My Column at the Arab News: Israel’s dual justice
By Ray Hanania
A good example of the disparity is in the different ways Israel’s government handled the prosecutions of two people, a Jewish soldiers who murdered an injured Palestinian civilian in cold blood and an Arab Israeli “citizen” and member of the Knesset who helped Palestinian political prisoners who were denied access to their family members.
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.
You can click here to read the column in the Arab News where I wrote every week addressing civil rights issues in Israel and the Arab World, and discrimination against Arabs in America.
What many people hate to hear is that Israel’s government imposes a system of racist justice against non-Jews, who are Muslim and Christian. Ghattas is a Christian from the Israeli occupied city of Nazareth where Christians are persecuted.
It’s amazing to me that Christians in America are so silent and uneducated about the continued suffering of Christians in the Holy Land imposed by violence from Israel’s racist settlers and military.
It’s not all Israelis or Israeli Jews who engage in racism. But the country’s government applies a dual system of justice based on racism. Racism by a government is called “Apartheid.”
Israelis hate that word but if they don’t want to hear it, stop using it!
(Ray Hanania writes each week in the Arab News in Jeddah Saudi Arabia. Visit ArabNews.com for more columns. Email Ray at firstname.lastname@example.org.)