Saturday, January 12, 2008

IDF Admits It Doesn’t Like ‘Orange Youth’


Say it isn’t so! I thought I imagined all those beatings during the expulsion . . . After all, isn’t that what the government has been saying all along—that the “abuse” was only a misunderstanding?

Do they mean to say that I can trust my own eyes, my own ears, and my own heart when I see the video tapes? Didn’t they say that none of that happened the way the youth said it did? Wow.

Now, will the “justice” ministry also come out and admit they have been prosecuting the oranges just a wee bit more than everyone else? Will they say that it is true that the right wing gets 6 months in jail for the same thing that for which an arab is questioned and released?

Will they admit they have been looking the other way when “Peace Now” Nazis pull up grape vines, pull down fences, and incite religious communities in Judea and Samaria?

Will they apologize for harassing young girls, pregnant and nursing mothers, and little boys in the name of “incitement against arabs”?

I won’t hold my breath.


( Confirming long-held suspicions by Israelis holding right-wing political opinions, the IDF admitted last week that it indeed was discriminating against youths who disagree with the 2005 disengagement, in which some 10,000 Jews were thrown out of their homes. The admission came during a Knesset subcommittee discussion on a law that would dismiss and purge from the public record all cases brought against youths who were arrested for acts of civil disobedience during the period leading up to the disengagement.

An IDF official testifying at the session said that the army quizzes recruits on their attitudes to the disengagement when deciding which units to assign them to. Army psychologists also proffer evaluative opinions, to ensure that the recruit is being straightforward about his opinion. If a youth is found to be “too right-wing,” a number of choices of unit assignment or army career paths are closed to him.

The proposed law, which is supported by virtually all MKs, both coalition and opposition, would grant amnesty to all those found guilty of civil-disobedience violations that did not endanger the public. The law would specifically require the IDF not to discriminate against such recruits.

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