In a rare instance of accountability, an Israeli judge sentenced Shani Sivilya, an Israeli Border Policewoman to three months in prison for taunting and abusing a Palestinian child she’d arrested. The abuse included a mock execution in which fired her gun at the blindfolded victim and shouted “death to Arabs.”. In truth, this qualifies as torture, though in Israel when it’s a Palestinian victim it’s only called “abuse.”
A fellow officer apparently had a conscience about what she’d done and testified against her, also unusual in these cases. Sivilya also featured swaggering tough gal photos of herself on her Facebook page replete with anti-Arab racist taunts. She provided the evidence to convict herself.
The probation recommendation offered to the judge recommended she not receive any jail time, but the judge rejected it and sent her away for three months. If you consider that in most other legal systems she would’ve charged with attempted murder and received a far stiffer sentence, she got off exceedingly lightly. It should also be noted that prosecutions in such cases are exceedingly rare and usually only happen when the defendant has done something very public that the authorities find it difficult to overlook.
All that being said, we have to welcome justice in whatever guise it takes.