11 thoughts on “Israeli Human Rights NGO Demands Accounting of Mr. X – Tikun Olam תיקון עולם إصلاح العالم
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  1. unless Paco de Lucia pops by, the MSM growing cajones wouldn’t do anyone much good. Cojones might 🙂
    On a serious note, thanks for helping keep this story out in the open.

  2. This story is outrageous, but look, you’re really going overboard with “In Israel, this and couple of shekels may buy you a cup of (formerly) Turkish coffee” and “Mr. X won’t have any such luck since he’s “only” an Arab with no such friends in high places.” Would you give the process instigated by ACRI a chance? I believe that eventually this story will break in Israel, just like the Kam story *and* the Makhoul story (who IIRC is also an arab). The anti democratic currents in Israel are disturbing enough without adding those kind of unfounded predictions, based solely on the assumption that everything is as bad as it can possibly be and will surely just become worse.

    1. The ONLY reason those stories broke in Israel was because they broke here (& other places) first. And why is Makhoul still in prison? And tortured? We couldn’t prevent that because Israeli media haven’t been willing to do their jobs. So no, I’ sorry but I won’t back off or “give the process a chance” (whatever that means). The whole pt is the process doesn’t work in Israel if you’re accused of a security crimes, and esp. if you are Palestinian.

      1. Please reread what I wrote. I never said that Israeli media “were doing their job”, or that those stories didn’t break in Israel because they broke in the US first. The Israeli media – apart from Haaretz – are constantly betraying their job and the Israeli public. What I’m saying is that assuming that what ACRI did will certainly fail from the first is pointless and doesn’t help, since it may well do some good. That’s what “giving the process a chance” means, btw.
        About Makhoul – I have no idea why he is still in prison, and if he is indeed tortured, I have no idea why. But that doesn’t mean that ACRI writing a letter to the Attorney General demanding information about prisoner X is doomed to failure, does it? I don’t really see a logical connection.

  3. ACRI is part of the problem not the solution.

    in general, be watchful you don’t become part of the hasbara of israel. try to remain vigilant and alert to the sources of information.
    How do u think we came all the way to hell if those whose job it is to monitor didnt become stale and part of the big show…

    1. In this particular case, ACRI has done the right thing. I recognize that liberal Israeli organizations & political parties like ACRI & Meretz often don’t have the courage of their convictions. They should be criticized in those situations. But when they do the right thing they should be praised.

      1. getting into that would sidetrack, but on the whole its more complex and significant, imho, than simply lack of courage on their part. the question of whether to give credit (and credence) to these bodies is an issue, but probably not within the scope of this blog.

  4. Richard, you have mentioned that Mr. X is an “Arab” – this is the first I have seen him so referred to. Is this something known, or do you assume that must be the case, based on the allusion to “membership in a banned organization” and the obvious fact that a jewish prisoner is not likely to be treated this way? I tend to think this must be the case -even Anat kamm has “only” suffered house arrest, and not total isolation in prison and Blau was “only” exiled, gag or no gag.

    I made a comment before that chances are Mr. X is not from the “Jewish” segment of israel, partly because total disappearance would be difficult to affect in a tribal society such as Israel. By the same token, it would be difficult to completely “disappear” an Arab Israeli, since their society is also not so successful at silencing any and all. Unless, of course, extreme threats were made against an entire village. Even so, look at the noise that greeted the unjustified recent arrests of arab activists.

    All this makes the case of Mr. X quite curious.

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