CAMERA has prompted correction of a New York Times article which overstated the number of violent incidents allegedly carried out by Israeli citizens targeting Palestinians. According to yesterday’s Times article, the Israeli NGO “Yesh Din reported in December that of more than 1,200 investigations of violence allegedly carried out by Jewish Israeli citizens against Palestinian civilians since 2005, only 8 percent had led to indictments” (“Israeli settler gets life terms in ’15 bombing of Palestinians,” page A10 and online here).
Of the 1,293 files monitored by Yesh Din since 2005, 36% concern violent offenses perpetrated by Israeli citizens against Palestinians, including threats, stone-throwing, assault and use of firearms; 46% of the files concern property offenses, including arson, theft, harm to crops and vandalism; 14% of the files concern cases in which Israeli citizens attempted to take over Palestinian land, by means of fencing off land, erecting structures or denying access; 4% of the cases concern other offenses, which do not fall under any of the other three categories, including killing or harming livestock, desecrating mosques and more.
Yesh Dinreportedin December that of more than 1,200 investigations of violence, property crime, seizure of Palestinian land and other offenses allegedly carried out by Israeli citizens against Palestinian civilians since 2005, only 8 percent had led to indictments.
An earlier version of this article inaccurately cited the findings of a December report by a human rights group, Yesh Din, about investigations of crimes by Israeli civilians against Palestinians or their property in the West Bank. The group reported that only 8 percent of 1,252 cases of violence, property crime, seizure of Palestinian land and other offenses that it monitored between 2005 and 2019 had resulted in indictments. It did not report that only 8 percent of violent crimes — which the group said amounted to 36 percent of all the cases it monitored — had led to indictments.