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Monday, October 8, 2012

The Complexities of the Israeli/Palestinian Conflict

Posted by on Mon, Oct 8, 2012 at 9:34 AM

One side of the conflict:

Human Rights Watch on Wednesday accused Hamas, the Palestinian militant group that governs the Gaza Strip, of running a criminal justice system rife with arbitrary arrests, torture and unfair trials. Hamas officials responded sharply, challenging the methodology of the group’s research.

In a 43-page report titled “Abusive System,” Human Rights Watch detailed seven cases and called for an immediate moratorium on capital punishment in the Gaza Strip, as well as an end to prosecutions of civilians in military courts.

Gaza’s “criminal justice system reeks of injustice, routinely violates detainees’ rights, and grants impunity to abusive security services,” Joe Stork, the deputy Middle East director of Human Rights Watch, said in a statement accompanying the report, which was presented at a news conference on Wednesday morning at a coastal hotel. “Hamas should stop the kinds of abuses that Egyptians, Syrians and others in the region have risked their lives to bring to an end.”

Power corrupts.

On the other side of the conflict:

The Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court on Sunday extended by two days the remand of three settlers arrested last week for attacking three undercover Israel Police posing as Palestinian shepherds on a hilltop outside Susiya in the West Bank.

According to the court protocol, on October 4th, three cops dressed as Palestinian shepherds were standing on a hill outside Susiya when they were approached by a settler who told them they had one minute to leave. Police said the suspect then made a phone call and within moments, the three suspects arrived armed with sticks, with their t-shirts pulled over their faces as masks.

Police said the men immediately began attacking the police, who began yelling “police! police!” and fighting back, using pepper spray and arresting the three suspects. The fourth man, the one who initially called the three suspects for back-up, fled and has not been arrested.

The universal history of settlers (the Zulus in Mashonaland, the Europeans in the New World, and so on) is a butcher's bench.


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venomlash 1
How about the complexity of how to spell "Israeli" correctly?
Posted by venomlash on October 8, 2012 at 10:19 AM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 2
I thought the Palestinians elected Hamas. If they don't like being tortured they can vote them out.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on October 8, 2012 at 10:24 AM · Report this
lark 3
Indeed, "Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely"
-Lord Acton
Posted by lark on October 8, 2012 at 10:32 AM · Report this
Theodore Gorath 4
Two unjust governments fighting over the right to spread their particular kind of injustice across the region.

No happy endings, at least for a long time.
Posted by Theodore Gorath on October 8, 2012 at 11:11 AM · Report this
keshmeshi 5
Who wouldn't trust Hamas to respect human rights?
Posted by keshmeshi on October 8, 2012 at 11:18 AM · Report this
What does "butcher's bench" mean?
Posted by r2d2 1982 on October 8, 2012 at 11:42 AM · Report this
Sargon Bighorn 7
And what's even more funny is the theory that modern day Palestinians are the descendants of ancient Jewish farmers that were left in the region when the Romans destroyed the Jewish hierarchy in 70CE! They converted to Islam when the opportunity to save money via conversion to Islam was presented. Any good Jew would do what it takes to save money.
Posted by Sargon Bighorn on October 8, 2012 at 4:20 PM · Report this
venomlash 8
@7: Heh, and according to both religions involved we're half-brothers at the root of it. Jews are said to be descended from Isaac and Arabs from Ishmael; of course, there's some disagreement as to which was Abraham's favorite son.
Posted by venomlash on October 8, 2012 at 5:32 PM · Report this

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