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Avi Lewis

What Palestinians do to their own

Last night Kerem Jabarin, a Palestinian from Jenin was accused of collaborating with Israel, taken to the town square and publicly executed in front of the masses

As a test of loyalty his own family was required to kill him. The entire event was captured on video and shared on Palestinian social media as a warning to all

When I think of the difference between us Israelis and them, I think not only of the barbaric way that Palestinian terror groups direct their violence against us, but also against their own

Kerem had no due process and no court case. It’s unclear what the quality of the evidence against him was or if it was simply a rumor

But he was killed nonetheless in the most gruesome way imaginable

In other words: a jungle

Don’t expect any of this to make mainstream news

Israel transferred control of Jenin to the Palestinian Authority (PA) in 1996. Since then it’s been overrun by terror groups such as Hamas and Islamic Jihad that instill fear and conformity on the streets

All forms of political dissent are violently and brutally clamped down upon

Other than Jews and Israelis, the main victims of Palestinian terror are Palestinians themselves

For example Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar earned the name “the butcher of Khan Yunis” for killing 12 fellow Palestinians with his bare hands whom he suspected of having ties with Jews

Killing suspected “collaborators” is designed to be as painful and public as possible: Sinwar for example would kill his fellow Palestinians by pouring concrete over them to bury them alive

In November, two Palestinians were gruesomely and publicly murdered as suspected collaborators in Tulkarem, another city under PA control

A recent survey by Palestinian university Birzeit found that the overwhelming majority of Palestinians living in the West Bank / Judea-Samaria support Hamas’ October 7th massacre against Israeli partygoers, women, children and elderly

72% of Palestinians found Hamas’ attack to be justified while a further 90% denied that the mass rapes, beheadings and baby-killings ever took place

Terror groups Islamic Jihad, al-Qassam brigades and al-Aqsa martyrs brigades received 75 – 90% approval ratings

90% of Palestinians surveyed say that coexistence with Israel is impossible

I wonder if decision makers in Washington and Geneva have a clear understanding of these statistics and the climate of hate and violence on the streets

When I hear protestors on the streets of New York, London and Sydney chanting for “Palestine to be free from the river to the sea”, I immediately wonder what kind of society that will be

What happens to Jews and Israelis like myself? Do we just disappear?

What happens to Palestinians that want to pursue a path of peace? Will they be labelled as collaborators?

I haven’t heard any answers from supporters of the Palestinian cause

With international pressure mounting on Israel from all sides, should we make painful concessions and sue for peace at all costs?

About the Author
Avi was formerly a news writer at the Times of Israel. Originally from Australia, he served in the IDF and today works in Israel's thriving Hi Tech sector in Tel Aviv. He lives near Modi'in with wife and 3 kids
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