Tuesday, September 27, 2011

SOS Israel Group Campaign: Shoot at Rock Throwers


A new campaign calls on Israelis to shoot to kill when faced with rock throwing PA terrorists – and claims Netanyahu once felt the same.
By Maayana Miskin
First Publish: 9/27/2011, 12:47 PM

Hevron rock throwers.
Hevron rock throwers.
Israel news photo: Jewish residents of Hevron.
A new campaign is calling on Israelis to shoot to kill if they encounter deadly Palestinian Authority Arabs throwing rocks at drivers. Rocks were proven once again last week to be a lethal weapon when hurled at a driver.
The grassroots group behind the campaign, SOS-Israel, claims similar words were said in the past by none other than Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

The group kicked off its campaign over the Sabbath, just hours after rock throwing terrorists succeeded in murdering a young father and son near Kiryat Arba. The campaign used publications distributed in Judea and Samaria synagogues to urge the population to meet attacks with deadly force.

Included in the ads was a statement made by Netanyahu in 1989, as he returned to Israel following a term as Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations, at a time when rock throwing, with sometimes tragic results, was rampant.
The statement attributed to Netanyahu at the time, quoted in the headline of the dailyMaariv. is: “Shoot rock-throwers to kill.”

While Netanyahu no longer expresses support for that response, which some feel might stop stone throwers but might also mean a prison term for Jews who shoot and could lead Arabs to start large scale violence,  “We are continuing Netanyahu’s true legacy,” SOS-Israel activists said Tuesday.

SOS-Israel head Rabbi Shalom Dov Wolpe said, however, that firing on attackers will improve security. He noted the precept stated by Jewish sages of the Talmud, “When a person comes to kill you – rise early and kill them first.”