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Monday, May 25, 2015

Apartheid Denial 2

Israel jails Palestinians for Facebook comments
Activists say Israeli authorities are "watching social media closely and targeting Palestinians" for online postings.
Patrick Strickland | 23 May 2015 13:49 GMT

The "double standard", he added, also extends to "protests and other events". Last Sunday, Israelis marched through Jerusalem's Old City, home to many Palestinians, to mark "Jerusalem Day", a holiday celebrating Israel's 1967 occupation of East Jerusalem.
The week before that march, the Israeli High Court ruled against two non-governmental organisations' appeal to prevent the Israelis from marching through the Muslim Quarter of the Old City. Although the court deemed it permissible for them to march through the area, it also demanded that police have a "zero tolerance" policy for anti-Arab chants and incitement, adding that anyone who chanted "Death to Arabs!" should be arrested.
During the march, hundreds of Israeli protesters nonetheless chanted such slogans. "Death to Arabs!" many were filmed chanting without police intervention. "Muhammad is a homo," others sang, referring to the Islamic prophet. Several Palestinians were arrested during the Jerusalem Day march during clashes with police.
Back in Jerusalem, Iyab Shalabi echoes Rimawi's comments. "There are so many Israeli groups on Facebook calling for Arabs to be killed, but nothing ever happens," he said. "[Israel] wants Palestinians to shut up and be quiet, to accept the occupation. Israel is trying to deliver a message that any Palestinians - whether from Hamas, Fatah or the Popular Front [for the Liberation of Palestine] - can be arrested."...

As the Mothers of Invention asked, "Who are the brain police?"

As long as the violence continues, people will continue to interpret reality as a process of violence.  Therefore, there will be no end to violent acts and violent language, and thus no end to free speech turned to violence and denial of free speech to monitor violence.

Violence only truly ends in exhaustion.


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