I want to call out the horrific crime perpetrated by the Palestinian Authority for the violent death in custody of a prominent critic.
Palestinian people deserve justice and the right to free speech, expression and protest. And free and fair parliamentary elections, which is under threat from the PA.
Whether they live in the Occupied West Bank, in Gaza or the state of Israel, every person, Israeli, Palestinian, Jew, Christian, Muslim, whatever race, religion or citizenship (or lack thereof) is entitled to basic human rights.
Unfortunately this is not the case for many (most?) persons living under Israeli, Palestinian Authority or Hamas rule.
All people, including those living under corrupt, militaristic and authoritarian governments deserve basic human rights.
Nizar Banat was deprived of these rights when (according to local media) he was taken from his home, beaten and dragged away. He is dead, murdered at the hands of PA thugs.
You will often see the Alternative Jewish Voices collective calling out injustices by the Israeli Government against Palestinians. I strongly oppose and will speak out against the Occupation and oppressive policies and actions of the Israeli government.
I also oppose and call out the militant and oppressive rule of Hamas over Gazans, and the corrupt rule of the PA over West Bank Palestinians.
But I direct my words at the Hamas leadership, not at the people of Gaza.
I call out the corrupt rule of the PA, not at the Palestinian people of the West Bank.
I challenge the aggression, the provocation and human rights abuses of the Israeli government, not at the individual residents of the State of Israel.