Noam Livne posted the above image on his Facebook page. What does it show?
In response to growing pressure, the Israeli police has announced that the suspects in the case of Muhammad Abu Khudair’s murder are “extremist Jews”. At the same time, they have played a dirty PR trick by holding a simultaneous press conference, announcing that the murder of a young Jewish Israeli woman, Shelly Dadon, two months ago near the northern city of Afula, has also been solved. According to the police, that murder was committed by a Palestinian citizen of Israel, but it’s not even clear whether the reason was nationalist. The police only say it *may* have been the case.
Why is this a dirty trick? Because of the linkage. The police arrested the suspect in the case of Shelly Dadon’s murder on June 16. They do not even know for sure whether it was an act of terror. But the suspect is Palestinian, so why not use it to marginalize the horrific, nationalist murder of a Palestinian youth by Jewish terrorists. (We know enough, and the Israeli police have provided sufficient info, to assert that Muhammad Abu Khudair’s murder was indeed committed by politically motivated Israeli Jews).
It should be well known that when Israeli Jewish citizens kill Palestinians, parts of the public and the establishment tend to downplay any nationalist element and present the act as a purely individual criminal case, as well as emphasizing any insanity claim the defendant may advance. However, when it comes to crimes committed by Palestinians against Israeli Jews, it is assumed by default that it was an act of terror.
Israel’s leading news portal, YNET, has swallowed the bait and published the following self-explanatory front page. This is a good example of collaboration between the Israeli authorities and the mainstream media to marginalize Israeli violence against Palestinians. Neither of the two opts for such linkage when an Israeli is murdered in an act of terror, and the crime is dramatically solved.