Imagine If…

Struck smiles as he is charged with torturing a Palestinian youth

If a 15-year-old African-American minor was abducted by a 28 year white man – after chasing the youth down in an open field in an ATV; if the man had stripped the youth and beat him with the butt of a rifle; if all this happened after the same white man slapped the youth and killed the newborn puppy of the black youth in a separate incident; if such a heinous, racially motivated crime occurred in the United States – reminiscent of the darkest times of Jim Crow – the American people would react with complete disgust, anger and bewilderment that such racist cruelty could still exist. Presumably, the man would be thrown in jail for a long time:

  • Kidnapping in the first degree is a class A felony and brings a punishment of up to 30 years in prison
  • Aggravated battery is a class B felony and can result in a fine of $20,000 and probation or up to 10 years in prison. Elevated aggravated assault would earn up to 40 years in prison and a fine of $50,000
  • Intent to cause grievous bodily harm brings a prison sentence of between 6-30  years, a fine of up to $10,000 and up to five year probation
  • Three counts of assault – a class D felony – would land the man in prison for three years and slap him with a $30,000 fine.

All told the maximum sentence could be somewhere around 100 years in prison and a fine of over $100,000. Now imagine that the youth woke up woke up – after being beaten unconscious – and found himself naked, bound, injured and alone in the middle of a field. Presumably, such disgusting, racially motivated crimes would be harshly punished in the United States. As a democracy that holds equality as a core principle, such crimes would be universally condemned and the perpetrator would likely face the maximum sentence.

Now flash to Israel, where a 28 year old settler named Zvi Struck was convicted of this exact crime. In an initial confrontation, Struck slapped the 15-year-old Palestinian victim and killed the boy’s baby goat by kicking the animal. In a subsequent confrontation – on Palestinian land – Struck chased down the boy from the village of Kusra in his All-Terrain Vehicle and kidnapped him, beat him and left him unconscious and tied up in a field. The judge in the case noted that Struck undoubtedly harmed the 15-year-old in a “grievous manner” and that he “reviewed the medical records and the difficult photographs that were taken of the complainant immediately after the event, and I cannot avoid expressing disgust and deep shock over the signs of terrible trauma that the minor suffered.”

After being convicted of these crimes, Struck requested a lenient sentence from the judge because the man who kidnapped, beat and tortured a 15-year-old Palestinian claimed to be a “law-abiding citizen with no prior convictions.” The judge after being overwhelmed by the physical evidence pointing at Struck handed down a sentence – not of 100 years in prison and not a $100,000 fine – of 18 months imprisonment, 1 year of probation and a fine of 50,000 NIS ($14,100).

In the United States, such a crime would be met with a public outcry demanding justice for the assaulted and tortured boy. The criminal responsible would see his face and name rightfully tarnished for years behind the bars of an unforgiving jail cell. In the United States, 18 months in prison is hardly fair for one of the charges that Struck was charged with, much less all four. But Struck did not commit his racially motivated crimes in the United States. He is a settler in Palestine, convicted by Israeli courts that rarely convict settlers of any crimes. Yesh Din, an Israeli Human Rights Organization, recently reported that 90% of complaints filed by Palestinians against Israeli citizens are dismissed. In this context, it is a miracle that Struck was convicted at all.

Unfortunately, Struck is not the only case. Settler violence is common and unlimited. Moreover, this sort of settler terrorism is not only granted general immunity by the Israeli courts (Struck’s rare case aside), but it is committed under the watchful eyes of the Israeli military and is becoming increasingly popular among Israelis. In a Ynet-Gersher survey, 46% of the 504 Israelis polled supported settler terrorism under the guise of ‘price tag violence;’ only 33% said that such terror was never acceptable.

Imagine if this happened in your town and you saw the perpetrator that tortured a youth smiling in the paper. What would your reaction be, knowing that this smiling, smug terrorist would soon be released back into the community? If it was your son that was kidnapped and tortured, and you saw this man smiling in the courtroom, would you consider 18 months in prison to be an appropriate sentence?

Photo from Ynet

Posted by Chris AT


  1. geo1671 said,

    March 29, 2011 at 12:12

    What’s the dif,when American soldiers/politicians do the same to Muslims/Arabs and get charged and all get off scott free? :^(

  2. Sober said,

    March 29, 2011 at 17:55

    I condemn his action.. nonetheless as geo1671 said, American acts the same.. Libyan, Egyptian, Syrian all act the same.. and as far as I know the American Justice system did NOT help to bring peace OR to reduce US crime.. on the contrary.. US has the biggest incarceration rate in the western world..

  3. Eddie said,

    March 29, 2011 at 18:09

    IF, Israel wanted peace, it would FLOOD Concentration Camp GAZA with food and healthy economic activity. Did America launch massive assaults and shoot Black American Women and Children dead in the streets or use Jet Fighters and launch Artillery and Missiles into CIVILIAN areas? NO! Israel does so because Israel wants Ethnic Cleansing, NOT peace. Where is Israel’s Recognition of the PALESTINIAN’S RIGHT to EXIST!? Israel demands the Palestinians “repudiate” this and that …Does Israel REPUDIATE the TORAH???? Israel was White RACIST, APARTHEID, South Africa’s ONLY ally, trading weapons, torture techniques, NUCLEAR TECHNOLOGY, with them. Today Israel continues Racist APARTHEID with it’s wall. Israel enforces laws that are straight out of Nazi Germany such as Palestinians must have different colored ID cards and license plates, JUST like the yellow stars the Jews WAIL about having to wear. Palestinians have to use separate roads, IDENTICAL to Black OR Whites Only drinking faucets.
    Israel and South Africa were virtually twinned as military allies for Pretoria helped supply Israel militarily in the immediacy of its 1973 setback and Israel came to support apartheid South Africa at the height of sanctions with weaponry and technology – from naval ships and the conversion of supersonic fighter planes to assistance in building six nuclear bombs and the creation of a thriving arms industry. Israel resembles apartheid South Africa at its zenith – even surpassing its brutality, house demolitions, removal of communities, targeted assassinations, massacres, imprisonment and torture of its opponents and the aggression against neighbouring states.
    Israel just PRETENDS to care about African Americans (but look how Israel treats Blacks at home), so they can STEAL the taxdollars that SHOULD have been repairing schools and infrastructure and providing police protection in the Cities. Year after year BILLIONS of African American Tax dollars buy more APARTHEID-suppression for the NATIVE PEOPLE of PALESTINE instead of improving life for the Black American People who earned those dollars.
    “It is unacceptable that nations made up of people who have only just come down from the trees should take themselves for world leaders . . . How can such primitive beings have an opinion of their own?” – Yitzhak Shamir, in reference to the black African nations who voted in support of the 1975 U.N. resolution, which denounced Zionism as a form of racism, in Yediot Ahronot, November 14, 1975.

    Thu, 26 Aug 2010 20:15 CDT © Jewish Middlesex
    Ethiopian Jewish student – not allowed to study at new school
    Several months ago, a religious school in the illegal Israeli settlement of Immanuel was criticized for segregating white Jewish students from non-white Jewish students in classes. Originally, the school was fined for this policy of racial segregation, because the school was state funded. Now, the Israeli education ministry has agreed with the white parents’ request to allow the school to continue with its racial discrimination under private funding.
    There is no law preventing racial discrimination by priyvate organizations, even schools, in Israel.
    The Israeli court has interpreted these laws to also apply to illegal West bank settlements, like Immanuel, which are located in areas that are supposed to be under Palestinian control. The Palestinian Authority does not allow racial discrimination, but due to the Israeli military occupation of the Palestinian Territories, it has no authority over the area in question. 74 white girls who have been studying in a building next to the school will now be allowed to study in whites-only classrooms that are privately funded, as their parents claim they do not want their girls to study in racially-mixed classrooms.

  4. Rampaging Manatee said,

    March 29, 2011 at 18:17

    To me, this is more an indictment of the information apparatus than Zvi Struck. We’re taught black people are to be treated with respect and we’re taught Palestinian kids are sub-human terrorists. Yes, Zvi Struck showed he can be a monster, but it was all systematically designed with lies and hatred spread by politicians and media to feed their own insatiable greed. To an extent, Mr. Struck is also a victim. He is a prisoner to his own hatred. Thanks to websites like this, we can acquire the tools to set more people free. Peace.

  5. Saladin said,

    March 29, 2011 at 18:22

    It’s true, racially motivated crimes are severely punished here in the states and the perp is a pariah forever, and the irony is that it’s the ADL that helped make this type of crime so grievous, go figure. I guess what applies to Americana does not apply to God’s Chosen People.

  6. Warrior said,

    March 29, 2011 at 18:38

    Great post! Keep up the great work! I’m surprised the settler was not awarded a cash bonus and a new car for his efforts! The whole “we are superior” mentality by these religious kooks is horrible. The hate, racism and violence exhibited by the settlers; ie-physical violence, destruction of old groth olive groves and the taunting of the youth by the so called devout jews is unbelievable!

  7. March 29, 2011 at 19:42

    Many people seem to engage in this type of heinous actions, and yes it does matter that “so” everyone does it attitude is the whole damn problem.

    Two wrongs don’t make a right. No one is right when many are wrong.

    This, this is the whole damn problem in the first place and the cycle of violence to continues. NO, have you seen the pictures of those poor Arabs those monster Settlers, skinned alive, skinned alive. I have and if it were you, it would not be OK.

    Book Em Dano, should have been the answer to all this for many years.
    I don ‘t give a damn who does it and when they see their sorry butts being hauled off for long periods of time, it would end this non sense. Yes, it leads to lawlessness.

    You know. I just can’t see why it would take someone looking someone straight in the eye and saying you do that I will nail you to the wall so hard you won’t know what hit you, every damn time. Apparently it does with some, left free they behave like animals.

    I do not care what anyone says, those people mattered and I do not care what skin color you are and no, it is not OK and left unchecked it may include you someday and you should have cared enough to put up a fight for those poor people. Its just the right thing to do. It does not matter what anyone else does, you do the right damn thing.

    Its just that simple dammit.

    Another installment from “Gods Chosen” (not the sarcasm). I am a Christian and many “so called” Christians (note the damn sarcasm) support this. Jesus will send those who do and support these things to his permanent city joint hell.

    There will literally be hell to pay
    There is no other option


    This has got to stop: Note to all you so called Christians and it will, God told me so – That leaves you in a really bad position. YOU had better stop and think for a change and get it right for a change dammit. People are dying and being brutalized with you help. Do you cretins get anything right? Your in a damn pulpit. Jesus also gets a really bad rep with your help, that is not going to make a happy God, angry. All from your damn lies.


    Its not right, it just ain’t right

    Its not that hard, this is not rocket science dammit.

  8. J Rouch, san jose, ca said,

    March 29, 2011 at 19:45

    If I was that 15 year old Palestinian, I know what I would be doing in 18 months.

  9. Luath said,

    March 29, 2011 at 20:02

    I don’t believe that such a crime would cause any sort of outcry by americans were it to occur in the usa, such is my “faith” in them. I think they would engage in some obligatory “mock-shock”, then go right back to living their pitiful lives. I don’t believe it would move them to any sort of real outcry. Why do I believe this? Witness the lack of concern, unless of course it involves them personally.

  10. James said,

    March 29, 2011 at 20:23

    I don’t want to wait for “god” to deal with these filthy bastards. How immoral does a group of people have to get before we prevent them from doing more harm? It seems to me that us westerners are all worshipping the golden calf. This filth cannot go on much longer. Yes I’m referring to the self described chosen ones. They are actually chosen by satan.

  11. mick said,

    March 29, 2011 at 20:28

    “No fly Zone ” for Gaza ,why not ?

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