Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Israeli Man Gets Life in Murder of Palestinian Teen

An Israeli man has been sentenced to life in prison for masterminding the abduction and brutal murder of a Palestinian teenager in 2014. The below NPR article has the details.

Israel has no death penalty. The only actual execution ever carried out in the modern Jewish state was the hanging of convicted Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann back in the early 1960s. Otherwise, in my view, this defendant would have easily merited the death penalty.

The important point to note here is that Israel has a fully functioning justice system that is capable of carrying out justice when one of its own commits crimes against Palestinians whether the accused is a civilian or military person. Contrast that with the Palestinians, who not only fail to punish their own when they commit acts of murder and terrorism against Israelis, but actually celebrate them, pay support to their families, and name squares after them.

When this Arab teenager was hideously murdered, Israelis did not dance in the streets. They did not pass out candy. They did not hide and protect the killers. Instead they worked to find the killers and bring them to justice.

This should serve as a teaching point for all those American college students who are protesting everything Israel does. It serves to tell us that they are supporting the wrong side-notwithstanding the actions of these particular Israeli killers.


Siarlys Jenkins said...

Fair comment. I do suspect that if there were a fully functional, fully sovereign, Palestinian state, as envisaged by the UN resolution that also created the nation known as Israel, the angst that keeps all the wounds open would disappear over a generation or so.

Gary Fouse said...

That's what they thought when Mohammed died.

Siarlys Jenkins said...

No, they didn't. When Mohammed died, hardly anybody had heard of him outside the Arabian peninsula. There wasn't any UN resolution either, and the four rashidun caliphs who followed Mohammed benefited from and appreciated the assistance of the Jewish population around Jerusalem, who were finally admitted to the city once it was taken out of Roman/Byzantine control.

Gary Fouse said...

If you want to take that line, you need to address history from the 7th century to the present. And please don't bore me with that Golden Age of Cordoba nonsense.

Siarlys Jenkins said...

Don't bore Gary with any part of the truth. Anyway, if you point out a factual error, he can always shift ground and start talking about something else.

But if you want me to be thorough, the Fatamid (Shia) and Almohade (Sunni) caliphates developed a mystical anti-Semitism. The little fascist in Jerusalem, of course, was responding to illegal immigration, a la Donald Trump.

Gary Fouse said...

And who is the little fascist in Jerusalem?

Siarlys Jenkins said...

You talk about him all the time Gary... the Grand Mufti.