In the bloody aftermath of the Anatot pogrom, in which women were violently sexually abused, limbs were broken, and one attacker attempted to stab a protester to death with a knife (captured on video), the settler residents have been given a huge gift (Hebrew) by the state attorney general. He’s determined that despite the fact that there were numerous off duty police officers among the pogromists, that the police will investigate the incident. This is like asking Bernie Madoff to investigate his own Ponzi scheme. It’s worse than laughable. It’s criminal (metaphorically, of course).
The settlers are of course overjoyed and expect that the police will investigate those nasty peace activists who disturbed the peace in their community. No mention at all of the bloodshed and brute force they used against their fellow citizens that night. The state has thrown a sop to the protesters by claiming that any charges against police officers will be referred to the attorney general for investigation. And who will be investigating? Shai Nitzan. The same fellow who’s been railroading Dirar Abusisi on behalf of the state for the past year or so. This fellow really gets around. He’s got his plate full what with sending innocent Palestinians to prison and keeping guilty police officers out of jail for beating up their fellow Israelis.
If Israel can’t investigate this massacre properly then perhaps it will require an international body to do so. The United Nations High Commission for Human Rights plans to speak with eyewitnesses and victims. The state clearly doesn’t care about the rule of law insofar as settlers are concerned. Perhaps it may be more accountable when international bodies are involved. The only thing that got Israel to take seriously the crimes committed during Operation Cast Lead was the United Nations’ Goldstone Report. Without it, neither Israel nor the world would never have taken these charges seriously.
On a related matter, an Israeli source told me that the Jewish terror suspects in the Tuba Zangariyye mosque arson would be freed without charges and that is indeed what has happened. The police do now hold another person in custody. My source tells me he’s a school child barely tall enough to reach his belt buckle. It was this boy’s misfortune to be in Yisrael Katz’s vehicle when it was stopped by Ariel police on the night of the arson attack. Astonishing (from an Israeli Jewish point of view) that the police will arrest not only Palestinian children, but Jewish as well. Do they really think a child burned the mosque?
The fact that the Shabak has no credible suspects (at least none it will arrest) further confirms the hypocritical statements from Bibi Netanyahu and Shimon Peres after the assault in which they swore the state would bring its full power to bear on those responsible and punish them to the full extent…blah, blah, blah.
So for those keeping score at home, that makes Jewish Terror 2=Rule of Law 0.