Mob ‘lynching’ of Palestinian minors marks rise of Jewish extremism

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Teenage suspect in Friday’s mob attempted lynching in police custody, August 19, 2012.       (Photo: Olivier Fittousi/Haaretz)

On Friday four Palestinian teenagers were mobbed by 50 Israelis of similar age who were prowling the streets of Jerusalem shouting “Death to Arabs” and “Arabs, Arabs,” looking for Palestinians to beat. Disturbingly, during the Zion Square attack Israeli authorities said around 100 witnesses stood by and watched as one victim, Jamal Julani, was kicked as he laid on the ground unconscious. The violence only stopped after police intervened.

Nir Hasson detailed the assault in Haaretz through quotes from a witness’ Facebook page:

‘When one of the Palestinian youths fell to the floor, the youths continued to hit him in the head, he lost consciousness, his eyes rolled, his angled head twitched, and then those who were kicking him fled and the rest gathered in a circle around, with some still shouting with hate in their eyes.’

‘When two volunteers [from local charities] went into the circle, they tried to perform CPR and the mass of youths standing around started to say resentfully that we are resuscitating an Arab, and when they passed near us and saw that the rest of the volunteers were shocked, they asked why we were so in shock, he is an Arab. When we returned to the area after some time had passed, and the site was marked as a murder scene, and police were there with the cousin of the victim who tried to reenact what happened, two youths stood there who did not understand why we wanted to give a bottle of water to the cousin of the victim who was transferred to hospital in critical condition, he is an Arab, and they don’t need to walk around in the center of the city, and they deserve it, because this way they will finally be afraid,’ she added.

‘Children aged 15-18 are killing a child their own age with their own hands. Really with their own hands. Children who’s hearts were unmoved when they beat to death a boy their age who lay writhing on the floor,’ she wrote.

Haaretz then reported on Sunday the Israel police escalated their initial assessment of a “brawl” to a “lynching.” In addition, four additional suspects, between the ages of 13 and 15, were arrested.

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Taxi transporting Palestinian family was firebombed on August, 16, 2012, near Bat Aiyan. (Photo: Israeli Police/Haaretz)

The mob attack came just a day after a firebomb was hurled at a taxi transporting a Palestinian family of six, including two children, and weeks after settlers planted a car bomb in a Palestinian village near Ramallah. The explosions come in the context of the highest rates of settler violence in the past five years, according to a report by the Jerusalem Fund. In 2011 alone, there were 10 “price tag,” arson attacks on Palestinians.

Noting the increase in Jewish Israeli violence against non-Jews, the Institute for Middle East Understanding (IMEU) published a fact-sheet linking the attempted lynching to the recent wave of mob violence against African migrants:

In May 2012, a wave of anti-African racism and violence, including physical assaults and a string of arson attacks, hit Tel Aviv and other parts of Israel, fueled by inflammatory statements made about asylum seekers by Israeli politicians including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Interior Minister Eli Yishai.

IMEU’s report, titled “A Culture of Impunity: Violence Against Non-Jews in Israel & the Occupied Territories,” points to an unspoken government acceptance of settler attacks on Palestinians as some of the incitement originated from members of the Israeli Knesset and state-funded rabbinical authorities. Settler rabbi, Dov Lior is described as a patron radical whose:

salary is paid by the Israeli government told a conference that Arabs are ‘wolves,’ ‘savages,’ and ‘evil camel riders.’ Earlier in 2011, he warned Jewish women against marrying non-Jewish women, stating: ‘Gentile sperm leads to barbaric offspring.’

Friday’s mob violence seem to indicate the Israeli hard-right’s incendiary political discourse has paved the way for extremist Jewish violence, all will the tacit support of the state of Israel.

 

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  1. yourstruly
    August 21, 2012, 2:50 pm

    shades of the thirties in nazi germany, only instead of young germans rampaging against jews, this time with jewish israelis out in the streets, looking for, taunting and abusing palestinians and other non-jews – and strictly for the “pleasure” of it!
    yet despite these widespread expressions of virulent and lethal racism at the core of israeli society, some jewish americans still choose to believe that zionist israel not only is open and democratic, but that it represents and speaks for world jewry, attempting thereby to implicate all jews in the crimes of the zionists. history will label these holdouts the real antisemites.

  2. BillM
    August 21, 2012, 3:25 pm

    “Jewish extremism”? Clearly, you are not keeping up with the Washington Post. As the post noted:
    link to washingtonpost.com

    Attacks on Palestinians, presumed by Jews, kindles debate on state of Israeli values

    The mob in Jerusalem shouting “Death to Arabs” is only “presumed” to be Jewish, and the important fact here is that any such attack “kindles debate.” I don’t know why you have to go making accusations about extremism.

    • ColinWright
      August 21, 2012, 3:48 pm

      “Attacks on Palestinians, presumed by Jews, kindles debate on state of Israeli values”

      That is funny. Those guys…

      Interestingly, while both the Post and the NYT make grudging references to the taxi firebombing, they both manage to omit the detail that two of the victims were four-year old girls.

      Assuming, in my black, paranoid heart, that the goal is to present Israel in as favorable a light as possible, this last is precisely the sort of detail I would suppress.

      • seafoid
        August 21, 2012, 3:55 pm

        It was obviously al Qa’ida who did it . Wearing kippas. Shameless. Or else it must have been Pallywood. Evidemment.

      • Hostage
        August 22, 2012, 3:39 pm

        It was obviously al Qa’ida who did it . Wearing kippas. Shameless. Or else it must have been Pallywood. Evidemment.

        Nah, it was the Jewish Brotherhood all along. See Yossi Gurvitz’ Israeli government willingly lays foundations for Jewish terrorism link to 972mag.com

    • RoHa
      August 21, 2012, 9:17 pm

      “The mob in Jerusalem shouting “Death to Arabs” is only “presumed” to be Jewish”

      Well, they could have been a bunch of Welsh tourists. I’m sure lots of Welshmen speak Hebrew.

      • piotr
        August 21, 2012, 10:09 pm

        Careful people do not jump to the conclusions.

        For example, last week I was on a cheap bus with a usual riff-raff motley of passengers, mostly minorities of several kinds, yours truly and a group of teenage Chabadniks. One Chabadnik asked me if I am Jewish, which was a reasonable guess given rather fair skin, non-slanted eyes, dark hair etc. After giving a negative answer I got a little card informing me that the God and Rev Rabbi Schneerson urge me to obey 7 laws of Noah. He was careful not to give me a card for Jews, which I presume had a different text.

        It is highly possible that mob members failed some aspects of the Halachic definition of “Jewish”.

      • From_Brooklyn_to_Jerusalem
        August 22, 2012, 10:16 am

        Correct… “presumed.” There are other non-Jewish, non-Arab Israelis.

  3. seafoid
    August 21, 2012, 3:35 pm

    Just to clarify- this lynching marks the rise of extremist Jewish civilian violence within Israel itself.

    Extremist Jewish settler violence is nothing new.
    And extremist Jewish State violence is the operating standard

    • Mooser
      August 21, 2012, 7:29 pm

      Yup seafoid, I was thinking the same thing, sort of like ‘Thank God there was no Jewish Extremism involved in the creation of Israel.’

      This blog will still be in the process of discovering shocking Israeli and ZIonist intransigence on the day the last Palestinian is driven away or killed. Like there wasn’t a three-hundred year history of European colonialism with both its failures and its methods all well documented. Instead, we have to start all over again, like Jews are some strange new species.
      While I can appreciate the advantages of moral outrage over what them awful Israelis are doing, not to mention the touching testimony to our own innocence and goodness, in that we couldn’t have imagined these things and had to be forced to admit they exist (impresses girls, you know), isn’t there something to be said for not looking like you just fell off the turnip truck and have never heard of colonialism before.

      • eljay
        August 21, 2012, 8:13 pm

        >> While I can appreciate the advantages of moral outrage over what them awful Israelis are doing … isn’t there something to be said for not looking like you just fell off the turnip truck and have never heard of colonialism before.

        Or, worse, being stuck under a pile of turnips!

  4. ColinWright
    August 21, 2012, 3:47 pm

    yourstruly says: “.shades of the thirties in nazi germany, only instead of young germans rampaging against jews, this time with jewish israelis out in the streets, looking for, taunting and abusing palestinians and other non-jews – and strictly for the “pleasure” of it!…”

    Israel would be somewhat worse in that respect, actually. In spite of Hiter’s best efforts, Germans didn’t rampage against Jews. The opening Nazi boycott against Jewish businesses fizzled completely, and virtually all the violence on ‘Kristallnacht’ had be carried out by bands of Stormtroopers.

    This isn’t to excuse Germans — by and large, they stood by, and they certainly didn’t defend the Jews — but there simply wasn’t much popular participation in the organized violence.

    Here, the Jews of Israel have authentically spoken. We can see what they are. Nobody had to orchestrate this.

  5. Cliff
    August 21, 2012, 5:25 pm

    On Friday four Palestinian teenagers were mobbed by 50 Israelis of similar age who were prowling the streets of Jerusalem shouting “Death to Arabs” and “Arabs, Arabs,” looking for Palestinians to beat. Disturbingly, during the Zion Square attack Israeli authorities said around 100 witnesses stood by and watched as one victim, Jamal Julani, was kicked as he laid on the ground unconscious. The violence only stopped after police intervened.

    Where is OlegR, the keyboard warrior who advertises his once-in-a-blue-moon tours of duty to the Gaza-Israel border (only to reappear a day later)?

    I distinctly remember Shmuel schooling the Russian colonist on this story and his presumptions.

    He immediately stated (without substantiation of course) that this was not a hate crime or a lynching because it was Arab teens versus Jewish teens and that the ‘real’ lynching was perpetrated against Jews elsewhere (something he alluded to, which we are supposed to know or something).

    Anyways, as usual, the Zionist clown is wrong and COMMON SENSE prevails.

    THIS IS A COLONIAL CONFLICT.

    ITS COLONIALISM, STUPID.

    I remember saying this to hoppy, to which he replied: ‘no, it’s a land dispute.

    LOL – as if the Palestinians and the Israelis are arguing over a tree that is growing from the Israeli’s backyard, encroaching into the Palestinian’s backyard.

    That is Zionism in a nutshell though – mindnumbingly stupid asinine propaganda and emotionally inane mendacity.

    ‘The Arabs’ are too fragmented, too corrupt (pawns and dictators and religious fanatics). The Left is too timid to take on the identity politics of the Jewish nationalist extremists in the West (primarily the US and UK). The MSM is following SOP when it comes to Israel, but is more tightly wound because of unique pressures inherent to the Lobby (all coming back to inflicting Holocaust guilt on non-Jews and tar-feather/ostracism tactics of political opponents in the most vindictive/cannibalistic manner).

    And a whole other bunch of blah blah blah that we’ve all read up about over the years.

    The lead up to the 48′ war, in which we can see a virtually pre-‘defeated’ Palestinian people who were underarmed and undermanned and prey to all kinds of imperial under-the-table dealings is a microcosm for Middle East politics as a whole.

    It’s never what it seems on the surface. It’s never poor Israel, surrounded by enemies that hate it simply for existing. Poor Israel in a tough neighborhood. Poor Israel that just wants peace. Pure garbage.

  6. Mooser
    August 21, 2012, 7:35 pm

    “The Arabs’ are too fragmented, too corrupt (pawns and dictators and religious fanatics).”

    Thanks, Colin. I was always wondering what on earth was wrong with those Arabs, but couldn’t quite put my finger on it. You sure sound like you know them inside and out.

    • Cliff
      August 21, 2012, 10:06 pm

      Colin didn’t say that Mooser, I did.

      I put ‘the Arabs’ in quotations to indicate that I meant the Arab States. I admit, I do not know them “inside and out.”

      It was an expression meant to convey the later example I stated – that of the 48′ war’s circumstances.

      We are usually told several one-liners about Israel’s various enemies and wars for ‘survival’ or simply that all of its wars are just that – for ‘survival’.

      The 48′ war is a good example of the dynamics of the ME as a whole.

      Stating ‘the Arabs’ or ‘the Arab world’ is often orientalist – I get it. However, I thought it was accurate in the context I was using. Anyways, I don’t think I am particularly incorrect am I?

      Aren’t the various Arab States both corrupt and fragmented? Lebanon treats the Palestinians poorly as well. Max Blumenthal has done some reporting on this and it wasn’t exactly top secret anyways. Ditto for Jordan.

      Not that either case diminishes or supplants Israel as the number one problem – which is a common diversionary tactic employed by Zionists, as if Palestinians would prefer Israeli colonialism and apartheid and occasional massacres and slow-creep ethnic cleansing.

      Human

      • ColinWright
        August 21, 2012, 10:53 pm

        Cliff says: “Colin didn’t say that Mooser, I did…”

        LOL. We’ll see how long it goes this time.

      • ColinWright
        August 21, 2012, 11:04 pm

        Actually, Mooser, Cliff is just trying to confuse you.

        I did say it.

        (checks). Yep. That’s definitely my post. No doubt about it.

      • W.Jones
        August 22, 2012, 4:31 am

        Colin didn’t say that Mooser, I did.

        Now Colin, doesn’t this remind us of something I tried saying a few days ago ? ;-)

      • ColinWright
        August 22, 2012, 1:35 pm

        I can see the IRS getting baffled when they get the complaint letters Mooser intended for the New York Times.

        ‘Dear Mr. Mooser…’

      • Walid
        August 22, 2012, 4:37 am

        “Lebanon treats the Palestinians poorly as well.”

        You’re being too kind, Cliff, more could be said about the mistreatment. But at the end of the day, it goes back to Israel being one of the root causes of the evils happening to the Palestinians. Ridding the land of its Palestinian Arabs was on the Zionists’ drawing board decades before the holocaust and Israel happened. Arab attitudes didn’t help then and are still not helping.

      • seafoid
        August 22, 2012, 6:26 am

        I read a review of Anthony Shadid’s book about Marjayoun. It was a thriving town in the 1930s. Zionism was a nakba for the whole Levant. Every neighbouring country has been deformed by Zionism and its wars.

      • Walid
        August 22, 2012, 7:42 am

        Yes, Seafoid. most think that it all started as an effect of the holocaust, but it started much earlier. Zionist colonizing efforts in the Levant go back to the 1870s in Russia with a Beirut office having opened in 1908 to purchase land in the Sidon and Nabatiyeh areas that are next to the Marjayoun you mentioned:

        From the Bint Jbail Muqawama site:

        Early Zionist Interest In Lebanon
        A Chapter from “My Enemy’s Enemy”
        by Laura Zittrain Eisenberg

        Encouraged by the nebulous border in the Galilee region, early Zionist strategists considered Lebanon, especially the southern portion, an arena for potential Zionist settlement. Chaim Weizmann toured Lebanon in 1907. Initially unimpressed, he nonetheless perceived “colossal” potential there and decided to reserve judgement until he completed his trip (1). Two-and-a-half weeks later, he was back in Haifa, anxiously seeking support for several small industries he wanted to establish in Sidon, specifically a soap-boiling plant, a lemon-processing factory, a distillation plant, and an olive oil factory. By cooperating with Atid Enterprises, newly found by Russian Jews, Weizmann estimated that the Zionists could create in Sidon a single olive oil company to control the entire oil industry of the country. He concluded his enthusiastic proposal with the observation that “Saida [Sidon] is a good place in every respect. The raw material is available, there is a harbor, it is favorably situated, capable of development, and has a Jewish population” (2).

        Property for sale around Sidon also attracted the attention of other Zionists. The Hibbat Zion (Lover of Zion) movement was a network of Jewish nationalist clubs that emerged in the Russian Pale in the 1870s. The Odessa branch maintained an office in Beirut charged with purchasing land in Eretz Yisrael for Zionist immigrants from Russia. In 1908, this group became particularly excited about a farm for sale in the Sidon/Nabatye region, which they considered the northwest border of Eretz Yisrael.

        The leaders of the Beirut Hibbat Zion office glowingly described the property as a precious jewel with enormous agricultural, political, and strategic potential. They believed that this property would give the Zionists a firm foothold in that part of Eretz Yisrael which fell within Lebanon and a starting point from which to create a chain of Jewish settlements, linking it with that part of Eretz Yisrael which lay to the south. They identified the owner as a wealthy Christian from Beirut with considerable land holdings in southern Lebanon, also available for purchase. Enthused one Hibbat Zion agent [wrote]:

        “… Every man has his fateful hour and now is the fateful hour to seize the land…It would be a sin on our part if we miss it. We must gather every resource in our power to effect this purchase… We will not cast from our hand this treasure, this wonderful gem, which could be for us a key to a strong position in the heights of Lebanon so dear to us.(3)

        The Ottomans passed laws in 1907 and 1908 making it difficult for Jews, even those who were Ottoman subjects, to buy land in Judea and the Galilee. Hibbat Zion leader Menachem Ussishkin argued that this made land purchase in Lebanon all the more important, especially since this farm apparently lay within the limits of the autonomous Lebanese province, making Ottoman interference in Zionist programs less likely (4). No steps were ever taken toward purchasing the farm, probably due to the meager resources of the organizations involved and their preference for property more in the heart of Eretz Yisrael; but the proposal did serve to raise the issue of the geographical vagueness of Zionist activity.

        The Jews of Sidon did not dispute Ussishkin´s description of Sidon as the first colony in Eretz Yisrael. The Jewish community there received aid from the Zionist Commission in Jerusalem commensurate with that received by Jewish communities in the Holy Land, and Sidon´s Jews voted in the election for the first Jewish Elected Assembly in Eretz Yisrael

        link to bintjbeil.com

  7. eljay
    August 21, 2012, 8:59 pm

    >> Anyways, as usual, the Zionist clown is wrong …

    As usual, hateful and immoral Zio-supremacists are consistently hateful and immoral and, as a result, they go to great lengths to defend the indefensible.

    Being a supremacist aggressor-victim is a tough gig…

    • ColinWright
      August 22, 2012, 1:48 am

      “>> Anyways, as usual, the Zionist clown is wrong …”

      Now that’s unfair. Mooser is NOT a Zionist. Boy, have you got it coming…

  8. William Burns
    August 23, 2012, 7:44 am

    “Earlier in 2011, he warned Jewish women against marrying non-Jewish women, stating: ‘Gentile sperm leads to barbaric offspring.'”

    Has interethnic lesbian marriage become such a huge phenomenon in Israel? Actually, that seems like a way of avoiding sperm.

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