The curious silence in the case of Israeli pro-Palestinian activist’s role in murdering Palestinians

The scandal is well publicised and the perpetrator has been formally charged for his role in the murder of Palestinians who’s grave sin it was to sell property to Israelis.

Yet, no Norwegian press outlet has seen it fit to focus on a well established practice of naming and not shaming – but murdering! – Palestinians who sell property to Israelis. Ezra Nawi thought himself immune to the Law and bragged about his role in murdering Palestinians in a documentary aired here in Israel.

You would think that Norwegian media, otherwise very quick to report on Palestinians killed by Israeli police or security forces, would have seized on the opportunity to shame Israel for the brazen cold blooded murder of innocent Palestinians who simply exercise the fundamental human right to sell their own property as they see fit… Perhaps it was too inconvenient to focus on this particular case, as it involves pro-Pal Israelis way out on the violent Left and the media darling the PA?

Where are they all? The furious media, the outraged politicians, the pro-Palestinian organisations in Norway? The Unions? The human rights organisations?

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Ezra Nawi named as activist arrested for ‘turning in Palestinians’

Gag order lifted on leftist campaigner held after investigation reveals he boasted of reporting those who sold land to Jews

 January 21, 2016, 12:45 pm 2
Left-wing Israeli activist Ezra Nawi, seen at the Jerusalem Magistrate's Court on January 20, 2016. (Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Left-wing Israeli activist Ezra Nawi, seen at the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court on January 20, 2016. (Photo by Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

Nawi, from the Ta’ayush organization, was named as the suspect detained at Ben-Gurion airport on January 11as he tried to take a flight out of Israel.

A prominent campaigner for Palestinian rights, Nawi had featured in a television investigation days earlier in which he was recorded saying that he helps Palestinian authorities find Palestinian vendors who sell land to Jews and are then killed for the crime.

Nawi’s name, along with other details of the investigation, had been under gag order since the arrest.

Police had previously confirmed they arrested a left-wing activist but declined to give his name, though it was carried in several media reports and revealed publicly by two lawmakers not bound by secrecy rules.

Following a request from the police, the Jerusalem District court extended Nawi’s remand on Thursday for an additional three days.

He is reportedly being questioned on suspicion of conspiracy in attempted murder as well as several other offenses, including accessory to manslaughter and passing information to a foreign agent.

In the investigative report, aired by Channel 2’s Uvda program, Nawi can be heard speaking about four Palestinian real estate sellers, whom Nawi said mistook him for a Jew interested in buying their property.

“Straight away I give their pictures and phone numbers to the Preventive Security Force,” Nawi is heard saying in reference to the Palestinian Authority’s counterintelligence arm. “The Palestinian Authority catches them and kills them. But before it kills them, they get beat up a lot.”

The broadcast sparked a political storm, with right-wing politicians and activists pointing to it as proof that left-wing groups are not necessarily interested in human rights.

In the Palestinian Authority, the penal code calls for capital punishment for anyone convicted of selling land to Jews. This law, which Palestinian officials defended as designed to prevent takeovers by settlers, has not been implemented in Palestinian courts, where sellers of land to Jews are usually sentenced to several years in prison.

A number of murders in recent years have been rumored to be related to the sale of land to Israelis, though the cases have remained unsolved.

The recordings and footage were collected by right-wing activists who secretly recorded Nawi.

Since Nawi’s arrest, two other left-wing activists linked to the report have been detained. Their identities still remain under a court-imposed gag order.

Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.

3 comments for “The curious silence in the case of Israeli pro-Palestinian activist’s role in murdering Palestinians

  1. de Bacle
    January 22, 2016 at 11:15 am

    Yes Prof, this belongs to the set of negative (deficit) symptoms of media mental illness.

    On a positive note, the main Norwegian daily Aftenposten today has the feature article “This is the horror scenario of Europe” enumerating threats that hacve escalated since WWII. The middle east instability is a factor.

    The close-to-tears-moving surprise is that Israel isn’t implicated. Not even mentioned. Them Jews are not at fault for what is happening to Europe.

    Rumors have it that the Norwegian Ambassador to Sweden is summoned up to the Swedish Foreign Ministry.

  2. motti
    January 22, 2016 at 2:54 pm

    Why should the Nazis/Fascists want to write something bad about their beloved?

  3. Herbie
    January 24, 2016 at 5:14 pm

    A serious critique of PLO funding in Monday’s Wall St. J.

    Where Does All That Aid for Palestinians Go?
    Jan. 24, 2016
    One often-cited key to peace between Israel and the Palestinians is economic development. To that end, there seems to be broad agreement about the importance of extending development aid to help the Palestinians build the physical and social infrastructure that will enable the emergence of a sustainable, prosperous society. But few have seriously questioned how much money is sent and how it is used.

    Such assistance will only promote peace if it is spent to foster tolerance and coexistence. If it is used to strengthen intransigence it does more harm than good—and the more aid that comes in, the worse the outcome. This is exactly what has been transpiring over the past few decades. Large amounts of foreign aid to the Palestinians are spent to support terrorists and deepen hostility.

    For years the most senior figures in the Palestinian Authority have supported, condoned and glorified terror. “Every drop of blood that has been spilled in Jerusalem,” President Mahmoud Abbas said last September on Palestinian television, “is holy blood as long as it was for Allah.” Countless Palestinian officials and state-run television have repeatedly hailed the murder of Jews.

    This support for terrorism doesn’t end with hate speech. The Palestinian regime in Ramallah pays monthly stipends of between $400 and $3,500 to terrorists and their families, the latter of which is more than five times the average monthly salary of a Palestinian worker.

    According to data from its budgetary reports, compiled in June 2014 by Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the PA’s annual budget for supporting Palestinian terrorists was then roughly $75 million. That amounted to some 16% of the foreign donations the PA received annually. Overall in 2012 foreign aid made up about a quarter of the PA’s $3.1 billion budget. More recent figures are inaccessible since the Palestinian Authority is no longer transparent about the stipend transfers.

    Embarrassed by public revelations of the misuse of the foreign aid, in August 2014 the Palestinian Authority passed the task of paying stipends to terrorists and their families to a fund managed by the Palestine Liberation Organization, also led by Mr. Abbas. Lest there be any doubt as to the purely cosmetic nature of the change, Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah made assurances as recently as September 2015 that the PA will provide the “necessary assistance” to ensure these terror stipends.

    This procedural ruse apparently calmed the consciences of donor governments that continue to transfer aid. It is difficult to think of another case in which such a forgiving attitude would be taken regarding foreign aid to an entity that sponsors terror.

    This situation is particularly disturbing given the disproportionate share of development assistance the Palestinians receive, which comes at the expense of needy populations elsewhere. According to a report last year by Global Humanitarian Assistance, in 2013 the Palestinians received $793 million in international aid, second only to Syria. This amounts to $176 for each Palestinian, by far the highest per capita assistance in the world. Syria, where more than 250,000 people have been killed and 6.5 million refugees displaced since 2011, received only $106 per capita.
    A closer look at the remaining eight countries in the top 10—Sudan, South Sudan, Jordan, Lebanon, Somalia, Ethiopia, Afghanistan and the Democratic Republic of Congo—is even more alarming. CIA Factbook data show that these countries have a combined population of 284 million and an average per capita GDP of $2,376. Yet they received an average of $15.30 per capita in development assistance in 2013. The Palestinians, by comparison, with a population of 4.5 million, have a per capita GDP of $4,900.

    In other words, though the Palestinians are more than twice as wealthy on average than these eight countries, they receive more than 11 times as much foreign aid per person. The Democratic Republic of Congo is a case in point: Its 79 million people have a per capita GDP of $700, yet they receive only $5.70 in aid per person.

    Between 1993 (when the Oslo Process began) and 2013, the Palestinians received $21.7 billion in development assistance, according to the World Bank. The Palestinian leadership has had ample opportunity to use these funds for economic and social development. Tragically, as seen in Hamas-run Gaza, it prefers to use the funds on its terrorist infrastructure and weaponry, such as cross-border attack tunnels and the thousands of missiles that have rained down in recent years on Israel.

    In Judea and Samaria, the “West Bank,” the situation is equally disturbing. Aside from funding terrorists and investing in hate speech, the PA stubbornly refuses to remove hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from “refugee” rosters, deliberately keeping them in a state of dependence and underdevelopment for no purpose other than to stoke animosity toward Israel.

    It is difficult to come away from these facts without realizing the deep connection between the huge amounts of foreign aid being spent, the bizarre international tolerance for patently unacceptable conduct by the Palestinians and the lack of progress toward peace on the ground.

    Donors to the Palestinians who support peace would do well to rethink the way they extend assistance. Money should go to economic and civic empowerment, not to perpetuate a false sense of victimhood and unconditional entitlement. It should foster values of tolerance and nonviolence, not the glorification and financing of terrorism.
    Ms. Hotovely is the deputy foreign minister of Israel.

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