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The Problem is Not Discrimination Against Ethiopians

Monday, May 4th, 2015

The deputy mayor of Tel Aviv is Ethiopian. There have been 7 Ethiopian Knesset members. There are Ethiopian IDF officers. There are Ethiopian doctors, athletes and actors.

While the path has not been easy for them, and there’s still more to do, Israel did and is doing an amazing job integrating Ethiopian Jews into Israeli society.

The problem is not how Israeli society treats Ethiopians.

The problem is not how the Israeli police treat Ethiopians.

The problem is how the Israeli police treat everyone.

As investigation after investigation, and scandal after scandal exposes, the Israeli police are violent, they are corrupt, they are misogynists, and as the Israeli joke goes, if the Israeli police weren’t wearing uniforms, they’d be the criminals.

Last week’s police brutality against the Ethiopian IDF soldier was just one more case in a long string of cases of police brutality.

I’ve witnessed police brutality at protests. I’ve experienced it at protests, to personal injury.

My fellow blogger Jameel was nearly killed by a policeman at Gush Katif in front of my eyes. (And mind you, for those who remember that story, we had written permission from some very high ranking Ministry of Defense officials to be where we were).

Only the fast interception by a Druse policeman stopped the violent policeman’s truncheon from smashing Jameel’s head open like a watermelon. And the oblivious-turned-shocked Jameel, who had been just standing there looking the other way, didn’t even know he was almost killed, until he turned around from the noise and saw the Druse policeman blocking the violent policeman’s deadly swing.

The Israeli police need to be cleaned out from top to bottom.

They should start with Machash – the Police’s Internal Investigations unit, who as my friends (who have been victims of police violence) can attest to, are not interested in investigating the violent policemen and getting rid of them.

I will finish up with one story.

During the anti-Oslo protests in the 90s, the police would suddenly get extremely violent, rushing out at us, beating people up, and so on – even though the protesters were not violent at all.

We learned to expect it.

But one day, at one protest, it didn’t happen.

The police were just sitting there on their horses. The water canons weren’t blasting, and the protest was allowed to complete itself non-violently – as it was supposed to.

Quite surprised at the lack of police violence that I was used to seeing and experiencing, I (brazenly/stupidly) went over to one policeman on his horse and sarcastically asked him, “Why aren’t you beating us up? Usually this is when you get violent.”

I was surprised to receive an honest answer.

The policeman said, “We received orders to not attack you this time.”

I think that says it all.

Hamas on the Temple Mount and the Mystery of the Stolen Israeli Flag (Solved)

Friday, April 17th, 2015

Hamas supporters waved their flags and yelled their chants on the Temple Mount today.

The Arabs are having yet another “Day of Rage”, or “Prisoner Day” in this case, for all their imprisoned mass murderers.

Strange how Jews get arrested for closing their eyes to silently pray on the Temple Mount, but open supports of Hamas aren’t even bothered or checked by the Israeli police.

It’s our fault. If just 10,000 Jews would march together up to the Temple Mount to pray, no one could stop them.

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By the way, if you’re looking for your missing Israeli flag… this kid took it:

Violent Arab Rioting Spreading Throughout Israel

Saturday, July 5th, 2014

Arabs rioting in Jerusalem has spread from Shuafat, Beit Hanina and the Temple Mount into the Old City (near the Kotel), Abu Tor, Wadi Joz, and Issawiya.

In addition, Arabs rioted in Nazareth, the Wadi Ara region (northern Israel), Kalanswa, Tira, Baqa al-Gharbiya, Tul Karem, Kalkilya, Qalandia, Kfar Kassem and Taibe.

The rioters threw stones, burned tires, and just generally destroyed property.

In Jerusalem, the Arabs continued to try destroy the Jerusalem Light Rail, by cutting down the train’s electric poles and destroying the tracks. One-third of the train’s daily passengers are Arabs from Shuafat and Beit Hanina.

At the moment, Israeli police are concentrating on a policy of containment, limiting the Arab riots to their neighborhoods, and not letting it spill over to other neighborhoods.

Police have restricted themselves to using riot gear. Though in one case a policeman opened fire at a car that tried to run over some policemen. One of the car’s tires was hit, but the car escaped.

Police special forces were in Jerusalem on Friday, after guns and rifles were openly seen at the funeral for Mohammed Abu-Khder.

If nothing else, perhaps this puts an end to some of the delusions and illusions that Israel has about many of its Arab citizens.

False Arrest for Highlighters

Friday, July 4th, 2014

A boy from Tapuach was arrested overnight when Taibe police driving by noticed him waiting at a bus stop at Tzomet Kessem and looking suspicious to them, because he looked like a “hilltop youth”.

They asked what he was doing at the hitchhiking station (“going home”), and if he was planning on writing “Tag Machir” – Price Tag somewhere (“no”).

They demanded to see the contents of his bag (he complied).

The police found three highlighters in his bag and arrested him, as they decided he was his thinking about writing “Tag Machir” somewhere (with yellow highlighters!).

The boy explained that the highlighters are for highlighting words in his notebook.

The boy was taken to the Taibe police station.

In the morning, the very overworked Jewish civil rights lawyer Itamar Ben-Gvir arrived, threatened the police with a civil lawsuit for false arrest (and hopefully idiocy), and the police released the boy with no charges.

Police Stop Palestinian Authority Prime Minister for Speeding

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

Israeli soldiers stopped a speeding car north of Ramallah Tuesday, and it turned out to be a vehicle driving Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Razi Hamdallah, who immediately turned the incident into a nasty political fight.

He reportedly called one soldier a “dog” and scorned him for standing in “occupied territory.”

His car and convoy had been stopped for crossing the solid white line and for other violations resulting from reckless driving  on Highway 60, the major artery connecting Jerusalem, Ofra , Beit El and other northern Jewish communities. It also bypasses Ramallah, which is connected with Highway by an “Arab only” road.

The IDF called the police to handle the situation, and then it was realized that the car was part of an official PA convoy, which usually travels with an Israeli police escort. The convoy and the IDF eventually parted company after a stalemate following Hamdallah’s demand for an apology and the IDF’s refusal.

The way the Bethlehem-based Ma’an News Agency reported the incident, “a group of settlers escorted by Israeli soldiers” stopped Hamdallah’s car and convoy, and Hamdallah alleged that the soldiers planned to assault him,

How he knew their plans is not known, but if the Palestinian Authority is smart, it will see the arrest as a divine sign that Mahmoud Abbas indeed is speeding too fast, politically, for his own good.

Police Detain 14 Yeshiva Students for Anti-Arab Mischief

Sunday, October 6th, 2013

Israeli police has arrested over the past few weeks a total of 14 students from various yeshivot around Israel on suspicion of organizing to carry out “Tag Mechir” (price tag) actions against East Jerusalem Arabs.

The boys, ages 13 to 16, are suspected of carrying out violent actions in the Sheich jarach neighborhood and the Bar Lev Road area, out of hatred for Arabs and as revenge for Arab attacks against Jews.

The investigation was started following the arrest of two boys last week, for causing damage to Arab vehicles in the neighborhood. After their interrogation, the rest of the group members were arrested.

According to police, the suspects admitted during their interrogation that over the past few months they had attacked, on several occasions, in at least 20 locations, Arab motorists driving along Bar Lev Road in the city, threw stones at Arab buses, set fire to one Arab-owned vehicle in the neighborhood, and punctured the tires of Arab owned cars.

The boys also told their interrogators that they used to post observers in various streets, prior to the attacks, in order to identify Arab pedestrians or vehicles. As soon as their target would stop at a red light, they would signal their comrades to open the car door, spit on the passengers and hit them.

All 14 boys were arrested by the Central Jerusalem Police. Four have been released on a high bail and must stay under house arrest, and the Magistrate Court remanded the rest to jail until Thursday. Police are expecting additional arrests.

Hanenu Attorney Itamar Ben Gvir (white yarmulke) with clients (not in current case). Photo credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Hanenu Attorney Itamar Ben Gvir (white yarmulke) with clients (not in current case). Photo credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash90.

Shortly after the police public announcement, Attorney Itamar Ben Gvir, of Hanenu, told the website Srugim that the entire saga will become a source of great embarrassment to police. He said that one of the boys who were released today was supposedly the main suspect.

The Police argued in court that all the suspect should be remanded, since the investigation is bound to take a significant period of time. But attorney argued that this is the very reason why his clients, who are all minors, should be released so as not to spend an unreasonable amount of time behind bars before their trial. The judge bought his argument regarding 4 out of the 14.

Attorney Ben Gvir said he will argue that the lengthy arrest and interrogation period, in the case of minors, invalidates their admissions. He said police will have to explain to the court why they had to conduct late night interrogations, why they did not update the suspects’ attorneys, and why they resorted to the tactic of telling one suspect that his friend had already turned on him, which may constitute a violation of the civil rights of a minor.

Temple Mount Closure And EU Boycott

Wednesday, August 7th, 2013

On Tisha B’Av Prime Minister Netanyahu dramatically declared that Israel would not allow foreigners to interfere with our borders. This may have sounded like good news to local ears, but on the very same day the prime minister contradicted his own policy.

On the morning of Tisha B’Av, hundreds of Jews, among them three Knesset members, attempted to enter the Temple Mount – but were denied access. The next day Deputy Foreign Minister Ze’ev Elkin made a second attempt to enter the Mount but was turned away. When MK Yariv Levin asked about this fiasco in the Knesset plenum, Internal Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovich answered, as usual, that there is no policy change regarding the Mount and that anyone who wishes to enter can do so. He said that Jewish visitors enter the Mount every day with no problem and that the closure of the Mount to visitors (including Knesset members) was the security decision of the local commander.

Aharonovich knowingly lied to the Knesset. Everyone involved with the Temple Mount issue knows that since Netanyahu acquiesced to the demands of the Muslim wakf and denied me access to the Temple Mount, police control of the holy site has rapidly deteriorated. The Temple Mount has become a staging ground for a vicious struggle, with cries of “kill the Jews!” becoming routine there. Jews are consistently distanced from the Mount and Israel’s police project unprecedented spinelessness, fear and defeatism in the face of the burgeoning brazenness of the Muslim wakf.

Israeli police have all the means at their disposal – if they choose to use it – to disperse the Arab rioters within minutes and to make it possible for the Jews to visit their holiest site. But, as it is wont to do, Israel’s police adopted the role of security fig leaf for the prime minister, who is giving the holy Mount’s sovereignty to Jordan and the Muslim wakf – while talking mightily about not allowing foreigners to interfere in Israel’s sovereignty.

Aharonovich claimed that the Mount was closed, due to security considerations, as per the decision of the local commander. But there is a truly reliable side to this story contrary to his version of events. Here is the relevant part of the Jordan News Agency’s July 16 report from Ramallah:

Israeli Police Prevent Jewish Extremists From Entering Al-Aqsa Compound Due To Demand By Jordan

Following the pressure exerted by [the] Jordanian government on the Israeli authorities, the Israeli police on Tuesday closed the Mughrabi Gate, one of Al-Aqsa Mosque’s doors, and prevented Jewish extremists from entering it.

Director of the Islamic Waqf in occupied Jerusalem, Sheikh Azzam Al-Khatib, told Petra [News] that the Israeli police closed the gate and prevented extremists and foreign tourists from entering Al-Aqsa compound today, “the anniversary of the destruction of the Temple,” after Jordanian pressure and intervention by the Department of Islamic Waqf and [the] Jordanian ambassador in Tel Aviv, Walid Obeidat.

He confirmed that the ban came as a result of the intensive communications undertaken by Jordan to prevent the desecration of Al-Aqsa during the holy month of Ramadan. Al-Khatib praised the vital Jordanian role in protecting Jerusalem and the holy sites.

This report, verified by additional sources, is nothing new. The prime minister has used the police, the attorney general’s office and the courts before in his quest to implement a political decision when wanting to cede sovereignty on the Temple Mount to the Muslims. And he’s done this without the Knesset’s authorization. This is how issues surrounding the Temple Mount have been disposed of since it was liberated. Netanyahu has simply expanded the practice.

The capitulation on the Temple Mount leads to the construction halt in Jerusalem. In other words, the organs close to the heart become infected with the same illness: the loss of sovereignty syndrome. In this manner, our existential legitimacy in the entire land is crumbling before our eyes.

What do we expect of the European Union? After all, for 46 years we have been saying that the land of Israel is theirs – not ours. We hurried to give the heart of Jerusalem and the nation, the Temple Mount, to the Muslim wakf. We refused to declare Israel’s sovereignty in Judea, Samaria and Gaza. We recognized another, conveniently invented “nation” as indigenous to the land, recognized its terrorist liberation movement, and armed it with Israeli weapons. We vowed to retreat so as to enable the establishment of a state for this make-believe “nation” in the heart of biblical Israel. We expelled and destroyed entire Jewish communities. We committed ourselves to the two-state principle.

But over the past 20 years not one of our leaders, at any level, has said that this is our land – no ifs, ands, or buts. This straightforward phrase simply does not exist in the lexicon of Israel’s political and military leadership.

So why are we surprised that the Europeans are tired of this entire subject? It took them 46 years to be convinced that we are serious that this really is not our land, that we are nothing more than foreign conquerors in Palestine. Perhaps the Arabs are not nice, they think, but they are very, very right on this issue. After all, Israel’s political Left and Right have both bowed to their claims and recognized the justice of their cause. Yitzhak Rabin shook the hand of their murderous leader, while Netanyahu hugged him with both his hands. So what can we expect: that after we have admitted that we are the problem, the Europeans will allow us to continue to threaten world peace?

We no longer have anywhere to run from the scales of justice. When you do not put your weight on one side of the scale, the other side is heavier. You can be prettier, nicer, more European – and even a peace seeker. But if you have abandoned your side of the scale, the other side will always win.

We lost the justice of our cause when we gave the Temple Mount to the Muslims. The only way to restore our justice is to remove the Muslim wakf from the Mount and to empower our holiest site as the center of holiness and exclusive sovereignty of Israel.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/columns/moshe-feiglin/temple-mount-closure-and-eu-boycott/2013/08/07/

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