Elor Azarya, King of Israel

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The episode since Israeli medic-soldier and French citizen Elor Azarya was filmed summarily executing Abd Al-Fattah Al-Sharif has been a sobering reminder of the Israeli right-wing’s total and long-standing dominance over the Zionist left, manifesting into a display unseen since the last war on Gaza, when anti-war protesters were beaten in the streets.

On March 24, Azarya was caught on film summarily executing a wounded, incapacitated Palestinian man as he lay on the ground in the occupied West Bank city of Hebron.

As the video went viral, the Israeli public rallied around Azarya. A petition for his release gained 50,000 signatures in a few days, and a poll revealed that 82% of Israelis support the execution. Across the country, Israelis held public events including town halls and streets demonstrations, culminating with a rally for Azarya in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square on April 19 that drew what I estimate to be at least 5,000 supporters. From the stage, the square was full as far as the eye could see. 

Amid an atmosphere that was overtly celebratory, the mood became somber at times, as if Azarya was a martyr or had been captured by a rival armed group. But his captors were his own government, and the people demanded his release.

Onstage, Elor’s mother, Oshra Azarya, who called to kill Palestinian mothers and children on Facebook, broke down when she spoke of her son’s “angel eyes.”

For his part, Charlie Azarya, the soldier’s father, couldn’t muster much beyond nationalistic statements and chants. “We are a strong people! We will not let anyone wipe us out! The Jewish people live! The Jewish people live!”

“We will win and we will fuck the Arabs! Ole ole ole!” the crowd chanted back.

The celebration was a release of the anger from the betrayal they felt from politicians across the board who explicitly instructed soldiers, police and civilians to shoot-to-kill on-the-spot – exactly what Azarya had done.

As the event concluded, around 80 Israeli men and boys of army age, some wearing Israeli flags as capes, rose from one knee and jumped while chanting: “Elor, HaMelech Yisrael! Chai chai, vekayam!” (Elor, the King of Israel lives!)

It is a chant of ultimate respect that has religious significance. Traditionally, the chant is “David HaMelech Yisrael…”,  refers to the messianic figure whose slaying and beheading of the Philistine giant Goliath crowned him the King of Israel. According to Orthodox Judaism, the messiah will descend from the bloodline of David. And Elor Azarya, for coldly executing a defenseless man, was David’s heir.

Originally named Kings of Israel Square, Israel’s largest public venue was renamed Rabin Square after Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated there in 1995. But Kings of Israel Square is a much more fitting name – the political forces responsible for Rabin’s assassination were the victors, and they returned to celebrate and crown their king-du-jour, Elor Azarya.

Inciter-in-chief of Rabin’s murder was none other than Benjamin Netanyahu, who is now Israel’s second longest-serving prime minister. Then a member of the opposition, Yael Aronoff writes in The Political Psychology of Israeli Prime Ministers, Netanyahu led a mock funeral for Rabin featuring a casket and hangman’s noose, and participants chanted “Death to Rabin!” When security services informed Netanyahu of plots to assassinate Rabin, he poured gas on the fire. At an anti-Oslo rally in Jerusalem, images were seen depicting Rabin in a Nazi SS uniform, and Netanyahu addressed the crowd next to a poster reading “Death to Rabin!”

Netanyahu’s theatrics purposefully enflamed the right-wing’s anger at Rabin for his role in the Oslo Accords, which established the quisling Palestinian Authority, what they perceived as a rollback of the state’s sovereignty and a threat to Jews.

According to Orthodox Judiasm, the god Yahweh has promised Eretz Yisrael (the biblical Land of Israel) to the Jewish people. The first Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi of Palestine Rabbi Avraham Yitzhak HaKohen Kook developed a doctrine that settling the land of Palestine would bring redemption – meaning the establishment of a religious kingdom. Followers of his son, Rabbi Zvi Yehuda Kook, established Gush Emunim (Bloc of the Faithful), the political settler movement. 

It was within this national-religious doctrine that Yigal Amir, a right-wing law student, used a loophole in religious law to justify the murder of Rabin. Derived from the talmudic dictum, “Whoever comes to kill you, kill him first”, Amir cited din rodef – a religious license to kill a fellow Jew. 

After three failed attempts, law student Yigal Amir successfully carried out the killing, shooting Rabin after a rally in support of the Oslo Accords.

Often portrayed as a great diplomat, Rabin himself had played the same cynical game too. At an election debate in 1988, he boasted about how many Palestinians had been killed, beaten and imprisoned under his command. During the First Intifada, he famously ordered Israeli forces to snap the limbs of Palestinian protesters.

But like Rabin, the same forces that Netanyahu rode to the top of Israeli politics are turning on him. He has proven to be a skilled politician, able to navigate Israel’s tribalistic political landscape by adopting increasingly right-wing policies while explaining away the violence meted out against Palestinians to the outside world. Public rage directed at Netanyahu throughout the episode of Elor Azarya serves as fodder for figures who have positioned themselves to his right. Like Rabin and Netanyahu did before them, Education Minister and leader of the hard-right Jewish Home party Naftali Bennett and former Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman are the most prominent figures to capitalize on Netanyahu’s position.

Two weeks before the rally in Tel Aviv, a feeling of anger prevailed over a town hall event in the soldier’s hometown of Ramle. In contrast to the Rabin Square rally, a musical performance was shouted down and forced off stage by the attendees, the loudest of whom was then invited to speak on stage by the mayor.

“The moment you send a soldier down path and then call him a murderer – there is a limit to what you can do! Bibi go home!” the man shouted, earning wild applause.

Outside the event, a young man warned, “We will no longer vote for you Bibi! Just as we made you rise, we will make you fall!”

“Bennett! Lieberman!” he and his fellow rally-goers shouted.

The public outpouring of support for Elor Azarya successfully created enough public pressure for the Israeli military prosecutor to downgrade murder charges to manslaughter, and set the stage for the celebration in Rabin Square.

Keenly aware of the the political atmosphere, Netanyahu released a statement hours before the rally urging leniency for Azarya and saying, “IDF soldiers are not murderers.”

For now, the primary target of the public rage is Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, who initially distanced himself from the killing for the sake of Israel’s image abroad.

Ya’alon is widely seen as having abandoned Azarya – an act of betrayal given the military’s sacrosanct status in Israeli society. Throughout the demonstrations I filmed, signs appeared reading “Ya’alon is expendable. The soldier is not.” An image of Ya’alon’s face in crosshairs with a call for “political assassination” was circulated on a right-wing Whatsapp group.

“He’s a fucking leftist kibbutznik,” one Russian-Israeli protester told me. “We are Jewish people and he is Judenrat” [a Nazi collaborator].

The irony of Ya’alon being called a leftist reaches the highest levels of absurdity. His storied career from the ranks of Israel’s elite commando forces, to applying what he called “chemotherapy” in the occupied West Bank during the Second Intifada, to overseeing the 2014 mega-assault on Gaza, has left him responsible for more death and destruction than any of his detractors will likely ever accomplish.

In response to public criticism, Ya’alon called supporters of the soldier, “ISIS”, lending credence to the popular comparison between the self-proclaimed Jewish and Islamic States first made by journalists Max Blumenthal, Rania Khalek and myself.

Aware of the damage that “Death to Arabs!” rallies do to Israel’s image abroad, mainstream media outlets and prominent pro-Israel journalists enlisted in the campaign to smear and delegitimize supporters of Azarya – the vast majority of Jewish Israelis – as an aberration unrepresentative of Israeli society.

US-born Times of Israel correspondent Judah Ari Gross’ article was titled, “Tel Aviv rally for Hebron shooter draws fewer than expected.”

The Jerusalem Post – now run by a former advisor to Naftali Bennett  – sent US-born correspondent Ben Hartman to the event. The crowd “numbered only a few thousand in the mostly empty square,” he wrote.

The Post’s video of the event thoroughly whitewashed the event, omitting the regular chants of “Death to Arabs” and “We will burn your village” emanating from the crowd, as well as signs reading “KILL THEM ALL” or the Nazi SS motto “My honor is loyalty.” Notably, the video’s lone interviewee made the same criticism as Naftali Bennett (Jewish Home party leader whom editor-in-chief Yaakov Katz is a former advisor to), gently criticizing the political and military leadership for “basically trying the young man before we knew all the details.”

Even Ha’aretz, the newspaper of Israel’s intelligentsia, recently published a podcast reducing the number of protesters to 2,000 and called Al-Sharif a “terrorist” who “wasn’t innocent at all” despite the Israeli police investigation’s finding that he didn’t carry out the attack. Even if Al-Sharif had carried out the stabbing, an attack on an occupying soldier is legal under international law.

In sharp contrast to popular media portrayal, Azarya’s family and the crowd were inspired by the strong turnout.

“You can not believe the amount of people here!” Charlie Azarya said to the crowd. “All the sane people are here!”

Tablet correspondent Yair Rosenberg, who hails from New York City, dismissed the mob as “extremists.”

Event host and former member of parliament Sharon Gal was well aware of the rage towards the media. “We came to love! They’re trying to make us look bad!” he shouted.

Even before Gal’s incitement, crowds of young men and boys attacked at least three journalists. A video of my colleague David Sheen went viral immediately (Sheen has since uploaded his own footage and combined it with the original viral video).

If Ya’alon’s ISIS comment and mainstream media’s marginalization of those in support for Azarya proved anything, it’s that Mizrahim (Arab Jews) are subject to the anti-Arab racism that is so prevalent throughout Israeli society. Indeed, Mizrahim are the most vocal supporters of Azarya, and that’s because it is Mizrahim who are likely to find themselves the same role Azarya found himself in: tasked with using deadly force to control a civilian population, while Ashkenazim (Eastern European Jews) primarily enlist into the revered air force, or disseminate orders from air-conditioned offices in HaKirya, the Defense Ministry’s central command center in Tel Aviv.

For now, no one should be surprised by an attack, even murder, of anyone accused of being a “leftist.”  Incitement by Israeli officials have made B’Tselem and Breaking the Silence the popular object of scorn –  even more so than anti-Zionists or supporters of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement. Self-identifying as “pro-Israel” or “pro-peace” won’t save anyone, not even the prime minister.

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  1. silamcuz
    May 4, 2016, 1:16 pm

    Sad to see Arabs being exploited to hate their own kind, by the Zionists. I hope one day this kid would realize that he shares the same blood with those he possess so much hatred for and find peace with himself.

    I can’t be angry with Azarya, I just can’t. I view him as much of a victim to the Zionist as the dead Palestinian he shot. I honestly feel bad for anyone unfortunate enough to have undergone such a tragic conditioning that made them do the things that will haunt them later in life.

    • Mooser
      May 4, 2016, 1:23 pm

      “Sad to see Arabs being exploited to hate their own kind,”

      Are you sure you are reading the right article? The one I’m reading says:
      “Israeli medic-soldier and French citizen Elor Azarya was filmed summarily executing…”

      “hate their own kind”

      Yup, you is one plenty progressive fella all-righty.

      • silamcuz
        May 4, 2016, 1:48 pm

        Elor Azarya is a Mizrahim Jew who is racially an Arab, or more accurately, Middle Eastern. The same race as the person he shot. His Jewish religion had little to do with his actions, which was wholly due to the life-long indoctrination and conditioning he went through as part of the Zionist doctrine to divide and rule.

      • eljay
        May 5, 2016, 7:35 am

        || silamcuz: Elor Azarya is a Mizrahim Jew … His Jewish religion had little to do with his actions, which was wholly due to the life-long indoctrination and conditioning he went through as part of the Zionist doctrine to divide and rule. ||

        What about his Jewish tribe, culture, ethnicity, people, nation and civilization (and dessert topping and floor wax)? Did they have anything to do with his actions?

        Do you “honestly feel bad” for indoctrinated non-Jewish people who summarily execute or otherwise intentionally murder racially-identical people who happen to be Jewish?

      • Mikhael
        May 5, 2016, 10:22 pm

        silamcuz May 4, 2016, 1:48 pm
        Elor Azarya is a Mizrahim (sic) Jew who is racially an Arab, or more accurately, Middle Eastern.

        Mizrahi Jews ( “Mizrahim” is the Hebrew plural form of “Mizrahi”, therefore it is grammatically incorrect to write “Mizrahim Jews” when modifying the noun “Jew” in English) are (A) not Arab in terms of nationality but share the same Jewish nationality with Jews whose ancestors lived in other parts of the Diaspora and (B) there is no such thing as “racially Arab”. Arabs, like Jews, may have different racial heritages (inasmuch as “race” can be a meaningful concept) and Arabs, like Jews, can be white, brown, or black. However, both groups have separate and distinct national identities. Aside from a few misfits, exceedingly few Mizrahi Jews, in Israel or the Diaspora, identify with an Arab nationality or an Arab nationalist agenda, neither or in the present nor at any time in history.

        His Jewish religion had little to do with his actions, which was wholly due to the life-long indoctrination and conditioning

        More likely that his mens rea was influenced by adrenaline and his fury at the terrorist who had attempted to murder a fellow soldier. This caused him to ignore his IDF training, and he lost his composure and killed the wounded terrorist when all indications were that the terrorist was not an immediate threat. Understandable, but still a crime for which he should be prosecuted. Unlike in most other cases where IDF soldiers have killed terrorists during the stabbing terror wave of the past year or so, this particular wounded terrorist, who minutes before he was shot to death had committed attempted murder, was in all likelihood no longer posing a clear and present danger to Cpl. Azarya or his fellow soldiers at the moment of his death, despite his murderous and violent actions mere minutes before. Therefore it is right and just and proper that Cpl. Azarya be charged with murder or manslaughter and face a court martial. Of course he is certainly entitled to a fair trial to see if his claim that the terrorist he killed. This is actually what is going to happen.

      • talknic
        January 5, 2017, 7:02 pm

        @ Mikhael May 5, 2016, 10:22 pm

        ” Arabs, like Jews, may have different racial heritages (inasmuch as “race” can be a meaningful concept) and Arabs, like Jews, can be white, brown, or black. However, both groups have separate and distinct national identities”

        Uh huh. Like Lebanese, Syrian, Jordanian, Egyptian, Iraqi, Kuwaiti Arabs have a different national identity to Palestinian Arabs. Best you tell your fellow Hasbarristers who call for Palestinian Arabs to go live in one of those Arab states where they don’t belong rather than in territory the vile Zionist colonizers covet

        “More likely that his mens rea was influenced by adrenaline and his fury at the terrorist who had attempted to murder a fellow soldier”

        Fighting a soldier from the Occupying Power is neither terrorism or murder. Shooting a wounded, incapacitated, unarmed enemy IS murder

        ” .. he lost his composure … “

        You haven’t seen the video?

    • Mooser
      May 4, 2016, 1:35 pm

      ” I view him as much of a victim to the Zionist as the dead Palestinian he shot.”

      Hmmmmm, now, where have I seen this particular distribution of sympathy before? One Palestinian is dead, one Israeli, well, not, and he’s “just as much of a victim”.
      Gosh, that seems like a pattern I’ve seen before, but I just can’t think where I’ve seen, or who, would have that attitude.

      • eljay
        May 4, 2016, 1:50 pm

        || Mooser: Hmmmmm, now, where have I seen this particular distribution of sympathy before? One Palestinian is dead, one Israeli, well, not, and he’s “just as much of a victim”. Gosh, that seems like a pattern I’ve seen before, but I just can’t think where I’ve seen, or who, would have that attitude. ||

        Don’t worry, Mooser, I’m sure silamcuz will set things right when he explains that he would feel exactly the same way about a black person or “white European colonist” (or whatever his term is) who summarily executes a North American indigenous person.

      • hoya saxa
        May 4, 2016, 2:42 pm

        England had a much worse situation where a soldier killed an incapacitated terrorist and was caught on film actually saying “I just committed a war crime” But for the film he would have been a non story. The country rallies behind this soldier who was far worse and guilty than the israeli incident where the soldier said the terrorist was potentially carrying a suicide bomb and moving. But its cool…you all rally to suppor the poor wounded terrorist. I understand.

      • Annie Robbins
        May 4, 2016, 3:49 pm

        The country rallies behind this soldier

        really? because i didn’t get that from the news coverage. were there rallies or anything when the news came out? and was it really “much worse”? this article just says http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2013/dec/06/royal-marine-blackman-10-years-jail-taliban-murder

        Privately in military circles there is unease and frustration that Blackman was given what many will consider a harsh sentence, and have huge sympathy for him and his family. Blackman’s commanding officer, Lieutenant Colonel Simon Chapman, said he would continue to support the marine. He said: “Fundamentally he is not a bad man. In fact, in almost every respect, he is a normal citizen tainted only by the impact of war.”

        “Privately in military circles” is not ‘country rallying around’. 2 years after his conviction and 5 years after the crime there was a rally of veterans and his family http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/sgt-alexander-blackman-should-not-7043077

        Alexander Blackman has already served two years in jail and been thrown out of the Marines in disgrace.

        It’s enough. He shouldn’t have to spend another six years in jail when what he really needs is medical help.

        Not for his body, but for his tortured mind.

        so now they are saying he did it because he was sick.

      • hoya saxa
        May 4, 2016, 6:16 pm

        hmm, so just private military circles? You sure, I can see why you lie BDS…so many lies so easily disproven.

        1. Solidarity: Royal Marine Sergeant Alexander Blackman, 41, received a life sentence two years ago for killing a wounded captive in Helmand province in Afghanistan in September 2011. Today more than 1,000 people protested outside Parliament in order to call for his retrial

        2. Mr Cameron said the case showed ‘exactly why the CCRC exists – to look at where there is or may have been a miscarriage of justice’. He also paid tribute to the Royal Marines, praising their ‘incredible contribution’ to our country.
        His comments observe the impartial position which politicians take on legal matters, but will be seen as an indication of support for Sgt Blackman.

        3. The wife of the Royal Marine jailed for murder spoke of her delight yesterday after Prince Harry told friends the sentence is ‘ludicrous’.

        4. Public opinion

        Blackman’s case will ultimately be settled in a court of law if campaigners are successful in getting his conviction considered by the Criminal Cases Review Commission. But it is nonetheless important to note the level of support he is attracting from MPs to members of the public. An appeal for donations towards his legal fees reached £250,000 within a week.

      • Annie Robbins
        May 4, 2016, 7:23 pm

        hmm, so just private military circles?

        at the time of his conviction, yes apparently. as i mentioned in my last comment:

        2 years after his conviction and 5 years after the crime there was a rally of veterans and his family link to mirror.co.uk – See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2016/05/azarya-king-israel/#comment-837859

        i’m sure if there were spontaneously rallies in the street supporting Sgt Alexander Blackman when the news of the video leaked or during his trial and his conviction (dec.2013) there would be a record of it. try finding one and linking to it.

        otherwise, my point stands. and the photos of the rallies and news reports say most of the people protesting in 2015 were “mainly former Marines plus ex-servicemen”.

      • eljay
        May 4, 2016, 6:35 pm

        || hoya saxa: England had a much worse situation where a soldier killed an incapacitated terrorist and was caught on film actually saying “I just committed a war crime” … ||

        And that’s not right. The soldier should have been arrested, tried and held accountable for the deliberate murder he committed. Are you suggesting that a non-Jew should have a right to kill an incapacitated Jewish criminal?

        || … The country rallies behind this soldier who was far worse and guilty than the israeli incident … ||

        And that’s not right. The country should have rallied around the upholding of laws and the accountability of the murderer. Are you suggesting that a non-Jew who deliberately kills an incapacitated Jewish criminal should be supported by his country?

        || … where the soldier said the terrorist was potentially carrying a suicide bomb and moving. … ||

        But the incapacitated criminal was not carrying a suicide bomb. The fact that prior to his execution no-one seemed concerned about him and he didn’t set off any bomb is a pretty good indication that he wasn’t carrying one. Are you suggesting that the only thing required for a non-Jew to kill an incapacitated Jewish criminal is for the non-Jew to say “he was potentially carrying a bomb and moving”?

      • Talkback
        May 5, 2016, 4:00 am

        hoya saxa “here the soldier said the terrorist was potentially carrying a suicide bomb and moving.”

        Here’s hoya saxa repeating the murderer’s ludicrous lies including labeling someone a terrorist who didn’t attack any civilian.

        “But its cool…you all rally to suppor the poor wounded terrorist. I understand.”

        Says the supremacist who supports Jews mudering Nonjews who don’t pose a lethal threat. Kahane was right, right?

      • John O
        May 5, 2016, 8:19 am

        @hoya saxa

        One similarity between the Blackman and Azarya cases – both were caught on video, without which there would doubtless have been no prosecution.

        One crucial difference – no kindly judge ordered Blackman’s charge to be reduced to manslaughter.

      • Emory Riddle
        May 5, 2016, 9:22 am

        hoya saxa: “..the israeli incident where the soldier said the terrorist was potentially carrying a suicide bomb and moving. But its cool…you all rally to suppor the poor wounded terrorist. I understand. ”

        You do understand that the Israeli soldier/executioner lied about there being a suicide bomb — or even the possibility of there being one?

        “potentially carrying” ? That’s all you need to say to allow you to murder an unarmed, badly injured, unconscious Palestinian?

        I continue to be amazed at just how sick the Israeli apologists are.

      • silamcuz
        May 6, 2016, 5:30 am

        “Hmmmmm, now, where have I seen this particular distribution of sympathy before? One Palestinian is dead, one Israeli, well, not, and he’s “just as much of a victim””

        This is a bigger issue that it appears to be. Elor merely pulled the trigger, but he cannot be held responsible for the institutional oppression that was put into place by the leadership of Israel, who are ideologically driven to hate Arabs due to their European colonial mindset.

      • hoya saxa
        May 6, 2016, 4:26 pm

        Half of israelis stem from the middle east unless you want to pretend islamic regimes didnt cleanse themselves of jews in the 1940s. Pretending they are all european isnt going to work. How helen thomas of you to think otherwise.

        Arabs are living and eating and singing and playing with jews in israel. How many jews are in gaza or the west bank associating with arabs? Hmmmmm..how strange.

      • eljay
        May 7, 2016, 8:39 pm

        || hoya saxa: Arabs are living and eating and singing and playing with jews in israel. How many jews are in gaza or the west bank associating with arabs? Hmmmmm..how strange. ||

        Israelis living and eating and singing and playing in Israel.

        Hmmm…nothing strange about that.

        Jews not choosing or being forced to live as Palestinians in Gaza or the West even as the “Jewish State” continues with impunity:
        – to occupy and colonize Palestinian territory;
        – to deny Palestine its sovereignty and statehood;
        – to commit (war) crimes against Palestinians.

        Hmmm…nothing strange about that, either.

      • talknic
        January 5, 2017, 7:17 pm

        @ hoya saxa May 4, 2016, 2:42 pm

        ” … the soldier said the terrorist was potentially carrying a suicide bomb and moving”

        A) Attacking a soldier from an Occupying Power is not terrorism
        B) Only a complete idiot would shoot a man with a suicide bomb at close range while his buddies stood around. It’s a sure way to kill yourself and anyone in the near vicinity. It is highly likely to detonate any explosives that might be present. Furthermore, suicide vest are generally triggered when the button is released. The victim’s hands are not on any device at the time he was murdered, if he was a suicide bomber, the bomb is highly likely to have already exploded

        ” I understand”

        Seems not. You’re spouting bullsh*t

      • talknic
        January 5, 2017, 7:43 pm

        @ hoya saxa May 6, 2016, 4:26 pm

        “Half of israelis stem from the middle east unless you want to pretend islamic regimes didnt cleanse themselves of jews in the 1940s. “

        It is NORMAL for countries at war to expel or intern possible allies of one’s enemies and to freeze their assets. It’s also NORMAL to allow their release and/or return and unfreeze their assets after hostilities have ended. The US, UK, Australia interned and expelled their own citizens of Japanese, German and Italian extraction in WW2

        Of course if they accepted citizenship in a country other than that of return, they no longer had/have refugee status

        “Arabs are living and eating and singing and playing with jews in israel”

        Israelis in Israel.

        “How many jews are in gaza or the west bank associating with arabs?”

        Uh? Israelis, be they Jewish or non-Jewish are prohibited by International Law for illegally settling in non-Israeli territories held under Israel Military Occupation

  2. Annie Robbins
    May 4, 2016, 1:18 pm

    they want a license to wantonly kill. 2 weeks later this happens http://972mag.com/qalandiya-rashomon-the-anatomy-of-an-apparent-murder-in-cold-blood/119027/

    it’s gross

    the Ministry of Public Security was forced to admit that they were killed by outsourced security guards, employees of the security services company Civil Intelligence.

    On Monday it was reported that following an internal investigation, the company vindicated the killers of any wrongdoing. However, one crucial detail was missing in the investigation: the CCTV footage that recorded the incident was never published, and never given to the company. It is still being withheld by police.

    so now “the company” (of mercenaries) decides nothing went wrong, and they are protected by the police who hold the evidence.

    The outsourced security guards: Following queries from politicians and the media, the police admitted on Sunday that the initial reports that Maram and Ibrahim were killed by police were false. They also said that the police gave them a warning (which wasn’t necessarily supposed to lead to their death) and shot a bullet in the air, but the security guards ended up shooting them.

    a pregnant woman and her 16 year old brother shot dead/MURDERED for no reason.

  3. eljay
    May 4, 2016, 1:29 pm

    Elor may be King of Israel, but Bibi is King of all Jews. Who is the more powerful of the two?

  4. a blah chick
    May 4, 2016, 1:42 pm

    “Indeed, Mizrahim are the most vocal supporters of Azarya, and that’s because it is Mizrahim who are likely to find themselves the same role Azarya found himself in: tasked with using deadly force to control a civilian population, while Ashkenazim (Eastern European Jews) primarily enlist into the revered air force, or disseminate orders from air-conditioned offices…”

    I think it might have been Dan who pointed out that few if any settlers turned up for the Murder Tally. Even their demonstrations are segregated,

    • Mikhael
      May 5, 2016, 10:35 pm

      Ashkenazim (Eastern European Jews) primarily enlist into the revered air force, or disseminate orders from air-conditioned offices…”

      .

      People who enlist in the air force are drawn from those who apply for the air force and who have passed the demanding tests (physical and technical) to qualify. The former commander of the Israeli air force, Dan Halutz (later head of the general staff, the highest position of the IDF) is a Mizrahi Jew.

      The Kirya is also staffed by Israelis with ancestral backgrounds in many different parts of the Diaspora, and there is no shortage of Ashkenazim in Golani, Givati or the Border Police. However, while once left-wing Ashkenazi kibbutznikim were over-represented in elite unites, it’s no longer the case. Many of them now dodge army duty.

  5. silamcuz
    May 4, 2016, 1:44 pm

    Indeed, Mizrahim are the most vocal supporters of Azarya, and that’s because it is Mizrahim who are likely to find themselves the same role Azarya found himself in: tasked with using deadly force to control a civilian population, while Ashkenazim (Eastern European Jews) primarily enlist into the revered air force

    I never knew about that Air Force bit, but it not surprising at all. Zionism is an ideology concocted by Europeans, for Europeans. The rest were just cannon-fodder for the establishment. Mizrahim Jews often face racism from their fellow countrymen, and their ancestral cultures are openly mocked and derided to the extent that many go to great lengths to hide their traditions and roots. Worst still are the rarely discussed Ethiopian Jews (the Beta Israel) who are even harshly discriminated within Israeli society. They are more and less treated like blacks in the South. Makes you think why would these folks even stay here in the first place, instead of accepting they’ve been duped by Zionism and move on.

    The racial hierarchy in the army is not unique to Israel, however. I know that in the US Army, it is often the first gen Latinos who occupy the lowest rank and sent for the most high-risk missions where high casualties are expected, especially during the Afghan and Iraq War. Blacks are pretty low in the hierarchy too, while whites overwhelmingly occupy the more prestige positions within the army.

    • Misterioso
      May 5, 2016, 10:16 am

      Re Israel’s Ethiopian Jews:

      http://www.middleeastmonitor.com/news/middle-east/1890-even-in-death-ethiopian-jews-face-racism-from-other-jews

      “Even in death, Ethiopian Jews face racism from other Jews”
      Middle East Monitor, December 28, 2010.

      Excerpt: “An Israeli newspaper has claimed that the racism prevalent between Israeli Jews extends to Ethiopian Jews even after their death. According to Ma’ariv, graves in a Jewish cemetery are separated according to the colour of the corpses; a fence has been built between the graves of Ethiopian Jews and the others in the graveyard.”

      Haaretz, January 27, 2013 – “Israel admits Ethiopian women were given birth control shots.”
      EXCERPTS: “A government official has for the first time acknowledged the practice of injecting women of Ethiopian origin with the long-acting contraceptive Depo-Provera.”

      “The women’s testimony could help explain the almost 50-percent decline over the past 10 years in the birth rate of Israel’s Ethiopian community.”

      • Jackdaw
        May 5, 2016, 11:56 am

        You have a problem with planned parenthood? Giving women control over their bodies?

      • amigo
        May 5, 2016, 2:22 pm

        “You have a problem with planned parenthood? Giving women control over their bodies? ” Jack duh

        Try not to make a complete idiot of yourself.Those women were not allowed control over their own bodies.

        “http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/israel-admits-ethiopian-women-were-given-birth-control-shots.premium-1.496519”

        Come on jack duh , double down on your idiocy and respond with another dose of ill informed zionist bs.

      • Kay24
        May 5, 2016, 2:42 pm

        Amigo that is typical ziobara tactic of changing the subject (which usually focuses on Israel’s crimes and criminals) by pretending to misunderstand your comment, and act indignant about American rights/laws that may or may not even exist in zio land. So predictable.

      • amigo
        May 5, 2016, 3:50 pm

        “Amigo that is typical ziobara tactic of changing the subject ” .Kay 24

        Defending the indefensible is a tough gig.What amazes me is why hasbara central sends such lame brained apologists to the front line completely unarmed .Scraping the bottom of the barrel.

      • Mooser
        May 5, 2016, 4:59 pm

        “You have a problem with planned parenthood? Giving women control over their bodies?”

        Yer doing great, “Jackdaw”! Wow!

        Jackdaw hooks it off the fairway, ends up in the cow-pasture, and insists on playing through!

      • Kay24
        May 5, 2016, 5:00 pm

        Amigo last I heard they were recruiting some from high school. So you can imagine the desperation to keep this program going. Israel has SO MUCH to hide from the international community, and so much of propaganda to spew, they have to use juveniles to do it.
        We now have to read comments that lack logic, and mostly facts.

    • Jackdaw
      May 5, 2016, 10:26 am

      “Zionism is an ideology concocted by Europeans, for Europeans. ”

      Jews from all over the Diaspora periodically made aliyah to Eretz Yisroel for over a millenium.
      Bukharan and Yemeni Jews, as well as messianic Lithuanian Jews, made aliyah in the 19th century. Maimonides did the same in the 13th century.

      You simply don’t know what your talking about.

      • silamcuz
        May 5, 2016, 11:25 am

        You are talking about peaceful immigration, which is not what Zionism is. Does the aliyah require hostile displacement of native non-Jews and establishment of a government and legal system that strongly mirrors European systems, and that which holds all form of local political and cultural traditions in absolute contempt?

      • Jackdaw
        May 5, 2016, 11:55 am

        “You are talking about peaceful immigration”

        The peaceful Jewish migrants were treated like shit by the native non-Jews, once the Jews had arrived to their ancestral homeland.

        ” displacement of native non-Jews and establishment of a government and legal system that strongly mirrors European systems ”

        A ‘displaced’ government that had treated Jews like dhimmis? Thank you, but no thank you. Remember that it was the Ottomans who perpetrated the Armenian (dhimmis) genocide.
        A ‘displaced’ government that condoned chattel slavery of black Africans by Bedouin tribes?
        No thank you.

        “.. and that which holds all form of local political and cultural traditions in absolute contempt?”

        What are you talking about? Examples please.

      • Shmuel
        May 5, 2016, 2:03 pm

        The peaceful Jewish migrants were treated like shit by the native non-Jews, once the Jews had arrived to their ancestral homeland.

        A telling internal contradiction. “Peaceful … migrants” don’t act like the country they’ve migrated to is their “ancestral homeland”, and if they do, it should come as no surprise that the native population doesn’t exactly welcome them with open arms.

        As for the “shit”, judging e.g. by Ahad Ha’am’s descriptions from the 1880s, it was at the very least, mutual (with the added arrogance of the migrants acting like they owned the place).

      • eljay
        May 5, 2016, 2:17 pm
      • Jackdaw
        May 5, 2016, 2:39 pm

        @Shmuel

        I suggest you read something about the followers of Rabbi Yehudah he-Hasid, who migrated to Eretz Yisroel in the 18th century. Similarly, read about the treatment of the followers of the Vilna Gaon, who migrated in the early 19th century. While your learning, consider the Damascus blood libel, of the 1840’s, and the Druze attacks on Jews in the Golan and Galil in the 1890’s.

      • Shmuel
        May 5, 2016, 2:53 pm

        I suggest you read something about the followers of Rabbi Yehudah he-Hasid, who migrated to Eretz Yisroel in the 18th century.

        Sorry, I didn’t realise you were posthumously and anachronistically Zionising religious pilgrims. In that case, your generalisation “The peaceful Jewish migrants were treated like shit” is even more of an exaggeration, although some undoubtedly suffered (certainly by their own account).

      • Mooser
        May 5, 2016, 4:53 pm

        “once the Jews had arrived to their ancestral homeland.”

        Did the “Jews” show the Palestinians the Torah-land deed?
        That should have cleared everything right up.

        (Jackdaw, that “ancestral homeland” schtik is way past it’s sell-by date. It’s farschimmelt)

      • Mooser
        May 5, 2016, 5:06 pm

        “I suggest you read something…/… in the 1890’s.”

        Sure, “Schmuel” you would say those are worth something wouldn’t you? Would you have us, the Jews, go through all that (and so much more since then) and get nothing out of it?

      • gamal
        May 5, 2016, 11:07 pm

        “Sure, “Schmuel” you would say ”

        ah! a teaching moment,

        it stings a bit but what doesn’t kill you…. self inflicted is the champagne of infliction

      • talknic
        January 5, 2017, 7:23 pm

        @ Jackdaw May 5, 2016, 10:26 am

        // “Zionism is an ideology concocted by Europeans, for Europeans. ” //

        “Jews from all over the Diaspora periodically made aliyah to Eretz Yisroel for over a millenium.”

        Were they Zionists?

  6. Kay24
    May 4, 2016, 3:33 pm

    So they do celebrate and party for their murderers, terrorists, and baby killers.
    All this time they were pointing fingers at the other side and accusing them of the same.
    Well, what do we know?

  7. amigo
    May 4, 2016, 4:42 pm

    I often wonder , if, no when the zionists in Israel manage to rid themselves of all non Jews and self hating Jews , who will they turn on next.After decades of blood spilling and oppression , will they be able to live without the thrill of the kill.

    Anyone care to offer the name of the group who will become their first victims.Will it be the Russian Jews who are not really Jews but foreign invaders who took advantage of Israel,s ” most generous and far reaching offer ” of safety from persecution .Or will it be the Jews of Ethiopia . Or those secular Jews who do not practice historical Jewish traditions .

    It will be a sight to behold.

    El Al –announces last flight out of B,G airport leaving in 1 hour .

  8. TwoRedDogs
    May 4, 2016, 5:50 pm

    For over 2 days NYT had plastered the op-Ed “The British Left’s Jewish Problem on its front web page. The paper refused to post numerous comments refuting the theories peddled in the piece.

    NYT will never show how the other side incites, or the real intent behind the manufactured crises with the UK Labor Party being an attempt to undercut BDS.

    http://www.timesofisrael.com/uk-councils-face-court-challenge-over-israel-boycotts/

  9. Stogumber
    May 5, 2016, 7:10 am

    As I said before. every man is proud to be a loyal friend or comrade. So “My honor is loyalty” is universal and human, and the SS was only accidentally the lucky institution who found a slogan for it.

    • Boo
      May 5, 2016, 2:56 pm

      Quite true. And the urge to travel from one’s crowded, noisy city and spend a little time in a camp is universal and human, therefore Treblinka, Majdanek and Auschwitz are only accidentally cited as unfortunate examples from WW2 — just as Sabra and Shatila are similarly mentioned as more modern ones.

  10. mattmo
    May 5, 2016, 8:12 am

    Being a French citizen, is it not possible to lay murder charges against Elor Azarya in France?

  11. JohndeClefPineiro
    May 6, 2016, 5:28 am

    When cold-blooded murder becomes a cause for celebration in the streets, we know that the celebrants are far far gone. Apartheid pollutes consciousness and impairs conscience, and we see this most clearly in this nauseating reveling in support of a murderer.

    Meanwhile, the Obama administration lavishly supports this apartheid regime by militarizing it with our tax dollars.

    How far gone are we?

  12. Jane Porter
    May 6, 2016, 3:28 pm

    As a french citizen I suspect this soldier Azarya. to be a north -african jew. Many of my friends in Paris were Tunisian or Algerian or Moroccan jews, and most of them having names of arab or berberian tribes. During the French colonisation they received french citizenship.
    Many of them declared to me being judaïsed berbers. most of them settled in France after Independance of their natives lands. They told me that the poorest went To israel convinced by their rabbis go to Israel, that it was not safe for them to stay in north -Africa.This was quite a lie, as some of them found out and returned to France or to Morroco where they are very close to the Royal court or spend their holidays in Tunisia. In Israel they were treated as “schwartz”

  13. Elisabeth
    May 9, 2016, 4:42 am

    I m sure I read somewhere that the police investigation had revealed that Al Sharif was not even the attacker, but I cannot find where I read that now. Was it on Mondoweiss, or does anyone else know?

  14. Ossinev
    January 5, 2017, 6:27 am

    A lot of sane moral people in the West including Jewish people who may have previously been hesitant about supporting BDS will be looking at these ugly fascists flaunting their ethnoracism and hopefully joining the cause.

  15. Maghlawatan
    January 5, 2017, 10:12 am

    Israelis are educated to see Palestinians as vermin so 82% support for a soldier who executed someone in cold blood is not surprising,. It is ¨similar to Israeli Jewish levels of support for Protective Edge.
    Israeli society is on a very different path to the rest of the OECD.

  16. Ossinev
    January 5, 2017, 11:46 am

    Latest article in Haaretz on the subject:
    http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.763116

    “Police also said that a 22-year-old woman from the southern city of Kiryat Gat was detained for questioning over suspicions that she published threats on social media. She was released under restrictive conditions, police added. 
    Take a grenade and blow up the judge and spread all her parts in different places for the dogs to eat her!” read the woman’s post. “God will pay her for everything!”

    Sounds as if she has been reading the ISIS induction manual.

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