ZIONIST CRIME LOG: Olive trees uprooted; children targeted; airspace violated
Sabbah Report; November 3, 2010
By Dr. Elias Akleh
Palestinians in the Israeli-occupied West Bank face waves after waves of Israeli terror campaigns throughout the year. These terror waves are committed by Israeli extremist settlers (colonizers) as well as the Israeli army.
The most common attacks include violent trespassing on Palestinian properties during the night; stone throwing at civilians and their homes; physical assaults on farmers, children and women; destruction of all types of properties; burning civilian structures, crops and trees; shooting livestock; poisoning wells; theft of crops; and the cutting down of fruit trees.
The worst of these Israeli terror attacks are committed during harvest season, especially during olive season.
Olive trees are very important part of the Palestinian agricultural economy. They have been a major source of livelihood for Palestinians for thousands of years. Olive groves are spread all over the country and every Palestinian house has a couple of olive trees in its front or backyards. Many olive trees are thousands of years old.
As one of their key sources of income, the olive harvest season is a time of critical importance for Palestinians. Harvesting olives is a Palestinian communal activity that involves all classes of population. All family members; children as well as seniors, can be seen working in the fields. School students also volunteer to help farmers during the season.
Olive mills and pressers open for business during this season to produce oil, to can pickled olives, and to export the products to other countries. The whole country becomes as busy as a bee hive. Over the last decades olive harvesting has become increasingly difficult due to Israeli settlers (colonizers) and army attacks.
Israeli governments as well as extremist settlers (colonizers) understand that Palestinians get more attached to their country during harvest season, especially during olive harvest. In order for the Zionist Israeli transfer/eviction plan of Palestinians to succeed, this Palestinian sacred attachment to the land must be broken. Thus the Palestinian economy and especially farm land is targeted by the Israeli government as well as the terrorist settlers (colonizers).
To destroy Palestinian farm land the Israeli government designates fields as closed military areas, surround it with barbed wires, and prevent entry to Palestinian farmers. The Israeli apartheid/separation wall had also isolated Palestinian farmers from their land.
Although Palestinians resort to Israeli High Court requesting permissions to access their land during harvest seasons, yet no access has ever been granted. Neglected and unattended the fields and the trees become spoiled. After a few years the Israeli government claims custodianship of the fields according to the Israeli law of “Absentees’ Property”. Israeli contractors, then, uproot all fruit trees and build colonies.
Israeli armed extremist terrorist settlers (colonizers) build their colonies on usurped Palestinian land and start terrorizing the adjacent Palestinian villages. Understanding the value and importance of the olive groves to the Palestinian farmers, those extremist Israeli terrorists target this major economic source in an attempt to drive Palestinians away.
They invade olive groves with their tractors and bulldozers to harvest the olives for themselves, to uproot trees, to cut branches, to poison water wells, to set fire to crops, and to attack all Palestinians, who attempt to protect their fields. Many times, at the beginning of harvest season, they spray the fruit trees with chemicals to spoil the harvest and to kill the trees.
The terror attacks of settlers (colonizers) during harvest time has been gradually increasing every year until lately it had become a widespread phenomenon. The Israeli Haaretz noted that Israeli police reports have shown that settlers’ attacks against Palestinians during olive harvest season this year is the highest for the last ten years.
I have counted in the media at least 35 terrorist attacks throughout the West Bank specifically related to olive harvest since the beginning of month of October. Many other attacks have not been reported due isolation and to media obstruction. Such number is a clear indication of a widespread systematic plan of targeting Palestinian farmers during their olive harvest.
Other terrorist attacks, such as setting fire to schools and mosques, shooting Palestinian civilians, intentional vehicular hit-and-run of Palestinian children, violent night raids against Palestinian homes, and eviction of Palestinian families and forceful occupation of their homes are still rampant although not counted in this article.
The majority of settlers’ terrorist attacks (90 percent) took place in areas where the Israeli army has security jurisdiction under the Oslo Accord. The increasing frequencies of the attacks indicate at least an intentional failure of the Israeli security forces to protect Palestinians.
Under international law an occupying power (Israel in this case) is responsible for the safety of the people under occupation (the Palestinians). The attacks keep on happening in the same areas over and over again. If willing, the Israeli government could send security forces to these areas to prevent clashes. In its complicity the Israeli government encourages terrorist settlers (colonizers) to continue their attacks.
These terrorist settlers (colonizers) are not restricted to one certain segment of Israelis, rather they come from the whole social spectrum of Israelis: religious, orthodox, secular and mixed colonizers. Their terrorism reflects the true genocidal nature of the Zionist ethnic cleansing philosophy and plan for establishing Greater Israel in an Arab-free Middle East.
Pictures and videos all over the internet show the presence of Israeli soldiers watching settlers attacking Palestinians and don’t break up the clashes except to defend settlers, and to harass, beat, arrest Palestinians who dare to defend their groves, and to confiscate the whole harvested crops claiming it as evidence. In cases were arson is involved the Israeli soldiers usually obstruct access of Palestinian firefighters at nearby roadblocks.
Many Palestinian farmers had resorted to the Israeli police reporting the attacks and requesting protection. Since the job of the Israeli police is to protect settlers (colonizers) rather than Palestinians, they ignore such reports. The Israeli Yesh-Din organization (Volunteers for Human Rights) released a study showing that over 90 percent of police alleged investigations into settlers’ attacks against Palestinians fail to produce any indictment and were closed on the grounds of “unknown perpetrators” or insufficient evidence.
The phenomenon of terrorist attacks by Israeli settlers (colonizers) against Palestinian farmers have been noticed by international human rights organizations such as the International Solidarity Movement (ISM), who have arranged to send international volunteers to help and to protect Palestinian farmers while harvesting olives.
The presence of such international volunteers, with their cameras, had in some areas deterred and prevented violent settlers (colonizers) and Israeli soldiers from attacking Palestinian farmers. In other areas, ISM volunteers themselves were specifically targeted by extremist settlers (colonizers) and had sustained injuries even during the presence of Israeli soldiers, who just stood there watching the attacks.
Since attacking ISM volunteers have been captured on cameras and broadcasted throughout European countries, the Israeli government has adopted strict and harsh measures to deny international volunteers entry at the airport. The Israeli army has also issued orders to Palestinian villages warning them that housing international activists is illegal and would result in arrests.
It was also reported through Palestinian radio that large fines of 6000 NIS have been sentenced against farmers who had invited international activists to accompany them during the olive harvest.
After the harvest, Palestinian farmers either sell their olives as is, or press them and sell them as olive oil. Another Israeli method of destroying Palestinian olive harvests is by imposing high fees and taxations against the export of Palestinian olive products. Since the Israeli army controls all border terminals, the Israeli government hinders and delays the export of olives.
On many occasions the products would be stored in warehouses until they got spoiled while waiting for export permits. Meanwhile, Palestinians are charged high fees and taxes for storing and exporting their olives. Farmers end up selling their products locally for very cheap prices. Israeli companies would also buy the products from the farmers then turn around and sell them abroad as Israeli products making a lot of profits.
The Israeli government always puts the responsibility on the Hamas government [in Gaza] or the Lebanese government for any violent border incident against Israeli settlers. Yet it does not take any responsibility for their terrorist settlers attacking Palestinian farmers, stealing their crops, and burning their trees. On the contrary, Palestinian farmers are taken to Israeli courts, charged with attacking settlers, and forced to pay large amounts of fines. Such actions send a clear encouraging message to settlers to continue their terrorist crimes.
Settlers’ (colonizers) attacks have become as guaranteed a phenomenon as the harvest season itself. Those terrorist settlers (colonizers) are funded by large segments of the American Jewish community and by American tax-exempted Jewish organizations with the knowledge and protection of both the Justice Department and Department of Home Land Security. Such funding encourages more terrorism and counter-terrorism rather than the peace the Obama administration claims to pursue in the Middle East.
Dr. Elias Akleh is an Arab writer of Palestinian descent born in the town of Beit Jala. His family was first evicted from Haifa after the “Nakba” of 1948, then from Beit Jala after the “Nakseh” of 1967. He now lives in the US and publishes his articles on the web in both English and Arabic.
The above article can be found here: http://sabbah.biz/mt/archives/2010/11/03/israeli-settlers-terror/
‘Settlers up assaults on Palestinian kids‘
Press TV (Iran); November 1, 2010
A new study has revealed that Israeli settlers have intensified acts of violence against Palestinian children over the past two years.
The study conducted by Defense for Children International-Palestine (DCI) said on Monday that it has investigated 38 cases of settler violence against minors.
The attacks caused the deaths of three children and left 42 others injured, the rights group said.
The study also found the attacks are usually carried out in groups and include verbal harassment, intimidation, physical assault and the destruction of property.
Physical assault and intimidation was reported in at least 15 cases, and stone throwing in another nine incidents. In 13 of the cases, settlers opened fire, killing three children and injuring another 10.
Verbal abuse was documented in almost every case, according to the report.
“Continued settlement expansion and a growing settler population in the occupied territory have severely impacted the security of the Palestinian population, particularly children, whose lives are increasingly threatened by willful attacks perpetrated by extremist settlers,” the report said.
In eight cases, soldiers colluded with the assailants either by joining in, turning a blind eye to or punishing the victims rather than the perpetrators.
Israel‘s failure to enforce the law and hold the perpetrators accountable for their actions has “created an atmosphere in which settlers enjoy impunity and Palestinians live in fear,” the DCI study concluded.
The above article can be found here: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/149170.html
‘Children new target in Silwan ethnic-cleansing campaign’
Palestine Monitor; October 25, 2010
Since the murder of Samer Sahan by a settler guard on September 22, Jerusalem police and security forces have filled the streets of Silwan. Every day, the neighborhood teems with police patrolling the streets on foot and in cars. This past week alone, the police conducted a massive arrest campaign, detaining at least 23 residents.
“They call them the rangers of the settlers. It’s really making life so much more difficult.” Mustapha Siyam, a resident of Silwan, said.
Particularly startling, however, is the arrests this week have included at least six children between the ages of eight and 12. The charge against the children is always the same — throwing rocks — and they are usually released after a day. Imran was detained and interrogated for four hours before being fined 2,000 NIS and sentenced to two weeks house arrest.
Muna Hasan, who works for the Wadi Hilweh Information Center, explained, “The charge for arresting minors is always throwing stones. But for the past few days, the children were not throwing stones, there was nothing. They just picked them from the streets for nothing.”
On Wednesday October 18, three minors were arrested in Silwan, including one boy who was recovering from a recent surgery.
A few days earlier on Monday, October 16, three children between the ages of 10 and 12 were detained. One of them, Muslim Auda, aged 10, returned to his family with his legs heavily bruised from beatings he had received from the undercover police who arrested him.
“Investigators beat them, shout at them, and they also try to make them a collaborator. They use methods that are not even appropriate for adults. They make children tell them who the children throwing stones are.” Hasan said.
Imran reported to his parents that when he was being interrogated, the police asked who else throws rocks.
Hasan is not surprised by the escalation of harassment. “It’s not new, of course. You know Silwan has the highest percentage of arrested people in East Jerusalem, in minors especially… We think all the Israeli practices, including the arrests, including letting settlers do what they are doing, all of this is coming under the same fact that they want to put more and more pressure on the Palestinians.”
Silwan is one of the poorest neighborhoods in Jerusalem. The families and residents lack many basic services, including schools, community centers, and resources for their children. Due to Israeli zoning, a very small proportion of land in East Jerusalem has been allocated for building. Furthermore, obtaining a building permit costs up to USD $25,000-30,000. The impossibility of building has made living quarters intolerably overcrowded.
“The parents don’t have the capacity to involve their children in community centers or playgrounds outside of Silwan. Also the pressures that are on the parents from Israeli laws, taxes, and demolition orders, all of these pressures make the situation worse”, Hasan told us.
Despite the pressures, the resilient local community has found ingenuity to cope. In 2007, Palestinian residents in Silwan founded the Madaa Creative Center in order to create a safe place for children to develop their creativity through music and art, and maintain their Palestinian identity.
“Residents themselves took the initiative to start this on their own; they don’t wait for any authorities to build a place for their children.” Hasan said.
In 2008, in response to Mayor Nir Barkat’s demolition order of 88 houses in Silwan to make room for the expansion of the City of David archaeological park, the Palestinian residents erected a large tent. In the tent the locals organize prayer, meetings, children’s activities, and other community events. On October 21, former US president Jimmy Carter visited Silwan and met with local community leaders in the tent.
The latest addition to locally formed organizations is the Wadi Hilwah Information Center, formed by a group of residents in 2009. The aim of the center is to tell the Palestinian history of this village as a means to counter the increasingly dominant Jewish narrative that has been promulgated by the archaeological site, the City of David.
According to Hasan, visitors and tourists who come to the City of David are instructed about the origins of the neighborhood exclusively by the settler organization, Elad. Elad’s brief presents the area as primarily the archaeological site of the ancient Judean King David. This narrow view obscures and denies the history and current reality of the Palestinian residents of the area.
“Wadi Hilweh aims to emphasize the Palestinian identity of this village, and also tell all the violations against the Palestinians from the settlers and from the Israeli authorities,” he said. The Wadi Hilweh Information Center also issues daily reports on clashes, arrests, and beatings that occur in Silwan.
So in spite of the escalated intimidation tactics of arrests, interrogations, and threats, the community of Silwan remains unbowed and determined to survive.
“With this tent and the centers, the Palestinians are meeting together, building trust within each other, and thinking how to resist and bring our voice to the outsiders.”
They do so in the knowledge that the Israeli authorities are determined to force them out and will countenance any method to succeed.
The above article can be found here: http://www.palestinemonitor.org/spip/spip.php?article1581
‘Israelis detain boy hit by settler’s car’
Gulf Daily News (Bahrain); October 18, 2010
JERUSALEM — Israeli police have detained a stone-throwing boy who was struck by a car driven by a settler in a flashpoint east Jerusalem neighborhood earlier this month, police said yesterday.
The news came as Israelis killed two Palestinians in an air strike north of Gaza City and their prime minister said the government had resumed talks with Hamas on swapping hundreds of Palestinian prisoners for a captive soldier held for more than four years.
Spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said Imran Mansur, 12, had been brought in on Saturday for questioning about the stone-throwing, adding that he was accompanied by his father at all times and would likely be released “soon.”
Mansur, 12, and Iyad Gheit, 10, were wearing masks and throwing stones in the Silwan neighborhood on October 8 when the car driven by David Beeri, a local leader of the hardline Elad settler organization, rounded a corner and struck them.
Mansur was thrown into the air and bounced off the car’s windscreen before crashing to the ground in the incident captured by several photographers.
The car stopped briefly before driving off.
Mansur suffered a broken leg, while Gheit was taken to the hospital to have glass removed from his arm.
Jerusalem police identified the driver as Beeri and said they questioned him and released him on the day of the incident.
Palestinian medics in Gaza said that two Palestinians were killed and a third wounded in a pre-dawn Israeli air strike north of Gaza City.
Adham Abu Selmiya, an official in the Hamas-run health ministry, said one of the men was killed immediately while the other succumbed to his wounds after being brought to a hospital. Both were in their early 20s.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu earlier said the German mediator who has been working to broker a deal to bring home the captive soldier for about a year has returned to the region.
The announcement was the latest twist in a saga that has gripped the country’s attention since Hamas-linked militants captured Sergeant Gilad Schalit in a June 2006 raid across the Gaza-Israeli border.
Secret negotiations over a swap, mediated by Egypt and more recently by Germany, have repeatedly broken down, and talks have been stalled for months.
Deals proposed in the past would have entailed Israel swapping about 1,000 Palestinian prisoners for Schalit.
The Arab League urged countries to boycott an Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development tourism conference to be hosted by Israel in the disputed city of Jerusalem this week.
“The Arab League views with extreme concern the holding of the OECD tourism conference in Jerusalem,” a senior official said in Cairo.
[The so-called ‘Arab League’ has been thoroughly compromised since its inception. The league’s calls to boycott meetings hosted by Israel are purely intended for domestic consumption — 800]
The above article can be found here: http://www.gulf-daily-news.com/NewsDetails.aspx?storyid=289345
‘CNN report: IDF sexually abused Palestinian children’
Ynet News (Israel); September 9, 2010
Damning CNN report cites uncorroborated sexual abuse charges of Palestinian children detained by IDF; army says detention of minors undertaken in line with international law, cannot respond to abuse charges as no details provided
Explosive accusations on CNN: A CNN investigative report aired Thursday slammed the treatment of Palestinian children by IDF soldiers.
The report included uncorroborated charges of sexual abuse against Palestinian youngsters while in IDF custody.
The CNN report featured an unidentified Palestinian boy claiming that IDF forces attempted to insert an object into his rectum after he was arrested. The unidentified youngster said a dozen officers were standing around and laughing while he was being interrogated, stopping only when their commander stepped into the room.
The IDF could not offer a response to the charge because the youngster’s name was not provided. The army did say that a complaint should be filed if such cases ever happened.
“Any claim regarding improper conduct by soldiers or police officers will be thoroughly examined by the relevant officials,” the army said. “We cannot address general claims on the subject in the absence of a specific complaint.”
According to human rights group Defense of Children International, cited in the CNN report, five Palestinian children said they were sexually abused by the Israeli army. No evidence or further information was provided.
‘Palestinian children exploited’
According to the report, which did not seem to include any hard evidence of IDF wrongdoing, Palestinian youngsters detained over such offences as stone-throwing are being held in contravention of the law. It cited charges that some boys underwent torture at the hands of Israeli forces.
“The detention of minors is being undertaken in line with international law,” the IDF said in response to the claims. The army further added that children under the age of 12 are not held accountable for their actions, and are released immediately after their age can be verified.
The IDF’s Avital Leibovich also dismissed the report in an interview with CNN, adding that the real tragedy in her view was the exploitation of Palestinian children, who are sent to confront Israeli troops.
The above article can be found here: http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3952077,00.html
‘Israeli drone buzzes over Lebanon skies’
Press TV (Iran); November 17, 2010
An Israeli reconnaissance aircraft has penetrated Lebanese airspace again and flown over parts of the country in violation of a UN Security Council (UNSC) resolution.
The Israeli aircraft crossed into Lebanese airspace at 17:45 p.m. local time (1445 GMT) on Tuesday and conducted several flights over Baalbek and eastern Lebanon, a statement released by the Lebanese military said.
Baalbek is located 86 km (53 miles) northeast of the Lebanese capital, Beirut.
Several hours later, the Israeli aircraft left Lebanese airspace, flying over the southern sector of the country before crossing the border.
Israel violates Lebanon’s airspace on an almost daily basis, claiming the flights serve surveillance purposes.
Lebanon’s government, the Hezbollah resistance movement and the UN Interim Force in Lebanon, known as UNIFIL, have repeatedly objected to the flights as a clear violation of UN Resolution 1701 and the country’s sovereignty.
The UNSC Resolution 1701, which brokered a ceasefire in the 2006 war Israel launched against Lebanon, has called on Tel Aviv to respect Beirut’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.
In 2009, Lebanon complained to the United Nations about Israeli aircraft violating the airspace over the south of the country.
The above article can be found here: http://www.presstv.ir/detail/151330.html
‘Israel violates Lebanon airspace… again’
Turkish Weekly; October 28, 2010
An Israeli reconnaissance aircraft has entered Lebanon’s airspace, violating the country’s sovereignty, a Lebanese military statement says.
According to the statement, the Israeli drone entered Lebanon’s territory from the southern border city of Naqoura on Tuesday morning and hovered over the southern and eastern parts of the country for about 20 hours, a Press TV correspondent in Beirut reported on Wednesday.
The military has also reported an Israeli helicopter dropping a star shell inside Lebanese territory.
The latest airspace violation comes only a few days after an Israeli reconnaissance aircraft patrolled the skies above West Bekaa — located 73 kilometers (45 miles) from the capital Beirut — and the town of Riak, close to the Syrian border.
Last week, twelve Israeli fighter jets entered Lebanon’s airspace and flew over several areas in southern Lebanon, including the city of Sidon.
Lebanon‘s military often reports airspace violations by Israeli aircraft but does not usually open fire on them.
The airspace violations, which are reported on an almost daily basis, contravene the United Nations Security Council’s Resolution 1701, which ended the Israeli war on Lebanon in 2006.
Lebanon’s government, the Hezbollah resistance movement, and the UN Interim Force in Lebanon, known as UNIFIL, have repeatedly called on Israel to respect Lebanon’s sovereignty and stop its air surveillance flights over the country.
The above article can be found here: http://www.turkishweekly.net/news/109060/israel-violates-lebanon-airspace-again.html
‘A light unto the nations?’
Al-Ahram Weekly (Egypt); October 7, 2010
Israelis, often thoroughly absorbed in their collective sanctimony and self-righteousness, seem never to stop repeating the eternal mantra that the Jews are a “light unto the nations” and Israel is “the only democracy in the Middle East”. This week, several events occurring in Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories highlighted the stark gap between what Israelis think about themselves and the reality.
On Sunday, five Jewish settlers from the Gush Itzion settlement south of Bethlehem slipped into the nearby Palestinian village of Beit Fajjar under cover of darkness in order to torch the Masjid Al-Anbiyaa (Mosque of the Prophets). The blaze gutted much of the interior of the mosque, including the carpet, and consumed as many as 15 copies of the Quran.
Before leaving the mosque, the attackers scrawled the words “revenge” and “price tag mosque”, on the building in an act that was the fourth time in as many months that Israeli settlers had set Muslim places of worship on fire.
The settlers’ reasoning for carrying out these mindless acts is mind-boggling. Settler leaders call these criminal attacks “a price- tag policy”, in which Palestinian targets, for example mosques, are attacked every time the Israeli government decides to dismantle a settlement outpost or prevent settlers from seizing Palestinian property.
In other words, the Palestinians are made to pay for decisions and policies made by the Israeli government and deemed unacceptable by the settlers.
While the Israeli government did condemn the attack in Beit Fajjar, with Defense Minister Ehud Barak calling the perpetrators “terrorists”, denouncing the culprits is one thing and catching and prosecuting them is quite another.
So far, not a single Israeli settler has been arrested in connection with the three previous mosque arsons committed by settlers. Even the Israeli media agree that there is “foul play” going on somewhere.
For their part, many Palestinians are convinced that the Israeli army and intelligence know the identity of the perpetrators. As one Palestinian Waqf official commented, “the snake doesn’t bite its own tail.” In a comment made to Al-Ahram Weekly, an official from Beit Fajjar’s municipal council said that the Israeli government and the Jewish settlers were “two sides of the same coin”.
“What do you expect this government to do? This is a settler government par excellence. Settlers torch the mosques, settlers carry out the investigation, and a settler judge eventually acquits the perpetrators of any wrongdoing. This is what is happening.”
Such cover-ups and lies have long been the Israeli authorities’ modus operandi where Palestinians are concerned. Also last week, an Israeli policeman shot and killed a Palestinian laborer in cold blood, when 39- year-old Saleh Kawazbeh, a father of five from the town of Sair north of Hebron, was looking for work in Jerusalem.
Initially, the policeman claimed that his gun had misfired, before claiming that he had thought his life was at risk. Eventually, however, he admitted that he “just hated Arabs”. Kawazbeh’s name has thus been added to the long list of Palestinian workers shot and killed because they tried to “enter Israel illegally”.
In such cases the killers usually receive little more than a slap on the wrist from Israel’s inherently racist justice system, which accords little respect to the lives of non- Jews. The murderer of Kawazbeh has been put under “house-arrest” for five days, for example, “pending investigations”.
When things calm down, he will return to work, awaiting another opportunity to murder another Palestinian victim.
Just 24 hours after Kawazbeh was murdered in Jerusalem, another Palestinian worker died of a heart attack as a group of Palestinian laborers was being chased by Israel’s paramilitary border guards, the Mishmar Gvul.
This worker’s death captured the tragic situation facing tens of thousands of Palestinian workers, desperately trying to make ends meet even by throwing themselves in the path of death and destruction.
Yet casual killings are only one element of the Israeli treatment of Palestinians. Humiliation comes next. This week, the Israeli newspaper Haaretz put a YouTube video on its Internet site showing an Israeli soldier dancing and making explicit sexual signs near a handcuffed and blindfolded Palestinian woman.
A few weeks ago, an Israeli female soldier did something similar, this time with two handcuffed and blindfolded Palestinian detainees. The soldier, a Jew of Moroccan origin, described the experience as “sexy”. “In war, nothing is outlawed and nothing is illegal,” she said.
[See ‘Echoes of Abu Ghraib: Israeli soldier gets thrills posing with bound captives; BBC: Israeli interrogators in Iraq (2004)’ here: http://800pg.co.cc/geeklog//article.php?story=20100819050109432]
Ordinarily, the Israeli army only gives the slightest rebuke to soldiers engaging in such activities, thereby encouraging others to indulge in similar behavior.
The prevailing culture in Israel, where anti-Arab racism has reached the highest levels imaginable, is permissive when it comes to violating the rights, dignity and lives of Palestinians. In the words of one Jewish human rights activist, these things are “taken for granted” by the vast majority of Israeli Jews.
Then there is the story of Rabbi Ari Shvat who has ruled that illicit sex for the sake of national security, as reported by the Israeli Tzomet Institute, is perfectly legal. The Rabbi said that Israeli women, married or unmarried, may sleep with enemy men if this helps Israeli security.
The ruling, appearing as part of a study on “Illicit Sex for the Sake of National Security,” claimed that so-called “honey-pot missions” were rooted in the Bible.
“If it is necessary to use a married woman, it would be best [for] her husband to divorce her. After the sex act, he would be entitled to bring her back,” the Rabbi wrote.
According to the Rabbi, male agents of the Israeli intelligence service Mossad apparently have no limitations on sleeping with the female enemy. The Rabbi did not explain the Talmudic reasoning behind male exceptionalism in this regard.
However, some prominent Jewish authorities consider that sexual intercourse between a Jewish male and a gentile female constitutes the “sin of bestiality” since non-Jews are not viewed as bona fide human beings.
Lastly, the Israeli high court also decided this week to expel Irish Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Mairead Corrigan-Maguire on the grounds that she had entered Israel illegally.
In response, Maguire challenged the Israeli court to treat Palestinians as Jews would want non-Jews to treat them. She called Israel “a clear-cut case of apartheid”, infuriating the court and leading to her expulsion.
Maguire said she would continue to defend the human rights of the Palestinian people, adding that Israel had no right whatsoever to torment and besiege more than 1.5 million Palestinians in the Gaza Strip by invoking a mantra called Hamas.
The above article can be found here: http://weekly.ahram.org.eg/2010/1018/re1.htm
Also see ‘ZIONIST CRIME LOG: Mosques torched; cemeteries desecrated; Qurans burnt; murderers praised’ here: http://800pg.co.cc/geeklog//article.php?story=20101031230040725
Also see ‘OTHER PEOPLE’S LAND: Zionist state to build another 1300 Jewish-only housing units in occupied W. Bank’ here: http://800pg.co.cc/geeklog//article.php?story=20101113221900526
Also see ‘Jewish zealots prime suspects in Jerusalem church burning’ here: http://800pg.co.cc/geeklog//article.php?story=20101110144043187