In the British press, Israeli general warns of unchecked ‘Jewish terror’ in W.B.

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In the Independent. Catrina Stewart reporting. Is this in the New York Times? Why isn’t it on the front page. For as the Independent tells us, these are the people, the settlers, who have pwn’d Barack Obama:


A senior Israeli army commander [Major General Avi Mizrahi] has warned that unchecked “Jewish terror” against Palestinians in the occupied West Bank threatens to plunge the territory into another conflict…

Some fear that the surge in violent attacks against Palestinians could compound rising frustrations with the stalled peace process and trigger more violent riots.

“The army is very afraid that [action by settlers] at a critical moment could set off a Third Intifada,” said Adam Keller, spokesman for Israeli human rights body Gush Shalom, referring to a mass Palestinian uprising.

“The fact that the army is nervous is making the settlers more aggressive,” he said

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  1. Dan Crowther
    July 19, 2011, 9:29 am

    theres a special place in hell for those “settlers.” people like my former neighbor, who moved his family to the Golan Heights, and came back a couple years later with pictures of him with every automatic weapon imaginable and a bitter hatred for “Arabs.” He also had his family change their names; new year, new you, i suppose. whats most disgusting is that alot of these international settlers are still suffering from “I got stuffed into lockers in grade school” syndrome and are just taking it out on defenseless people. they couldnt be “tough guys” in the US, they had to move to Israel to do that. disgusting.

  2. annie
    July 19, 2011, 9:39 am

    yea, kate’s list recorded some settlers attacking and stabbing 3 shepards. ended up in the hospital. jpost even reported it (sans names and identities, 2 brief paragraphs)

    more from ma’an

    The alleged attack follows a string of violent events in the occupied Palestinian territories.

    A report by the Palestinian Authority found that settler violence increased “dramatically” in June 2011, documenting 139 attacks in the West Bank and the destruction of over 3,600 olive trees and vineyards.

    On Friday, Israeli settlers from the illegal settlement of Yizhar set fire to Palestinian land near the village of Burin, south of Nablus, a member of its agricultural committee, Belal Eid, told Ma’an.

    Two days earlier, a Palestinian teenager sustained bruises after Israeli settlers pelted his car with stones near the site of the former Israeli settlement of Homesh, which was evacuated in 2005.

    i read earlier today (sorry, can’t recall where) attacks are up 54% from last year at this time.

  3. seafoid
    July 19, 2011, 10:18 am

    The settlers are going to do something awful before they are defeated and forced back to Israel. The question is whether or not they can be stopped before they bring down Israel.

    The Jewish dream of a return to the land was a nice joke for a while but
    the settlers have the capacity to ignite a global conflagration and TBH it just isn’t worth it. .

    • nmi
      July 19, 2011, 12:07 pm

      There is no meaningful distinction between the settlers and the rest of Israel. That’s all smoke and mirrors. The settlers ARE Israel.

      • seafoid
        July 19, 2011, 3:57 pm

        No. The settlers are far worse. The settlers are all or nothing.
        They are the spawn of the Russians, the right wing and the Orthodox and they are not the same as the Ashkenazi lefties. They have no redeeming features whatsoever.

  4. justicewillprevail
    July 19, 2011, 10:38 am

    “The fact that the army is nervous is making the settlers more aggressive,” he said

    Well, isn’t that revealing. If the army doesn’t back the settlers, as the settlers expect and demand – their own private militia – the settlers become more aggressive. In other words, if the pliant and supplicant IDF back off the settlers’ actions and don’t support them, the settlers take it into their own hands, as the IDF meekly watches. When will the IDF apply the law to the settlers, or are they afraid of them? Wimps and saps – they have no trouble attacking Palestinian children and women, but can’t stand up to a fundamentalist, raving settler.

  5. anne silver
    July 19, 2011, 10:58 am

    This may be the source of statistics on settler violence that annie refers to (see below). Settler violence is indeed horrifying, and Palestinians in the WB suffer ongoing terror from the settlers and the IOF. But what encourages or enables them? The occupation, of course, but more to the point, Zionism, which originally saw the ethnic cleansing of the Arabs of the land as necessary to its project, and continues to do so. Settlers carry out lots of the dirty work of this plan very well, and let liberals here and in Israel-who like to mock their origins and general unsavoriness and express shock at their outrages-off the hook about questioning the state of Israel’s truly outrageous agenda.
    link to blog.thejerusalemfund.org

    • annie
      July 19, 2011, 11:18 am

      Settlers carry out lots of the dirty work of this plan very well, and let liberals here and in Israel-who like to mock their origins and general unsavoriness and express shock at their outrages-off the hook about questioning the state of Israel’s truly outrageous agenda.

      huh? you think we let the goi off the hook?

      • Mooser
        July 19, 2011, 11:31 am

        “huh? you think we let the goi off the hook?”

        Every time settler violence is presented as the work of fanatic individuals or gangs, and not as part of an ongoing goi plan, a lot of people are being let off the hook.

      • annie
        July 19, 2011, 11:34 am

        well, i think it is part of an ongoing goi plan. thinking otherwise is delusional. the only people i hear denying it are israel’s defenders. maybe by ‘liberal’s here’ she meant liberal zionists.

      • seafoid
        July 19, 2011, 4:00 pm

        You have to look at the system as a whole.
        the system is rotten.

  6. PissedOffAmerican
    July 19, 2011, 12:38 pm

    Sometime back, Steve Clemons of the Washington Note posted a picture of Israeli Jewish teenagers who were bussed to the site of Bedouin evictions. The teens were tasked to clean the possessions out of the homes, while the Bedouin families were under guard, watching. Vandalism was rampant, and one could not help but conjure up comparisons to the Hitler Youth movement.

    Then, a few months back, news seeps out that some settlers had purposelly flooded Palestinian farmland and a village with raw sewage. Can there be an action that more clearly illustrates the depth of hatred that these settlers are motivated by?

    These are the kinds of acts that the hasbarists, those such as Fred, eee, or Witty WILL NOT engage in debate about. They act as though such events do not occur. When these kinds of events and actions are thrown in their faces, they divert, obsfucate, equivicate, and lie.

    There are many instances actions, and occurrences, daily, that cannot be explained away by invoking the excuse of “defense”. So much of the dynamic, on BOTH sides, is fueled by bigotry and racial/religious hatred, that it is undeniable, and indefensible. The sad irony is that the hatred exhibited by the Palestinians is NURTURED by the actions of the Israelis. If you dumped raw sewage on me and mine, purposely, than I would probably be tempted to kill you. Surely, the depth of my hatred would be unfathomable. The despicable side of the arguments offered by those such as I mentioned above, is that they refuse to admit to the obvious bigotry that drives a huge portion of Israeli policy, and the indefensible nature of so many Israeli policies. Tasking teens to commit evictions is somehow a defensible policy??? Dumping raw sewage on fellow human beings doesn’t warrant strong criticsm and an admission, a recognition, of the blind bigotry and hatred that motivates such actions?

    Were I Palestinian, I would undoubtedly be launching those rockets. As an American, if an occupying force, or a civilian band of land thieves and religious fanatics treated me as the Palestinians are treated, I would take up arms.

    Thats the idea, isn’t it? As long as the Israelis can incite, enrage, and alienate, they can manufacture excuses for further expansion, further oppression, and the rationale of “victimhood”. Its a plan. A long term tactic to further expand, and to eliminate the Palestinians from posing an obstacle to that expansion. To defend such evil is evil in and of itself.

    • anne silver
      July 19, 2011, 1:02 pm

      annie, i do think you misunderstood me. I apologize if I was not clear, but in re-reading my comment I am not quite sure how the misunderstanding came about, or where your confusion about my obvious anti-zionist stance stems from. Of course I mean liberal zionists, and liberals in general who are apologists for Israel.

    • American
      July 19, 2011, 2:23 pm

      “If you dumped raw sewage on me and mine, purposely, than I would probably be tempted to kill you”

      I am afraid I would be more than tempted.
      As I said before if the zionist had picked any other people or place on earth to try and take over they would all be long dead and gone.

      Send the Marines. Someone’s going to have to sooner or later anyway. Israel isn’t going to change, they are way too far into the dark side.

  7. Koshiro
    July 19, 2011, 1:16 pm

    Such precious people. No wonder Richard Witty wants to save them from the terrible inconvenience of having to vacate their hilltop forts built on stolen land.

  8. tree
    July 19, 2011, 2:14 pm

    “The army is very afraid that [action by settlers] at a critical moment could set off a Third Intifada,” said Adam Keller, spokesman for Israeli human rights body Gush Shalom, referring to a mass Palestinian uprising.

    I find this one of the sadder parts of the story. Apparently the IDF isn’t disturbed about settler violence per se, they are only concerned that settler violence might trigger Palestinian violence. Otherwise, they don’t care if the settlers commit violence, as we have seen when they stand idly by while the violence is being committed against Palestinians.

  9. Fredblogs
    July 19, 2011, 2:28 pm

    The IDF should put in more patrols around the Palestinian areas adjacent to the settlements. Of course, that assumes that the Palestinians will let them patrol, and not attack the patrols. Settlers who attack Palestinians should be arrested.

    • Cliff
      July 19, 2011, 3:26 pm

      Hey look guys, this troll says the fanatic colonists should be arrested! But of course, not before he prefaces the condemnation with the equivocation that Palestinians would attack a patrol of IDF soldiers.

      You couldn’t just condemn the actions of the settlers. You had to smear Palestinians as a whole to ‘balance’ things out.

    • justicewillprevail
      July 19, 2011, 4:16 pm

      The IDF is for the protection of Jews, not Palestinians, as is the whole of the Israeli state security apparatus which effectively runs Israel.

    • Avi_
      July 20, 2011, 12:18 am

      Fredblogs July 19, 2011 at 2:28 pm

      The IDF should put in more patrols around the Palestinian areas adjacent to the settlements. Of course, that assumes that the Palestinians will let them patrol, and not attack the patrols. Settlers who attack Palestinians should be arrested.

      The evening news didn’t mention any UFO sightings. What planet are you visiting from?

      The Israeli military has been videotaped time and again standing and watching while colonists attacked and beat up and terrorized Palestinians.

      And the absurd thing is that the Israeli military itself terrorizes, beats up and shoots at unarmed Palestinians all the time.

      So when it comes to attacks on Palestinians, the only difference between the colonists and the military is that the former usually wear kippahs and the military wears uniforms.

      The policy within the IOF is a hands-off policy toward the colonists. But, I keep forgetting that Israel’s minions cannot maintain the myth about Israel without countless lies and fabrications.

  10. MHughes976
    July 19, 2011, 2:37 pm

    Zionism implies that Palestinians have no right to be in Palestine but may be present by grace and generosity of the true heirs. They have to accept that status and be grateful. If they are in any way resentful or hostile they can’t expect further generosity. At that point their present becomes an offence and must be made as intolerable as possible. The settler version of ‘making intolerable’ is not the only one available or the only one in use but its very grotesqueness and brutality makes it seem like a thing radically different and alien from the very Euro, very civilised thing that is Israel. Israel covers the land, as Professor Ackerman was saying only the other halls, with concert halls and suchlike spiritual creations – certainly not with raw sewage. And all that appearance of radical difference goes to feed the comforting and misleading, though often well-intentioned, cry ‘If only Zionism would revert to its nobler form!’ In truth Zionism has only one form.
    I’m taking a rather long time to say that I think you make a good point, anne.

  11. Pixel
    July 20, 2011, 4:29 am

    “‘Jewish terror’”

    Language matters.

    This terminology is KEY.

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