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False Accusations of Terrorist Activity

The truck attack that killed four Israeli soldiers in Jerusalem was not ‘terrorism’

Jonathan Ofir on

“We in Jerusalem have just experienced an unprovoked terrorist attack, a murderous attack that claimed the lives of four young Israelis and wounded others”, said Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu in a statement right after the car ramming attack in East Jerusalem two days ago. But is an attack on military personnel in occupied territory a terror attack? Jonathan Ofir writes, “By such rhetoric, Netanyahu blurs the distinction between military and civilian targets, a principle which is very important in the distinctions concerning terror. When we sum up the whole of the setting, what we actually have is a Palestinian under occupation, targeting a gathering which is rather exclusively manned by soldiers, military representatives of the army that is occupying him. All this falls, prima facie, within the distinctions regarding legitimate resistance to occupation. It does not matter how ugly it looks, we cannot without critical appraisal of the context just call it ‘terror.'”

Israeli secret service targets Israeli BDS organizers, claiming “terrorist activity”

Matthew Taylor on

Amira Haas reports on the Israeli Secret Service, Shin Bet, targeting a variety of Israeli activists who support Palestinian rights, including 22-year-old Matan Cohen. He has quite a resum√©: co-founder of Anarchists Against the Wall, an organizer of Hampshire College’s divestment measure, and one of the Young Jewish Proud protesters who disrupted Netanyahu’s speech. From […]