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23 Israelis and Palestinians injured in settler attack outside Jerusalem

23 Israelis and Palestinians injured – some including broken bones and bloody gashes – in an attack by settlers from the settlement of Anatot just outside Jerusalem, West Bank

Settlers clash with border police and activists (Photo: Activestills)

According to Israeli activists, on Friday morning (Sept 30) Palestinian and Israeli activists were attacked by settlers near the settlement of Anatot, which is about 20 minutes drive outside of Jerusalem in the West Bank, just north of Maale Adumim. Activists came to accompany the owner of the plot of land to plant trees – when they were met by a large group of settlers, who attacked them and reportedly cracked open the head of the landowner and attacked his wife. The two have been hospitalized.

The only Israeli news outlet I’ve seen report on this is Ynetnews, which is reporting that 3 have been “lightly” injured in clashes between protestors and settlers, who “hurled stones at each other.”

According to the Ta’ayush activist I spoke to who prefers to remain nameless, the landowner, Abu Salah al Rifai and his wife Ayman, hold the ownership papers for their land, on which the settlement of Anatot was built in the 1980′s. Their case is a bit different from most Palestinians in the West Bank since Ayman has Israeli citizenship and therefore is actually allowed to enter the settlement and reach the land. The couple approached Ta’ayush activists several weeks ago and asked for help to prevent their land and property from being damaged by settlers.

Here is the Ta’ayush activists’ account of what happened Friday, in his own words:

When we arrived Friday morning there was already a security officer there, who decided to call the police, but they did not interfere. However, more and more settlers from the area gathered on the main road a few hundred feet from where we were. I called the police and told them we felt in danger. There were some police cars on the road where the settlers were but they did not prevent the settlers from coming up to confront us. Some came up to us and started cursing and threatening. I called the police again. Then dozens came towards us and began attacking us. It really felt like a lynch. I was punched several times and fell to the ground and when I got up I rushed over to a  border police officer and begged him to protect me and help me. I latched on to him for dear life but he didn’t stop them.  My camera was taken from me and broken and my glasses had broken somwhere. I began running to the street with another activist and managed to get away from the settlement while many others were still being attacked.  I managed to get out with only a broken hand and some bruises.

Activists claim the police officers who were present at the scene did nothing while they saw the activists being beaten and their cameras smashed. Three other activists have been hospitalized  and an additional three have been arrested by the police, who have not arrested any of the settlers, in spite of having witnessed everything.

Later in the day, more activists arrived to protest against the violence that took place earlier. They too were attacked and beaten and had stones thrown at them. In spite of police presence at the scene, the police did nothing.

Nineteen people were injured in the second attack, requiring medical attention, and three have been hospitalized. A total of 23 injuries were reported from this incident, and according to the twitter feed of a female activist who was there, settlers tried to rip her clothes off. There was also damage done to cars belonging to the activists, which were parked outside the settlement – smashed windshields, head and tail lights, and punctured tires.

Smashed car windshield (Photo: Activestills)

Activists consoling each other after attack (Photo: Activestills)

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    1. Lomzher

      Keep up the reporting of things the Israeli establishment doesn’t want the world to know about.

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    2. Henry Weinstein

      Sorry but this not independent critical journalism, this is a totally, almost caricatural, one-side account of a clash between activists coming from Jerusalem city and settlers of Anatot.
      One question: did the Activestills photograph titled “Settlers clash with border police and activists”, chosen to open the paper, covered the clash near the settlement of Anatot, or is it an archive pic?
      It would be more convincing to be informed instead of being stuffed with sensational activism.

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    3. RichardNYC

      When was the last time the Palestinian owner of the land came to plant anything? Where is his land registered?

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    4. Meni

      Having been there yesterday evening, it was no joke. It was never like any demonstration that I’ve been to in the West Bank or in Israel.

      We came to the entrance to Anatot settlement to protest the pogrom that happened earlier that day. The entire settlement decided to come out of their houses, they opened the gate of the settlement and came rushing out, attacking us with rocks and fists. We had to escape to the main road, to the “hostile” Palestinian village of Hizma, where I never felt safer. If we hadn’t been able to escape, people could have been killed. It is worth mentioning that police was there but just asked “please don’t stand on the road”. They did nothing to stop the violence. If the pogromists were Palestinian, you can be sure the police would be using all violent measures in their arsenal.

      Till yesterday, pogroms by settlers only targeted Palestinians. Yesterday for the first time, Jewish Israelis also fell victim to settler pogroms. Don’t think they won’t get to you.

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    5. R.A.E

      Henry – I was there. That photo is not from an archive. And do you know what that wasn’t even the worse of it.

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    6. Richard, it doesnt matter when was the last time he came there, maybe he owns the land to make some bbq on nights, maybe he’s just holding it for giving to the son, it doesnt matter, it is his own privet land. why the settlers had to come and mayham?

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    7. and you are talking about one-sided manipulations? this makes me think that people who lie about deeds done to other ethnic groups, for the sake of their own ethnic group, are bound to lie later about crimes committed against their brothers and sisters, in order to protect “brothers” whom they agree with. pretty soon, you will tolerate any violence against anyone who does not agree with you. Is this the direction you want you “Jewish” state, to head?

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    8. Thank you, MENI. This story and others like it (this is NOT the first time!) would not have been reported — BECAUSE THE EVENTS WOULD NOT HAVE HAPPENED — if Israel had complied with international law and actively prevented (rather than actively promoting) settlement of occupied territories by Israeli settlers.

      We are seeing BROWNSHIRTS conducting Crystalnacht-like activities not seen since 1938. AND WE KNOW WHAT THAT LED TO.

      Jews, before all others, should speak out to protest such pogroms. Enormous thanks are therefore due to the Israeli (Jewish, I suppose) activists who joined the Palestinians here.

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    9. Deïr Yassin

      Well, everybody who has read Weinstein’s comments on this blog have understood that behind his ‘post-zionist’, ‘non-zionist’ or whatever he called his posture, we have a genuine ethnocentric (Jewish and French) navel gazer.

      Here he only sees the ‘activists coming from Jerusalem City’ and completely omit the Palestinians though they ARE mentioned in Mairav’s article. Palestinians just don’t count in his ‘among Jews’-discussion here.

      And his ‘sensational activism’ is in fact covering people who fight for the Palestinians’ right to stay on their own land. This ‘down-to-earth’ and daily struggle is not important to Mr Weinstein who rather prefer to discuss Sartre and other totally unrelated topics.

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    10. RichardNYC

      @Richard Bochini
      Maybe you’re right, but I think its pretty clear that when someone shows up to a piece of land with ‘activists’, it means they expect a confrontation to happen – and the fact that he has some old documents doesn’t mean he owns the land – someone who wanted to resolve the dispute in good faith would go to a court and not simply provoke other claimants. Israeli courts recognize private Palestinian land registered under previous regimes so I don’t see why this guy brought in the activists if he believed he was in the right.

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    11. RichardNYC

      Has anyone actually been to the stream/park that’s in the shadow of Anatot? Because the settlers and local Palestinians seem to get along fine there.

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    12. Ariel

      As an American with a firm grasp of my nation’s civil rights history, I have a big problem with applying the word “lynching” to this sort of event, which is not only quotes here but heavily utilized on the Twitter account that is linked to the article.

      The term “lynching” has an implied power because of its association with the lynchings of blacks in the South. But what is important to note is these lynchings occurred without any agitation from the black community. Blacks did not walk into lynchings. They were sought out in their homes and communities, generally going about their daily lives. That is DECIDEDLY not the case here. So while the response of the settlers and negligence of the security forces is awful, the characterization as a lynching seems to be going down a rabbit hole that detracts from the credibility of both eye witness and press accounts.

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    13. Lightbringer

      Comment deleted by moderator.

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    14. directrob

      Ariel, come on, from Wikipedia, “Lynching is an extrajudicial execution carried out by a mob, often by hanging, but also by burning at the stake or shooting, in order to punish an alleged transgressor, or to intimidate, control, or otherwise manipulate a population of people.”
      .
      Nobody was actually killed this time … Issam Kamel Abid Badran Odeh was not so lucky.

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    15. Michael T

      Indeed it was a lynching attempt not actual lynching since nobody was lynched thankfully!

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    16. Philos

      The press reporting on this is pretty one-sided. It’s pretty disgraceful. And Israeli’s reckon they’re part of the Western world… the police just standing there and looking on. Like everything in this country the rules are written in blood. They won’t intervene in these things until an activist is murdered.

      Anyway, here a report from ynet (hebrew). Yellow journalism at its finest
      http://www.ynet.co.il/articles/0,7340,L-4129467,00.html

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    17. Historian

      אסף שרון, מהארגון “סולידריות” שנכח באירוע וגם נפצע, סיפר ל-ynet : “ב-18:30 חזרנו למקום לביקור, וכשהגענו לשער של היישוב לא נתנו לנו לעבור ואיימו שיקראו למשטרה. אמרנו להם שאם אנחנו לא נכנסים למקום, גם הם לא. “.

      So on Rosh Hashana, a group of Palestinians claiming that a secular yishuv is actually their land, something they can challenge in the Israeli courts and for which there is an entire network of lawyers and NGOs who provide support, alongside a group of pro-Palestinian Israelis went and shoved their beliefs about this land in the faces of families that have been living there for a couple of decades. They did this on a day when everybody was home, with their families, as part of an important Jewish holiday. They blocked the gate without provocation “because they weren’t allowed to pay a visit.”

      The violence is uncalled for, but it seems like some people intentionally wanted to provoke the anger of the people who live there and is now making hay out of the fact they succeeded in provoking. Maybe next time there could be a better way that doesn’t include blocking the gate? Maybe next time you can show that your intentions are peaceful and you’re not trying to get people evicted from homes where they’ve established lives and a community legally and with the blessing of the Israeli government? Oh wait, you are trying to get them evicted. Never mind. I’m sure you’re not really upsetting them. They must think it’s a game and like you guys, they can just move back to Tel Aviv when the game is over.

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    18. FFM

      @RichardNYC
      I think its pretty clear that when someone shows up to a piece of land with ‘settler activists’, it means they expect a confrontation to happen – and the fact that he has some old religious books and claim that the land belongs to him cause some guy named God gave him the land 2000 years ago doesn’t mean he owns the land.
      The owner of the land is the guy with the papers. Period.

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    19. RichardNYC

      @FFM
      oh, so as long as he has “the papers”…ok, well I have some papers here that say I own your house, so now if I take some ‘activists’ and sit in front of your driveway, and you come out to stop me, you’ll have committed a “pogrom” and a “lynch” against me. Yeah…that makes sense…its not like we have COURTS or anything…
      PS: I really hope you decide to settle a property dispute this way wherever you live because I would enjoy that viral video.

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    20. You’re right HISTORIAN, when in my hometown some protesters organise a peaceful demo I always expect those who oppose it to beat up the protesters, smash up their cameras and glasses etc. And I always expect there to be at least one slimeb*ll apologist for the thugs…

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    21. Palestinian

      Oh those are the angels they resettle among the Palestinians ? how peaceful they are …..and then they wonder why Palestinians hate Israel

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    22. Historian

      You mean peaceful like those two young men who walked into a “settler” home and slaughtered the parents and children and even a baby? It’s amazing that most Israelis don’t hate Palestinians.

      Considering that every single Jew was evicted from the territory conquered by Jordan in 1949, the fact that some are returning or seeking to live there now shouldn’t surprise you so much. This unending desire not to have any Jews living nearby is really quite offensive.

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    23. Historian, the Jews in the West Bank do not live as equals with the Palestinians. They live as masters. That is offensive.

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    24. Historian

      They do not live as masters. Most of them just live there. Many of them offer the Palestinians work and employment. Most of them just want to live their lives there and are forced into this confrontational world.

      However, if you’re offended by the fact that Israel and its military control Judea and Samaria, then you should pressure the PA to accept a peace offer – any peace offer – extended by Israel to them. Then they would have a state, control their own destinies in full and the Jews living among them would live like any other Palestinian citizens. Oh wait, there won’t be any Jews living there because the Palestinians don’t want any. Never mind.

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    25. Deïr Yassin

      Our American “Historian” is apparently a little out of touch with reality in Occupied Palestine, but for basic information: Friday – Rosh Hashanah or not – is the weekly day when Palestinians demonstrate against the Occupation in all its forms. And those settler thugs apparently didn’t give a damn about Rosh Hashanah either, or are ‘good Jews’ supposed to attack Amalek on that particular day ?
      Our “academic” lacks basic reading skills or maybe he’s just applying the ‘biased scholars tend to distort facts’-lecture that he gave on another thread.
      But “Historian”s last comment bewilders me a little: am I to understand that he is actually positive to the Right of Return or is that right only valid for the Jews. By the way, only 10.000 Jews lived in the 45% of Palestine supposed to become the Arab State according to the resolution 181, and with the extra 23% conquered by Israel, the number was ever smaller. And many of the settler thugs are recent immigrants from the US, USSR and France, and have no ancestors among the Jews living there prior to ’48.

      Racism is when you judge a whole group of people by the act of a tiny minority, or an individual, and “Historian”s comment on the killing in Itamar shows us that he’s a genuine racist !

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    26. Jason Zekler

      To call this “jornalism” is an insult to the profession.

      While I condemn the violent response, and am quite shocked by the complaicency of the police, these “activists” had it coming. They knew it, as they were warned on the phone that this could potentially get violent , and they got what they wanted.

      To charachetrise these events as a “lynching” the radical left press, equates the (shamful) beating of demonstrators with the murder and slaughter of of people because of the color of their skin is not only journalistically dishonest, it is an insult to the people who were actually murdered.

      To the commentors that charachterised these events as a “pogrom” or “kristalnacht”–Shame on you! open up a history book and educate yourselves on what happened during the pogroms and during Kristalnacht, events where thousands were murdered, raped, slaughtered, bibles burnt buldings set ablaze. How DARE you equate a land dispute (that could have easily been resolved in a court of law) with the murder of thousands!!! outrageous and dispicable! Evidently when the leftist press wants to make a statement, respect to facts or history can be discarded…

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      • Jason, pogroms don’t happen only to Jews; and lynches are not committed only against blacks.

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    27. RichardNYC

      @LISA
      It is obvious that the use of the word ‘pogrom’ here is mendacious – an attempt to insult Jewish people and their history. Inter-ethnic violence occurs all over the world on a very regular basis and, not surprisingly, its not described as a ‘pogrom’ because that word has historically referred to violence against Jews. I can’t say I’m impressed with anyone who uses the word ‘pogrom’ and pretends they’re doing it because the word can, in theory, be applied to anyone. They’re doing it because they want to insult Jewish people and degrade their history. Its intellectually dishonest to pretend otherwise.

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    28. Richard – No, it’s not obvious. It’s just your interpretation. And I disagree with you.

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    29. Sadly, the zionist jews or the jewish community think the Palestine is their land. Hate to tell these savages this, but Palestine is not theirs and will never be theirs. They need to get the hell out of Palestine with their settlers, and stop their misreable atrocities towards Palestine and its people.

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    30. RichardNYC

      @LISA
      When has the word ‘pogrom’ been used to describe an attack on people who decided to approach, en masse, the community that perpetrated the pogrom? W/r/t to unprovoked settler attacks on Palestinian villages, you might have a point. But that’s not what happened. What we’re seeing is part of the reflexive tendency to say “nazi” or “holocaust”, or otherwise invert the history of violence against Jews into a rhetorical weapon against Jews themselves – which is quite nasty. I’ve BEEN to this settlement and seen the settlers and local Palestinians get on JUST FINE before. Not exactly a classic Jew/Cossack relationship. I don’t defend what the settlers did, but they were provoked – you cannot expect to physically occupy a disputed piece of land without eliciting a reaction. And that reaction cannot reasonably be described as a “pogrom”, especially considering that there was plenty of JEW on JEW violence.

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    31. RichardNYC

      @LISA
      If this happened anywhere else, no one would describe it as a pogrom. Are you seriously suggesting otherwise?

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    32. Marianne

      Thanks for this article! Nobody is prophet in his country. So let the “Historian” (he surely is not one) and other criticize: when you need such a lot of arguments to avoid reality, it means you are weak. And member of the hasbara club.

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    33. Henry Weinstein

      To 972 blog and to everybody
      Explicit Lyrics (Part 1)
      * So a member of an Activist group publishes an account based only on one source (her Activist group) of a clash between around forty activists and ‘ugly’ settlers, without doing any investigation & just reporting what her Activist group said, and it’s fair game, independent journalism?
      * So the story-telling of this post consists to hammer the peaceful activists were savagely attacked by an angry mob of settlers & the police doing nothing to protect the activists, minimizing the fact that around forty activists came to demonstrate in front of the settlement, and it’s peaceful to do that (moreover at that period of the year), it has nothing to do with violence, intimidation & hatred?
      * So the average non-activist reader is asked to believe blindly this story-telling, and if he refuses to believe and says it’s a deceptive one-sided account, not a journalistic account, he is attacked and lynched on the post’s thread by the angry cyber-mob, ’cause it’s such a thrill to hate someone who don’t think like ‘US’?
      Explicit Lyrics (Part 2)
      * So once again, once again, ‘Deïr Yassin’ not only attacks me personally but insults once again, once again, my Jewish family whose only living member I ever known was my Dad (my Mum is Catholic, all my living family is Catholic, and ‘Deïr Yassin’ knows that, no excuse), who survived 1919 pogroms in Ukraine-Romania as a child (for real, they came in the house of the family Weinstein to ‘demonstrate’) and then the Nazi nightmare as a young man, and code name ‘Deïr Yassin’ is free to label me a “navel gaser”, and 972 is happy with that?
      * So 972′s comment policy says “Avoid hateful tones and incitement. Personal insults, attacks and profanity are unacceptable”, but code name ‘Deïr Yassin’ is free to attack me personally and insult my name & sneering about gas chambers once again, once again?
      * And me I cannot say what I think of her, because if 972 considers it’s Ok when she writes for the third or fourth time I’m a “navel gaser” knowing perfectly the only Jew I ever known in my living family was my Dad (in the real world, if someone sneers in front of me about gas chambers & 6 millions, it doesn’t last long and there is no Act 2), and other racist insults, on the contrary 972 will delete any comment containing the word “Nazi” regardless of its pertinence, and I should stay silent?
      *
      Zu ken men arojfgejn in himel arajn
      Un fregn baj got zu’s darf asoj sajn?
      wWwWwWwWwwWWwwww Jiddisches Lied

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    34. RichardNYC

      @HENRY
      Don’t get so upset. These people don’t expect to win – they just get off on hating Jews. You think the “right of return” advocates care about Palestinians in the camps? Bibi cares more. Statistically speaking, it shouldn’t surprise anyone that some of these people are Jewish; its sad but it doesn’t mean much. You have to imagine that the psychological payoff of being an ‘activist’ outweighs self-respect, at least for certain number of people. They’ll have their fun, but they won’t accomplish anything because (1) they don’t really intend to (2) they don’t have the power to. I originally felt the way you did, but once I talked to enough anti-Israel folks, I realized they were just tourists. Its a game to them.

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    35. Philos

      I think HISTORIAN has created a chronological mistake that is being used by the other Hasbara trolls to make their points. The demonstration in which they blocked the entrance to the settlement was the second one against the first beating of the activists who were participating in their weekly protest thing on the Palestinian’s field. It even says as much in the ynet article I posted above which you can find in English now in Ha’aretz and Ynetnews.
      All I know is that I hope the settlers keep it up. I hope they murder someone. Obviously someone in this f**ked up game is only a Jew or, maybe, a tourist. A terrible thing to say but Israel has got to deal with this settlement Gollem. Because if they murder someone, a leftist, maybe a somewhat known intellectual, and the Israeli police will do nothing, and the government will issue a lame condemnation and all the Hasbara trolls will justifying this persons murder then every Israeli will have to ask him or herself some serious questions about “Judea” and “Samaria”
      Every Israeli except the Hasbara trolls deluded as they are. If a settler got caught beating his wife they’d probably say she had it coming because she provoked him on Rosh Ha’shana….

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    36. Deïr Yassin

      Weistein writes:
      “DY not only attacks me personally but also insults once again, once again, my Jewish family” and on we go about the pogroms and the family name and “DY is free to attack me personally and insult my name & sneering about gas chambers once again, once again, once again ?”
      Well, I think this long comment is the best proof if needed that you are a navel gazer. I would even go further and say that you need a shrink !
      Even on a thread about Palestinians fighting for their land, you’re capable of putting yourself and your family back into the spotlight once again.
      Not once, not once in any of your comments have we ever heard the slightest concern or interest for the Palestinians, and “sensetional activism” is not insulting, no, but if those activists had been back in Romania or whatever, that’s another story !

      @ TO THE MODERATORS
      I would like you to read my comment further up and see if there is anything about ‘gas chambers’. I have never mentioned such a thing, but it’s not the first time Weinstein abuses of the Holocaust terminology.

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    37. Historian

      I’m a troll?

      A “hasbara” troll?

      Really?

      Maybe I’m just a commenter here like the rest of you? Maybe I have a point of view that differs from yours (quite a bit)? Maybe dismissing me as a troll seems like effective debating to you, but in actuality it dismisses anything you have to say as serious?

      Just some thoughts.

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    38. Historian

      You want trolling? Use the words lynch and pogrom in an article about this. That’s trolling.

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    39. Deïr Yassin

      Maybe words such as ‘lynching’ and ‘pogroms’ don’t fit here, but someone who calls the PA ‘genocidal’ and Walt & Mearsheimer’s book on the Israeli Lobby for a modern version of “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion” is hardly in a position to give lessons on semantics … or moral.

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    40. Naftali

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    41. Jason Zekler

      Lisa, you are missing the point. I did not say Pogroms can ONLY happen to jews. What I said, was that this was NOT a pogrom, no one was murdered, or raped, no homes were set on fire. While I find the violent nature of the settler’s response abhorent, calling this a Pogrom makes a MOCKERY of history and is intellectually dishonest.
      As for calling this beating a “lynching, this is equally offenseive and intellectually dishonest. How can you equate the beating of demonstrators, with the systematic murder of people of color? how are they similar?

      If you read other reports about this event, you will find that this was far from a non-violent peaceful demonstration. The person who claims title to the land (which by the way, as an israeli citizen he can certainly assert his rights in a court of law), enlisted the help of a few misguided self-hating jews to help him incite the settlers on the jewish new year.

      The demonstrators were specifically warned in a phone call that was published and told there could be violence. They decided to protest anyway. It was also reported that the demonstrators blocked the entrance to the Anatot for about 40 minutes and refused to leave. Further, it was reported that they threw stones at bicyclists and hurt a young girl.

      Again, I strongly condemn the beatings, but these demonstrators definitely provoked them.

      As for the jewish demonstrartors– unfortunately this is nothing new. In the concentration camps there were many jews that turned on their own people and assisted the Germans with the implimentation of the final solution.

      While again,I condemn the violence, I can understant the sentiments of the settlers when they see these self hating jewish collaborators advocate them being evicted. Truely a sad and contemptible thing to see.

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    42. Rico

      Someone should take down Naftali’s post. It’s not only offensive but it makes implicit threats.

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    43. Rico

      Also, too many commenters on this thread appear to be justifying violence by drawing an equivalency between the settlers’ attacks and the activists peaceful, if provocative, acts of demonstration. Let there be no mistake about that.

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    44. RichardNYC

      @Naftali
      You’re not helping. Israel needs to disengage from the Palestinians…eventually. That doesn’t justify ‘activist’ journalism or dirty language from the anti-Zionists. But their stupidity doesn’t make the moderate course of action any less necessary. Calm down and think rationally.

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    45. Naftali

      Rico, what’s the matter, you do t like it when the shoe is on the other foot and we boycott personally those who live here and work against us?

      Comment edited by moderator. The reader is advised to read the comment policy. You will be permanently banned if you write another comment that involves personal attacks and/or threats of violence.

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    46. Jason – Either you ‘strongly condemn’ the attack, or you do not. Your use of the qualifier ‘but’ indicates that you don’t really condemn the violence at all. That’s called moral relativism.

      Also, your definition of ‘pogrom’ is incorrect. A pogrom is defined as a mob attack on unarmed people. The settlers were backed by the police (in some cases, they *were* the police), and the activists and Palestinians were unarmed. The attacks were vicious; several people were badly injured.

      None of the settlers was injured.

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    47. Ben Israel

      (1) There is a long tradition of having Left/”Progressives” refer to any confrontations between settlers or Right-wing Israelis with Arabs as “pogroms” or “lynchings”. Great for deligitimizing the enemy and for fund-raising purposes in Europe or America. This is in line with type of verbal inflation where Left/”progressives” refer to their opponents as “fascists”, as has been seen here on occassion.
      (2) The Left/”progressives” have been calling for some time for the settlements to be placed under “peaceful” siege and when the IDF or the settlers try to clear any ensuing violence would then be condemned by these Left/”progressives” who would then be given the golden opportunity to say “see how violent the settlers/IDF is!”, thus hoping that a new version of “the spirit of Tahrir” would be born and the entire world would then demand Israel get out of the West Bank “yesterday”.
      (3) I would like to commend Philos for coming out and saying explicitly what the true agenda of many Left/”progressives” really is….a prayer that violence will ensue because it would serve their interests.

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    48. Sylvia

      I find it interesting that those incidents always happen on Shabbat and Holidays.
      So, on the Holiday of Rosh Hashana, while Jews are praying Shaharit, a mouth-foamning mob comes shouting at their door.
      No wonder they were furious. What did you think? That they’re going to hide in their closets stricken by fear?

      .
      ضربنـي وبكاء سبقنـي وآشتكى

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    49. Sylvia, the demonstrations always occur on Friday, because that is the day the Palestinians are off from work. And the your expression ‘mouth-foaming mob’ to describe unarmed demonstrators is absurd.

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