Murder in Minneapolis and Hebron

When a Jewish child is hurt, all of Israel shakes, when a Palestinian child is hurt, Israel yawns.

Gideon Levy

If an Israeli soldier shoots a Palestinian in the head in Hebron, and there’s no camera to film the act, does he still become “man of the year?”

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In the USA and literally around the world visceral anger took to the streets over the murder of Afro-American Floyd George.Caught on camera by an unidentified Afro-American woman, it brought to the surface the generational institutional racism of American police forces.

A few days after Minneapolis, Gideon Levy wrote 

In Jerusalem’s Old City, Eyad Hallaq, a 32-year-old autistic man, was on his way to the Elwyn Center for disabled people. Border Police officers claimed they believed he was holding a gun – there was none – and when they called out for him to stop, he started running. The penalty was death. The Border Police, the most brutal of all units, knows no other way to overpower a fleeing autistic Palestinian except to execute him. The cowardly Border Police officers fired some 10 bullets into Hallaq as he fled, until he died. That’s how they always act. That’s what they’ve been trained to do.

But this wanton and cruel act was nothing compared to the cowardly murder of Abdel Fattah al-Sharif in Hebron on March 24,2016. The Palestinian al-Sharif was laying prone on the ground, totally incapacitated when he was shot in the head, killed by a 20 year old medic Elor Azaria, who then shook hands with Baruch Marzel, a notorious, violent ultra-nationalist who lives in an illegal settlement in Hebron.

Like Derek Chauvin,  the policeman who lynched George Floyd, Azaria was  also caught on film by a real “Jew of Conscience” a volunteer from excellent Human Rights  group B’Tselem named  Imad Abu-Shamsiyeh. This video too went viral with quite different results.

Instead of becoming a cowardly pariah, to many in Israel Azaria was cheered and supported from the top down. The far-right ministers in Netanyahu’s coalition immediately demanded a pardon and  the culture minister, Miri Regev, said he should not have faced a criminal trial. 

Despite massive support from the right wing the senior military officers now under a global spotlight, pushed for his conviction and the three-judge military panel responded with  a slap on the wrist conviction of 18 months making it clear clear Azaria was a serial liar who changed his stories about the circumstances of the killing on multiple occasions.

He was back on the street in nine months

The Prime Minister Netanyahu crowed, “I called for a full pardon for Elor Azaria from day one,” as he embraced the “Hebron shooter’s” entire family. At his home in Ramle, southeast of Tel Aviv,  he was greeted with Israeli flags and signs saying “It’s so good to have you home, the soldier of us all,” and “Welcome home, Elor the hero.”

A Tel Aviv club owner said he is cheered every time he appears, people demand to have their picture taken with him.

Such a national treasure. The night club owner told the press:

“In my opinion, he is an Israeli hero. My brothers and I served in the Golani [Brigade] and we would do exactly the same thing that he did, or even shooting off some more bullets.” 

The American billionaire Sheldon Adelson’s media outlet Makor Rishon, selected Azaria as one of their people of the year. As well  a Jewish American millionaire offered him an all expenses paid vacation.The Israeli news site Mako wrote that Azaria regularly converses with other Israelis serving in the military, who turn to him for guidance about how Palestinians should be treated.

Two additional observations here.

Azaria is the son of a Moroccan Jew.This alone is significant for two reasons.

First, he  is a classic example of the “black peons” despised by the Ashkenazi elite.The Mizrahim as Arab Jews are called, were taught to despise  other Arabs..They are literally de-Arabized so they can fit in and please  a society dominated by the dominant Ashkenazim.This immature 20 year old is a classic case of self-hatred.

Secondly, poor Azaria was a medic, sworn to deliver aid to anybody in distress. All Israeli medics are trained to treat with respect, and to consider their  “actions with understanding, wisdom, and love of humanity.” Azaria has shown no remorse for his killing of a “terrorist murderer.”

Azaria was convicted, his defence was justifiably mocked by the three judge military panel and it was clear he was a serial liar who changed his stories about the circumstances of the killing on multiple occasions.

Palestinian Knesset member Yousef Jabareen at said the expressions of support for the soldier “turn Azaria from being a murderer into a hero and lay the ground for the next murder. It was  “outrageous” that he was released  today (May 7,2018) after nine months of incarceration. “His release  sends the difficult message that the blood of the Palestinian is up for grabs.”

Compare this embarrassing miscarriage  with  that of Derek Chauvin and Garrett Rolfe, the officer who fatally shot 27-year-old Rayshard Brooksi in Atlanta  and who has been charged with felony murder.

Gideon Levy sums it up

There, they shoot black people, whose blood is cheap, and in Israel they shoot Palestinians, whose blood is even cheaper. But here, the killing puts us to sleep; there it sparks protest. The mayor of Minneapolis, Jacob Frey, who happens to be Jewish, was quick to apologize to the black community of his city.