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WATCH: IDF turns blind eye to settlers throwing stones at Israeli activists

On Saturday, a group of Israeli activists came under attack from masked settlers who used slingshots to hurl stones at them while they walked between Palestinian villages in the South Hebron Hills, close to the illegal outpost of Havat Maon.

According to the Israeli Ta’ayush activist who filmed the video, they immediately called the police upon seeing the settlers, but in the meantime, an army jeep appeared, and did nothing. “The settlers were not intimidated at all by the arrival of the soldiers and the soldiers did not arrest them or even try to establish their identity,” he said.

The activists demanded the soldiers take action against the settlers for assaulting them with stones, but they refused, and the pair of settlers began running away. Only once the police jeep arrived was one of the perpetrators apprehended.  According to the activist, the other settler who threw stones was only arrested a day later.

Settlers from this outpost are known for being especially belligerent, and I myself have seen young children throw stones and curse at Israelis while they accompany Palestinian residents in the area, who have often been beaten while walking this path.

Rarely if ever are settlers apprehended, because IDF soldiers refuse to take any disciplinary action against them, even though they are authorized to act as police officers in the West Bank when necessary. In this specific case, it is fortunate that the police officers decided to actually do their job.

Related:
Why IDF soldiers stand idly by when settlers attack Palestinians
16 Israeli activists unlawfully arrested in South Hebron Hills

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    1. david shalev, esq.

      This proves that the people claiming Israel is a foreign, colonial entity, have a point. If Israel adopted the Middle Eastern way of handling these situations there would be beheadings, amputated limbs and/or burying alive.

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    2. Kolumn9

      Clearly this stone throwing is dangerous and the perpetrators should be arrested. One wonders though if the reaction of the Israeli activists would have been different had the stones been thrown by Palestinians at Israelis.

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    3. Bluegrass Picker of Afula

      If Ta’ayush thinks this happened in a place called the “West Bank”, they should be telephoning the Jordanian police. Why is Ta’ayush “normalizing the occupation” by calling Mishteret Yisraael?!?

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      • Palestinian

        Would Israel allow the Jordanian police to handle it ?

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        • JG

          This poor soul is just trolling. He never has a valid point ;-)

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          • Palestinian

            I think I made a valid point , you don’t like others challenging your hasbara or folks , pity

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          • JG

            Slide misunderstanding.
            I was talking about the BluegrassPicker, not you ;-)

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        • Bluegrass Picker of Afula

          we have more Muslim cops than any average USA or European city has. Don’t talk shit to the Cherkassi Magavnikkim…. you’ll be picking the peices of your teeth off the ground.

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    4. Joel

      “Terrorist of Havat Maon”

      I guess that makes all Palestinians who throw rocks ‘terrorists’.

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    5. Anonymous

      Who cares? I thought throwing stones were harmless and could never hurt anybody.

      Has the hypocrisy and lies of the anti-Israel and pro-Palestinian propaganda crowd ever been more obvious?

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      • Anonymous, when a Palestinian twelve-year-old is arrested in the middle of the night and taken away blindfolded and handcuffed in military custody on a charge of throwing stones at soldiers, apologists such as yourself always come out to tell us how lethal the activity is. How these arrests are vital to public safety. Some of you do go so far as to call it terrorism. The arguments against such abusive treatment are not that stones can’t hurt (although statistically it’s extremely unlikely for anyone to be killed or badly injured) but that an occupying army has no right to expect anything better from the people it is oppressing.

        But when settlers throw stones (even if they chuck them at the army) there are rarely if ever arrests. There is certainly no orchestrated campaign of arresting stone-throwers in the middle of the night. No detention without charge, no policy of conducting random arrests without proof to try and scare the neighbourhood youngsters into ‘good behaviour’. The point of this article is obviously to highlight the difference in police and military treatment of stone-throwers when they just so happen to be Jews. Exactly whose hypocrisy is being revealed here?

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        • david shalev, esq.

          Any soldier that uses excessive force that is beyond the guidelines of the IDF should be punished. This is unequivocal. At the same time there should be discplinary practices against families and friends of known radical terrorists. Part of the message instilled is that there are consequences for actions. The “apologists” as you call them specifically refer to idle soldiers guarding the border being bombarded by groups of stone-throwers.

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