6 thoughts on “Protest Knesset Denial of Arab Citizens’ Land Rights – Tikun Olam תיקון עולם إصلاح العالم
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  1. Richard,

    You should think about moderating the petition. The last signatures are from Ismail Hainya, Mahmoud ahmadinejad, and Yasser Arafat.

  2. What’s remarkable about the above news report is not the event it describes, which sadly is fairly routine, but this little contextual paragraph at the end:

    “Israel has occupied the West Bank since 1967. It has settled about 430,000 people in the area, including Jerusalem, in contravention to international law.”

    There is no way this could ever be printed in the U.S. media.

  3. Yes, I did read this story in Haaretz & my first reaction was: what gives? This type of incident happens fairly regularly in the Territories. Perhaps not to quite this level of gross negligence & cruelty. But I’m wondering whether perhaps there have been similar incidents w this particular unit before; or whether the political climate is such that Olmert has told the IDF to go hard on such infractions in order to make an impression on the Palestinians & Americans for the sake of the Fatah government which Israel is allegedly supporting.

    So many similar incidents to this one have gone w/o any punishment or investigation that it makes one wonder what’s diff. this time around. But to be fair, I’m glad the IDF has taken the actions it has. Now, let’s see if any serious discipline results.

  4. I’m sure suspending the entire company of soldiers involved here will be of some small comfort to this unfortunate Palestinian. It seems to me that, according to the initial report, the incident itself should never have happened in the first place. The fact that it did and may only be the tip of the iceberg in such cases, would signal the need for a more focused policy by all concerned regarding this type of far too casual violence.

    I wonder if trigger fingers on both sides would have been quite so itchy if the formula I’ve posted many times on Richard’s blog were active and in being. Bullets and lives may, in some quarters, be classified as cheap and expendable, not least by those doing the expending. The prospect that, as a result, several square kilometres of one’s own territory might then be formally and irrevocably reallocated to the ‘opposition’ would, I suspect, instil a much less cavalier attitude in those same quarters.

    I guess it all depends on how you view these matters. Is life more important than land or is it the other way around?

    The answer to that question may hold the key to everything. Perhaps it should be put to that Palestinian lying now in his hospital bed. Or the family of the next child to die in this seemingly endless conflict.

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