It’s said Muslims, when asked questions about their activities, are expected to lie and/or coverup their involvement in anything illegal. I don’t know about that, but it does seem that’s what some who enlist in the Israeli Defense Force are expected to do when asked about their abuse of Palestinians.
Far-right activists distributed fliers to fresh draftees at the Israel Defense Forces induction center in Tel Hashomer on Tuesday urging them not to confide in their commanders and to refrain from cooperating with investigators if they physically abuse Palestinians in the territories.
The notice was intended for enlistees into the Kfir infantry brigade, most of whose operations take place in the territories.
It cites the case of First Lieutenant Adam Malul, an officer in the Kfir brigade who is standing trial for beating a Palestinian. In addition, the pamphlet mentions the Kfir brigade commander, Colonel Itai Virov, who was censured for making statements which justified the use of violence against unarmed Palestinians in certain instances.
The brochure stated that these two incidents were cases in which “foreign considerations were involved in the system’s chain of command.”
The bottom of the notice is signed by “students of Rabbi Ginzburg” – a reference to Yitzhak Ginzburg, who is viewed as a leader of extremist settlers in the West Bank. Ginzburg is the author of “Baruch the Man,” a book honoring Baruch Goldstein, the settler who massacred Palestinians at the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron.
The two examples mentioned in the article only saw the light of day because non-Israelis pressed for the prosecution of the offending parties, otherwise, the implication goes, nothing would have happened to them and the brutality of the Israelis towards the Palestinians under their control would continue unabated. With regard to the latter, of that you can be sure.
Americans are a very tolerant people except when it comes to matters of race and ethnicity, then we become rabid, vociferous, mean, hateful and we tend to get in one another’s face. I wish we would get in the face of people who exploit EVERYBODY by using American bodies and their money for personal enrichment. So this story of an oil speculator who, it could be reasonably argued, was responsible for the high gas prices we experienced last year, should make everyone hoping mad when it’s revealed his tactics resulted in him possibly getting a $100 million bonus from a bank that received US taxpayer bail out funds!! Where are the burning effigies of this Andrew Hall from the lamp posts in front of every town hall; or the demonstrations in front of the corporate offices of Citigroup which received $45 billion dollars of our money because of bad business practices which then turns around and gives $100 million of it away to reward someone else for……..you got it, bad business practices. Sure, it’ll be said Hall helped his company profit and so what’s good for the goose is good for the gander, i.e. the American public, but you could make the same argument that Citigroup has profited too by staying solvent at our expense….literally, with taxpayer money which they don’t deserve.
The issue for me becomes what is the breaking point for American tolerance? Is it whether the President of the United States was really born in Hawaii, who lied in the Gates arrest, health care, the war in Afghanistan, or the theft of America’s wealth by the rich and greedy? It’s really a no brainer! American wealth was robbed by first the “military industrial complex” under George Bush and later by financial institutions under Barack Obama, and we’re just in the first six months or so of his administration! Yet, everyday people go to work to earn their living and support their families, their money is stolen out from underneath them by a government which takes from the poor and well to do and gives it to the rich and militant. Wherever Osama bin Laden is, he must be rolling over with laughter at our priorities. It’s too bad we don’t see the irony in all of this nor apparently feel any outrage about it all. I guffawed at the crocodile tears shed by the NYT which tries to make it seem as if the financial institutions have a dilemma when it comes to finding good high priced talent that can steer these businesses in the shark infested waters of capitalism and if these $100 million bonused executives aren’t around to navigate the treachery then all is lost and we should abandon ship. Corporate entities, like government are far too condescending towards the people they are supposed to serve when they assume the policies and/or the news they report are necessary to help a public unable to care for itself. That attitude alone is worth the indignation of the Public.