Aharon Barak censured over comments on Arab human rights
Daniel Edelson
Published: 26.06.09, 11:38
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2. Just shows that he was unfit to lead the court
Ilan ,   Ariel   (06.26.09)
He feels that he is more free to express the political opinions he advanced while a judge, but only reinforces the need for a judicial system where not only the Left gets representation.
3. The Conflict Between Jewish and Secular Legality
Ariel Ben Yochanan ,   Kfar Tapuah, Efraim,   (06.26.09)
B"H Barak is the problem, not the solution. If the Democratic Republic of Israel was in - Uganda, let's say, I would have no problems with what he is saying and, doing. But it isn't there, on a neutral land. It is on the Land of Israel, a biblical, G-d given Jewish Holy Land, where we have no liberty to pick and chose between political and legal systems. Here, Torah Law applies. It is therefore either ignorance, arrogance or outright anti-Jewish sentiment to dismiss this fact as irrelevant and I don't know which is less devastating for the Jewish people and for the world as a whole. Let us not forget that peace comes to the world with the Jews living in peace, as Jews, on the Holy Land.
FO ,   Belgium   (06.26.09)
If Aharon Barak is as brilliant as a jurist as you claim, than he certainly knows (I hope) the existence of the "Mandate for Palestine" voted the 24th of July 1922, unanimously by all the members of the League of Nations, and joined by the US of America who was not a member of the League, as 52th nation. The "Mandate for Palestine" recognized the historical connection between Palestine and the Jewish people "and to the grounds for reconstituting their national home in that country". In clear: a STATE. The League gave the Jews the IRREVOCABLE RIGHT to settle in the area between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River, including the Golan Heights, a right unaltered in INTERNATIONAL LAW and valid to this day, due to Article 80 of the Charter of the United Nations. So the Brilliant Jurist Barak should know that there are no "occupied territories" by Israel, and that the presence of Israel in the "West Bank" (?) and the Golan Heights is according to the International Law.
5. Leftists will be the death of us all.
Terry ,   Eilat, Israel   (06.26.09)
And I mean that quite literally. Leftism is a mental disease.
6. #5-like a fungus feeding off of dead organic matter
Ypip ,   Canada   (06.26.09)
7. Wisdom out of office
Tom ,   Detroit   (06.26.09)
How come that Israeli politicians never reveal their wisdom while they are still in office?
8. Dear FO #4........................
Terry ,   Chicago, IL   (06.26.09)
May I ask why, in this twisted little world of ours, this artificial Jewish right to a Land allegedly promised to them by God overrides that of the people who owned the land? I mean, the way I see it: in 200-300 AD, the predominant majority of the Jews left the Holy Land (and their numbers in the latter only shrank with time) keeping only a handful residing there. Now, since then, Arabs lived there (with no friction whatsoever with the Jews) for many centuries- up until the illegal European immigrants drove the residents out. So please, stop with your "biblical right" BS. The Palestinians you've uprooted have more of a right to be there than you do- they have physical and family ties to the land, you have an ideological one.
9. Bottom of his heart
daat y ,   jerusalem   (06.26.09)
10. loyalty to Israel
Rabbi Lawrence E. Fi ,   Ft. Lauderdale, FL,   (06.26.09)
It's Haredim like Metzger & Sherman who should have to swear loyalty to the Jewish State. We need faithful Zionists in these positions. Why focus on the dangers of Israeli Arabs when treacherous Israeli Jews are wrecking our Jewish State?
11. Dear ignoramus #8
DM ,   Amsterdam   (06.26.09)
your last line is based on what? My grandparents are buried there, their names are: Avraham ben Terach, Yitzchak ben Avraham and Yaakov ben Yitzchak, and so on and so on... Yes they are mentioned in the Bible, did you know that? And where was Yishmael buried? Not in Eretz Yisrael was he? Its not even about who was their first cause many muslims think Palestine was created on the 1st day of creation....... Well guess what it was created by the Romans... Nobody was driven out by the Jews, if you know History you should also mention the many Arabs who came to the province Palestine to share a future with the Jews who brought wealth to the region. It was only after the Arabs attacked in 1947 when they were driven out, by there own Arab armies that is. No pity for them.
12. So please, Terry
ezra   (06.26.09)
The land was not "allegedly" promised to the Children of Israel, Open the Bible, the most ancient, revered and reliable text that humanity has, you'll see that the land is explicitly promised to Israel. Furthurmore " the way you see it" is that the Jews "left the Holy Land", while the Arabs who left in 48-49 were "driven out by the illegal European immigrants" as you call the homeless Jewish survivors of the Holcaust.. Your rhetoric reveals your anti-Jewish predjudice. You neglect to note that the majority of Jewish Israelis are descendants of refugees from Arab countries who drove them out of the homes they lived in for centuries. Try looking at things without your anti-Israel irrational distortions.
13. Jerusalem was conquered more than a dozen times, but
Bunnie Meyer ,   Los Angeles, CA USA   (06.26.09)
stolen land still belongs to the original owners, the Jews. And yes, America still belongs to the native Americans but the American government would rather see native Americans die than treat them with dignity. The arabs never treated Jews with dignity, now did they?
14. Chicago Terry
PW ,   Virginia USA   (06.26.09)
How foolish your propaganda sounds...First the vast majority of Arabs came to "Palestine" during the 1920's and 30's...They came from Egypt, Syria , Lebanon and other Arab locals for the work provided by the Jewish farms and the census figures from the British during those years for the true Mark Twain's "Pilgrims Progress" for a description of the land in the 1860's and your myth starts to fall apart...oh and by the way the Jews and also the Christians lived under draconian laws that made "Jim Crow " laws seem benign...
15. #8 Terry
Michael ,   New York, USA   (06.26.09)
Your ignorance of the facts is appalling. You should research before you spout nonsense. The "Arabs" were not there when the Jews were kicked out by the Romans. They didn't leave, they were forcibly kicked out. Secondly, much of the land of Israel was legally purchased with cold hard cash by Jews from Arabs over time beginning in the late 1800's. Are you saying what you say because of antisemitism? methinks so.
16. #8 Some advice to you..
Ram ,   London   (06.26.09)
which you will most probably not heed. The "facts" as you state them are fabricated history. You may convince the whole world that your revisionist statements are facts but this will never have any effect on the final result. That result is the fact that Jews will neither buy your BS nor will they be blackmailed into accepting it from the West. They KNOW the recorded historical fact going back millenia. So, "my advice" to you is to keep quiet so people may think you are clever instead of the hate filled ignoramus you project yourself to be here. Have a good weekend.
17. The Grand Ayatolla Aharon Barak has spoken.
Ariel ,   Europe   (06.26.09)
We're not that different from Iran, really. They've got Hamemei and Experts Coumcil as an ultimate bulwark of religious dictatorship; Israel has High Priest Aharon Barak and self-pererpetuating Supreme Court with unlimited powers to preserve the rule of present Israeli elites. So sad. Shabbat Shalom.
18. You are right, Terry # 5
FO ,   Belgium   (06.26.09)
Leftism is indeed a desease. Leftism opposed the League of Nations will to create a Jewish State as stated in the preamble of the resolutions called "The Mandate for Palestine" voted in London the 24th of July 1922. I quote: "Whereas recognition has thereby been given to the historical connection of the Jewish people with Palestine and to the grounds for REconstituting their national home in that country". Leftism collaborated with Britain the Mandatory of Palestine who breached Article 6 of the League's resolution by limiting jewish immigration into the country. Leftism wanted to prevent Jewish middle-class and Jabotinsky's supporters to enter the country. As wrote Moshe Shertok (Sharett), "give us the good, not the rabble." (The seventh Million by Tom Segev.) Britain breaching Article 6 still further, introducing the "White Paper III", intending to stop Jewish immigration totally. We are in 1939. Leftism is caught in its own trap. Leftism cannot deny its guilt in what was going to happen in Europe. So by all means the League's resolutions had to dissapear from all history and Zionist literature. At the Begin-Sadat Center at Bar-Ilan University Prime Minister Netanyahu said:"There are those who say that if the Holocaust had not occured, the state of Israel would never have been estalished. But I say that if the state of Israel would have been established earlier, the Holocaust would not have occured". In 1922 the League of Nations gave us on a golden plate the embryo of a state ! And who refused it ? The Left ! They came to Palestine as marxist to bring prosperity to th Arab masses, and not solve the Jewish problem in the world. Herzl's ideology was already long forgotten !
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