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NATIV  Volume Sixteen   Number 6 (95)  ■  November  2003 ■ Kislev 5764 ■ Ariel Center for Policy Research





The Orr Commission:
High Expectations, Disappointing Delivery

Raphael Israeli

The Orr Commission published its findings on September 1, 2003, after three years of an enormous work of compilation of evidence, interviewing hundreds of witnesses, consulting experts, issuing legal warnings to those likely to be incriminated, and writing up the two-volume report on the tragic events of September 2000, which pitted the Israeli Arabs against institutions of law enforcement in the country. However, the report was disappointing in the sense that instead of recommending practical and operational steps to be taken to punish the perpetrators of the horror, they wasted pages upon pages on examining the trajectory of rubber coated bullets and on formulating the legal warnings, none of which was substantiated. They pretended that “discrimination” against the Arabs was at the root of violence, instead of calling the Arabs to task for their violence that had no justification. Not only discrimination had to be examined in neutral and objective terms, and a yardstick set for its measurement, which was not done, but a false balance was established between the violent breakers of the law and the police who tried to contain them. Therefore, all those years of hard work, and the hopes that were attached to the work of the commission, were dashed, and no real turning point was chartered for returning the Arabs in Israel to the track of law-abiding if they want to live as a minority in a Jewish state.


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