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    Israel has 2 Standards of Justice for Jews and Palestinians, US Ambassador Says

    Israeli settler boys throw stones during clashes with Palestinians after a stabbing attack outside the Jewish settlement of Kiryat Arba in the West Bank, Friday, Oct. 9, 2015.
    Israeli settler boys throw stones during clashes with Palestinians after a stabbing attack outside the Jewish settlement of Kiryat Arba in the West Bank, Friday, Oct. 9, 2015.
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    U.S. ambassador to Israel Daniel Shapiro accused Israel on Monday of having separate standards of justice for Jews and Palestinians.

    Shapiro said at a security conference in Tel Aviv that what he called too much Jewish vigilantism goes unchecked by Israel.

    "Too many attacks on Palestinians lack a vigorous investigation or response by Israeli authorities," he said.

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Shapiro's comments untrue and unacceptable, coming on the day of a funeral for a Jewish mother of six stabbed to death in her settlement home by a Palestinian intruder. The intruder is still at large.

    Also Monday, a Jewish security guard shot another Palestinian who stabbed a pregnant woman in a West Bank settlement. She is expected to recover, and the fetus was unharmed.

    Shapiro also said Monday that the U.S. is "concerned and perplexed" by continued Israeli settlement activity in the West Bank — parts of which the Palestinians want for a future state.

    Shapiro said it brings into question Israel's stated commitment to eventual Palestinian independence.

    Netanyahu again blamed what he said is the Palestinian leadership's incitement to violence and its refusal to recognize a Jewish state for the collapse of diplomacy.

    The West Bank stabbings are part of a four-month wave of Israeli-Palestinian violence sparked by rumors that Israel was planning to take over an east Jerusalem holy site revered by Muslims and Jews.

    Twenty-three Israelis and at least 136 Palestinians have been killed since September.

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    by: Marcus Aurelius II from: NJ USA
    January 19, 2016 11:57 AM
    The US also has two standards of justice. If you are a black woman and change driving lanes to move out of the way of a cop car tailgating you without using your turn signal you wind up dead in a jail cell a few hours later. If you are Ted Kennedy and you kill a passenger in your car in a drunk driving accident, leave the scene of the crime, you get off scot free. We know America has one system of justice for blacks, another for whites, one for the rich, another for the poor. The powerful get the best justice money can buy in America. How many banksters are in prison for their crimes?

    This Ambassador Shapiro should be sent back to Washington as unacceptable to Israel's government in Jerusalem. With any luck he'll be replaced in about a year when a new administration takes office, hopefully Donald Trump's.

    by: PermReader
    January 19, 2016 8:02 AM
    I see the two standard of justice of Barak Obama: while he twice compared black youths involved in criminal events as his sons,he newer did the same towards any white teens.

    by: Anonymous
    January 19, 2016 7:47 AM
    At least a little truth this time coming out of USA regarding Israel's unlawful treatment of Palestinians; expect vilification against Daniel Shapiro.

    A people haunted by a horror that they suffered in the past simply have no desire to play fair and compromise (a case of permanently traumatized patient needing medical resolutions) but their dogged stand of intolerance will certainly change if USA funds are taken away as many have suggested. Since the latter has no hope of ever come to pass, any efforts on the middle east peace is empty talk...

    by: Fred Wilkinson from: UK
    January 18, 2016 5:12 PM
    Israel's settlement expansion is contradictory to the 4th Geneva Convention,there is no ambiguity abouttheir legal status,,,the USA is 'perplexed' about Israel's sincerity regarding a Palestinian state

    by: Zaina Masri
    January 18, 2016 4:42 PM
    Perplexed and concerned, ya think?! How about disgusting, obvious, apartheid, unlawful, unjust

    by: Chaos Eject
    January 18, 2016 3:20 PM
    Israel is stealing land, no way to show it hopes for peace.

    Of course the truth is Israel wants Paletinian land more than it wants peace, it's not that complicated, and with $4.5billion aid from US taxes every year paid to Israel for arms, it's hardly surprising there in little incentive for Israel to be reasonable.

    by: RulaB from: USA
    January 18, 2016 3:19 PM
    If the US is so perplexed over the never ending land theft which is against international law, how about the US stops funding this apartheid and oppressive government.

    by: Padraig from: Ireland
    January 18, 2016 3:16 PM
    The refusal by the US to accept illegal settlements and especially their continued expansion will be seen as a positive. The US cannot claim the moral high ground unless it respects the law and ensures its allies do likewise.

    by: Iman Annab from: Canada
    January 18, 2016 3:13 PM
    There's really nothing to be perplexed about! The settlements beyond the green line and in East Jerusalem are illegal under international law and agreed borders. The US should reconsider its relationship with Israel and apply sanctions.

    by: Joanne
    January 18, 2016 3:04 PM
    I wonder if these settlers will get up to 20 years in prison for throwing these stones. ...yh thought not!! And they wonder why desperate people resort to violent resistance

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