Is Israel Slipping Into Anarchy?
This week I read a very disturbing article about Kalman Libeskind, a journalist, facing criminal charges after his family was attacked by an Arab gang.
Mr. Libeskind is calling on Israeli citizens to defend themselves, physically, against Arab attacks, rather than calling the police, which, apparently is inapt. The article further indicates that Mr. Libeskind's call reflects a growing feeling among Israelis that Israel is slipping into anarchy, in regards to the physical safety of Jews from attacks by fellow Arab citizens.
I will say that Israelis live in an ongoing, sometimes of slow pace and sometime at exhilarated pace, intifada.
Recalling recent events, two soldiers, on leave, were almost lynched by a bunch of Arabs in Haifa, which landed them in the hospital. Then a man walking his dog lost his life in an attack by a group of Arabs, in Ramla; a soldier girl was stabbed few times, while riding the light rail train in Jerusalem and the attacker, an Arab. Where does it end, really end?
I also recall that several years ago, the lack of the appropriate police services have called for the establishment of an organization, named Hashomer Hachdash, established to defend Israeli citizens and their farms, whom the police failed to protect and come to their assistance.
There are some questions we need to bring to light.
Is the Israeli-Jewish police too busy beating up Jewish "settlers" and dissidents, which is a widely known truth?
Is it true that because Arab-Moslems serve in the Israeli police, the police is reluctant to act against Arab-Moslems, from the fear of protest and riots they see need to engage in for every little incident?
Is it true that as a rule, in disputes between Jews and Arab-Moslems, the courts in Israel, in most cases, rule in favor of the Arab-Moslems? And, if Jews see fit to protest, they are detained and never ending harassment ensues?
Citizens demanding changes in the faulty legal system of their country is what people, living under democratic laws, do and it is great. However, in Israel, where the supreme courts judges are self elected and the lower court judges are selected by the top courts and their associates, this needed change is highly unlikely to happen, unless the court system is changed.
I assume that Israeli journalist, Kalman Libeskind, means something more than just calling on Israelis to, physically, counter any physical assault on them - i.e. exercising citizens right for self defense, which is a given in a free society.
However, if Israel is indeed slipping into anarchy, because the police do not come to the aid of Jews, being attacked by Arabs, then isn't this a call on Jews to take matters into their own hands, rather than call the police, which will only descend the country, even further, into anarchy? Israeli vigilantism against Arabs is just a step away from what Mr. Libeskind is advocating.
Israelis should rise up and call on their police to do its job; that no efforts be spared to apprehend Arab-Israelis and Arab-Palestinians, who commit any crimes, especially violent, and that they be vigorously prosecuted, under the law of Israel and that their sentences on conviction, be the harshest possible. That will create a deterrence.
These issues are, of course, most sensitive, given the penchant for Arab-Israelis, Arab-Palestinians and most of the Muslim world to react, with anger and violence, at the word that Israel and Israelis have the inalienable right to defended themselves against Arab-Palestinians and other enemies attacks.
But the truth remains that in a democratic society, such as Israel, the authorities have the duty to protect the citizens and if the authorities failed their job, than the best next step is for the citizens to act in self defense, in any way possible available to them.
The one who comes to kill you, kill him first...!
For the Government Of Israel to act aptly, it must be made to believe that such action is supported by the electorate.
So who is failing whom? Is it the government of Israel failing the electorate or the Israeli electorate are not practicing their inalienable rights?
I have said before and I say it again, the Arabs carrying Israeli citizenship are nothing but Israel's fifth Column, growing stronger. Unless Israel eradicates this problem now, in no time this situation will get out of control just the way if Iran will not be stopped from acquiring nuclear weapons, now, it will be too late to stop Iran later and then, we all know the rest of the story...!
Nurit Greenger sees Israel and the United States equally, as the last two forts of true democratic freedom and since 2006, has been writing about events in these two countries. Contact her by writing to email@example.com Read more stories by Nurit Greenger.
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