The news that six young Israeli men are accused of killing a Muslim teenager in retaliation for the killing of three Israeli teenagers by Hamas is not consistent with Israeli values, says Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz.
"There's never any justification for any kind of revenge killing," Dershowitz told J.D. Hayworth on "America's Forum" on Newsmax TV
on Monday. "Revenge killings, vigilante killings, are completely inconsistent with the values of the Israeli government."
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"They are not inconsistent, however, with the values of Hamas," Dershowitz said.
He said the Palestinians are threatening to "bomb a city, Beersheba, and so what we see is Hamas and many Palestinian leaders thinking revenge killings are completely justified."
"Of course, now they're complaining about this revenge killing — as well they should, as there's no excuse for revenge — but they're applying a double standard," he said.
The civil rights lawyer contends the reason everyone is so shocked by the Israeli revenge killings is that "the world expects much more of Israel than they do of Hamas," which Dershowitz says "is a form of racism."
"It says that we don't expect as much from Arabs and Muslims as we do from Israelis and Jews," he explained.
It's also what perpetuates the so-called "cycle of violence," which Dershowitz says really "isn't a cycle of violence."
"It's Israel taking military actions, which are legitimate, and then Palestinian leaders and Hamas using human shields and attacking civilians and killing civilians," he said. "That's not a cycle of violence. That's a one-way approach to violence."
Dershowitz says the only way to combat the view the world has of Israel is to tell the truth "repeatedly that this is not an equally moral claim on both sides — that the Israelis are defending their citizens through generally legitimate means."
He said he was visiting Israel when the three Israeli teenagers were kidnapped, adding that the Israelis are distressed by the revenge killing.
Dershowitz pointed out that one of the three Israeli boys allegedly killed by Hamas was also a U.S. citizen.
"It's so interesting how the media has been focusing on the fact — appropriately focusing on the fact — that the young Palestinian boy that was beaten up by the Israeli police was an American citizen," he explained.
"But there hasn't been as much focus on the fact that one of the three teenagers who were killed by a Hamas operative was also an American citizen, and many American citizens have been killed by terrorists in Israel," he said.
Dershowitz said he hopes there will be a ceasefire soon and ultimately "a peace process between Israel and the Palestinians."
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