The deep roots of vigilante violence in Israeli society

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In less than eighteen hours from Thursday evening to Friday afternoon, Israeli racism and xenophobia exploded into three forms of extreme violence. I witnessed two of them.

Six people were stabbed by an ultra-Orthodox Jewish man named Yishai Schlissel at Jerusalem’s Gay Pride Parade. Yesterday, sixteen-year-old Shira Banki succumbed to her wounds. Only three weeks before, Schlissel was released from prison where he served a commuted ten-year sentence for stabbing three gay men at the 2005 parade. Despite a massive security presence, they were unable to prevent him from attacking again. After the parade, right-wing Israelis gathered in Jerusalem’s Zion Square to celebrate the stabbing rampage.

While this attack was condemned by Israeli political figures, their statements ring hollow – some of these politicians have incited against the LGBTQ community. During a 2006 Gay Pride Parade MK Belazel Smotrich organized a Beast Parade, marching through Jerusalem with goats and donkeys. Earlier this year, Smotrich said “I am a proud homophobe” while on a panel at a school.

At the Pride Parade, I spoke to a nineteen-year-old Israeli-American named Shmuel who would be enlisting in what he described as the “gay-friendly” Israeli Air Force. He acknowledged the Israeli military specifically targets gay Palestinians in order to coerce them to collaborate, but saw this homophobic tactic as unrelated to the acceptance of gay conscripts into the military. “It’s totally separate,” he told me. Shmuel’s allegiance to the Jewish State and its homophobic tactics deployed against Palestinians outweighed his commitment to LGBTQ rights – a clear display of the racism he professed to be against.

This anti-Palestinian racism and homophobia is so normalized in Israeli society that no one I spoke at the Pride Parade to seemed to be fazed by the simple fact that Palestinians trapped by Israeli apartheid behind the walls in the West Bank and Gaza Strip were not allowed to attend the march. If a supposed movement which demands equality, as so several marchers told me, cannot purge itself of racism, it should come as no surprise that they would be victimized by the same violence that they partake in.

Shmuel was not the only representative of the Israeli military. Several soldiers could be seen marching in uniform.

Late that night, the price-tag firebombing on a Palestinian home in the occupied West Bank village of Duma was carried out, burning 18-month-old Ali Dawabsha to death and severely burning his mother, father and four-year-old brother, who remain in critical condition. Like the stabbings, this attack was predictably condemned by Israeli political figures. But as Chaim Levinson wrote in Ha’aretz, numerous attempts of firebombing attacks on Palestinian homes have gone unpunished. It was only after the attack of the Dawabsha home that Israeli security forces arrested Moshe Orbach, a right-wing settler suspected of authoring a guide to carrying out price tag attacks, including a full chapter on how to firebomb houses and trap families inside.

Levinson writes:

“He recommends using a bottle filled with a gasoline-soaked rag (a firebomb), as was the case early Friday morning. He recommends placing burning tires outside the front door, to prevent anyone from escaping.”

While some supporters of Israel may criticize Israeli security forces for what they perceive as a failure to perform their duties, the bitter truth is that these security forces are part and parcel of the same colonial project that has been expelling, ghettoizing, and killing Palestinians since the inception of the state. This explains why Israel’s vaunted security apparatus and networks of collaborators have been unable – or perhaps unwilling – to apprehend the suspects in the firebombing. Given the Israeli government’s complicity with the movement that burned baby Ali, any investigation will ring hollow without prosecution of responsible officials at the highest levels.

Instead of heading to the village of Duma, I decided to join the Israeli/Canadian journalist David Sheen at an open forum for African asylum seekers in Levinsky Park in south Tel Aviv. As they told their harrowing accounts to a group including several liberal Israelis, right-wing Israelis wearing black t-shirts emblazoned with “South Tel Aviv Liberation Front” and flanked by police and Border Police came to disrupt the event and shout obscenities. As one woman spoke of the stabbing of her one-year-old (another vigilante racist attack on a non-Jewish baby), a young Israeli screamed at her, “You’re a liar! Don’t lie!”

Minutes later, the same Israeli accused two young African boys of throwing a piece of watermelon at him. As police approached the boys, the Israeli threw a piece of watermelon at the boys. Despite having witnessed the Israeli adult throw watermelon at the African children, the heavily-armed border police detained and interrogated the children.

 Israeli Black Panther Reuven Abergil (left) confronts a right-wing Israeli disruptor, photo by Dan Cohen

Israeli Black Panther Reuven Abergil (left) confronts a right-wing Israeli disruptor, photo by Dan Cohen

In addition to the African asylum speakers, Reuven Abergil, founding member of the Israeli Black Panthers – a radical Mizrahi movement founded in the 1970s – took the microphone and directed his fury towards the disruptors, asserting that they were now spewing the same anti-immigrant tropes that they were on the receiving end of when they were new immigrants. “Us from the neighborhoods, from the periphery, the state never belonged to us,” Abergil boomed. “In Ha’aretz there were racist articles against the Jews of Islamic lands. They used these words: These Jews are bringing diseases! They will rape your children! They will rape your women! They have no respect for society! They have no culture! They said this about my parents and your parents!”

For David Sheen, who covers anti-African racism in Israel, he was particularly disturbed by cheers that erupted from liberal Israelis when an African asylum seeker said that if conditions improved in his home country, he would leave.

“It’s sad, that after years of state-sponsored racist incitement and racist attacks, when African refugees say, ‘Don’t worry, we don’t want to be here either, as soon as things get better in our home countries, we will leave immediately’ – no Israelis respond by saying, ‘No! We don’t want you to feel that you have to leave right away!’” Sheen told me after the open forum. “Why shouldn’t some Africans choose to stay here and put down roots, even if things eventually do get better in their home countries? Why can’t Africans, Arabs and white folks, Jews, Christian, Muslims, animists, atheists all live in the same society? Because the consensus assumption among Zionists is that the country must have a permanent Jewish super-majority. Even liberal Zionists will only accept non-Jewish immigrants as a temporary exception that must be expelled at the earliest opportunity.”

The various forms of extreme violence that occurred over those eighteen hours – whether directed at Palestinians or African asylum seekers – are deeply rooted in a greater context of normalized racism, as Sheen articulated. The symptoms will continue as long as the cause is not treated.

 

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  1. just
    August 3, 2015, 3:59 pm

    I believe this is breaking news, but apologies if it’s already been posted. It certainly goes to Dan’s article here about “vigilante violence” (aka Israeli racist terrorism, imho) :

    “Most Wanted Jewish Terror Suspect Arrested by Shin Bet

    Meir Ettinger, a grandson of Meir Kahane, denies existence of a
    Jewish terror underground, but calls for fighting the ‘idol worship’ of the existence of mosques and churches in Israel.

    The Shin Bet arrested on Monday right-wing activist Meir Ettinger, who tops the Shin Bet security service’s list of most-wanted Jewish terror suspects.

    According to intelligence, the 24 year old grandson the late right-wing extremist Rabbi Meir Kahane escalated his activity in 2014 and started planning a series of attacks against Palestinians. These were meant to stir up unrest among the Palestinians and thus bring about the overthrow of the Israeli government.

    According to the Shin Bet, Ettinger was arrested with the aid of the special police force in the Judea and Samaria District and has been taken for interrogation…

    Last year the Shin Bet sought to place Ettinger under administrative detention, but State Prosecutor Shai Nitzan denied the request. Instead, a restraining order was issued that prohibited him from being in Jerusalem and the West Bank, and he moved to Safed.

    Following the deadly arson attack in the West Bank village of Duma, which killed an infant and wounded three of his family members, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon asked the Shin Bet to place several right-wing activists under administrative detention, including Ettinger.

    Though Ettinger is currently under arrest, should he refuse to cooperate with his interrogators he could face administrative detention, pending the approval of a district court judge.

    Last week, the Shin Bet claimed that Ettinger heads an underground group that in June torched the Church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes. Ettinger denied the accusation, saying in a post from Sunday on his regular blog on the Hebrew-language Kol Yehudi news website, that there is no Jewish terror underground.

    However, he did assert that there are “lots and lots of Jews, many more than one might think, whose value system is very different than that of the High Court of Justice or the Shin Bet, and the laws that bind them are not the laws of the state … but rather laws that are much more eternal.”

    In a blog post from Friday, Ettinger wrote that he does not lead the organization that was behind the church arson, and the Shin Bet’s claim that he does reflects the intelligence agency’s own crisis.

    “Whoever made up this lie knows better than anyone else that his remarks were lies, and the Shin Bet understands that all of the activities they are looking into aren’t stemming from some kind of ‘organization’ but rather just happening on the ground, fueled by the most simple, popular insights that motivated people to feel that they need to take action, that kind of evil spirit that emanates from the establishment,” Ettinger wrote.

    Continuing, he wrote: “The truth must be told. There is no terror organization, but there are many, many Jews, many more than one might think, whose value systems are very different than those of the Supreme Court or the Shin Bet, and are not bound the ignorant laws of the state, but rather by laws much more eternal, from the source of the living water.”

    In his post, Ettinger explained the rationale behind targeting Christian holy sites. He wrote about the protest against the demolition of buildings in Jewish settlements, saying it was insufficient: “The important struggle over the Land of Israel must be joined with another, real struggle against the government’s sin of allowing idol worship to happen here, particularly mosques and churches, in the Land of Israel, where the sound of church bells interferes with the sound of Torah and prayers,” wrote Ettinger, adding, “the State of Israel added insult to injury by detaining two Jews suspected of torching the church.”

    “[The Jewish principle of] mutual responsibility obligates all to pitch in, and not to forget the suspects who are being held for all of us. We must amplify the struggle against the desecration the state allows by funding and aiding idol worship in the Holy Land,” Ettinger wrote.”

    read more: http://www.haaretz.com/beta/.premium-1.669372

    He’s been “most wanted” all of this time???

    • gracie fr
      August 3, 2015, 4:28 pm

      Investigators into Friday’s murder-by-arson of a Palestinian infant increasingly believe in the likelihood that the extreme rightist operatives responsible for the attack are affiliated with the same ideological group that has torched mosques, churches and Palestinian homes over the past year.

      The group’s core consists of several dozen people whose operations are centered in West Bank outposts but wander all over the country, including within the Green Line.

      Unlike in the past, the understanding is that these assailants are no longer attempting to deter the government and security forces from evacuating outposts and settlements. Nowadays they have more ambitious aims, like destabilizing the country and overthrowing the government to establish a new regime to be based on halakha, Jewish law. They plan to use violence in a systematic, continuous manner irrespective of police conduct in the territories, investigators said

      http://www.haaretz.com/beta/.premium-1.669291

      • CigarGod
        August 3, 2015, 7:45 pm

        Always loved those entertaining stories in the old texts.
        Lucky us…we get to witness new chapters being written.

    • Kay24
      August 3, 2015, 5:10 pm

      Well, it seems the rotten apple does not fall far from the tree. Like grandfather like grandson.

      Booby man was seeing terrorists all over the region, but he seems to have been blinded to those in his own backyard. Jewish terrorists eh?

    • RobertHenryEller
      August 4, 2015, 8:39 am

      Administrative detention is a deliberate cop out by the government. AD allows the government to hold someone indefinitely, without prosecuting, convicting or sentencing that person.

      Only when the Israeli government moves to prosecute, convict and sentence Zionist/Settler terrorists can we take seriously that the Israeli government takes Zionist/Settler terrorism seriously.

      Yes, I did not call the terrorists Jews. They don’t deserve to be called Jews. “Jew” is too polite and respectful a word for what the terrorists are.

    • italian ex-pat
      August 4, 2015, 9:56 pm

      Good question. He couldn’t have been ‘wanted’ all that much if they knew how and where to find him.

  2. K Renner
    August 3, 2015, 4:02 pm

    Maybe this is just my not being socially liberal coming out, and maybe it’s just nit-picking, but it seems to me that racism against Ethiopian Jews, other Africans, and racism towards Palestinians and “the Arabs” ought to take considerable more precedence when we’re talking about things like this then the anti-homosexual sentiments amongst those on the Israeli centre and the Israeli right wings.

    It really should be third or fourth tier as an issue in comparison to the other things you’ve written about here when you consider that it’s little more then insults and maybe some homophobic incitement. They’re not advocating for deporting the gays en masse or calling them “cancer”, and they’re not advocating for bombing the Tel Aviv gay village with incendiaries or white phosphorus.

    • Mooser
      August 4, 2015, 2:08 pm

      It really should be third or fourth tier as an issue in comparison to the other things you’ve written about here when you consider that it’s little more then insults and maybe some homophobic incitement.”

      And the odd stabbing or three?

      • K Renner
        August 8, 2015, 2:51 pm

        Compared to what’s going on in relation to the Ethiopians and considering the fact that the Israeli police have no problem shooting and killing Palestinians in the Israeli state, and considering the seemingly abundant support or apologia for the IDF when it kills Palestinians en masse–

        Still third or fourth tier, if that, in comparison to all of those. It’s really hardly an issue in comparison, actually, and the “progressives” who talk about the gay pride stabbing but not the beatings of Ethiopians or the assault on Gaza last year have their priorities wrong.

  3. just
    August 3, 2015, 4:16 pm

    “While some supporters of Israel may criticize Israeli security forces for what they perceive as a failure to perform their duties, the bitter truth is that these security forces are part and parcel of the same colonial project that has been expelling, ghettoizing, and killing Palestinians since the inception of the state. This explains why Israel’s vaunted security apparatus and networks of collaborators have been unable – or perhaps unwilling – to apprehend the suspects in the firebombing.”

    True. So are the pols part and parcel of the same project. So are the 95% who cheered on the massacre last summer. So are the Israelis that don’t question Holot, etc. I followed you guys and your comments/photos on twitter this weekend about the open forum at Levinsky Park. It’s shame heaped upon shame. Does Israel ever really feel it? Do they care, or are they too far gone?

  4. yonah fredman
    August 3, 2015, 4:24 pm

    After the parade, right-wing Israelis gathered in Jerusalem’s Zion Square to celebrate the stabbing rampage. – See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2015/08/vigilante-violence-israeli#sthash.1MhX2LlN.dpuf
    Dan Cohen: Did you see this gathering? How many people participated in this gathering? Where is reportage in relation to this gathering?

    • Mooser
      August 3, 2015, 7:38 pm

      “Dan Cohen: Did you see this gathering? How many people participated in this gathering? Where is reportage in relation to this gathering?”

      What the hell is wrong with you, Yonah. Are you a glutton for shondah? Would you like it spread all over the page with videos?

    • Marnie
      August 4, 2015, 12:25 am

      Until you get your much anticipated details from Dan Cohen, you’ve got this to satisfy your morbid curiosity:

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmiwftMvVRI

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w1EItmgEKso

      “Gaza is a graveyard,” sing joyful Israeli youths | The …
      https://electronicintifada.net/…/gaza-graveyard-sin

      WATCH: Far-right Israelis celebrate Gaza kids’ deaths | The …
      The Times of Israel
      Jul 29, 2014 – “There is no school tomorrow; there are no children left in Gaza,” the men can be … in the Gaza Strip and a return to negotiations with the Palestinians … “This is the Jewish state; I hate you Hanin Zoabi,” the crowd chanted.

      Hope this helps you figure it all out Yonah.

      • Mooser
        August 4, 2015, 1:59 pm

        “Hope this helps you figure it all out Yonah.”

        If I squint just a little, I can see Yonah as Captain Renault.

        Your winnings, Captain!

      • ivri
        August 4, 2015, 4:43 pm

        @marnie: “hope this helps you figure it all out”
        Hamas and the Gazans spent a decade digging tunnels and filling them with missiles and mortars, which eventually they did use against Israel. I suppose if it was Christ (“Love your enemy”) the reaction was different but people here are not saints – just flesh and blood – and hence the predicted reaction. Those people, following the last war, now may truly hate the Gazans.
        In a way, all relationships in the end become symmetrical – reciprocity is the basic of inter-human relationship at all levels. The ever loathing of Hamas/Gazans of Israel/Israelis has now reached its inevitable state of (relationship) equilibrium.
        It`s a sad outcome but that`s how things work in the word of humans.
        I hope this helps you figure it all out

      • CigarGod
        August 4, 2015, 5:55 pm

        Equilibrium?
        You’re home schooled, right?

        1. Take a stick and draw a vertical line in the dirt.
        2. On the left side, list all the stuff the IDF has…start with tanks and planes.
        3. On the right side, list all the stuff Hamas has.
        4. On the left, list all the prisons and prisoners the IDF has.
        5. On the right list all the prisons and prisoners Hamas has.

        You get it…keep going.
        Read your report to the class in the morning.

      • straightline
        August 4, 2015, 5:23 pm

        @ivri “Hamas and the Gazans spent a decade digging tunnels and filling them with missiles and mortars, which eventually they did use against Israel. I suppose if it was Christ (“Love your enemy”) the reaction was different but people here are not saints – just flesh and blood – and hence the predicted reaction”

        Of course the digging of tunnels had nothing to do with Israel’s incessant attacks on Gazans and Palestinians in general. Why indeed should the Palestinians mind a few bombs being dropped. They were peace-loving Israeli bombs after all only meant to destroy everything in their vicinity, not these hate-filled Hamas missiles. Tell us, ivri, how many Israeli civilians were killed using these tunnels? When you put people in a prison camp they build tunnels.

        When Hamas uses fairly primitive missiles to react to Israeli smart guided weapons they are accused of targeting civilians. When they use very precision guided tunnels, they are “terror tunnels”. I wonder if Gazans all lined up to be shot by Israel they would be accused of making Israelis feel guilty.

      • just
        August 4, 2015, 6:04 pm

        +1, CG and lol, too !

        I think this is as good as it gets!

      • CigarGod
        August 4, 2015, 7:46 pm

        Thanks for the links!

      • ivri
        August 4, 2015, 6:43 pm

        @Cigar: “You`re home schooled”
        Please, no denigration – I have got 2 years college behind me!

      • CigarGod
        August 4, 2015, 7:39 pm

        It doesn’t show.
        I suggest you do volunteer work for Palestinians…or just spend good time on your knee’s. Do something, man…to break your addiction to fascist thought.

      • just
        August 4, 2015, 7:55 pm

        Another +1, CG!

        I hope you’ll take his advice, ivri.

      • zaid
        August 4, 2015, 10:47 pm

        Ivri

        People are entitled to hate and resist their occupiers / ethnic cleansers.

        it is not rocket science.

        If israelis don’t want tunnels or missiles then they are welcomed to go back were they came from.

        We palestinians don’t treat our oppressors nicely because we don’t suffer from stockholm syndrome or traumatic bonding .We are a healthy and mentally stable people.

        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stockholm_syndrome
        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Traumatic_bonding

      • Marnie
        August 4, 2015, 11:59 pm

        @Zaid
        “People are entitled to hate and resist their occupiers / ethnic cleansers. it is not rocket science. If israelis don’t want tunnels or missiles then they are welcomed to go back were they came from. We palestinians don’t treat our oppressors nicely because we don’t suffer from stockholm syndrome or traumatic bonding .We are a healthy and mentally stable people.”

        @straightline
        “Of course the digging of tunnels had nothing to do with Israel’s incessant attacks on Gazans and Palestinians in general. Why indeed should the Palestinians mind a few bombs being dropped. They were peace-loving Israeli bombs after all only meant to destroy everything in their vicinity, not these hate-filled Hamas missiles. Tell us, ivri, how many Israeli civilians were killed using these tunnels? When you put people in a prison camp they build tunnels.” (Remember the Great Escape?)

        See Ivri and Yonah? It doesn’t get much easier to understand than this.

  5. just
    August 3, 2015, 6:55 pm

    “No Grounds for Outlawing Racist Group, Concludes Israeli Security Agency

    Israel’s defense minister had hoped to ban the far-right Lehava organization, which follows a Kahanist ideology.”

    read more: http://www.haaretz.com/beta/.premium-1.669424?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=dlvr.it

    I guess they’ll just have to monitor them … maybe they can field- test some of the technogarbage meant for field- testing on Palestinians.

  6. JLewisDickerson
    August 3, 2015, 7:39 pm

    RE: “Given the Israeli government’s complicity with the movement that burned baby Ali, any investigation will ring hollow without prosecution of responsible officials at the highest levels.” ~ Dan Cohen

    SEE: “Fighting Settlers’ Impunity and Immunity”, by Pierre Klochendler, Inter Press Service, 12/16/11

    [EXCERPT] . . . The Israeli occupation, particularly the future of wildcat settlements built by settlers without formal government approval has been a simmering issue ever since their creation during the 1990s.
    In 2005, former head of the State Prosecution Criminal Department Talia Sasson published a landmark report on the question. Commissioned by then prime minister Ariel Sharon, the report found the Israeli government guilty of “institutional lawbreaking”*
    and of the theft of private Palestinian land to covertly establish over a hundred “illegal outposts”. The damning irony is that the “outposts” were a 1997 initiativ by none but Sharon himself, then foreign Minister under Netanyahu, who’d urged settlers to seize hilltops in order to prevent the establishment of a Palestinian state.
    The report recommended criminal investigation against those allegedly involved in the scheme, but it was shelved. Repeated injunctions have since pressed successive governments to address the issue. . .

    ENTIRE ARTICLE – http://original.antiwar.com/klochendler/2011/12/15/fighting-settlers-impunity-and-immunity/

    * P.S. BRANDEIS ON THE CONSEQUENCES OF A GOVERNMENT BEING A LAWBREAKER:

    “In a government of law, the existence of the government will be imperiled if it fails to observe the law scrupulously. Our government is the potent, the omnipresent teacher. For good or for ill, it teaches the whole people by example. Crime is contagious. If the government becomes a lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for the law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy.” ~ Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis in his dissenting opinion to Olmstead v. United States (1928)

    SOURCE – http://www.law.cornell.edu/supct/html/historics/USSC_CR_0277_0438_ZD.html

  7. Marnie
    August 3, 2015, 11:59 pm

    I can’t even begin to imagine the anger and frustration felt by Palestinians. I’m angry and disgusted and I’m not even the target of this hatred and violence. This is most definitely an attempt by the settler trash/right wing “religious” lunatics who want to overthrow the government and turn the clock back a couple thousand years when men were men and women shut the fuck up and all was right with the world. There isn’t an equal on the left to match the determination of these monsters. Rivlin has received death threats on Facebook (again) for his remarks of sorrow and sympathy for the Dawabsha family, like he did when he described Israel as a “sick society” last year. There’s been simmering, barely contained hate-filled, violence-oriented Jewish terrorism, which helped create the zionist state, right? Irgun, the Haganah, the Stern gang? They were useful and apparently necessary terrorists groups that created chaos and commited numerous crimes against Palestinians and directly towards the British to get them to leave. Would Menachem Begin be proud to see his traditions being upheld? Is Meir Kahane and Baruch Goldstein high-fiving each other in Hades? Oh yeah, there’s to be a delegation of freshman from congress who will be treated to an all expense paid week’s stay (most likely occupied Jerusalem) at the largesse of AIPAC. Awkward.

  8. bpm
    August 4, 2015, 1:18 am

    I find the use of ‘vigilante’ in this report accurate, if not understated. But check out how the NY Times uses the same word.
    http://www.boorad7.com/2015/08/ny-times-those-fighting-israelis-who.html

  9. just
    August 4, 2015, 9:00 am

    “Ultra Orthodox IDF Soldier Jailed for Telling Settlers to Ignore Police Order

    Nahal Haredi soldier charged with conduct unbecoming for telling group to pass through temporary West Bank checkpoint, despite police instructions.

    A soldier in a special Israel Defense Forces unit for ultra-Orthodox Jews was suspended and sentenced to four weeks in military jail for contravening orders that prohibit Jewish settlers from passing through a checkpoint in the West Bank.”

    read more: http://www.haaretz.com/beta/.premium-1.669494?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=dlvr.it

    The tippy- tip of the iceberg of the IOF that aids and abets the “vigilante violence” of the illegal squatters. First time I’ve heard of any ‘punishment’.

  10. yourstruly
    August 4, 2015, 12:24 pm

    Zionism is a manifestation of settler colonialism

    all such projects are inherently racist

    there being no essential difference between the 19th century settler practice of scalping native Americans and today’s Zionist practice of burning to death an 18 month Palestinian toddler

    racism enables the settler to feel righteous about subjugating an indigenous people

    thus the settler can have his cake and eat it too

  11. amigo
    August 5, 2015, 6:32 am

    The facade of Israeli claims that only Palestinians are terrorists is coming undone.

    From the article!!.

    “With years of sporadic Israeli hate crimes against Palestinians having turned fatal, and the security services complaining of a justice system that ties their hands in tackling suspects, prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government is at pains to show it has taken off the gloves.

    Israeli commentators have questioned the resolve of security services which, when responding to Palestinian militant attacks, often round up suspects en masse as part of accelerated investigations.

    According to internal security minister Gilad Erdan, another new measure approved by the security cabinet on Sunday for Israeli suspects was the violent shaking of an uncooperative subject under interrogation, known in Hebrew as “tiltul”.” Irish times .

    And the long since due , reference to Jewish Terrorism.

    “It accused him of “involvement in violent activity and recent terrorist attacks as part of a Jewish terror group”.

    http://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/middle-east/first-israeli-jailed-without-trial-in-sweep-over-west-bank-arson-1.2307481

    Of course anyone working with the benefit of an honest intellect knows these criminal scum will not ever likely be punished .

    I should add , that I oppose any form of “Administrative detention” without due procedure.

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