Haaretz reports on the value that the Israeli justice system places on the life of one of its Arab citizens:
A Tel Aviv Court on Sunday sentenced a border patrolman who shot and paralyzed a Kafr Qasem resident to six months of community service and a year of probation.
In 2003, Haim Castro shot Salah Amar from a distance of a half a meter, claiming that his life was in danger and he acted in self defense. The court dismissed this claim and ruled there was no threat to Castro’s life.
Since the shooting, Amar has been listed as 100% disabled.
Although 20 Israeli citizens have been killed by Israeli security forces since the outbreak of the Second Intifada in September 2000, Castro is the first person to be convicted for shooting an Israeli citizen.
What type of community service do you think Castro will get? I think he should be forced to wash Salah Amar’s bed pans for a year.
What makes this crime and sentence even more heinous is that this is the same Kfar Qassem in which Israeli soldiers shot and killed scores of residents during the 1948 War when their commander ordered them to kill anyone violating curfew (which the residents had no idea existed). Just last week, Shimon Peres apologized for the massacre.
There are a few right-wing commenters here who enjoy defending the Border Police. This one’s gonna be tough for them but I’m sure they’ll give it a shot, so to speak.
Silverstein has published Tikun Olam since 2003, It exposes the secrets of the Israeli national security state. He lives in Seattle, but his heart is in the east. He publishes regularly at Middle East Eye, the New Arab, and Jacobin Magazine. His work has also appeared in Al Jazeera English, The Nation, Truthout and other outlets.