Human rights NGOs condemn Israel for arresting Jews who ate on Tisha B’Av fast day!*

(Editor’s note: I had to make a few ‘minor’ revisions to my original story.)

Israeli Palestinian Authority police arrested six Jews Muslims in Jerusalem Nablus and Jericho for publicly eating on the fast of Tisha B’Av Ramadan.

One Jew Muslim was sentenced to one month in prison by Israeli courts the PA.

Breaking religious fasts are prohibited in Israel many Arab and Muslim countries, with legal penalties varying from fines to short prison terms. According to Israeli law article 274 of the Palestinian penal code, citizens who violate Tisha B’Av Ramadan by eating in public risk up to one month in prison or a fine of the equivalent of $21.

In addition, Israeli religious authorities Chairman of the PA Supreme Court for Shari’ah Law said Israeli PA law should prohibit even non-Jews non-Muslims and those who cannot fast for health reasons from eating in public during the month. Israel’s Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Yona Metzger Sheikh Yusuf Ida’is explained: “Our streets are Jewish Islamic,” and formal legislation should be enacted to “severely punish” anyone who eats publicly during Tisha B’Av or Yom Kippur Ramadan. 

Rabbi Metzger Sheikh Yusuf Ida’is told Israeli Palestinian TV that Tisha B’Av Ramadan offenders should be jailed as a warning to others.

“I call upon others to be considerate of Jews’ Muslims’ feelings,” Metzger Ida’is added, asking non-Jewish non-Muslim Israelis Palestinians to refrain from eating in public on the holiday as well.

The Guardian devoted considerable coverage to ignored the Israeli Palestinians’ egregious violation of religious freedom.

Several human rights NGOs announced that they will issue a special report turn a blind eye to such anti-democratic and illiberal laws in Israel the Palestinian Authority.

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  1. Brilliantly done.

    This double standard symptomatic of why the Jewish love affair with the left has ended. About time. The Arab and Muslim world human rights often gets overlooked by the left ironically at the longterm detriment of the very people they seek to not offend. The left has lost it’s way.

  2. Adam I am not the brightest bulb in the chandelier but I don’t get the point. Most, ok let’s say all, Arab regimes suck. The PA sucks along with the rest of them, probably worse than most.

    Having got that off our chest, what now ?

    • RZ – you have at least shown some self-awareness (not the brightest bulb in the chanelier indeed) and should be congratulated for that. Let me spell it out for you.

      1. The PA arrested and imprisoned people for eating in public during Ramadan and Islamic religious authorities called for yet more draconian laws that would bind non-Muslims as well as Muslims.

      2. The Guardian and the many NGOs active in the area say – precisely nothing.

      3. If Israel had enforced Jewish religious law in a similar manner, or Jewish religious leaders had made similar statements, the Guardian would have thundered, the NGOs would have roared and the UN would have condemned.

      4. Just to really rub it in, the point is – this shows the shocking hypocricy and lack of balance in the Western “liberal” media and the one-eyed attitude of all the “human rights” organisations. No matter how racist, apartheid-like and supremacist the Palestinian authorities are, they are never accused of such. Instead, it is democratic, pluralistic, tolerant Israel that gets shackled with these labels.

      Get it now?

    • After reading your posts in the Jewish Chronicle on Jonathan Hoffman’s blog I can’t do anything else but to support your self evaluation adding that it is a typical British understatement. You modestly assert that you are not the brightest bulb in the chandelier, I would define your mental status a bit differently, you are a psychopathetic stalker who should be under the supervision of the police or guarded in a closed institution. That you with your obviously extremely limited intellect can’t understand the reason behind this article is absolutely understandable don’t worry about it for a second.

  3. This nicely illustrates the way that what the Guardian does not publish shows how they view things.