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The Murderers of the Dawabsheh family Are not Terrorist According to Betzalel Smotrich – Jewish Home MK

Family photos lie in the remains of the Dawabsha home in the West Bank
village of Duma, after it was firebombed by suspected Jewish extremists
on July 31, 2015. The family’s 18-month-old baby was killed in the
attack and his father died of his injuries eight days later, on August
8, 2015. 
According to Betzalel
‘Beelzebub’ Smotrich MK, the murderers of the Dawabsheh family on July 31st,
when settlers threw a firebomb in the house, killing 18 month old Ali and his
parents, with just Ahmed, who is 4 years old, surviving. 
Betzalel Smotrich MK – anti-gay bigot and settler racist
Smotrich is of the
opinion that 
is exclusively violence by an enemy as part of a war against us [us being Jews
– TG], and only this justifies the harsh steps taken [by the security forces]
that would not be used in a normal situation. All the rest are serious crimes,
loathsome crimes, nationalistic crimes, but not terror,”
to The Times of Israel, Smotrich said that Shin Bet “crossed all red lines” in
recent weeks, in an apparent reference to the Duma investigation. Smotrich
lamented that settlers and others could be punished for association with
suspects, with police measures used against Palestinians also being meted out
against Jews.  Note the impeccable
‘logic’ which  Smotrich employs.
‘price tag’ attacks are ‘terror,’ then the families of the suspects are ‘the
families of terrorists’ and the residents of their settlements and officials
there are ‘a terror-supporting population,’”  
Smotrich continued. Therefore,
you can hold youths in detention for over two weeks without letting them meet
their lawyers, or even seeing a judge to extend their remand. You can prevent
them from putting on their phylacteries, praying or lighting Hannukah candles.”
Naftali Bennett
accused the government of “demonizing” the population of Israeli settlers,
maintained it was violating the rights of the suspects to exact a confession by
force, and appeared to insinuate that the government was driving the
perpetrators to commit anti-Arab attacks. 
Saad and Riham Dawabsha, with baby Ali. All three died when the Dawabsha
home in the West Bank village of Duma was firebombed, by suspected
Jewish extremists, on July 31, 2015 (Channel 2 screenshot)
to  Smotrich, a government that “treats
the most moral population in the State of Israel as a terror-supporting
population loses its right to exist.” “When you push an entire community up
against the wall, treat its [members] like terrorists, demonize it, trample on
its rights, it ultimately explodes. Let no one be surprised when this should
happen, when more and more people will be pushed, against their will, to carry
out actions that are forbidden.”

system that does not make this simple and especially moral distinction between
enemy and and citizen — even if he is a criminal — raises questions about the
justification to give it so much power and authority, with so little oversight
and supervision, even if in most cases it uses its powers correctly against
But we should not
condemn Smotrich.  He says aloud what
others say behind closed doors.  Mr ‘Beelzebub’
Smotrich is a member of the far-right settler party, Habayit Hayehudi.  When he says that it’s no big deal to set
fire to Arabs what difference is there between him and his party leader Naftali
Bennett who also boasts of killing 
Arabs.  ‘I’ve killed lots of Arabs in my life – and
there’s no problem with that.”
After all, wasn’t it
Defence Minister Yalon who said that the security forces knew who had set fire
to the Dawabsheh’s home but that in order to ‘protect sources’ they couldn’t
prosecute?    Didn’t
it take judicial review applications by Joint List MKs before the announcement
of prosecutions?
The Israeli state has
always differentiated between Zionist and Arab terror.  It is, after all, a state born in terror,
from Deir Yassin and the bombing of the King David Hotel to the use of barrel
bombs in Jaffa etc. etc.  The Hagannah
even killed 270 Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany in November 1940 (the Patria
Affair) in order to prevent people being sent to Mauritius.
But let us understand
the real meaning of Beelzebub’s comments. 
He is denying that what happened is terrorism because this is not as
serious a crime as a Palestinian attack on a Jew.  That is his meaning.  And he is right.  In Zionist terms of course it’s not as
serious a crime.  The Talmud is explicit
that Jewish life is worth more than non-Jewish life, hence why capital
punishment is reserved only for the taking of Jewish not non-Jewish life.  Or as that well-know rabbinical sage, the
Chief Rabbi of the settlers, Dov Lior once said, ‘A Jewish fingernail is worth
a thousand non-Jewish lives.’

Contrast this with the
treatment meted out to Haneen Zoabi, the Balad MK.  When 3 Jewish settler youth were killed last
year, she said it wasn’t necessarily an act of terrorism.  By that she meant that it may have been the
act of a criminal rather than someone with political motivation.  Nonetheless the Zionist world came down upon her and
she ended up suspended from the Knesset for 6 months.  No prizes for guessing that Belzeebub
Smotrich will face no such penalty and why? 
Because he’s Jewish silly.
The Northern Islamic
League, a mass organisation of Palestinian Israelis, which has said nothing
remotely racist as Belzeebub or his mentor, Naftali Bennett, has been made
illegal at a stroke of Netanyahu’s pen. 
Nothing will happen to Jewish Home because they are a good Zionist

Sheikh Raed Salah has
been sentenced to 11 months imprisonment for incitement to racial hatred.  A trumped up charge if ever there was
one.  He was acquitted at the original
Jerusalem magistrates court but convicted on appeal by the District Court.  In other words there is extreme doubt that
what he said even referred to Jews.  He
claims the ‘’blood libel’ remarks were directed at the practices of the Spanish
Inquisition.  But he will go to prison
but open Zionist racists will never do
so.  That is what a Jewish state is

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