Jewish-American Teen Roughed-Up, Harrassed and Arrested by Israel for Voicing Solidarity with Palestinians
Israeli democracy, huh? Where speaking is a crime?
This is really incredible. This apparently took place on “Jersusalem Day,” where crowds of Israelis were chanting “death to Arabs” among other nice, moderate slogans.
The young man is 19-year old Lucas Koerner, a student at Tufts University. I don’t recall any press at the State Dept. press briefings asking about this. Yet when an American is arrested in almost any other country in the Middle East, they doggedly pursue it.
This is Koerner’s blog where he describes what happened. Here is an excerpt:
Suddenly, the police moved in without warning of any kind. Officers on horseback came so close to the sidewalk, nearly hitting some of the demonstrators. I stepped down from the pylon. In that instant, my impulse to flee was counteracted by the firm realization that, standing on a sidewalk waving a peace sign, I had every right to be there, and if I fled, who would stand with the Palestinians? I stepped back up on the pylon. Moments later, an Israeli police officer ran up, seized me, and dragged me to the other side of the street. He then punched me in the face, put me in a choke hold, and with four other officers, slammed me to the ground. I was eventually handcuffed and carried to the car; I allowed my body to go limp and refused to walk on my own in a gesture of nonviolent defiance. Throughout the whole affair, the only thing audible coming from the policemen was a constant stream of curses words, “motherfucker”, “piece of shit”, etc., which was to me a ringing confirmation of how infuriated and threatened they were by a 19-year old wearing a kippah and a keffiyeh standing with the Palestinians.
His blog says that his next blog post will be about his experience in the Israeli jail.
Now keep in mind, if this is how the Israeli authorities publicly treat a young American citizen who happens to be Jewish, imagine how they treat the Palestinians behind closed doors.