Let’s Beat It Out of All of Them

For the past eight years or so, all the official leaders of the Yesha Council as well as other representatives of the Jews residing in Judea and Samaria, and that includes me as a volunteer foreign press spokesperson, are on record as opposing, denouncing and condemning the activity known as “Price Tag”.

It is wrong, immoral, criminal as well as counter-productive.  No ifs, ands or buts.

We have also called on parents, educators and rabbis to be more involved despite the fact that not only does this population reject authority from the Yesha Council establishment — due to the failure of the Disengagement protests – but many of them are estranged from their families as well.

With all that, it is difficult to read and watch all the information coming out in connection with the admission of the GSS that, indeed, “intensive” methods were employed.

It is difficult for two main reasons.

In the first place, while on the one hand, extreme left-wing groups who seek to protect the rights of Arabs who are arrested, suspected of involvement in terror actions, are saying ‘why didn’t you express sympathy for Arabs? now when you are the victims, you are crying foul?’.

They have a point.  But since they claim to be non-political and dedicated solely to the issue of human rights, whatever the answer of the right-wingers, it is their obligation to raise a voice against the possibility that Jewish detainees, and especially those under-aged, are undergoing the application of physical force and surely psychological pressures.  If Arabs are beaten, it’s okay to beat Jews?

And in the second place, if the crime of murder of the family members in Duma justifies such methods (and pardon me if I suspect that what bothers the person in charge of the GSS is what the “goyim are saying”, that is, Israel’s image), why are not organized crime bosses undergoing the same violent treatment?  They are responsible for worse crimes.

I am not trivializing the potential damage some of the “hilltop youth” can cause.  The Document of Evil is warped.  Their ideology is a mix of Kahane-cum-Neturei Karta.

But if the government claims it is defending democracy, it cannot be done undemocratically and surely not immorally and that is what is the beating of suspects.

About the Author
Yisrael Medad, currently is a Research Fellow at the Menachem Begin Heritage Center in Jerusalem and Deputy Editor of the English Language Anthology of Jabotinsky's Writings. American-born, he and his wife made Aliyah in 1970. He resides in Shiloh since 1981. He was a member of the Betar Youth Movement World Executive and is a volunteer spokesperson for the Yesha Council. He holds a MA in Political Science from the Hebrew University and is active is many Zionist and Jewish projects and initiatives.
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