Aletho News

ΑΛΗΘΩΣ

Abu Khdeir suspects to plead insanity

By Jonathon Cook | July 14, 2014

Three Israeli suspects who have confessed to the gruesome killing of 16-year-old Mohammed Abu Khdeir, who was abducted in East Jerusalem and later burnt to death, are going to plead “temporary insanity”, according to Haaretz. Mohammed’s father guessed as much last week, when asked whether he trusted Israel’s judicial system: “I think they will say that [the murderers] were insane and give them a year or two and that’s all.”

That’s not because Hussein Abu Khdeir has incredible prescience; it’s because this is how it works in Israel. Palestinians who kill Israelis are terrorists, and Israelis who kill Palestinians are either heroes, if they are doing it in an official capacity, or deeply damaged individuals on the “fringes of society”, if they act on their own. Either way, they are not meaningfully held to account.

As Hussein also implies, the three, if convicted, will probably get a lenient sentence and then be pardoned when the fuss dies down in a year or two.

Notice also that the three other suspects arrested last week have been released, even though the police say they were part of the cell believed to have organised the kidnapping. So why not charge them with conspiracy to murder, or membership of a terrorist organisation, or one of the other charges that would be used if the suspects were Palestinian, including Palestinian citizens of Israel?

And here’s another question: how can we take seriously a claim of “temporary insanity” among an organised group (“a cell”) that has a wider membership and whose creation presumably predated the general mood of revenge that permeated Israeli society following news that three Israeli teens had been abducted on June 12? What was this cell organised to do if not to harm Palestinians? And if this is the case, how can “insanity” apply to the group collectively and how can it be termed “temporary”?

I expect none of these questions to be addressed, let alone answered, in the trial – assuming, of course, we get one and this is not hushed up in a closed hearing at which they are committed to psychiatric care.

Instead, Israeli officials will doubtless assent to the deranged notion of “insanity” propagated by the far-right legal group, Honenu, defending the three suspects. It says:

Given the crazy, abnormal situation in the country, it’s natural that among the many people who approach us, some have been emotionally scarred by the security situation or by difficult personal circumstances and responded accordingly.

Remember, “accordingly” here refers to a decision to abduct a child, force-feed him a flammable liquid and then set him on fire. Maybe “insanity” in this case has a much wider application than just to three individuals.

July 14, 2014 - Posted by | Ethnic Cleansing, Racism, Zionism, Subjugation - Torture | , , , , ,

3 Comments »

  1. very usual

    Like

    Comment by Katia | July 14, 2014 | Reply

  2. What a joke is Israeli justice!
    Down with Israel!

    Like

    Comment by fafa313 | July 14, 2014 | Reply

  3. First things first:
    Ofcourse these 3 were insane at the time they abducted, tortured and burned a, live the 19-year old! I am not questioning nor doubting that!
    Why not?
    Well, no one with normal functioning braincells will do what these 3 did!

    Secondly, I do also have no doubt about the fact that these 3, and those who have and are supporting them and their actions, are completely insane!
    Nothing temporary about their insanity, it is a permanent insanity they “suffer” from!

    Thirdly, having established that these 3 and their supporters are insane, not of this world, and hardcore criminals, I think that the only punishment for these 3, and those supporting them, can be, and must be, incarceration in a closed mental hospital, without any possibility to be released from that institution ever again, in other words, they all should be pout in separate isolation cells, till their last breath!

    My opinion!

    Like

    Comment by masteradrian | July 14, 2014 | Reply


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: