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The Police Chief Is Right, Blame the Internet for the Occupation

חנין מג׳אדלי - צרובה
Hanin Majadli
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Israeli border police block members of "Lahava", a Jewish extremist group, in Jerusalem, April 2021.
Israeli border police block members of "Lahava", a Jewish extremist group, in Jerusalem, April 2021.Credit: Ariel Schalit,AP
חנין מג׳אדלי - צרובה
Hanin Majadli

In an interview, of which selected parts were published on Wednesday in Yedioth Ahronoth, Police Commissioner Kobi Shabtai said that it will be necessary during the next round of violent clashes to block social media in Israel. He said this step must be taken to prevent clashes in mixed Arab-Jewish cities, as happened during Operation Guardian of the Walls in the Gaza Strip last year, said Shabtai.

He is right, you know. The fact is that it was really calm here before Instagram and TikTok entered out lives. No riots, no violence, no conflicts. It was quiet over the surface of the waters. So it is worth listening to the police commissioner; he understands things. He also said that social media “bring people out into the streets.”

It would be interesting to know what people he is talking about. It seems Arabs, no? Because when Jews go out into the streets, it is only for the purpose of demonstrating Zionism and love for the homeland. When Arabs go out – it’s to set the streets on fire. After all, they love fires.

In general, it is very encouraging to see how a top official sets boundaries in such an advanced and enlightened way. “We are a democratic country, but there is a limit,” Shabtai explained. He is being precise about this, too: There is a limit to everything, even democracy. And if it’s possible to shut down the internet to protect it, then yalla, go ahead, please.

After all, everyone knows that the internet is responsible for the occupation, and TikTok has settled next to the Palestinian villages to create territorial continuity. Yes, ask the internet administrator, or Dr. Google, they will confirm it for you. The internet is responsible for every injustice against the Palestinian people – and now it is also responsible for the incitement that leads to violence. Ugh, internet, that’s not a nice thing to do, because of you the Jews of Israel are suffering so much.

In any case, just to cover all the bases, here are a few more tips that could help Shabtai during the next violent clashes – and it’s possible to get a head start:

A military closure will be imposed on mixed cities the moment the clashes begin; during periods of clashes, Arabs will be forbidden to go to work – yes, even if they are on the medical front lines. The patients in the emergency room will wait, there’s nothing to be done.

Books suspected of incitement will be burned, including children’s books that parents read them before bed. Who knows what is written there in this strange language? Also, close the Arab or leftist media outlets. If you don’t want to get in trouble, simply leave Channel 14, Israel Hayom and Makor Rishon. Prevent Arab citizens from learning the humanities – so they don’t get any ideas – or the exact sciences, so they don’t learn how to make more bombs, or just plain core studies. The moment they know English, they start using it for diplomatic terrorism.

In any case, we must continue with Shabtai’s line of thinking and identify the problems already in their initial stage. Otherwise, things will blow up.

There’s just one thing. Regarding the internet, it may be worth first speaking with Bezeq so it installs internet infrastructure in Arab towns. Only after Bezeq does that, will it become possible for Arabs to connect to the internet and properly incite. Otherwise, there’s no reason for Shabtai’s entire plan, don’t you think?

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