The writer is director of Israel Resource News Agency and heads the Center for Near East Policy Research, author of Genesis of the Palestinian Authority and Roadblock to Peace: How the UN Perpetuates the Arab-Israeli Conflict: UNRWA Policies Reconsidered.
The media in Israel on August 18 devoted a day of news stories to the abuse of a “stun gun”, something like an electric cattle prod and known as a taser gun, in the arrest of Boaz Albert
on Thursday night,August 15.
The media missed the real story:
An Israeli citizen, Boaz Albert, a resident of Yitzhar in Northern Samaria, wrote articles which angered the IDF Central Region Commander, Gen. Nitzan Alon.
Alon used arbitrary military power at his disposal to order Boaz to leave his wife and children for the next six months.
The response of Boaz Albert was to say that if he had done something illegal or said something illegal, then please serve him with an indictment, and that he would show up in a court of law to defend himself.
Instead, General Nitzan Alon dispatched a crack anti-terror squad to break into Alpert’s home
Alon’s tough guys threw Alpert to the ground and detained him by shooting a stun gun at point blank range at Albert, in the presence of his children.
Damage to Albert’s children will be felt for many years.
The issue at hand is the arbitrary military power in the hands of General Nitzan Alon, which Alon can use against any resident, Jew or Arab, who lives under Alon’s jurisdiction in Judea and Samaria.
Until military law in Judea and Samaria replaced by civilian law, Israeli officials like General Nitzan Alon can use the power at their disposal to violate the civil liberties of anyone they choose to, while ignoring due process that every human being should benefit from.
Today, every civil liberties and human rights group should demand the removal of Nitzan Alon from his position, in the name of free speech and due process.