Israeli government abuses racist violence for attacking civil liberties

This video from Israel says about itself:

We are the majority – marching the streets

28 June 2012

Israeli social protest is taking a more assertive approach as a response to the latest homophobic remarks of MK Anastassia Michaeli, the refusal of the Tel-Aviv city hall to allow the re-opening of tents on Rothschild Boulevard, and the aggressive arrests of protesters that have become common lately.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands:

Israelis will also be jailed without trial

Today, 10:36

The Israeli inner cabinet has made it possible for Israelis suspected of violence against Palestinians to be jailed without trial. The measure was announced following the arson last week in two houses of Palestinians in the West Bank, where a Palestinian child was killed.

Suspects can be held for months under the measure. This so-called ‘administrative detention’ was so far only for Palestinians. The measure has been criticized internationally because the suspects have no rights in those circumstances.

So, now ‘legal equality’ for Israeli citizens and Palestinians by, after first undermining civil liberties for one group, undermining them for another group as well. While there is a clear danger that this policy will not just be applied against ‘Israelis suspected of violence against Palestinians’, the only category of Israelis which the NOS report mentions. Might it not also be applied against ‘Israelis suspected of OPPOSITION TO violence against Palestinians‘? Against Israeli opponents of homophobia, including homophobia in Israeli political parties in the coalition government; against people like the recently murdered girl Shira Banki? Against some of the many Israeli opponents of the Netanyahu government’s ‘austerity’ economic policies? Etc.

Wouldn’t it be better to have ‘legal equality’ for Israeli citizens and Palestinians by not having arbitrary jailing for anyone? And by thorough investigation, which there has not been so far, of the violent extreme right in Israel, their anti-Palestinian crimes, their bigotry against African refugees, their homophobia, etc.? Including their relationships to some politicians in Israeli coalition government political parties?

Israel’s Netanyahu government widens use of anti-democratic detention orders: here.

Forbidding Asylum Seekers From Living in Tel Aviv or Eilat Reeks of Racism. Israel’s government continues to abuse African asylum seekers without offering any kind of solution: here.

Even with an imperfect knowledge of Dutch, it was not difficult to make out that the article, covering an entire page, was referring to the murderous attack on the Gay Pride Parade in Jerusalem and the immediately following arson of a Palestinian family home at the village of Duma near Nablus, where a father and his baby son died. From Jerusalem, correspondent Derk Walters informed the Dutch readers of the alarming increase of violent extreme right groups upholding a Nationalist-Religious Messianic ideology. He recounted the openly voiced explicit calls for attacking Arabs and homosexuals and for the torching of Christian churches, and quoted extensively the sharp denunciations made from all parts of the Israeli political spectrum. The article ended with a question: “Is the Netanyahu Government capable of taking serious measures against the settlers, when some of the cabinet ministers are themselves settlers?”. Quite a few Israelis are asking themselves the same question. Read more: here.

Israeli television aired leaked video clips of an ultra-orthodox Jewish wedding where a guest stabbed a photo of Ali Dawabsheh, the toddler killed along with his parents in a firebomb attack on their home in the West Bank last July. Youths dancing with guns, knives and firebombs cheered him on and shouted anti-Arab slogans: here.

TWO Israeli settler extremists were charged yesterday with the brutal firebomb murder of a Palestinian toddler and his parents in July. Amiram Ben-Uliel, a 21-year-old West Bank settler, was named as the main suspect in the attack. A minor was charged as an accessory: here.

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  2. Wednesday 5th August 2015

    posted by Morning Star in World

    by Our Foreign Desk

    ISRAELI security service Shin Bet was interrogating the head of a Jewish extremist group yesterday about last week’s firebomb attack on a Palestinian family.

    Shin Bet said Meir Ettinger was arrested late on Monday for “involvement in an extremist Jewish organisation.”

    The agency would not say if he was also suspected in the July 31 arson attack that killed 18-month-old toddler Ali Dawabsheh and severely burnt his parents and four-year-old brother in the village of Duma near Nablus.

    But two days before the attack, Shin Bet accused Mr Ettinger of leading a movement of young Israeli settlers accused of an arson attack on the Catholic Church of Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes on the Sea of Galilee.

    Mr Ettinger has denied leading an extremist movement. His lawyer Yuval Zemer claimed on Israel’s Army Radio that authorities had arrested his client to appease an Israeli public outraged by the arson attack.

    “There was no urgent need to arrest here, other than some kind of desire to show: ‘Here, we’re doing something, here, we’re arresting,’” said Mr Zemer. “Of course, what is better than the number one most wanted target?”

    Israeli media have dubbed Mr Ettinger as Shin Bet’s “number one” most wanted Jewish extremist. He has been arrested several times before and banned from the West Bank.

    He is also the grandson of the late Rabbi Meir Kahane, an ultranationalist whose party was banned from Israel’s parliament for its racist views in 1988. Kahane was assassinated in 1990.


  3. Thursday 6th August 2015

    posted by Morning Star in World

    by Our Foreign Desk

    ISRAEL’S defence minister has ordered a teenage Jewish extremist to be detained without trial amid a spate of settler attacks on Palestinians.

    Defence Minister Moshe Yaalon signed an order late on Tuesday to place 18-year-old extremist Mordechai Meyer, from the West Bank settlement of Maaleh Adumim, in “administrative detention” for six months.

    His detention followed the arrest and questioning of fellow extremist Meir Ettinger by the Shin Bet security service.

    Shin Bet said Mr Meyer was suspected of attacks on Palestinian property, June’s arson attack on the Christian church of the Multiplication of the Loaves and Fishes on the Sea of Galilee and an attack on another church in Jerusalem.

    Mr Meyer is the first Israeli to be held in administrative detention, although thousands of Palestinians have been held without trial in recent years. In June there were 370 detainees, according to Israeli occupation monitor B’Tselem.

    His lawyer Adi Keidar told Israeli Army Radio that there were “less drastic steps” Israel could use against his client.

    He claimed he opposed the measure, both for Israelis and Palestinians.

    “Legally speaking, you can’t take a person and put him in jail without having evidence against him,” Mr Keidar said.

    Extremists from illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank are suspected of Friday’s vicious firebombing attack on a village near Nablus which killed 18-month-old Ali Dawabsheh and severely burned his parents and four-year-old brother.

    Graffiti scrawled in Hebrew on the walls of their home read “price tag,” a settler slogan for vindictive attacks on Palestinians.

    Earlier that week, the Israeli government had demolished a half-built illegal settlement.


  4. Monday 7th September 2015

    posted by Morning Star in World

    ‘Anti-free speech’ law scrapped

    ISRAEL: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said yesterday that he would scrap a new law banning journalists working for the country’s public broadcast authority from expressing their opinions on air.

    The law, passed last week, says that broadcasts should “avoid one-sidedness, prejudice, expressing personal opinions, giving grades and affixing labels.”

    The Israel Press Council urged parliament to repeal the law, saying it violated free speech.


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