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?
lifted from timesofisrael.com
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.