Saturday, September 13, 2003
CRIMINAL OFFENSE, AND DOWN-RIGHT OFFENSIVE
In the weeks following Baruch Goldstein's murderous attack on Muslim worshipers in Hebron, several Israelis were arrested and charged with the criminal offense of "hizdahut im ma`ase plili", identifying with a criminal act. Those found guilty, such as Arye Bar-Yosef, whose appearance on Israeli television blowing a ram's horn and extolling Goldstein's virtues brought him to the public attention, were taken to court and fined. According to this report, their actions were regarded as so serious a crime that even Israeli radio would not repeat what they had said for fear of prosecution.
Today, less than a week after Yasser Arafat's Fatah faction launched a murderous attack against Israeli soldiers, Israeli Knesset members and so-called "left-wing" figureheads went out to Gaza to demonstrate their support for the old terrorist.
I hope that the police and courts will react the same way to this action as they reacted against the supporters of Goldstein. I would go so far as to say that given that Arafat is the commander-in-chief of the Fatah, what happened today was an act of treason and should be dealt with accordingly.
There are no words to describe what I felt at the sight of Avneri embracing Arafat the mass-murderer. Perhaps Gaza is the only place where Avneri can really feel welcomed now. He's certainly unwelcome in most parts of Israel.
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