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  1. Ynet News: There cannot be one law for Israeli terrorists and another for Arab

    Sadly, there is a history of Jews killing Arabs in retribution. Murderers like those of the extreme right Jewish Underground quickly received pardons, and some never even saw the inside of a jail cell.

    The Israeli religious-Zionist public in all its diversity, the dear public, for the most part Zionist and filled with conscience, has to do some soul-searching. If it had done more to vomit out the extremist nationalists, we might not have been plunged to this moral nadir.

    The public, which is mostly religious, should remember the story of the men of Shechem, who murdered and raped Dinah, the sister of Simeon and Levi. They should remember what Jacob said to his sons Simeon and Levi, who carried out murderous reprisals against men of Shechem. He cut them off from inheritance, and handed down upon them the most terrible sentence father could deliver to his sons:

    Simeon and Levi are brothers— their swords are weapons of violence. Let me not enter their council, let me not join their assembly, for they have killed men in their anger and hamstrung oxen as they pleased. Cursed be their anger, so fierce, and their fury, so cruel! I will scatter them in Jacob and disperse them in Israel. (Genesis 49:5)

    One of six Jewish nationalists arrested confesses to revenge killing of Arab teen

    1. Re: Cell Leader Murder Abu Khdeir

      Name of main suspect in Abu Khdeir’s murder released

      The main suspect in the murder of 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khdeir has been identified on Sunday as Yosef Haim Ben-David, 29, from the Geva Binyamin settlement (also known as Adam). Ben-David had initially appealed the decision to release his name, but Supreme Court Judge Elyakim Rubinstein rejected the appeal. Ben-David is accused of playing a central role in the murder, and setting Abu Khdeir on fire when he was unconcious.


    1. @ Lou: Whenever a pro-Israel advocate uses ellipses ask yourself what text came before what he’s quoting. He is my entire passage:

      Involvement of the IDF in the crime implies the search has entered the West Bank (the military would not be involved in solving a crime within the Green Line) and that the terrorists are being harbored in a radical West Bank settlement.

      That remains correct. Involvement of the IDF means either that they believed the suspects were in the West Bank or that the West Bank played an important part in the crime. For all you know (& I’m trying to discover this myself) the terror cell may’ve been apprehended there. The first passage you quoted said the “conspiracy doesn’t seem particularly rooted in the WB.” Rooted means that it sprang up within the West Bank and that the killers were based in settlements. At least one suspect IS from a settlement. But it appears that the leader of the cabal came from within Israel. His ideology isn’t different than settlerism. But his geographical location was.

  2. I suppose the state will level the homes of these accused, before any convictions, as is established routine already. The bulldozers will of course punish the FAMILIES of these perps, won’t it? After all…

    1. Don’t forget pre-emptive strikes, assassination of the Shas leadership and banning of its members to Ukraine.

      “Though well known as a rabbi of a relatively ‘strict’ nature among the haredi public, like his predecessor, outside the community he is known for his polemic comments – namely against the religious Zionist party Bayir Yehudi and its voters. The most recent of such comments was when he called the religious Zionist public ‘Amalek’ – a derogatory concept used by some rabbis to describe atheism or threats to the Jewish people and faith.”

      Rabbis Threaten Kerry with ‘Divine Wrath’
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  3. ” So an opportunity to prevent the eventual murder was lost by the typically racist, incompetent police force.”

    The ‘racist, incompetent’ police solved the crime as well as the murder of Shelly Danon, which may have been a ‘nationalist’ crime as well.

    BTW. You scoffed and called me a racist when I commented that the police would solve this crime sooner than the murderers of the kidnapped Jewish boys would be given up by their ‘hamulla’ (clan).

    1. @ Lou: No the police didn’t solve the crime, the Shabak did. The Shabak was the agency which believed the crime was Jewish terror. The police pursued the idea that it was an honor killing.

      Use the word “hamula” again is the semi-racist way you have & you’ll move from moderation to banning. Unless you’re willing to speak of Jewish tribes & clans.

  4. You wrote:
    “Though there are two police officers on the bus they do nothing except stand between the two parties. They make no attempt to force any of the attackers off the bus.”

    The two people in uniform seen in the video are IDF officers, not police officers, by certainty (according to their badges) . One can here in the video that they are waiting for the police to arrive. The two were most probably in the bus by accident. You can see in the video that they stand between the angry mob and the Israeli Palestinian, protecting him with their own body, and getting beaten along the way by the mob. Their act is courageous.

    Please don’t judge people who protect other people with their own body from being lynched by an angry mob, if you haven’t been in such a situation.

    1. @ Michael: The IDF personnel weren’t “beaten by the mob.” The asshole took a swing at the Israeli Palestinian, hit him once and the second time may’ve accidentally struck one of the officers. The soldiers only prevented a lynch, but didn’t do anything affirmative to intervene and end the altercation as they could have. There is NO sign of police or that anyone called the police.

      If you make claims back them up with evidence. Saying they IDF personnel called the police or that anyone did isn’t factual based on that video.

      I have been in a situation where I was almost lynched in Israel. I was among a group attacked by a rock throwing mob. You don’t know anything about me.

      1. I should have been more clear:
        1:05 – the soldier is saying to the Palestinian (who says that he wants to leave the bus): “No, you won’t leave – until the police arrives, seat down”
        I didn’t claim that the IDF personal called the police, as you for some reason suggested. I don’t know who called the police, but the sound bite in 1:05 is clear enough. It also indicates that someone already called the police.

        by beatings I meant:
        2:00 – the senior IDF officer is being pushed by the mob, falling on the bus seat
        2:22 – the other officer is being attacked by the the guy in red shirt
        2:38 – onward – the senior IDF officer is protecting the Palestinian with his body from the mob’s beatings.

        My point is that the IDF officers were most probably on that bus by accident, and its not clear from the video alone how could they have acted otherwise (apart from preventing a lynch, as you said, and waiting for the police, as I said.) They have no real authority – they are not the police. In your post it is still claimed that its the police. I don’t see the act of preventing a lynch as a trivial act, it takes courage.

        And I take back the last sentence of my last comment.

        1. I take back the last sentence of my last comment.

          Thank you. Luckily this was in 1979, when rightist violence was still relatively mild. They threw rocks at us and one hit me in the mouth. I’d never been hit by a rock by anyone. It was quite a sobering experience. Luckily it didn’t do major damage, but left an impression. The settlers have advanced from rock throwing to outright murder, I’m afraid.

          As for the video, through the shouting, screaming and cross talk it was hard for me to make out as much of the conversation you did. Thanks for adding that detail.

  5. The name “Ezra Batzri” is part of a hoax. The name Menachem Mendel Beilis is also making the rounds.. he was accused of blood libel in 1913 in Kiev.. and died in 1939..

    1. @ Ed: At least you didn’t perpetrate the same lie as others who said Mendel Beilis was mentioned in the same post I published here. Another FB post clearly affiliated with Israeli rightists mentioned Batzri’s & Beilis’ name in the same post. The FB posting I’ve published here is from a different account & is the original posting. The other is clearly planted as disinformation. Which you’ve bought into since you’re part of the rightist hasbara apparatus. It’s YOU Ed, who is the hoax!

  6. “Though there are two police officers on the bus they do nothing except stand between the two parties. They make no attempt to force any of the attackers off the bus.”

    The officers are IDF officers, not police officers as can easily be seen by their uniform and badges. As far as I know, they have no authority to force the law inside Israel. (Almost all) IDF soldiers do not carry weapon while in vacation anymore, so they had little to do, beyond what they did.

  7. Religious Racism: Rabbi David Batzri and Son Yitzhak

    Religious Racism

    Rabbi David Batzri and his son Yitzhak were investigated by police after they made racist remarks against Arabs and protested against a mixed Arab-Jewish school in Jerusalem. [66][67] As part of a 2008 plea bargain, Yitzhak was sentenced to community service, and David issued a declaration saying he was opposed to any racist incitement and said that he calls for love, brotherhood and friendship. [68]

    Dov Lior, Chief Rabbi of Hebron and Kiryat Arba in the southern West Bank and head of the “Council of Rabbis of Judea and Samaria” issued a religious edict saying “a thousand non-Jewish lives are not worth a Jew’s fingernail” [69][70][71] and stated that captured Arab terrorists could be used to conduct medical experiments, [72] and also ruled that Jewish Law forbids employing Arabs or renting homes to them. [73][74] Lior denied holding racist views. [75] In June 2011 the Rabbi was arrested by Israeli police and questioned on suspicion of inciting violence. [76][77] Both opposition leader Tzipi Livni and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called for a full judicial investigation of Lior’s remarks and said that rabbis were not above the law. [78] In October 2010, Ovadia Yosef, a former Sephardi chief rabbi, stated that the sole purpose of non-Jews “is to serve Jews”.[79]

    [Source: Wikipedia]

  8. Soccer fan attack on Palestinians sparks Israeli debate – March 2012

    An initially under-reported attack by militant supporters of controversial Beitar Jerusalem Football Club known for their anti-Palestinian, anti-Ashkenazi Jewish attitudes on Palestinian shoppers and workers in a Jerusalem shopping mall and the Israeli police’s failure to intervene and arrest any the attackers has outraged many Israelis and is raising questions about the moral fiber of a society that tolerates such incidents as well as a soccer club that is unashamedly racist.

    Police launched an investigation into the incident that was caught on security camera video only after the liberal Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported the assault and asked how Israel would have reacted if France had responded similarly to last week’s attack on a Jewish school in Toulouse in which four people, including three children, were killed. The alleged killer died in a shootout with police after an intense manhunt and a more than 30-hour siege.

    “Those who fail to raise their voice now over Malha will get Toulouse in Jerusalem. Sticks today, guns tomorrow,” warned Haaretz commentator Gideon Levy.

    Palestinian life is cheap and disposable, but Jewish life is sacrosanct

  9. I believe that only 2 Muslim soccer players were actually signed…unsure how many he brought over on trial…

  10. For the record, the uniformed officers on the bus are one Air Force officer and one Army officer, not police.

  11. Israel: Where Soccer Fans Boo Their Own Players When They Score

    (The Nation) – If we accept Zimmerman’s statement as true, that Beitar holds a mirror up to the entire country, then its actions in recent years become all the more frightening. Last March after a game, hundreds of Beitar supporters flooded a shopping mall in West Jerusalem, brutally assaulting a group of Palestinian custodians while chanting “Death to the Arabs.” Mohammed Yusef, one of the cleaners who was part of cleaning service, described it as “a mass lynching attempt.” The next day’s headline in Haaretz says as much: “Hundreds of Beitar Jerusalem fans beat up Arab workers in mall; no arrests.”

  12. Moshe Zimmermann, a sports historian at Hebrew University, told The New York Times that he sees something darker at work in the soccer stands than just hooligans taking fandom too far: “People in Israel usually try to locate Beitar Jerusalem as some kind of the more extreme fringe; this is a way to overcome the embarrassment. The fact is that the Israeli society on the whole is getting more racist, or at least more ethnocentric, and this is an expression.”

    While Beitar has been given a great deal of leeway by authorities when carrying out acts of intimidation, it has also become somewhat of an international embarrassment. Last year, Dan Ephron of Newsweek wrote about the team with the sub-headline, “Jerusalem’s favorite football team has hiring policies reminiscent of Apartheid and Jim Crow.” The article, which has nary a quote from any Palestinians, does cite an Israeli soccer writer named Yoav Borowitz. Ephron writes:

    Borowitz likens Beitar to the white-only rugby teams of South Africa during the apartheid era, a comparison most Israelis would find repugnant. In a recent blog post, Borowitz vowed to no longer cover Beitar and called on other journalists to do the same.

    “A soccer club that’s unwilling to sign Arabs belongs in the trash bin of history. I myself have written more than a few articles about Beitar.… I won’t do it anymore.”

    1. Moshe is NOT a sports historian. He is a historian whose main interest is Jewish history in Germany pre-WWII. A focus of his work is the events leading to the explusion of Jews from Germany (his own family is from Hamburg) and the Holocaust.

  13. The officers on the bus are not police officers, but rather military (Air force) officers on the way to work. As such, they have no legal authority to arrest anyone for hate speech. The allegations you made are therefore unfounded.

      1. “official authority” officers in the military are responsible for their unit. there was no police. you just raring to blame the Israelis for every bad thing that happens.
        your articles on Gaza war are one sided totally. it seems to me you are full of hate on Zionism.

  14. Thank you, Richard Silverstein, for this very valuable and crucial report about the
    Jewish suspects in the killing of Abu Khdeir. From the “price tag” terrorists, to
    the Hilltop Youth, to the remnants of Kahane Chai and the Kach Party, fanatical
    networks have festered in the settlements. As I understand it, suspects that are
    well-known to the FBI for involvement in the 1985 killing Palestinian Alex Odeh,
    lived openly in the Jewish settlement in Hebron. Enough of blood and tears. Enough.
    Thanks again.

  15. The 2 idiots that torched Beitar’s offices were located and sentenced to 22 months and 10 months in jail. They were from Kiryat Gat area (Southern part of Israel).

  16. Retweeted by ShomronSettlersCmte @vhadshomron • 7 jul.

    מתיישבי השומרון

    פצצה מתקתקת- חייבים לשים לזה סוף. שתפו והזמינו חברים.

    אנא, שתפו את הפוסט, הזמינו חברים דרך האיוונט והצטרפו אלינו.

    ועד מתיישבי השומרון
    אוהבים את הארץ שלנו


  17. Just one point — on your recommendation that Beitar be punished for a year — I think I’d hold the team less to blame and La Familia more. It should be labelled a terrorist organization or criminally outlawed somehow (like the Kach they admire) and its members, like those who Price Tag, should all be treated like terrorists in the eyes of the law.

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