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Compare and contrast: Israel's evacuation of Jews vs. Arabs

Can you spot the difference?

On left, Israeli police arrive in the West Bank outpost of Amona unarmed. On the right, police are armed with M16s and sponge-tipped bullets during home demolitions in Umm el-Hiran. (photos by Tovah Lazaroff and Activestills.org)

Israeli police in West Bank outpost of Amona unarmed (left). Police armed with M16s and sponge-tipped bullets during home demolitions in Umm el-Hiran (right). (Photos by Tovah Lazaroff and Activestills.org)

Compare and contrast: When Israel Police came to evacuate the Bedouin village Umm el-Hiran, they arrived at dawn and were armed withM16 assault rifles and black sponge-tipped bullets, the latter they still refuse to admit they used. They also shot several people with sponge-tipped bullets who the police claim were throwing stones.

Israel Police officers armed with black sponge-tipped bullets at evacuation of Bedouin village Umm al-Hiran (Keren Manor/Activestills)

Israel Police officers armed with black sponge-tipped bullets at evacuation of Bedouin village Umm al-Hiran (Keren Manor/Activestills)

And this is how Israeli police officers arrived on Wednesday to evacuate the illegal outpost Amona, whose residents are on occupied land, in violation of both international and Israeli law. No helmets, no riot gear, no guns. Just blue sweatshirts in the middle of the day. There were reports of a few senior officers on the scene who were armed. Despite reports and images of some settlers throwing stones, no shots were fired as of time of this report.

Israeli police arrive in the West Bank outpost of Amona unarmed. (Tovah Lazaroff)

Israeli police arrive in the West Bank outpost of Amona unarmed. (Tovah Lazaroff)

Umm el-Hiran is one of dozens of so-called “unrecognized villages” in Israel’s Negev Desert, in which approximately 100,000 Bedouin citizens of Israel live without electricity, water, and other basic services the state has refused to provide. For more background on the village, click here.

Amona, an illegal settlement outpost first built in the 1990 on Palestinian land belonging to the villages of Silwad, Ein Yabrud and Taybe – and partly demolished in 2006 – is one of about 100 outposts considered illegal even by Israeli law — although tolerated and sustained by Israeli authorities nonetheless. Israel’s Supreme Court ordered its evacuation because it is built on private Palestinian land, and several demolitions orders have been issued against it in the past. For more background on Amona, click here.

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    1. R5

      It is almost like police are in more danger some of the time than at other times and in other situations. Crazy right? I guess the only explanation has to be racism.

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      • Tommy Goldberg

        It’s just that Palestinians (I’m sorry, people who invented themselves out of think air) have better stones.

        When a Palestinian throws a stone, it presents a mortal threat, which can and should be answered with live gunfire.

        When a Jew throws a stone, a nimble police officer (who doesn’t even need a helmet) simply moves aside and then pleads with the stone-thrower to please realize the futility of his protest, however righteous it may be.

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        • R5

          @Tommy – basic reason eluding you here. Police aren’t going to approach danger without protection, so the only argument re: bias here is that the Arabs DON’T pose a danger, not that the Jews do. See?

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          • Ben

            Tommy has it the right way around and you have it backward, R5. The actual principle operating out there, that all but the willfully blind can see, is: Jewish lives matter, Arab lives don’t. Otherwise there would be no reason to shoot an Israeli Member of Knesset in the head for no other reason than “protesting while Arab.” Or approach a bunch of bedraggled, impoverished Arab villagers who were never any threat to anything, except Jewish racial neighborhood purity, with brutal force as first and only option. The differential treatment is so glaring that, yes, the only explanation has to be racism.

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          • AJew

            “The actual principle operating out there, that all but the willfully blind can see, is: Jewish lives matter, Arab lives don’t.”

            Yea but it does not work the other way with the Arabs, does it? The Arabs scrupulously care as much about Jewish lives as they care about Arab lives. SARCASM!

            Why don’t you occasionally, just occasionally complain about Arab attitudes too Benny? Why must Israelis always be angels and if we are not, then by default we are devils according to you and your ilk?

            You Benny, and others like you here are part of the problem, not part of the solution. You lot are just a bunch of haters, pouring oil on fire. Think about it, think about it, think about it…

            Hint: your robotic, monotonic, one sided, anti Israel tirades encourages hatred and counter hatred. Good work fellas, it’s a sure road towards peace, NOT!!!

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    2. It’s time to admit that Israel under the current government is a larcenous outlaw state, which has put the continued existence of the nation at serious risk.

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      • AJew

        “It’s time to admit that Israel under the current government is a larcenous outlaw state, which has put the continued existence of the nation at serious risk.”

        This type of sentence is an indictment on those who express it. Let us assume that Israel’s current government is indeed larcenous because it just provokes an otherwise “peace loving” people like the Palestinian Arabs.

        Does that mean that because of that, the very right to exist of Israel should be questioned?

        If it does, then I suggest that 75% of the world’s states have no right to exist. They should all be wound up and their inhbitants should be exiled to live somewhere else. After all, isn’t that what the Arabs want to do to Israel’s Jews?

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        • Ben

          “Does that mean that because of that, the very right to exist of Israel should be questioned?”

          You’re all twisted up in knots. Rohland is saying that Israel is putting its own existence at risk by its behavior.

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          • AJew

            “You’re all twisted up in knots. Rohland is saying that Israel is putting its own existence at risk by its behavior.”

            LOL Benny seems to be the spokesman of all anti Israel posters in here.

            He knows exactly what he said Benny. He meant what most Arabs openly said till quite recent times and what Hamas still openly says.

            Who do you think you are fooling, Benny-leh? 😅

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          • Ben

            Your plain misreading of a simple English sentence is a measure of how easily you distort things. If you can’t even read this single sentence in the English language properly, and can’t absorb correction when your mistake is pointed out to you, and then put a paranoid spin on it all, it’s no wonder you misunderstand so many things more complex things said here. Good grief.

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          • AJew

            Oh just cut the crap Benny. Let the guy speak for himself. I for one am not gonna argue about what he meant with pompous little old you, Benny-leh. How come you are appointing yourself as his spokesperson, counsellor Benny? I thought you only had Carmen as your client?

            Aside: this guy is really getting weird lately. He butts in and tries to speak for every anti Israel commenter who opens his/her mouth and takes over their conversation. Almost like he says to them: “move over junior, it is my job to handle old AJew here” … LOL 😜

            As for my comments about Arab intentions with the Jewish state, if they could have their way, I stand by my previous comments. Wanna argue about that too, Benny?

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