‘By God’s promise this land is ours!’ Settlers attack Palestinian oliver-pickers

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The film shows a settler attack on the Palestinian citizens of Tel Rumeida, and how the attacking settlers are guarded, aided and abetted by the soldiers of the Israeli occupation forces.

The film shows how the soldiers, rather than deter the criminal actions of the settlers, actually defend them. The film also shows how the occupation soldiers treat the Palestinians and foreign activists who are there to protect the citizens. Also the film documents the arrest of a 50 year old foreign activist, while settlers stand by insulting the Palestinians. According to Engineer Issa Amr, Coordinator of Youth Against the Settlements, the settlers and the IOF appear to coordinate attacks on the population in the area of Tel Rumeida.

The attacks have accelerated since the beginning of the olive harvest. These attacks include assaults on the citizens, destruction of the olive trees by cutting or burning trees, and theft of the olive harvest itself. At no time have the Israeli police and occupation soldiers done anything to prevent or stop the attacks and or theft. The occupation soldiers arrested Jawad Abu Eisha (34) and Imad Atrash (18) in addition to the 50-year-old solidarity activist, as they tried to prevent the settlers from attacking the people harvesting the olives in the region.

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Badee Dwaik is the Coordinator of Human Rights Defenders Group in Palestine and an activist in Hebron.

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  1. atime forpeace
    October 24, 2012, 2:13 pm

    Technically if you’re into that sort of thing the land of Israel belongs to the Lord and to add insult to injury Christ is his Zion, spiritually speaking of course. You reject Him He ejects Israel out, off the land. Them’s the rules.

  2. FreddyV
    October 24, 2012, 3:03 pm

    G-d promised the land to Abraham in Genesis 12:3. The exact understanding of the recipient of the promise is understood from Ezekiel 33:

    ’24 Son of man, they that inhabit those wastes of the land of Israel speak, saying, Abraham was one, and he inherited the land: but we are many; the land is given us for inheritance.’

    It goes on to say:

    ’25 Wherefore say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; Ye eat with the blood, and lift up your eyes toward your idols, and shed blood: and shall ye possess the land?

    26 Ye stand upon your sword, ye work abomination, and ye defile every one his neighbour’s wife: and shall ye possess the land?

    27 Say thou thus unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; As I live, surely they that are in the wastes shall fall by the sword, and him that is in the open field will I give to the beasts to be devoured, and they that be in the forts and in the caves shall die of the pestilence.

    28 For I will lay the land most desolate, and the pomp of her strength shall cease; and the mountains of Israel shall be desolate, that none shall pass through.

    29 Then shall they know that I am the Lord, when I have laid the land most desolate because of all their abominations which they have committed.’

  3. Kathleen
    October 24, 2012, 3:24 pm

    “God’s promise” Lots of death and destruction based on myths

  4. mijj
    October 24, 2012, 11:02 pm

    > “‘By God’s promise this land is ours!’”

    I’m afraid whoever said this is mistaken.

    I have in my possession a document that gives all lands claimed by the people of israel to the people of Papua New Guinea as their playground. This document, signed by god personally, witnessed by himself, and dated a.d. 1973, explicitly states that it supersedes all preceding documented promises.

  5. DICKERSON3870
    October 24, 2012, 11:16 pm

    RE: “‘By God’s promise this land is ours!’ Settlers attack Palestinian oliver-pickers”

    MY COMMENT: Watching the video is like watching something out of the Dark Ages. Medievalism on steroids! Like those old back & white movies where the Knights Templar are up on parapets and pour big cauldrons of boiling liquids down on their enemies below.
    It also remind me a little of the “snake handlers” in the backwoods down in “these here parts”. Those people still occasionally lose one of their congregants down here to “Satan’s venom”.
    What we need is a big, international, Scopes-like trial where these settlers have to prove in a court of law that God promised that land to them.

    • DICKERSON3870
      October 24, 2012, 11:22 pm

      “Jews protect Palestinians in harvest of hate” – By Donald Macintyre in Awarta, West Bank, The Independent (U.K.), 10/10/08
      Israelis cross religious divide to shelter olive farmers from settlers’ attacks

      [EXCERPT] . . . Born in Tel Aviv, Ms Siew served in the army, took a university degree, then a teacher’s diploma. Thirty-six years ago,
      she took the tough decision to emigrate to London
      , telling her parents: “I won’t come back until there’s peace.” Ms Siew, who is now 64, remains an Israeli citizen but now lives with her British husband in Hebden Bridge. She has kept to her word, except that each autumn she comes back to stay in her hometown with her relatives and spends each day of the two-month harvest season picking olives on Palestinian farmland in the West Bank.
      And Ms Siew does that for a purpose. Up on the ridge above us, you can see the red roofs of Itamar, a notably hard-line Jewish settlement, and she is here to help protect the Palestinian farmers from the threat of settler violence which has so often scarred the olive harvests.
      Last year, she was in a group in the South Hebron Hills confronted by settlers who fired shots from a pistol and an M16 assault rifle, despite the presence of the army and police. “Then one of the soldiers said, ‘Look, one of them is coming down with a jug of water for you’. The settler emptied the jug over me. It was full of human shit.”. . .

      ENTIRE ARTICLE – http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/middle-east/jews-protect-palestinians-in-harvest-of-hate-956706.html

    • DICKERSON3870
      October 24, 2012, 11:26 pm

      P.P.S. STILL SPEAKING OF THE “DARK AGES” AND “MEDIEVALISM”, ALSO SEE: SEE: “Swedish human rights worker viciously attacked by Jewish extremists in Hebron”, by ISM Hebron, 11/18/06

      [EXCERPT] A 19-year old Swedish human rights worker had her cheekbone broken by a Jewish extremist in Hebron today. Earlier the same day at least five Palestinians, including a 3-year-old child, were injured by the settler-supporting extremists, who rampaged through Tel Rumeida hurling stones and bottles at local residents. Palestinian schoolchildren on their way home were also attacked. The Israeli army, which was intensively deployed in the area, did not intervene to stop the attacks.
      Tove Johansson from Stockholm walked through the Tel Rumeida checkpoint with a small group of human rights workers (HRWs) to accompany Palestinian schoolchildren to their homes. They were confronted by about 100 Jewish extremists in small groups. They started chanting in Hebrew “We killed Jesus, we’ll kill you too!” — a refrain the settlers had been repeating to internationals in Tel Rumeida all day.
      After about thirty seconds of waiting, a small group of very aggressive male Jewish extremists surrounded the international volunteers and began spitting at them, so much so that the internationals described it as “like rain.” Then men from the back of the crowd began jumping up and spitting, while others from the back and side of the crowd kicked the volunteers.
      The soldiers, who were standing at the checkpoint just a few feet behind the HRWs, looked on as they were being attacked.
      One settler then hit Tove on the left side of her face with an empty bottle, breaking it on her face and leaving her with a broken cheekbone. She immediately fell to the ground and the group of Jewish extremists who were watching began to clap, cheer, and chant.
      The soldiers, who had only watched until this point, then came forward and motioned at the settlers, in a manner which the internationals described as “ok… that’s enough guys.”
      The extremists, however, were allowed to stay in the area and continued watching and clapping as the HRWs tried to stop the flow of blood from the young woman’s face. Some, who were coming down the hill even tried to take photos of themselves next to her bleeding face, giving the camera a “thumbs-up” sign. . .

      ENTIRE ARTICLE – http://palsolidarity.org/2006/11/hebron-day-06/

  6. Parity
    October 25, 2012, 12:10 am

    As the settler says, “By God’s promise, this land is ours!” When Israeli soldiers help the settlers dispossess the Palestinians, who is to say that this part of the Jewish religion is not a driving force of the Israeli government? (Reference your new Comments policy.)

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