Kill at Will. The Duma Dilemma

The old saying “Justice is blind” was never more true than what now took place in the Lod District court.

A 19 year old Jewish Israeli had planned an attack on the village of Duma in July 2015 when he was still a minor.

His act took the lives of the Dawabshe family, a young husband, wife and a tiny infant son, Ali. Their house was set on fire and the three innocent Palestinian victims were burned alive.

The court dismissed the charges of imprisonment for the Jewish murderer on the accounts that he had been a minor at the time and that his confession was a result of torture which he received from our Shin Bet (Security Services).

But often, torture is the only way to elicit a true confession. And in this case, they succeeded in getting it.

The judges in the Lod court saw it differently. When the State Prosecutor asked for a five year conviction in prison, the terrorist’s lawyer reminded the court that his client had already served three years in remand. The killer who killed at will is free.

Let us look at another side. If it had been an Arab terrorist who burned to death a mother, father and infant because they were Jews, there is absolutely no doubt in my mind whatsoever that the criminal would not be found guilty and probably be given a life sentence (which in Israel is only 20 years).

No Arab terrorist who committed such an atrocity would see the light of day for many years.

There is something very very rotten with our justice system. It punishes Jews one way and Arabs another way. And the Arabs are always given the harsher sentence.

The Palestinian families in Duma and elsewhere have every right to condemn the trial and its procedures. They have every right to denounce the murder of one of their young families. They have every right to denounce the State of Israel’s courts for very unjust decisions.

I believe that every decent Israeli Jew, every Jewish parent of an infant child, should demonstrate in protest in front of the Lod court and at the same time, express heartfelt condolences to the family of the murdered Dawabshes.

I had always put my trust in the fair justice dispensed by Israeli judges in Israeli courts. Until now!!

Today, I stand on the side of the survivors of the Duma massacre in July 2015. Today I join with those who mourn the death of baby Ali who was still an infant in his parents’ arms, not yet able to walk or to talk, an innocent infant whose life came to a tragic end at the hand of a Jewish arsonist who will not go to prison for his crime.

Justice is not only blind. It is also prejudiced and never more so than in this tragic case.

Our laws (on paper) rend equality to all…… all perhaps except for many innocent Palestinian Arabs.

Is it a wonder that we are so hated? Our courts have disgraced the biblical Jewish command..

“Tzedek Tzedek tirdof”…. Justice and Righteousnes shall you pursue.

The Lod District Court, to our Jewish shame, pursued neither.

About the Author
Esor Ben-Sorek is a retired professor of Hebrew, Biblical literature & history of Israel. Conversant in 8 languages: Hebrew, Yiddish, English, French, German, Spanish, Polish & Dutch. Very proud of being an Israeli citizen. A follower of Trumpeldor & Jabotinsky & Begin.
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