Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Israel's Police Brutality... Against its own people

Can you believe it? Talk about an upside down world.


Herbert Zweibon, Chairman of Americans For a Safe Israel/AFSI, describes Prime Minister Sharon’s authorization of brutality in the following way:

“A journalist, working with the media outlet Arutz Sheva (Channel 7) was witness to a brutal attack by police on a protestor against the expulsion of Jews from Gush Katif/Gaza. The attack occurred in the city of Ramat Gan near Tel Aviv. The protestor, bloodied, was taken to the local police station, questioned, beaten again and then released. The incident is not an isolated one. The Prime Minister describes protestors as “gangs who would undermine the country” and against whom he has ordered police and defense forces to adopt an “iron fist” policy.

The Israeli media, always ready to jump on a story of brutality against Arabs, have ignored these incidents. In fact, the media described a situation where an Arab was injured following an Arab stoning attack on Jews to which Jews responded, as a “lynching.” The “lynch” victim was later seen walking away from the scene. The courts have sided with the police in most cases. The Knesset on the whole remains silent.”

Zweibon continues, “There are many who insist that the expulsion from Gush Katif/Gaza is a fait accompli and that civil disobedience will not work. The actions of the Sharon government send a different message. The thrashing around of officials in Israel suggests that the government takes the action in “the street” very seriously. The most powerful country in the Middle East - determined to retreat in the face of Arab terror and U.S. pressure- has arrested and jailed 12 year old girls and has threatened to take these children from their parents.”

In conclusion, Zweibon says, “Confronting Jews who participate in civil disobedience with violence, is an additional tool in the tearing apart of the fabric of Israeli society. Prime Minister Sharon has lost his moral compass.”

Submitted by AFSI -- Americans for a Safe Israel -- 1623 Third Avenue, Suite 205, New York, NY 10128 Tel: 212-828-2424; Fax: 212-828-1717;; Contact: Helen Freedman, Executive Director; July 6, 2005


Blogger muse said...

When one of my daughters was studying in Hebrew U during Oslo, she got into trouble for refuting an assignment: "The Right's Demonstrations Endanger Democracy."

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