Esor Ben-Sorek

Today, Tamimi…. Tomorrow, Who?

Today diplomats from embassies and consulates in Tel-Aviv flocked by the bunches to witness the trial of 17-year-old Ahed Tamimi, a Palestinian girl, in an Israeli military court. She is being tried for assaulting an Israeli soldier and slapping him on his face.

What is so important about this trial which causes the diplomats from Italy, Ireland, Sweden and elsewhere to hasten to find seats in the military court room? So many of them, together with Tamimi’s immediate family, neighbors and friends and so many photographers who could not be counted, that the judge ordered them out of the courtroom and proceeded with the trial behind closed doors.

When Ahed Tamimi was sixteen, she approached a group of Israeli soldiers to protest their presence in her village and in her anger she slapped one Israeli soldier in the face. The incident was recorded on cameras.

In America, people are presumed to be innocent until proven guilty. In many European countries, the reverse is true. Guilty until proven innocent. Ahed Tamimi is guilty! She has become the darling of the Palestinian Arab world. Her photos of a young girl with long blonde hair can be seen in Palestinian villages and homes. It has been heard that Arab musicians want to create an opera called “Bravo Tamimi”.

The danger of all this ruckus is that it leads other Arab youths, seeking fame, to follow her example and to threaten Israeli police and soldiers who are performing their routine duties.

No one doubts the hatred and disdain of Palestinian Arabs toward us. They try to defy laws and regulations where and when they can. Sometimes it is by a drive-by shooting or a stabbing at a bus stop or by ramming a car into a crowd of pedestrians.

The methods vary but all have the same intent…. to kill as many Jews as possible.

It makes me physically nauseus when I think of the large numbers of sick-minded liberal Jews, mainly here in Israel but also abroad, the J-Street ilk, the Peace Now activists and the do-gooders who express sympathy for the “plight” of the “poor Palestinians” who live and “suffer” at the cruel hands of the Zionist “occupiers”.

. Judische selbt-hast. Jewish self-hatred motivated by the Jewish tradition of pitying the under-dog, unmindful of the knowledge that the so-called “under-dogs” seek our deaths.

Demolition of homes of accused or suspected terrorists only ignite the flames of hatred higher but seem to have little effect. The homeless Arab families simply re-build their now-destroyed homes.

One proposal that has been often heard is to strip them of Israeli citizenship, deny them all health insurance benefits, and deport them  to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan where they will feel comfortable among fellow Palestinians.

I wonder what would happen if a 16 year old Palestinian slapped a Jordanian police officer or soldier in the face.  Would foreign diplomats flock to a trial in Amman or would they be present at a hanging somewhere in the desert?

Ahed Tamimi committed a crime and for that reason she is standing before a military judge today. I have no doubt whatsoever that she will be found guilty. What her punishment may be is not yet known.

But an example must be set for all Palestinian youth.

They must be taught by their parents to respond to instructions given to them by the Israeli police and/or military. This can help to prevent the demolition of their homes and even imprisonment.

If Palestinians cannot or will not obey the laws of Israel, it would be best for them to cross the Allenby Bridge into the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan.

There they can live happily ever after with their Palestinian brethren.

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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