Monday, August 30, 2010

This too is Zionism: Part umpteen

Exhibit n:

Shas 'spiritual' leader Rabbi Ovadia Yosef on Palestinians and Abbas:

Yosef had said during his weekly Shabbat sermon that the Palestinians, namely Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, should perish from the world. Yosef, a founder of the Shas Party, also described Palestinians as evil, bitter enemies of Israel.

"All these evil people should perish from this world ... God should strike them with a plague, them and these Palestinians," Yosef had said.

The 89-year-old is a respected religious scholar but is also known for vitriolic comments about Arabs, secular Jews, liberals, women and gays, among others.

Exhibit n + 1:

An innocent murderer:

An Israeli army officer who fired the entire magazine of his automatic rifle into a 13-year-old Palestinian girl and then said he would have done the same even if she had been three years old was acquitted on all charges by a military court yesterday.

The soldier, who has only been identified as "Captain R", was charged with relatively minor offences for the killing of Iman al-Hams who was shot 17 times as she ventured near an Israeli army post near Rafah refugee camp in Gaza a year ago.

The manner of Iman's killing, and the revelation of a tape recording in which the captain is warned that she was just a child who was "scared to death", made the shooting one of the most controversial since the Palestinian intifada erupted five years ago even though hundreds of other children have also died.

After the verdict, Iman's father, Samir al-Hams, said the army never intended to hold the soldier accountable.

"They did not charge him with Iman's murder, only with small offences, and now they say he is innocent of those even though he shot my daughter so many times," he said. "This was the cold-blooded murder of a girl. The soldier murdered her once and the court has murdered her again. What is the message? They are telling their soldiers to kill Palestinian children."

The military court cleared the soldier of illegal use of his weapon, conduct unbecoming an officer and perverting the course of justice by asking soldiers under his command to alter their accounts of the incident.

Capt R's lawyers argued that the "confirmation of the kill" after a suspect is shot was a standard Israeli military practice to eliminate terrorist threats.

Following the verdict, Capt R burst into tears, turned to the public benches and said: "I told you I was innocent."


At 1:33 PM, Blogger Emmanuel said...

It's a disgrace that Ovadia Yossef is considered a spiritual leader by some Israelis. I wouldn't call him a Zionist, though. He's not anti-Zionist like other ultra-Orthodox rabbis, but if you're trying to prove that Zionism=racism, he's the wrong poster-child.

As for Captain R., I guess we're in pretty good shape if you have to go back five years to show outrageous incidents. By the way, there's more to the Captain R story. A leading investigative journalist aired a report where she accused him of murdering the Palestinian girl. I believe her report came before the military trial began. After he was found not guilty, he sued the journalist for defamation and won. The jounalist is now appealing and I hope she'll win.

At 2:39 PM, Blogger Gert said...

I'm not really trying to prove anything. Illustrating, is what I'd call it...

And he is the leader of a party in G'ment!

At 1:47 PM, Blogger joe90 kane said...

Gert's Exhibit n I haven't seen calling for the destruction of Israel or the dismantling of the violent racist Israeli regime. The Shas Party participates in Israeli elections, and gets elected to the Israeli parliament and is part of the Israeli government - but according to Emmanuel, the resident hasbara agent on Gert's blog, Exhibit n isn't a zionist.

Presumably Exhibit n is something else then.

you forgot to add to your illustration of Exhibit n + 1 that the captain actually covered himself in military glory when he shot away the legs of a small child, then went up to her and machine-gunned her at point-blank range.

For this glorious self-less deed he was promoted to Major and compensated by the state for any inconvenience caused by the subsequent investigation into his conduct.

I guess we're in pretty good shape if you have to go back five years to show outrageous incidents.
- This could be 'Exhibit n + 2'.
Given nothing in the slightest has changed as far as Israeli atrocities against their victims are concerned since Imam al Hams murder.
I mean, nothing in the slightest has changed as far as Nazi atrocities against their victims is concerned. Same with Apartheid South Africa. Stalinist Russia etc etc. Presumably their memory and significance is now in pretty good shape.

At 7:47 PM, Blogger Gert said...

The litmus test always remains: how would Exhibit n + 2 be received in a country like Britain if it happened here. I wouldn't dare put my hand in the fire but I'd bet: very differently. Mind you, an Arab? See, now I need to think about that one...

At 9:22 AM, Blogger Emmanuel said...

Joe, you really don't know much about Israeli politics if you think every party in the government is Zionist. The ultra-Orthodox parties (the guys in black, not the ones who just wear yarmulkas) tend not to be Zionists.

By the way, what's your definition of "hasbara agent"? If I fit the bill, the definition must be too broad.

At 3:53 PM, Blogger joe90 kane said...

Exactly Gert.

British people are appalled with what our government has done to the people of Iraq and Afghanistan. Regardless of wether it was 5 years ago or yesterday, we still remain appalled at the cruelty and suffering we have inflicted on these innocent defenceless people.

By the way, what's your definition of "hasbara agent"? If I fit the bill, the definition must be too broad.
- That's what they all say.

This is from someone who has just dismissed an instance of racist child-murder as an irrelevence due to a time interval.

I think most people understand the current Israeli regime only too well.

I'll leave you to argue about the politics of personality in the parliament of the Middle East's only democracy.

At 6:35 PM, Blogger Emmanuel said...

I never said it was irrelevant.

At 4:34 PM, Blogger joe90 kane said...

Let's have an irrelevent discussion now about what you did and didn't say and what you meant and didn't mean.

A typical irrelevent zionist.


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