Peace Now’s Tweet ‘Supports Terror on Israel’

March 25, 2014  

Yariv Oppenheimer, director of the far-left group Peace Now, is in hot water for his Twitter comments on the IDF’s fatal shooting of an Arab terrorist last Wednesday.

The terrorist, identified by Ma’an News Agency as 19-year-old Yousef Shawamrah, but reported in other sources as 15-years-old, was shot while sabotaging Israel’s security fence near Hevron with two accomplices. Shawamrah ignored IDF soldiers’ commands to stop and warning shots in the air, leading them to eventually shoot him, inflicting a wound he later died of at Soroka Hospital in Be’er Sheva.

Regardless of the context, Oppenheimer opined on Twitter “another unarmed Palestinian child was killed today by soldiers’ fire at the fence. If he isn’t Israeli or at least a Jordanian judge, it doesn’t matter to anyone.”

The tweet, with its whitewashing of Shawamrah’s activities, sparked ire among dozens of internet users who wrote back sharp responses.

“According to your status it was some child walking on the street who was shot by a cruel IDF sniper,” remarked one user, with another noting “to write that someone was sentenced to death without writing the reason is unethical; your being a leftist requires you to make unethical and one-sided statuses.”

“Oppenheimer supports terror against Israel”

Sagi Kaisler, director of the Shomron (Samaria) Residents’ Committee whose Samaria home was destroyed by the IDF Civil Administration, added his condemnation to the Twitter status.

“Right after Purim Oppenheimer took off the mask,” responded Kaisler. “What he wrote proves he supports terror against Israel. When his hollow arguments run out he moves to falsification and lies. Anything in order to slander the IDF and the state of Israel.”

Aside from Oppenheimer, Shawamrah’s terror activities were also erased by the man’s brother, Abed Shawamrah, who claimed to AFP that he wasn’t breaching the security fence when shot, but rather picking gundelia, a thistle-type plant used in cooking.

The alibi was made further questionable by the fact that gundelia was declared a protected species in 2005. An Arab resident of northern Israel was fined 6,000 shekels (roughly $1,700) last June for picking the plant, and ordered to stay several hundred meters away from the plants for two years on penalty of jail time.

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