Turning a Blind Eye to Settler Violence

Turning a Blind Eye to Settler Violence

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The village of Susya – under continuous attack
Commentary
is largely superflous.  Activists are
arrested for painting over ‘death to the Arabs’ whereas Israel’s Police drop an
investigation for ‘lack of evidence’ despite video footage of a settler
attack.  I remember one of our first
actions in Brighton in the Anti-Nazi League, back in 1977, was painting out
fascist slogans on walls.  It would seem
that in Israel, fascist and racist slogans are met with approval from the
Police to the Judiciary.
‘Death
to the Arabs’
is the slogan of the Israeli Right and Lieberman’s Yisrael
Beteinu party.  Just as ‘Death to the Jews’
was the favourite slogan of the Nazis and other anti-Semites pre-1939.  Isn’t it strange how the Jewish state insists
on mimicking its anti-Semitic forebears? 
Which is probably why 90% of Europe’s far-right today, like Anders
Breivik, the Norwegian fascist and mass murderer, is so supportive of the Israeli
state.
Tony
Greenstein
13 July
2012
By Amira
Hass, Haaretz – 13 July 2012

Military police and soldiers arrest left-wing protesters for painting over racist graffiti 

Graffiti
in Hebrew reading “death to Arabs” and “revenge” were found Wednesday night
painted on a water tank in the eastern part of the Palestinian village of Susya
in the southern Hebron Hills, not far from the settlement of Susya.
IDF allegations that Israeli
activist Elyakim Nitzany threw stones in Nabi Saleh had no evidence and
no basis. Despite that, he was held in jail for three nights before
being released. Another case of unfounded police claims.

Similar
slogans had been painted 10 days earlier on crumbling limestone along the road.
On
Saturday, activists from the anti-occupation group Ta’ayush protesting the
demolition order the Civil Administration had issued against 52 tents and
makeshift structures, as well as the authorities’ inaction over the graffiti,
came to the site to protest.
A number
of activists painted their own slogans, among them “no to violence” and “free
Susya.” One activist daubed over one of the anti-Arab slogans with black paint.
A large contingent of military police and soldiers that was on site when the
protesters arrived arrested four of them and held them for more than 24 hours.
The
spokesman for the Judea and Samaria police district, Chief Inspector Dudi
Asraf, said the police were unaware of any graffiti until the July 2 incident,
and that it deals with “all criminal offenses it knows of and for which proper
complaints are filed.”
But
Ta’ayush said that even when complaints filed are backed up by photographs, the
police do not pursue the investigation. Ta’ayush said that last week, the Judea
and Samaria police announced that for lack of evidence, it was closing a
complaint filed a year ago by Ta’ayush activists against two settlers for
trespassing and damaging a car belonging to a Susya resident. The incident was
recorded on video and the names of the alleged attackers are known.
Susya is
not the only place in the southern Hebron Hills where harassment of
Palestinians is being documented.
Activists
from Ta’ayush and Rabbis for Human Rights documented 45 cases of harassment of
Palestinians by settlers from the beginning of 2012, just in the area of the
Maon Farm outpost. The incidents documented included the uprooting of trees,
stone-throwing, attacks on activists, destruction of water pipes and wells, and
racist graffiti.
Skinny-dipping
in drinking water
On June
27, for example, settlers from Maon Farm, accompanied by soldiers, came to
private land owned by the Rabe’i family and entered a water reservoir naked
that is used for drinking and watering flocks.
In a
letter sent last Monday to GOC Central Command Nitzan Alon, to the commander of
the Judea and Samaria police district Maj. Gen. Amos Yaakov, and to the
military legal adviser in the West Bank, Col. Eli Bar-On, the attorney for
Rabbis for Human Rights, Maya Keren, detailed six cases of harassment out of
about 10 documented just in the past month. She warned against escalation that
she said was made possible by “fundamental and serious flaws in law enforcement
in the territories and inaction toward the criminal activity of settlers.”
Olive
trees destroyed
On
Tuesday, about 10 mature olive trees were destroyed during the previous night
and graffiti was painted. These and other incidents were all reported to the
police.
However,
according to statements made by the police representative Amitai Amos at the
hearing discussing the terms of release of the four protesters arrested on
Saturday, the police believe the protesters’ actions are as dangerous as the
Haredi anti-Zionist graffiti daubed at Yad Vashem last week.
This
comparison emerged when Amos, requesting that the court order the four
activists banned from the Hebron area for six months, told Jerusalem
Magistrate’s Court Judge Oded Shaham: “The area is very tense. The leftist
activists that come there only stir things up. These are not very serious
offenses, but I show you the indictment regarding the defamatory graffiti at Yad
Vashem. The circumstances and the situation reveals danger.”
However,
Shaham countered: “There is no complaint that any of the respondents acted
violently. Even given the explosive situation in the area of the events, it is
difficult to find justification for the respondents’ arrest.”
The judge
accepted the police charge of property damage against the four; however, noting
that the offense was not serious, he ordered the four banned from the area for
30 days.

 

 

 

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