Tony Greenstein | 09 February 2021 | Post Views:

EVERYDAY ZIONIST RACISM: The Israeli Policeman’s Lot is Not a Happy One as Plod is Caught Out Only Giving Arabs a Traffic Ticket

 Israel’s Palestinians citizens are told ‘You are not Israelis you are Arabs’ as they are prevented from having a picnic in a ‘Jewish’ area

It was with the best of intentions that an Israeli Policeman boarded a bus from Modi’in in the West Bank to Tel Aviv to check on little things like the (Palestinian) labourer’s permits to be in Israel. Because just like in South Africa Palestinians need permits and passes to be outside their Bantustan.

However this particular plod was an especially caring person which is, as you can imagine, quite unusual in Israel. He was particularly concerned for the safety of the Palestinian passengers who were not wearing their seat belts. So concerned that he handed out 250 Shekel fines all round.

Now there are certain people who are carping that he ignored the 6 or so Jewish passengers on the same bus but I am mystified. Clearly this policeman was more concerned for the safety of the Palestinians than Israeli Jews! Is that racism? Sure they probably can’t afford about £60 in fines from their meagre wages but that’s better than being killed or injured.

If anything he should be accused of anti-Semitism for not caring equally for the Jewish passengers!

The second article is a little reminder that Israel is a Jewish Supremacist state even in respect of Palestinian citizens of Israel. Zionist propagandists usually use the fact that Israeli Arabs can vote as proof that Israel is a democracy. But a democracy doesn’t distinguish between its citizens. It treats them equally or attempts to do so.

Here was an Israeli Arab family having a picnic but they made the mistake of holding their picnic in the Occupied West Bank. The nearby Jewish settlers took exception. To them an Arab is an Arab, regardless of where they come from. And they don’t like Arabs. So they summoned the Israeli army who, of course, agreed with them.

In their ‘logic’ the West Bank is Jewish not Palestinian land. Israeli Palestinians have no more right to be there than Palestinians who live there. And it is the function of the IDF to keep it that way.

Of one thing we can be sure. Neither the racist Israeli Policeman nor the soldiers will be punished after the ‘investigation’.

Tony Greenstein

Israeli Police Fine Only Arab Passengers for Not Wearing Seat Belts on Public Bus

Passengers say officer conducting inspection was deliberately discriminating and didn’t check Jewish passengers at all, while police deny their claims.

A policeman conducting a routine inspection of a public bus in central Israel fined only Arab passengers for not wearing seat belts while not checking Jewish ones, according to several passengers.

Witnesses who were on the bus from Modi’in to Tel Aviv told Haaretz that it was a case of deliberate discrimination, while police denied racial profiling had taken place.

The bus in question, operated by the Kavim bus company, stopped on Sunday morning at morning near a major interchange on Route 443 for what the police described as “enforcement of traffic laws and coronavirus regulations.” Most of the passengers were Palestinians from the West Bank with permits to work in Israel who had gotten on the bus at the Maccabim border checkpoint. The driver of the bus, Mahmoud Mujahid, said he estimated that six of the 29 passengers on the bus were Jewish.

According to several passengers, the policeman approached the Arab passengers and spent about half an hour checking their documents. After all of them had presented permits showing that they were allowed to enter Israel, almost all received 250 shekel ($76) citations for not wearing seatbelts, a violation of the law that is thought to be enforced very rarely. None of the Jews were reportedly checked or fined. The driver, who is Arab, was also not fined.

Arab passengers expressed outrage at the citations and threw them on the floor of the bus, prompting the policeman to say that they would be receive another fine, for 700 shekels ($213) if they did so. In a video of the incident, the driver can be heard saying,

“The Israel Police are abusing laborers. [The policeman] is treating them like animals. These are human beings on their way to make a living.”

Mujahid, the driver, a resident of the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Kafr Aqab, said he was initially warned that he too would be fined, but that the policeman later reconsidered. He said that when he objected to the citations given to the passengers, he was told that if he didn’t proceed onward on his route, he would be fined for obstructing traffic.

“I’ve never heard of a seat belt fine on public transportation,” he said. “Even police officers who get on the bus don’t buckle up.”

One of the Jewish passengers claimed that it was clear to her that the policeman was harassing the Arab passengers. “None of the passengers were buckled at all,” she told Haaretz. “We thought it was an inspection for permits,” she said, referring to permits issued to West Bank Palestinians allowing them to enter Israel.

“He didn’t even look at us [Jewish passengers]. It wasn’t pleasant. I didn’t dare open my mouth. It was clear that it was deliberate, explicit, disgusting and racist. It was obvious. It’s something that isn’t done. Everyone was in shock. The driver begged, ‘Why are you doing this to them?”

The police said in response:

“In an inspection of dozens of vehicles and buses, several of them were found to have passengers who were not buckled as required. Some of the passengers and drivers who were the subject of the enforcement were Jews and some were Arab, and contrary to what was claimed, the citations were issued only for violations that were identified and without any relation to the person’s origin or religion.”

“This is something out of Alabama in the 1960s,” said Knesset member Ahmad Tibi, chairman of the Ta’al party, part of the Joint List electoral alliance of majority Arab parties.

“It’s humiliating, racist conduct and a blatantly discriminatory use of means of enforcement for arbitrary and racist [purposes]. I demand that the police commissioner investigate the incident, cancel the citations and put the police officers on trial.”

“This is something out of Alabama in the 1960s,”Ahmad Tibi

Israeli settlers harass an Arab Israeli family having a picnic outside the village of Jibya in the West Bank on February 6, 2020. (Screen capture/YouTube)

‘You’re Not Israelis, You’re Arabs’: Settlers and Soldiers Expel Family Having a Picnic

The Arab family, all Israeli citizens, was picnicking at a site near Ramallah, not far from an outpost, when settlers harassed them and called the army.

Israeli soldiers ejected an Israeli Arab family from a site near Kafr Jibiya in the Ramallah area of the West Bank on Saturday, where the family was having a picnic. The soldiers arrived on the scene after Israelis from a nearby Jewish settlement outpost called them to the site.

In two video clips of the incident, the settlers are first seen approaching the family and telling them to leave, although the site is not within the confines of any West Bank Jewish settlement. When the family refused, one of the settlers took their belongings and threw beverages from their cups onto their campfire. The settlers continued saying – “You’re not Israelis, you’re Arabs, we did you a favour when we let you stay,” and then called the army.

The family filmed a soldier who arrived on the scene, who told them that they had to leave. “I don’t want to use too much force. You’re not allowed here,” the soldier is heard saying.

The mother of the family told the soldier it was public space. And in an apparent attempt to say that as Israeli citizens, they are entitled to be present at the site in the West Bank just as they could picnic in the Carmel Mountains within Israel proper, she asked, “Isn’t an Israeli allowed to be in the Carmel Mountains?”

“You’re in the Carmel Mountains? ”You’re not allowed to be here. Please leave. Come on,” the soldier replied.

There is an unauthorized settlement outpost near the site called Zvi’s Farm, which was partially built on state land and partially on privately owned land.

The Israeli army said it was aware of the incident and will “look into the combatants’ conduct.”

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‘You’re not Israelis, you’re Arabs’: Settlers oust family picnicking in W. Bank

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