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Who’s the Terrorist?

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In October 2000 the security forces killed 12 Palestinian Israeli citizens and another Palestinian from the territories. The Or Commission established that they had been shot even though they posed no risk to the lives of those who shot them. Despite this, the police commissioner was not assigned a bodyguard. Several years later, the Justice Ministry’s department for investigating police officers closed the cases on the killing of the demonstrators; there is no evidence that the department’s head had to take on a bodyguard, either.

If we go back further in Israeli history, we can recall the six people who were killed on Land Day in 1976, and the 49 who were killed in the Kafr Qasem massacre in 1956, and many other severe injustices committed against Israel’s Arab population, but for some reason neither the “terrorist” Arabs or their leaders were tempted into thinking in terms of a political murder, or that more chilling term, “assassination.” They left that kind of terror to the fascist right.

Here we have it: Attorney General Avichai Mendelblit merely dared to announce that he would be........

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