Is­raeli rights group gives up on army com­plaints sys­tem

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

JERUSALEM—A lead­ing Is­raeli rights group an­nounced Wed­nes­day it was giv­ing up tak­ing com­plaints over soldier con­duct to the mil­i­tary, af­ter years of go­ing through of­fi­cial chan­nels brought few prose­cu­tions.

B’Tse­lem, which cam­paigns against Is­rael’s oc­cu­pa­tion of the West Bank, said it had been pro­vid­ing in­for­ma­tion to the Mil­i­tary Ad­vo­cate Gen­eral Corps about al­leged abuses for 25 years, but had con­cluded it was in­creas­ingly a “white­wash mech­a­nism.”

As such, “con­tin­u­ing to file com­plaints to the mil­i­tary law en­force­ment sys­tem does more harm than good,” it said in a new re­port en­ti­tled “The Oc­cu­pa­tion’s Fig Leaf.” The army had no im­me­di­ate com­ment.

The Mil­i­tary Ad­vo­cate Gen­eral su­per­vises the rule of law in the army, in­clud­ing in­ter­nal dis­ci­plinary pro­ce­dures.

The army de­fines MAG’s role as to “in­still the gen­eral prin­ci­ples of law and the val­ues of jus­tice in the Is­rael De­fence Forces.”—Agen­cies

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