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The Marble Slab of the Occupation

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Islam Abu Hamid is neither a “murderer” nor a “terrorist.” He is a violent adversary of the occupation, a member of a family whose sons fight the occupation by force, four of whom have been sentenced to life in prison. In May 2018 he threw a heavy marble slab at the soldiers of the Duvdevan unit who had invaded his home. The slab struck the soldier Ronen Lubarsky in the head and killed him.

If he were Israeli, Abu Hamid would be considered a daring hero who fought the enemy courageously. In schools and in the Israel Defense Forces his heroism would be taught; David against Goliath, with a marble slab in his hand instead of a slingshot. But Abu Hamid is a Palestinian and he is a “terrorist” who has been sentenced to life in prison. The military judge, Lt. Col. Eti Adar, who is a clear authority on morality in a “proper society,” waxed poetic: “Taking the life of a person intentionally constitutes the greatest harm to the sanctity of life, one of the fundamental values of any proper society.” It’s a pity that the judge’s high-sounding words aren’t memorized by IDF soldiers who shoot the Gaza protesters to death and the Border Police who kill almost every........

© Haaretz