rest of the series (in English and Hebrew) here, and a longer documentary about BTS over here.  There are a couple of illuminating pieces about BTS’s activities from Nextbook and IPS.  You can see a selection of soldiers’ photographs (with English captions), and a reaction from a Palestinian perspective to a BTS photographic exhibition at Harvard a year ago.  Finally, don’t forget the fascinating Waltz With Bashir, and from former IDF cameraman Yariv HorowitzAftershock, a controversial short documentary about Israeli soldiers’ trauma during the first Intifada.