Wednesday, February 25, 2009
The Late Israeli Democracy, Died on a Car Bumper
First Amendment, under which anti-Israel leftists and Arabs are entitled
to the protection of freedom of speech for everything they say but know
one else is, made a comeback this week. The Israeli dual court system
also struck back.
Neria Ofan was convicted this week of racism by a Jerusalem
Magistrate's Court. He was convicted of driving with an insensitive
bumper sticker on his car. This is not a spoof. It really happened.
Ofan's felony? Ofan, who lives in the West Bank, had a bumper sticker
on his car that reads, "Where there are No Arabs, there is No Terror."
That, fatwa-ed the court's judge Shulamit Dotan, constitutes racism.
Another Jews was similar convicted in criminal court six months back for
wearing a Tee shirt containing the same slogan.
Now what does NOT constitute racism or incitement in post-democratic
Israel? Arab students chanting "Death to the Jews" does not. Waving PLO
and Hamas banners on campuses does not. We know that merely calling for
Jews to be exterminated and for Israel to be annihilated also does not.
The Supreme Court ruled just before the last election that two Arab
parties whose platforms call for Israel's annihilation should be allowed
to run and to sit in Israel's parliament. We know that Holocaust
revisionism is protected speech, or at least that is what an Arab woman
judge in Nazareth court wrote in one of her better known verdicts. We
know that cheering on terrorist murders of Jewish children is not racist.
After all, there are scores of leftist faculty members at Israeli
universities who do THAT all the time.
Dotan was one of the judges who had earlier "convicted" Moshe Feiglin
of "sedition" because he had blocked a traffic intersection in the 1990s
with a group of protesters against Oslo. Blocking traffic intersections
for other things, such as for the demands of the Histadrut or when
students want lower tuition, is democratic and permitted. Among Dotan's
more notorious acts of bias was this: she was the lead judge in the trial
over the indictment of Israel's ex-President Moshe Katsav, accused of
sexual molestation and rape. Except that it is looking more and more like
Katsav is innocent and the prosecutor is right now proposing that the case
be thrown out (see
http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-3654005,00.html ). It seems
that Judge Shula held deliberations on the punishment sentence to be
handed to Katsav even before his trial began!! See this:
As for that slogan, "Where there are no Arabs, there is no Terror,"
it is very close to being an empirically verifiable statement, although
one can, I suppose, find terror here and there in places where there are
no Arabs, like in Sri Lanka. But racism? I mean, if the court had
accused the driver of perpetrating a slight empirical exaggeration,
perhaps it might have a case.
It actually turns out that the slogan and bumper stickers were first
the invention of an operator of a bed and breakfast on the Golan Heights,
who handed them out during the 2000 intifada violence in the Galilee. Its
point was that the Galilee is dangerous, but the Golan, where there are
virtually no Arabs, is safe, so come on up for the weekend.
The sticker was then picked up by others, perhaps with a different
I personally prefer the bumper sticker that reads, "Where there are
No Leftists there is no Treason," and I am prepared to go to prison for
having one on my car if anyone can get one printed up and sent to me.
(For more on this, see
2. What does Judaism have to say about the Freeing of Gilad Schalit?
The following information may have a bearing on the problem of gaining the
freedom of our captured soldier. I came across these items in Paul
Johnson.s great work, A History of the Jews, page 155:
.The sages ruled that a man had no right to save his life by causing the
death of another.
.... the sages at Lydda ruled that a Jew, in order to save his life, could
violate any commandment save three: those against idolatry,
adultery-incest, and murder.
.When it came to human life quantitative factors did not signify. An
individual, if innocent, might not be sacrificed for the lives of a group.
.It was an important principle of the Mishnah that each man is a symbol of
all humanity, and whoever destroys one man destroys, in a sense, the
principle of life, just as, if he saves one man, he rescues humanity.
.Rabbi Akiva seems to have thought that to kill was to .renounce the
Likeness., that is to leave the human race.
.Ransom,. wrote Maimonides, .is never acceptable, even if the murderer is
ready to pay all the money in the world, and even if the plaintiff agrees
to let the murderer go free. For the life of a murdered person . . . is
the possession of the Holy One blessed be He.. .
3. Jihad in San Francisco:
4. (from Isracampus) The ex-Israeli Academic Bimbette attempting to
annihilate Israel with polysyllables: