Part of speaking truth to Israeli power is regularly rankling the Shabak, Mossad and even an Israeli police chief once in a while. The more I rankle the better I’m doing my job as a blogger and supporter of Israeli democracy. It seems I’ve enraged Jerusalem police chief, Maj. Gen. Aharon Franco, in my exposure of the true identity of the vicious thug known as Captain George, who was secretly named chief liaison to the city’s Arab community.
In an interview reported by Maariv and Haaretz, the reporter for the former wrote:
The wrath of the regional police chief extends to the exposure of the appointment [of Captain George], which was supposed to be secret. His real name is also prohibited from publication [in Israel]…Today, after publication of his name, this only endangers him.
One has to wonder: why would Franco not want Israel to know that Doron Zahavi fills that role? Because he was accused quite credibly by a Lebanese prisoner of sodomizing him and because Zahavi was drummed out of IDF military intelligence as a result, while his infamous detention facility (Abu Graibh, anyone?) was closed. Or perhaps because a Jerusalem Palestinian who comes across him might take umbrage at his record of torturing Arabs?
The police chief blithely calls Zahavi the “right man in the right place” and sings his praises. Among those who applied for the job, Franco says:
He [Zahavi] was the most professional by far. Since his appointment relations with the Arab sector are the best that is possible. He initiates meetings, aids in the donation of school books, and when their is a dispute in the villages, before the situation escalates, he enters into discussion with the elders…He is also the key actor in coordinating bus transportation for the Arab sector during Ramadan…
This passage is dripping in the condescension characteristic of Israeli Jews toward Palestinians. You want to know what kind of “meetings” Zahavi “initiates?” Here’s a representative sample. You want to know why the city police are donating school books to Palestinian educational institutions? Because the city funds practically nothing in the Palestinian community including education. And as for Zahavi’s coordination of bus transportation, all I can say is, I bet he makes them run on time like a certain other historical figure known for racist views toward a different minority group. And if he can’t get one of those elders to suppress one of those typical hot-headed spats which Arabs are known for well, he’ll just shove him in a cell and work him over a bit. That’ll make him more amenable.