Israeli officer tosses Palestinian shepherds from their land so settlers don’t have to hear Arabic

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The video is from Ta’ayush and was posted yesterday.

The video was shot by Guy Butavia in the South Hebron hills outside the illegal Jewish settlement, Otniel. IDF officer expel Palestinian shepherds from their land: 1:00

“If Palestinians come near, this will disrupt the [settlers’] intact fabric… They don’t want to hear Arabic being spoken in a Jewish town.”

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  1. just
    September 7, 2014, 11:22 am

    thank heavens for Ta’ayush.

    We are enabling some very horrible people. WHY?

  2. Kay24
    September 7, 2014, 11:31 am

    Desmond Tutu, you are absolutely right, these are apartheid policies and actions.

    Racism at it’s worst.

    The US is supporting and arming a brutal apartheid nation, and it is amazing those who are mentally slaves to Israel are able to sleep at night, knowing that our weapons are being used against civilians, and brutal massacres….but wait, these are Arabs right, and they deserve it, right?

  3. Mooser
    September 7, 2014, 11:52 am

    When your “fabric” is made of the whole cloth, it’s very important to keep it “intact”.

    You know “intact”. Like a virgin, already.

  4. Mooser
    September 7, 2014, 11:55 am

    “If Palestinians come near, this will disrupt the [settlers’] intact fabric… “

    The Palestinians might tear empire’s new clothes?

  5. just
    September 7, 2014, 12:32 pm

    I just remembered what this reminded me of:

    ” Palestinian officials frequently condemn what they refer to as the “Judaization of Jerusalem” on the part of Israeli authorities, who they say engage in discriminatory policies that discriminate against Palestinian residents and seek to encourage their departure from the city. East Jerusalem has been occupied by Israel since 1967. Israeli authorities sometimes limit the Muslim call the prayer in other parts of the Palestinian territories, particularly in Hebron where Jewish settlers have taken over properties in the city center. Israeli forces forbade the Islamic call for prayer at the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron 49 times in the month of January because it “annoyed” Jewish settlers, according to an official from the Palestinian Authority ministry of endowments.”

    http://mondoweiss.net/2014/03/forbade-annoyed-settlers.html

    and this:

    http://mondoweiss.net/2013/08/religious-intolerance-in-jerusalem.html

    It’s another nod to Israel’s ethnic cleansing.

    And now the IOF says Palestinian shepherds cannot speak their language without ‘offending’ the illegal settlers, so they must leave the land they are legally grazing their flock on.

    • Marnie
      September 7, 2014, 1:01 pm

      So what’s their excuse when the shepherds speak hebrew? There’s not enough projectile phlegm? It just keeps getting crazier and crazier.

      • Kay24
        September 7, 2014, 2:31 pm

        If you object to the shepherds speaking hebrew, you will be automatically labelled anti-semitic, and the MSM will make sure to bring it to the attention of the American people.

    • Philemon
      September 7, 2014, 7:50 pm

      …And we have a winner in the category of:

      “Lamest Excuse Ever for Ethnic Cleansing!”

      Are they worried that their kids might learn another language? How pathetic is that.

  6. lysias
    September 7, 2014, 2:35 pm

    Richard Wagner was offended by the way he heard Jews speak German. “Mauscheln” (“to jabber”) was the verb he used for the way they spoke.

  7. gracie fr
    September 7, 2014, 2:35 pm

    Since all Israel’s negative moves against Palestinians has to do with “National Security, how does the fabric of (linguistic ) intactness qualifies as such…unless of course the exclusion of the shepherds will eventually fall under the guise of “present absentee proprietors” and qualify for automatic seizure by the IDF/Civil Administraion….

  8. eljay
    September 7, 2014, 9:21 pm

    “If Palestinians come near, this will disrupt the [settlers’] intact fabric… They don’t want to hear Arabic being spoken in a Jewish town.”

    “Oo-ooh that smell,
    can’t you smell that smell?
    Oo-ooh that smell,
    the smell of Zio-supremacism.”

    (with sincerest apologies to Lynyrd Skynyrd)

  9. justicewillprevail
    September 8, 2014, 6:27 am

    It’s called cognitive dissonance. Like those oh-so-senstivie Jewish students in US universities, they must be protected from the disturbing aspects of the world contradicting their meticulously erected ideology. Palestinians represent everything they pour billions of dollars into repressing – the inconvenient truth about the land and its people they have appropriated. And still it comes back to haunt them – just hearing the native people speak sets off their inner trip wires and the discomfort feels like a threat to the stories they try to reassure themselves with. Palestinians’ existence is a daily reminder that remonstrates with their curdling sense of entitlement, so what else to do but criminalise their very existence, lock them up, make them invisible, and make it impossible for them to live where they belong, in the land of their families and ancestors – because people with real connections to the land and its history are an explicit disavowal of every manufactured myth about the immigrants’ appropriations of these roots. And language embeds the culture and history they are determined to deny and thus repress. Incidentally what better way to repress it than replace it with a modern resurrected language with which to construct an artificial history?

  10. Citizen
    September 8, 2014, 7:03 am

    Anyway, the author/artist of the Holocaust comic book to instruct kids, Maus, has belatedly come out against Israel; he says for a long time he tried not to think about Israel. http://blogs.forward.com/the-arty-semite/205222/art-spiegelman-breaks-his-silence-on-israel/?

    So maybe he will do a Maus sequel re the Nakba? I’d like to see a Palestinian American comic book illustrator do it.

    • lysias
      September 8, 2014, 10:12 am

      Joe Sacco’s Footnotes in Gaza is an excellent graphic novel.

      • justicewillprevail
        September 8, 2014, 3:11 pm

        As is the earlier Palestine with an introduction from Edward Said

  11. Shmuel
    September 8, 2014, 7:46 am

    What impresses me is the officer’s internalisation (albeit with a clumsy military twist) of the legalistic euphemism “social fabric”, employed e.g. in the “acceptance committee” law, passed by the Knesset a couple of years ago (and approved by the High Court), that allows small Jewish settlements within the green line to legally preserve their “Jews only” status. Also interesting is the transposition of the prettified jargon originally intended “merely” to deny Palestinian citizens of Israel access to housing and residency – to denying Palestinians the right to mind their own business, on their land, anywhere near a Jewish settlement.

    • Mooser
      September 8, 2014, 7:28 pm

      “What impresses me is the officer’s internalisation (albeit with a clumsy military twist) of the legalistic euphemism “social fabric”, employed e.g. in the “acceptance committee” law,”

      Or he got paid off, or he was afraid of the settlers if he refused to do their bidding.

      • Shmuel
        September 9, 2014, 3:32 am

        Or he got paid off, or he was afraid of the settlers if he refused to do their bidding.

        In chasing the shepherds away, he was obviously doing as he had been told — by his superiors and by the settlers he’d been ordered to serve. The thing here is that he came across some Israeli Jews (albeit lefty Jews from Ta’ayush) and felt he needed to offer some explanation for his behaviour, and tried to do so in “their language”, which is the language of rights (in this case, the “right” not to hear Arabic). Unfortunately, he overestimated his own fluency, thinking that half-remembered government newspeak would do the trick. (The “official” newspeak is “social fabric” [mirkam hevrati], but military-speak likes to modify everything with “regular/irregular”, so “social fabric” became “regular fabric” [mirkam takin].)

      • Mooser
        September 9, 2014, 10:34 am

        Thanks Shmuel. You would know a lot more, and your explanation is probably much more likely than mine. Thanks.

  12. Kate
    September 8, 2014, 9:14 am

    Reminds me of when I was in the West Bank — Palestinians from the village we ISMers were staying in were not allowed to reach their olive grove by going in between a settlement and an outpost – not, apparently, because they were considered ‘dangerous’, but because ‘it would upset the children to see Arabs’. What sick minds those settlers had.

    • just
      September 8, 2014, 9:45 am

      More evidence of the ultimate goal of the Zionists– they want the indigenous Palestinians gone.

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