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Israeli lawmaker tells BBC he’d put Ahed Tamimi ‘in the hospital’ by kicking her face

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Israeli lawmaker Oren Hazan of the Likud Party was interviewed by the BBC on Wednesday, in a news report about Ahed Tamimi  titled “Is a slap an act of terror?”. Hazan opined that “a slap is terrorism” and described his response:

“If I was there, she would finish in the hospital. For sure. Nobody could stop me. I would kick, kick her face, believe me”.

Hazan is known for outrageous statements. For example he recently called Gazan families visiting relatives in Israeli prison “dogs”, “human scum” and “beasts”.

But Israel apologists hurried to contain the damage, as this was aired on one of the biggest mainstream channels. It would be hard for many people to accept this as ‘self-defence’, even if Oren Hazan says it is. Israel apologia outlet ‘Honest Reporting’ went on the offensive against the BBC, in a piece titled “BBC News Kicks Israel in the Face”. It was supposedly BBC who was the aggressor, since they could have interviewed someone else than Hazan; and they should have known that he was an enfant terrible. Editor Simon Plosker tweeted:

“Appalling that @oren_haz was given airtime on BBC 2 embarrass Israel. Whatever you think about Ahed Tamimi, stating that you’d kick a 16yr old girl’s face in and land her in hospital is terrible PR and shame on @BowenBBC 4 selecting him in the first place”.

Well Hazan is a member of the governing coalition. Before the BBC selected him, Benjamin Netanyahu’s party faithful did.

Plosker was deservedly countered by Israeli activist Ofer Neiman, who retweeted:

“From an Israeli citizen, Simon, YOU are in cahoots with this Israeli #apartheid political elite. Don’t like what you see in BBC mirror?”

Indeed, Hazan might be an extreme example, so maybe we should look at some more from the ‘center.’ Did Plosker or anyone else notice how close Hazan’s words were to those of the ‘centrist liberal’ journalist Ben Caspit, who wrote, “In the case of the girls, we should exact a price at some other opportunity, in the dark, without witnesses and cameras.” And he added: “I, for example, if I were to encounter that situation, I would have long ago been in detention until end of procedures” (presumably because he would go amok on Ahed Tamimi)?

Is Ben Caspit also an enfant terrible?

And what about former Defense Minister Yaalon who in 2015 promised to keep hurting “Lebanese civilians, to include kids of the family.”

What about Centrist lawmaker Tzipi Livni, who after the 2008-2009 onslaught on Gaza killed hundreds of civilians congratulated Israel for showing “real hooliganism” and for “going wild” in Gaza?

And what about New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman who endorses the ‘going crazy’ doctrine against civilians in Lebanon?

Are all of them bad apples?

See, this is Israel’s problem. It goes crazy, because it’s part of a doctrine, a culture of violence, that is rationalized as ‘deterrence’. And it needs to show that face, so that those who are under its control know that no-one can ‘out-crazy’ Israel, as Friedman puts it.

But then, when some people forget to put the mask on for the liberals, suddenly it’s too crazy, and it needs to be contained as an aberration. When it happens, Israel’s apologists are in a hurry to turn your gaze the other way. It’s not Hazan or Israel kicking Ahed – it is the BBC kicking Israel!

Jonathan Ofir

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  1. eljay on February 2, 2018, 12:47 pm

    Not only is Oren Hazan a hateful and immoral supremacist, but he even manages to look creepier / slimier than Trump. Impressive.

    … It’s not Hazan or Israel kicking Ahed – it is the BBC kicking Israel!

    Aggressor-victimhood sure is a tough gig. :-(

    • Misterioso on February 3, 2018, 10:05 am

      Here’s the BBC video. It’s very good. Oren Hazan is interviewed. So is Ahed’s father.

      “Is a slap an act of terror?”

      • Marnie on February 4, 2018, 7:57 am

        “A slap is terrorism. Believe me.”

        A Palestinian with life in his or her body is commiting an act of terrorism according to the zionist state.

        They are all insane. Flipping back and forth between hardon ziosupremacist and terrified man or woman afraid for their lives as easily as switching channels on the t.v. FFS zionism is madness, slow but sure madness. Well, either zionism or syphilis, the symptoms are so much alike.

      • Talkback on February 4, 2018, 4:02 pm

        Marnie: “A Palestinian with life in his or her body is commiting an act of terrorism according to the zionist state.”

        I believe that Zionist Jews are ashamed of the Jewish intifada in the Warshaw Ghetto, because according to their reasoning they were all terrorists, too.

      • Mooser on February 4, 2018, 5:13 pm

        ” the symptoms are so much alike”

        The tertiary phase of the Ziocaine syndrome must be terrifying at first hand.

  2. John O on February 2, 2018, 12:58 pm

    “Appalling that @oren_haz was given airtime on BBC 2 embarrass Israel.”

    When you’re determined to shoot yourself in the foot, is it wise to ask a passing journalist for the loan of a gun?

  3. Citizen on February 2, 2018, 1:14 pm


  4. Mooser on February 2, 2018, 1:20 pm

    The Israelis don’t want to go here. They will only end up exposing what they do to their own children, to properly orient them for the traumas of Zionism.

  5. on February 2, 2018, 1:40 pm

    “Appalling that @oren_haz was given airtime on BBC 2 … shame on @BowenBBC 4 selecting him in the first place”

    Once again Israel is cast as the victim – the victim of BBC’s poor judgement in selecting an Israeli LAWMAKER (forget the irony) to speak on Israel’s behalf.

    The eternal victims – soon to be the victims of their own demise.

  6. RoHa on February 2, 2018, 8:52 pm

    The Israeli charm offensive goes from strength to strength.

    • Mooser on February 4, 2018, 1:31 pm

      “The Israeli charm offensive goes from strength to strength.”

      The charm offensive is always effective.

  7. inbound39 on February 2, 2018, 11:01 pm

    The Public Face of Israel courtesy of Oren Hazan. What a brave man he is to kick a 17 year old Palestinian young woman in the face . Disgusting….It makes me want to puke. It begs the question though, What forthright, fair minded, reasonable Nation would support Israel. They deserve condemnation and hauling before the Hague.

    • Misterioso on February 3, 2018, 11:03 am


      Look on the bright side. Oren Hazan is helping to dig Israel’s grave.

  8. Ossinev on February 3, 2018, 7:30 am

    Oren Hazan = ” a slap is terrorism”.
    FFS Are these Israelis for real? Do they ever actually replay and listen to the hilarious crap they spout in order to protect their “we are the eternal victims” status.
    “Appalling that @oren_haz was given airtime on BBC 2 … shame on @BowenBBC 4 selecting him in the first place”
    On the other hand it gave the viewers an opportunity to see hear and witness Israeli “Lawmakers” in full frontal Fascist flow.Watch him in action also at:
    Being an Israeli “lawmaker” LOL he is of course incapable of “incitement”. So he threatens to kill men,women and children – whats the big deal. It`s in the Israeli world leading moral DNA and it will light up all those non chosen nations.

    • Misterioso on February 3, 2018, 3:38 pm


      Because they’ve had such an easy ride for decades, they don’t realize that it is rapidly coming to an end.

  9. Talkback on February 3, 2018, 9:51 am

    If a slap is terrorism that what can we call what Jews have been doing to Palestnians for 70 years? Uberterrorism?

    Oren Hazan is just another Judeonazi.

  10. chocopie on February 3, 2018, 9:12 pm

    Repulsive man. Fortunately, he’s not camera-shy. It’s good to let the world see what Israel’s leadership is like.

  11. Marnie on February 4, 2018, 4:24 am

    Oren Hazan ’embarrass’ israel? NFW! He is not Ahed Tamimi and therefore can only embarrass himself. The zionist state has no shame, no boundaries, no idea what a democracy is and is incapable of being embarrassed by anyone except a 16-year-old Palestinian girl who with a slap and a kick to an IOF invading colonizing mamzer managed to destroy the facade of israeli strength and honor. Oren Hazan is a meth using pimp thug who publicly threatened to kill Ahed Tamimi – “If I was there, she would finish in the hospital. For sure. Nobody could stop me.” If that isn’t a death threat then Netanyahoo is the Prince of Peace.

  12. Ossinev on February 4, 2018, 2:15 pm

    Gratifying to know that young US Jews are taking up the fight for Ahed and her family:L

    What would be even more gratifying would be if the various “Woman of the Year ” organisations in the West were to nominate her as their “Woman of the Year” either rerospectivel for 2017 or more appropriately for 2018 following on from her illegal incarceration by the most moral and only democracy.

    Perhaps womens groups in the West can organise an “Ahed” Day.
    Remember Malala Yousafzai also a victim of state sanctioned and unhindered oppression of the young and most vulnerable.

  13. Mayhem on February 26, 2018, 7:14 pm

    The Western media concentrate solely on Haaretz for their window into what is supposedly going on in Israel. The effect of that, like the antics of media organisations like the BBC and its copycat the ABC in Australia , is that a ridiculously biased representation of the facts reaches us in the West which helps to color in the Palestinian propaganda handbook.

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