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Watch: IDF terrorizes a Palestinian village

I try not to use loaded words like “terrorizes” in my writing, but there is simply no other way to describe this video, showing four army vehicles enter the small village of Nabi Saleh (West Bank) in the middle of the night, throw stun grenades and shoot tear gas at the homes of the sleeping Palestinians.

Nabi Saleh has been the site of weekly unarmed protests by Palestinians, international activists and Israelis against the confiscation of the village’s land by a nearby settlement. You can read about it here.

There are no demonstrations at nights.

The clip is one and a half minutes long. You can hear the anxiety in the people’s voices as the army convoy approaches. After the cars stop, you can hear the weapons loaded. Then there are the blasts, and the silhouettes of the soldiers throwing more and more grenades at the local houses. The occasional shots you see are the gas launchers, fired in all directions. Around one minute into the video, you can hear the tear gas spreading near the Palestinian photographer (and later again around 1:20).

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    1. Salam

      comment was removed for racism, hate-talk.

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    2. galit

      what???? not as you say at all. sorry.

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    3. Penny, UK

      Why is it Israel can get away with doing this to the Palestinians for decades and in the UK we hear nothing about it at all? Could it be anything to do with the Jews getting into politics and media to stop it?! It is a disgrace.

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    4. Yonatan

      It’s yet another IDF training exercise.

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    5. Carl

      Penny, try looking the UK news: it’s barely out of it. This has nothing to do with ‘Jews’ and ‘the media,’ but everything to do with politics. That’s a lazy comment with unpleasant undertones which just gives ammunition to all those wanting to brand anti-occupation views as anti-Semitic.


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    6. Pieman

      Well said Carl. but you can see why Penny would think such things, there has been no coverage at all in any of last weeks attacks on Gaza. While i do not agree with the more anti- semitic analysis of why this might be, there are still some big questions to be answered.

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    7. max

      Pieman, you mean that the rockets fired in the past days from Gaza haven’t been reported? How surprising!

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    8. Pieman

      No Max they have been reported, what has not been mentioned at all is the Israeli attacks on Gaza. Generally all reporting is with a major pro Israeli bias.

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    9. Jan

      Max, this isn’t Gaza. This is the Israeli occupied West Bank where the IDF loves to go on night raids to, as an Israeli soldier was recently quoted, “make a provocation.

      I wonder Max if you supported the Jewish terror groups of the 1930s and 1940s who attacked both the British who were the occupiers as well Arab civilians? If so, why do you begrudge the Palestinians the right to resist occupation.

      I don’t like violent resistance but Israel has made it crystal clear that they will brook no resistance, violent or non-violent to their occupation and their theft of Palestinian land.

      This disgusting raid is just another act of Israeli terror. And you wonder why Palestinian kids don’t love Jews? Put the blame on Israel.

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    10. max

      @Jan, the comments don’t always keep the original subject… I was addressing Pieman’s comment – should I re-route your request to re-focus to him?
      I have no idea which Jewish group, if any, I’d have joined had I been there… If I understand correctly, they didn’t even have twitters at those times!
      I do remember, thought, that the Arab riots preceded the Jewish militant organizations – didn’t you know that?
      In fact, the Nabi Musa riots in 1920 are often considered as the trigger for the serious organization of Jewish defense. Following was the Buraq Uprising of 1929, including the Hebron massacre and the first (I think) boycott of Jewish products – isn’t it interesting?
      The militias you refer to have only started functioning during the Great Arab Revolt of 1936-1939 (against Jews and British) –
      I hope the context of your question is a bit clearer to you now 🙂
      The raid, as portrayed in the clip, is indeed ugly.
      But why leave it at that? Why not jump with rhetoric? Here: this is terrorism (and if the reader gets the feeling that there’s no difference between this act of terrorism and that of bombing a bus in a city, what can you do?)

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    11. max

      I think that it’s good of +972 to post this video – it creates awareness.
      But I also think that comments like yours dilute the message: such one-sided comments result in a focus on your ignorance instead of the facts.

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    12. When travelling in Germany I used to wonder what the old guy sitting opposite me on the train was doing 20 or 30 years ago. Same feeling now sitting near young Israelis, only much worse .

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    13. […] דבר אחד: "שום דבר לא יעזור/צה"ל הוא ארגון טרור", שרים האנרכיסטים. מי שחושב שהם לא צודקים, מתבקש […]

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    14. directrob

      Let’s assume that drunken German marines organized a nightly raid on a random sleeping Polish village shooting sonic grenades and tear gas …
      That would be CNN stuff and heads would fall …
      The outrage here is that there is no outrage. It is just an ordinary night in the West Bank.

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    15. this is ridiculous. i haven’t seen or heard a thing in the u.s. what, was it shown once for 5 seconds and then off to more important news about women’s soccer or something similar? poor palestine, stripped even of its right to protest theft, indignities, and murder. good one, israel. your time will come. God sees all.

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    16. Esther Andrews

      This comment has been deleted, user was banned

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    17. Karel Musilek

      Well said!

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    18. yoni

      I’m a little late to join the discussion, but doesn’t it seem strange that a “middle of the night” surprise raid on “sleeping” palestinians, is waited for by the cameraman ? maybe there’s a bigger picture ? just a thought.

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