IDF Shoots Unarmed Peace Activists (Yet More Stories)
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[Some predictable flak.--DC]
Dec. 30, 2003
Yesterday this newspaper ran a picture of Chief of General
Staff Lt.-Gen. Moshe Ya'alon being lectured to by wounded
anarchist and former paratrooper Gil Na'amati from his
The picture of our highest-ranking officer patiently
listening to a young man who may still be charged with
sabotaging the security fence speaks volumes both regarding
the nature of Israeli democracy and the bizarre turns we
must take to defend ourselves.
Na'amati was in a group of protesters who were allegedly
shaking and cutting the chain-link security fence. There
were reportedly only four soldiers opposite a much larger
group of agitators, some of them masked, who seemed to be
trying to break through the fence and cross to the Israeli
side. After shouting and firing warning shots in the air,
the soldiers reportedly asked and received permission to
fire at the legs of the would-be infiltrators.
Much attention has been paid to the question of whether the
soldiers knew they were firing at Israelis or not. This
question would seem to imply that if the protesters were
Palestinians, shooting at them would be more acceptable.
We must be clear: Deadly force should not be used against
peaceful protesters, be they Israelis or Palestinians. That
said, it is not always possible for a soldier to know who is
a terrorist and who is an unarmed demonstrator. And
breaching a border fence is hardly a legally protected form
of free speech.
One soldier who was there said, "I will tell you the truth:
I was afraid . . . We were terrified that they would throw
grenades at us."
The IDF judge advocate-general has ordered a full
investigation into the incident, and Na'amati has already
been questioned under warning. We encourage these
investigations and are confident that whoever violated
orders or the law will be punished.
The other question being raised is why the soldiers were not
equipped with riot gear. In retrospect, they should have
been. But it should also be recognized that a border,
temporary or not, in a time of terrorism is a dangerous place.
Many Palestinians have been killed trying to breach the
fence around the Gaza Strip. Some of them were armed
terrorists, some were hapless laborers looking for work in
Even if the IDF's training and equipment are improved, it is
not realistic to expect a perfect ability to distinguish
between deadly terrorists, jobless migrants, and violent
anarchists or other political grandstanders. Protesters who
choose battle zones as their venue are taking a risk that
cannot be eliminated and is at least partly their
At the same time, we must remember that those who sympathize
with terrorism against us or oppose even our non-violent
means of self-defense, such as a fence, both expect to be
protected by Israeli democratic values and are attempting to
stretch those values to the breaking point.
Groups like Na'amati's "Anarchists Against the Wall" will
always take advantage of the fact that democracies believe
in the right to protest. You won't see them protesting in
Ramallah or Gaza in opposition to suicide bombings against
Israel, either because they support terrorism, or because
the Palestinian Authority would never permit such a protest.
It is ironic, of course, that "anarchists" would feel closer
to a police state than to a democracy. But the protesters
are misdirected even on their own terms, that is, even if
they only care about Palestinians and not Israelis.
It is true that the current war is causing all kinds of
hardships for the Palestinians, including those born of
security measures that affect Palestinians in general, not
just the terrorists who attack us or the regime that
oppresses them. The security fence and assorted road blocks
are obvious examples.
Yet the complaint of the Palestinians and their fellow
travelers generally boils down to "it all started when he
hit me back." Want to help the Palestinians? Tell them to
stop attacking Israel, and the record shows that Israel will
quickly reciprocate by easing its onerous security measures.
Indeed, if the Palestinians were to implement the road map
rather than torpedo it, and drop their claim of a right to
live in Israel (the "right of return"), there could be
final-status negotiations that would obviate the need for a
temporary fence unilaterally imposed by Israel. In the
meantime, it is Palestinian terrorism that is building the
fence, with the help of its supposed friends.
The Beautiful People Who Support Terrorists
By Steven Plaut
December 30, 2003
That the media gets its facts wrong when reporting the
Middle East is hardly news, but the ways in which the media
reports its mistaken statistics tells us a lot about their
bias. For example, you will hear the media say that 904
Israelis have died since the beginning of the (misnamed)
"al-Aqsa Intifada," but that count is intentionally
deflated. The media begins the count in September 2000,
seven years after the Oslo carnage actually began. This is
yet another effort by the media to lead people to believe
the entire bloodbath was caused by Ariel Sharon going for a
stroll on the Temple Mount in September 2000, a stroll
almost as provocative as would have been a similar stroll in
the Vatican by an Italian politician.
The victims of the Oslo Peace Bloodbath should be counted
beginning at the time of the handshake on the White House
lawn. That event marked the signing of the Oslo Agreement by
Yitzhak Rabin and Shimon Peres with Yasser Arafat in 1993.
The actual number of Israeli dead is 1,261 as of today, not
the 904 (and counting) that is being reported. A much better
accounting can be found here.
[No link provided in original.--DC]
I have long suspected that the deflation of the number of
Israeli victims of Palestinian terror is done to obscure the
fact that the carnage was caused by the imposition of the
Oslo "peace process" on Israel by its domestic Left and by
hostile forces overseas.
Those hostile forces were at work again this past weekend.
The college students (and professors, and other domestic
liberals), the "beautiful people" who support terror against
Jews, went on the warpath against Israel's "security fence."
A group of members from the International Solidarity
Movement (ISM) joined some Palestinians and Israeli
far-leftists in physically attacking a portion of the fence
in the West Bank.
One wag suggested that ISM really stands for "I Support
Murderers." But the Left responds, reflexively, by relying
on their eyesight, rather than their insight. They cannot
understand the charges leveled against their fellow
leftists. They say, "But they are the beautiful people: They
love peace. They pet cats. They sing Joan Baez songs and
believe in the brotherhood of 'humankind.' How dare you
All this ignores that fact that ISM members were on the West
Bank to show their solidarity with mass murderers and
suicide bombers. They understand that the security fence
Israel is building is designed to make it harder for the
terrorists the ISM supports to enter Israel and murder
Jewish children and other civilians. And that is precisely
why they believe it must come down.
The ISM marched on Saturday, gathering by a part of the
Security Fence, a segment that is still chain link and has
not yet been turned into towering concrete walls. There they
attacked the fence, sabotaged it, vandalized it and ripped
pieces from it (possibly including its electronic sensors).
You see, they think the terrorists should be allowed to
enter Israel to protest Israel's occupation of Palestinian
lands, by which they also mean Tel Aviv and Haifa. They
oppose anything Israel tries to do to protect its citizens,
indeed, anything short of total capitulation to the
progressive demands of the Palestinian fascists.
So it is predictable that their group got violent and tried
to cut through the Israeli security barrier outside the
Palestinian village of Masha near Qalqilya. And yes of
course they admit that they were trying to damage the
barrier of razor-wire fences, concrete walls and trenches
that Israel says it needs to stop infiltrations by
Palestinian suicide bombers.
One of the protesters described the mob's actions thus: "We
began cutting the fence and shaking it."
"The Israeli army was waiting for us and shot live bullets
directly at us," Liad Kantorowicz, one of the Israeli
protesters, who described themselves as anarchists, told
Reuters. They used wire cutters to destroy this segment of
The crowd included the usual international provocateurs from
the ISM, the International Solidarity Movement, the group
that actively opposes Israeli anti-terrorism initiatives.
Rachel Corrie, the young supporter of terror from Washington
State who played a fatal game of chicken with an Israeli
bulldozer (which could not see her), had been one of these.
In short, these are people who believe that 1,300 murdered
Israelis are not enough. They will not tolerate any attempt
by Israel to defend its children. And that is why they
violently attacked the security fence Saturday.
Yet the international Left cries in horror, "How dare those
soldiers shoot one of these pro-terror vandals in his leg?
So what if he was wearing a mask while valdalizing the
fence? And how dare they injure one of the ISM provocateurs
from overseas showing her support for terrorism? So what if
she was using wire cutters at the time on the fence? So what
if the crowd would have been mowed down with gunfire had
they been trying to use wirecutters on, say, the fence of
any U.S. military facility on earth? So what if the ISM
people injured had signed a contract promising not even to
enter the West Bank if allowed to disembark in Israel? So
what if Israel's Police Minister described the 'protesters'
as 'collaborators with terrorism,' and so what if parliament
member Yuri Stern described them as 'barbaric criminals'?"
No, the international Left now demands an investigation --
of the Israelis! The Left wants to arrest all those who
cheered the troops who fired at these "demonstrators," who
suggested that the troops be awarded medals, who suggested
an official commission of investigation be set up to see why
only one hooligan was shot and charge them with incitement.
And maybe libel.
But it is only the law-abiding who must play by the rules in
the Left's universe. It is only the orderly, staving off
attacks on innocent women and children -- on Western
civilization itself -- who must be investigated,
interrogated, harassed and forced to recant their ways.
After all, if leftists had to obey laws, then how would they
ever take power? Instead, they take it one chain-link at a time.
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