Police Terror and the Israeli Kristallnacht
the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern. Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.—Ecclesiates 12:6-7
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Yet, Israel missed it. I couldn't find any mention of a related official event. Moreover, I couldn't find any article in the Hebrew media mentioning it. To put things into proportion Spanish TV24 produced a short video on the event with pictures from remembrance ceremonies in Austria and Germany. A thick fog of war covered the Hebrew media. Why?
Two types of events caused the remembrance of the Kristallnacht to be undesired by Israel. One class is external, mainly towards Palestine.
The Report of the United Nations Fact Finding Mission on the Gaza Conflict —known also as the Goldstone Report—states in article 1684: "The timing of the first Israeli attack, at 11:30AM on a week day, when children were returning from school and the streets of Gaza were crowded with people going about their daily business, appears to have been calculated to create the greatest disruption and widespread panic among the civilian population. The treatment of many civilians detained or even killed while trying to surrender is one manifestation of the way in which the effective rules of engagement, standard operating procedures and instructions to the troops on the ground appear to have been framed in order to create an environment in which due regard for civilian lives and basic human dignity was replaced with the disregard for basic international humanitarian law and human rights norms."
The report doesn't summarize the material damages, these were too vast, but it is worth quoting article 1716 of the UN report: "ÖThe firing of white phosphorus shells over the UNRWA compound in Gaza City is one of such cases in which precautions were not taken in the choice of weapons and methods in the attack and these facts were compounded by reckless disregard for the consequences. The intentional strike at the Al Quds hospital using high explosive artillery shells and using white phosphorous in and around the hospital also violated Articles 18 and 19 of the Fourth Geneva Convention. With regard to the attack against Al Wafa hospital, the Mission found a violation of the same provisions, as well as a violation of the customary law prohibition against attacks which may be expected to cause excessive damage to civilians and civilian objects."
Israel outshone the Nazi Regime it so likes to attack. The Nazi Kristallnacht suddenly looks like a kindergarten picnic while reading the report about the Palestinian Kristallnacht inflicted by the State of Israel.
It is important to understand that Israel doesn't deny the facts; on the contrary, in the Hebrew media —especially the Beit Oranim Transcript—soldiers and officers of the IDF brag off on their orders to inflict terror and damage on the civilian population. They proudly describe how grannies, mothers and children were assassinated by coward IDF snipers from the distance.
How could Israel remember the Kristallnacht while itself behaved worse towards the Palestinians living in occupied and besieged Gaza? However, Israelis care little about Palestinian lives, there were inner reasons for Israel forgetting the Kristallnacht.
While wasting time in a futile search for a Kristallnacht article, I found an obscene pearl in Haaretz, a Hebrew newspaper considered to be the Voice of the Shin Beth secret police. At the time I read the article, it hadn't been published by their English online version. Considering its content, it probably never will. Awkwardly, it explained the sudden problem with Israeli memory.
The dry article was entitled "The Police Weapon against Protesters: Charges on Forbidden Gathering." Doesn't Israel claim to be the "only democracy in the Middle East?" Intrigued, I wetted the dry cookie and tasted it.
The facts were amazing. In 2012, the police indictments for Forbidden Gathering were three times higher than during the preceding year. In Tel Aviv, the rate was 17 times higher, driving upwards the national statistics. "So what, they were gathering illegitimately!" Proud Zionists exclaimed.
"What is 'Forbidden Gathering?'" Was the more civilized answer of other readers.
One can search for an Israeli law defining the term; it won't help. Such a law doesn't exist. Israel Police is acting according to the British Mandate laws.* The truly enlightened British Empire had a clause stating "At least three people gathering for committing a crime, or for a shared goal, even if the goal is legitimate and behave in such a way that surrounding people suspect that they will break the peace, or that by gathering may encourage other people to do so, without need and with no reason, perform a forbidden gathering." This can result in one year of imprisonment.
To those of my readers who are no lawyers, I recommend reading it a second time. This atrocious law allows the imprisonment of any three people that happen to pass near each other on the street. Legislated by the British, it is beyond any doubt an honorific Nazi law.
The dramatic increase in the indictments was the result of the police targeting the massive Social Protests using this clause. These protests had been peaceful as the daily reports on the media showed.
However, in July 2013, ended a trial that started in 2009, for a 2007 event. Five activists were slowly riding bicycles in protest to the "Israel Business Convention." The police approved and secured the event. When the ride ended, the activists were detained and accused of "Wild Behavior in a Public Place," the harsher version of the abovementioned clause. Unexpectedly, the court found them innocent. Haaretz kept bringing similarly ridiculous examples showing that Israel Police is not better than similar European organizations in the first half of the former century.
Israel Police violence is such a popular topic in this website, that it even has its own Police State section, which describes also complains by settlers that the Police had practically raped their daughters.** The facts were accepted by the Police. Not everything enters in that section, for example "Must be white, slim, anything from extremely pretty to downright beautiful" describes the rape of an American-Jewish woman by the same enlightened organization.
International readers begin to understand the picture now. Can you imagine a fastidious Shimon Peres crying over the Nazi Kristallnacht while Israel Police is raping the Israeli people? How many milliseconds will take for a rebellion to start?
* Israel's law system is incomplete. Where laws do not exist, Israeli courts often refer to British Mandate and Ottoman Empire laws. In the recent Prawer Law allowing the expropriation (i.e. "robbing by the State") of Bedouin lands, the State requested from the landowners to find their Ottoman Empire "Kushan" ownership papers. Not one Bedouin has such documents. They can't be issued since that empire is kaput. "Great," said the Justice, "Let's expropriate!" See Israel Approves Prawer Law Expelling Bedouins
** See Dayan: "Like Pravda;" Mesika: "Police Hallucinates", where the follwing image is put into context.
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