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WATCH: Settlers sexually harass Palestinian woman, soldiers stand by

Settlers in Hebron use loudspeaker to disparage Islam and sexually harass a Palestinian woman in the middle of the night.

The settlers of Hebron have never been known for their manners. This time, however, it seems that they have sunk to a new low — even by their standards.

Last Thursday night, settlers from the nearby settlement of Kiryat Arba approached the neighborhood of al-Hariqah and used a PA system to curse Islam as well as the local Palestinian population, in both Arabic and Hebrew.

A Palestinian volunteer for Israeli human rights organization B’Tselem documented parts of the incident from the window of her home (full disclosure: I am a member of B’Tselem’s board). When the settlers realized she was filming, they began cursing and sexually harassing her using racist and misogynistic language. According to the volunteer, soldiers who were present at the scene did nothing to stop the settlers.

This video should come with a trigger warning, since the language used in it is too despicable to quote:

A B’Tselem volunteer who filmed the incident from her window said the following the incident in a testimony she provided to B’Tselem field researcher Manal al-Ja’bri:

At 6 p.m. I went up to my apartment, which looks out over al-Hariqah neighborhood and the settlement of Kiryat Arba. At first I ignored the settlers’ party, but they turned the music up just when the muezzin called out for evening prayers from the mosque. They started mocking the prayer and insulting the Prophet Muhammad.

I saw a military jeep on the hilltop where the settlers were gathered. There were several other soldiers on the road below, which looks out over al-Hariqah Street that runs by the settlement. I began filming. The settlers began to use foul language and call out obscenities concerning me, Islam, and especially the Prophet Muhammad. The Israeli soldiers and police did nothing to stop them. This was not the first time: about a year ago, I documented settlers swearing, using foul language and calling out obscenities against the Prophet Muhammad while soldiers and police allowed them to continue.”

According to the IDF Spokesperson Unit, the soldiers present “asked the settlers to stop and even called the police. The police arrived at the scene and confiscated the PA system.” The video, however, does not include any intervention on the part of the soldiers.

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    1. Itshak Gordin Halevy

      I do not like bad language and I never allowed my children to use obscenity. These words have probably been pronounced by young people. However it is not forbidden in Israel to insult the prophet of the Muslims. The Muslims insult our religion every day. Concerning the muezzins, they disturb us several times a day. It is a good idea for us to use loudspeakers so that they will understand what we suffer.

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      • Ben

        Halevy, you are exactly like those comfortable Germans who sat back and said, “I don’t really like these Brownshirts, these thugs, I am more refined, and I don’t allow my children to behave like this, however, those Jews, they had it coming. Who feels sorry for them? They insult our religion every day. They undermine our economy every day. It is a good idea for us to use torchlight parades and loudspeakers so that they will understand what we suffer.” You are like them. Your heartless and obtuse comments, and really, your shamelessness, Halevy, reflect poorly on both your character and your intellect. Please tell me the last time a Palestinian stood outside your window and shouted through a loudspeaker to your female relatives the foul things this Jewish “settler,” this “lord of the land,” this “chosen among the chosen,” “exalted by God,” shouted. And while they did this troops stood idly by and did nothing? You suffer this? Yes? No? Halevy, you are endorsing the Jewish cretin on the other side of that loudspeaker, shrieking hateful, Nazi-style garbage. And you are endorsing the vicious system of apartheid that makes this possible and defends this kind of thing every day. You are just like those Germans who said “I don’t behave like that, but it’s a good thing….”

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        • Lewis from Afula

          Ben, your analogy falls off a cliff.
          Why?
          The Jews in Germany were patriotic Germans who fought in the German Army (and died at a higher rate than other Germans in WW1). To blame this minority for inflation, unemployment, Germany’s loss of WW1 and other ills is ridiculous.

          In contrast, the arabs are not even citcizens of Israel. They started off as Jordanians who upon losing the 6 day war (that they had started) transmuted overnight into Fakestines. These fakestines are a member of a fictional people that NEVER existed in recorded history.
          Yet these people going around physically assualting Israeli men, women and children.

          Can you see the difference, Ben?
          One is a peaceful patriotic minority, the other is an inhuman enemy that changes its spots every few years in order to justify its ongoing war.

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          • Ben

            The analogy holds up quite well. None of the mix of real and utterly fake differences you point to, or your blatantly anti-Arab-Semitic, hyper-nationalist ranting which also reminds of certain Europeans back then and makes my case for me, LFA, undermines the basic analogy. In my view Halevy and you are just like those Germans back then. To a T. None of the differences are decisive. Many of the similarities are persuasive.

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          • Lewis from Afula

            Ben:
            You believe the Jordanians did not magically transmute into fakestines in the immediate years after the 6 day war.

            Please elaborate on what you do know?

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    2. Lewis from Afula

      Well, being cursed in both Arabic and Hebrew is pretty terrible when the alternatives include:
      1. Getting murdered if you state you no longer believe in Allah.
      2. Getting murdered for a honor crime of kissing another male who is not your husband or father.
      3. Getting murdered if you openly state your LGBTQ
      4. Getting murdered if you convert into another religion.

      Keep up the good news, 972 mag !!!

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