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Monday, August 04, 2008

Police admit collaborating with Bedouins to attack 'settlers'

One of Israel's senior Jewish 'police officers' (and I'd use a different term but I'd risk being arrested or charged with libel) admitted in open court last Wednesday that the police lay in wait while Bedouin attacked a group of Jewish hikers in Samaria - and then arrested the Jews who fought back.
The incident occurred last Tuesday, on the third day of a week-long "Land of Hilltops Trek" from the northern Shomron to southern Judea. As the 200 youths and adults passed by Maoz Esther (near Maaleh Michmas, between Jericho and northern Jerusalem), they were attacked by Bedouin Arabs with clubs and rocks.

Veteran Yesha (Judea and Samaria) settlement pioneer Daniella Weiss, former Mayor of Kedumim, spoke to IsraelNationalNews from the scene and described what happened
"Everything was going very well, until we arrived in Maoz Esther. A bunch of Arabs swooped down upon us with rocks and clubs, and three of our people were injured; they have just been evacuated by ambulance. At one point, one of our escorts tried to protect one of our boys, and he shot in the air. Right then, something amazing happened:

"From behind a little hill suddenly emerged some cars and policemen wearing civilian clothes, but with police hats - and they arrested the one who shot in the air, as well as some of our other escorts who were carrying weapons!

"Apparently, the police were waiting and watching the whole time, doing nothing until our boy shot in the air."
Her estimate of what happened was later confirmed by none other than police detective Aharon Yair. Testifying last Wednesday in a Jerusalem court at a hearing regarding the three arrested Jews, Yair said [as reported by IsraelJustice.com], "The fact is that police forces were there. We understood that like last week, when there was a violent incident when [the hikers] came to[the Bedouin] with weapons, we were ready because we knew that this was a place of confrontation. The [Bedouin] set up cameras and therefore the police were there."

Attorney Naftali Wurtzberger immediately understood the implications, and asked, "If the police were there and watched the confrontation, why did the police not just stand openly and prevent [the hikers] from passing? If it was not permitted, [why did they not just] stop them? The situation, as I see it, looks like an ambush, [...hiding] out like thieves in the night."

Yair responded, "I'm not the one who decides. There are officers above me who decide what is overt and what is concealed." He later acknowledged that some of the police "were in a hiding place."
You might think that the case would have been dismissed based on that testimony - if nothing else it was entrapment and worse. But you would be wrong. Not in the Jewish state. Not with the Olmert-Barak-Livni-Yishai government in charge.
Police arrested five Jewish hikers following the incident, including three adults. Three Jews were injured. Detective Yair said that three Bedouin were briefly arrested; no Bedouin were injured.


Jerusalem Magistrates Court Judge Shirli Renner sentenced all five to expulsion from Judea and Samaria, apart from the area of their own homes, for between 20 and 40 days. The Bedouin attackers, as mentioned, faced no judicial proceedings.
Something is really wrong with this country. The malaise is systemic.

Who were the officers above Yair who decided? 'Internal security' minister Avi Dichter? Ehud K. Olmert?


At 9:54 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

Carl - its Jewish anti-Semitism that's eating the country up alive. I never thought I'd live to see in the Jewish State the police openly siding with Israel's enemies against Jews and the courts convicting Jews for having the temerity to defend themselves against Arab Nazis. The fish rots from the head down.

At 7:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

One of the terms you might be looking for to describe the Jewish police officers involved is "pigs".

For that's as low and filthy as they are.

At 8:14 AM, Blogger Carl in Jerusalem said...

Shy guy,

Nope. I had a different word in mind. And it doesn't include the letters i or g. It does include the letter p.

At 2:28 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Let's see now.....

That leaves "apes" and "provocateurs".

Decisions, decisions!

At 2:48 PM, Blogger Carl in Jerusalem said...

Shy guy,

Nope. But there is a p in the word I had in mind.

/last online hint

At 6:51 PM, Blogger Lydia McGrew said...

It's as though "we must not defend ourselves against Arab attackers" is now being applied not simply to the nation as a whole but at the level of individuals. "_You_ must not defend yourselves against Arabs who attack you, personally."

Scary. Maybe some "anti-self-defense" germ has floated over there to Israel from Britain. They believe that in Britain--nobody must ever defend himself against attack, and people get arrested if they do.


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