[News] How Israel honors the murderers in its midst
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How Israel honors the murderers in its midst
Stanley Heller <https://electronicintifada.net/people/stanley-heller>
31 August 2015
Two days after Israeli settlers burned to death
an 18-month-old baby earlier this summer, Prime Minister Benjamin
Netanyahu declared <http://www.haaretz.com/beta/.premium-1.669074>:
“What distinguishes us from our neighbors is that we denounce and
condemn murderers in our midst and pursue them until the end, while they
name public squares after child murderers.” He made the same claim last
year after Muhammad Abu Khudair
young Palestinian, was burned to death.
Sadly, Ali’s father, Saad Dawabsha, died from his injuries
<https://www.maannews.com/Content.aspx?id=766921> in hospital. Ali’s
mother and a 4-year-old brother are still fighting for their lives.
Deliberate killing of civilians and glorification of the killers is
disgusting. Yet is it true that the Israeli government denounces and
condemns all terrorists and war criminals?
Let’s start small. Take the example of Shlomo Ben-Yosef. He was hanged
by the British administrators of Palestine in 1938. He and others threw
grenades <http://www.lrb.co.uk/v27/n01/letters> in a failed effort to
kill the the passengers aboard a Palestinian bus. Today there are
streets named after him
in Akka <https://electronicintifada.net/tags/akka> and Tel Aviv
Ben-Yosef was part of the Irgun, the Zionist armed group that was led by
Menachem Begin <https://electronicintifada.net/tags/menachem-begin>,
later Israel’s prime minister. The first Irgun attacks began around
April 1936 and by the start of the Second World War, as many as 250
Palestinians had been killed
by the group.
The Irgun was denounced
as “terrorist” by Albert Einstein
<https://electronicintifada.net/tags/albert-einstein> and other
luminaries in 1948.
There are a number of memorials in present-day Israel honoring Orde
Wingate <https://electronicintifada.net/tags/orde-wingate>. He was an
active duty British soldier who served in Palestine; he was also a
passionate Christian Zionist
Wingate led raids against Palestinians in the 1930s with squads from the
Haganah <https://electronicintifada.net/tags/haganah>, the largest
Zionist militia. In 2004 /The Jewish Daily Forward/ wrote
this about him: “Most disturbing, and most vehemently debated by
Wingate’s former colleagues and supporters, is evidence regarding
Wingate’s brutality and cruelty. New research alleges that the officer
on occasion struck his soldiers and led retribution raids into Arab
villages, killing innocent civilians and terrorizing others.”
Israel’s national sport center, the Wingate Institute
<http://www.wingate.org.il/>, was named after him. A square in the
Talbiya neighborhood of Jerusalem
<https://electronicintifada.net/tags/jerusalem> also bears his name
as does the Yemin Orde
youth village near Haifa <https://electronicintifada.net/tags/haifa>.
Also honored in Israel is Eliyahu Hakim
<http://www.etzel.org.il/english/people/hakim.htm>, who took part in the
assassination of Walter Guinness (better known as Lord Moyne), a senior
British politician, in Cairo <https://electronicintifada.net/tags/cairo>
A street is named after
Hakim in the French Carmel neighborhood of Haifa.
Eliyahu Bet-Zuri planned
assassinate Winston Churchill, according to files from the British
secret service MI5. He also took part in the killing of Guinness.
a postage stamp in his honor as it did for all the so-called “Olei
Hagardom,” those executed by the British for what the British considered
terrorism. A street
<http://www.israel-home.fr/productSaleMap/sold_102654114183092820/> in a
Jerusalem neighborhood is called Olei Hagardom.
Hakim and Bet-Zuri were part of Lehi, the Hebrew acronym for a militia
called “Fighters for the Freedom of Israel.” The commander of Lehi was
Avraham Stern and the group was more commonly known as the Stern Gang
It was notorious for its many armed robberies, first of British banks,
then Jewish banks and apartment house holdups.
Stern wanted to establish a Jewish kingdom over Palestine and not even
the Second World War and the Holocaust
<https://electronicintifada.net/tags/holocaust> brought a pause in his
attacks on the British. (Incredibly, he even sought aid from Benito
and Adolf Hitler
A memorial ceremony
<http://mizrachi.org/memorial-held-avraham-yair-stern/> attended by
Israeli politicians and government officials is held each year at
Stern’s grave in the Nahalat Yitzhak cemetery in Givatayim.
In 1978, a postage stamp was issued
in his honor.
In 1981, the new town of Kochav Yair (“Yair’s Star”) was named after
Stern’s nickname. The place where he was shot dead by British forces has
a place of pilgrimage for hard-right young Israelis.
We should also mention the first Israeli Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion
<https://electronicintifada.net/tags/david-ben-gurion>. He was
intimately involved in the Nakba
<https://electronicintifada.net/tags/nakba>, the ethnic cleansing
<https://electronicintifada.net/tags/ethnic-cleansing> of Palestinians
from 1947 to 1950.
Historians including Ilan Pappe
<https://electronicintifada.net/tags/ilan-pappe> have documented
how approximately 750,000 Palestinians were forced out of their homes.
Many Palestinians were killed in notorious massacres, including those at
Deir Yassin <https://electronicintifada.net/tags/deir-yassin> and
Recently found mass graves in Jaffa
now part of Israel’s Tel Aviv municipality, are a reminder that many of
the crimes of that period remain hidden.
Take one notorious incident. After conquering Lydd
<https://electronicintifada.net/tags/lydd>, Zionist forces massacred
<http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2013/10/21/lydda-1948> 250 people
inside a mosque. Tens of thousands fled the city in what has been called
the Lydd Death March. Those who strayed off the path were shot.
Numerous streets and Israel’s international airport have been named in
was a Jewish-Egyptian surgeon. He was involved in 1955 in a series of
false-flag terrorist bombings of American and British targets in Egypt
that were intended to be mistaken for the work of Egyptian nationalists.
There were no deaths caused by the bombings, though of course the
consequences for Egyptians could have been grave if the US believed
Egypt <https://electronicintifada.net/tags/egypt> was behind the attacks
that came be be known as the Lavon Affair
Marzouk was executed by the Egyptian government. An Israeli stamp has
in his honor.
Moving ahead by several decades, Israel’s then Prime Minister Menachem
Begin ordered the 1982 invasion of Lebanon
<https://electronicintifada.net/tags/lebanon> that resulted in 15,000 to
20,000 Palestinian and Lebanese deaths, mostly civilian. His forces
watched an allied Lebanese militia butcher Palestinians in the Sabra and
There are streets
in Begin’s honor in Holon, Ramat Gan, Tel Aviv, Petach Tikva and
Rehovot. There is a Menachem Begin Heritage Center
<http://begincenter.org.il/en/> in Jerusalem.
Yitzhak Shamir led Lehi after the British killed Stern.
In 1948, Lehi had Folke Berndadotte
<https://electronicintifada.net/tags/folke-bernadotte>, a UN mediator in
By the time Lehi was disbanded in 1948 it had carried out dozens of
Lehi (and the Irgun) were responsible for the April 1948 massacre of
Palestinians in Deir Yassin
<https://electronicintifada.net/tags/deir-yassin>, a village near
Jerusalem. None of this prevented Shamir from becoming Israeli prime
Last year, Netanyahu officiated
at a ceremony to name a Jerusalem highway as Yitzhak Shamir Road.
Ariel Sharon <https://electronicintifada.net/tags/ariel-sharon> was
for Unit 101 in the Israeli military, whose job was “retaliation” — that
is to say operations to terrify Palestinians. His unit committed
massacres in al-Bureij refugee camp
<https://electronicintifada.net/tags/al-bureij-refugee-camp> in Gaza
<https://electronicintifada.net/tags/gaza> (50 dead) and Qibya in Jordan
<https://electronicintifada.net/tags/jordan> (69 dead).
Sharon was Israel’s defense minister during the 1982 invasion of Lebanon
and was removed from his post after the Sabra and Shatila massacre.
There is an Ariel Sharon Park
east of Tel Aviv.
Last year, the Israeli military agreed
that a base in the Naqab <https://electronicintifada.net/tags/naqab>
(Negev) desert should be named after Sharon.
Last, but certainly not least, there was Baruch Goldstein
<https://electronicintifada.net/tags/baruch-goldstein>. In 1994, he
killed 29 Palestinians and wounded 125 others inside the Ibrahimi Mosque
<https://electronicintifada.net/tags/ibrahimi-mosque> in Hebron
<https://electronicintifada.net/tags/hebron>. He didn’t stop until he
was beaten to death.
A shrine was erected in Goldstein’s memory in Kiryat Arba
<https://electronicintifada.net/tags/kiryat-arba>, an Israeli settlement
<https://electronicintifada.net/tags/israeli-settlements> in the
occupied West Bank <https://electronicintifada.net/tags/west-bank>.
In 1999, the shrine was demolished by the Israeli military. Yet the
tombstone and epitaph — describing Goldstein as someone with “clean
hands and a pure heart” — were maintained
The site continues to attract pilgrimage-like visits from Israeli settlers.
So Netanyahu’s attempt to prettify his government in its attitude
towards Israeli violence fails. The Israeli authorities have named more
than a few public places after terrorists and criminals.
Netanyahu made his claim about how the Israeli government goes after
murderers and “pursues them til the end” on 2 August.
Yet no one has been arrested for the attack that killed baby Ali
Dawabsha. Israel put one or two Jewish extremists in administrative
detention after the attack, but no one has been charged in the murders.
Eyewitnesses saw suspects running to a nearby settlement. Yet it does
not appear that that settlement or any other suffered the kind of
roundups, mass interrogation or ransacking Israel routinely inflicts on
Palestinians, as it did after the abduction of three Israeli youths in
After Muhammad Abu Khudair was killed last July, several Israeli
suspects were arrested within days and were actually put on trial,
though the process is proceeding at a glacial pace.
A month has gone by since the attack on the Dawabsha family and there is
little indication they will get justice, despite Netanyahu’s grand
/Stanley Heller is host of /The Struggle <http://www.thestruggle.org/>/,
a TV program aired weekly since 2003./
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