It’s okay to threaten to murder ‘settlers’
Posted by avideditor on January 28, 2011
Israel’s attorney general has decided that it’s okay to threaten to murder ‘settlers.’
Makor Rishon correspondent Uri Yisrael Paz reports in the 24 January edition that Adv. Dan Eldad of the Office of the Attorney-General has decided not to investigate the remarks of Gideon Spiro, in his 4 September 2010 “Red Rag column” regarding settlers that “Nearly every male settler carries a gun, sometimes he is in uniform and sometimes he is not, and so attacking them is not the same as attacking a non-combatant civilian population….Armed struggle against occupation is internationally recognized as legitimate. … when it comes to the struggle against the Occupation, Hamas does not diverge from what is known and accepted throughout human history…As a member of the occupying people, it would be arrogant of me to presume to dictate to the Palestinians how they should conduct their struggle….”
Eldad explained that there is nothing in Spiro’s remarks that has a “real possibility that its publication will lead to acts of violence or terror,” and that therefore “there is no place for criminal treatment of the matter and the holding of a court hearing.”
I wonder if Eldad would find it appropriate to prosecute someone who – God forbid – murdered a ‘settler,’ or whether he would say it’s not up to us to tell the ‘Palestinians’ how to conduct their struggle.
By the way, this is not an idle question. This was a legal demonstration in the Jaffa area of southern Tel Aviv. Let’s go to the videotape (Hat Tip:IMRA). At about 3:08, the Arab says in Hebrew, “next time this won’t pass this way.” And then it gets worse with cries of racism.
Two weeks ago, the State’s Attorney’s office opened an investigation into a Facebook page that called for murdering Arabs. When a video was made calling for the murder of the attorney who was conducting the investigation, the video’s maker was (rightfully) arrested. But people who threaten ‘settlers’ with death should also be arrested.
Can you say “double standard”?