Hey, takes a Nazi to know a Nazi, right Günt?
Islamist group Hamas executed three men on Saturday, hanging two convicted murderers and a Gazan found guilty of collaborating with Israel, the Hamas-run ministry of interior said.
Under local law, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is meant to have the final say on whether executions should be carried out, but Hamas refuses any such consultations.
Human rights groups have repeatedly condemned the use of the death penalty in Gaza, but Hamas rejects such criticism.
Israel has collaborators, too, but deals with them somewhat differently. Meet Hanin Zoabi and Ahmad Tibi, MKs—two of 14 Arab members of the Knesset.
“Collaborator” might be too strong a word… or it might not:
As cross-border violence flared this weekend, with rocket attacks on southern Israel and Israeli air strikes on Gaza, Arab Knesset member Ahmad Tibi wrote on his Facebook page: “Gaza is strong, Gaza stands steadfast!”
When a government probe into allegations of treason caused the charismatic Arab politician Azmi Bishara to resign his Knesset seat and flee Israel in 2007, Dr. Ahmad Tibi, a former aide to PLO leader Yasir Arafat, leaped easily to the fore as his community’s most prominent national advocate. Like Bishara, he gained notice, too, as the Arab sector’s sharpest goad against Israel’s self-definition as a Jewish state.
But now, Tibi has become embroiled in a controversy that goes beyond mere political fisticuffs, after he was shown on video praising Palestinian “martyrs” — a word commonly used in Arab political discourse to describe both terrorists who die while committing acts of violence against Israeli civilians and Arabs who die, unarmed, by Israel’s hand.
The video, released by Palestinian Media Watch on January 18, was purportedly taken last year at a Ramallah rally for the annual Palestinian Martyrs Day. “The occupier wants us to call them terrorists, but we say there is nothing greater than those who died for their homeland,” Tibi declared to the crowd. He also said that the martyr “holds the height of glory.”
Oh yes, and:
Hanin Zoabi seems to be a particularly hard-working Knesset member: After sailing onboard the Marmara with terrorists, celebrating the release of Hamas men from prison and appearing in anti-Israeli conferences worldwide, the Arab MK now wrote a foreword to a new book by Ben White, a British author considered an anti-Semite.
The book, titled “Palestinians in Israel: Segregation, Discrimination and Democracy,” presents a blatant anti-Israel approach. In the four-page foreword, Zoabi addresses what she calls the “racist” settlement enterprise, which she says was established on the basis of “ethnic cleansing.” She also refers to Israelis as the people who took away Arab land.
The next Hamass collaborator to be hanged by Israel will be the first.
And now, to further hone my poetic skills, I answer Günter Grass’ intemperate verses with one of my own.
An impressionable youth joined the Nazis,
And played all the Germans for patsies.
To the Waffen SS,
He said “Ach ya, yes, yes!”
And “When can we beat ashkenazis?”