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Human Rights (and Wrongs)?

18 August 2002

By Yisrael Ne’eman

Despite what shows up in the western press to the contrary, human rights is a big issue in Israel, even when it comes to terrorists and their accomplices.  Last week Supreme Court Justice Dalia Dorner issued a 15 day stay of execution against the government demanding the government ‘show cause’ why friends and relatives of homocide/suicide bombers who willingly helped in the murder of Israelis should be expelled from the West Bank to the Gaza Strip.  Defense attorney Leah Tzemel, who for years has defended Palestinian terrorists in Israeli courts claims the human rights of whom she declares are only acquaintances are being trampled and such expulsions will have no deterrent effect.

The security forces beg to differ, having already implemented a policy of destroying the homes of homicide/suicide bombers as a test.  According to General Amos Gil’ad, Coordinator for Activities in the Occupied Territories, at least five young potential bombers gave up their missions for fear their parents homes would be demolished while they were spending time with 72 virgins in Paradise.  One Palestinian father is said to even have shot his son to stop him from bringing catastrophe on the rest of the family.  It is thought that expulsion of accomplices (and not imprisonment) will serve as a further deterrent to terrorism.

When confronted with such facts during an interview on Israel’s Channel One, Tzemel avoided the question, saying such actions were not only a violation of human rights but that they increase Palestinian hatred of Israel and in any case those slated for expulsion did not aid the homicide/suicide bomber.  Finally when pressed she denied all the facts presented by the security forces and the state prosecutors’ office and added that the Israeli occupation of the past 35 years is the cause of all these evils.  Justice Dorner issued the injunction.

In many cases we are back to the European version of human rights ‘a-morality’, where the rights of terrorists and those who perpetrate crimes are of the utmost importance while the rights of victims or those of society to protect itself from terrorism are curtailed.  Just recently the Israeli extremist far left has organized the Peace Bloc (Gush Shalom) to serve as informers against pilots and officers who are doing battle against terrorists by passing on their names to the International Court at The Hague for future prosecution.   The government is attempting to fight back by considering at what point to try the informers for treason.

With the new warped understanding of ‘human rights’, no one is safe.