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Settlers attack U.S. convoy near West Bank outpost

Settlers from the West Bank outpost of Adei Ad threw rocks at a U.S. Consulate convoy carrying American diplomats on Friday afternoon. The convoy was hit upon arriving at a nearby Palestinian village to examine olive groves that were uprooted a day prior.

According to Ynet, American security personnel drew their M16 rifles as settlers approached the convoy. The State Department later denied that guns were drawn. No one was injured in the confrontation.

One of the U.S. Consulate vehicles that was hit by a rock. (photo: Rabbis for Human Rights)

One of the U.S. Consulate vehicles that was hit by a rock. (photo: Rabbis for Human Rights)

The diplomats arrived in the area after Palestinians who live in village of Turmus Aya and have U.S. citizenship asked them to look at the damage caused to their trees. The convoy included workers from Jerusalem, although the consul was not present. Settlers claimed that the diplomats entered the area without prior permission, and that their presence allowed Palestinians to enter the outpost.

The U.S. Consulate has yet to officially respond to the event, however American sources say that the president is currently looking into the incident. Israeli police, however, stated that the consulate members arrived without prior coordination.

Turmus Aya recently made headlines in after Palestinian Authority Minister Ziad Abu Ein collapsed there in the wake of an attack by an Israeli soldier. Abu Ein died shortly thereafter in a Ramallah hospital.

Related:
WATCH: Soldiers protect settlers attacking West Bank village
Palestinian minister dies after reportedly struck by Israeli troops

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    1. Larry Saltzman

      Nothing justifies the attack. Israel is making excuses. My only hope is that people will begin to get a clue about the horrors being imposed on the Palestinians by crazy settlers, aided and abetted by the IDF, border police and other officials forces of Israel.

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    2. Pedro X

      By what right do the Americans have to send guards armed with M16s to clash with the residents of Adei Ad? The Americans have no legal authority to act as sherrif in Judea and Samaria.

      The two American cars were not authorized into the area which the Israeli Army had declared a closed military zone. When two Ameican vehicles came within 45 meters of the Israeli community, residents went to confront them. An argument ensued with Israelis throwing rocks at the Americans and Americans pointed their weapons at the Israelis.

      The Jews in Adei Ad have been subject to repeated attacks by their Palestinian neighbors and now armed Americans are bringing Palestinians to edge of their community.

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      • andy

        The land belonged to Palestinians. Before it was a closed military zone.. theres always new closed military zones so they can steal your land..they have every right to enter and Palestinians have every right to bring guest to there land..everyone ignores them its about time someone sees what they do do Palestinians and destroying there food crops is one thing

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      • Brian

        America, behold thy honest, respectful, faithful and grateful ally. Pedro captured the spirit of it so well. So inspiring and heartwarming isn’t it, ye American taxpayer?

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      • Josh

        Sounds like our resident hasbarian Pedro was one of the rock throwing terrorists himself. But wait, I forgot, throwing rocks makes only non-jews terrorist.

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      • @ Pedro X “By what right do the Americans have to send guards armed with M16s to clash with the residents of Adei Ad?”

        By virtue of Israelis being illegal settlers in non-Israeli territory.

        “The Americans have no legal authority to act as sherrif in Judea and Samaria”

        A) It was officially renamed the West Bank by the sovereign, Jordan, it has never been renamed by any legal authority. B) They do in fact have every legal right to intervene in international matters in non-Israeli territory outside the sovereign extent of the state of Israel.

        “The two American cars were not authorized into the area which the Israeli Army had declared a closed military zone”

        If it was a military zone, what are Israeli civilians doing illegally settling there?

        “The Jews in Adei Ad have been subject to repeated attacks by their Palestinian neighbors and now armed Americans are bringing Palestinians to edge of their community”

        Tough. Israeli civilians, Jewish or non-Jewish, have no legal right to be in or settle in non-Israeli territories under Israeli Occupation.

        Your ignorance is amazing BTW!

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        • Phil Fumble

          Yet another foul momdoweis retard here to promote more hatred.

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          • Brian

            Whoah, what an intelligent, non-retarded, non-hateful rebuttal there, Phil. Phil’s a real heavyweight.

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          • Phil Fumble

            This site is for legitimate debate of the 2SS. This guy posts every day at Momdoweis and his,views are not welcome here.

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          • Brian

            1. It’s not a crime to post at Mondoweiss. 2. You do not control who is welcome here, regardless. 3. Talknic is intelligent and entirely on topic here. 4. His comment here is entirely about the territories versus the sovereign extent of the State of Israel so how, please, is that inconsistent with any of “Phil’s Laws of +972”?

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          • You are full of shit “sluggo”.

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        • Pedro X

          Talknic: The United States has no power under international law to intervene in any dispute without the authority of the UN Security Council in accordance with chapters VI and VII of the UN Charter.

          Moreover the United States had recognized the right of Jews to settle in Judea and Samaria or any part of what was Mandate Palestine. In 1922 the members of the League of Nations passed a resolution creating the Mandate for Palestine which gave Jews, in the words of Winston Churchill, a right to settle and develop the lands of Mandate Palestine for a Jewish home.

          In June, 1922 the United States Congress endorsed the Mandate for Palestine for the establishment of a Jewish home. On September 21, 1922 the president of the United States signed the Fish-Lodge Resolution endorsing the Mandate for Palestine. This endorsement lead to the signing of a convention between the US and Britain in which the Mandate for Palestinian was incorporated in its entirety. This treaty was proclaimed into law of both lands in December 1925.

          In 1945 the United Nations Charter in section 80 protected the rights of peoples under the Mandate systems not to have their rights stripped from them.

          In 1949 the armistice agreement between Israel and Jordan provided that no claims were being surrendered by Israel and no borders were being established.

          Eli Hertz has pointed out:

          “Any attempt to negate the Jewish people’s right to Palestine – Eretz-Israel – and to deny them access and control in the area designated for the Jewish people by the League of Nations is an actionable infringement of both international law and the Supremacy Clause (Article VI, paragraph 2 of the United States Constitution), which dictates that Treaties “shall be the supreme Law of the Land”.

          It is also necessary to point out that there is an international treaty between the Palestinians and Israelis which permits Israel to control militarily and civilly the area known as Area “C” which includes Judea and Samaria and includes the area in which Adei Ad is located. Such treaty makes the issue of settlements a final status issue. The Treaty does not provide that settlements are illegal or that they cannot be expanded or new ones built.

          No where in this treaty or under any other international law is America given the right to intervene in the dispute without the consent of the parties.

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      • philip

        give the land back to its rightful owners the settlers should leave !

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      • Michael Kaye

        Pedro X,

        The Americans are traveling on stolen Palestinian land.

        There is nothing you can say that can mean otherwise.

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      • Guy L.

        Do you say the same thing when settlers slash tires of IDF vehicles, set fire to military outposts or throw rocks at IDF officer’s cars?

        Do you also stand up for Palestinians when they throw rocks at government vehicles that pass through their land?

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    3. Brian

      52 vetoes for them at the United Nations and these sh*tty olive sapling vandals throw rocks at American cars.

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    4. Josh

      “Settlers claimed that the diplomats entered the area without prior permission, ”
      Hey settlers, at which point exactly somebody gave you permission to enter Palestine at all? just asking, morons

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    5. Phil Fumble

      For six years, the Obama administration has tried in vain to give the Palestinian Authority what it wanted. It has undermined Israel’s negotiating position at every turn and treated PA leader Mahmoud Abbas as a champion of peace even though he has repeatedly turned down opportunities to end the conflict. But by thumbing his nose at the U.S. at the United Nations Security Council with a doomed effort to pass a one-sided resolution recognizing Palestinian statehood and then heading to the International Criminal Court to pursue specious human-rights cases against Israel, Abbas may have finally gone one step too far. The new Congress can and probably will enact sanctions against the PA. The question is will the administration, which is the injured party in this nasty breakup, seek to prevent Congress from doing the right thing and holding the Palestinians accountable?

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      • Brian

        The morning after American officials get rocks thrown at them by settler thugs the AIPAC copy writing flacks are out in full force. Not an honest sentence in the whole steaming pile.

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      • Eliza

        Phil – Maybe your question should be will AIPAC seek to prevent Congress from what you call ‘doing the right thing’ and enact sanctions against the PA.

        Let’s not forget that it was AIPAC which come out strongly against Rand Paul’s ‘Stand With Israel Act’ which sought to legislate for the cutting off of all US aid to the PA as a response to the Fatah/Hamas unity government reconciliation.

        Ros Lehtinen was an enthusiastic supporter of this bill (which remains languishing in a Foreign Affairs Committee).

        AIPAC is no friend of the Palestinians but neither does it want the full cost of the occupation borne by Israel. I rather think that the Obama administration will not have to do too much to prevent Congress from enacting any legislation or imposing any sanctions that do not have enough wriggle room to allow US aid to flow to the PA.

        AIPAC will slap down the Ros Lehtinens who, in their stupidity think that they are doing Israel as service by either making life too hard for the Palestinians or by ensuring that Israel start to pay the real financial cost of its occupation.

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        • Phil Fumble

          Eliza, That would be a fine second question. But first lets see how this plays out.

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    6. Michael Kaye

      Eliza,

      How about Congress apply all sanctions on the Israelis until they comply to all of the UN Resolutions.

      Oh wait, Congress gets paid by the AIPAC.

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      • Phil Fumble

        How AntiSemitic of you!

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        • Brian

          Oh puhleeeeeeze! The anti-Semitic card! Are you kidding us??!! Save that cheap technique for a much less educated forum, Phil.

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          • Phil Fumble

            Yes, the belief in the existence of an all powerful Jewish run cabal that controls the world is Antisemitic. Regardless of what you want to believe.

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          • Brian

            Yes, Phil, the belief in the existence of an all powerful Jewish run cabal that controls the world is anti-Semitic or at least nutty, but that’s not what Michael Kaye said. Nor is it what US Representatives Baird, Schakowsky and Yarmuth said.

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          • Phil Fumble

            His last sentence is in that vein. I disagree with you and your attempt to whitewash such an outlandish statement.

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          • Bryan

            The use of the word ‘Cabal’ (“a small group of people who work together secretly”, often employing “artifices and intrigues” and “united in a plot” according to Merriam-Webster) is a monstrous slur on an organization which receives enormous respect from leading US politicians. It would be much fairer to say it is a powerful group (“more than a hundred thousand members, a network of seventeen regional offices, and a vast pool of donors”) unrepresentative of the wider US Jewish community, and especially younger people, that works immensely hard, sometimes behind the scenes, and sometimes in public, to influence (some would say subvert) US government policy to the interests of a foreign state. Though it has sometimes engaged in espionage (e.g. the Lawrence Franklin scandal in which highly classified national defense secrets were released to Israel) it generally operates within the letter of the law (though hardly the spirit of freely electing representatives within a democracy).

            In the September 1st 2014 edition of the New Yorker, Connie Brook interviewed a number of politicians on the role of AIPAC:
            Shimon Peres, who served as Israel’s
            Prime Minister and, most recently, as President, says, “My impression is that AIPAC is weaker among the younger people. It has a solid majority of people of a certain age, but it’s not the same among younger people.” Last winter, the organization tried, but failed, to persuade Congress to pass sanctions against Iran. But Democratic senators closed ranks around the President, who opposed such legislation and insisted on giving diplomacy a chance. “AIPAC
            had sustained a painful defeat,” Bruck writes. Their inability to corral the usual stalwarts in
            Congress was a sign that the organization was in “uncharted terrain.”
            Yossi Beilin, a former official in Israel’s Labor government, referred to AIPAC as “a very rightist organization, which doesn’t represent the majority of Jews in America, who are so Democratic and liberal. They want to protect Israel from itself—especially when moderate people are Israel’s leaders.”
            Former U.S. Representative Brian Baird, said “Any member of Congress knows that AIPAC is associated indirectly with significant
            amounts of campaign spending if you’re with them, and significant amounts against you if you’re not with them.” He continues: “When
            key votes are cast, the question on the House floor, troublingly, is often not ‘What is the right thing to do for the United States of Amer
            ica’ but ‘How is AIPAC going to score this?’ There’s such a conundrum here, of believing that you’re supporting Israel, when
            you’re actually backing policies that are antithetical to its highest values and, ultimately, destructive for the country.”
            Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky said “Increasingly, Israel has become a wedge issue, something to be used against the President by the Republicans, and it can be very unhelpful.”
            U.S. Representative John Yarmuth, said “AIPAC clearly has a great deal of clout in the Republican conference, and many Democrats still think that they have to be responsive to it… I think there is a growing sense among members that things are done just to placate
            AIPAC, and that AIPAC is not really working to advance what is in the interest of the United States.”

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          • Phil Fumble

            “…is a monstrous slur on an organization…”

            Lol! You are really full of yourself. Put down the thersurus and maybe go help the Mau Maus or another one of the dozens of indigenous people’s the British Empire raped and destroyed.

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          • Bryan

            Phil – it is a thesaurus (based on the Greek for treasury or storehouse) and its Mau Mau (plural) but don’t let your illiteracy get in the way of generously proffering your opinions. Yes the British did run a colonial system but we turned our backs on that roughly around the time that the state of Israel was created and decided to go down the same road.

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          • Phil Fumble

            “…yes the British ran a colonial empire…”

            That is an astonishing way to whitewash all the crimes over centuries.

            This is why Europe focuses on Israel. It helps them forget what they did.

            Justice for the Mau Maus

            And return the Hope diamond you patheric shit

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          • Bryan

            Britain withdrew from empire either before I was born or whilst I was still a young child, so sorry I feel no direct personal responsibility for the Opium trade, the Slave trade or other distant and horrible events. But remember the horrors of WWII and the Holocaust led the entire civilized world to take active steps (e.g. 4th Geneva convention, founding of UN, Marshall Plan, founding of Common Market, development of international and human rights legislation to ensure “Never Again”.

            I do not whitewash crimes over centuries nor over decades (e.g. Israeli occupation) but please get the important distinction that Britain long ago stop oppressing the Mau Mau and other colonial peoples so you cannot use that stick to justify your continuing oppression of Palestinians and contempt for human rights and international law.

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    7. Rashers

      Every time I follow a link to an article on +972, I am amazed at the distorted worldview of the apologists for the Israeli policies towards the Arabs in the West Bank – this article was about the Occupied West Bank; similar policies apply towards Arab citizens of Israel, residents of East Jerusalem (also illegally annexed and occupied by Israel, lest we forget) and, of course, the Gazan residents, who live in a pressure cooker over a hot fire.
      +972 is NOT a forum to debate the two-state solution; it is a (rare and brave) Israeli forum where all manner of matters related to Israel may be debated. Phil Fumble, Pedro X and their Hasbarim brethren exemplify the worldview alluded to, which is entrenched in the Zionist creed (I use the last word advisedly as may become clear) and reinforced by the upbringings and educations of successive generations of young Israelis since 1948. The very characterisation by the Israel apologists of a website (learn to spell, Phil; it’s “Mondoweiss”) critical of Israeli policies and actions in the Occupied Territories and elsewhere as a “hate site” and “anti-Semitic” is symptomatic of the malaise recently diagnosed in more cogent language than I could muster by Prof. David Dean Shulman of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, “One has to bear in mind that Israelis live in a largely mythic world, a somewhat modified and vastly simplified version of the Iliad. In this starkly polarized vision of reality, in which Israelis are by definition innocent victims of dark, irrational forces operating against them…… violent coercion is the option both of necessity and of choice.” It is this mythic world which has now become the reality perceived by many Israelis.
      Pedro X quotes Winston Churchill concerning the “right to settle Palestine”. He doesn’t dwell greatly on the caveats to the League of Nations’ and, later, UN’s resolutions concerning the treatment of those already there… If we’re looking at dead statesmen’s words, I’ll invoke the prescient view on the settlement of Palestine of Edwin Montagu, who was the sole British Cabinet minister to oppose the Balfour Declaration. Montagu was strongly opposed to Zionism, which he called “a mischievous political creed”, and against the Balfour Declaration of 1917, which he considered anti-Semitic and the terms of which he managed to have modified. In a memo to the Cabinet, he outlined his views on Zionism thus: “…I assume that it means that [Muslims] and Christians are to make way for the Jews and that the Jews should be put in all positions of preference and should be peculiarly associated with Palestine in the same way that England is with the English or France with the French, that Turks and other [Muslims] in Palestine will be regarded as foreigners, just in the same way as Jews will hereafter be treated as foreigners in every country but Palestine. Perhaps also citizenship must be granted only as a result of a religious test.” Just shy of a century on and Edwin Montagu’s predictions are reality. Montagu was the son of Lord Swaythling, better known as the London banker, Samuel Montagu; he was also the only Jew in the Cabinet.
      Don’t btw bother, as some have, insulting me by calling me “Abu”– although I’m Anglo-Saxon, I wear that sobriquet with pride – or accusing me of anti-Semitism; and no, I don’t write (paid or un-paid) for Electronic Intifada.

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      • Phil Fumble

        Lol. Because you say it, so it must be true. Elitist fool. My guess is thst you do better in controlled environments. You can’t handle anything else.

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        • Rashers

          What you mean by “controlled environments” I’m not sure. I’ve lived for nearly eight years in the Middle East, in an Arab country, haven’t converted, and feel no hostility or discomfort (and I don’t live in some ex-pats-only enclave in KSA).

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        • Bryan

          Phil – you have a great line of put-downs for those who are better-educated, better-read or more intelligent than yourself but please remember that whether you are a silver-spooned, silver-tongued member of an aristocratic elite or a self-educated proletarian it’s the quality of your reflection, your logic, your knowledge, and your understanding – not your ability to recite propaganda and to trade insults that counts.

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          • Phil Fumble

            Brian, your postings could come from Protocols. And you have the lack of awareness to portray yourself as better educated? You lack a conscience and a heart.

            And return the Hope diamond you patheric shit

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          • Bryan

            Phil slow down – in one round you have played your Ace and Queen of trumps – you are in danger of being end-played.

            Your Queen was easily overtaken by the King. Just because outlandishly ridiculous claims were made in a forged document`in 1903 does not invalidate all criticisms of the State of Israel.

            As for your Ace that is from another pack altogether (a pack of lies) you card-sharp. If you read up on the Hope Diamond, no one knows where it originated so no one knows who to return it to. It was first acquired by the French, later stolen, possibly later came into the possession of the British royal family, later stolen, acquired by the Americans, and now resides in the Smithsonian collection, so if any one could return it that would be America not Britain.

            I would steer clear of the illegal diamond trade if I were you since that is not going to be terribly productive of your defence of international human rights.

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          • Bryan

            If you could properly read you’d find I did not claim to be better educated than you – I merely asserted that you had a record of insulting “those who are better-educated, better-read OR more intelligent than yourself”. If my logic is wrong then you must be the best-educated, best-read AND most-intelligent person on this site, and perhaps that is unlikely.

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          • Brian

            Bryan, this creature is ‘Sluggo’. It was just a matter of time. Don’t waste your time.

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          • Bryan

            I wondered the same thing faced with the coincidence of one bigot appearing to leave at the same time another one arrived, but then I thought his spelling is worse and his insults were feebler. Perhaps either the Slug or the Fumbler can enlighten us?

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    8. Mikesailor

      Poor Bar is back again with more stupidity. The Jerusalem Post has just posted an article which claims that American blacks loved slavery, that African Blacks like being penned up in Israeli prisons and that Jews love Nazis. Which one should we accept? Why, all of them so long as they were published in a “newspaper” with all of the journalistic integrity of Arutz Sheva or Israel Hayom. Do you ever read your own crap, Bar?

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