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Jailed Palestinian lawmaker pleads innocence

Khalida Jarrar, who was arrested for representing the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine in the Palestinian legislature, rejects all charges against her as trial opens in West Bank military court.

Palestinian parliamentarian Khalida Jarrar in Ofer military court, June 22, 2015. (photo: Haggai Matar)

Palestinian parliamentarian Khalida Jarrar in Ofer military court, June 22, 2015. (photo: Haggai Matar)

Palestinian lawmaker Khalida Jarrar, who was arrested in March and has been imprisoned ever since, plead innocent Monday as her highly-publicized trial began in the Ofer military court in the West Bank. The trial was attended by Jarrar’s family members, a number of journalists, as well as a delegation of EU diplomats who expressed their concern over her detention.

Jarrar, who serves in the Palestinian Legislative Council (PLC) on behalf of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) has been charged with 12 counts relating to her membership in the party, which is defined by Israel as an illegal organization. Nearly all the charges have to do with Jarrar’s participation in demonstrations, interviews, speeches and visits to solidarity tents for Palestinian prisoners. Only one charge relates to incitement to kidnap Israeli soldiers, despite the fact that the witness to this charge admit that he is not sure he heard Jarrar say anything to that extent.

Jarrar’s attorneys, Mahmoud Hassan and Sahar Francis from Addameer, a Palestinian NGO that works to support Palestinian prisoners, rejected all the charges and declared that she would plead innocence on all counts. The military prosecutor, Captain Almaz Ayso, stated that the prosecution would hand over classified material to the court, which the defense will not be able to see or challenge.

Jarrar’s attorneys asked that the computers that were confiscated from Jarrar’s home near Ramallah during an army raid in March — during which she was arrested — be returned to her should no incriminating evidence be found. Ayso said that they would receive in answer in the coming days.

The short hearing ended after Hassan and Francis announced that they would file their pre-trial motions in the next few weeks, which will be followed by the presentation of evidence sometime in July. Jarrar will remain in prison during this time, after the military appeals court upheld a request to keep her in custody until the end of legal proceedings. In April she was placed in administrative detention, which means she was to be indefinitely detained without being sentenced or facing trial, but was later sentenced in the wake of a global campaign to release her.

Read: 12 Palestinian members of parliament are in Israeli prison

Before the hearing began, a prison service official allowed Jarrar to hug her two daughters, Yaffa and Suha, who came for a visit from Canada, where they are studying. Family members are generally forbidden to speak with Palestinian prisoners during the proceedings — and certainly not touch them — and are not allowed to sit in the front rows of the court room. Perhaps the presence of journalists and diplomats affected the behavior of the members of the prison service.

Palestinian lawmaker Khalida Jarrar hugs her daughter on the opening day of her trial, Ofer military court, June 22, 2015. (photo: Haggai Matar)

At the end of the hearing, Jarrar’s daughters thanked the crowd for their support, saying that they are leading an international campaign for her release, which has won the support of parliamentarians and diplomats across the world. Knesset Member Aida Touma-Suleiman has also called for Jarrar’s release.

Beyond her position as a member of the PLC, Jarrar has been a left-wing, feminist activist for many years, and has been active on issues of political prisoners in Israeli jails. Last year she was involved in the Palestinian Authority’s bid to the International Criminal Court over allegations of Israeli war crimes against Palestinians. Furthermore, Jarrar has not shied from criticizing the PA for its continued security cooperation with Israel.

Jarrar’s close friends believe that her criticism of the PA as well as the ICC bid are at the root of her expulsion order from Ramallah to Jericho last August, as well as her arrest in March, since several of the charges against her relate to events that occurred several years ago.

Jarrar is one of 12 members of the Palestinian Legislative Council who are currently being held in Israeli prisons. Several of them, including Hamas member Aziz Duwaik, are in administrative detention, which means they are being held indefinitely without being sentenced.

This article was first published in Hebrew on Local Call. Read it here.

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    1. Ginger Eis

      Bias Alert!

      While Mr. Haggai Matar runs commentary on the evidence in a case of which he himself has NOT seen- let alone read the case-file, here is a little information on the “political party” which is led by the Terrorist ..… sorry, I mean the “Legislator” (hihi hihi) Ms. Jarrar:

      “Popular Front for the liberation of Palestine (PFLP)

      Involvement in Suicide Bombings

      In the context of the current clashes, the PFLP rose to prominence in October 2001 after its military wing, the Abu `Ali Mustafa Brigades, assassinated the Israeli Minister for Tourism, Rehavam Ze’evi, on October 17. Prior to this attack, the PFLP took responsibility for five car bombings, including four in Jerusalem within seven hours on September 4, 2001, in which nine people were injured.

      As of the end of August 2002, the PFLP had claimed responsibility for three suicide bombing attacks against civilians. On February 16, 2002, a suicide bomber blew himself up in a shopping mall in the West Bank settlement of Karnei Shomron, killing three teenagers and injuring around thirty. The attack was claimed by the Abu `Ali Mustafa Brigades of the PFLP in a statement announcing that the bomber, Sadiq `Abd al-Hafiz, had come from the West Bank town of Qalqiliya. The second attack, injuring fifteen people, targeted the lobby of a hotel on the outskirts of the Ariel settlement on March 7. In the third attack, on May 19, the suicide bomber disguised himself as an Israeli soldier and blew himself up at a Netanya open-air market, killing three and wounding fifty-nine. Hamas also claimed responsibility for this attack.”


      If Mr. Matai Haggai is for the Rule Of Law, should he not let justice run its course by not prejudging the case and letting the lawyers and the Court do their job? The accused, Jarrar, has all rights a defendant ought to have for a proper criminal defense in a democratic country based on the Rule Of Law, dose she not? If she is innocent, the evidence will show that and she will be acquitted, no? So, why exactly does Mr. Haggai Matar seem on edge, apprehensive and somewhat hysterical in this article, and trying to force his own Verdict on us based on evidence he himself has no knowledge of what it exactly is?

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      • berl

        Ginger, using your reasoning about half of past and present-day Israeli politicians should be convicted. While is easy to depict the others as monsters, you should keep in mind that even Hamas, Israel n.1 enemy (or at least this is what many argue), was created in 1987 and carried out its first attack in 1989, killing two soldiers. Sheikh Yassin was sentenced for this to life in prison and 400 Hamas activists were deported to the Israeli occupied South Lebanon, where Hezbollah and Hamas established their ties.
        The Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas’s military branch, were established in 1991. Two years later they started to carry out terrorist attacks in the West Bank, and from April 1994, two months after the massacre perpetrated by Baruch Goldstein in a Hebron mosque, they began their suicide bombings inside Israel. I strongly oppose Hamas and I think that they are exactly what the Palestinians would not need. But to judge these issues out of context risk to provide shaky arguments, as yours.

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        • Gustav

          “But to judge these issues out of context risk to provide shaky arguments, as yours.”

          I am glad you brought up the issue of “out of context”.

          That is exactly how magazines like these and you people judge us Israelis and Israel, day in and day out yet you have the hide to accuse us of it? Shame on you!

          It is very simple isn’t though. Your Palestinian Arabs declared and waged war on us for nearly 100 years now. So everything we do happens in that context. Get it?

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    2. Ginger Eis

      Ms. Jarrar: a feminist during the day in front of cameras; a Terrorist leader at night!

      Here is more information on the murderous, terrorist organization led by Parliamentarian Jarrrar:

      “The PFLP gained notoriety in the late 1960s and early 1970s for a series of armed attacks and aircraft hijackings, including on non-Israeli targets:

      The hijacking of an El Al flight from Rome to Lod airport in Israel on 23 July 1968. The Western media reported that the flight was targeted because the PFLP believed Israeli general Yitzhak Rabin, who was Israeli ambassador to the USA, was on board. Several individuals involved with the hijacking, including Leila Khaled deny this. The plane was diverted to Algiers, where 21 passengers and 11 crew members were held for 39 days, until 31 August;

      Gunmen opened fire on an El Al passenger jet in Athens about to take off for New York on 26 December 1968, killing one Israeli – this prompted a reprisal by Israel destroying airliners in Beirut;

      An attack on El Al passengers jet at Zürich airport on 18 February 1969, killing the co-pilot and wounding the pilot;

      Bombings by Rasmea Odeh and other PFLP members killed two Hebrew University students, roommates 21-year-old Leon Kanner of Netanya and 22-year-old Eddie Joffe of a Tel Aviv suburb, on 21 February 1969.[27][28][29] The two were killed by a bomb placed in a crowded Jerusalem SuperSol supermarket which the two students stopped in at to buy groceries for a field trip.[30][31][32] The same bomb wounded 9 others.[33] A second bomb was found at the supermarket, and defused.[28] Odeh was also convicted of bombing and damaging the British Consulate four days later.[34][35][36][37] In 1980, Odeh was among 78 prisoners released by Israel in an exchange with the PFLP for one Israeli soldier captured in Lebanon.[27][30][31]

      The hijacking of a TWA flight from Los Angeles to Damascus on 29 August 1969 by a PFLP cell led by Leila Khaled, who became the PFLP’s most famous recruit. Two Israeli passengers were held for 44 days;

      Three adult Palestinians and three boys aged 14 and 15 years old threw grenades at the Israeli embassies in The Hague, Bonn and the El Al office in Brussels on the same day, 9 September 1969 with no casualties;

      Attack on a bus containing El Al passengers at Munich airport, killing one passenger and wounding 11 on 10 February 1970;

      On 6 September 1970, the PFLP (including Leila Khaled) hijacked four passenger aircraft from Pan Am, TWA and Swissair on flights to New York from Brussels, Frankfurt and Zürich, and failed in an attempt to hijack an El Al aircraft which landed safely in London after one hijacker was killed and the other overpowered; and on 9 September 1970, hijacked a BOAC flight from Bahrain to London via Beirut. The Pan Am flight was diverted to Cairo; the TWA, Swissair and BOAC flights were diverted to Dawson’s Field in Zarqa, Jordan. The TWA, Swissair and BOAC aircraft were subsequently blown up by the PFLP on 12 September, in front of the world media, after all passengers had been taken off the planes. The event is significant, as it was cited as a reason for the Black September clashes between Palestinian and Jordanian forces.

      On 30 May 1972, 28 passengers were gunned down at Ben Gurion International Airport by members of the Japanese Red Army in collaboration with the PFLP’s Waddie Haddad in what became known as the Lod Airport massacre. Haddad was ordered to stop planning operations, and ordered the attack without the PFLP’s knowledge.

      On 13 October 1977, the PFLP hijacked Lufthansa flight LH181, a Boeing 737 flying from Palma de Mallorca to Frankfurt. After various stopovers the pilot was killed. The remaining passengers and crew were eventually rescued by German counter-terrorism special forces see Mogadishu hijacking.

      On 12 April 1984 a bus from Tel Aviv was hijacked. Bassam Abu Sharif in Damascus issued a statement in the name of the PFLP claiming responsibility.[38]


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    3. Ben


      The judge, Major Haim Balilty, is about to hand down his decision…

      The charge sheet has everything but the kitchen sink. The more the counts, the less substance they have. “Membership in an illegal association”; “holding office therein”; “performing a service for the illegal association”; and one count referring to incitement. But even the major prosecution witness related to the incitement charge stated that he “is not certain whether the defendant personally spoke about abducting soldiers, but noted that this matter was mentioned many times during the rally” (according to the judge’s remarks).

      The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, the Palestinian left-wing party (it has a military branch) that was a member of the PLO and took part in the elections to the Legislative Council (the Palestinian parliament), is an “illegal association.” Balilty has confused it with the Popular Front – General Command, under the leadership of Ahmed Jibril.

      Drawing on the comments of one of the witnesses, the judge stated that the two organizations have the same commander. A sign of utter ignorance. Jibril’s group broke with the Popular Front in 1968, and today there is no connection between the two groups, other than their similar names. But who’s counting and what difference does it make? Everyone knows that all the Palestinian organizations are the same.

      The indictment against parliamentarian Jarrar, the gist of which is read out by the judge, provides some tragicomic relief. If it weren’t so sad it would be hilarious. Is this what a person of such standing is brought to trial for? For this she has already spent two months in prison?

      “The defendant delivered many speeches in her capacity [as a parliament member] in a large number of meetings and rallies of the Popular Front, and gave interviews to media outlets and television channels… It is also alleged that on one occasion the defendant took part in a rally calling for the release of the Popular Front’s secretary general, Ahmed Sa’adat, from an Israeli prison, and on another occasion took part in a gathering in memory of Abi [sic] Ali Mustafa, a founder of the Popular Front…”

      The charge sheet goes on to list even more serious accusations: Jarrar visited prisoners who had been released from jail and even awarded one of them a shield of appreciation on which was engraved – wait for it – “In esteem of your [plural] steadfastness.” The judge read out another “incriminating” charge: “Seif Aladin Bader incriminated the defendant [by stating] that she came to visit him on behalf of the Popular Front upon his release from prison.”

      The defendant also delivered a speech “against the Israeli occupation” and even visited a tent of protesters calling for the release of Palestinian prisoners. On top of this, adds the charge sheet, she gave an interview in the tent. She stood on a stage where there hung posters calling for kidnapping of Israelis for bargaining purposes and for the release of prisoners.

      “All the offenses,” Balilty summed up, “were perpetrated in the period from June 2009 to December 2013, apart from one offense – being present at a Popular Front meeting – which was perpetrated, it is alleged, in September 2014, when the defendant attended an exhibition of books sponsored by the Popular Front.”

      That was apparently the prosecution’s ace in the hole, the smoking gun (to switch metaphors). The judge noted that during her visit to that exhibition, the defendant asked “how the activists were doing and about how the books at the exhibition were selling.” The prosecution even had a witness who related that he, with a mask on his face, delivered a speech calling for the abduction of soldiers to be used to force the release of prisoners – and Jarrar “was present on the stage of the rally while he made his speech.” Another witness said he hung three signs on the stage on which the defendant sat….”

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      • BigCat

        Yeah, this is Brian at his best: supporting anyone who kills Jews, while hiding behind Jewish pundits!

        Brian, The trial just started YESTERDAY 22-06-2015, BUT, you are copying and pasting a scurrilous screed from Gideon Levy from WEEKS AGO before yesterday stating that “judge Haim Bality is about to hand down his sentence” BEFORE the trial even started? What kind of a delusional moron are you Brian, alias “Ben” alias “MuslimJew” alias “Giora Me’ir” alias “Givara”, alias “No Politics BS” alias etc?

        “If Mr. Matai Haggai is for the Rule Of Law, should he not let justice run its course by not prejudging the case and letting the lawyers and the Court do their job? The accused, Jarrar, has all rights a defendant ought to have for a proper criminal defense in a democratic country based on the Rule Of Law, dose she not? If she is innocent, the evidence will show that and she will be acquitted, no? So, why exactly does Mr. Haggai Matar seem on edge, apprehensive and somewhat hysterical in this article, and trying to force his own Verdict on us based on evidence he himself has no knowledge of what it exactly is?”

        What part of that is tooooo difficult to understand, Benny?

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    4. Ben

      As should be perfectly obvious, Eis, Matar has a well-justified lack of faith in the court system. We should all shut up until we have in hand the “classified” “evidence” that Jarrar’s defense counsel will not even be given access to? That’ll work swell.
      By the way, you, waving and banging your gavel all around, seem to pronounce with supreme assurance on all legal and bureaucratic matters pertaining to the occupied West Bank without the slightest hesitancy or doubt as to what you know and how you know it, but I wager Haggai Matar has spent literally thousands of hours on the ground in the occupied West Bank that you have not.


      …The military court has jurisdiction over residents of the entire West Bank, including areas over which partial control was transferred to the Palestinian Authority,” it continues….

      Next, the report argues that judges were not really analyzing individual Palestinians’ circumstances on those three issues, but flatly applying a series of artificial presumptions which led to virtually all Palestinians being detained pre-verdict.

      One opinion, written by Judge Col. Shaul Gordon in a case filed in 2001, B’Tselem views as a glaring violation of using presumptions that, B’Tselem would say, collectively punish individuals for actions they have not committed…

      Ultimately, B’Tselem says, the IDF courts talk about applying Israeli law in a way that “obfuscates the crucial differences between the Israeli justice system that operates inside Israel’s sovereign borders and the military courts operating in the West Bank.”

      It argues that the military justice system’s “main contribution” is “not in providing broader protection for defendants’ rights or seeing justice done, but rather as a whitewash, glossing over the flaws of the military court system.””

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      • BigCat

        “B’tselem says…”, “B’tselem says….”, “Btselem says….” B’tselem this, B’tselem that. And if B’Tselem says it, it must be true! Are you completely stoned and stupid, Brian? Who the heck do you think B’Tselem is? Has it never occured to you that neither B’Tselem nor those writing its reports ever attended law school for a single day? Has it never occurred to you that B’Tselem is a far leftist political NGO with its own political agenda called “human rights”? Shees. I know you aren’t extremely smart, but your posts are now showing stunning stupidity.

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        • Ben

          Gideon Levy wrote an article about you and your pals. It was in reference to Regev’s attacks on the theater, but it applies so precisely to what you do in this forum day after day that I thought I’d pass it on. It’s the painful truth about you. ==>

          “…Behind all this is the feeling of inferiority complexes and, mainly, insecurities about the rightness of their path. The purpose of turning each and every incident into a scandal is to divert attention from the real problems and incite the masses. Under the surface, however, are explanations from the realm of psychology….
          Attacking them so harshly, supported apparently by most Israelis, actually shows the weakness of the attackers and their instability. These signs of heavy-handedness show an inherent fragility, although the right wing has long been victorious.

          A right wing that is sure of its rightness does not need this. On the contrary, it would allow manifestations of subversiveness. What does it care, if it has justice and power on its side? A state sure of itself and the rightness of its path would not become hysterical every time it’s criticized by organizations or individuals lacking influence.

          …when they’re unsure whether they’re right, they launch offenses – which is the best defense, especially for the weak.

          …right-wing, nationalist Israel is like a leaf blowing in the wind. It has no real justification, sometimes not even to itself, and therefore becomes violent and aggressive…

          This is the only way to explain the unbridled attacks on the Arab play “A Parallel Time,” the veterans’ organization Breaking the Silence…

          … the aggressive minority is afraid of them. If not, why the attacks? The right-wing is attacking because it is afraid. And it is afraid because it is unsure if it’s right….”

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          • Gustav

            TRANSLATION of what Benny is trying to say…

            …leave me alone…

            …I [Benny] want to be able to lie unchallenged…

            …I [Benny] want to be able to mislead people who don’t follow events in the Middle East…

            …I [Benny] want to spew propaganda without being challenged constantly…

            I [Benny] don’t want to constantly be embarrassed by people who know real facts and the real history of the Middle East…

            …I [Benny] just want to be able to mislead the unsuspecting…

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          • BigCat

            This psychopath called Brian alias “Ben” alias “MuslimJew” alias etc, is at it again with his copy-pasted nonsense from the delusional Gideon Levy.

            Ya know who knows Gideo Levy in Israel, Brian? A bunch of English speaking folks, an overwhelming majority of whom disapprove of the shit he spreads around.

            Ya know Gideon Levy’s approval amongst Israeli Jews? Zero!

            Ya know Gideon Levy’s approval amongst White Supremacists and (closet) anti-Semitic groups in Europe and elsewhere? 100%

            Gidoen Levy has been shown to be wrong time and time again and both he and Haaretz have been forced to make retractions because of that. This is an example http://www.jpost.com/Opinion/Columnists/MEDIA-COMMENT-Yes-there-is-left-wing-media-bias-334010

            I remind you again, Brian…eh… “Ben” alias “MuslimJew”, go find job to take care of yourself, then start focusing on the problems of YOUR OWN country that has more social problems both in quality and quantity than Israel, then start focusing elsewhere where ordinary people are being massacred on a daily basis, and quit you disgusting, manic fixation on- and obsession with Jews and Israel, none of which is in any way, shape or form any of your business, psychotic moron.

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          • Ben

            Well, we’ll just have to agree to disagree. Thanks.

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          • BigCat

            There is no “we” and there is nothing to agree on with you, little psychopath! Here is more on Gideon Levy’s pathology of delusions:

            “ Colleague Takes Gideon Levy to Task

            CAMERA frequently documents the outrageous and defamatory lies of anti-Israel activist/journalist Gideon Levy and has noted that the Israeli daily Ha’aretz is a platform to disseminate Levy’s distortions that encourage worldwide anti-Israel sentiment.

            A fellow Israeli journalist, reaching the same conclusion, has now spoken out sharply against Levy. The straw that broke the camel’s back for Ben Dror Yemini, a columnist at Ma’ariv, a leading centrist newspaper in Israel, was Levy’s Sept. 24, 2010 interview in The Independent [London]. The interviewer was Johann Hari, a radical anti-Israel journalist who, like Levy, shows contempt for factual accuracy (…)

            “Woe is to us,” he concluded, if Gideon Levy is denied the right to spread his slanderous attacks against Israel. The only appropriate way “to deal with his lies,” Yemini explained, is “to expose him and refute his lies.”

            You can read a lot about Gideon Levy here http://www.camera.org/index.asp?x_context=2&x_outlet=55&x_article=1948, little psychopath!

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          • Ben

            Do you mean to say that you do not accord me the right to disagree with you? That is a fair if overly-polite summarization of your treatment of me and others but I did not expect you to admit it in public.

            Thanks for turning our attention to Dror Ben Yemini. You can call Maariv centrist if you like but Ben Yemini certainly is not.

            Tomer Persico took apart Dror Ben Yemini here:


            In the pages of +972 Dror Ben Yemini has been variously described as “known for his articles against the boycott movement, and for attacking leftists for positions they often do not hold” and “looking smug” and a “hawkish provocateur” and “known for his campaigning against “lefty” influence in the Israel academia and media. He has repeatedly called to hold state funds from critical movies and from artists and professors who are “anti-Israeli.”

            And yet Noam Sheizaf notes that Ben Yemini himself refers to the situation in the West Banks as “Apartheid-Land”:

            Sheizaf: “Recently, I had a conversation with rightwing Israeli writer Ben-Dror Yemini in which he referred to the situation in the West Bank as “Apartheid-land”. We discussed the application of this specific term, and Yemini even claimed to have used it in public as well, but I couldn’t find any reference to that. Anyway, while I didn’t agree with most of his conclusions – Yemini supports evacuation of settlements but keeping the IDF’s presence in the West Bank – his analysis was pretty honest.”

            How come you never told us about this leading rightwing Israeli journalist’s comments on the situation in the West Bank?

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          • BigCat

            a). Unlike Gideo Levy who has been caught repeatedly maliciously publish lies, you cannot show where Ben-Dror Yemini has done such.
            b). anyone/Noam Sheizaf can claim that anyone told him/her anything. Noam Sheizaf has no evidence to back up his claim. Only those who feed on shit like you would swallow line sinker and hooker every anti-Israel garbage they read, you gullible psychopath.

            Here, educate yourself more on the pathology of delusions and falsehoods of Gideon Levy:

            “And in June 2006, a veteran Israeli journalist and Ma’ariv editor, Amnon Dankner, EXPOSED other FALSEHOODS by Gideon Levy, including, the “Donkey Procedure” myth which Levy had propagated several months earlier. In Levy’s tale, Israeli border police routinely brutalize Palestinians by tethering them to their donkeys and then spurring the animal to drag the victim over rough terrain. He cited two cases, one in which the alleged Palestinian victim died of his injuries and the second in which the Palestinian victim survived. Levy suggested that despite denials by Justice Ministry’s internal investigation department, Levy had evidence of wrongdoing by the border police in those cases.

            Levy apparently did not anticipate that the Ma’ariv editor would bother to investigate his bogus claims. But Dankner did just that. He turned to the investigating lawyer – well known for his investigations and convictions in cases of police abuse – to get the facts. Indeed, the lawyer had thoroughly investigated the death of the first Palestinian and found no evidence at all for any police abuse. On the contrary. Testimony from the Palestinian ambulance driver who had brought the victim to the hospital indicated that the local villagers had attributed the fatal dragging to the misjudgement of the victim in purchasing a wild mule. Their theory was that the victim had tied his arm to the mule to restrain it but was nevertheless kicked, hit his head and was dragged for a distance while unconscious.”


            Ya need more on the pathology of FALSEHOODS of Gideon Levy, you little psychopath?

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          • Ben

            My friends and I had a good laugh at the concept of “BigCat” lecturing anybody on falsehoods and dishonesty. So rich.

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          • BigCat

            And…..it gets even worse for Gideon Levy! Check this out:

            “Regarding the second case, Levy was the only one to mention it to the Justice ministry’s investigation bureau, yet stubbornly refused to provide contact information for the alleged victim. He did, however, write a column alleging that in a routine procedure, Israel’s border police had tied the victim to the donkey’s reins, forced him to lie down and placed a stone block on his back. According to Levy’s account, the police unsuccessfully whipped the donkey to urge it forward, and eventually resorted to beating the Palestinian victim and leaving him with facial scars, before letting him go.

            With the name and village of the alleged victim publicized in Levy’s column, the investigative bureau attempted to verify the allegations, contacting the Palestinian Authority, Levy’s Palestinian stringer who had supplied Levy with the story, and even B’tselem, a pro-Palestinian Israeli group whose mission is to document and publicize Palestinian complaints against Israel. But neither the Palestinian Authority nor B’tselem had any records of this alleged “incident” or anything similar. And while Levy’s stringer promised to get back to the investigating officers after speaking to the victim, he never did. The investigators did manage to finally contact the mother of the alleged donkey victim, but she had no knowledge of the described incident. Both cases were finally closed for lack of any supporting evidence, without anyone appealing their closure, as is often the case. Meanwhile Levy’s unsubstantiated allegation were touted as absolute truth by Ha’aretz columnists and in an accusatory editorial by that newspaper.”

            Gideon Levy: the delusional illusionist. A proven liar! http://www.camera.org/index.asp?x_context=2&x_outlet=55&x_article=1948

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          • Gustav

            “2 + 2 = 4″

            BENNY:”No it isn’t”

            “Here, let me prove it to you…

            Take two oranges. Put them in a basket. Now take two more oranges and put them in the same basket.

            Now count the oranges and you will find that your count adds up to 4. That proves that 2 + 2 = 4”

            Benny: “Well, we’ll just have to agree to disagree. Thanks.”

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          • Gustav

            My above post is a parody of how Benny argues his case.

            He quoted Gideon Levy. Bigcat informed him that contrary to the trust that Benny gives Gideon Levy, he is just a fringe extremist whom most Israelis ignore.

            But did Benny listen? Nah, he continued to tout Levy as the oracle of all wisdom. Hence my post above…

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    5. Ben

      Gustav, Pedro, Eis: Any opinions on this ugly Israeli’s rank racism and sexism? Whatcha think? Any opinions on a fellow named Sluggo-RickyRocket-Fumble-Oingo-Boingo-etc. accusing others of posting under multiple names? Whatcha think? Do you endorse this ugly Israeli’s behavior? Do you condemn it? Do you care? Is it normal for Israelis to behave this way? Or abnormal? Is it typical? Or atypical? Is it mainstream? Or is it an outlier? We’re curious. Cuz you got a lotta opinions on all sorts of things and you’re not shy about it but I never see you opine on behavior like this or disapprove in the slightest. Which a lot of people read as a tacit endorsement.

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      • Gustav

        You want my feedback Benny? Here it is…

        Most of us treat those who treat us with disdain, with disdain in return.

        Some of us, a very small minority of us are just plain stupid. They tend to be the self hating extremists like Gideon Levy, who claim that it is raining when our enemies spit on us. Do you agree that such behavior is stupid, Benny? Nah, of course you don’t cos you are an extremist too. That’s why you try to make us out to be worse than any other human being on this earth. But you don’t worry us. We just give you back what you dish out.

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        • Ben

          A frank endorsement of trollism, racism and sexism. Got it. Now we know where you stand. Your pal oingo (1) can’t even distinguish Israeli from Jewish, (2) can’t even see what was sexist sbout what he said, and (3) babbles on with a repeat performance of racism. Nice company you keep. Give me one reason I should NOT treat that with disdain? What a joke.

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          • Gustav

            Cut the BS, Benny.

            Maybe you could remind us who said this…???

            “Keep on flicking your worthless clitpeen and squirting for Israel, psychotic Jew-dreg.”

            After I see things like that published here without anybody expressing outrage, don’t expect me to shed crocodile tears about your complaints, Benny dear.

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          • Ben

            In case you forgot, this supposed failure of mine to confront this character was in the context of your–either quite cynically and with malice or with pure paranoia–it’s not for me to say–constantly accusing me of being this strange character who said this and these kinds of things. You took great pleasure in trolling me by falsely accusing me of posting under the name of MuslimJew. This trolling behavior of yours was very aggressive and as I said flagrantly dishonest or weirdly paranoid. It is downright offensive for you to accuse me of authoring the above quotation. This trolling happens here all the time. You don’t like what someone says (and this goes for anything said you guys don’t like not merely dreck like the above quotation)? Hey, no problem, just accuse Benny of being him or him of being Benny. That’ll take care of it. You guys have earned a reputation of cheap trolls with this nasty, childish, repetitive nonsense. But at least you’ve clearly admitted why you do it. It’s the reason I’ve maintained all along. You troll this place to show it disdain. Which brings us back to what Gideon said: “when they’re unsure whether they’re right, they launch offenses – which is the best defense, especially for the weak.” None of you can take any rebuttal without getting enraged and personal and ad hominem. You guys do it constantly. BigCat is absolutely nothing but ad hominem attacks. One after the other. The minute one rebuts you guys out comes the rage and the ad hom attack. It’s constant. You yourself in addition do these odd things: You reduce your aggressive tendentious opinion to “2 + 2 = 4” and then stand there and say that I disagree with that. You guys could not even take my irenic “we’ll just have to agree to disagree” without becoming enraged. Then this other guy, this complete jackass here, is absolutely nothing but puerility and sexism and racism. What a complete joke.

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          • Gustav

            You can protest all you like Benny but you can’t fool people. I am not the only one who noticed that you post in here under a number of aliases.

            Brian and you Benny are most definitely one and the same, they are BOTH YOU. Even a superficial analysis demonstrably shows that your writing styles are identical.

            As for this MuslimJew creature, he seemed to show up with his racist abusive rants, every time that Brian got into trouble and he also did the same with you Benny. He did it with no one else. So he too is highly likely to be you. You can deny it if you want to, I don’t really care. But at the least, even if he is someone else, you let his vile rantings pass but you want me to be scandalised by what offends YOU?

            You are a hypocrite. Leave me out of your little games, Benny. I am here to refute the simplistic anti Israel pro Palestinian Arab propaganda which is constantly being spouted here. I am not here to play your games unless you force me to. But if you do, I will beat you at your own game. And it won’t involve me having the cowardly tactic of adopting multiple aliases. I don’t need to do that. All I need to do to is to keep on shaming you. And you give me plenty of opportunity to do so with your ill conceived assertions and slavish cuttings and pastings of other people’s opinions who are extremists. I mean, you don’t even have your own ideas. You are not a thinking person, Benny.

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          • E823

            So Gustav, you are denying that you used to post here as Tzutzik, correct?

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        • Ben

          “We just give you back what you dish out.”

          How dishonest.

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          • Gustav

            If I were you Benny, I would not spout off about the word “HONEST”, you are the epitome of dishonesty yourself. Do you want me to post the link which outlines a blatant dishonesty of yours? Ya know, the one where you pretended that Ami Kaufman’s article negated the point which I made about Abbas’s absolute refusal to give up their so called “right of return”?

            You still have not apologized about THAT dishonesty of yours…

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          • Ben

            See my comment above about “2 + 2 = 4.” A tendentious interpretation of Abbas vs the wily Netanyahu is not “2 + 2 = 4.” That I disagree with that tendentious interpretation is not “dishonest” and it is dishonest for you to call it dishonest.

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          • Gustav

            Here, I will post a link to the thread in which you REALLY showed how dishonest you are.

            You asserted that Abbas has shown willingness to compromise on the so called right of return issue…

            I showed you a compelling example which demonstrated how far fetched your claim is…

            And your dishonest response was to try and negate my point by posting a link to an article by Ami Kaufman.

            …and when I pointed out the glaring fact that Ami Kaufman’s article does not even address my point, you insisted that it does.

            Here is the link…

            Do you still deny the dishonesty which you display there, Benny?

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      • Ben

        There’s at least one Israeli on this page who can’t be embarrassed. What a great ambassador you are.

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        • Gustav

          No Israeli needs to be worried about impressing the likes of you. The only way we could impress you is by being ‘Gideon Levy like’. And ya know what, Benny? If that’s what it takes to impress you, then we just don’t want to impress you. Ok?

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    6. marnie

      Post a picture of yourself and let’s see whose face’d make a clock stop or not. Ms. Jarrar is a mature woman with teenage children, and she is an activist or a child. She wasn’t put on this earth to satisfy your very queer idea of what women are about. How trite of you to comment on a woman’s appearance instead of her worth. You seem to hate women and stoop to subterranean levels to make those sexist, disgusting comments with regularity and no moderation at all. I wouldn’t be surprised if you had hit on an Arab man or woman and been rebuffed. But you should work out those problems in the privacy of a psychiatric clinic or hospital. You’re a very sick person.

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