Israel Criminalizes Throwing Snowballs
Israel is a rogue terror state.
by Stephen Lendman
Police states operate that way. Israel is one of the worst. It spurns rule of law principles. It turns democratic values on their head. It targets Palestinians for praying to the wrong God.
On January 20, Haaretz headlined "Nine Palestinians arrested for pummeling ultra-Orthodox with snowballs," saying:
Two ultra-Orthodox men were struck. Ten days ago, six Palestinians were apprehended. "Three others were arrested over the incident last week."
According to the old saying, "Sticks and stones will break my bones, but names will never harm me." Nor will snowballs.
Kids throw them at each other often. It's ritualistic. It's part of fun and games. Anyone growing up in northern climes remembers them fondly. Arrests never followed.
Alleged attacks and cursing occurred "near the Nablus Gate leading to the Old City of Jerusalem."
An investigation was ordered. Hasidic extremists "refused to lodge a complaint." The alleged incident appeared blown out of proportion.
Palestinians in Israel are in the wrong place at the wrong time. Racist persecution targets them. Daily attacks occur. Deaths, injuries and arrests follow.
It's the same throughout Israel and Occupied Palestine. Upper Nazareth Mayor Shimon Gapso calls his job a mandate "to make the Galilee Jewish."
"The city's residents and I, as their leader, overwhelmingly support the principle that Upper Nazareth must fulfill this mission," he said.
He blocked opening an Arab school for 1,900 students. Not on his watch, he said.
Nazareth is predominantly Arab. It's called the Arab capital of Israel.