As right-wing incitement spreads through Israeli society, Netanyahu looks to extinguish fire he has stoked for years

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From Dan Cohen’s report, “Thousands of Israelis fill Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square in support for soldier who executed Palestinian“:

Last night more than 5,000 Israelis gathered in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square in a massive outpouring of support for Elor Azarya, the Israeli soldier and French citizen who was recently indicted on manslaughter charges for executing a wounded, immobile Palestinian man on March 24 in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron.

The rally filled Israel’s most well-known public square, akin to New York City’s Times Square. The crowd stretched as far as the eye could see from the stage. An all ages crowd of mostly Mizrachi, but also Russian and Ashkenazi, Israelis traveled from around the country to express anger at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, the media, human rights workers, and anyone they branded as “leftists.”  Despite their anger at public officials, they displayed unbridled allegiance to the army and state, in a culmination of what was the largest public display of fascism since the last war on Gaza in 2014, when anti-war protesters were beaten in the streets. Among the sea of flags and signs, one read “My honor is loyalty” – the motto of the Nazi SS. Last night was the latest example of the genocidal current running through Israeli society, one that has support from the grassroots to the parliament.

Also in attendance were members of El Yahud, a loose network of Jewish supremacist thugs who organize mob violence against Palestinians and anyone they deem “leftists” that sprouted during the last assault on Gaza – a group journalist David Sheen compared to the Ku Klux Klan.

The square is named for Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, who twenty years ago was assassinated by right-wing Israeli Yigal Amir for his role in the Oslo Accords after official incitement from top political and religious officials, including now Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who led a mock funeral demonstration featuring a coffin and hangman’s noose where people chanted “Death to Rabin!”

Earlier that day, Netanyahu responded to the upcoming rally and issued a statement that “The IDF backs its soldiers… Our soldiers are not murderers,”  and in keeping with the discourse of fire, “I suggest that everyone lower the flames.”

But the flames inciter-in-chief Netanyahu had poured gas on were raging.

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  1. Kay24
    April 25, 2016, 11:52 am

    A great cartoon and an interesting article.

    “Earlier that day, Netanyahu responded to the upcoming rally and issued a statement that “The IDF backs its soldiers… Our soldiers are not murderers,” and in keeping with the discourse of fire, “I suggest that everyone lower the flames.”

    This shows a delusional man, who is continuing his policies of inciting hatred among his people by lies, and pretending those he sends to massacre civilians, are heroes saving their own, all while continuing a brutal occupation and stealing acres of lands.
    The reality is, the entire world, has seen, and condemned the massacre by one of the ruthless armed forces in the world (who the US arms and aids), and who has been condemned for excessive violence. I doubt even one non zionist outside their country is impressed by this statement, or has changed
    their minds about what they have seen for themselves during the last massacre in Gaza.
    Mr. Loony Tunes is only fooling his own people, who seem to have become a blood thirsty lot and seem full of hate and support the injustice the poor Palestinians have had to face for decades.
    The Palestinian people have had to deal with these murderers for too long. If only the US media was not controlled by these vicious people, we would have seen such ugly nazi like scenes in the media too.

  2. eljay
    April 25, 2016, 12:04 pm

    … Earlier that day, Netanyahu responded to the upcoming rally and issued a statement that “The IDF backs its soldiers… Our soldiers are not murderers,” …

    He paused, then added: I mean, sure, they do randomly execute people. But that doesn’t mean they’re killers, because…ummm…well, they do it in a most moral way.

    • bryan
      April 25, 2016, 3:39 pm

      “He paused, then added: I mean, sure, they do randomly execute people. But that doesn’t mean they’re killers, because…ummm…well, they do it in a most moral way.”

      There is even stronger evidence, Eljay, without going down that road. (Can you imagine any politician proclaiming we have the least moral army?) There is convincing proof that the IDF is incapable of illegal killing since the Israeli Attorney General and the military prosecutor have never prosecuted a soldier for anything more serious than stealing credit cards or not following precisely the rules of engagement in all the many hundred cases where Palestinian civilians have unfortunately been in the wrong place at the wrong time and have thus ended up dead.

  3. Pixel
    April 25, 2016, 5:11 pm

    So, he was convicted and then released for time served?

  4. JLewisDickerson
    April 25, 2016, 9:54 pm

    RE: Last night more than 5,000 Israelis gathered in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square in a massive outpouring of support for Elor Azarya, the Israeli soldier and French citizen who was recently indicted on manslaughter charges for executing a wounded, immobile Palestinian man on March 24 in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron… Earlier that day, Netanyahu responded to the upcoming rally and issued a statement that “The IDF backs its soldiers… Our soldiers are not murderers,” and in keeping with the discourse of fire, “I suggest that everyone lower the flames.” But the flames inciter-in-chief Netanyahu had poured gas on were raging. ~ Dan Cohen

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

    [EXCERPTS] JERUSALEM – The outer stone walls of the unused 12th century Ayyubid mosque in the Israeli center of the city carried the black scars of attempted arson and hatred. “Price tag”, the signature read.

    “Price tag” attacks are perpetrated by vengeful settlers against innocent Palestinians and their property. It involves not only the defacing and torching of mosques, prayer books, and cars, but also the uprooting of olive trees and the destruction of crops. Recently, settlers have also vented their rage at soldiers, military bases, and equipment.

    On Monday, a dozen settlers penetrated a closed military area on the Israeli-Jordanian border, barricading themselves in vacant churches located near a Christian baptism site on the Jordan River. . .

    . . . 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 initiative 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 A GOVERNMENT’S “INSTITUTIONAL LAWBREAKING”:

    “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

    P.P.S. ■ Sasson Report – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sasson_Report

    • JLewisDickerson
      April 25, 2016, 10:35 pm

      P.P.P.S. HERE is a nice photo of Sgt. Elor Azaria from +972*

      * YESH DIN: “Hebron shooter’s indictment is an exception that proves the rule” | By Yesh Din (written by Yossi Gurvitz) | +972 Blog | April 25, 2016
      When Sgt. Elor Azaria was caught on camera finishing off a wounded Palestinian knifeman and indicted for manslaughter, the IDF said rogue soldiers would always be brought to justice. The case of Bassem Abu Rahme, an unarmed protester who was fatally shot by an unknown soldier in 2009, shows that when given an opportunity to be lenient, the army will seize it.
      LINK – http://972mag.com/hebron-shooters-indictment-is-an-exception-that-proves-the-rule/118837/

      • JLewisDickerson
        April 25, 2016, 10:47 pm

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  5. JLewisDickerson
    April 25, 2016, 10:15 pm
  6. Stogumber
    April 26, 2016, 1:18 am

    “Among the sea of flags and signs, one read “My honor is loyalty” – the motto of the Nazi SS.”

    The inculpatory style here is erroneous. Everyone’s honour is loyalty. We only ought to look for an object which is worth our loyalty. (Living men and people are, mere words or maps aren’t.)

    Loyalty and honour are intertwined concepts.

    • eljay
      April 26, 2016, 8:03 am

      According to Google:
      – loyalty: a strong feeling of support or allegiance.
      – honour: high respect; esteem; a privilege.

      I disagree that everyone’s honour is loyalty, and that loyalty and honour are intertwined. IMO, honour should come from being and doing good (or at least striving to be and do good), and not from having loyalty – especially unquestioning, unshakeable loyalty – to someone or something.

      But that’s just me. :-)

  7. Kailashana
    April 26, 2016, 9:12 am

    Seems to me strange that anything an Israeli soldier can and is authorized to do is met with same political and ideological *get out of jail free card*, as it were.

    Apparently, Israel is exempt from living under any International Human Rights laws.

  8. Misterioso
    April 26, 2016, 11:26 am

    Video of the demonstration in Rabin Square:

  9. Theo
    April 26, 2016, 12:51 pm

    That french citizen, who shot the wounded palestinian, should be arrested and jailed for murder as soon as he returns to France. The crime of murder has no border or time limit!
    Watching this video reminds me similar demonstrations in nazi Germany, where the murder of jews was cheered. How low can sink the population of Israel, they should never dare to say the word Holocaust, they are not a bit better!

    • amigo
      April 26, 2016, 1:32 pm

      That french citizen, who shot the wounded palestinian, should be arrested and jailed for murder as soon as he returns to France. – Theo

      No , no ,no. It was a crime of Passion.The French Jew hates Palestinians –passionately , ergo he is not guilty.

      Btw, didn,t your spell check place a red line under “palestinian” prompting you to correct it ?.

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