Thursday, December 22, 2005

What if...?

What if...?

Keep that question in your mind while reading the following news story:

Pro-Palestinian Brit refuses to leave
A British citizen and member of the pro-Palestinian International Solidarity Movement, arrested a month ago after allegedly assaulting a soldier in Hebron, cannot be deported from Israel despite being considered a security risk, The Jerusalem Post has learned.

Andrew Macdonald, a 31-year-old Glasgow native, has spent the past three weeks in a detention center in the south awaiting deportation. Police confirmed on Wednesday that they were unable to deport Macdonald due to his refusal to board a Scotland-bound plane and his alleged threats to disrupt the flight...

"If Macdonald doesn't want to be deported than he will just have to stay in prison," police said. "We have repeatedly offered him to take a flight home but he refuses and there is nothing we can do about it."

"I will not agree to get on a plane," he said. "I am refusing the deportation since the Israeli military arrested me outside the borders of Israel in the West Bank and transferred me to their country. This doesn't happen anywhere else in the world."

What if... Andrew Macdonald was a Jew?

What if... Andrew Macdonald was a Jew who lived in Yesha (Judea, Samaria & Aza)?

What if... Andrew Macdonald was a Jew who lived in Yesha, in an area that the Government of Israel had decided to "disengage" from?

What if... Andrew Macdonald was a Jew who lived in Yesha, in an area that the Government of Israel had decided to "disengage" from, and yet he refused to leave?

Does anyone truly believe that if Andrew Macdonald was a Jew who lived in Yesha, in an area that the Government of Israel had decided to "disengage" from, and yet he refused to leave, that the Government of Israel would simply throw up its hands in frustration?

Can you imagine the following scenarios taking place:

IDF Soldier: Andrew (the Jew), we have orders that we must carry out. It's time for you to leave your home and come with us.

Andrew (the Jew): No. I refuse. If you try to make me leave my home against my will, I will cause trouble.

IDF Soldier: Ok. You can stay.

Or, how about this twist:

IDF Soldier: Andrew (the Jew), we have orders that we must carry out. It's time for you to leave your home and come with us.

Andrew (the Jew): No. I am refusing the deportation since you are acting outside the borders of the State of Israel.

IDF Soldier: Ok.

IDF Soldier (speaking to his commanding officer): We have repeatedly offered him a chance to leave his home but he refuses and there is nothing we can do about it.

Commanding Officer: Ok.

Of course, Andrew Macdonald isn't a Jew who lives in Yesha, in an area that the Government of Israel had decided to "disengage" from.

On the contrary.

Andrew Macdonald is an enemy of the Jewish State and People, an ally to her enemies - the "Palestinians" - and as such, the Government of Israel is powerless to act against him.

Makes perfect sense to me.



7 Comments:

They're not helpless. He is in jail. He likes jail, leave him there.

By Blogger lisoosh, at Fri Dec 23, 12:15:00 AM GMT+2  

The point isn't that we're helpless. It's that MacDonald - unlike settlers like you and me - can't just be put into a bus and sent elsewhere. He'd have to be deported by air, and having someone unwilling and disruptive on board an airplane can be dangerous.

I think you're trying to make a non-entirely-appropriate political point out of a decision that was made on purely practical - and correct - grounds.

By Blogger Don Radlauer, at Fri Dec 23, 12:34:00 AM GMT+2  

Nice try for irony but here is the difference. Anyone who would have stayed in disengaged areas would have their heads chopped off by now by the practioners of the religion of peace. Luckily for mcdonald he will get to keep his head in Prison.

By Anonymous leffingstn, at Fri Dec 23, 02:09:00 AM GMT+2  

Lisoosh... they don't want him in jail - they want him out, gone, somewhere else. He's only sittin in jail b/c they aren't willing to take the steps needed to get rid of the guy - it's out of weakness that he sits in jail on our dime...

Don, Israel had every right to deport the guy - he does not have a right to be here - he violated the term that he agreed to when he entered the country, and Israel has every right to get rid of him.

Whats the big deal of handcuffing the guy to his seat, maybe giving him a sleeping pill - the glight is only a few hours... Or, if he likes the Arabs so much, drop him in Lebanon, or Egypt, or Syria, and let him hang out there...

By Blogger Ze'ev, at Fri Dec 23, 08:33:00 AM GMT+2  

Just do what they did to all the hamasnikim in '93: put him on the other side of the fence.

This guy sounds about as smart as rachel Corrie, the girl run over by the bulldozer three years ago. Here's. a link to the cartoon by Daniel Freidman of the Diamondback

By Blogger Jerusalemcop, at Sun Dec 25, 08:25:00 AM GMT+2  

Ze'ev- this is an international law-related issue, and the solutions you depict are unworkable- this incident is neither about weakness nor anti-semitism on the part of the government against the former residents of Gush Katif.

By Blogger tafka PP, at Sun Dec 25, 02:34:00 PM GMT+2  

JCop,

And after you publicise sensitive and understanding cartoons like that about someone who died tragically, I am sure it is completely reasonable to expect the public's sympathy for the cause of the settlers.

By Anonymous H, at Mon Dec 26, 03:34:00 PM GMT+2  

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