Those brave Israeli peace activists who protested twice at Anatot and got the stuffings knocked out of them for their trouble, have notified the police they intend to return to demonstrate yet again. They began by joining a Palestinian farmer whose access to his land is denied by residents of the Anatot settlement. When the farmer unfurled a Palestinian flag settler thugs flocked to the site, smashed his skull sending him to the hospital and went on a rampage destroying all of his farming equipment. Peace activists returned that night for a second protest in which the settlers were even more violent, which included a knife attack and sexual assault.
Not to be intimidated, Assaf Sharon (whose nose was broken by a settler thug), the leader of the Sheikh Jarrah Solidarity movement applied for a permit to return to Anatot. The police denied it. Now he is appealing (today) to the Israeli Supreme Court for the right to do what people in any democratic country may do–demonstrate their views in public. I hope that the hearing will vindicate the protesters and make the Israeli authorities realize that the whole world is watching the pogromists of Anatot and the State that is dancing to their tune.