Real goals hidden

Yet another case of Israel’s shining democracy in the occupied territories:

Israel’s military court system for Palestinian suspects in the West Bank produces almost automatic convictions, an Israeli human rights group charged Sunday.

The group, Yesh Din, said in a new report that in 2006 more than 99.7 percent of those accused were convicted, 95 percent in plea bargains.

Yesh Din said its inquiry, which included attending more than 800 hearings and conducting extensive interviews with lawyers and court staff, concluded that suspects were often unable to present a full defense with effective counsel.

But fear not, Palestinians, you’ll have an independent state by the end of the year. Typically unspoken, of course, is Israel’s ultimate goal for the Palestinians, namely a run-down, ghetto state.

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