..Is the slogan being used to encourage the release of 3 Jews allegedly kidnapped by terrorists close to Hebron recently. Whatever has happened to them, the predominantly Muslim population of the West Bank and Gaza have little, if any sympathy.
Israel constantly abduct Palestinians and hold them under ‘administrative detention’ regulations which effectively give Israel the option of keeping them incarcerated for as long as they want and don’t have to charge them with any crimes. Is official Israeli kidnapping any different to the Palestinians seizing hostages? Israel is the self appointed champion of democracy in the Middle East, so how can they imprison people without any semblance of fair judicial process which most of the so called civilised world* adhere to? Because they are Israelis and they have to endure specific threats that the rest of us don’t have to. Such as?
Well, the threat of a near neighbour who it is alleged wants to drive them into the sea. I think if I were regarded as subhuman by an overbearing supremacist occupation force that limits my travel and suppresses even my most basic aspirations to better myself, I would be a little resentful. If this occupation held me in a small region and disregarded my human rights on a daily basis, I might want to do more than drive them into the sea. The list of grievances the Palestinians hold against Israel could fill a book. Justifiable grievances.
But they are only kids. So are the 700 Palestinian minors that go through the Israeli military courts every year, mostly accused of throwing stones (evidence is hardly ever provided). The absolute disparity of living standards and lifestyle between the Israeli and Palestinian communities means that Palestinian sympathy won’t be forthcoming any time soon but who can blame them. Certainly not me.
* I wasn’t implying the judicial system around the world is by any means fair. If you’ve got lots of money you can avoid almost any charges and even if you do get charged you can buy the craftiest most deceptive lawyer money can buy. However, even this corrupt system is far superior to what the Palestinians endure at the hands of the Israeli’s. Even for children a 99% conviction rates are the norm.