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WATCH: Masked settlers attack left-wing activists in Jordan Valley

Five of the activists, who were there to protect Palestinian shepherds from settler attacks, were themselves wounded by Israeli settlers.

A group of masked Israeli settlers attacked over a dozen activists with Jewish-Arab solidarity group Ta’ayush in the Jordan Valley on Friday morning. The activists were accompanying Palestinian shepherds working near al-Auja, which is near Habaladim, an Israeli outpost.

Last year, in addition to their regular activities in the South Hebron hills, Ta’ayush activists also started going to the Jordan Valley to work with Palestinian communities threatened by Israeli settlers. Until recently, they focused their work in the northern part of the valley, but for the last two weeks they have also accompanied Palestinians in the al-Auja area due to violence settlers have been inflicting on local shepherding communities.

“The settlers showed up with clubs last week also,” said one of the Ta’ayush activists who witnessed the violence. “But last week they didn’t go any further than the adjacent hilltop — maybe they didn’t understand who we were. This week they didn’t stop there.”

The Baladim outpost is one of the more hard-core settlements in the area. “The most radical and marginalized hilltop youth are there, the type even the rabbis can’t control and don’t even want them there,” the activist continued. “The police also keep an eye on them and show up from time to time, but they basically hide in caves. They’ve become a nightmare for the shepherds in this area.”

On Friday, the settlers advanced toward the activists armed with clubs and stones, and violently attacked them, as the video shows. Five of the activists were wounded, one in the head. The activists reported the attack to the police, whom they had informed in advance they would be accompanying the shepherds.

“When we saw them approaching us we stood in a line with the shepherds behind us,” the activist recalled. “We yelled at them to get away but they kept coming and attacked.”

“Because the attack took place in a location without any access roads, we were forced to walk down a steep path for around 40 minutes until we reached asphalt, where an ambulance was waiting,” he continued.

“The police who showed up told us to go to the Binyamin police station in order to file a complaint, but when we got there the station was empty — not a single soul was there and we had no choice but to leave. If any of the activists want to file a criminal complaint they will have to come back to the station on Sunday.”

According to the activist, one of the police officers who arrived at the scene told him that two people had been arrested following the attack.

A police spokesperson said only that they had “received a report about the incident, and the police opened an investigation.”

This article first appeared in Hebrew on Local Call. Read it here.

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    1. Itshak Gordin Halevy

      I am against violence but at the same time I admire these youth fighting to free Eretz Israel

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      • Bruce Gould

        Free Eretz Israel from what?

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        • Itshak Gordin Halevy

          From Arab occupation.

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      • Joshua Fisher

        You admired the fighting of unmasked German youth in uniforms for Groß-Deutschland too back then?

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        • Itshak Gordin Halevy

          I admire the hundreds of young Germans who come every year in Israel to help (in the IDF too) because they love our country.

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      • Ben

        So here we see a brainwashed clown primly admonish us, on the “stop-and-frisk in East Jerusalem” page, that everyone must respect the law and obey the police immediately and without question in his Herrenvolk Republic, alles muss in Ordnung sein, while over here he lets down his hair and salutes the law breaking settler thugs and can’t contain his admiration. Oh, but at the very same time he is “against violence.” This is why Joshua Fisher’s question is apt. One can judge the content of a person’s character by asking, how might this particular person have behave if he were placed as a Gentile born in Germany in 1920? It is not really a test so much as an exercise in imagination. With whom would he have run? 1. Would he have actively run with the wolves? 2. Would he have passively stood by but cheered on the wolves? 3. Would he have passively stood by but opposed the wolves? Would he have passively resisted somehow? 5. Would he have actively resisted? Based on his comments and the character he displays I would place ‘Halevy’ in category number 2. It is a test we all might fail but I would hope more of us would be at least in categories 3-5 and not 1-2. Or at least not be so incredibly, brazenly hypocritical about it.

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        • Itshak Gordin Halevy

          I am against violence. But the presence of these “activist” in a disturbed zone is a provocation. For many young Israeli, these “activists” are traitors. It explains this violent reaction which I do not approve. But I understand it.

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          • Ben

            Halevy, pal, you just don’t get it. Many a young German in the 1930s said similar things to justify crimes as you are justifying crimes in 2017. They had similar standards for “traitors.” You are not that different. Your justfications are essentially the same: a racial, religious, Herrenvolk, lebensraum set of justifications and “understandings” for crimes against others and for taking land from people and treating them with cruelty and as untermenschen. You are quite right that this is a disturbed zone. Your justifications for disturbing it are not fundamentally all that different than the Germans of the 1930s. That is the exceedingly disturbed part.

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    2. Carmen

      Pithy words from halevy, as usual, cheering the cowards in masks. The only thing that needs to be freed is your mind of its colonialist mentality. I pray for the freedom of Palestine.

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      • Itshak Gordin Halevy

        Judea and Samaria belong to the Jewish people according to our Torah. That is why there will never be a “Palestinian” State. Perhaps for Carmen, the Torah is a colonialist book?

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        • Bruce Gould

          Yes, the Torah is being used to justify colonialism. Not colonialism within the 67 borders, colonialism in the West Bank and Gaza.

          Gershon Shafir, in his book “A Half Century of Occupation”, documents in great detail how the religious right in Israel has hijacked the peace process in favor of settler-colonialism.

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        • carmen

          The torah, in your hands, is nothing but a comic book. Fraud.

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          • brightdarkness

            The koran, in your hands, is nothing but a comic book.

            Fixed it for you.

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          • carmen

            You aren’t capable. Fixed that for you.

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          • Ray

            Yes, obviously Carmen is a Muslim. Jagoff.

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    3. i_like_ike52

      I can’t make out what is happening from the clip, but I do know that Left-wing groups have a history of using “protecting simple Arab shepherds” to encroach on Jewish land and even use these to probe for ways of infiltrating the yishuvim in order to carry out terrorist attacks.
      Maybe there are 2 sides for every story.

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    4. carmen

      Over Passover, settlers attacked three grandmothers. I was one of them
      http://www.haaretz.com › Opinion

      Settlers from Kushner family funded settlement attack 3 Israeli women
      mondoweiss.net/2017/04/settlers-community-grandmothers

      What brave men these colonialists, attacking grandmothers. I pray for the day the field is level.

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      • Itshak Gordin Halevy

        What did three peaceful grandmothers do in troubles areas? Why offending the Jewish inhabitants of the Judea-Samaria?

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    5. Ben

      You all should read Gideon Levy’s heartfelt apology. You have no excuse not to, it’s free, behind no paywall.

      A Heartfelt Apology to Haaretz Readers
      To all offended readers, I apologize for the one-sidedness. How could I not maintain a balance between the murderer and the murdered; the thief and his victim; and the occupier and the occupied?
      Gideon Levy
      http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/1.784352

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      • Itshak Gordin Halevy

        What is Haaretz..? Who is Guidon Levy..?

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        • Ben

          Halevy, your response is precisely the response of the Israelis Gideon Levy skewers so effectively. One of the things I’ve noticed about people susceptible to dogged, fixed, self-justifying attitudes and viewpoints is that they are not very bright and not able to learn new things. Gideon Levy is the guy who wrote this:

          “It was not pleasant for you to read the theory put forward by me and my fellow Haaretz correspondent Amira Hass about the occupation. You, who are active in Rotary Israel, who come from the business world, who are so proud of your children and the fact that they live in the West Bank. Your son was educated at the Eli premilitary academy, and your granddaughters proudly carry the last name Sheetrit. You, who are so pleased with yourselves and your values, with your children and your morals, don’t think you should be forced to read unpleasant truths….”
          read more: http://www.haaretz.com/opinion/1.784352

          Halevy you are an mix of Swiss kleinbürgerlich attitudes and national religious messianism.

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          • Itshak Gordin Halevy

            Yes absolutely. I am a proud Jewish man. The situation of the Jewish People has never been so good as today except during the reign of King Salomon. I am in Israel to fight those who try to weaken it (among Christians, Muslims or Jewish traitors).

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          • Ben

            You’re proud of being ein kleinbürgerlicher Judeofascist des 21. Jahrhunderts? Got it. We know where we stand, Halevy. No ambiguity there.

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          • Itshak Gordin Halevy

            Judeofascist because I love my People, my religion, my country? What is your problem Ben?

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