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The EU response to Israel’s ‘death penalty for Palestinians’ bill is painfully weak

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) holds a joint press conference with High Representative of the European Union (EU) for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Council Federica Mogherini (R) at the European Council headquarters within the EU Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels, Belgium on 11 December 2017. [Dursun Aydemir/Anadolu Agency]
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) holds a joint press conference with High Representative of the European Union (EU) for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the European Council Federica Mogherini (R) at the European Council headquarters within the EU Foreign Affairs Council in Brussels, Belgium on 11 December 2017. [Dursun Aydemir/Anadolu Agency]

Israel is planning a law which allows its military courts to sentence Palestinians to death. The bill to bring this about has passed its first reading in the Knesset, Israel’s parliament. The aim of the legislation has been backed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who justified his stance before the parliamentary vote by stating, “A person who slaughters and laughs should not spend his life behind bars but be put to death.”

Given that the countless Palestinian civilians murdered by Israeli settlers and soldiers are conveniently forgotten by him and his odious colleagues, reminding Netanyahu that his words could just as easily be applied to the citizens and army upon which his colonial entity depends is useless. The difference between the judicial system applied by Israel to its violent settlers in the occupied territories and Palestinian civilians who are resisting colonial violence is astounding. There is an intentional disregard for Israel being the epitome of permanent provocation which has, over many decades, consolidated its colonial presence with impunity; it acts as if it is above the law in order to subjugate the colonised population.

Unsurprisingly, the EU has preferred to exclude this violent context from its reprimands to Israel, preferring instead to rely upon statements which serve as preludes to a discussion about the death penalty, rather than an argument against Israeli colonialism which the penalty will serve. To highlight its dismissal of the subject, the EU delegation in Israel voiced its opposition on Twitter, with one tweet merely stating: “The death penalty is incompatible with human dignity. It constitutes inhuman and degrading treatment, does not have any proved deterrent effect and allows judicial errors to become irreversible and fatal.”

The tweet does not go beyond shards of consciousness and basic knowledge. What the EU has intentionally left out is Israel’s quest for completing cycles of violence which leave Palestinians with no options for their resistance to its brutal military occupation. While the international community is desensitised to violence, politics have singled out exceptions that are still worthy of mention for political mileage. Genocide —the fact that the term is applied selectively depending upon the victims to be exploited notwithstanding — is one such example of extreme violence used for political benefit. The death penalty, under the auspices of maintaining a civilised society, is another. Astonishingly, an openly colonial state seeking to annihilate Palestine and its people does not fall within the international community’s concept of extreme violence.

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The EU is no exception to this warped reasoning. Indeed, given its focus upon diplomacy while keeping a lower profile in other matters such as foreign intervention, the EU promotes such selective and discriminatory politics. However, given that Israel is expanding its possibilities for enshrining its state violence in law, it can also be said that the EU’s purported politics of non-violence is no longer adequate to conceal its lenient approach to Israel’s various forms of aggression against the Palestinians.

Furthermore, the EU has neglected to mention that the death penalty legislation can be used by Israel to criminalise Palestinian resistance irreversibly through state-sponsored killings. This complements its extrajudicial killings of Palestinians across the occupied territories, which have also become normalised forms of violence in the eyes of the international community.

If the murder of Palestinians in their homes, schools and streets — following the pattern set by Israel’s foundation upon terrorism and its regular use of violence for the past 70 years and more — fails to shock EU leaders and is ignored within the context of the proposed death penalty legislation, then Europe can abandon all pretence of being concerned about Israel’s application of the ultimate sanction against civilians convicted by a military court while living under colonial rule.

Israel is a serial offender in terms of international laws and conventions, but as the EU knows full well — and all too frequently condones — it treats such legalities with contempt. It is high time that Europe delivered more than mild rebukes to the Zionist state; its response to this bill is painfully weak.

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  • Fasdunkle

    Several countries (all of them under the cosh of islam) have the death penalty for blasphemy (only against islam), atheism, adultery, apostasy (leaving islam) and there’s not a peep from MEMO about that.

    But a proposed death sentence for murderers is bad?

    • Noor Aza Othman

      U evil ZioNAZI mass murderer! So, u think the most evil Zionist mass murderer/robber/rapist Cannibal/Organ-Tissue Trafficker/Pedophile OCCUPIERS have the right to mass murder the Indigenous Palestinian RESISTANCE fighters?! Jeez, the NAZI animals are back, this time in colonial ISra*l there!

      • Fasdunkle

        Do try to calm down

        • Noor Aza Othman

          Hate the truths about yrselves do uZio PSYCHO?!!

          • Fasdunkle

            Silly person

          • Noor Aza Othman

            Psycho ZioNAZI!

    • Martolt

      If applied in a grossly unequal fashion as to the murderer’s ethnocultural group, yes. Settler’s and the IDF have murdered thousands upon thousands of Palestinian civilians over the years, and the worst they ever seem to get is a few months detention, if that. It would be grotesque to kill Palestinians for the same crime that an Israeli get a pass on or only a minor sentence of time in jail.

  • Europe has almost zero influence on Israel’s foreign and domestic policy though…it’s not as if they could really do anything realistically without breaking ties entirely.

    • Noor Aza Othman

      Jeez, but uModi ZioNAZI worshipper has no problem with the EU should stop INVADING Muslim countries, do u?!!! HYPOCRITE!

  • ayman

    Summary executions of Palestinians is nothing new . This charade of making it a law is just for admin purposes …

    • Noor Aza Othman

      No, the most evil Zionist mass murderer/robber/rapist Cannibal/Organ-Tissue Trafficker/Pedophile OCCUPIERS want to make the HYPOCRITE EU/West happy by legitimizing their mass murder!

      • Martolt

        The West is riddled through and through with neo-Bolshevik Ashkenazi supremacist wormtongues who own/control most of the mass media and entertainment industries, have immense political power and also are far over-represented in the judiciary and legislative branches of the US government. They are effecting a soft ethnocultural genocide on native Western peoples, which ultimately will be just as effective as the hard genocide practiced by fellow self-chosen Genrikh Yadoga and Beria Laventiya and their legions of murderers. Few dare name it, but any objective investigation into names, connections, affiliations and power confirms it. And it’s been going on a long time now. So, rather than hypocrisy, it is subversion at work. Personally, I think that we in the West are lost, and that a Great Storm is coming which will change the world order yet again. As God wills it.

        • Noor Aza Othman

          True indeed Martolt!

  • kirby1

    In 2009, a three-member PA military court sentenced a Hevron Arab to death by hanging for the crime of selling land to Jews in Judea and Samaria.

    Dozens of PA Arabs have been executed without trial in the past for collaborating with Israel by selling land to Jews, but the court’s ruling last 2009 was the first time the PA officially handed down a verdict of treason for the deed.

    Seven Arabs were executed in 1996 for “collaborating,” and the PA later admitted that it was responsible for the murders. More executions took place in the following years, and one Arab, Mohammed Abu al-Hawa, was tortured and murdered in 2006 for allegedly selling an apartment building in Jerusalem to Jews.

    Palestinian land laws refer to ownership of land under the Palestinian Authority. These laws prohibit Palestinians from selling Palestinian-owned lands to “any man or judicial body corporation of Israeli citizenship (a.k.a Jews), living in Israel or acting on its behalf.”these land laws were originally enacted during the Jordanian rule of the West Bank (1948–1967). Land sales to Jewd are considered treason by the Palestinians because they threaten the founding of a future state and to “halt the spread of moral, political and security corruption”. Palestinians who sell land to Israelis can be sentenced to death, although death penalties are seldom carried out; a death sentence has to be approved by the Palestinian Authority President.

    PLO’s Revolutionary Penal Code (1979) applies the death penalty both to traitors and to those accused of “transferring positions to the enemy” –
    Such as selling land to Jews. Since the late 1990s, Palestinian courts have been dealing out death sentences to convicted land dealers.

    Bassem Eid, a Jerusalem-based Palestinian civil rights activist, says he has followed cases of Jerusalemites kidnapped in the city and tortured to death in Ramallah by the Palestinian Authority’s Preventive Security Agency.

    In 1997, Farid Bashiti was murdered for his involvement in property sales. An Israeli court recognized Bashiti as a terror victim in February 2000. Another person, once a resident of the Shuafat refugee camp in Jerusalem, Eid recalled, was abducted from Damascus Gate in the Old City and died of torture in a Ramallah prison.

    • Noor Aza Othman

      Jeez, don’t you remember what the RESISTANCE did to TRAITORS during the German NAZI’s OCCUPATION in EUROPE?!

      • kirby1

        Don’t you remember the Palestinians were aligned with the German Nazi’s and the head of the Palestinian, the Mutif of Jerusalem, headed the Muslim SS and was personally responsible for the deaths of 5,000 Hungarian Jewish children by sending them to the concentration camps.

        • Noor Aza Othman

          LIAR! Blatant ZioNAZI propaganda Black-OP! as if we’re going to believe the murderous German NAZIS, uZio !

          • kirby1

            Fact

            In 1941, Haj Amin al-Husseini fled to Germany and met with Adolf Hit!er, Heinrich Himmler, Joachim Von Ribbentrop and other Nazi leaders. He wanted to persuade them to extend the Naziss’ anti-Jewish program to the Arab world.

            In November 1941, the Mufti met with Hitler, who told him the Jews were his foremost enemy. . The Mufti offered Hitler his “thanks for the sympathy which he had always shown for the Arab and especially Palestinian cause, and to which he had given clear expression in his public speeches….The Arabs were Germany’s natural friends because they had the same enemies as had Germany, namely….the Jews….” Hitler replied:

            Germany stood for uncompromising war against the Jews. That naturally included active opposition to the Jewish national home in Palestine….Germany would furnish positive and practical aid to the Arabs involved in the same struggle….Germany’s objective [is]…solely the destruction of the Jewish element residing in the Arab sphere….In that hour the Mufti would be the most authoritative spokesman for the Arab world. The Mufti thanked Hitler profusely.

            In 1945, Yugoslavia indict the Mufti as a war criminal for his role in recruiting 20,000 Muslim volunteers for the SS, who participated in the killing of Jews in Croatia and Hungary. He escaped from French detention in 1946, however, and continued his fight against the Jews from Cairo and later Beirut. He died in 1974.

          • Noor Aza Othman

            Get OFF uZio NAZI PSYCHO with your propaganda LIES againts the INDIGENOUS Palestinian Muslims! Jeez, German NAZIS and their ZIO collaborators trying to COVER UP their MASS MURDER/RAPE/ROBBERY of mostly CATHOLIC Europeans!

        • Noor Aza Othman

          After all, see the anti-Catholic German Nazis’ HIDDEN history of collaboration with the ZioNazis – written by Jewish scholars themselves –

          1. at – The hidden history of Zionism,

          Annie Zirin

          International Socialist Review, issue 24, July 2002;

          2. and at – Denying Nazi-Zionist Collusion;

          by ALISON WEIR,

          Weekend Edition March 4-6,

          Counterpunch, 2011!

          • kirby1

            Facts:

            Haj-Amin el-Husseini (1895-1974), Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, was one of the greatest international criminals in the first half of the 20th century. Under the guise of religious activities, he in fact incited and organized violence, including murders, first against the Jews in Palestine and the British mandatory power, as well as against his Arab rivals. During WW2, after he escaped from Palestine via Iraq to Europe, he collaborated with Italian fascists and especially closely and intensively with German Naziss. He helped the latter in recruiting Bosnian, Albanian and former Soviet Union Moslems for their Wafen-SS divisions, which fought against the Allies and against local populations in the occupied territories, committing terrible atrocities. He was an active propagandist against the Allies, and also organized spying networks against them in Africa and the Middle East.

            Haj-Amin el-Husseini played many parts, but his whole life was dedicated to the fight against Jewish immigration and to te persecution and extermination of Jews in Palestine and all over Europe. He aborted a promising attempt to save a number of Jewish children, who then were killed. At the end of the war, the Mufti succeeded in escaping Germany, and was not arrested and prosecuted by the Allies, although they could have done it. He finally arrived in Egypt in 1946, and continued his activities which included organizing murders of political opponents, like the President of Lebanon and King Abdullah of Jordan. Haj-Amin died in his Beirut home on July 4, 1974. Prominent among his family mourners was Yasser Arafat.

          • Martolt

            But nowhere in the same league of mass murderers like Genrikh Yagoda and Beria Laventiya. Barely even close to Bela Kuhn.

          • kirby1

            Fact:

            Hit!er’s Henchmen in Arabia
            Nazi Alois Brunner’s confirmed death in Damascus reveals an uncomfortable truth: Egypt and Syria have long ties to Nazi Germany and long provided sanctuary to fugitive war criminals

            That hospitality continued even after Farouk was deposed by the Free Officers Movement in 1952, as Nasser regarded German scientific and intelligence expertise as being an essential component of his regime. No less a figure than Joachim Daumling, the former head of the Gestapo in Düsseldorf, was tasked with establishing Nasser’s secret service.

            In fact, the list of some habitués of Cairo in the 1950s and the 1960s reads like a who’s who of Nazi Germany, featuring as it did the rescuer of Mussolini, Otto Skorzeny; the ace Stuka pilot Hans-Ulrich Rudel; the leader of a notorious SS penal unit, Oskar Dirlewanger; and the particularly odious and violently anti-Semitic stooge of Goebbels, Johannes von Leers.

            What made the relationship between these former Nazis and the Egyptians and Syrians so successful was that it was a genuinely two-way deal. The Arabs offered the Nazis a haven, as well as a market for all their nefarious dealings in arms and black market currency. The Nazis, meanwhile, were able to provide technical and military experts, as well as the knowhow of establishing the instruments of repression.

            https://www.thedailybeast. com/hitlers-henchmen-in-arabia

          • Noor Aza Othman

            Jeez, HATE the TRUTHS about the ZIONIST mass murderers/robbers/rapists/organ-tissue traffickers do uZio PSYCHO?!!

          • Noor Aza Othman

            Jeez, HATE the TRUTHS about the ZIONIST mass murderers/robbers/rapists/organ-tissue traffickers do uZioNAZI PSYCHO?!!

  • Dow Jones

    Perhaps the EuroPeons need to start funding modern gas chambers and mobile crematoria for “tiny democratic Israel”. After all it is obvious that the more Lebensraum the Khazarians get, the more they need. Time to consider “the final solution” option for the Palestinian enemy of “most moral army” on the planet. Make Judea grate again.

  • Noor Aza Othman

    The double-tongue ZioEU has been infiltrated with the most evil Zionist mass murderer/robber/rapist Cannibals/Organ-Tissue Traffickers/Pedophiles in the top leadership!