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July 13, 2015 12:42 pm

Do Terrorists Get One Free Shot at Israeli Soldiers?

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Hamas members. Photo: Truth Revolt. – An Israeli soldier who shot back at an Arab who was trying to murder him is now under investigation, following protests by self-described human rights activists. Given the focus of the activists’ concern, perhaps it would be more accurate to call them terrorists’ rights activists.

The activists, from the B’Tselem non-governmental organization, have released a highly edited five-second piece of security camera footage (from a nearby gas station) that shows part of the incident. Even with the selective editing, you can clearly see the terrorist race up to within a few feet of an Israel Defense Forces (IDF) vehicle and hurl a brick at it, shattering the windshield.

Stoning is the way killers in the Middle East have been executing their victims for innumerable centuries. Like in that GEICO commercial—it’s what they do.

The soldiers responded exactly as army protocol, and common sense, dictate. They jumped out of the car and pursued the terrorist and his comrades. The terrorist, with an object in his hand, turned to confront the brigade commander, IDF Col. Yisrael Shomer, who shot and killed him.

The footage released by B’Tselem shows only the terrorist attacking the car and the soldiers jumping out to chase him as he flees. B’Tselem says this proves that the soldiers were “not in mortal danger” when Col. Shomer shot, so the shooting was unjustified.

If this were indeed the principle guiding the behavior of Israeli soldiers, it would mean that every Arab terrorist gets one free shot. He can try to murder Israelis, and unless the Israelis shoot at the exact moment of the attack, then they are no longer “in mortal danger” and therefore have no right to shoot at all.

At least 14 Israelis have been murdered by Arab rock-throwers since the 1980s. One of the best-known cases involved Esther Ohana, a young woman who was a passenger in a car that was stoned in 1983. She was struck in the head and killed by one of the rocks. The fact that she was delivering invitations to her wedding made the episode all the more poignant and unforgettable.

This past Saturday night, one of Esther Ohana’s schoolmates almost met the same fate. Afula resident Tova Hoyman and her husband were driving home after spending Shabbat with their daughter. Their route took them past Baqa al-Gharbiya. That’s an Israeli Arab town, about 35 miles south of Haifa. It’s not located in some disputed or “occupied” territory. As the Hoymans were going through an underpass, “a huge rock was dropped on us from the bridge.” It shattered the rear windshield.

A photo of the Hoyman’s car appeared in one Israeli media outlet, Arutz Sheva. From one glance, you can see that if the rock had hit the front windshield, instead of the back one—well, no need to spell it out. It’s obvious what would have happened. It was a difference of a split second. It was just a matter of aim.

I have not seen any statement from B’Tselem about the attack on the Hoymans. The NGO Monitor watchdog group, by the way, reports that from 2008-13, the New Israel Fund authorized grants to B’Tselem totaling $1.38 million. B’Tselem also receives funding from the European Union, several Scandinavian groups, and the Ford Foundation. I wonder why.

The fact that the rock in the Hoyman attack was thrown from a bridge reminded me of the case of three drunken teenagers who threw rocks from an overpass on the Capital Beltway in Washington, DC, in 1990. Thirty drivers or passengers were wounded, including a girl who suffered irreversible brain damage. The attackers were convicted of “assault with intent to murder” and each sentenced to 40 years in prison. An editorial in the Washington Post at the time correctly asked, “What’s the difference between assault with a deadly weapon—a shooting—and assault with rocks that hit cars at potentially lethal speeds?”

Kids who throw rocks because they are drunk are bad enough. Kids who throw rocks because they are being politically and religiously indoctrinated to hate Jews are far more dangerous. But so long as human rights groups are mainly concerned about whether the would-be victims shot too soon, so long as most of the news media ignore or minimize such attacks, and so long as Jews around the world focus on other news, attackers like the one in Baqa al-Gharbiya will keep getting away with it.

Stephen M. Flatow, an attorney in New Jersey, is the father of Alisa Flatow, who was murdered in a Palestinian terrorist attack in 1995.

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  • Emmett

    This type of injustice against Jews has been ongoing, due to the Israeli govt & courts being owned(bought& paid for) by Israel’s enemies such as the leftist NGO’s and enemy foreign governments. Any action to expose or investigate the sources will lead to exposure of those corrupt officials. That’s why no action has been taken, and BB & his cronies have shot down any and all attempts to eliminate it.

  • A Zionist

    I would like B’Tselem to explain how they managed to film this event? Did they have some kind of mystical experience telling them to go to this spot at this particular time?

    Why did B’Tselem edit the video? Where is the RAW data?

    B’Tselem should be forced to explain how they happened to film this attempted murder of Israelis. If the investigation finds that B’Tselem knew in advance, or at least suspected, an attack on Israelis, B’Tselem should be stripped of its NGO status and its staff prosecuted for being accomplices to a crime of attempted murder.

  • theo

    If Israel were destroyed Obama’s reaction would be just a shrug
    He does not care a fig about Israel His vision is for a grand alliance between America and Iran Those pesky Jews do not deserve anything !

  • Vivarto

    Muhamadans are dangerous animals.
    They must be kept away from the roads.
    If they come too close, they should be shot.

    • Moshe Akiva

      Vivarto, they are much worse than any animals. And they must be kept away from Israel, not only from roads.

  • Peter Joffe

    The Arab terrorists defense is to attack and blame the victim for retaliating against their terror. There slogan is and always has been, “We will hit you, we will hurt you and we will kill you, BUT if you dare to strike back we will take our revenge, again and again”.

  • As far as I am concerned—the Israeli Col. Shomer should receive a medal, and those a**ho**s from B’Tselem should be put out-of-business.

  • steven L

    B’Tselem STINKS. Time for the DOJ to deal with this ROT.
    With the assistance of the recently past US anti boycott law, there should be a way to get rid of this putrefaction.

  • Fritz Kohlhaas

    NGO so-called Human Rights groups like B’Tselem are supporters of terrorism!

  • zg

    This traterous organization should be declared an illegal entity and it’s members exiled to Ramalla, where they belong.

  • Isaac Brajtman

    I just looked up TRAITOR It is somebody who betrays a friend or a cause
    Despite freedom of speech and democracy, defending terrorists or somebody trying to kill you especially in a war against terrorist, fits the description of a traitor. Such is B”Tsalem
    And they should be treated as traitors.,not funded.