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Jewish politicians meet with terrorist families too

Netanyahu wants to kick Arab MKs out of the Knesset for meeting with families of Palestinian terrorists. Will the same standard be upheld for those who meet with Jewish terrorists?

Balad chairman Jamal Zahalka. (Photo by Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Balad chairman Jamal Zahalka. (Photo by Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wants to punish Palestinian members of Knesset for meeting with families of Palestinians who have carried out deadly attacks against Jewish Israelis. But could his initiative backfire and end up punishing members of his own government?

The prime minister announced on Sunday that he would be promoting legislation to bar three MKs who met with families of terrorists from serving in Knesset. His announcement came in response to a report that Arab members of Knesset from the nationalist Balad faction of the Joint List met with the families of Palestinian terrorists. The Balad MKs said the visit was humanitarian, in order to help negotiate the release of the bodies Israel refuses is holding on to. The MKs reportedly took part in a moment of silence for the attackers.

Netanyahu called on the opposition to support his initiative in addition to a complaint he filed against the three with the Knesset’s Ethics Committee.

The prime minister’s proposal, however, could entangle a top minister in the Israeli government. According to American liberal Jewish newspaper The Forward, Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked met recently with the mother of an Israeli-American minor suspect in the murder of three Palestinians last year. The arson in the West Bank village of Duma was considered a terrorist attack by the Israeli government and defense establishment. According to his attorney, following his arrest, the minor was subject to torture and solitary confinement by his Shin Bet interrogators.

In that case, allegations of torture markedly overshadowed the meeting between Israel’s justice minister with the mother of a suspected terrorist. In fact, as opposed to the Balad MKs, details of Shaked’s meeting could not be reported in the Israeli media due to a sweeping gag order on the case.

The Duma suspect, however, is only the tip of the iceberg. Israeli leaders have not only met with the families of convicted terrorists, some of them even employ them. Take Nathan Nathanson, who was convicted in 1985 for his involvement in the Jewish Underground and taking part in three car bombings against Palestinian mayors in June 1980. He was sentenced to three years in prison. Today Nathanson is a political advisor to Education Minister Naftali Bennett.

Naftali Bennett and Ayelet Shaked of Jewish Home at the party headquarters on election day 2013

Naftali Bennett and Ayelet Shaked of the ‘Jewish Home’ sing Israel’s national anthem, ‘Hatikva,’ at the party headquarters on election day 2013. (photo: Activestills.org)

Or take Ze’ev “Zambish” Hever, a veteran leader of the settler movement and the subject of a recent investigative report, exposing him for fraudulently purchasing Palestinian land for the purpose of building illegal settlement outposts. Hever, who was also a member of the Jewish Underground, served a scant 11 months in prison for placing a bomb under a car belonging to Dr. Ahmed Natshe, a political figure in Hebron, in 1984. He has been closely associated with several Israeli prime ministers, most prominently Ariel Sharon, who is known as the father of the settlement movement.

Or what about Haggai Segal, who today serves as the editor-in-chief of right-wing newspaper Makor Rishon? Segal served two years in prison for planting bombs under the car of then-Ramallah Mayor Karim Khalaf and in the garage of Al-Bireh Mayor Ibrahim Tawil. Segal’s son, Amit, is a reporter for Channel 2 news, and has interviewed Netanyahu on various occasions. According to his own logic, Netanyahu, too, must be kicked out of Israel’s parliament.

And this isn’t even taking into account the countless number of members of pre-state Jewish militias such as the Palmach, Etzel, and Lehi — including several prime ministers — who committed massacres and headed expulsions in the years leading up to and during the 1948 War, only later to become leaders in the nascent Jewish state.

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    1. Weissguy

      Hypocrites to the bone…

      Israeli Apartheid on full display

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    2. Ben

      Well. Nothing better exposes the dishonesty, double standards and the hypocrisy of the Israeli Right than this article by Edo Konrad. Wow. All of Netanyahu’s and Bennet’s preaching about terrorism and look who these guys lie down with.

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    3. Ariel

      It isn’t as much about the meeting itself but rather about the moment of silent which give respect to the terror acts.

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    4. Lewis from Afula

      “Ayelet Shaked met recently with a suspect….” He has not yet been found guilty. Innocent until found guilty.

      The other “jewish terrorists” have already paid their time in prison. So your parallels are absurd.

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    5. Hannibal

      Falsehoods, false analogies and equivalencies, desperately grasping straws

      1. “Netanyahu wants to kick Arab MKs out of the Knesset for meeting with families of Palestinian terrorists”.

      That is not true. The Arab Mks are accused of supporting and glorying terrorism against Israel and Israeli citizens. That is what is at issue. That is a crime in Israel and many other countries. The police is looking into the matter and if convicted, these terrorists in Israeli Knesset must be thrown out of the Knesset.

      2. “According to American liberal Jewish newspaper The Forward, Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked met recently with the mother of an Israeli American minor suspect in the murder of three Palestinians last year”.

      • Minister Shaked does not support and glorify terrorism against anyone and condemns any and all acts of terrorism.
      • Minister Shaked met with the mother of a “suspect”, not a terrorist. The Minister found it necessary to reassure Israeli public and the mother of the minor that her underage son is NOT being tortured by Israeli Authorities as was being widely reported. That is a democratic, moral and responsible thing to do!
      • The American Embassy also requested to meet and have met with the minor!
      • Neither the mother of the suspect nor the American Embassy are Elected Members of the Knesset/Israeli Congress. None supports and glory terrorism like the Arab MKs are doing and have done!

      2. “The Duma suspect, however, is only the tip of the iceberg. Israeli leaders have not only met with the families of convicted terrorists, some of them even employ them. Take Nathan Nathanson (…). Today Nathanson is a political advisor to Education Minister Naftali Benett.

      That is the lie of Yoel Hasson on facebook. Hasson offered no evidence for his allegation. Nathanson is not even on the payroll of the Jewish Home, has never been paid a dime by the Jewish Home or any of its members. Bennett does not support or glorify terrorism and has used the strongest words of any Israeli politician to denounce and condemn the Duma arson as terrorism and murder – unlike +972mag, Edo Konrad, his Comrades and Arab MKs who are either indifferent to the murder of Jews or call the murders “martyrs”!

      3. “Hever, who was also a member of the Jewish Underground (…) has been closely associated with several Israeli prime ministers, most prominently Ariel Sharon, who is known as the father of the settlement movement”.

      Thats grasping straws! Really pathetic.

      4. “Or what about Haggai Segal, who today serves as the editor-in-chief of right-wing newspaper Makor Rishon? Segal served two years in prison for planting bombs under the car of then-Ramallah Mayor Karim Khalaf and in the garage of Al-Bireh Mayor Ibrahim Tawil. Segal’s son, Amit, is a reporter for Channel 2 news, and has interviewed Netanyahy on various occasions

      • Makor Rishon is not a Member of the Knesset/Israeli Congress/Parliament; Makor Rishon does not support and glorify terrorism and does not call terrorists “martyrs” as the Arab Mks are doing!
      • Segal has done his time and may be employed by whoever chooses to do so. Segal is no longer involved with violence. Period.
      • Amit Segal is a reporter, not an MK, and has NO criminal record. He does not support and glorify terrorism, has not killed anyone, and does not incite anyone to kill anyone or call terrorist murderers “martyrs”! If you thing Amit Segal is fair game because of who his father is/WAS, you might want to start looking at the parents of some of co-owners/columnists of +972 who are known collaborators of the …. (fill the blanks).

      5. “And this isn’t even taking into account the countless number of members of pre-state Jewish militias…”

      That’s grasping at more straws desperately.

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      • Ben

        This whole post is grasping at straws it seems to me and merely reinforces the hypocrisy, the habitual casual employment of double standards. One for Arabs, one for Jews.

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        • Hannibal

          You’re talkative. Learn some self-control.

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    6. Canucksky

      Further, there’s a difference between meeting with the FAMILY of terrorists and meeting with (or actually employing) the terrorists.

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    7. Ben

      Israel is building a Judocracy by silencing Arab mourning
      Minister Erdan is misleading us twice when he presents the burial of murderer Baruch Goldstein as proof that Israel doesn’t discriminate between Jews and Palestinians.

      Zvi Bar’el
      http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/.premium-1.702343

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