As more videos are surfacing and telling of yesterday’s events,one of them is going viral. In it you can see Kobi Bachar, deputy commander of the Galilee District Police, slapping an Arab lawyer roughly in the face after she asked him why he was arresting protesters.
“The protester, Attorney Maisa Arshid of the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel, had joined around 25 other Arab students in marking the Palestinian day of mourning over Israel’s founding.
Police had come to disperse the gathering, which took place near the border-side town of Avivim, because the protesters did not have a permit. But they refused to vacate the area, which due to escalations in violence across the border had been declared a closed military zone.”
Of course, the police reaction was that they were provoked. “Israel Police had no official comment, but the Galilee subdivision said the protesters had clearly been attempting to create a provocation. ‘Though they were told it was an illegal protest they did not respond to the police’s request to vacate the area and forces were forced to use reasonable force to disperse them. Eight were arrested,’ the district said in a statement”, Ynet continues.
Sure, you can clearly see it. I see it. I totally understand Bachar. He’s not a hotheaded new recruit. He’s an experienced officer, he knows very well what he’s doing. I feel like I can read his mind:
“That female lawyer had the nerve to ask me why I was detaining protesters, the ruler of the land? She even stood two feet away! How dare she?! If that’s not a provocation, I don’t know what is! Bam! Slap across the face! That’ll teach her. A good slap in the face. That’ll teach all them negroes to go back n’ stick to pickin’ cotton and….. oops… wait a minute…. where am I?”
Sick, sick society. Makes me nauseous.