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Tuesday, July 02, 2013

George Orwell would be proud: Vandals are 'terrorists' but stone throwers are not

George Orwell would be proud of the modern state of Israel. Our Defense Minister has now decided to treat vandals as terrorists (so long as they put the word 'price tag' on their artwork), but stone throwers continue to be treated as non-violent protesters.
Planning and carrying out “price tag” attacks in Israel will now be defined as “illegal organizing,” which puts the acts on the same level as Islamic terror groups. The new designation announced Monday by Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon means that the Jewish perpetrators of such violence would face the same legal repercussions as Palestinian terrorists. 
The new designation will allow Israeli security services and police to hold suspects in jail longer, keep them under arrest until the end of legal proceedings and investigate without the presence of an attorney. Those who plan and fund price tag attacks will be subject to the same proceedings.
“Price tag perpetrators’ conduct is identical to the conduct of modern terrorist groups, including ideological inspiration and covert action,” the Defense Ministry said in a statement. “Its main objective is to prevent the legitimate Israeli government from carrying out actions, whether of state or regarding law enforcement, and to sow fear among the nation’s leaders of making decisions of one kind or another.”
 Identical to terrorist groups? Really? How many people have died in price tag attacks? What law enforcement is prevented by graffiti scrawled on buildings? Yes, if someone burns a car they ought to have to pay, but that doesn't require designating them terrorists. Next thing you know, we'll have a new thought crime called 'Islamophobia.' Oh wait... You mean they have that in the US already.

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2 Comments:

At 6:18 PM, Blogger Shy Guy said...

Most recent not-terror victim

A purge is needed.

 
At 6:57 AM, Blogger Unknown said...

George Orwell would NOT be proud. "Vandals are 'terrorists' but stone throwers are not" is exactly the sort of linguistic abuse he complained about.

 

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