Most of the Killed in Jerusalem Were Paramilitary
Soldiers, According to Israeli Media
(not innocent students) killed at settler center
Soldiers (not innocent students) killed
at settler center
[ 08/03/2008 - 04:50 PM ]
From Khalid Amayreh in Occupied East Jerusalem
The Israeli electronic and print media on Saturday revealed that the
bulk of the eight Israeli Yeshiva (Talmudic religious school) “students”
killed or injured in an attack on the headquarters of the Jewish
settlement movement in Jerusalem on Thursday were actually
Israeli spokespersons claimed immediately after the attack that the lone
attacker, a Palestinian from East Jerusalem, targeted innocent religious
The Israeli media, which is subject to routine government censorship,
normally avoids giving “detrimental details” about Palestinian
resistance attacks, especially when Israelis get killed, ostensibly in
order to reap maximum propaganda benefits by giving an initial
impression that the victims were innocent civilians, not soldiers or
The Israeli media, especially those targeting foreign audiences, also
ignored the fact that Merkaz Ha'rav, the ideological central nervous
system of religious messianic Zionism, combines Talmudic studies with
military training in its educational program. This is known in Hebrew as
Even Yitzhak Rabin’s killer, Yigal Amir, is reportedly to have studied
at the Merkaz Ha’rav.
Similarly, the bulk of the Zionist-influenced or Zionist-controlled
American media, with the exception of a few examples, readily parroted
Israeli propaganda, repeating the claim that innocent religious students
were the target of the attack, an apparent retaliation for the wanton
slaughter by the Israeli army of as many as 138 Palestinians, the vast
bulk of them innocent civilians, including more than 13 toddlers and
The Israeli human rights organization, B’tselem, and Amnesty
International have pointed out that at least half of the Israeli
carnage’s victims were innocent civilians or people who played no role
It has not been established which Palestinian (or non-Palestinian)
organization did actually carry out the attack in West Jerusalem.
Some reports have suggested that a Hizbullah-linked group may have
carried out the attack, probably to avenge the murder by suspected
Mossad agents in Damascus last month of Hizbullah’s military official
However, Hizbullah on Friday denied any involvement in the Jerusalem
attack on the Jewish settler center.
Meanwhile, a prominent rabbi has once again called the Palestinians
Amalekites, which the Bible says “must be destroyed” and “wiped out from
the face of earth.”
Amalekites were members of an ancient nomadic people of ancient
Palestine which the Bible says were descendants of Esau's grandson,
The Rabbi, Ya’akov Shapira, who is also the current Director of Merkaz
Ha’rav, suggested that all Palestinians would have to be exterminated.
“The murderers are the Amalekites of our day, coming to remind us that
Amalekites have not disappeared, just changed their appearance,” the
rabbi was quoted as saying.
One of the people killed in Thursday’s attack is Doron Maharata,
ostensibly a former Indian immigrant to Israel who had converted to
The Israeli newspaper, Ha’aretz, showed him in full military gear, which
obviously belies Israeli media claims that the “victims were merely
innocent Yeshiva students.”
According to Ha’aretz, Maharata at age 17 enrolled in the Merkaz Ha'rav
as part of the “Hesder Merkaz” track, in which students perform nine
months of army service.
Meanwhile, Israeli officials said they would seek to use bloody scenes
from the attack as part of a public relations campaign to tarnish
Hamas’s image abroad, especially in the West.
Hamas officials, however, scoffed at the Israeli “hasbara gimmicks,”
calling it “sickening.”
“This will be like Nazi propaganda operatives displaying images from
resistance attacks in central Europe in order to give the impression
that the Nazis were poor, innocent victims, and the resistance was
all-diabolical,” said one Hamas official from the Hebron region.
Since the beginning of 2008, the Israeli occupation army has killed and
maimed thousands of Palestinians, mostly innocent people.
Israel claims, usually when addressing Europeans and North Americans,
that its army doesn’t murder Palestinian civilians deliberately.
However, human rights organizations operating in the occupied
territories contemptuously dismiss Israeli claims in this regard,
arguing that in the final analysis killing knowingly is killing
deliberately and that when the number of victims is so vast, as is the
case in Gaza, even intent itself becomes irrelevant.
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