..If 100 settlements will exist -- and they will -- between Nablus and Jerusalem, all the Arabs will be able to do about it is to scurry around like drugged cockroaches in a bottle, then-Chief of Staff Rafael Eitan said in 1984. He was talking about the occupied territories, but in Israel itself the matter has already been tested on Arab citizens.
The recipe is simple: Keep the Arabs, who are citizens with equal rights of course, cooped up in their cities. The available space will gradually shrink because of land expropriations by the state. Unauthorized construction will be rampant because there is no master plan. And in the absence of proper zoning and land allocation, the woodshop will be near the bedroom, the welding workshop will be near the kitchen and the falafel stand will be in the middle of the street.
All open space, including green spaces, will become a concrete mass. A son needs to build a home? No problem, just build a concrete roof between the stairs and whats left of the yard, and voila -- the boy has a roof over his head. And if the son gets fed up and seeks to live somewhere a bit more humane, Carmiel, for example, then hes a squatter. Dont even dream of applying to live in a cooperative community. The Zionist Revolutionary Guards will make sure to eject -- legally, of course -- any Arab who seeks a spot of green.
What is the role of the police in all this? Simple to leave the Arabs to stew in their own juices, as Eitan said -- drugged cockroaches in a bottle. To fight over every building lot or parking space. And when the central government absents itself, every petty criminal is king. As the Lebanese artist Ziad Rahbani wrote, We have such a country, that a child can shut down a neighborhood.
They claim that crime is not addressed because Arabs dont cooperate with the police. This is what a helpless Arab must do in order to fight crime: When filing a complaint, he must bring along witnesses and proof. In the future, so Ive heard, hell be asked to catch the perpetrator as well. As we all know, in Jewish neighborhoods everyone is Superman. Our Jewish brothers bring in the perpetrators, in handcuffs and ankle restraints, together with a signed confession. Only a racist who genuinely wants to see citizens scurrying like drugged cockroaches in a bottle could come up with such crap.
The police refrain from publishing the data on Arab murder victims, and no wonder: The number alone is a scathing indictment of the failure to protect Arab lives. By one count, 1,000 Arabs in Israel were murdered between 2000 and 2015. The problem is that there are a lot of victims but no murderers. And when the murderer isnt caught, the murders are likely to continue. Only a police force that views citizens as its enemies behaves like this. In Kafr Qasem alone there have been six murders in two months without a single indictment. ..continues..