Israeli police seem to have a hormonal imbalance which should be looked after by medical personnel. Clearly, today’s riots caused by police provocation (aka “pogrom”–view video here) are caused by an excess of testosterone. Otherwise why would this gang of thugs have warned Muslim worshippers (see police video), after their craven retreat yesterday ordered by an “impotent” (according to “The Newspaper Formerly Known as Bibiton”): “Don’t mess with us. We know how to deal with you! We are men in uniform. Men used to taking action. We have our own opinions [about this situation] and will make it known.” That’s the sort of schoolyard taunt of bullies looking for a fight. It’s not just a warning, it’s a promise.
And the police chief kept his promise. The political echelon had tacitly promised it was returning to status quo ante. However, the police didn’t get the memo. They sealed off the city gate nearest to the site where the police were killed last night. Tens of thousands of Palestinians, massing to gain entrance to the holy enclave, protested the provocation. By the time the Waqf authorities persuaded the police to reopen Huta Gate, a mass riot ensued.
Police units assaulted the sacred al Aqsa mosque with tear gas, stun grenades, rubber bullets, and flailing nightsticks “against peaceful protesters.” As for my hasbara friends who will show us pictures in the comment thread of “rioting” Palestinians at the site: we all know who started it, so don’t even bother. If you don’t believe me, read Yossi Gurvitz’s eyewitness account. He was there. It was an unholy mess. He called it a police riot. I call it a Jewish pogrom; clearly revenge after the “climb-down” of the night before in which Israelis tore down the security equipment the police themselves had urged in the aftermath of the attack which killed two Israeli policemen.
Gurvitz says somewhat satirically: “it’s not clear whether the riot was directly approved by the capo di tutti, the Caesar from Caesarea (Netanyahu),” who needed his pound of Palestinian flesh in order not to lose face with his own far-right electorate.