Ben Ehrenreich’s 10 Lies About Israel: #8 Courts and Prisons

EhrenriechNot content to merely write a love-letter to terrorists or advocate for the destruction of the world’s only Jewish State in his “news” articles, AsAJew Ben Ehrenreich recently wrote a “Cliff’s Notes” to the Arab-Israel conflict that, unsurprisingly is wrong on almost every level. Rather than let him get away with yet more lies that place all the blame on Israel, I decided to examine his “10 Points” and took them apart one by one.

For previous installments, see here.


8 Courts and Prisons

Despite his attempts to make it sound evil, it is perfectly normal for two separate nations to live under separate laws. That is in fact that natural order of international affairs. Palestinians do not live under “martial law,” 95-99% of them live under Palestinian Authority civil law. If they break the law, they are usually tried under military law in a similar way that terrorists caught in Afghanistan by the US military are tried by military courts in Guantanamo. Is it a perfect system? Of course not, but until the Palestinians agree to peace with the Jewish State it is hard to imagine another system that would adequately protect against terrorism.

On average, 60% of Palestinians support suicide bombings against civilians and said it was “morally right” to honor them by naming streets after them. What’s more, support often jumped after successful, deadly attacks to as high as 85%! Given this widespread support for terrorism, is it any wonder then that nearly all Palestinians have a relative in prison and nearly 40% of all Palestinian men have been detained at one point? But you wouldn’t know any of this from reading Ehrenreich’s “10 points.”

Numbers of Palestinian prisoners are given in a sterile manner, with no indication for why they might be there in the first place. There is no mention of the stark rise in prisoners, both in administrative detention and otherwise, that came with the rise of the stabbing intifada. What’s more, those who scream about administrative detention in Israel are completely silent about its use by other countries. In 2011, when there were 307 prisoners in administrative detention in Israel there were 11,345 such prisoners just next door in Jordan. But the fact that there were nearly 37 times as many such prisoners in Jordan never seemed to bother anyone, despite the fact that many if not most of those prisoners were Palestinian as well.

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