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June 20, 2017
      Israel / Palestine: rudimentary and outrageous moral problems as well as human rights violations continue to undermine Israel's authority. In 2016 the appointment of Rabbi Col. Eyal Karim as chief rabbi of Israeli forces was challenged for his alleged approval by implication of the rape of non-Jewish women by Israeli soldiers. The given reason was improvement of morale. The 2002 source quotation for his implication permits sexual intercourse with gentile women to boost morale, in extremes. The statement is racist and sexist, but use of the word 'intercourse' doesn't provably extend to rape, and the rabbi subsequently denied any intention of condoning rape. The problem remains in the context of the questioning and the concept of "everybody knows what he means." Responding to a question which used the example of rape, the rabbi's statement did not forbid rape. According to Wikipedia he had also declared against the inclusion of women in the military except in extremes, had found women unreliable in court, referred to gays as "sick or deformed" (yet to be regarded with love), and thought Palestinians should be treated as animals. He was also against vigilantism. The appointment was confirmed. In another instance of innuendo, Knesset member Bezalel Smotrich is reported to have shared with a Zionist conference his three options for Palestinians: to leave, to remain as 2nd class citizens, to continue to resist and "the Israel Defense Forces will know what to do." This has been interpreted by some as an invitation to genocide. Also to be noted: Luis Moreno Ocampo formerly of the ICC has declared Israel guilty of a war crime for its expansion of settlements on the West Bank. Also to be noted: in January 2017 former Israeli foreign minister Tzipi Livni, cancelled a trip to Brussels and avoided possible arrest for war crimes committed under "Operation Cast Lead" (Israel's action against Gaza December 2008 to January 2009 when Livni was acting Prime Minister and foreign minister). Israel's military action killed 1700 Palestinians and 13 Israelis. Currently the Swiss Attorney General is considering charges against her be brought in Switzerland. Also to be noted: the Bedouin village of Al-Araqib in the Negev region was bulldozed for the 113th time although it has been continually rebuilt since 2010 by the people who live there. About 80,000 Bedouins live in Negev communities, many without state services - ie. water (see previous). Night's Lantern carries an ongoing genocide warning for all Palestinians, Gazans and Bedouins.    Partial sources online: "New IDF Chief Rabbi Says Soldiers Can Rape Arab Women To Boost Morale," Matt Agorist, July 12, 2016, Mint Press News; "High Court freezes IDF chief rabbi nomination over rape comments," Marissa Newman, Nov. 21, 2016, The Times of Israel "Rabbi Eyal Karim sworn in as IDF chief rabbi," Jeremy Sharon, Dec. 1, 2016, Jerusalem Post; "Former ICC Official Says Israel Will Be Convicted of War Crimes," Middle East Monitor, May 31, 2017, Middle East Monitor; "War Crimes Suit Filed in Switzerland against Former Israeli Minister," Simon Bradley, May 31, 2017, SWI; "The Israeli Lawmaker Heralding Genocide Against Palestinians," Daniel Blatman, June 12, 2017, Haaretz; "Negev: Israel razes Palestinian village for 113th time," Patrick Strickland, May 18, 2017, Al Jazeera.

- J.B.Gerald, Gerald and Maas

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