Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Freedom To Hate

In an article in Arutz Sheva, Israel has decided not to lay charges against a member of the Knesset, Ahmed Tibi, for making a speech that some say was an incitement to hate. The speech glorified the Palestinian martyr; or in other words suicide bombers who murder Israeli Jews. What we might find shocking here in the West seems normative in the Mddle East. Is it that only in Israel would such a speech fall under the democratic principles of freedom of speech? Or are Israelis just tired and dispirited?
State Prosecutor Moshe Lador has a rejected a request by Israeli attorneyYossi Fuchs to launch a criminal investigation against Arab MK Ahmed Tibi for incitement, over a speech in which he praised the Palestinian Authority’s ‘martyrs’.
During a ceremony held on the occasion of "Palestinian Martyrs Day” and sponsored by PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas last January, Tibi said, “In the history of the peoples and their battles, the Palestinian shahid (martyr) is the height of glory. There is no higher value than death for the sake of Allah. The martyr is the one who breaks through and with his blood draws the journey to freedom and liberation.”
The ceremony was broadcast on official PA TV and was translated by the Palestinian Media Watch research organization, which presented the translated video on its website.
 You can read the rest of the article at [IsrealNationalNews]