Israel Aiming Punitive Measures At Soft Targets

RAMALLAH, Apr 5, 2011 (IPS) – As the international community becomes increasingly critical of Israel’s discriminatory treatment of Israeli-Arabs and the brutal occupation in the Palestinian West Bank, the Israeli authorities are venting their anger against soft targets such as Arab-Israeli parliamentarians and Palestinian and Israeli non-violent peace activists.The majority of Knesset (Israeli parliament) members recently voted in favour of stripping Israel-Arab Knesset member Haneen Zoabi of her parliamentary privileges following her participation in the ill-fated Mavi Marmara flotilla to Gaza last year.
The flotilla tried to break Israel’s crippling siege on the Gaza Strip.
Nine people were shot dead — some of them at point-blank range — by Israeli commandos after some of the passenge…

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