A pogrom in Qusra

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Settlers and soldiers working together against the residents of Qusra Feb.23, 2013                   (photo: Sa’ad Al-Wadi)

Last Saturday a mob of armed settlers attacked a Palestinian village, and the Israeli military brought up the rear, and now a child is fighting for his life. This complicity occurs time and time again: violent settlers and the Israeli military acting as a tag team against Palestinians. (Israel is busy spinning this as heroic soldiers rescues Arab, but we’ll get to that later.)

Take a look at that photo up there: those criminals are not being arrested. Even if they initiated the attack on their own, the settlers look to have army coordination in carrying it out. These violent settlers are not being thwarted by the Israeli military, who are supposed to be protecting civilians.

Let’s take a closer look at the pogrom being carried out by settlers and soldiers in Qusra.

International Solidarity Movement: Young man fighting for his life following settler attack on Qusra:

Around 15 settlers from Esh Kodesh (Holy Fire) and Shilo entered Qusra…At around 11am this morning settlers began attacking the village of Qusra. Armed with rifles, they attacked homes on the outskirts of Qusra, throwing stones they broke windows. The youths of the village attempted to defend their homes. In the clashes that ensued Helmi Abdul Azeez Hassan was shot by a settler, the bullet narrowly missed his heart.

Soldiers arrived on the scene and, as usual, protected the invading settlers.

Yossi Gurvitz for Yesh DinNot “conflicts,” a pogrom:

A group of settlers, coming from the direction of one of the most notorious outposts, Esh Kodesh, raided …Palestinian village of Kusra. Some six Palestinians were wounded. The Israeli media reported a “conflict” in the village. There wasn’t any.

A conflict is what happens when two sides of more or less equal strength clash. What took place in Kusra is much more similar to the Czarist period and to the American South before the passage of the civil rights laws: a group of bullies attacking a persecuted minority, and then receiving the protection of the law enforcement forces.

Look at these pictures, taken yesterday: Settlers and soldiers firing together at the residents of Kusra, while the latter are standing on their lands. The regular Israel, whose media makes an effort not to report what goes on in the West Bank – more on this below – will automatically excuse it by saying the army has to put down “disturbances of order.” Okay. So what are the settlers doing there?

The repeating pattern is of attacks, theft, damage to property – with the police doing nothing and the army becoming a part of the problem. In an incident from last September, Palestinians were attacked by settlers; one Palestinian was reportedly kidnapped by them for a short while. In response, the army forces arrived…. and used tear gas and stun grenades on the Palestinians. The police closed the case, claiming “perpetrator unknown.” …..

…..There were many other incidents. So what is going on here? For starters, there is a symbiosis between the settlers and the army. They are becoming two arms of the same militia. -

con’t…..

And whether or not you believe there is actual coordination, the joint attacks amount to the same thing; as Gurvitz says, “there is a symbiosis between the settlers and the army. They are becoming two arms of the same militia.”

According to this Qusra resident, this is the 4th attack this week:

How are people supposed to live like this? Gurvitz reports Yesh Din sent a letter to the army commander in the region  because these violent settlers will not stop attacking this village. Complaints just stack up, and they do nothing.

Yesh Din can document “ten separate and serious incidents in which Israeli civilians have attacked Palestinians”:

The human rights organization Yesh Din sent an urgent letter today (January 3) to Brig.-Gen. Hagai Mordechai, commander of the IDF Judea and Samaria Division, and to Commissioner Amos Yaacov, commander of the Judea and Samaria District Police, demanding that the security forces allocated additional personnel to protect the Palestinian civilian population in the Shilo Valley area, following serious attacks by settlers over the past week,

Over the past week, Yesh Din has documented ten separate and serious incidents in which Israeli civilians have attacked Palestinians. The incidents include the cutting down of trees, throwing of stones at residents’ homes and so-called “price tag” attacks, among others.
These attacks have caused damage to property as well as injuries:
• A 4-year-old boy from Jalud was injured in the head by stones thrown at night at the houses in the village
• A resident of Karyut suffered a broken skull after stones were thrown at his car
Full list detailed in the attached letter (Hebrew)

According to various reports, these incidents of violence and attacks against property have been committed by settlers from the adjacent outposts, with the goal of deterring Palestinian farmers from exercising their right to farm their land.

In the letter to the security forces, Attorney Adar Grayevsky of the Yesh Din legal team emphasized that: “These are grave incidents in which, prima facie, dozens of settlers have acted with impunity, imposing terror against Palestinian residents of the area through acts of unbridled violence and vandalism.” -

Full Letter (pdf)

And here’s the IsraelNationalNews.com covering the pogrom:

Arab rioters who are injured when they try to attack IDF soldiers or police are provided an important “health benefit” – they are often taken for treatment to hospitals in Israel. Many of the Arab rioters injured in unrest in Judea and Samaria are taken to Israeli hospitals in ambulances, but on Saturday, for the first time in a decade, Israel provided a helicopter to take an Arab rioter who was injured after he rushed IDF troops, throwing rocks and bricks at soldiers, with soldiers responding with anti-riot tactics and injuring the attacking Arab.

……

A senior IDF medical officer told Arutz Sheva that in the months since the conclusion of Operation Pillar of Defense, the number of riots by PA Arabs had climbed significantly, as had the number of injured Arab rioters. Consequently, the number of Arab rioters Israel is treating in its hospitals – at its own expense, of course – had also grown considerably.

Saturday’s incident occurred in the course of a riot by Arabs in the village of Kafr Kutzra, near Shechem. The Arab was badly injured in the incident, and was taken to a hospital in Shechem. Doctors there decided that they did not have the facilities to help the rioter – but called in the IDF, in the hope that the army would transport him to Israel, where there were facilities to deal with his injuries.

The attacking settlers have been erased from their coverage.

The International Solidarity Movement:

A local resident explained to ISM volunteers that he cannot remember a week in which Qusra had not been attacked over the last two years. He went on to say that recently things have been getting progressively worse. Today’s assault is the culmination of events which have been evolving all week. There have been incursions in three out of the last four days. The village expects more in the week to come.

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A settler (far on the right) pointing a gun to Palestinians at the plantations of Qusra village  Feb.23, 2013 (photo: Saad Al-Wadi)

About Annie Robbins

Annie Robbins is Editor at Large for Mondoweiss, a mother, a human rights activist and a ceramic artist. She lives in the SF bay area. Follow her on Twitter @anniefofani
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  1. Citizen says:

    An anti-semitic pogram in Qusra?
    LOL

  2. Avi_G. says:

    Arab rioters who are injured when they try to attack IDF soldiers or police are provided an important “health benefit” -

    You know, another “health benefit” provided to Palestinians is when Jewish terrorists and Israeli soldiers alike shoot Palestinians in the head or chest.

    Anyway, the fact of the matter is that there have been hundreds of well-documented cases where the IKF left pregnant Palestinian women to rot at checkpoints, the same with injured Palestinians on their way to Palestinian hospitals, not Israeli hospitals.

    The fabricated lie that Israeli forces provide Palestinians with medical care at Israeli hospitals EVEN WHEN those Palestinians are “rioting” is so absurd as to make my blood boil. The depths of the depravity of these Zionists is just disgusting.

    But let’s assume for a moment that Israel were providing Palestinians with alleged “health benefits”. Wouldn’t all the trees either uprooted or burnt by colonists, the thousands upon thousands of acres of land stolen by the colonists and the State of Israel, all the livestock stolen and/or killed, somehow in some absurd, cynical bizarro world cover those alleged “health benefits” the all-benevolent Israel were providing?

    And let’s not forget the tax revenues Israel likes to collect from people to whom it provides ZERO services except the occasional bullet in the head.

    Are you f**** kidding me?

    • Cliff says:

      I just watched an excellent movie about a group of German children, led by the eldest daughter named ‘Lore’, making their way to their grandmother in the immediate aftermath of WW2.

      Lore’s parents are sent to prison camps. They were Nazis, her father a Nazi officer. Both are believers and in one early scene, Lore’s mother weeps for the death of ‘their’ Furher.

      The movie is about the transformation of Lore. She was obviously a member of the Hitler youth.

      As she is thrust into the role of both parents and has to shepard her younger siblings across a destroyed Germany, she meets a Jewish boy named Thomas.

      She and her siblings are starving at this point and surrounded by danger. American troops have arrived and in a pivotal scene – Thomas saves Lore and her siblings.

      Lore, through Thomas and the destruction all around her and the realization of Auschwitz and the Holocaust (early images of concentration camps) – begins to breakdown.

      I loved the movie. It was amazing.

      And when I read this ****ing stupid article by IsraeliNationalNews or whatever and see the authors refer to the Palestinians, blanketly, as ‘Arab rioters’ – it made me think of the Nazi comparison article by Jerome Slater.

      All of the same thinking, the hatred and superiority complex and racialism is there in Israel.

      The way they refer to Palestinians in the media and the violence – daily. It’s not on the industrial scale for logistical and political reasons.

      But ethnic nationalism hasn’t died. And the same ideas are espoused by Zionism except it’s for Jews and The Other is the Palestinians.

      • Woody Tanaka says:

        I was interested in that movie, but a little leery at the same time. Obviously, a teen girl treking across all of Germany in the immediate aftermath of the war would have been lucky to not have been repeatedly raped by the occupation troops. (And pretty much no chance of her escaping such brutality if she treked across the Soviet Zone.) The Thomas character also gave the possibility of being wholly unrealistic portrait of piety and goodness.

        • Cliff says:

          I agree.

          It’s almost surreal. Certainly idealistic to the nth degree.

          I don’t think people, even Nazis, let go that easy.

          But Lore is 16 and she comes across some horrors. Including a raped woman left to die.

          Watch it though. It’s beautifully shot and the main performance by the actress who played Lore is excellent. She must’ve been 17 or 18 at the time.

          The director launched the career of Abbie Cornish in a movie called Somersault. A somewhat similar film in terms of structure with a trek as the main driving force for conflict and catharsis for the main character.

  3. HarryLaw says:

    The International Solidarity movement and Yesh Din are doing more for the beleaguered Palestinians than the whole of the Palestinian Leadership, what are they doing?

    • sardelapasti says:

      HarryLaw – Best post today. “the whole of the Palestinian Leadership” would certainly not be The Palestinian Leadership(TM) and installed back in occupied Palestine if it were anything but a Pétain administration with half the militia, appointed to suppress the Resistance and ensure compliance.

      The problem with the Zionist entity is that it is collectively so batshit insane that the PA is obliged to disobey here or there in order to keep functioning even minimally. The same used to happen with the German puppet administrations during the Nazi occupation.

      And lo and behold, we have here a number of people who regard those puppets as the legitimate and fully sovereign representatives of the People of Palestine. Yarright.

    • Inanna says:

      They’re Quislings. They’re doing what Quislings do.

  4. Keith says:

    This gets back to a point I tried to make some time ago. Calling these people simply “settlers” is inaccurate and giving up too much ground. This is similar to the situation which exists in all of the US supported death squad democracies in Latin America. Defenseless people being attacked by paramilitaries receiving army support. While not yet as severe, these people are better thought of as paramilitary-settlers, extensions of the Israeli military.

  5. seafoid says:

    “in the Shilo Valley area, following serious attacks by settlers over the past week”
    Mr Yisrael Medad, occasionally of this parish, is a settler who lives in Shiloh , waiting for the return of Moshiach.

    But I guess it doesn’t matter how many settlers bathe in the Shiloh mikvah or separate their dairy from their meat because the whole YESHA project is contaminated with impurities.

  6. Obsidian says:

    ‘Pogrom’ fabricated by Qusra Palestinians.

    link to elderofziyon.blogspot.co.il

    • Avi_G. says:

      Obsidian says:
      February 28, 2013 at 5:04 pm

      ‘Pogrom’ Holocaust fabricated by Israeli Qusra Palestinians Jews

      link to elderofziyon.blogspot.co.il link to stormfront . org

    • so…. the occupation police are standing up for the settlers and palestinians are tourching their own cars and trying to set up the innocent settlers. hmm. doesn’t really explain the footage of settlers coming over the hills or the photo above, does it.

      and arafat jaradat didn’t die of torture either, and israel doesn’t lie. yawn.

      • @ Annie

        ” and palestinians are tourching their own cars and trying to set up the innocent settlers. hmm.”

        A possible explanation relevant to your objection (if we assume that indeed it was Palestinians that burned them) might be the following:

        Some Pals, more committed to the Resistance than others, decided that the cause of defaming the settlers was worth more than a few cars (especially if the cars did not belong to them , the committed ones), and burned them.

        If that’s the case, some ex-car-owner Pals are now silently suffering their people’s dedication to the Resistance.

        PS. see how obedient you have made me? not only do i speak of “the Resistance”, i give it a capital “R” too.

        • as i see it, here’s the problem with your suggestion dion. palestinians don’t really need to blow up their own cars to make settlers look bad because there is already an abundance of video and archived evidence of them doing much worse. in fact, did i even bother to mention the blown up cars in this post? maybe you missed the first sentence a child is fighting for his life. maybe you missed this headline: link to mondoweiss.net

          Last week in the oPt: 12 Palestinians, incl 4 children, wounded by Israel fire; 26 Palestinian children arrested

          i don’t know what world you live in a bunch of blown up cars is a big story, it isn’t. but i pogrom is, and there’s video/photographic evidence to support that, which is why i am writing about it.

        • Woody Tanaka says:

          “Pals”??? Are we allowed to say “Heeb” to refer to Jews?

        • @ Annie

          “as i see it, here’s the problem with your suggestion dion. palestinians don’t really need to blow up their own cars to make settlers look bad because there is already an abundance of video and archived evidence of them doing much worse.”

          I think that any PR scheme, if we assume the Pals are operating one, needs to show continuous Israeli transgressions. The documented stuff you point to is already a thing of the past. Western media won’t be interested in rebroadcasting it, they need fresh blood.

          The committed Pals who might want to stage an incident cannot know in advance if and when there are going to be wounded victims, so it would make sense to burn a few cars just so as to be able to offer to the media vultures one more pogrom – even if bloodless.

          Needless to say, i am not justifying any settler attack, even if it was done as retaliation to a hypothetical prior Palestinian attack. The only one morally allowed to respond is the IDF.

          Now, as far as far as the first photo is concerned, i do not believe that the IDF is cooperating with the violent settlers. I wonder why the settlers were not arrested, and i will attempt to research it a little. Suggestions are welcome. My first guess (and charitable to the IDF, i admit) is that they are afraid of losing control of the scene: they already have to deal with the angered Pals present, maybe they cannot deal at the same time with the settler violent reaction if they attempt to arrest them too. Maybe it’s like they will get in a crossfire situation if they go for the settlers – settlers fighting back the IDF, Pals ceasing the opportunity to attack both the settlers and the IDF.

          ” in fact, did i even bother to mention the blown up cars in this post?”

          Yes, you did not mention the cars in your post, and this makes it obvious that you were concerned with more serious suffering such as physical harm. I was only responding to your reply to Obsidian where you mentioned the cars, after he did.

          “maybe you missed the first sentence a child is fighting for his life.

          Annie i didn’t miss it. I take it we are talking about the young Palestinian man that the ISM referred to. But i would need more context in order to be able to rule out self-defense on the settler’s part. Which of course does not exculpate the settler from breaking windows or cutting trees.

          “maybe you missed this headline: link to mondoweiss.net
          “Last week in the oPt: 12 Palestinians, incl 4 children, wounded by Israel fire; 26 Palestinian children arrested”

          This one, i had missed. But i understand that most of the wounded were shot by the IDF during protests, not by settlers. The Army is surely more self-restrained compared to vigilante civilians. I wouldn’t lump all the injury cases as clear-cut applications of excessive force. I would need more knowledge of the circumstances in order to blame the IDF.

          “i don’t know what world you live in a bunch of blown up cars is a big story, it isn’t. but a pogrom is, and there’s video/photographic evidence to support that, which is why i am writing about it.”

          I am not disregarding either your good intentions or your sense of perspective. And you have tons more of info on I/P in your brain than i do.

          I am not sure though if the testimony of the woman in the video can be considered credible. She referred to the six cars that were burned the other day and, if indeed the cars-incident was fabricated, then in all probability she knew it was fabricated and, therefore, cannot be considered to be a reliable eye-witness, on account of her willingness to lie. The journalist in the video too takes it for granted that the cars (torched before the settler attack) were torched by Israelis and not by Pals. He all too easily assigns blame.

          This does not detract from the fact that the settlers should have been arrested. And there are reasons to inquire why the IDF did not arrest them and to wonder if indeed they are systematically and tacitly cooperating with the vigilante settlers. But there are also reasons to inquire why the Pals’ news industry disseminates so easily info about settlers torching cars that in reality might have been torched by Pals. And to wonder if the Pals systematically stage events to make Israel look bad.

          “i don’t know what world you live in a bunch of blown up cars is a big story, it isn’t.”

          What world? The zio-UNDERWORLD

          link to youtube.com

          PS. if the video passes moderation i might become as much charitable to the moderators as i am to the IDF.

        • they already have to deal with the angered Pals present, maybe they cannot deal at the same time with the settler violent reaction……
          But i would need more context in order to be able to rule out self-defense on the settler’s part.

          go back and follow the links. the settlers are not ‘reacting’ to angered palestinians. the settlers do not live in the village and they have no reason being there. the came and attacked. that’s why it’s being described as a pogrom,and the soldiers are also attacking the palestinians. someone in the process of committing a crime cannot claim ‘self defense’ while carrying out the crime.

          needs to show continuous Israeli transgressions.

          lol

          The documented stuff you point to is already a thing of the past.

          yes, documented stuff is all from the past, people do not document the future. there’s also lots of other faulty ‘logic’ in your comment, but i don’t have all day.

          edit: also, stop using ‘pals’ it’s offensive.

        • @ Annie

          “edit: also, stop using ‘pals’ it’s offensive.”

          Sorry, i didn’t know that it had negative connotations. I was just abbreviating on the model of professionals = pros, or zionists = zios. And it also had a cute ring to it. But now that you told me i will stop it … domina.

          “yes, documented stuff is all from the past, people do not document the future.”

          In the film “Minority Report” they did document the future.

          How do you know that Israel hasn’t developed the appropriate technology? You know that we are very innovative.

          PS. I meant that it is old news for media purposes, the media want happened yesterday, or now.

        • old news? the post was published 5 days after the pogrom!!! not so old it goes ignored if we find out about it a few days late!

        • @ Annie

          “old news? the post was published 5 days after the pogrom!!! not so old it goes ignored if we find out about it a few days late!”

          I wasn’t referring to your post or to the particular attack, i was referring to the “abundance of video and archived evidence of them [settlers] doing much worse.” I meant to say that the media want fresh stuff – yes, your post qualifies for fresh.

    • Cliff says:

      Stop citing Nazi blogs, ProudZionist666.

      • Obsidian says:

        Okay.

        Then I’ll cite the Israeli newspapaer Yediot Ahronot, but the story remains the same. Fabricated pogrom.

        link to ynetnews.com

        • obsidian, take a look at the second photo i added to the base of the post. see the settlers point the gun? do you think the photo was fabricated? what are the settlers doing in the palestinian village?

        • Woody Tanaka says:

          “Then I’ll cite the Israeli newspapaer Yediot Ahronot, but the story remains the same.”

          Yawn. When you have a non-israeli source, then come talk about it.

        • Avi_G. says:

          dionissis mitropoulos,

          First, I suggest you change your username to Meir Kahana. It would fit your comments better.

          Second, that little weasel dance you do with “pals”, first using it then playing dumb, is typical of a people who steal land and then cite the bible. In other words, you have neither integrity nor dignity.

          Third, entertaining for a moment the absurd, cynical and infantile claim that Palestinians would do this to themselves is no different than the claim that Jews had it coming in WWII given their actions in the 1930s.

          Nevermind, of course, the simple — yet overlooked — fact that both Israel and the colonists are illegally on Palestinian land. In addition, the onus is on Israel to prove otherwise about this pogrom.

          The more important question is, what was Israeli police doing in a Palestinian town in the occupied West Bank when their work is usually limited to the mythical regions of Judea and Samaria where they police the colonies?

          So suddenly the same police that protects the colonists, enables their land theft, and enables their violence is conducting investigations INSIDE a Palestinian town?

          One thing I like about Jewish fanatics like you, you’re not very smart, just like Ehud Barak, all flustered in front of 60 Minutes’ cameras.

    • Linking to a settlers’ site. Very credible knowing that they regularly accuse the Palestinians of torching their own groves in order to put the blame on the poor, innocent, cuddly, “god”-fearing settler scum. Get out of here!

  7. mondonut says:

    Claims and couter-claims. This of course is not to be believed around here, nonetheless…

    link to israelnationalnews.com

    Members of the Samaria Residents Council slammed leftist groups Thursday after police said that what had been thought to be a “price tag” action by Jewish residents of Esh Kodesh in the Binyamin region turned out to be a dispute between Arabs. It was the Arabs who set fire to six vehicles in the village of Korsa near Shechem last week, deliberately blaming the Jews for their activities.

    • they probably cut down their own olive trees too. makes hella sense.

    • Cliff says:

      IsraelNationalNews is a worthless Jewish supremacist website that has no credibility whatsoever.

      Unsurprising that a Judeo-fascist like you would cite it approvingly.

    • eljay says:

      >> Claims and couter-claims.

      They pale in comparison to the claim made by hateful and immoral Zio-supremacists that Palestine belongs to them.

    • Avi_G. says:

      Members of the Samaria Residents Council

      Colonists are calling Palestinians liars. What a joke. “Samaria” should clue in anyone with half a brain.

    • ToivoS says:

      There is always a formal possibility that the Zionist didn’t do it and there probably is some Arab on Arab crime out there. But you have to be fool to make any such assumption — the Israelis are suspect until proven innocent.

      And if you don’t like it that way then stop stealing from the Palestinians and return what you have stolen and confess for the numerous atrocities that you are undoubtedly guilty of.

    • piotr says:

      The most reputable Israeli fascist news source! Very good place to find “counter-claims.”

    • Yeah, israelnational news or arutz Sheva. As credible and honest as the fascists at Massada 2000. Nice showing of your true coulours, settler.

      • piotr says:

        As I said, Arutz Sheva is a professionally run news site so their fabrications have a certain methodology. As we could observe in other cases, a new reality has to be created in stages, so the journalists themselves do not fabricate anything, well, hardly anything. This is the money quote:

        Police said that the “evidence” supplied by Arabs that Jews had undertaken the attack – an Israeli identity card left at the scene – was fabricated. The ID card belonged to a soldier who, on the night of the attack, was stationed far from the Arab village. He had apparently lost the ID card, with Arabs finding it and holding onto it, apparently for an event just like the one that occurred in the village last week.
        In a statement, the Council said that …

        I actually visited once Israel and a military unit there, because my host was called to reserve duty. One of my observations was that soldiers are far more mobile than the assigned duties (at least when the inspections are lax, which DOES happen). It is fair to conjecture that the poor soldier lost his ID outside the grounds of the military unit where he was assigned, and once he/she was outside the gate, he/she could go anywhere, Israel and the territories are no so big. In any case, no shred of police evidence is cited that Arabs committed arson, instead those conclusions cited from the ever reliable Council of the settlers. Thus a somewhat irrelevant speculation of a policeman was converted to an elaborate theory of the fascistic Council.

        • MK_Ultra says:

          I have noticed an interesting yet disturbing phenomenon with the Zionists and their loyal followers: they are very quick to jump and accuse others of doing things they are guilty of themselves and have done time and again. It’s a fascinatingly psychopathic trait of theirs. If they had a conscience, it could be attributed to guilt. They must figure that the best defense is a good offense. They truly are twisted bastards.

        • piotr, wrt an idea of this ‘council’ check out the audience in this video:

          link to mondoweiss.net

          [T]he Samaria region of occupied Palestine declared the establishment of The Jewish Authority in Eretz Yisrael yesterday (Sept 14th[2012]) . I don’t think this has been covered by anyone aside from uncomfortably histrionic coverage by al-Jazeera Arabic. I’m not going translate al-Jazeera’s article here. But the flag of this Authority and a video from the inaugural speeches speak conveniently to two points.

          The Hebrew writing on the flag says ‘The Jewish Authority in Eretz Yisrael.’

        • @ MK

          “I have noticed an interesting yet disturbing phenomenon with the Zionists and their loyal followers: they are very quick to jump and accuse others of doing things they are guilty of themselves and have done time and again. It’s a fascinatingly psychopathic trait of theirs. If they had a conscience, it could be attributed to guilt. They must figure that the best defense is a good offense. They truly are twisted bastards.”

          Maybe like that?

          link to youtube.com

          twisted zio-firestarters

        • dion, no..i think MK probably means something more along the lines of this:

          link to mondoweiss.net

          can you see the total disconnect?

    • MK_Ultra says:

      Samaria Residents Council. In the US, they would simply be known as “The Knights of the Ku Klux Klan” — :)

      And LOL @ “Isreal National News” – the other Zionist mouthpiece, akin to the New York Post and The National Inquirer and probably owned by the same characters.

  8. RE: “[A]s Gurvitz says, ‘there is a symbiosis between the settlers and the army. They are becoming two arms of the same militia’.” ~ Annie Robbins

    MY COMMENT: Borrowing from Doug Feith’s infamous lie, I would even say there is a “mature, symbiotic relationship” between the settlers and the Israeli army. And this time it’s not a lie.

  9. just says:

    Annie– just the other day I commented that I had just seen Mississippi Burning, and it struck me like a bolt of lightning that we are witnessing the same in the Occupied territories. It is largely unquestioned by the majority in power and becomes de rigueur.

    Pitiful and criminal.

  10. American says:

    Europe’ s new -old anti semitism? ..”hostility unparalleled since the dark ages”?
    All of this Zio push to condemn Europe and the world as rife with Jew hatred is getting weider and more dangerous. The more they do it, the more resentment they arouse against both Jews and the US.

    link to blogs.the-american-interest.com

    February 28, 2013
    The US House Calls Hearing on European Anti-Semitism

    Jews today face hostility “unparalleled since the dark ages of the Second World War,” said Rep. Chris Smith (R-NJ) at a hearing yesterday on rising European anti-Semitism. According to the Religion News Service, Smith called the hearing to investigate and discuss recent anti-Semitic crimes in Europe.
    We’re glad the US government is finally taking serious notice of European anti-Semitism, which, following a relative dormant period after World War II, is back with a vengeance. The numbers reported in the RNS story are alarming. A 2012 survey by the Anti-Defamation League found that about one-third of Europeans hold anti-semitic beliefs; in France, it’s almost one-quarter, up 20 percent from the 2009 survey.
    Lest you are tempted to blame these numbers on Muslim immigration, the testimony revealed a much more complicated reality:
    Several speakers said the demonization of Jews is both homegrown and imported. Hostility toward Jews comes from both far-left and far-right political parties, as well as radicalized immigrants from the Middle East who grow up on Arab and Muslim media infused with negative Jewish stereotypes.
    It is true, however, that anti-Semites of all stripes use Israel as their excuse for Jew hatred:
    “Jews as a people are often vilified in the context of attacks on Israel,” said Elisa Massimino, president and CEO of the nonprofit Human Rights First, an international civil rights group based in Washington and New York. “While criticism of Israeli government policies—or those of any other government—is legitimate discourse, it crosses the line when it disparages or demonizes Jews as a people.”
    It can be startling to realize that the same hatred that stoked the evil fires of the concentration camp incinerators is still very much alive today. It destroys our illusion that we’ve reached a new stage of civilization and put all that madness behind us forever. On Holocaust Remembrance Day last month, President Obama said, “The United States, along with the international community, resolves to stand in the way of any tyrant or dictator who commits crimes against humanity, and stay true to the principle of ‘Never Again.’” Let’s hope that resolution is effective in the face of Europe’s new-old anti-Semitism”

    • Bumblebye says:

      “Human Rights First” was started by the same fellow who initiated Human Rights Watch – specifically because the latter was too tough on Israel. Perhaps we should think of it as “Israeli Rights First”.

    • MK_Ultra says:

      So, the US is now tasked with investigating anti-semitism™ in Europe…sweet! Next, they’ll be either invading or sending in their drones, whichever pleases the masters more and reaps the greatest benefits to their Chosen Highnesses. The role of self-appointed ruler of the universe while on their knees to the Zionist masters is quite unbecoming of the Exceptional Lot. I’m not sure which group is more dangerous yet pathetic. If ever there were two groups in history who deserve each other that would be Amerikans and Zionists/jews/Isrealites. Hopefully, they’ll have their Ok Corral day soon.

  11. yourstruly says:

    the jewish settlers have become the cossacks who persecuted them back in the days of the eastern european shtetl?

    nothing learned from their past?

    that it’s better to persecute than be persecuted?

    but is it?

  12. ritzl says:

    Not that it means anything in this ongoing travesty, but do the settler/colonists, standing right next to IDF soldiers (top photo) really think that masks obscure their identities/crimes?

    Why bother? They’re known, probably relatives and/or neighbors. But just not “known” in any accountable sense.

    • i’m sure they’re familiar with each other by now. maybe not all the soldiers and all these settlers, but certainly some of them are acquainted.

      • mcohen says:

        hi annie

        perhaps you may have read this——in any event why qusra-

        ‘Palestinians may have faked price tag attack’
        By BEN HARTMAN, TOVAH LAZAROFF
        02/28/2013 22:02

        Police suspect Palestinians vandalized 6 cars in Kusra village in order to falsely claim a price tag attack by Jewish extremists.

        link to jpost.com

        • sardelapasti says:

          Nothing reported by any Zionist is to be taken otherwise than mendacious propaganda in the absence of *independent* confirmation.

        • MK_Ultra says:

          Jerusalem Post. LOL! The Kosher version of the NY Post or, better, the National Inquirer. Probably owned by the same characters too. Nothing speaks louder than the sources one quotes, particularly, one who is trolling.

        • ritzl says:

          @mcohen If these settler attacks only happened once in a blue moon and Palestinians did occasionally fake them, then you would have a point. But settler attacks occur almost daily, and even if Palestinians did fake one, it’s buried so deep in the “noise” of actual, ongoing, terrorizing events as to be completely irrelevant to any discussion of this.

        • American says:

          mcohen says:

          Palestinians may have faked price tag attack’
          By BEN HARTMAN, TOVAH LAZAROFF
          02/28/2013 22:02
          Police suspect Palestine’s vandalized 6 cars in Khusra village in order to falsely claim a price tag attack by Jewish extremists.>>>>>>>

          Why? What would be the benefit to them? No settlers or Israelis would have been arrested for it…they would get no compensation for the destroyed cars.
          It would be just another attack on Palestines or their property and there are enough real ones of those that they really don’t need to fake one to get attention to their plight.
          I see nothing they would have had to gain by a false flag car burning.

  13. Mayhem says:

    Seems like Robbins doesn’t know what a pogrom actually is. She has this penchant for inflammatory language.

    • i think yesh din and yossi gurvitz knows what one is, open the links.

    • Cliff says:

      Seems like Mayhem reserves pogrom for Jewish victims only because he is a two faced Zionist.

    • ritzl says:

      So Mayhem, What is a pogrom “actually” like? Feel free to use current examples.

      Or, barring any current or personal experiences as examples, feel free to put yourself in someone (a few km away) else’s shoes for a moment, and use that as an example.

  14. piotr says:

    Perhaps it is unnecessary, but apart from Arutz Sheva there is also an article in JP that was linked about alleged forgery of price tag car burning which explains more the “police version”. I will explain why I am highly sceptical about that police version.

    1. Correct me if I am wrong, but the standard procedure of Israeli investigations is to never believe anything Palestinians say if it may incriminate a Jew. A link to an article with a criminal case would do nicely to make a correction.

    2. Preliminary, unofficial results of Israeli investigations have very high rate of false versions. For example, heart attack of Arafat Jaradad was unofficially reported and it was not confirmed later.

    3. The alleged falsification of an attack was quite expensive, with six burned cars, it would require a lot of work etc. The motivation according to comments in Israeli press would be to create appearance of Jewish attacks where none occurred. However, the story we are commenting is about another attack that was videotaped and resulted in gun shot wounds which is not challenged, and there is a quite a number of documented attacks on Qusra that were not challenged. Thus the putative motivation is rather weak.

    4. The first argument for the “falsification” version is somewhat strange. It is a story of a lost ID, It is quite simple for a soldier to be in a different spot than his assigned post if he belongs to a small unit with lax supervision. Police version requires a rather elaborate far ranging conspiracy to find IDs in the West Bank and move them in a place “far from the original place where it was found”.

    5. The second argument is even more strange. By looking at photographs, police investigators concluded that cars were burned first and moved later. Call me weird, but if I were a director of an inscenisation of a fake attack, I would move cars first and I would burned them after. I have profound difficulties figuring out the possible purpose of the reversal in the order. Second, forensic study of photographs may reveal various things, but how it can reveal moving of the cars? Third, there can be legitimate reasons to move burned cars, e.g. to the junk yard of salvage shop. This could be detected if the village is under aerial or satellite surveillance. Notably, there is no information in the “unofficial” report cited by JP about owners of the burned vehicles. Whatever police discovered, it is no clear how and if there are no natural explanations of “inconsistencies.”

    6. Example of an explained “inconsistency” from the past. Once a young Palestinian woman died after inhaling the tear gas. The unofficial IDF version proposed that she was actually killed by her own family in “honor killing”, then that she died because of terminal cancer of “lung or blood”, but eventually it was admitted that IDF knew that she was in the village but nowhere close to the demonstration. Well, IDF saturated a huge area with tear gas so she indeed was nowhere close (and she was also videotaped by activists). The final version was that she indeed died from the effects of gas inhalation and asthma but only because she was in a Palestinian hospital, while in Israeli hospital she would be saved. (This may explain the “health benefit” so lamented by Arutz Sheva.)

    Israeli investigations in West Bank are peculiar, to put it in neutral terms.

  15. MK_Ultra says:

    Incidents like these always remind me of a Twilight Zone episode titled “Deaths-Head Revisited” — At the risk of sounding like a cliche, the Israelites should pay a bit more attention to history as it appears to be repeating itself. In this episode, an escaped Nazi Captain can’t resist his morbid curiosity to come back to Dachau, a concentration camp he had been in charge of. The place is abandoned and deserted except for the ghosts of the past who come back when Capt. Gunther Lutze re-enters the scene of his crimes. The ghosts haunt him and finally, led by Becker a prisoner the Captain took particular pleasure in torturing, put him on trial finding him guilty of crimes against humanity and so forth. At the end, he is found alone in the camp, gone completely mad. It is up to one’s interpretation whether his conscience got the best of him but since such monsters don’t have a conscience, it’s anyone guess what really happened. As the episode ends, a doctor asks why a place like Dachau is permitted to stand, to which Rod Serling replies:

    “There is an answer to the doctor’s question. All the Dachaus must remain standing. The Dachaus, the Belsens, the Buchenwalds, the Auschwitzes – all of them. They must remain standing because they are a monument to a moment in time when some men decided to turn the Earth into a graveyard. Into it they shoveled all of their reason, their logic, their knowledge, but worst of all, their conscience. And the moment we forget this, the moment we cease to be haunted by its remembrance, then we become the gravediggers. Something to dwell on and to remember, not only in the Twilight Zone but whertever men walk God’s Earth.”

    The episode is well worth the hour or so it lasts. The reversal of roles with the Palestinians, wearing the striped pajamas, and the Zionists in the role of the Nazi torturers is eery and accurate. From the plot to the dialogue, it’s a perfect portrayal of the situation today in Palestine. The episode should be required watch in ISreal for they have decided to turn the Earth into a graveyard into which they can shovel their reason, their logic, their knowledge and their collective conscience.

  16. Accentitude says:

    And then there’s this crackpot investigative journalism over on Ynet which basically claims….Hey you guys, the settlers aren’t doing anything wrong! They’re the victims of slander by the Qusra villagers who are price tagging themselves! Right, I believe that for sure.

    Police: Palestinians tried to fabricate ‘price tag’ attack
    Investigation into claims by residents of village of Kusra that settlers from Esh Kodesh outpost torched six vehicles last week proves them false

    link to ynetnews.com

    Keep in mind, these are the same super secret internal investigations by Israeli police that have been routinely conducted over several years and have found that virtually every single Israeli that has ever been convicted of a crime has been innocent.