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      From the Hills of Efraim
      by Yisrael Medad
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      Yisrael Medad is a revenant resident of Shiloh, in the Hills of Efrayim north of Jerusalem.  He arrived in Israel with his wife, Batya, in 1970 and lived in the renewing Jewish Quarter, eventually moving to Shiloh in 1981. 

      Currently the Menachem Begin Center's Information Resource Director, he has previously been director of Israel's Media Watch, a Knesset aide to three Members of Knesset and a lecturer in Zionist History.  He assists the Yesha Council in it's contacts with the Foreign Media in a volunteer capacity, is active on behalf of Jewish rights on the Temple Mount and is involved in various Jewish and Zionist activist causes.  He contributes a Hebrew-language media column to Besheva and publishes op-eds in the Jerusalem Post and other periodicals.

      He also blogs at MyRightWord in English and, in Hebrew, at The Right Word.

      Adar Bet 10, 5768, 3/17/2008

      A Display of Police Brutality - In Israel


      The New York Times is not usually a favorite of those of us who are, well, addicted to the news.

      But there is always something to be thankful for, everyday.  Like this picture:

      It was taken by Sebastain Scheiner of the AP and is used here in an illustrative purpose.

      It displays "Lesson #53" in the (fictitious) Police Manual for Methods of Applying Brutality.

      Lesson #53 reads:  "while your colleague(s) subdue a protestor, raise your right arm to his/her head level, take a step forward with your left foot, pretend to accidentally stumble, thus causing you to take a brisk and firm step forward with your right foot, thus causing your upraised right elbow to effectively smash into the protestors face.  With any luck, you can even break his/her nose or at the very least, his/her glasses".

      Welcome to the Israeli Police, those guardians of civil rights and liberties.

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      (Two more examples can be viewed here)