Israeli settlers have celebrated the second day of the New Year of 5772 in the only way they know how, by a pogrom which drew the blood of Palestinians and Israeli peace activists who’d come to a Palestinian village to help a local landowner plant olive trees. Instead, settlers swarmed the group, smashed the skull of the Palestinian farmer (sending him to Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital) and assaulted the individuals while the police stood by and did nothing. In fact it is worse than that, Israeli activists who were present saw that settlers were wearing police issue T-shirts and their service weapons, which are distinctive for the police. They brought their police attack dogs as well. The hooligans broke bones, smashed car windows, slashed tires and destroyed cameras, all in good fun. And no one, of course, was held accountable nor will anyone.
This is not just settler terrorism, it is in effect state-sanctioned terror since a number of the protestors were officers of the state (even though nominally off duty). Unfortunately, this is precisely what we’ve come to expect of this rabid government which turns a blind eye to the holliganism of its friends in the lunatic fringe of the settler community. Perhaps I’m even being too charitable in distinguishing between the settlers and the government. They all seem joined at the hip. Just as Hamas has its political and military wing, so the settler pogromits seem to be the Likud’s terror wing (Likud doesn’t need a military wing since it has the IDF).
George Polley says
And the purpose of this idiocy is to … improve the security of Israel? Or just annoy everyone else in the world and put Israel in an even more untenable position as a pariah state? Sorry, Richard, but this stuff just brings my sarcasm to the fore. Annoys the blazes out of me.
Nick Nafsah says
You’re taking the effect and making it the cause. Bad logic and even worse manners.
If the police joined in with the Anatot residents, dollars to donuts the protesters were guilty of incitement.
All these acts of incitement do nothing but increase hatred. Your article, too, is further incitement.
Richard Silverstein says
I agree. Yr right wing stupidity is disgusting. If someone cracked yr skull open as they did the Palestinian owner of that land they might knock some sense into it & you’d also know what it’s like to have been pummeled to within an inch of one’s life as he was by your right wing thug friends. But I doubt your brain is capable of having any sense knocked into it. You are an empty hearted brute.
Euh the videos are very clear, it is some leftists who have broken the skull of this arab to justify antisemitism.
Joseph Tillotson says
Zionism is not Judaism. Zionism is colonial imperialism disguised as an honorable Jewish movement. Ironically, the Zionist want to reestablish their lost land but their immoral actions will bring it’s destruction. The law of karma is not on the side of Zionist. Leave Judaism alone. Respect the Torah.
The laws of “karma”….. We need to laugh ? A pro terrorist Bouddhist…. You need to consult your dalai lama…
Nick Nafsah says
You need to believe this nonsense about Zionism not being Judaism. You might as well claim that water is not wet.
You are correct about one thing: We MUST respect Torah and follow ALL its injunctions.
Start by rejecting dhimmitude and removing the hostile Muslims, and those who champion and facilitate their cause, from OUR land.
It is an inevitable scientific fact that the Temple will be built on Har Habayit. The day we begin work will be the first day of genuine peace. May that work begin swiftly and soon.
Richard Silverstein says
You have violated the comment rules on multiple counts, foremost being anti-Muslim racism (or the religious equivalent).
Looking at the comments above, what is most shameful is the prevailing double standard among the today’s zionists. The only democracy in the Middle East is an illusion. There is an absence of understanding that a pluralistic society is an inherent element in democracy.
Thank you Richard for your site. It’s a light in the dark.