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).