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The kidnapping: Israelis aren't the only ones facing national tragedy

Providing context may be taboo at a time when the entire country is focused on the fate of three kidnapped Israeli teens, but it is part and parcel of the story.

Since news broke Friday of the alleged kidnapping of three Israeli teenagers who study in a West Bank yeshiva north of Hebron the night before, media outlets and social media users have been gripping at straws to publicize new information on what has quickly become a national tragedy dominating Israel’s public discourse. The kidnapping and reactions to it, however, cannot be viewed in a vacuum.

The Israel Defense Forces on Sunday named the operation to locate the three, “Shuvu Achim” (Return, Brothers), and the IDF Spokesperson launched a social media campaign with the hashtag #BringBackOurBoys. Netanyahu asserted Sunday morning that Hamas is responsible for the kidnapping – although he provided no other information. Hamas thus far has not claimed responsibility and a Gaza-based spokesperson for the group called Netanyahu’s statement “stupid.”

Israeli soldiers shut down the entrance to the West Bank city of Hebron, seen on June 15, 2014. A complete closure was put on the city after three Israeli teenagers went missing near a West Bank settlement. The three, all students at a Jewish seminary, went missing late on June 12 as they were hitchhiking between Bethlehem and Hebron and are believed to have been kidnapped. (Photo by Yotam Ronen/Activestills.org)

Israeli soldiers shut down the entrance to the West Bank city of Hebron, seen on June 15, 2014. A complete closure was put on the city after three Israeli teenagers went missing near a West Bank settlement. The three, all students at a Jewish seminary, went missing late on June 12 as they were hitchhiking between Bethlehem and Hebron and are believed to have been kidnapped. (Photo by Yotam Ronen/Activestills.org)

Netanyahu also repeatedly declared that he also holds the Palestinian Authority and President Mahmoud Abbas directly responsible, even though the incident took place in areas under total Israeli control. He quickly used the incident to justify his position that peace cannot be negotiated with a Palestinian leadership affiliated with Hamas, for which he was attacked by the Israeli opposition. Netanyahu did not mention Israel’s long-standing security coordination with Palestinian security forces, unlike several other Israeli officials, who have come out saying they are pleased with the coordination over the last few days.

Hebron, a city of 160,000 Palestinians already under occupation, and which normally has about 600 IDF troops stationed in it, has been under complete lockdown for days now. An additional 2,000 or so troops have been deployed as part of the massive operation. Around 80 Palestinians, almost all Hamas members, some of them senior officials, were arrested overnight by the IDF in a massive raid. According to Haaretz military correspondent Gili Cohen, in addition to the 2,000 extra troops already deployed in Hebron area, the IDF on Sunday ordered a limited call-up of reserve forces to assist in the search operation.

But all of that has been widely reported.

Israeli soldiers stationed at the entrance to the West Bank city of Hebron, seen on June 15, 2014. A complete closure was put on the city after three Israeli teenagers went missing near a West Bank settlement. The three, all students at a Jewish seminary, went missing late on June 12 as they were hitchhiking between Bethlehem and Hebron and are believed to have been kidnapped. (Photo by Yotam Ronen/Activestills.org)

Israeli soldiers stationed at the entrance to the West Bank city of Hebron, seen on June 15, 2014. A complete closure was put on the city after three Israeli teenagers went missing near a West Bank settlement. The three, all students at a Jewish seminary, went missing late on June 12 as they were hitchhiking between Bethlehem and Hebron and are believed to have been kidnapped. (Photo by Yotam Ronen/Activestills.org)

Incidents that received less or no coverage in Israeli media are reports that settlers threw barrages of stones at Palestinian cars over the weekend, damaging 15 cars and injuring three people. In the south Hebron hills, some 30 settlers reportedly invaded the Palestinian village of Susya, threw stones at homes and attempted to attack a 13 year old.

Many in the twittersphere have responded to the IDF campaign by hijacking the hashtag #BringBackOurBoys with statistics and photos of Palestinian children detained or killed by Israel, including a Palestinian child killed in an Israeli airstrike in Gaza this week and the hundreds (191) administrative detainees currently in Israeli prisons without charge or trial, all of whom the online activists are adamant to “bring back” as well. Since April, some 120 of them have been on hunger strike (that’s 53 days now) and there have been solidarity protests throughout the West Bank and Israel on a regular basis.

Palestinians living in Israel and Israeli activists protest outside Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike, June 5, 2014. At least 6 Palestinian prisoners are currently hospitalized at Ichilov after hunger striking for more than 35 days, and dozens of Palestinian prisoners are in other hospitals in Israel. Most of those on hunger strike are protesting against their administrative detention by Israel. (Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

Palestinians living in Israel and Israeli activists protest outside Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv in solidarity with Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike, June 5, 2014. At least 6 Palestinian prisoners are currently hospitalized at Ichilov after hunger striking for more than 35 days, and dozens of Palestinian prisoners are in other hospitals in Israel. Most of those on hunger strike are protesting against their administrative detention by Israel. (Oren Ziv/Activestills.org)

For Palestinians, this is a national tragedy and a major component of the macro national tragedy that comprises daily life under Israeli military rule and occupation, now 47 years old. It is no secret that holding Israelis hostage is a proven tactic Palestinians — and others — have used to secure the release of prisoners held by Israel, just like what took place recently in the deal to free captured soldier Gilad Schalit.

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Providing this context may be taboo at a time when the entire country is focused on the fate of three kidnapped Israeli teens, but it is part and parcel of the story here. It is an important reminder to Israelis that we are in a constant state of war and Palestinians under constant occupation – no matter how much they  are largely immune to it due to the imbalance of power that protects them on a day-to-day basis.

That is why for example, when the IDF uses another hashtag in its campaign, such as #LifeUnderTerror, I cannot help but think how easily this could just as well apply to Palestinians (Palestinian activists also quickly hijacked this hashtag). Think of the 80,000 Palestinian residents of East Jerusalem who have been living without regular running water for months now. Or remember that exactly one month ago, on Nakba Day, two Palestinian teens were killed by IDF fire during protests in Beitunia while presenting no immediate threat to anyone. Although no conclusive results have been formally published, an autopsy on one of the teens, Nadim Syam Nuwara, confirmed live ammunition killed him, casting serious doubt on IDF claims that no live bullets were fired. No one can bring those boys back home to their parents and it is doubtful whether justice will ever be brought to their families.

I, of course, want the three Israelis, Eyal Yifrah (19(, Gilad Shaer (16) and Naftali Frenkel (16) to return home safe and sound. But it is important to remember that Israelis are not the only ones suffering a national tragedy, and that incidents like this do not happen in a vacuum.

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    1. Bar

      Let me provide you with some context, Mairav.

      The Palestinians could already have a state but they choose not to accept any deal.

      The Palestinians could already have declared end of conflict but they have vowed never to end the conflict.

      The Palestinians could end with their endless incitement against JEWS but they continue to do it.

      The Palestinians could behave like normal human beings and use soldiers to fight soldiers, act according to laws of war, stop targeting civilians, behave with decency toward their hostages BUT THEY DON’T.

      Hope that enlightens you as you express your deep sympathy for the Palestinians who are suffering a national tragedy because three Israeli teenagers were kidnapped.

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    2. Dave Kreiselman

      I love your stuff, Meirav. And in spite of having been thrown outta here under other guises on one or two occasions, I have great respect for all the writers at 972. It takes a lot of courage to piss against the wind. That being said, I have to ask, at this late date, why do you persist in pulling your punches? “…incidents like this do not happen in a vacuum”? First of all, for most of your countrymen, this is happening in a vacuum. And that’s exactly where they want it to be. Secondly, if I understood the basic tenor of your piece. This is not what you really want to say. What you really wanted to say was; “Hello?!? What did you really expect to happen here? You oppress these people and make their lives hard in a myriad of ways. You allow lawlessness amongst the settlers and do nothing about their deprivations, and then finally just to make sure that all that rage and anger reaches critical mass, you negotiate in bad faith, “appropriating” the very territory in question whilst in the midst of said negotiations”. The real tragedy is the absence of imagination here that has enabled the Palestinians to use the one weapon in their arsenal that is actually effective, kidnapping. Gilad Shalit, anyone? “You gotta give some, to get some” and I think that’s the only message the Palestinians, without abject surrender being their only other option, can send at this point and it is something that Israelis need to internalize.

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      • Bar

        Courage? What courage does she need to write something like this?

        Courage is a Palestinian professor taking a group of students to Auschwitz and then refusing to back down when he is vilified by his own community for doing so. That community is the community Mairav is trying to excuse here. They are busy handing out sweets in celebration of the kidnapping of some teenagers.

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        • Dave Kreiselman

          You’re gonna talk about courage? You won’t even take responsibility for the inanity that you posted as a response to a comment by using your real name.
          And yes, we know. The Palestinians hate you. And as I previously stated, why you would expect otherwise is really the big mystery here.

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          • Bar

            In other words, no response. I like that. Do you feel better now?

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          • Dave Kreiselman

            You know what man? I don’t have any intense feelings on the subject. Quite frankly, my interest in this is only slightly less abstract than that of the average reader of the average newspaper and have no investment in the outcome one way or the other. And while I have no great love of Arabs in general or Palestinians in particular, you people are as dumb as dog shit. And you know, not just regular old stupid either. But the sort of idiocy that could only be evidenced by an unmitigated arrogance and hubris inherent in a culture that would allow three children to hitchhike at 10:30pm, in what they themselves admit to be an unsecured area. Well there’s nothing like a good old fashioned kidnapping to remind everyone, while you may think you can finally relax and enjoy the pleasures of home and hearth, there are still some loose ends, questions of ownership, illegal appropriations of land, and other assorted unpleasantries that need sorting out. There. Now I feel better. 😉

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          • Bar

            “You know what man? I don’t have any intense feelings on the subject.”

            So the long diatribe is there because you are just a bored bystander. Interesting.

            “you people are as dumb as dog shit.”

            Would you care to tell me which people are as dumb as dog shit? Do you mean Israelis, Jews, Zionists, settlers, settlers in certain areas, observant Jews, non-observant Jews, active IDF soldiers, non-active reserve IDF soldiers, people who comment anonymously on 972mag, people who write for 972mag? Who, who is as dumb as dog shit?

            “And you know, not just regular old stupid either. But the sort of idiocy that could only be evidenced by an unmitigated arrogance and hubris inherent in a culture that would allow three children to hitchhike at 10:30pm, in what they themselves admit to be an unsecured area.”

            Of course, after all, everyone should expect a pre-planned, sophisticated kidnapping where the perpetrators know enough to steal a new car with Israeli license plates and burn it after the kidnapping. If you dare to think that you could just live your life normally without being kidnapped when you’re 16 years old and simply going about your business simply because you’re Jewish, you’re dumb as dog shit.

            “Well there’s nothing like a good old fashioned kidnapping to remind everyone, while you may think you can finally relax and enjoy the pleasures of home and hearth, there are still some loose ends, questions of ownership, illegal appropriations of land, and other assorted unpleasantries that need sorting out.”

            Interesting, if you didn’t write that your name was Dave Kreiselman, I would have thought you were Mairav Zonszein writing under a pseudonym, because this excuse for violence against teenagers sounds awfully like the excuses she was writing in this lame article.

            “There. Now I feel better.”

            Sure you do. Nothing like justifying violence against Jewish teenagers and blaming on them to boot.

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          • Margot

            If you want to be safe, leave the territories. It is as simple as that.

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          • Ginger Eis

            Margot, only a suicidal mouse threatens the tiger. Jews will eternally live, multiply and prosper in Judea & Samaria and defend themselves there! You exist today in Judea & Samaria not because you can, but because Israel lets you to. We live and let live and trying to kill us will only bring misery upon you. Do not ever forget that, moron!

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          • phil riner

            just when bibi could go no lower— the international community embracing the pali reconciliation, the failure of the peace talks, the hamas saves his bacon by kidnapping three kids in the middle of the night. how convenient.
            forgotten are all of bibis sins. all of a sudden he was right all along. anyone believing this scenario is not scripted? i smell a false flag; something israel is well practiced at.
            with bibi being lower than whale excrement— hamas lets him off the hook ? nah — hamas would let him swing. not even bibi or bennett accuses the hamas of being stupid—- but they think you are

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    3. Ginger Eis

      “Providing this context may be taboo at a time when the entire country is focused on the fate of three kidnapped Israeli teens, but it is part and parcel of the story here. It is an important reminder to Israelis that we are in a constant state of war and Palestinians under constant occupation – no matter how much they are largely immune to it due to the imbalance of power that protects them on a day-to-day basis..”

      NO, Ms. Zonszein, it is not a “taboo” (if you know what “taboo” means), but rather the height of idiocy. You see, Ms. Zonszein, before your latest piece riddle with a series of logical fallacies and (already corrected) grammatical errors, many in the MSM, the blogosphere and in the comment section haven been making their best efforts to present the same “context” you claim is a “taboo” and seek to provide. However, healthy minds cringe at such efforts and are disgusted by they who under the guise of “providing context” (try to) justify terrorism and play the apologists for terrorist, while hiding behind empty clichés and slogans such as “occupation”, “settler violence” and the rest of the abracadabra! There is- and there can be, Ms. Zonszein, no justification for murder and/or hostage taking/kidnapping (of children coming home from school) and the rejection thereof out of a sense of disgust and revulsion does not constitute “taboo”.

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    4. Ginger Eis

      “ I, of course, want the three Israelis, Eyal Yifrah (19(, Gilad Shaer (16) and Naftali Frenkel (16) to return home safe and sound. But it is important to remember that Israelis are not the only ones suffering a national tragedy, and that incidents like this do not happen in a vacuum.”

      Gee, this is powerful stuff! How come no one ever thought of wanting that? Seriously, Ms. Zonszein, the least you could have done is to condemn in no uncertain terms the kidnapping of children returning home from school and spare us your crocodile tears and delusion of somehow being important (“I, of course, want the three Israelis…”). Btw. one of the children is called Gilad Shaar, not “Shaer”, another is called Eyal Yifrach, not “Yifrah” and they are the same age as the Palestinians you yourself describe as children ad nauseam (your apathy re these children is really impressive, not that I expected anything good from one of the Ta’ayush folks).

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    5. Ginger Eis

      “Or remember that exactly one month ago, on Nakba Day, two Palestinian teens were killed by IDF fire during protests in Beitunia while presenting no immediate threat to anyone.”

      This is a lie according to the IDF, Ms. Zonszein and you have no evidence to the contrary.

      “Although no conclusive results have been formally published, an autopsy on one of the teens, Nadim Syam Nuwara, confirmed live ammunition killed him, casting serious doubt on IDF claims that no live bullets were fired.”

      (a) The IDF has consistently maintained that it did not fire any live-rounds and the results of ongoing investigation will either confirm or contradict this. (b) It is well documented that there were armed Palestinians during the protest in which the masked teens were killed. (c) The claim that the result of the autopsy casts “serious doubt on IDF claims that no live bullets were fired” is thus rather incomprehensible (to put it mildly). Ya know, I was reading a piece sometime ago and came upon a sentence saying: “you can’t fix stupidity!” and I fell of my chair laughing.

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      • That you believe everything in the israeli magical bubble makes you’re comments a waste of time. The unwillingness of some jews to accept nonjews as fellows, in other words, “not to oppress the stranger”, etc., is amazing. I’m assuming you are a jew here, maybe not. To believe one side (israel) is guiltless, just, humane, compassionate, blah, blah, blah, and the other side (palestine/palestinians) among other things – don’t exist, aren’t a people, don’t love their children, blah, blah, blah, is heartless and soulless (sp?). I hope these 3 kids walk into their kitchens today. How about the hundreds and palestinian children being held in israeli prisons whose parents don’t even know what for? Shit happens y’know? You can’t treat people like a dog and not expect that you’re going to get bitten. B’seder?

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        • Ginger Eis

          “How about the hundreds and palestinian children being held in israeli prisons whose parents don’t even know what for?”

          Seriously, let’s down to business, shall we? Ok then. Now:
          (a) Name the names of the of “the Palestinian children” you have in mind;
          (b) present the facts of their cases and
          (c) provide the source(s) of your information.

          (And of course you can’t rebut any of the things I have said, but you are quick to go full ad hominem and pretend to be more righteous than others. I have no need for that. But I will debate you on the issues you have raised. Let the debate begin…).

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          • Seriously? I don’t have to provide you with anything! Your disbelief is your burden, not mine.

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          • Ginger Eis

            First you make false claims. When challenged and asked to provide evidence, you say: “I don’t have to provide anything”. And we know why: because you lie!

            (Sidebar: the number of Palestinian juveniles in Israeli juvenile detention centers is (per capita) per year lower than the number of juvenile children in juvenile detention centers of most Western countries. Anyone who commits a crime and/or poses a serious threat to public safety, gets to face the law (as happens in MOST Western countries!).

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          • Jessica

            You don’t debate someone who is adamant about ignoring facts. I imagine it’s not that he can’t, but that he doesn’t feel like wasting his time with someone who apparently needs evidence of even the most well established facts. You ask him for evidence despite this being something that’s abundant in the news and would take you 10 seconds to google because you hope he’s not going to be bothered arguing with someone as stubbornly ignorant as well.

            Israel is imprisoning another countries children, not their own, so you don’t really get to compare those numbers to first world countries without occupying regimes. And even if that was an ok comparison, Israel would still be doing terribly by comparison. Just horrifically. I mean really, really, badly. I know I’m going on a bit, but you shouldn’t have tried to turn this into a discussion where Israel is compared to countries that don’t have over a hundred UN resolutions against them, because now I really feel I have to drive home the point of just how badly Israel does when it’s by comparison. And that’s really, really badly.

            While Israel is indeed marginally decreasing the number of children they arrest and imprison per year due to international pressure to stop breaking international laws, there were still 193 children arrested just last year.

            Let’s get on with that comparison you so badly wanted to make. Switzerland has a similar sized population to Israel(both countries have a population of 8.1 million). Switzerland barely has capacity for half the number of minors of their own civilians in their prisons. Their capacity is 105. Let me put the emphasis on the word “capacity”. That doesn’t mean they have 105 children imprisoned. It’s that the most children they could imagine needing to imprison is barely half of the number of children that Israel actually imprisons.

            When a country with the same sized population as Israel barely has the capacity for half the children Israel imprisons, there’s a problem. And the biggest problem is people like you thinking that it’s in any way justifiable. It’s not.

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          • Ginger Eis

            Listen Jessica, right now you are angry, all over the map, incoherent and emotionally out of control. I have neither the patience nor the civility to deal with that. That’s also why I have not bothered replying to your posts down-thread. When you have calmed down, pls. collect your thoughts together, state your position, argue said position in a structured/coherent manner and provide your sources, i.e. EVIDENCE! I will reply responsively to you then, ok?

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          • You are so deeply invested in lies and hatred for “the other” that you won’t see the truth in front of your own face. You’re no different than South Africans fighting to keep apartheid in place, no different than the plantation owners convinced of their superiority and God-giveness to enslave, humiliate, torture and murder their captives, no different than the spaniards who came to the new world, found it was beautiful and bountiful and claimed in for themselves, despite the fact it was inhabited, why did they do this? Because they saw themselves as SUPERIOR, WHITE AND ENTITLED. This is your problem woman and until you rid yourself of the shackles of your feelings of entitlement and superiority, you will not be swayed. This is why I will not engage you on anything. You need to tear down your wall of RACISM and HATRED, to set yourself free, not continue to reinforce them with the destructive and abusive lies folks like you love to keep repeating. Peace.

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          • Ginger Eis

            Tirzah, the questions you need to answer are (a) very clear and (b) very, simple (UNLESS you don’t have the evidence to support your claim). But instead of answering said questions you, (and your comrade Jessica), choose to just rant and rant wasting 168 (!) words which you could have used in answering the questions. I insist that you answer those questions so that we can have a structured substantive debate on the issue OR, you must take your garbage to someone else.

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          • You insist? Typical settler mentality chutzpah. Who the fuck do you think you are? Really, unbelievable. Unless you are from outer space, you know damn well what I’m talking about. The fact that I don’t give you names makes you incredibly stupid.

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          • Ginger Eis

            Tirza, (a) you don’t know the “children” whose rights you claim are being violated; (b) you don’t know THE FACTS OF THEIR CASES, yet you claim their rights are being violated; (c) you can’t provide a single source to support any of your claim, but you want me to read the “news” or “google” to figure out what is in your head? How silly is that?!

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          • YAWN.

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          • Jessica

            I can only assume you are well aware that you don’t have any response to the points I made. Usually when people realise that they are horrifically wrong they stop talking rather than pretending they’re too stupid to understand. It doesn’t help your case at all.

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          • Ginger Eis

            Jessica, I don’t have a case. You and Tirza are the ones who made a specific claim. When I challenged you to provide inter alia THE SPECIFIC FACTS OF THE CASES you have in mind so that we can determine the truth/falsity of your claim, you refused saying: “I don’t have to provide you with anything”, ‘it’s in the news’, ‘google it’ and then proceeded to rant incoherently on other stuff. It is thus clear to me that I have been running around circles with two local imbeciles. I am not prepared to do that any longer. Take your garbage elsewhere. This is my last post. Both of you can rant as much as you want. That’s what Arab-Muslims do best.

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          • Arab Muslims, uh, is that supposed to hurt?

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          • Jessica

            Are you asking for evidence because you think that if people don’t prove every single atrocity Israel commits to you beyond a doubt that that means you can claim ignorance later? Nazi sympathizers often employed similar tactics.

            You claimed Israel imprisons less Palestinian minors per capita than other Western countries.

            My comment provided you with both the actual number of Palestinian children in prison and a comparison of how Israel does when compared to another first world country with the same sized population.

            You imprison almost twice as many children from another country than Switzerland has capacity for in their prisons. You can verify all the numbers for yourself with less than a minute googling. Nothing I say in a comment is going to be “evidence”, but if you choose to disagree then you really need to give a reason why you disagree. I disagree that there’s not an issue because the official statistics given by both Israel and Swiss show that Israel imprisons almost twice the amount of Palestinian children than the Swiss would even have capacity for. To any sane person this would have an impact.

            If you need actual names, Tamer Souf, Ammer Souf, Mohammed Suleiman, and Mohammed Kleib are four children who were arrested after a settler crashed a car over a year ago. The children have been abused in prison and their trial has been delayed past a reasonable time frame. Despite the ridiculous charge and complete lack of evidence, it doesn’t even matter if they were guilty because the right to a prompt trial and the right to be not tortured in prison are basic international human rights.

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    6. shachalnur

      Now we have a facebook page calling for a Palestinian to be killed every hour ,untill the “kidnapped” youth are released.

      Many thousands underwrote .

      -Hitchhiking from school at 10 pm.

      -Police inactive for 7 hours after one of the youth called they are abducted(checking the veracity of this call in Israel takes 5 minutes)

      -Claims of ISIS/Hamas being behind it ,are dubious to say the least

      -And most of all,the timing of it all,very convenient.

      In case these “kidnapped” youth show up alive ,I call this False Flag.

      I wonder how 30.000 Israeli’s praying at the Wall ,will feel after this.

      Oh,and there’s an alleged breakthrough in the Shelly Dadon (murdered girl)case,just in time,how convenient.

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      • mt noise

        You forgot one point: The ‘teenagers’ are not teenagers but Mossad agents.

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        • shachalnur

          Mossad head Pardo literally predicted this “abduction” a week ago(he gave an example of “three 14-year old girls from a setlement)”).

          Source: Ha’aretz(a Mossad/Banker disinfo source)

          Don’t think these youth are Mossad,and do think there’s a possibility there are “really”kidnapped.

          The question is by whom,and why now.

          I don’t think these youth have a way of knowing who kidnapped them.

          If the alleged kidnappers will end up dead,we will never know,unless there’s a leak.

          It reeks of desperation by the Israeli government,and shows the situation in Israel and the neighbouring countries is getting out of hand.

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          • Vadim

            They were kidnapped by Bankers, probably Hapoalim or Leumi, the worst kind. Anyone that has ever negotiated a mortgage with them knows they will stop at nothing. And we all know they’re 1987 Zionists.

            Where do guys like you come from?!

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          • shachalnur

            You’re like a barometer.

            Whenever I’m writing something uncomfortably close to the truth you show up.

            Makes it easier for readers to recognize truth versus Hasbara,lies and ad hominem.

            So please, intervene whenever you want,you’re only proving my point..

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          • shachalnur

            For your information.

            Yossi Melman(former Haaretz,and therefore Mossad /NWO/Banker mouthpiece) is up to something,here are a few tweets released today:

            Melman-#Bagdad collapsing.Shells on US and Iran Embassies,Premier Maliki left.Chief of Staff escaped to Germany,Heavy casualties on Iran forces.

            anshell Pfeffer (Haaretz)-You know I never questioned you ,in track or field.

            Laura Rozen(AlMonitor)-Yossi ,waht is your source for this?

            Melman-Can’t reveal.

            huge psy-op going on ,or he lost his mind.

            Developing.

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          • Vadim

            Conspiracy theory lunatics are all the same and you are no different.

            I comment whenever I like, but usually I read your stuff and think

            goo.gl/5gFUdR

            and it hurts me to see something so silly. So I comment.

            There’s also no doubt that a Walla! staff member is a serious mouthpiece for the NWO. Walla! is a very respected news source in Israel.

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          • Piotr Berman

            Perhaps he does it every week?

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        • shachalnur

          Interesting site you run, Shaul.

          Many recognizable ideas and opinions.

          Will enjoy catching up reading Hebrew.

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    7. Peter Hindrup

      Curious: two 16 and a 19 year old don’t come home and the scream goes out: ‘kidnapped!’

      I haven’t read that anybody claims to be holding them.

      With the whole place in uproar, if the lad — not children! — have taken off with some local, or perhaps not so local lasses, it would be very difficult to come home.

      And of course it MUST be the Palestinians!

      Guess that is what comes of raiding homes in the middle of the night and taking kids actually young enough to called children!

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      • Bar

        Look, Mairav, this is the type of person you have in your corner.

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        • Jessica

          What? The type of person who is making perfectly valid points?

          Kids that age go missing in European countries that aren’t illegally occupying territories all the time, and posters are put up around the city. Why? Because if the children are stupid enough to get into the cars with strangers at that time of night ANYWHERE, the immediate assumption is not that they were taken by terrorists, especially when there is both zero evidence and zero claims that that was the case.

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          • Bar

            Mairav knows precisely what I’m saying.

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          • shachalnur

            Hass Bar

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          • Ginger Eis

            “ANYWHERE, the immediate assumption is not that they were taken by terrorists, especially when there is both zero evidence and zero claims that that was the case”.

            Wrong, Jessica, because the opposite of your claim is true. The kids actually called the cops within minutes of the kidnapping and told them what was going on!

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          • Jessica

            That doesn’t really change anything, for a number of reasons.

            In any other country that isn’t run by an occupying regime that’s hell bent on genocide they’d still just put up posters, even if they had received a call, and especially if that call gave no more information than “We’ve been kidnapped”.

            Secondly, there’s still been no claims made as to who is responsible, if anyone. If you want to blame “terrorists” then I’ll have to point out that there’s no fucking point in being a terrorist if no one knows it was you. That’s why Israel is so happy parading it’s violations of international law in front of the whole world.

            Thirdly, why is this still the story? When a countries government starts killing 20 year old’s in refugee camps as a response to some missing kids the story is no longer about said missing kids but about Israel’s response, how the fuck Israel gets away with it’s atrocities and if it is in fact even possible to discuss Israel anymore without comparing Netanyahu to Hitler and pondering on the irony of how quickly the victims became the oppressive, murderous regime that spends its time attempting to rewrite history whitewash it’s genocides into something more media friendly.

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    8. Roy Johnson

      Round and round it goes…it will never end until the Arabs give it up and take whatever (in their minds )lousy . deal Israel would agree to..why?..because they lost all the wars and fights..and because ,at the end of it all..Jews are not like they are..the Jews want only to be left alone..and in time their soft hearted regard for the underdog..will open up the Palestinians a reasonably fair deal over time

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      • shachalnur

        LOL.

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    9. Jessica

      Excellent article. The only thing I would fault it for is it’s use of the word “taboo”, because it absolutely is not. Perhaps it was diplomatic politeness on your part, but it seemed a shame to phrase it as though you were almost apologising for providing relevant context. Ignoring the context and the countries situation is most likely the exact reason the boys disappeared in the first place.

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      • Ginger Eis

        Some people rob their victims because of biting poverty. Some people kill their (ex) spouses because said spouses cheated on them, ran away with another man etc. or because they want to collect insurance money. Some others kidnap the relatives others to retrieve the money they claim is owed to them. In all these cases the “context” and the ‘reason’ are two faces of the same coin (and you yourself said as much in your post). And when the crime is committed to subvert the will of a government, it is called terrorism. Providing the ‘reason/context’ for the act(s) without condemning in no uncertain terms the criminal act itself is justifying the criminal act, and in this case terrorism! It is not too complicated to understand.

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        • Ginger Eis

          This is the concrete meaning of “providing context”

          “They are not terrorists, I do not agree with you! They have seen no other way to change their reality and they have to resort to these measures until Israel sobers up a bit and feels the suffering of others.” – Hanin Zoabi

          (Ms. Hanin Zoabi is dumb/courageous enough to say what Ms. Zonszein has in mind but too cowardly to express. Either way both are the same).

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        • Jessica

          So when Israel is subverting the will of the governing forces in Palestine, killing and wounding people and making hundreds of arrests – that’s terrorism too, right Ginger? I’m glad we agree on the definition of terrorism at least, and presumably are both in agreement that based on that definition Israel is clearly a terrorist nation.

          As I mentioned in another comment, another pretty key part of being a terrorist is letting people know what you’re doing so that they know to be afraid of you. If Hamas are saying they didn’t do it, arresting people with no evidence and killing civilians is probably only the reaction a real terrorist would respond with. Or a psychopath. I don’t know. Definitely someone who’s lost all touch with their humanity and grasp on reality.

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    10. Khaled Khalid

      Cold this be a fake operation?
      Is Bibi cynical enough to set up this operation with “3 teenagers” supposedly kidnapped just to go on a killing spree against an occupied Palestinian population?

      How does bombing Gaza help? Unless Israel thinks the 3 teens were smuggled past West Bank armed checkpoints and machine gun guard towers and into Gaza.

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