Last week an IDF assassination squad murdered an innocent Palestinian civilian while he slept in his bed. Yesterday a soldier involved in the murder was discharged from the IDF. This, it seems, is all his ‘punishment’ is likely to be.
For your average reluctant Israeli conscript, however, rather than being a punishment, it’s a ticket out of an army they never really wanted to be in. One wonders now if there is likely to be a rush of IDF conscripts volunteering for special operations that are likely to provide opportunities for ‘accidentally’ murdering Palestinians while on sensitive operations like assassination hit teams.
It’s not my intention here to be cynical at the expense of an innocent mans death, but rather to highlight the value that the Israelis place on the life of a Palestinian. It’s bad enough that the world accepts with barely a ‘tut-tut’ that Israeli soldiers are used by their government to carry out extra-judicial executions but the crime is compounded when innocent people die and all the murderer gets is a ‘discharge from service’.
Who will be next? Where will it end? Government sponsored extra-judicial executions must end. Justice must be delivered by courts of law, not by the vengeful whims of presidents, prime ministers, intelligence chiefs or defence ministers.
TALKING OF THE ISRAELI GOVERNMENT AND ITS SOLDIERS GETTING AWAY WITH MURDER…
It seems an Israeli government commission, the Turkel Commission, is about to find that the Israeli government didn’t commit any war crimes when it murdered passengers on the MV Mavi Marmara on 31 May 2010.
What a surprise.
It’s a bit like Hitler asking his chief judge, Roland Freisler, to head-up a committee to investigate wrong-doings at Dachau concentration camp.
And the world lets them get away with it without a by your leave!