Killing Judge Is Sheer, Cold-blooded Murder
17 March 2014
Official Palestinian and Jordanian reactions to the
cold-blooded murder of Ra'ed (Raji) Ze'ieter by
Israeli soldiers on Monday have been minimal and
almost totally inadequate to say the very least.
The 38-year-old Jordanian-Palestinian judge was
traveling via the Allenby Bridge Crossing when he was
shot and killed by a trigger-happy Israeli soldier.
Hundreds or perhaps thousands of innocent Palestinians
have been murdered this way at the indifferent hands
of Gestapo-like Israeli troops.
The soldier who murdered the young judge claimed that
Ze'ieter attacked him and tried to snatch his rifle,
prompting him to shoot and kill him.
However, there are serious questions as to the
veracity of the Israeli account of the incident.
Indeed, why would an unarmed man in the prime of his
life, who wanted to visit his family, attack crack and
heavily armed soldiers, notorious for following the
motto "shoot first, and ask questions later."!
Besides, even if the Jordanian judge scuffled with the
soldier or soldiers at the Allenby Crossing, there
must have been more than one way to neutralize or
control the man without killing him.
After all, the man was unarmed and could hardly pose a
real threat to the soldiers.
This shows that the murderer wanted to spill blood,
pure and simple, knowing that the Israeli state and
its racist justice system won't punish but rather
award him for the killing.
We who live in occupied Palestine under the Israeli
military occupation don't need to indulge in
hypothesizing about Israeli behaviors toward the
Palestinians. Cold-blooded murder has always been
Israel's modus operandi toward our people. It would be
naïve to think otherwise.
We all remember how Israeli soldiers during the past
two intifadas lured Palestinian school children to get
to the streets in order to shoot and kill them. And
then we would hear pornographically-dishonest Israeli
spokespersons claim that "our soldiers shot into the
air and a number of Palestinian children got killed."!
The murderous killing by Israeli troops of Ra'ed
Ze'ieter is not the first and won't be the last of its
kind. Israel has always been murdering innocent Arabs
knowingly and deliberately since time immemorial. This
is the job Israeli soldiers are trained to do.
As to the Israeli government, its media, spokesmen and
mouthpieces, their job is first and foremost to
justify and rationalize the murderous killings. And in
case the projected justifications and rationalizations
sound unbelievable or unconvincing, the Israeli lying
machine would simply concoct a "rational account" of
the given incident.
Both Palestinian and Jordanian authorities have urged
the Israeli government to carry out a thorough
investigation into what happened. But since when was
Israel honest enough to investigate its own crimes?
Can murderers and child-killers be trusted to
Indeed, expecting Israel to conduct a thorough and
honest investigation of the latest murder at the
Allenby crossing is akin to seeking justice at a
thieves' den or seeking safety at a snake's hole.
We are not demanding that Jordan and the Palestinian
Authority (PA) launch war on Israel. We know the facts
on the ground too well as the two Arab entities are
too weak to even think of making a truly pro-active
response to Israeli provocation.
But neither Jordan nor the PA is completely helpless.
Jordan does have some real diplomatic leverage it can
utilize to curtail Israeli insolence and hegemony.
Similarly, the PA can threaten to scale down or even
stop the ignominious "security" coordination with
However, a meaningful Arab response to yet another
unprovoked murder by Israel of an innocent Arab would
require genuine freedom of Arab states from the state
of subservience to the US, Israel's guardian-ally.
This gets us to the inevitable conclusion that Israel
will continue to murder Arabs at will, with nearly
total impunity, especially in the absence of any real
deterrent on the part of the Arabs. But this situation
can't be sustained forever. Oppression, if allowed to
continue, justifies both resistance and violence. The
Anglo-American poet W. H. Auden said:
I and the public know,
What all school children learn,
Those to whom evil is done,
Do evil in return.