(Continued from p.6)will gestures" by Israel in honor of Moslem holidays. This state of affairs means that not infrequently, a Jewish victim will testify in court against his Arab assailant, learn with relief of the lengthy prison term imposed on him--and then encounter the Arab free on the streets of Hebron only a few months later....
In summary, the information presented above paints an extremely grave picture of the state of law enforcement against Arab offenders who prey with impunity on the Jewish community of Hebron, and of the lack of protection afforded by Israeli law enforcement bodies to the repeated victims of these serious crimes. At the same time, Jewish efforts to resist the violence --which are to a great extent a natural product of a well-founded lack of faith in the will of law enforcement agencies to apprehend, prosecute and punish the assailants--are treated by those same agencies with the utmost severity and the full force of the law.
If these disparities may be attributed in
some small measure to the fact that the IDF military
prosecution and courts (which have jurisdiction over the
Arabs) do not operate exactly as do the civil courts and state
prosecution (which have jurisdiction over the Jews), the same cannot be said of the police: the utterly different treatment meted out by the Hebron police department to the Jewish and Arab communities clearly indicates a policy of selective and discriminatory law-enforcement.
Finally, there is the problem of police violence against Hebron Jews. Over the past several years, many Hebron residents have found themselves and their families--including their children--victims of violent assaults by officers of the Hebron police department. The handling of these complaints by the various agencies responsible for investigating, prosecuting and punishing violent police officers reveals a lamentable pattern of
Many Hebron residents have been victims of violent assaults by officers of the Hebron police.
The violent and brutal behavior of the police is considered legitimate by senior officials in the State Attorney's Office. Police officers in Hebron have openly (and joyfully) told Jewish residents of the city that "the orders to treat the settlers with an iron hand come from above and police officers who do so are certain of getting full backing."
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The ransom note demanded nothing less than Jewish abdication of national rights in Israel. The price is the security and indeed the sovereignty of Israel. And, it seems American Jews and too many Israeli citizens are willing to pay the ransom. In exchange for a "promise" to remove the murderous chapters of the covenant, Arafat won control of 40% of Judea and Samaria, and a safe corridor between those areas and Gaza. More terrorists will be released from Israel's jails, and the CIA will cooperate in security monitoring. Furthermore, an airport will be built in Gaza, permitting Arab aircraft a flying zone over Israel's cities.
Once again, supporters of Israel were
treated to the revolting spectacle of a handshake with
Arafat, who has killed thousands of innocent civilians in
America, Israel, Asia, and in virtually every corner of Europe.
In his enthusiasm for the deal that may rescue his
presidency, Clinton was effusive in his praise for the partici-
pants, even drawing a moral equivalence between Bibi and Arafat. And Bibi, not to be outdone in obsequiousness, lavishly praised Dennis Ross, Madeleine Albright and the American president, calling the latter "a warrior for peace." Once again, instead of negotiating with dignity and strength, Israel has capitulated.
Ruth King is a member of the Executive Committee of Americans For a Safe Israel.
(Continued from p.2)demanding fulfillment of the old commitment to extradite murderers of Israelis to Israel. As Foreign Minister Ariel Sharon reluctantly admitted to the families of terror victims who camped out near Wye, Netanyahu speedily abandoned that idea, and instead agreed to having the CIA institute spot checks to see that said murderers really are in Palestinian Authority jails. This calls for a Jay Leno skit. Scene: Police station, Gaza. "Quick, Ahmed, just got a call from our American friends. They've got to do their bimonthly check on you this afternoon at 4. Take off that police uniform on the double and get your prison outfit off the closet hook. But I expect you back here at five pronto. This doesn't mean you get to go home early."
Rabin, Peres, Netanyahu. Between them, they have turned Israel from a light into a laughingstock unto the nations.
November 1998 - 7 - Outpost