Look who's been kidnapped!
Israeleren Arik Diamant skriver i Yedioth Aharanoth om postyret omkring den israelske soldat, der blev bortført i Gaza:
It's the wee hours of the morning, still dark outside. A guerilla force comes out of nowhere to kidnap a soldier. After hours of careful movement, the force reaches its target, and the ambush is on! In seconds, the soldier finds himself looking down the barrel of a rifle.Dette kan umuligt være nogen rar situation, og vi føler med den unge mand og hans familie, forstår befolkningens vrede. Eller gør vi? For alt er nemlig ikke, som det synes ...
A smash in the face with the butt of the gun and the soldier falls to the ground, bleeding. The kidnappers pick him up, quickly tie his hands and blindfold him, and disappear into the night.
This might be the end of the kidnapping, but the nightmare has just begun. The soldier's mother collapses, his father prays. His commanding officers promise to do everything they can to get him back, his comrades swear revenge. An entire nation is up-in-arms, writing in pain and worry.
This description, you'll be surprised to know, has nothing to do with the kidnapping of Gilad Shalit. It is the story of an arrest I carried out as an IDF soldier, in the Nablus casbah, about 10 years ago. The "soldier" was a 17-year-old boy, and we kidnapped him because he knew "someone" who had done "something."Som sagt, det er svært ikke at føle med den unge mand og hans familie.
We brought him tied up, with a burlap sac over his head, to a Shin Bet interrogation center known as "Scream Hill" (at the time we thought it was funny). There, the prisoner was beaten, violently shaken and sleep deprived for weeks or months. Who knows.
No one wrote about it in the paper. European diplomats were not called to help him. After all, there was nothing out of the ordinary about the kidnapping of this Palestinian kid. Over the 40 years of occupation we have kidnapped thousands of people, exactly like Gilad Shalit was captured: Threatened by a gun, beaten mercilessly, with no judge or jury, or witnesses, and without providing the family with any information about the captive.
When the Palestinians do this, we call it "terror." When we do it, we work overtime to whitewash the atrocity.
Men det israelske folk og den israelske stats vrede? Står vi overfor endnu et eksempel på, at der ikke findes noget mere ynkeligt og selvretfærdigt væsen på denne jord end en tyv, der er blevet bestjålet?
Skal vi forstå og sympatisere med den grædende bølle i skolegården: "Moar, de slog igen, og det gælds slet ikke, for det er kun mig, der må slå, ja det er så ..."?
Jamen - Israel har vel grunde til at tilbageholde og tortere folk, har de ikke? Israel kidnapper ikke bare, de arresterer folk, der mistænkes at ville begå en forbrydelse, gør de ikke?
Vel, det ved jeg ikke selv så meget om, at jeg vil modsige en israelsk soldat, der selv har prøvet det. Og Arik Diamant er ikke så sikker.
Faktisk er han meget lidt sikker - hans svar på netop dette spørgsmål er kort: "There is no more perverse lie than this":
Who has the right to sentence a 17-year-old to kidnapping, torture and possible death? A 26-year-old Shin Bet interrogator? A 46-year-old one? Do these people have any higher education, apart from the ability to interrogate? What are his considerations? If all these "suspects" are so guilty, why not bring them to trial?Vel, hvis De vil vide mere - hvis de da stoler på de væmmelige nederdrægtige israelere, der står bag B'Tselem - der er rigelig med baggrundsinfo til alle.
Anyone who believes that despite the lack of transparency, the IDF and Shin Bet to their best to minimize violations of human rights is naïve, if not brainwashed. One need only read the testimonies of soldiers who have carried out administrative detentions to be convinced of the depth of the immorality of our actions in the territories.'