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The Truths Left in the Shadows: Palestinian Governments are Serial Human Rights Violators

May 24, 2012

Israel oftenly receives harsh criticism and is accused of systematically violating the Palestinians’ rights and general human rights as well. Now, I’m not saying that everything’s perfect (then again, look at what we know that most modern, western and free countries around the world are doing at the same time), that these claims are 100 percent false (nor am I saying they’re 100 percent right), but as Israel receives less than proportionate global focus, condemnation and criticism, I’d like to take this opportunity to talk about something that is oftenly kept in the dark – the incredible human rights violations committed by the Palestinian governments.

You see, unlike many nations and people under opression throughout the world (and of course in the Middle East region, as we’ve come to see in the past year and a half), the Palestinians have active governments. Two, in fact. Because of the Palestinian fued, de-facto there are two seperate Palestinian governments in power. One in the West Bank (the Fatah government) and one in the Gaza Strip (the Hamas government).

Many people who enjoy (this is my verb of choice and I am sticking to it!) criticising Israel, like to quote from Amnesty reports. And while the report clearly shows that there are millions of people around the world who need international help and support and get ingnored while the Palestinians receives ho so many spotlight, and there are much harsher human rights violations going ignored by most of the world’s attention everyday, the people who like to quote Amnesty reports, neglect to account for the Palestinians own violations.

Personally, I have mixed feelings regarding these reports. But for those who quote them, you might as well quote them in full!

Anyway, when Amnesty released their annual report today, I found it important to remind these people that they are advocating not for the relief of the suffering of the Palestinians, but for them to stay under constant rules that systematically violates thier human rights.

What are the Palestinians violations, according to Amnesty? Well, for instance –

  • The Palestinian governments don’t allow freedom of assembly, freedom of press, freedom of speech.
  • Journalists, bloggers and other critics of the Palestinian governments are prosecuted and sentenced to jail.
  • The Palestinian factions make arbitrary political arrests of the other party’s people (according to the report, the number of arbitrary arrests is roughly 1,700).
  • Palestinian people trialed in Palestinian courts are only put to trial in military courts with judges that have poor to no understanding of the law.
  • They have no seperation of power. The justice system has no justice in it.
  • Many prisoners are tortured and abused. Among the tortures mentioned in the report are savage beatings, hanging by the wrists and ankles, forced to stand in painful positions for long periods of times and so on.

And there’s more. The report cites four deaths in Gaza prisons the organization find to be suspicious. The previous annual report of Amnesty, by the way, also details 8 journalists who were tortured in Palestinian prisons.

So for those who blame Israel and only Israel for the suffering of the Palestinians, there’s another truth out there. Another villian.

If you truly want to help the Palestinians, you should aim your work for the benefit of the Palestinian people, rather than against Israel.

Because even though it’s extremely hard for some to acknowledge this, Israel is not the only problem and the only side in this conflict. It simply isn’t. There’s another side. Who is refusing to enter any kind of negotiations for more than two years now. A side that tortures its’ people. Forcing them to live in war. Taking away their freedoms. And that side ain’t Israel.

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The Radical Left: Where Activists Won’t Be Harmed, Where They Are Not Needed

April 21, 2012

Before I say anything, please let me be clear about one thing – diverdity of opinions and ideas is a wonderful thing, every society must aspire to. The following post is not about “silencing voices” – it’s about a phenomena. Earlier this week I posted about an Israeli officer who was dismissed after caught on camera hitting an activist. The phenomena of European activists, from the far left (and then a little further) of of the political view map, is the one I’d like to address here.

Why? Because it’s a growing phenomena. Because Israel is facing these activists on a daily basis. Because I truly try to understand (and fails) why someone would choose to focus all his energy on this specific conflict, when I see the world we’re living in, not to mention my neighborhood.

And before you jump of rage, let me make another thing very clear – Israel is a democracy and I, as well as these activists, enjoy this fact very much. I do not wish to be compared to a dicatorship. I am merely pointing out, that the world is a dangerous place everywhere, yet one place in particular (Israel) recieves undivided attention, numerous resources and so on, leaving many many many people around the world, nearly completely ignored! People who actually need the attention, the resources and so on.

Now, I’m not going to try and guess what these activists motives are – whether it’s anti-semetic, boredom, the need for advanture, or even if they truly care about human rights but simply afriad for their own.

I am merely going to point out the duplicity of them focusing only on Israel (and only is the keyword).

Just off the top of my head, the issues around the world getting almost completely ignored, are:

  • Famine and Hunger in North Korea, where only recently people were sentenced to hard labor in camps for no crying enough for the death of their leader.
  • Over a billion Chiense people who live under rules which among other things control the number of children they’re allowed to have, and enjoy no free choice whatsoever (not to mention that when the Olympics or Expo comes to China, they are simply moved or hidden without any regard to their human rights). China is the number one country in executions around the world.
  • The runner-up – Iran’s dicatotrship has become even more brutal since the failed 2009 uprising. Evidences (some extremely graphic and horrifying) about sentences of whip lashes, tortures and rapes in prisons of citizens, and forcing compliance to an extreme religious law (which includes deploying officers on the streets to scold women showing “too much” skin). As I’ve said, Iran has the second most executions per year around the World.
  • Muritania which hosts 600,000’s slaves.
  • Pakistan where for instance a woman by the name of Asia Bibi awaits execution for blasphemy because she’s Christian.
  • Russia’s leadership just won the elections by an obvious fake vote (99.97% of Chechnya county voted?!). St. Petersburd is working on a law that would make the act of coming out of the closet a criminal offense!
  • How about the unfree people of the Muslim and Arab world? The ones whose limbs are amputated in Saudi Arabia for misdemeanors? Or the women not allowed to drive? The protestors who were killed in Bahrain? And the other millions of people who are not allowed to vote, protest, marry, speak their minds and are been incarcerated daily for things these activists take for granted?
  • To that end – what about the people of Gaza? Who are living under an extreme Islamic law, whose rulers took power over their lives by force and bloodshed? Who force them to live in war? Where they are executed, imprisoned, denied the ability to protest or speek out against Hamas, or any other of the extreme fanatic terror groups controling their lives and stashing weapons and rockets under their pillows?
  • What about Cuba, Venezuela, Tibet, Sudan, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, The Kurdish Issue, Guinea, Mianmr, Uganda, Somlia and so on and so on and so on!
  • What about the atrocities committed by their own countries? Guantanamo Bay, the continuing tortures of Afgan people for intelligence, The Iraq war (while troops were still displayed), the attacks by NATO and US army in Pakistan, Yemen and so on?

The Palestinians have a much better status than any one of these people who actually need the activists of the world to speak and act for them, but only a small portions does!

The Palestinian people have their own leadership, with international recognition (except for Hamas in Gaza, which won a violent coup).

The Palestinian people have a seat in the UN since 1974.

The Palestinian people have their own UN agency to deal with their so-called refugees (while every other refugee is treated by one agency for all).

The Palestinian people have diplomatic delegacies in many countries around the world, including all of Europe and North America.

The Palestinian people write op-eds in Western newspapers (Like Mahmoud Abbas’, PA President, article in The New York Times last May).

The Palestinian people have engaged in numerous negotiations with Israel (and have declined all offers made to them to this day), and in fact their lack of will to end the conflict (their leadership benefits from worldwide) has even won them a UNESCO seat.

The Palestinian people have many (many!) Israeli NGOs defending them, protesting for them, filing complaints in their names (Betslem, Shalom Achshav, Yesh Din and many many more!). These organizations recieve funding from many European countries.

Even private Palestinian people recieve legal and monetary help from European countries and the aforementioned NGOs when private people of Israel sue them in Israeli court, in dispute over the ownership of their homes.

The overwhelming majority of UN decisions and condemnations are in favor of the Palestinian people, while completely ignoring the people of China, Cuba, North Korea (one condemnations in almost a decade!), Russia, Uganda, Venezuela, Tibet, Somalia, Yemen and ho so many more.

Moreover, the Palestinian people are “fighting”rockets are fired at Israeli citizens daily. Stones are thrown at moving cars daily (last September they caused a man to crash his car, killing both him and his 1 year old son). Demonstrations are taking place every week (and though it’s saddening when it happens, only a short small few of these end in casualties, and their majority are certainly handled in less violence than US police when they evicted the “Occupy Wall-Street” movement). Palestinian leaders are interviewed in Israeli media, invited to take part in Israeli panels, and so on.

Why?! Please explain to me why the Palestinian people recieve an overwhelming majority of the worlds’ activists (most of them only operating in this conflict and not in any other non-domestic conflict), while so many others get ignored? Live in famine and disease. Die untreated for AIDS, TB, malaria and more. Fear that their words would end them in torture, in prison, on death row. WHY?!

Israeli Military Cheif of Staff Dismisses Officer Caught in Violent Episode

April 18, 2012

Last Saturday, a group of activists went on a bike ride in Jordan Valley in protests of [their accusation of] Israel’s withdrawal of water from Palestinians in the territory (a complete and absurd distortion, as I’ll explain later in the post).

According to Israeli military, when they spotted the ride [approved as a legal and valid demonstration in advance with the Israeli army] was drifting off its’ course and about to block a major route and disturb the public order, they approched the activists with the attempt to block their provacation.

While many things are in dispute, one isn’t – there was a clash between the activists and Israeli soldiers. During which, one of the officers – Lieutenant colonel Shalom Eisner – was filmed by the activists hitting a Danish activist in the face with his gun.

The activists did not file a complaint against the officer or the event, they simply used the footage in the psychological warfare against Israel, in the de-legitimization process of demonizing it. They uploaded the video onto the internet.

As soon as Israeli media got a hold of the footage, it broadcasted it and brought it to the attention of both the public and the military’s higher ranks of command.

On Sunday, every major news broadcast agency (both TV and Internet, and later on on Monday morning in print) reported it first thing (first page news!).

On Sunday, The officer in question was called for questioning in his commander’s officer. His explanations were found unsatisfactory and was put on immediate leave. A military police investigation has been opened against both him and the other officers and soldiers present at the scene who failed to report it.

On Monday, The event was strongly condemned by many, including: Israeli President, Shimon Peres; Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu; Israeli Military Cheif of Staff, Beni Gantz.

On Tuesday, A preliminary report of the event and the investigation was wired to the Cheif of Staff, who requested immediate clariffications about some of its’ parts.

On Wednesday, less than 72 hours since the matter has been brought to his attention, Israeli military Cheif of Staff, Beni Gantz, dismissed Lieutenant colonel Eisner and denied him the much-coveted position he was to enter in two months.

Both Gantz and Eisner’s direct commander found that though the activists were causing a provacation, it did not justify use of force, and that Eisner acted not according to protocol (who demanded he let the police handle the attempt to disturbt public order, rather than directly engage the activists).  Eisner himself claimed violence was used against both him and the other soldiers, and claims two of his fingers were broken shortly before his own violence (and has filed medical reports of his injury’s treatment from Saturday night). However, the investigation concludes that even if that were true (the Army’s own footage of the event could not prove of disprove his version due to a technical failure), the footage clearly shows he was not in danger (even if for merely a couple of seconds), when he assaulted the Danish activist.

Lieutenant colonel Shalom Eisner, a few days after the incident.
Photographed By: Omer Miron

Once again, I would like to mention that the activists in play chose to not file the any complaint (it was the military police who asked the Danish activist to do so. I am unaware if he actually did) and only use the footage against Israel as a whole! I suppose it stems from their own bias anti-Israeli belief (the same one who made them take part in the bike ride in the first place) and their unrealistic view of both the situation and the forces at play (including who they percieve to be “evil“). But the truth is different! While the reality of the territory is much more complex, Israeli military has a harsh penalty system that trials and investigates many matters [such as that and much lighter]. In fact, when the Danish government approched Israel on the matter on Monday (due to media reports), Israel’s Prime Minister has already condemned the event and the officer in question was already under investigation.

It should be said time and time again until these people get it – Israel is in a complex situation (not unlike a fairy tale one full of dichotomies), and its’ military has an etheical and legal code that all its’ members must honor or face the consequences. It is based on the British model and has evolved since and is today very similiar the one in various military around the world including Britian, France, Spain, United States, Australia and so on. Is every case brought to full justice? Not necessarily (but that’s also true for the non-military conflicts in any democratic and open society). But just like not every incident in a NATO operation is investigated to the full extent of the law as we’d like (and Wikileaks documents show major cover-ups of operations, especially in Iraq but also in Afganistan), and those photographed have a much higher chance for immediate response (like the infamous case of the American soldiers violenting Afgan bodies), the truth of the matter is Israel’s army is not different than those of most European, North American and South Down Under regions armies. Including in matters such as this.

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In Preparation For the Violent “March to Jerusalem”

March 29, 2012

It has been a busy month. I’m sorry for now writing more and posting more. Unfortunately, there’s always things to write about. The horrible terror attack in Toulouse, the horrific escalation with Gaza militans a few weeks ago (which I wrote about at its’ start), and much more. And while “calm” has been restored the south of Israel (three mortar shells were fired tonight from the Gaza Strip so far), I had to take a little bit of time from my personal life, to address something that’s potentioally big.

You see, while I hope it doesn’t open any news broadcasts tomorrow because I truly hope (as well as the majority of people in Israel, and the most high of ranks in its’ government and military) tomorrow will be a casualties-free day. Unfortunately, odds are it won’t be this way.

A large group of Islamic organazations as well as radical-left activists (whose actions speak about their lack on interest in true atrocities and the excessive war against one entity in the whole world), are planning tommorow a provacation. One that is knowingly putting lives at danger, all for the cold cynical and despicable prospect of media attention and distortion.

While protests may take place around Europe (one is planned in front of the Israeli embassy in London), some may be a lot less peaceful. Organizers are planning to have people march towards Israel’s borders, inflitrate it, defy its’ soverignty and hope that camera worldwide would see them either blown up by mine fields and shot dead while committing the crime of “breaking and entering” a country, illegally, in defiance. THEY ARE OPTING FOR DEATH – AS LONG AS IT MAKES ISRAEL LOOK BAD – THEY’RE VICIOUSLY PRO-DEATH!

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