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Policeman identified among settlers who attacked activists

One of the attackers in Anatot was identified as Yossi Ben Arush, a police investigator residing in the settlement. Police: If someone complains, Internal Affairs will investigate

An unusually violent incident took place during the last weekend in the settlement of Anatot, when large groups of settlers attacked Palestinian and Israeli peace activists on two occasions. The violence was well-documented by the activists. The first attack happened during the day, the latter at night, when the activists returned to the settlement to protest. During the second attack this person was prominent:

Policeman and settler Yossi Ben Arush attacks a protester. (Photo: Activestills)

Policeman and settler Yossi Ben Arush attacks a protester. (Photo: Activestills)

In a strange attempt to move the blame away from the settlers, Rotter – a Jehovist-right-wing equivalent of Anonymous – published a post this morning (Hebrew), identifying the attacker as police investigator Yossi Ben Arush, whom it is claimed resides in Anatot. According to the anonymous writer’s somewhat confused logic, the fact that Ben Arush is a settler residing in Anatot somehow proves settlers had nothing to do with the attack. Leftist activist Michal Sapir, who was present during the attack, told me in a phone conversation that she, too, recognized Ben Arush, as she was interrogated by him in the past. Sapir further said that she cried out to Ben Arush “What are you doing, I recognize you, you’re a cop.” From the pictures published by the Rotter poster it would seem Ben Arush has attacked at least two of the protesters: Assaf Sharon and Gil Gottglick.

It should further be noted that a significant number of the settlers of Anatot are police officers, that witnesses noted that several of the settlers tried to prevent the rioting of the others, and that there are certainly worse offenders than Ben Arush. Even so, policemen who allow themselves to attack civilians, even when not in uniform, are justly considered to be worse than mere offenders. At least, since when we are dealing with a cop who is also a settler, who attacks leftist activists, we can safely say this wasn’t a pogrom: After all, the police famously stand aside during pogroms, they do not participate in them.

The police district’s spokeswoman, asked for a comment, said that should someone lodge a complaint against Ben Arush, and should any proof be brought forward – such as the pictures – than Internal Affairs will investigate Ben Arush, which is the normal procedure. Activist Gil Gottglick responded on my Hebrew blog, saying he intends to lodge such a complaint. Developing.

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    1. Fuck tha po-lice and yeah I said it with authority… Swine will be swine.

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    2. Sherri Munnerlyn

      Pigs will be pigs. But it does not have to be that way, I am reminded of that by a movie I watched last night with my Church called Courageous. On a more serious note, I think Israel has crossed another line, in these bold and brutal attacks against her own. She follows Assad in Syria, and many other brutal governments, attacking their own people. This slippery slope leads only further downward. Can the fall even be stopped now?

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    3. ginger

      Obviously this criminalshould be terminated from the police dept

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    4. RichardNYC

      dude looks like a fat henry rollins

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    5. Aaron Ellis

      Swine will be swine, perhaps, but what of the rest? Lest we forget, the rest of the police stood idly by … isn’t that criminal? And the rest of Israeli society – the military/police, settlers, political and social infrastructure – not only allows such violence to take place, but actively participates in, and reinforces violence against Palestinians, simultaneously reinforcing ideologies which are made manifest in violence.

      In other words, if this cop is criminal, then so is the system which abides by and regularly enacts the use of such force.

      All the attention paid to this event strikes me funny (though this event should not escape our attention); if and when internationals or Israelis are not present, such violence directed against Palestinians hardly gets as much publicity or outcry, if any international attention is paid at all.

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