Israeli military law imposed in the occupied West Bank places sweeping and arbitrary restrictions on freedom of expression and assembly. This makes any unauthorized peaceful protest by Palestinians a criminal offence.
It's very serious, but like two high school girls with a romantic interest in the same skinny hipster in the senior class, Israel and Hamas are sending bitchy taunts to each other over Twitter. I don't know whether to LOL or cry.
Our utopia is one where "swords will be beaten into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks." Yet, misplaced pity and reluctance to face an enemy can result in the greatest death and destruction.
If the Israeli government is convinced they took the appropriate action in this case, they can go a long way toward proving that by giving us the whole tape. If not, we have to assume they're hiding something.
Traveling through Israel and the West Bank is an especially unpredictable experience for me. The Israeli soldiers who patrol the checkpoints can choose to treat me as either an American or as a Palestinian.