Daily Israel Report

Op-Ed: Collective Punishment

There is a form of collective punishment for terror acts that the writer claims is morally justified.
Published: Tuesday, September 24, 2013 9:35 AM



An Israeli soldier, a young, wonderful and smiling Jew, was abducted and executed in Qalqilya by despicable Arabs. Monsters wanted to use the body of that Jew to release another monster jailed in Israel.

During th first Intifada, Arab terrorists from Qalqilya burned Ofra Moses and her small children to death. It was not different from a pogrom.

And it was nothing new. In the years following the creation of the State of Israel, the town of Qalkilya was one of the worst vipers’ nests of Arab genocidal passions.

In 2006 another Jew was torched and dismembered in Qalqilya. His name was Daniel Yaakovi, he was a doctor from the nearby "settlement" of Yakir.

"This is a message of fire -- a burning message to the occupation. Killing, burning and fire", Fatah's armed wing claimed after the killing. Another Jew had been  turned into a burned corpse by Qalqilya's terrorists.

Qalqilya is a strategic town 12 miles distant from Tel Aviv and less than five minutes from Kfar Saba. Qalqilya is not like more isolated Nablus (Shechem), it is shoulder to shoulder with the pre-1967 Israeli towns.

The city has been called the “Paradise Hotel”, because it was used by suicide terrorists as the jumping off point into Israel.

You don't become "the terrorists' hub", as Qalqilya has been named, without the complicity of the local population and infrastructures. The Palestinian Arabs aren’t
Israel should also erase the houses of the terrorists, confiscate their properties and deport their families.
hostages; they chose terrorism freely, they love killing Jews, so must live with the consequences.

Terror is a collective punishment, Israel's answer to it must include collective punishment.

Israel should flatten entire neighborhoods of Qalqilya if its Arab residents destroy innocent Jewish lives as happened last week.

Israel should also erase the houses of the terrorists, confiscate their properties and deport their families.

This is what the Allies did during the war, when they didn't hesitate to impose a collective punishment on the German and Japanese people (Dresden was levelled), while today we like to believe that the State of Israel is facing "individual murderers" and unorganized "fanatics", and must pardon the Islamic society that nurtures them.

The Arab population of Judea, Samaria and Gaza living in the communities that spawn repeated terror is responsible for that Muslim terrorism. Collective punishment of that population by Israel  - when administered in proportion to the evils it is meant to combat - is justified.

When terrorism is perpetrated against the Jewish people, it is justified to wage war against the population from which the terrorists emerged, and that sometimes includes harming civilians who did not actively participate in the terrorist acts themselves.

It doesn't mean the taking of human lives, but destroying properties and morally subjugating the environment that supports them. This is deterrence.

Protection of human life from barbaric terrorism comes before political correctness. This is what I would say to Israel's leaders if I were the father of Tomer Hazan or Daniel Yaakovi.