To end anti-Arab violence, stop freeing terrorists

When courts can’t punish killers, societies lose their ability to divert revenge into legal channels.

September 8, 2014 17:44

An Islamic jihad terrorist. (photo credit: REUTERS)


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With the Gaza war finally over, attention is returning to a problem that the fighting temporarily pushed aside: the worrying surge in anti-Arab violence, whose worst but by no means only manifestation was July’s horrific revenge killing of teenager Mohammed Abu Khdeir by Jews. Education Minister Shay Piron has ordered schools to devote class time to coexistence and combating racism. President Reuven Rivlin is working on his own program to combat violence. Police are cracking down on anti-Arab incitement.  All these are worthy initiatives.

Yet if Israel is serious about combating anti-Arab violence, there’s something else it has to do: stop giving Arab terrorists a get-out-of-jail-free card. Clearly, wholesale releases of Arab prisoners who murdered Jews don’t justify Jewish attacks on Arabs. But they do make such violence harder to prevent. 


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