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Israel tells Father America it will pass new laws to "frisk and search" all Palestinians. Why? As a "security measure" for Israeli citizens.

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Israel knows as long as it couches all its sins in claims of victimhood, Father America will give Israel whatever Israel deems to be its pleasure.

"Security measures" are a cruel joke on a captive population. "Security measures" are mere window dressing by a so-called democracy where justice prevails only for Jewish citizens.

National Public Radio eagerly rushed to report the good news. "In an effort to curb a rash of deadly stabbings, the Israeli Cabinet authorized the police on Sunday to 'stop and frisk' individuals on the street, even if there is no indication they are armed."

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New laws to stop and frisk individuals? Which individuals? When did Israel need a law for its soldiers to act as they do in the photo above?

Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan told the Jerusalem Post, "There is an urgent need to give the police authority to conduct body searches in order to better deal with knife terrorism."

Gilad Erdan added this reassuring message: "This is another step I am promoting in a series of decisions to strengthen the police and its authority to increase personal security in the streets."

Al Jazeera found a need for this "security measure" because of a "wave of violence in Israel, occupied East Jerusalem, and the occupied West Bank, that began in early October."

Any alert middle school student with a computer and a click away from Google, could have reminded Security Minister Gilad Erdan that this current "wave of violence" did not begin in early October, 2015. This particular wave began one year earlier in October, 2014.

After the Israeli slaughter in Gaza in the summer of 2014, it was time for Israel to be the victim again. Home-made rockets were a poor sell to evoke sympathy for victims who had tanks, heavily-armed troops and F-15s.

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It was too soon to "mow the grass" in Gaza. Time to stir the victim pot in Jerusalem.

Al Jazeera referenced the "tumultuous " summer of 2014:

"On October 13, [2014] fresh clashes erupted when hundreds of Israeli police forces raided the al-Aqsa mosque compound and clashed with Palestinian worshippers.

"Residents of East Jerusalem have fought almost nightly with Israeli security forces. ... Adding to the tension, though, is a series of provocative moves, mostly by private organizations, aimed at increasing the number of Jewish settlers in East Jerusalem.

"The steps are piecemeal -- building a new religious seminary, buying a few dozen homes from Palestinians. They will not significantly alter the city's demographic balance: In the last two decades, the number of settlers has increased from 1,400 to around 2,600. But they have brought an influx of ideological settlers to the city."

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James Wall is currently a Contributing Editor of The Christian Century magazine, based in Chicago, Illinois. From 1972 through 1999, he was editor and publisher of the Christian Century magazine. Many sources have influenced Jim's writings over (more...)

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