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Letter 05   08-Apr-2002   What's scaring the stone-throwers?
"Woody Allen doesn't believe that he is reading the papers correctly he just can't believe that Jews break bones.  Tell us another one, Woody." Philip Roth

To view what purports to be a video of Jews breaking Palestinian bones, some kicking and one hammering with a rock, click on "Israeli Brutality" at www.jerusalemites.org/crimes.html
  08 April 2002

Ezra Levant
159, 2515-90th Ave SW
Calgary, AB T2V 0L8


Ezra Levant:

Palestinian boys throw stones to help win back the land their people were robbed of.

Why, though, do these boys evince such terror upon being captured?

Perhaps the answer can be found in some of the quotations below:

The 15 January 1990 issue of Hadashot reported the case of a thirteen-year-old who was thrown into detention after his fingers were deliberately broken and who was then left without any medical treatment or food because his father was unable to pay the ransom of 750 dollars.
Norman G. Finkelstein, The Rise and Fall of Palestine: A Personal Account of the Intifada Years, University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis and London, 1996, pp. 48-49.

Jews who use clubs to break the hands of Arab children and how superior they feel to you Jews incapable of such violence!  (pp. 124-125)
Because this state has no moral identity.  It has forfeited its moral identity, if it ever had any to begin with.  [...]  [T]his is what they have done by breaking the hands of Arab children on the orders of their illustrious minister of defense.  (pp. 134-135)
Now that they [the Israelis] are breaking hands and giving their prisoners medical injections, now one thinks not of South Africa but of Nazi Germany."  (p. 142)
Woody Allen doesn't believe that he is reading the papers correctly he just can't believe that Jews break bones.  Tell us another one, Woody.  The first bone they break in defense to put it charitably; the second in winning; the third gives them pleasure; and the fourth is already a reflex.  (p. 155)
Philip Roth, Operation Shylock: A Confession, Simon & Schuster, New York, 1993.

From an Israeli official: "A [Palestinian] detainee sent to Fara'a Prison will be freed in 18 days unless the authorities have enough evidence to charge him.  He may then resume stoning soldiers.  But if troops break his hand, he won't be able to throw stones for a month and a half."
Book review by Nega Mezlekia in the Weekend Post Books, 25-Mar-2000, p. 10, of John Conroy, Unspeakable Acts, Ordinary People: The Dynamics of Torture, Alfred A. Knopf.

The reservist said they were also told, "If there is any resistance, then we should break all the bones of the father and the older sons, but if there is no resistance and especially if the father begs us for mercy in front of his children, then he should be slapped on the face once or twice, but some minimal beating there must be."  (p. 262)
He said they were told by Gush Emunim to concentrate on the ribs or the lower part of the hands because "there it is easier to break bones."  They were also told that an Arab isn't fully humiliated until he cries in front of others.  (pp. 262-263)
A third reservist said that what frightened him was that, after a few days, Jewish soldiers became addicted to sadism "more and more," the way people become addicted to drugs, "unable to get free of it."  (p. 263)
Roberta Strauss Feuerlicht, The Fate of the Jews: A People Torn Between Israeli Power and Jewish Ethics, Times Books, New York, 1983.

Reporting on the grisly fate of Palestinians as young as fourteen arrested on "suspicion of stone-throwing," the 24 February 1992 issue of Hadashot quoted an inside source at the Hebron detention center:

What happened there ... was plain horror: they would break their clubs on the prisoners' bodies, hit them in the genitals, tie a prisoner up on the cold floor and play soccer with him literally kick and roll him around.  Then they'd give him electric shocks, using the generator or a field telephone, and then push him out to stand for hours in the cold and rain....  They would crush the prisoners, ... turning them into lumps of meat.
Another source inside the center was quoted to the effect that the "tortures recall what is being inflicted in the cellars of Damascus's prisons."
Norman G. Finkelstein, The Rise and Fall of Palestine: A Personal Account of the Intifada Years, University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis and London, 1996, p. 49.

But then again, having their bones broken and being turned into lumps of meat may not be these Palestinian boys' worst fear.  Their worst fear might be execution:

In the second chapter of his book Rabbi Aviner posed and answered a single question: "Does the Halacha permit inflicting the death penalty upon Arabs who throw stones?"  His answer was that inflicting such a punishment is not only permitted but is mandatory.
Israel Shahak and Norton Mezvinsky, Jewish fundamentalism in Israel, Pluto Press, London and Sterling Virginia, 1999, p. 77.

Would the world notice if a Palestinian stone-thrower was led away, and tortured to squeeze the last drop of information out of him or merely for the entertainment of the IDF, and eventually executed, and his body fed into a crematory oven?  Well, what does the world tend to notice?

Did the world notice when 25 Palestinian children vanished in 1988?  Did you yourself notice the disappearance of these 25 children?  Did you yourself notice the thousands of others who have disappeared, or are thousands of disappeared Palestinians beneath your notice?

The 13 July 1988 issue of Koteret Rashit reported the "disappearance of 25 children" and jail threats to their parents for "annoying" the army about the children's whereabouts.  (p. 48)
"Disappearances" were reported and the government did not clarify the fate and whereabouts of thousands who "disappeared" in previous years.  Many of the "disappeared" were believed to have been killed.  (p. 49)
Norman G. Finkelstein, The Rise and Fall of Palestine: A Personal Account of the Intifada Years, University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis and London, 1996.  The second quotation above is Norman Finkelstein quoting from Amnesty International's 1990 Report.

So, then, as you begin to think about running for parliament again, you might also give some thought to what answer you are going to make to people who ask you how many Palestinian children have had their bones broken by Jews, and where the mass graves are of all the Palestinian children who have disappeared, or where their ashes can be found.

And you might also begin to ask yourself whether your list of reasons why "people despise Israel" is either accurate or complete for example
There are many reasons why people despise Israel.  It is Jewish; it is an island of liberal democracy in a sea of dictatorships; it is an ally of the U.S.; it defies the edicts of the UN.





Lubomyr Prytulak


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