Stun Guns And Free Speech. General Nitzan Alon vs. Boaz Albert

Maj. Gen. Nitzan Alon (photo credit: IDF Spokesman/Flash90)GENERAL NTZAN ALON: CAREFUL NOT TO ANGER HIM..

The media on August 18 devoted a day of news stories about the use of a “stun gun” , something like an electric cattle prod, in the arrest of Boaz Albert a few days ago, as reported in the Times of Israel

 Yet the media missed the real story: An Israeli citizen, Boaz Albert, a resident of Yitzhar in Northern Samaria, wrote a series of articles which angered the IDF Central Region Commander, Gen. Nitzan Alon. 

Alon used arbitrary military power at his disposal to order Boaz to leave his wife and children for the next six months. 

The response of Boaz Albert was to say that if he had done something illegal or said something illegal, then please serve him with an indictment, and that he would show up in a court of law to defend himself. 

Instead, General Nitzan Alon dispatched a crack anti-terror squad to break into Alpert’s home

Alon’s tough guys threw Alpert to the ground and detained him by shooting a stun gun at point blank range at Allpert, in the presence of his children. 

Damage to Albert’s children will be felt for many years. 

The issue at hand is the arbitrary military power in the hands of General Nitzan Alon, which Alon can use against any resident, Jew or Arab, who lives under Alon’s jurisdiction in Judea and Samaria. 

Until military law in Judea and Samaria replaced by civilian law, Israeli officials like General Nitzan Alon can use the power at their disposal to violate the civil liberties of anyone they choose to, while ignoring due process that every human being should benefit from. 

Today, every civil liberties and human rights group  should demand the removal of Nitzan Alon from his position, in the name of free speech and due process.

About the Author
David Bedein, who grew up in Philadelphia and moved to Israel in 1970 at the age of 20, is an MSW community organizer by profession and an expereinced investigative journalist. In 1987 he established the Israel Resource News Agency, with offices at the Beit Agron Int’l Press Center in Jerusalem, where he also serves as Director of the Center for Near East Policy Research. In 1991, Bedein was the special CNN middle east radio correspondent. Since 2001, Bedein has contributed features to the newspaper Makor Rishon. In 2006, Bedein became the foreign correspondent for the Philadelphia Bulletin, writing 1,062 articles until the newspaper ceased operation in 2010. He is the author of " The Genesis of the Palestinian Authority" and "ROADBLOCK TO PEACE- How the UN Perpetuates the Arab-Israeli Conflict: UNRWA policies reconsidered"and the director and producer of the numerous short films about UNRWA policy which can be located at: