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Thursday, 21 April 2016

THIS IS Israel – Call to Kill All Arabs at Tel Aviv Rally in Support for Killer Soldier


Kill Them All - Kill All Arabs
 They may like Gays in Tel Aviv but in a city which is 95% Jewish they certainly don’t like Arabs.  In the South of Tel Aviv, where African refugees are concentrated, there is systematic racism and violence by the Jewish population. 
On Tuesday a rally of thousands gathered to give support to a soldier Elor Azarya, who had deliberately executed a severely injured Palestinian because ‘he deserved to die’ for having allegedly attacked Israeli soldiers with a knife.
Those in the West who sing the Zionist narrative and pretend that Israel is ‘the only democracy in the Middle East’ bear as much responsibility as those who gathered in Tel Aviv and participated in the beating of a Jewish Israeli journalist suspected of being a human rights worker.

“Death to the Arabs” rally draws thousands in Tel Aviv

Ali Abunimah 19 April 2016

In Tel Aviv’s Yitzhak Rabin Square on Tuesday evening, thousands of Israelis rallied in support of Elor Azarya, the soldier filmed executing a gravely wounded Palestinian last month.
Rally-goers shouted anti-Arab slogans and attacked persons perceived as being leftists or journalists.
Hours earlier, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu issued a call for leniency for the soldier.
Few thousand people at the rally. Organizers keep telling crowd they aren't angry at the government or army. pic.twitter.com/kEcFGsiYM1

— Judah Ari Gross (@JudahAriGross) April 19, 2016
NOW: In Tel Aviv to cover rally for Israeli soldier who executed Palestinian & got beaten by mob & detained by cops. pic.twitter.com/XI5cwyZXQY
— David Sheen (@davidsheen) April 19, 2016
Signs at Rabin Square in support of Sgt. Azaria (Photo: Motti Kimchi)
Times of Israel reporter Judah Ari Gross tweeted that an activist from B’Tselem, the human rights group that released the video of Azarya shooting and killing Abd al-Fattah al-Sharif, had to be escorted out of Rabin Square by police in order to “protect his life.”

Thousands of people here. So much for "liberal" Tel Aviv. This is fascist Israel. pic.twitter.com/quAOx3t8Jd
— Dan Cohen (@dancohen3000) April 19, 2016
Police escorting a Btselem activist away from the rally in Kikar Rabin. pic.twitter.com/PiyrHfih3Z
— Judah Ari Gross (@JudahAriGross) April 19, 2016
Charlie and Oshra Azaria (on the right) and daughter Etti (in red on the left) at the rally (Photo: Dana Kopel)
Journalist attacked
Reporter David Sheen, a contributor to The Electronic Intifada, was set upon by a mob and then ordered to leave the area by police after he was accused of association with B’Tselem.

After being beaten by Tel Aviv mob rallying to support killer Israeli soldier, cops gave me ultimatum: A night in jail or go home immediately
— David Sheen (@davidsheen) April 19, 2016

Thanks to those who reached out after I was attacked by a mob in "liberal" Tel Aviv tonight. My phone battery's about to die, but I'll live.
— David Sheen (@davidsheen) April 19, 2016
Elor's mother and sister speaking (Photo: Motti Kimchi)
Sheen told The Electronic Intifada he arrived at Rabin Square before the rally began but as several hundred people had already gathered. Some asked him to film them with their signs supporting Azarya.

At that point, Sheen said, a man began asking him why he was filming. Other members of the crowd quickly began joining in, shouting at Sheen, “Are you B’Tselem? Go to Gaza!”

Sheen said he tried to remain calm and exit the square but the increasingly agitated mob followed him and began to surround and kick him.

He was then grabbed by a police officer and extracted. Sheen said police took his camera equipment and questioned him. After he told them he was a journalist, they said he either had to leave immediately or face a night in jail. Sheen said he chose to leave and that police returned his equipment.
About 2,000 came to show their support (Photo: Motti Kimchi)
The police were effectively acting accomplices to the mob, Sheen observed, ensuring the removal of journalists who could document what occurred.

Sheen said that the assault was frightening, “because I knew that everyone else at that rally was of the same mindset and there wasn’t anyone who was going to step in, so it very easily could have gotten much worse and there wouldn’t have been anybody to fish me out.

He said he had been threatened at other recent rallies he has covered, but had not experienced that level of violence.

“It doesn’t surprise me that people in Israel harbor hatred towards journalists,” Sheen said.

“They don’t see the soldier’s actions as a problem,” he added. “They see the problem as exposure to world media that puts pressure on their government to withdraw support from that soldier.”

“But it still caught me by surprise how quickly people were whipped up into a frothing at the mouth mob,” he said.

Chants from the crowd heard by Sheen included “Kill the leftists” and “Elor Azarya is a hero, bring back our boy!”

A video of the mob assault on Sheen was posted on Facebook by a user who accuses him of being a B’Tselem videographer intent on “provoking” the rally-goers. Sheen is not affiliated with the human rights group.

Members of the mob can be heard shouting “son of a whore” and other insults.
“Kill them all”

Another independent reporter, Dan Cohen, tweeted that many in the crowd chanted “Death to Arabs,” a frequently heard rallying cry at anti-Palestinian demonstrations.

Crowd chants "Elor the hero" and "death to Arabs." This seems more like a celebration of murder than anything pic.twitter.com/2QHDpIT0LJ
— Dan Cohen (@dancohen3000) April 19, 2016

Ahmed Tibi, a Palestinian lawmaker in Israel’s parliament, posted an image of a sign displayed at the rally reading “Kill them all.”

Message of the new Israeli justice & equality: "kill them all" in tel aviv rally supporting a murderer soldier pic.twitter.com/t9CqN777ya
— Ahmad Tibi (@Ahmad_tibi) April 19, 2016

The rally was organized by Sharon Gal, an Israeli journalist and former lawmaker, and was addressed by Azarya’s parents.

Several Israeli pop icons were also scheduled to entertain the rally-goers, including singers Moshik Afia, Maor Edri and Amos Elgali, as well as rapper Subliminal, the Israeli website Ynet reported.
But two performers, Eyal Golan and David D’Or, withdrew at the last minute in the wake of public outrage that their appearance could be seen as an attack on the Israeli army, which has faced heavy criticism for taking any measures at all against Azarya.

“I would have liked to come to perform at the assembly in the name of art, and personally as a performer and as a human being,” Golan stated. “However, I’m sorry to say that there are those who will use this as a political spectacle.”

“I wanted to show my sympathy to the family of the soldier,” D’Or said, “not to say anything against the IDF [Israeli army] or the IDF chief of staff, God forbid.”

Leniency

Last month, an opinion poll found that 57 percent of the Israeli public saw nothing wrong with Azarya’s actions and 32 percent supported it outright. Just five percent saw shooting an injured, incapacitated person as murder.

That support comes from the highest echelons of Israel’s government. In a statement to media hours before the rally, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu demanded leniency for Azarya.

“As the father of a soldier and as Prime Minister, I would like to reiterate: the IDF backs its soldiers,” Netanyahu said.

“In my familiarity with the military justice system, I am convinced that the court will consider all circumstances regarding the incident. Our soldiers are not murderers. They act against murderers and I hope that a way will be found to balance between the action and the overall context of the event,” the prime minister added.

Netanyahu’s attempt to prejudge the outcome of any trial appears to be an effort to ride the wave of popularity Azarya is enjoying that was vividly – and violently – on display at the Tel Aviv rally.
Previously, B’Tselem has condemned similar statements by top Israeli officials as sending messages that “empty the official restrictions on use of force, and particularly on live fire, of real meaning.”

Cover-up

Abd al-Fattah al-Sharif and Ramzi al-Qasrawi, both 21, were shot dead after they allegedly tried to attack Israeli occupation soldiers in the West Bank city of Hebron on 24 March.

The killing of al-Sharif was caught on video which shows the youth on the ground, incapacitated, as Azarya points a rifle at him from close range and fires directly at his head.

The Palestinian human rights group Al-Haq, which investigated the incident, called the killings war crimes and noted the complicity of Israeli medical workers and others in the vicinity who did nothing to assist the injured al-Sharif before he was extrajudicially executed.

Al-Haq dismissed the arrest of Azarya as part of a public relations effort, noting that no one was detained in the shooting of al-Qasrawi, whose killing was not filmed.

“The occupation authorities’ detention of the accused soldier is a cover-up of the crime, to show the occupier state as law abiding and holding violators accountable,” Al-Haq stated.

“The arrest of one soldier and not the other suggests that what the other soldier had done was not a crime because it was not captured on camera,” the group added.

Israel at first announced Azarya would be charged with murder, but following a surge of public support, the charges were downgraded to manslaughter.

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