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Border Police to Learn: Jews Have Rights Too

The Border Guard police have agreed to allow rights activists to lecture officers on respecting the rights of Jews in Judea and Samaria.
By Yehudah Lev Kay
First Publish: 6/21/2009, 10:33 AM

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Border Guard police chief Yisrael Yitzchak agreed Sunday to allow rights activists to lecture border police officers on respecting the rights of Jews in Judea and Samaria. The education session will focus on the rights of Israelis during evacuations of their outpost homes.

Orit Strook, head of the Organization for Human Rights in Judea and Samaria, appealed to the Border Guard command to allow the lecture to take place after reading in the army magazine Bamachaneh (In the Camp) that border police officers would receive a lecture from pro-Arab groups about respecting human rights.

“It would be appropriate to give border police officers instruction regarding the protection of Jewish rights in Judea and Samaria,” Strook wrote to Yitzchak. “I ask that you take the step of allowing our representatives to lecture Border Guardsmen on the topic of protecting human rights of Israelis during operational activity.”

Strook pointed out that in light of the government’s decision to evacuate unauthorized outposts, “Border Guard policemen have entered, with increasing frequency, into situations where they cause damage to human rights of Jews in Judea and Samaria.”

The request also comes after the Judea and Samaria Border Guard commander Shlomi Even-Paz faced disciplinary action for confiscating a camera which recorded police violence against Jews and destroying the digital device’s memory card.