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WATCH: Israeli police let stone-throwing settlers walk away

Israeli soldiers don’t arrest settlers. We know that. But what about Israeli police?

A couple of Jewish Israeli settlers were driving in the Israeli-controlled section of Hebron last week — where Palestinians live but only Israelis can drive — when some Palestinian youths threw stones at them, according to human rights organization B’Tselem.

The two settlers got out of their car, presumably to try and catch the stone throwers. But when they couldn’t catch them, they went after the easiest target they could find: the pair smashed a local market’s egg delivery and threw stones at parked Palestinian-owned cars, smashing their windshields, as can be seen in video provided by B’Tselem.

They were still throwing stones when Israeli police arrived. The police, army and settlement security officer, however, just let the two settlers walk to their car and drive off. The following is video shot by B’Tselem volunteers.

(The rest of the incident can be seen here.)

The Palestinians involved filed a report with Israeli police and B’Tselem said it would provide the video footage if requested. However, the police’s failure to even detain the suspected perpetrators is indicative of a wider problem.

According to human rights organizations that collect data on such incidents, Israeli police have an abysmal record in holding settlers accountable for violence against Palestinians. Yesh Din released information about such investigations last month.

According to this data, in 2005-2014, a mere 7.4 percent of investigation files led to indictments of Israeli civilians suspected of attacking Palestinians and their property, reflecting a decline of approximately one percent in the rate of such indictments.

Over the past nine years, according to their data, only 7.4 percent of investigations “led to indictments of Israeli civilians suspected of attacking Palestinians and their property.”

In the past two years, following a spate of higher-than-usual settler attacks against Palestinians, the government ordered the creation of a special police investigatory unit dealing exclusively with what Israel describes as “nationalistic crimes.”

Since the creation of the Nationalistic Crimes Unit in the West Bank, “the failure rate of the Israel Police in properly investigating ideological offenses against Palestinians has in fact worsened,” according to Yesh Din.

In 2013-2014, a statement by Yesh Din said, that nearly 90 percent of police investigations in the past two years were closed without indictment due to what the organization terms “investigative failures.”

Related:
In Hebron, terror begets a reign of terror
A city of devastation: Hebron 20 years after the massacre
Settler violence: It comes with the territory

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    1. It’s not relevant but I wonder how brave these settlers would be if they didn’t have the tacit approval and complicity of the police, the IDF and the GoI. It’s easy to be a thug when you know you’ll pay no price for your crimes and shucks, someday you’ll have a street named after you, like Herzl, Rabin, Ben Gurion et al. They won’t lose their lives, their homes, their cars, spend a night in jail or even lose a night’s sleep. This started, per the account, by Palestinian kids throwing rocks. I don’t care who started it. This has got to stop. I have to thank God that putz and his son (?) didn’t have a gun with him. We’d be looking at a different video, but I bet the ending would be just like this one, driver and son (?) driving off into the sunset. After all, what’s breaking a few eggs, or heads? (“In Rwanda, one politician offered fifty Rwandan francs for each Tutsi head collected; collecting the bounty was euphemistically termed “selling cabbages”)”.

      As the car with the settlers drove off, what was their conversation, if any? I imagine “See son, this is the way to deal with ’em. Animals. How dare they think they can stand up to us. They’re not even human. Understand son? Don’t ever let them think you see them any other way. Got it. You hungry?”

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      • Sluggo

        The above poster is not real. It is an editor from Mondoweis using a fake persona. You can read about the thought experiment on their website.
        Think about it; nobody could say such insipid things, especially when they claim to be a Jewish Israeli.
        But on Mondoweis, you can read about how Ben Gurion et al was a terrorist just like Annie/Marnie said above.

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        • Prove it.

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    2. Pedro X

      Palestinians watched and someone filmed the incident instead of preventing the Palestinian youth from throwing rocks at Israelis and their vehicle. Maybe Palestinians need to own the actions of their youth and prevent an incident from beginning.

      It is obvious from the video that the Palestinians did not enjoy having their property damaged but this will not compel them to take action to stem the problem inflicting Palestinian society, mindless violence.

      Palestinians think that they have an unalienable right to violence and that Israelis have no right to respond to their violence. Guess what, Israelis are not good little Dhimmi and you can expect a response from them which you may not like.

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      • Felix Reichert

        Because a Palestinian on the 4th floor (or so) of a house a hundred meters away from the site is responsible for what some random Palestinian youth are doing down below, right?

        And of course they could have prevented the Palestinian youths from throwing stones, by… hmmm… throwing themselves from the balcony onto the youth? I guess you would have liked that. How else?

        Please explain it to me.

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        • Matt

          Maybe by not encouraging them to throw rocks.

          http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/05/world/middleeast/rocks-in-hand-a-boy-fights-for-his-west-bank-village.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

          “Here in Beit Ommar, a village of 17,000 between Bethlehem and Hebron that is surrounded by Jewish settlements, rock throwing is a rite of passage and an honored act of defiance. The futility of stones bouncing off armored vehicles matters little: confrontation is what counts.”

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          • Mike

            And why aren’t Jews teaching their own children not to inflict violence against Palestinians? Why aren’t Jews teaching tolerance instead of reading passages from the Talmud that say that they must kill all non-Jews. How about teaching them not to write books that say it is okay to kill non-Jewish babies b/c they MIGHT grow up to be bad?

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          • Jan

            Stone throwing has long been the weapon of the oppressed. David used stones against Goliath. Resistance fighters in Nicaragua used stones against the brutal and repressive Guardia Nacional of the dictator Somoza. Stones are the weapons of those who don’t have the weapons used by those who oppress them. Stones are the weapons of the oppressed against their oppressors.

            If you don’ like stones then don’t give the Palestinians any reason to throw them. Get out of the territories. Take the IDF with you.

            Perhaps you’d like to read testimonies from former members of the IDF as to what they did in the territories. Read the testimonies and hang your head in shame.

            http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/jun/08/israel-soldiers-speak-out-brutality-palestine-occupation

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          • Ginger Eis

            Jan, you are always encouraging and cheering violence on this site! I just don’t know if you are sanile or just flat out stupid, but when a granny (you say yourself that you are a grandmother!) encourages and cheers violence, something really bad and rotten is wrong somewhere (and exactly that is the reason why I made a decision a while ago to ignore you). Many children (including few months old babies), women and men have been killed by stone throwers https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WlHFpdRuJbU. Equally, many Palestinian juvenile/teenage boys (who were organized by grown Arab males who use them as child soldiers to fight as you are clearly approving of and encouraging here!) have met their own deaths during their attempts to kill Israelis with stones. Do you really think that any victim of stone throwing won’t defend him/herself; that security forces won’t act to protect? Do you want more Palestinian deaths, and if yes, why do you come here shedding crocodile tears when said Palestinians die trying to kill others? Do you really think that stone throwers will ever be able to ethnically cleanse the Jewish People from the Heart Of their Ancestral Home Land? Gee! The stupidity I encounter on this site is just breathtaking.

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          • Brian

            Typical settler bully/coward mentality. Typical.

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          • Jan

            Ginger, I much prefer non-violence to violence. Israel has NEVER wanted any resistance to its occupation and land theft even when that resistance was non-violent. Way back in 1983, a few years before the formation of Hamas, Mubarak Awad, a Palestinian American who had been born in Jerusalem, came to the West Bank where he founded the Palestine Centre for the Teaching of Non-Violence. Now one might think that the Israelis would like the idea of non-violence but they would be wrong. In spite of protests from the Reagan State Dept. Awad was deported.

            During that same period bombs were placed in the cars of three mayors of Arab villages who had spoken out for non-violent resistance. When the bombs went off two of the mayors lost their legs and the third was badly injured.

            It is Israeli policies that have encouraged violence. Even today demonstrators who are trying to save their village lands from theft by Israel are met with tear gas before even one rock is thrown.

            If Israel doesn’t like the violence then they should get the hell out of the West Bank because the rock throwing will not stop. Obviously you have no problem with violence since you encourage the very policies that engender violence.

            Finally I guess you have forgotten the violence of the Irgun and the Stern Gang, two Jewish terror groups formed to attack the British occupiers and Arab civilians. These terrorists hid their weapons in the homes, schools and synagogues. But, unlike the Israelis, the Brits didn’t bomb Jewish neighborhoods into rubble.

            I won’t go into all the terror in which the Stern Gang and the Irgun engaged. I think you are smart enough to find out for yourself. Sadly, I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if you didn’t support their violence.

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        • Pedro X

          There were Palestinians present in the street where the youths were throwing rocks and none tried to stop them.

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      • The response by Israeli settlers wasn’t my point. The lack of consequences facing Israeli’s when they commit violence on Palestinians is my point and I believe the point of this article. Israelis can maim and vandalize with no consequences. They are able to kill without consequences either, except in extremely high profile, particularly gruesome murder such as the immolation of Mohammed Abu Khdeir. Do you care to address that or do you just want to talk shit about non-existent dhimmitude?

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      • Well, I’m going to try again but it won’t be the same. Ex – the point, I believe, of this article is that once again, Israeli’s face no consequences when the violence they commit is perpetrated against Palestinians. There are too numerous to be counted cases of this.

        It was too bad that what looked like a father and son team smashed the eggs, threw stones then drove off together. Why didn’t any Israeli stop them? Gee. Wow.

        There is no equity. Why doesn’t that bother you?

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        • Pedro X

          The Police also did not try to arrest any of the Palestinians involved in the incident. Isn’t that equity?

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          • Uh, because they were too fat to catch ’em?

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        • Matt

          Stonethrowing isn’t violent protest. It’s legitimate, non-violent resistance. Right? Otherwise Israel would be justified in arresting Palestinian children when they throw stones, and we all know Israeli arrest of children is wrong.

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          • boso de Niro

            you have to post a smiley face if you’re going to be sarcastic or ironic

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      • Danny

        Blah blah blah

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      • Jan

        Jews think they have an unalienable right to oppress the Palestinians, to take their land, to demolish their homes, to imprison and torture their people, to destroy their ancient olive trees, to spill their sewage onto their agricultural lands, to throw stones at their kids on their way to school, to beat up farmers tilling their lands, and to do anything else that they want to do.

        Here is a quote from a man named Ahad Ha’am, a Zionist who made many trips to Palestine in the late 1800s and early 1900s. He despaired of what the Jewish state might become. He was right. This is what Ha’am, who has streets in Israel named after him, had to say about the Jewish settlers.

        “They deal with the Arabs with hostility and cruelty, trespass unjustly, beat them shamefully for no sufficient reason, and even boast about their actions. There is no one to stop the flood and put an end to this despicable and dangerous tendency. Our brothers indeed were right when they said that the Arab only respects he who exhibits bravery and courage. But when these people feel that the law is on their rival’s side and, even more so, if they are right to think their rival’s actions are unjust and oppressive, then, even if they are silent and endlessly reserved, they keep their anger in their hearts. And these people will be revengeful like no other.”

        This is how the Jewish state began.

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          • Jan

            I have seen this video before. It is terrible. But I am sure that a person as brilliant as you GInger knows full well, that what was done to the Jews of Arab countries came AFTER the ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians. Had the Palestinians not been ethnically cleansed or allowed to return as was requested by UN Res. 194 the Jews might still be in their homes in Arab countries where many of them did quite well.

            But all is not what you seem to think it is. The Israeli government wanted those Jews. They needed to fill the land where the Palestinians no longer lived and to work the fields once worked by the Palestinians.

            Maybe you will open your mind a bit if you read the words of Naim Giladi, a Zionist and an Iraqi Jew who spoke of how the Israelis did what they could to encourage the Jews of Iraq to leave.

            http://www.bintjbeil.com/E/occupation/ameu_iraqjews.html

            Finally I find it so interesting and quite telling that you ignore the words of Ahad Ha’am who told the truth about the early Jewish settlers in Palestine. I guess what they did in abusing the Arabs was OK with you.

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      • Brian

        We know. You like your Palestinians thoroughly goyimmified so you can pat them on the head and tell them what good little fellers they are and can’t we all get along?

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    3. Matt

      Why wouldn’t they? Everyone knows stone-throwing is “non-violent, legitimate protest.” Do you want Israeli police to stop Israelis from legitimately protesting?

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    4. Incident started when Palestinian shabab were doing what they always do, throw rocks at Israeli cars. These two Israelis (how do you know they are “settlers”, BTW? If you consider all Israelis settlers by virtue of just being an Israeli and a Jew, you should inform your readers of this meaning which is not immediately clear to Israelis or your average readers) reacted in the way most harassed human beings anywhere in the world would, by being angry and attempting to reciprocate in kind. This behaviour, acting out of anger, is always stupid and dangerously stupid in cases like this. How do they know it was not a trap to lure them into a situation in which they would be assaulted and lynched? Another point: when acting stupidly, people lose all good judgment and do bad things, like trying to take their frustration on innocent by-standers. Those poor eggs haven’t done anything, were not complicit in endangering a driving car or the people inside it. Furthermore, smashing them caused financial damage to the man who delivered them and who had absolutely nothing to do with the cute rock-throwing Palestinian youths. Like I said, anger makes people very stupid and often mean and violent, but it’s no excuse.

      And very stupid is the attempt in this article to depict this incident the way it did when the video tells a different line of narrative.

      On the other hand, maybe the swollen, one-sided, demonizing tale of settlers violence against Palestinians is so popular that facts and accuracy are not really a principle that should matter. All is fair in love and war is the underlying thinking in this tale and we are at war, aren’t we? Good versus evil, with evil instantly labelled as “settlers”. Nice work.

      As a parting thought, when they come for the Jews in Israel (judging by the touchingly compassionate comment by “Marnie”, such a day will come) noone will pause to wonder who is the Jew and who is the exceptional good Jew.

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      • CC says

        “when acting stupidly, people lose all good judgment and do bad things, like trying to take their frustration on innocent by-standers. Those poor eggs haven’t done anything, were not complicit in endangering a driving car or the people inside it. Furthermore, smashing them caused financial damage to the man who delivered them and who had absolutely nothing to do with the cute rock-throwing Palestinian youths. Like I said, anger makes people very stupid and often mean and violent, but it’s no excuse.”

        So prosecute for the damage done to the egg handler. That’s where I would leave it–with the proviso that the same level of prosecution and asked redress, punishment and/or financial, be used as if the ethnicities were reversed on this event only.

        Everyone must come to understand that collateral damage of this kind will not be tolerated.

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    5. Bruce Gould

      My fellow American taxpayers: one state in which everyone gets treated the same under the law, regardless of religion or ethnic affiliation. One state with a constitution that emphasizes individual rights and not the rights of various groups.

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      • Ginger Eis

        WTF is this buffoon murmuring about? Palestinians want their Self-determination and independence to be the masters of their own destiny in accordance with their own norms and values, traditions and culture, religion and law. Jews want exactly the same – a State that guarantees Jewish Self-determination and a refuge for Jews in their Ancestral Home Land! This Principle – the Principle of Independence and Self-determination is the whole summary of the United States Declaration of Independence and Constitution!

        You claim to be an United States citizen (solely based on a passport), but you know nothing about the United States. Imbecile.

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        • Ginger Eis

          The State Of Israel has a Basic Law/a constitution and other material laws enacted on the basis of the Basic Law wherein are enshrined individual rights AND the cultural rights of various groups in accordance with both the Jewish law and the law of civilized people – as does btw. our good ‘ol United States of America. They who call for “one-state-solution” when it comes to Israel do so NEITHER out of any concern for “human rights” (and they have no idea as to what constitutes human rights!) NOR oot of love for “Palestinians”, BUT out of envy, jealousy and hatred of Jews: they want the State Of Israel gone; they want to deny Jewish Self-determination, they want to bring back the “Wandering Jew”, “Der Ewige Jude” and pave the way for continued mass expulsions and/or mass murders of Jews and looting of their properties with the goal of annihilating the entire Jewish People. But, you see, Bruce, it ain’t gonna happen. Never Again! Mark those words!

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          • Bryan

            Brilliantly informed and learned as you may be Ginger you are still utterly wrong. Israel does not have a constitution, though it committed to do so, and was required to do so by the UN partition proposal. It does have basic laws, which sound great, until you read the small print, when you know it was composed by dodgy lawyers. E.g. the 1992 Basic Law of Human Dignity Law and Dignity, which states:

            “8. There shall be no violation of rights under this Basic Law except by a law befitting the values of the State of Israel, enacted for a proper purpose, and to an extent no greater than is required.
            9. There shall be no restriction of rights under this Basic Law held by persons serving in the Israel Defence Forces, the Israel Police, the Prisons Service and other security organizations of the State, nor shall such rights be subject to conditions, except by virtue of a law, or by regulation enacted by virtue of a law, and to an extent no greater than is required by the nature and character of the service.
            10. This Basic Law shall not affect the validity of any law (din) in force prior to the commencement of the Basic Law.
            12. This Basic Law cannot be varied, suspended or made subject to conditions by emergency regulations; notwithstanding, when a state of emergency exists, by virtue of a declaration under section 9 of the Law and Administration Ordinance, 5708-1948, emergency regulations may be enacted by virtue of said section to deny or restrict rights under this Basic Law, provided the denial or restriction shall be for a proper purpose and for a period and extent no greater than is required.”

            In other words your Basic Laws provided an absolutely guarantee but can be over-ridden by any law the Knesset chooses to pass or by pre-existing laws, or by the military regulations pre-existing from the oppressive British colonial regime. Talk about a “light unto the world” – more like a handbook for oppression.

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        • Brian

          I see that you like to crudely bully Bruce for some odd reason known only to yourself, Eis, but you should pay particular attention to the two posts of ‘Jan’ above Bruce’s. They are by far the strongest comments here today. Ahad Ha’am would have been repulsed by you. Not to mention the David who slew Goliath with a stone.

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    6. utemia

      If it were up to me, I’d arrest and punish everybody that throws a stone, regardless of whether they are Jewish or Arab or whatever. It is NOT a harmless cavalier act.

      Sometimes it seems as if throwing stones in the only way to get rid of pent up frustration for Palestinian youths, and it is so counterproductive and pointless in the long run. As I read, the older Palestinians often or even usually try to prevent it because they know it will only have bad consequences. And it’s such a shame that the children in Hebron in H2 learn from an early age on that this kind of violence is a normal daily occurrence. How is a 3 or 4 year old child supposed to know that it is wrong? And I’ve seen videos where the Jewish settlers were throwing stones and egging their children on to do so as well, so it’s hardly possible to say one is less guilty or innocent than the others when it comes to this.

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      • Ben Zakkai

        Utemia, I’m going to assume that you live in a place where you have rights and remedies under the rule of law. If you have concluded that Palestinians rock-throwers deserve to be punished, let me ask you: under what circumstances, and in what manner, does an oppressed people have the right to resist their oppression forcibly?

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        • utemia

          “If you have concluded that Palestinians rock-throwers deserve to be punished, let me ask you: under what circumstances, and in what manner, does an oppressed people have the right to resist their oppression forcibly?”

          They have of course the right to resist, but injuring others in a situation that isn’t outright open warfare or self defense has seldom led to positive results for those that do it. And throwing a rock at someone in a situation that isn’t ourtight open warfare or selfdefense is also morally wrong in my oppinion because you’re treating another fellow human being with violence. That’s never right.

          And, as I said, on top of that throwing rocks at settler cars or property or soldiers or their jeeps will only rain down hell on those kids. Nighttime raids to arrest them, prison – that surely showed Israel! It’s stupid. I understand that they’re frustrated and that this maybe also a kind of game for them, but it has serious consquences for them, and they are all negative and will make their life more difficult that it already is. Resistance doesn’t have to take on the form of throwing rocks. Resistance with political and/or nonviolent means will have more success in the longrun. The nonviolent demonstrations and cameras are an example. Sure – they get teargassed and dispersed by the IDF, but they also have had success. I watched the film “5 cameras” about the struggle of Bilin to move the seperation fence.

          Those that organize nonviolent resistance know why they don’t want kids to throw stones. It’s counterproductive, morally wrong under most circumstances, only causes even more problems needlessly and gives the IDF a pretext and justification to be even bigger dicks to the population than they already are.

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          • Ben Zakkai

            Thanks for responding. This is not an easy subject. I don’t think that I condemn forcible or even violent resistance as categorically as you do. Ideally it would be wonderful if an oppressed people could win its freedom through peaceful protests alone, but I doubt whether history teaches us that such a thing is possible. If the use of force is necessary and effective in throwing off tyranny, then it must be allowed, mustn’t it? Such force, if allowed, will be applied in the context of an asymmetric conflict, where the stronger oppressor dominates conventional warfare and thus the oppressed party must use unconventional means (which the oppressor will characterize as illegal and immoral), generally without knowing in advance what will work and what won’t. So, do Palestinian kids who throw rocks at IDF soldiers and settlers deserve to be punished? I’m not sure, but I doubt it.

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          • utemia

            Ben Zakkai ” If the use of force is necessary and effective in throwing off tyranny, then it must be allowed, mustn’t it”

            But it isn’t effective in a meaningful way that actually leads to positive end results for the Palestinian cause. As far as I can tell, the only people that suffer are the kids that throw rocks, and on top of that they grow up learning that throwing rocks at somebody else or their property is an acceptable thing to do. Children learn social behaviour by observing and then copying their peers and others around them (A. Bandura’s theory of social learning), and this casual violence is presented as acceptable behaviour that they emulate. That’s pretty bad in my oppinion and will be harmful for any society. It’s backwards and archaic but maybe that is just my prejudice.

            But you know, I would be strongly recommend treating the settlers that throw rocks just as harshly. They do not deserve any leniency and they are not above the law. What their children learn about what is OK what isn’t (and as I heard the settlers in Hevron are especially fanatical) and that’s just as horrible. They learn that they can get away with everything and are above the law. Does Israel want citizens like that? Maybe it deserves them though..

            “Such force, if allowed, will be applied in the context of an asymmetric conflict, where the stronger oppressor dominates conventional warfare and thus the oppressed party must use unconventional means (which the oppressor will characterize as illegal and immoral), generally without knowing in advance what will work and what won’t.”

            With that logic it’s possible to justify suicide attacks. Do you think that suicide attacks against settlers are a morally acceptable means of resistance? I don’t get the impression that you do, and I am not trying to put words in your mouth either. I think that just leads down a very dangerous path. And then there is the most common reaction after someone is attacked – people close ranks. I don’t think that’s very helpful for the cause to achieve Palestinian statehood.

            “So, do Palestinian kids who throw rocks at IDF soldiers and settlers deserve to be punished? I’m not sure, but I doubt it.”

            Obviously the punishment should fit the crime. But they should definitly not get away scotfree, but neither should the settler kids. What do you think would happen if the Palestinians would see that settlers who threw rocks would get arrested or had to pay heavy fines? Do you think that this would increase the provocations on both sides, more price tag attacks? Or would that maybe lead to the sense that doing violent things against others will deservedly land you trouble, and is deemed wrong by most people for good reasons?

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          • Ben Zakkai

            Well, as I said, this isn’t an easy subject. To be sure, widespread unpunished violence corrupts individuals and society. And even if one did justify some forcible opposition to oppression and tyranny, one presumably wouldn’t justify all of it. Still, one has to ask, would slavery have been abolished in the US without violent opposition? What about fascism in WWII? Would even Gandhi’s and Mandela’s freedom movements have succeeded had they not incorporated or been accompanied by armed struggle? The list of examples is endless. It’s hard to refute the assertion that Israel’s major territorial concessions, like pulling out of Sinai, Lebanon and then Gaza – all of which were justified and necessary – were brought about primarily through effective armed opposition. The trouble with your evenhanded proposal that Palestinians and settlers be punished equally for rock-throwing and other offenses, is that that has never happened and never will, precisely because of the gross structural inequality that inspires and justifies much Palestinian resistance in the first place.

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          • utemia

            Sadly I don’t have any awesome easy solutions to decrease the “gross structural inequality”. It seems rather obvious to me that doing so would be in both sides’ interest, not just for the Palestinians. The biggest Israeli argument for it boils down to “national security” – and they fight fire with oil.

            Pride, one of the deadly sins, seems to stands in the way on both sides

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    7. Ben Zakkai

      The striking thing here is impunity: how the Jewish settlers barely even look up when the police arrive, indeed they don’t flee the scene or even offer explanations to the police despite the fact that they’ve just committed violent criminal acts, because they know the police wouldn’t even think of taking the slightest action against them. Now imagine the reverse situation: A couple of Palestinians, claiming that Jewish Settler A threw rocks at them and then ran away, proceed to throw rocks at Jewish Settlers B and C and then grab stuff out of their cars and throw it on the street – and then the police arrive. Would the police ignore the Palestinians or accept their explanations? Of course not. Many years ago I reacted indignantly to the accusation that Israel practices Apartheid; then came a time when I began to recognize some parallels but still resist the comparison; but by now, can anyone who sees the two radically disparate systems of law and enforcement applied in the Occupied Territories to Jews and Palestinians, respectively, on the basis of religious and ethnic identity, fail to acknowledge that the term Apartheid fits like a glove because it’s the most accurate and efficient way of describing the situation on the ground?

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      • Pedro X

        The striking thing here is the immunity which Palestinians have to attack Israelis in broad daylight. It is striking that when the Police arrive they separate the Jews from the Arabs and send them on their way. The Arabs stay and mill about with the police. Even when the IDF arrive on the scene Palestinians are seen walking about, around and through the police and army presence. They are not one bit apprehensive about the Police or military presence.

        This is just a normal day in Hevron where the Palestinians with impunity attack Israelis with no fear of being arrested. Then they complain to the Israeli police when some angry Israelis give Palestinians back in kind what they gave.

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        • There’s basically nothing you contribute that has any truth.

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        • Ben Zakkai

          Wow. I don’t know what would be worse: if you really believe what you’ve written, or if you don’t. Are you incapable of making critical distinctions? Obviously Palestinians don’t feel any kind of impunity or immunity around Israeli police and defense forces, since we kill an average of one Palestinian every few days, while beating, wounding and arresting many more – and that’s during the quiet times. Perhaps all Palestinians are the same to you, but still, try to understand: in the video, the Palestinians milling around after the police arrived had done nothing wrong; on the contrary, a few of them had been victimized by those two settlers. If you know anything, Pedro, you know this: as I said above, had it been a couple of Palestinians who did what those settlers did, and then the police arrived while they were still on the scene, they would have paid severely for their conduct. Go ahead, deny it, and see if you have any credibility left after you do.

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          • Pedro X

            What do you mean if? The Palestinians pelted the Israeli car with rocks. This is how the whole incident arose. No Palestinians were taken into custody. The Police acted the same way to the Palestinians as the Jews. the Police diffused the situation and everyone went back to their normal activity.

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          • Ben Zakkai

            Oh, you slippery little eel. Now I know you’re lying and obfuscating intentionally, not merely mistaken – and so does anyone else who views the above video and then reads this exchange of comments. Thank you, Pedro.

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          • Bryan

            Ben, I think you have just demonstrated that there are posters here that have no credibility whatsoever.

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    8. Average American

      Both parties in this exchange throw stones like primitive grunting cave men. It’s symbolic of the religious dogma from thousands of years ago that both sides are still stuck in. This is a third-world backward theocracy country, not a modern democracy.

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