Frequent and rising Israeli settler attacks on Palestinians almost always go unpunished.Indeed, often, Israeli soldiers stand by and watch as Israeli settlers go on the rampage. The situation is so bad that a boy like Yousef Ikhlayl, 17, can be killed and there is no investigation or accountability.
So when an Israeli settler got sentenced to prison for torturing and abusing a Palestinian child, it was quite an event, as Haaretz reported:
According to Haaretz, "The send off was led by Bnei Akiva yeshivas head Rabbi Haim Drukman and Kiryat Arba Rabbi Dov Lior, Binyamin Council head Avi Ro’eh, his deputy Motti Yogev and MK [Knesset member] Arye Eldad."
The settler website, Israel National News posted video and a report of the party which featured live music, many children and families, and Struck himself (wearing a red shirt and a white scarf) warmly greeting people. In the video, supporters of Struck claim that "the judicial system believes the Arabs first." Itzak Shadmi, a settler leader, said that he was fundraising to support Struck’s family.
Neighbors & Friends Support Binyamin Resident Accused of ViolenceJudge: "disgust and deep shock" over Struck’s abuse of child
A Ynet story from March 2011, at the time of Struck’s conviction, goes into even greater detail about what the settler did:
This is not justiceI have no doubt that some propagandists will try to claim that the conviction and imprisonment of Struck – despite the events in "honor" of him – are some sort of vindication for the Israeli "justice" system.
Bear in mind that this incident occurred in 2007, and it has taken until 2012 for Struck to go to jail – amid lamentations – for a light sentence of 30 months for a horrible crime. And even this must be seen in a context where, according to the UN OCHA, "Over 90% of monitored complaints regarding settler violence filed by Palestinians with the Israeli police in recent years have been closed without indictment."
In the meantime, Zvi Struck is, at least for some prominent Israelis, a hero.