A group of 10 settlers assaults two Palestinian farmers, with IDF troops standing by. Just another day of occupation. By Yesh Din, written by Yossi Gurvitz The media is in the habit of reporting "price tag" attacks: they're rather easy to report. There's often arson, and the arsonist generally leaves a clear message. It's very photogenic and allows the common Israeli to dismiss those nutcases who use wild violence, not orderly violence like the army does, mutter something about the government being unable to deal with them, and move on. Those who are familiar with the subject of settler violence,…Read More...
Israel's attorney general decided to drop the case against racist book "Torat Ha'Melech" – since its racism was couched in religious terms. The prosecution, backed by Attorney General Yehuda Weinstein, announced Monday that it is dropping the case against rabbis Yizhak Shapira, Yoseph Elizur, Dov Lior and Yizhak Ginzburg. The first two wrote a book called "Torat Ha'Melech" (The King's Bible) two years ago. It is a religious treatise on the killing of gentiles – that is, when a Jew is permitted to kill a non-Jew. Lior and Ginzburg endorsed the book. It is worth noting that all four rabbis…Read More... | 82 Comments
Since the IDF cannot and will not protect Palestinians from settlers, it's time to turn over the West Bank to an international force. An incident in the village of Asira Al-Qibiliya drew media attention on Saturday, since it was captured on B'Tselem's cameras. A group of Yitzhar settlers tried to raid the village, set its fields on fire, and two of its people opened live fire against the villagers who gathered to defend themselves, severely wounding one of them. IDF gunmen present at the scene did nothing. The IDF Spokesman sputtered something (Hebrew) about "on the face of it, the…Read More... | 52 Comments
With violence against Palestinians becoming commonplace and essentially condoned, it begins vanishing from the media and becomes a non-issue When a post mortem on Israeli democracy takes place, there’s a good chance that the “Ha’Kol Ha’Yehudi” will be considered akin to Radio Rwanda, which encouraged and led the murderers to the victims during that country's genocide. The site (Hebrew), whose name means “The Jewish Voice,” is operated by the Yehudim Smechim (“Happy Jews”) Association (Hebrew), which is the active front of the students of the “Od Yoseph Khai” yeshiva in Yizhar. Led by Yizhak Ginzburg, this is in all likelihood…Read More... | 4 Comments
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