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    • David Olesker
    • 22.09.09 | 07:51 (IDT)

    I've said it before, Israel is in dire need of at least one human rights organization without a political agenda. During the Rabin years (and in the run up to the withdrawal from Gaza) when right wing demonstrators were being beaten by the police and minors incarcerated, the left was silent. When Arabs and leftists suffer at the hands of the police the right is silent. And when charadim are beaten by the police, everyone is silent. Without accountability any agency is likely to abuse its powers on occasion. This has nothing to do with Israel, the "occupation" or the Palestinian Arabs. Everyone from the tax authorities to the people who hand out parking tickets are subject to the same temptations. The Israel Police know that, when dealing with political demonstrations, they can rely on at least a third of the public to tacitly accept abuse because it's against "them" and not "us" and "they" probably deserve it. Haaretz is a good example of this kind of human rights tunnel vision.

    from the article: How Israel silenced its Gaza war protesters
    First published 01:33 22.09.09 | Last updated 17:08 22.09.09
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