I wonder if anybody else had the same reaction I did, watching the video of the mostly young, white nationalists marching into Charlottesville last Friday night, with their lit tiki torches, shouting anti-Semitic threats and other racial epiteths. To me, it brought to mind the spectacle of the mob of Israeli youths on 'Jerusalem Day', marching through the old city with banners and chanting "Death to the Arabs", terrorizing the shopkeepers and the rest of the Palestinians who live above the shops and who shutter their doors and windows in fear. And the Israeli police and IDF watch it all with a smirk on their faces, never intervening - in fact I think they're there to protect the marchers, not the residents.
This is probably why there was hardly a peep from Israel condemning the white American racists - after all, they share the same nationalistic goal, a country 'cleansed' of anyone not of their race and religion. The government of course has to say something politically correct for the sake of appearances to the eyes of the world, but in their hearts I suspect they are not terribly offended.
It's also worth noting the much stronger reaction from the American media to Trump's disgraceful comments , unlike the time he came out demonizing the entire Islamic world; yes, there was some grumbling and some protests but it didn't even come close to the outrage we have been witnessing these past few days. And not only from the media, but from Trump's own supporters in Congress! Nothing like anti-Semitism to stir up the old moral values. Whether because of their own conscience or, you know, the donors . . . is not clear.
I don't know why, but this whole trial smells fishy to me. We know that, had the incident not been captured on camera and gone viral, the world would have never heard about it. But since it was, and the shooter clearly identified, what choice did the Israeli government really have?
It HAD to show they are impartial in carrying out justice, whether the victim is Jewish or Arab.
By prosecuting this ONE soldier, they are telling us that this happens every time a Palestinian is murdered even when injured and posing no danger to the shooter. Ha!
I've also been re-watching the original video several times, I wish I could see it in slow motion. It's only natural that watching it for the first time the viewer's attention is drawn to the body on the ground and the actual shooting moment. But if you can take your eyes away from that and focus on the back of the scene, you can see Azaria stepping into the camera's frame after the first ambulance takes off, walking over to another soldier who I can only guess is his superior, there's a brief exchange between the two, actually the second soldier seems to be handing something to Azaria or perhaps releasing the weapon safety, immediately after which Azaria cocks the gun - you can hear the click - and proceeds to shoot the still alive man on the ground. While it was clearly obvious to his buddy what he was about to do, he makes no move to stop him. In fact, I think he might have given him the ok, if not actually the order..
I've always wondered, was Azaria made to take the fall and protect his superior, if that's who he was? That would explain the murder charge being downgraded, and Azaria's probable pardon or extremely light sentence. Stay tuned.