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Collective Punishment? Is This Arsenal From Innocent Bystanders?

The mountain of violent weaponry seized from the homes of the Arabs the IDF searched in their quest to find the kidnapped boys belies the claims these are innocent bystanders, harassed by the IDF.

A small fraction of the weapons recovered during the IDF search for the kidnapped boys on June 16, 2014.

A small fraction of the weapons recovered during the IDF search for the kidnapped boys on June 16, 2014.
Photo Credit: IDF Spokesperson's Office

Most civilized human beings around the world, even ones who belong to the Blame-Israel-First Club (and it is a large interfaith club, composed of Muslims, Christians and Jews, liberals and conservatives, Democrats and Republicans, light-skinned and dark-skinned) have had the grace to either express concern about the unjustified kidnapping of  Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaar and Naftali Frenkel, or have just kept their mouths shut. At least for now.

There have been some spectacularly offensive comments, mostly from anonymous cowardly tweeters, justifying the kidnapping either because the boys are “settlers” (actually two of the three boys live inside the “Green Line,” as if where they live should make any difference when discussing teenage boys kidnapped by genocidal terrorists) or because of vehement disagreements – well-informed or not – with the policies of the Israeli government.

But another ugly meme has been to distract from the anguish of the kidnapping by focusing on behavior by the Israeli government in the search for the boys. This is a refrain appearing more often in media accounts.

This distraction uses either the words “collective punishment,” or merely suggests that the arrests of the Palestinian Arabs in the disputed territories where the boys are believed to have been taken is unjustified, excessive and arbitrary.

Really?

The pictures which follow show some of the munitions found and removed from the homes of the Arabs which the IDF have arrested. Does this suggest that innocent bystanders are being unfairly “punished” by Israeli defenders seeking to recover three teenage schoolboys?

 

Multi-bullet magazines for automatic guns seized by the IDF June 16, 2104 in Nablus, while searching for the Kidnapped Boys.

Multi-bullet magazines for automatic guns seized by the IDF June 16, 2104 in Nablus, while searching for the Kidnapped Boys.

The IDF found these weapons in the homes of Arabs while they were searching for the Kidnapped Boys in Nablus on June 16, 2014.

The IDF found these weapons in the homes of Arabs while they were searching for the Kidnapped Boys in Nablus on June 16, 2014.

Cache of bullets discovered by the IDF in the homes of Arabs while searching Nablus on June 16, 2014 for the Kidnapped Boys.

Cache of bullets discovered by the IDF in the homes of Arabs while searching Nablus on June 16, 2014 for the Kidnapped Boys.

 

Weapons recovered by the IDF in the homes of Arabs in Nablus as they searched for the Kidnapped Boys on June 16, 2014.

Weapons recovered by the IDF in the homes of Arabs in Nablus as they searched for the Kidnapped Boys on June 16, 2014.

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More weapons recovered by the IDF in the homes of Arabs they searched while seeking to recover the Kidnapped Boys.

More weapons recovered by the IDF in the homes of Arabs they searched while seeking to recover the Kidnapped Boys.

 

Weapons recovered by the IDF while searching Arabs' homes seeking to recover the Kidnapped Boys.

Weapons recovered by the IDF while searching Arabs’ homes seeking to recover the Kidnapped Boys.

Weapon recovered in an Arab home by the IDF while they searched for the Kidnapped Boys.

Weapon recovered in an Arab home by the IDF while they searched for the Kidnapped Boys.

Lori Lowenthal Marcus

About the Author: Lori Lowenthal Marcus is the U.S. correspondent for The Jewish Press. A graduate of Harvard Law School, she previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools. You can reach her by email: Lori@JewishPressOnline.com


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