The Judges of National Resilience Are Keeping Israeli Arabs in Their Place

The fascists beat people up, the police arrest them and the judges approve. We’re talking about protesters, not people digging a tunnel from an Arab neighborhood in Haifa.

Saja Abu Fanni
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Protest against the Gaza operation, Tel Aviv, July 26, 2014.
Protest against the Gaza operation, Tel Aviv, July 26, 2014. Credit: Tomer Appelbaum
Saja Abu Fanni

If the fire of national resilience doesn’t burn too strongly in the bones of Nazareth Magistrate’s Court President Georges Azoulay and he doesn’t show up in court, then nine young men arrested at a protest more than a month ago will be released Monday.

Last Wednesday they weren’t so lucky. Their cases reportedly landed on the desk of Judge Nabeela Dally-Moussa, who recommended that the prosecution provide an alternative to detention. But then Azoulay, who was supposedly on vacation, appeared and took over the case, since national resilience trumps a vacation.

Thus, as a result of a blunder by a probation service that was supposed to submit its evaluation that day, the judge kept the suspects in custody for another two weeks until the probation workers get their act together.

But on the same day, after the families had appealed to the Nazareth District Court, Deputy District Court President Tawfic Kteily cut the extension of their detention to five days, after castigating both the prosecution and the probation service. Kteily went so far as to point out that if the young men, most of them students without criminal records, are punished, the punishment will almost surely be less than the time they’ve already spent behind bars.

Let me assure those who might be concerned that we’re not talking about rockets fired from Nazareth at the center of the country. And there’s no evidence of a tunnel leading from Haifa’s Wadi Nisnas neighborhood to the Defense Ministry headquarters in Tel Aviv. We’re talking about legal demonstrations.

Yaniv Kubovich and Nir Hasson have reported in Haaretz that in the space of a month, 1,471 people who demonstrated against the fighting in Gaza have been arrested, nearly all of them Arabs. Meanwhile, 650 criminal files have been opened and 350 indictments handed down – all of them against Arabs. Let’s remember that most of the people attacked during those demonstrations have also been Arabs.

And so it goes. The fascists beat people up, the police arrest them and the judges approve. If an article is ever written on how Israel’s law enforcement system works, the paper absorbing the ink will blush with shame.

In another case, Supreme Court Justice Isaac Amit, while ruling on the approval of a leftist demonstration, took pains to record that the decision had been delayed “by a few minutes due to a Color Red [rocket] alert.” Really, you leftists should be ashamed of yourselves. While the adults are busy making war, you’re fooling around. Still, it would be worth explaining to his honor that the left is demonstrating precisely so that rockets shouldn’t fall.

Here’s another gem. It turns out that what really disturbed Rehovot Magistrate’s Court Judge Iryah Heuman Mordechai, who approved the protest last week by the purity-of-the-Jewish-race preservers against the marriage of Morel Malka and Mahmoud Mansour, wasn’t the dark atmosphere of the 1930s that came to life in the courtrooms. It wasn’t even the undermining of a couple’s right to privacy. What bothered the judge was that money would be wasted on securing the Jewish-purity demonstration, money that could have been used to buy Iron Dome missiles.

Could a volunteer explain to her, in a whisper, of course, that the Americans are funding Iron Dome? And in an even lower whisper, could someone explain to her that as long as Israel follows the orders of tycoon Sheldon Adelson, the Americans will continue to fund it?

But compared to other issues, it looks as if the problems of the Arabs and the left are minor. The newspaper for the resilient people, Tishreen Ahronoth, published on the front page of its Friday magazine a photo that resembles the face of the devil. When you look carefully you see that it’s William Schabas, who heads the UN commission investigating whether war crimes have been committed in the Gaza fighting.

Let’s hope they’ll investigate everything thoroughly, including how, at a speed that would shame those guys in the Islamic State, some 2,100 Gazans have been sent to the other side of the universe.

When there are no judges in Jerusalem, there are judges in The Hague.

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