Extrajudicial killing in Hebron
Israel blames the attacks on incitement by Palestinian leaders and social media. Palestinians say the violence stems from frustration at nearly five decades of Israeli military occupation. The Palestinians have also accused Israel of using excessive force and killing assailants who have already been stopped or wounded.Jewish Voice for Peace state,
For Palestinians, extrajudicial killings are a part of the daily violence of occupation. For those of us in the US, and indeed for Israeli Jews living in segregated compounds just a few miles away, this violence is invisible. But just because it isn’t on our TV screens or in our newspapers doesn’t mean it isn’t happening.Amos Harel wrote in Haaretz,
The public atmosphere in Israel being what it is, such an incident should come as no surprise. Politicians and rabbis are repeatedly calling on soldiers and police to kill terrorists without thinking too much about it. In the Jewish settlement in Hebron, where settlers and the soldiers guarding them are in close physical and ideological contact, the problem is exacerbated. Hebron is, after all, the city where right-wing extremist Kach activists hand out trays of pizza as a prize to soldiers who kill terrorists.A condemnation of this extrajudicial killing and other such violence has yet to be issued by the Israeli government, as by the Jewish bodies here that defend the Israeli military’s violence as one borne of necessity.
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