Israel’s Dual System Of Justice For Jews And Non-Jews – OpEd

Many people argue that racism is fundamentally the hatred or dislike of someone based on their race or origins.

Israel has redefined what it means to be racist, broadening it out to include someone who hates or discriminates against someone else for other reasons, including religion and politics.

That is the kind of racism that exists among many Israelis — hatred driven by any sort of differences.

Even so, racism is not the highest form of hate in Israel. There is a more sinister form of racism that occurs when it goes beyond a society and is embraced by the government. Racism enacted by a government is called apartheid.

Apartheid carried out by a government has a dual form of justice, one for one group of people and one for another group of people. In Israel, that difference is between Jews and non-Jews.

If you are a Jew in Israel and you murder a non-Jew, your punishment could be just 18 months in prison. To mitigate that punishment — if it can really be called a punishment — the prime minister and leader of Israel will publicly defend you and call for your release, as we have seen in one recent case.

If you are a non-Jew in Israel and you pass a cell phone to a non-Jewish prisoner who has been denied the right to speak to his relatives, you could face prosecution and a jail sentence of up to 20 years.

Here are the stories of Israeli soldier Elor Azaria who murdered, in cold blood, a Palestinian civilian accused of a crime but never given the right of judicial review by Israel. And, Israeli Arab Knesset member Basel Ghattas (Jittas) who was accused of helping Palestinian political prisoners who were being denied the right to communicate with their families.

Azaria was sentenced to just 18 months in prison after he was convicted of murdering a Palestinian civilian who had been shot and seriously wounded by another Israeli soldier on the unproven accusation that the suspect had attacked another soldier.

The victim was with a Palestinian civilian friend in the occupied West Bank near Hebron (not in Israel) on March 10, 2016, when Israeli soldiers shot them, alleging that he and the friend had attacked and wounded a soldier.

Another aspect of racism and apartheid is that individuals who are hated by the majority of society and the government are denied their civil and judicial rights. Israel does not accord non-Jews the same rights that it accords to Jews.

It is hard to know what the truth is in Israel because the Israeli media is controlled by a racist loyalty to the state, kind of like the one portrayed in George Orwell’s “1984.” Orwell’s story portrays a government that controls people using racist hatred against others and punishes anyone in society who challenges the state.

Orwell published his book in 1949, less than a year after Israel was founded. I do not believe in coincidences.

Ghattas was accused of providing material support to “terrorists” who were imprisoned in Israel’s Gulag system, a brutal archipelago of imprisonment that denies non-Jews their rights and engages in torture and killings. Non-Jews in Israeli prisons are denied basic human rights, often denied the right to speak with lawyers and are falsely accused of terrorism, convicted only because the Israeli judicial system is skewed and unjust.

What did Ghattas do? He gave a cell phone to a Palestinian political prisoner because the Israelis refused to allow him to have any contact with his family.

What Ghattas did was an act of compassion and a testament to the rights denied to non-Jews by Israel’s corrupt judicial system and their corrupt and racist news outlets which call all Palestinians convicted in Israeli courts “terrorists” but call murderers like Azaria “patriots.”

Without waiting for a trial, 71 Jewish members of the Israeli Knesset signed a letter demanding that Ghattas be impeached. Knowing that he would be railroaded by Israel’s unjust apartheid system, Ghattas decided to take a plea agreement in exchange for resigning.

Ghattas, who did not kill anyone, still got more time than Azaria and was ordered to serve 24 months in prison.

In Israel, if a Jew kills a non-Jew, they only get 18 months in prison. If a non-Jew helps another non-Jewish political prisoner by giving him a cell phone to call his relatives, he is threatened with 20 years in prison and is forced to resign from his elected public position in the Knesset in exchange for a reduced sentence.

Worse still is that Azaria’s murderous conduct would not have been reported on had it not been for the courageous actions of a member of the Israeli civil rights organization B’Tselem who recorded the murder on video.

B’Tselem reminds us that despite the extremism and racism promoted by Israel’s government policies, there are many Jews in Israel who oppose racism and support true justice.

Had the video not been made public, Azaria would have never been charged because none of his fellow Israeli soldiers turned him in to authorities for his murderous act.

Worse, the man who videotaped the murders has been sent death threats.

Nothing symbolizes the injustice of the Big Brother Totalitarian State more than Israel’s own dual system of apartheid-style injustice.


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Ray Hanania

Ray Hanania

*Ray Hanania is an award-winning Palestinian-American former journalist and political columnist. Email him at [email protected]

2 thoughts on “Israel’s Dual System Of Justice For Jews And Non-Jews – OpEd

  • March 23, 2017 at 10:05 am
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    How about you worry first about the dual systems of justice in your own Arab and Muslim countries and why there are no minorities, including Jews, left in practically in any of them?

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  • March 23, 2017 at 2:03 pm
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    Apartheid in Israelis protected, supported and approved by the US. You justly point that several Jewish organizations speak against the inhumane treatment of non Jews by the Israeli ashkenazi Jews whose origins are not the Holy Land, the land where Jesus Christ was born lived and was crucified. All the US presidents and Obama in particular are cowardly co-conspirators. It seems to me Ghattas is a Christian name and the member of Knesset who faces 20 years in prison is a descendant of the original Palestinians.
    I reply to the remark posted by the anonymous Guest. and I introduce myself. I am Dr Hassouna, I am Egyptian national working in the US.
    You ask: How about you worry first about the dual systems of justice in your own Arab and Muslim countries and why there are no minorities, including Jews, left in practically in any of them?

    In Egypt, the prisons are engorged with Muslims, all the prisoners are Muslims. You can count Coptic prisoners on the fingers of one hand. The oldest synagogue in the world is in Cairo Egypt and by the testimony of the Rabbi of that ancient synagogue, the maintenance is subsidized by the Egyptian government and all the treasures were pilfered by Brooklyn Jews. Jews who lived in Egypt were never discriminated against they were lured to populate Israel. They chose to leave. Egyptian Jews were never asked to leave. Jews who lived in Egypt as unlawful immigrants were expelled from Egypt, yes, and this happens to unlawful immigrants all over the world. In Egypt we had Jews who flaunted their French citizenship, worked and lived lin lavish surroundings and when Nasser asked them to become Egyptian citizens and they refused, their assets were confiscated by the Egyptian government. Anonymous Guest: Palestine was not Jewish land. Jesus Christ removed from the Jews their claim that they are the chosen people of God. Jesus Christ preached, we are all equal in the eyes of God. The Jews appropriated land that did not belong to them. In Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and other Muslim countries, many non Muslims prefer to live in countries where their faith predominates. Why did the Jews of Russia leave Russia, it is because they preferred to live among Jews like them. Please get educated before posting remarks.

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