What’s behind Netanyahu’s war on stone throwers

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Last Wednesday, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stood at the site in occupied East Jerusalem where a 64-year-old Israeli driver was injured after his car hit a pole and later died.

“We are declaring war on those who throw stones and bottles and rioters,” he declared.

Police said stone throwing led to what they called a “self-inflicted accident,” but acknowledged that they were unsure about it. Netanyahu called for police use of Ruger .22 rifles – which appears to have been put on hold – and minimum sentences for stone throwers, which comes after Israel passed legislation to imprison Palestinians convicted of throwing stones for up to 20 years.

But it’s not as if stone throwing has presented any kind of serious threat. Even if the Israeli driver was killed by stone throwing, he would be the first to have been killed by stone throwing this year, and even that would be unusual.

Stone throwing is a form of popular resistance that rarely results in serious physical damage but carries a message of refusal to submit to occupation. Meanwhile, settlers commonly attack Palestinians with rocks and even attacked a US consulate envoy last year. And that’s the least of the violence settlers inflict upon Palestinians.

Suddenly, after one Israeli dies, Netanyahu reacts in a hugely disproportionate measure and declares war. For reference, Netanyahu didn’t even declare a war when he spoke of revenge at the funeral of the three Israeli teenagers who were kidnapped and killed in what appeared to be a botched operation in the West Bank in the summer of 2014. The ensuing mega-assault on the Gaza Strip last summer was called an “operation,” and was only officially recognized as a war months later.

Israeli cops have long been killing Palestinian citizens without consequence. Last year in the northern village of Kfar Kana, Khair Hamdan, a 22-year-old Palestinian citizen of Israel, was shot dead on video by cops when he presented no threat. The state backed the cops. The three officers who beat nearly to death Palestinian-American teen Tareq Abu Khdeir so brutally that his mother couldn’t recognize his face appear to have been let off.

Clearly, the police are already operating with impunity. So what is Netanyahu’s declaration of war really about?

Now that thwarting the Iran deal is out of reach, Netanyahu’s political calculus demands a new threat – and stone throwers have replaced the nuclear duck.

For Israelis, the war on stone throwers continues to divert attention from massive inequalities that constantly plague Israelis by uniting against a common enemy. Israel’s second-longest serving Prime Minister, Netanyahu is a master of this tried and true method and knows exactly how to manipulate Israeli society into fits.

Indeed, Netanyahu used this tactic last year when politicians and media figures called what appeared to have been a few lone-wolf attacks as a “car intifada.” This rhetoric led to a right wing demonstration I documented in which Israelis demanded that police “mow the lawn” on Palestinian protesters in East Jerusalem and that the government had been restricting police from “winning.”

This level of violence is what Netanyahu is expanding the legal framework to execute.

For some Israelis, the killing of Palestinians is a form of entertainment. During bombing campaigns on Gaza, groups of Israelis gathered on a hill to watch the explosions as a spectator sport. Just days ago, Israelis celebrated a video of an Israeli sniper shooting a Palestinian who was throwing stones.

For Palestinians, this is another tightening of occupation and erosion of the partial rights Palestinian citizens of Israel have. The war on stone throwers is not actually about stones, but about violently repressing dissent and any form of resistance.

Meanwhile, the Israeli military and police are prepared for the possibility of a full-scale invasion and have mapped out of occupied East Jerusalem and Palestinian areas inside Israel in unprecedented detail.

Fueling the tensions in Jerusalem are incursions by extremist Messianic Jewish groups and attacks by Israeli police on the Al-Aqsa compound that have increased as of late. While major elements of these groups openly call for destruction of Al-Aqsa, they are raising the prospect of Israel unilaterally partitioning the compound between Palestinians and Jews.

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    September 24, 2015, 1:50 pm

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  2. Talkback
    September 24, 2015, 2:15 pm

    It’s not Netanyahu’s war on stone throwers. It’s Netanyahu’s war on Palestinians:

    License to Kill: Stone-throwing while Palestinian could get you killed
    http://972mag.com/license-to-kill-stone-throwing-while-palestinian-will-get-you-killed/110972/

    IDF on settler stone-throwers: You wouldn’t expect us to shoot a Jew?
    http://972mag.com/idf-spokesman-admits-biased-idf-enforcement/29777/

    WATCH: Israeli police let stone-throwing settlers walk away
    http://972mag.com/watch-israeli-police-let-stone-throwing-settlers-walk-away/99740/

    It’s just the usual racism and dehumanization of Nonjews which can be killed with impunity.

    • JWalters
      September 24, 2015, 8:03 pm

      My thanks for documentation on the details of the “War on Stone Throwers”, and on the larger “War on Palestinians”.

      The only way this pattern of acts is rationale is if they are intended as provocations. For in addition to their flouting the most common-sense notions of justice, they will obviously provoke the entire population of Muslims (and anybody else who cares about justice and knows the facts). And Netanyahu emphasizes that all this is a “Jewish” project, essentially inciting a religious conflict.

      Religious conflicts are harder to resolve than conflicts over material resources. There is no difference to split, so they can be especially intractable.

      This makes them especially profitable for war profiteers. And war profiteers, it turns out, played a major role in the start of this particular religious conflict, described in “War Profiteers and the Roots of the War on Terror”.

  3. gracie fr
    September 24, 2015, 2:32 pm

    ….lest we forget THESE people who do THESE things and who go largely unpunished….

  4. JLewisDickerson
    September 24, 2015, 3:03 pm

    RE: “Stone throwing is a form of popular resistance that rarely results in serious physical damage but carries a message of refusal to submit to occupation.” ~ Dan Cohen

    MY COMMENT: I recently saw a reference to a Bible verse about Jews throwing stones at their Roman occupiers! Unfortunately, I can’t remember where I saw it.

    • JLewisDickerson
      September 24, 2015, 3:37 pm

      P.S. OMG! It might have been John Hagee reciting that verse (about Jews throwing stones at their Roman occupiers) in his “blood moons” video, but I just don’t have the stomach to listen to it again to find out.

      EVERYBODY GET READY FOR THE “BLOOD MOON” THIS COMING MONDAY! THE END IS NIGH! ! ! – See more at: http://mondoweiss.net/2015/09/cancellation-ferguson-palestine#comment-798455

      P.P.S. John Hagee is barking mad! ! ! If you have the stomach to listen to Hagee’s “blood moons” video above, shortly after the 23 minute mark Hagee says that God caused 9/11 (“First he attacked the physical”) to “get this country’s attention” (“because this country was walking away from God”)! ! ! Begin listening at about 20:30 to get the full impact of what this loon is saying. Also, all y’all go to the 26 minute mark on the video and y’all all buy your prayer shawls (“designed by God himself”) to support Big John’s “ministry”! ! !

    • JLewisDickerson
      September 25, 2015, 12:55 pm

      P.P.S. ALSO SEE: “John Hagee’s Controversial Gospel”, by Sarah Posner, Prospect.org, 12 March 2008
      An excerpt from Sarah Posner’s book, God’s Profits: Faith, Fraud, and the Republican Crusade for Values Voters.

      [EXCERPT] . . . One former member of Hagee’s church, fearful to talk on the record because Hagee is “really powerful” and has “got so much clout,” described Hagee as “very angry” and “not approachable.” The former member, who attended Cornerstone for about ten years, recalled that she had been going to Cornerstone for six years before she actually met Hagee. “I said, ‘Oh, Pastor Hagee, I’m finally getting to meet you after six years,’ and he said, ‘Oh, I’ve been back here every Sunday’ and turned and walked off.” Her husband is bipolar, and when they went to marriage counseling, the church “told him he was a loser and an infidel.” The counselors encouraged the former congregant to leave her husband, but “thankfully, I prayed enough. … I began to see trouble, you know, I began to see things that wasn’t right.”

      About the tithe, the former Cornerstone member recalled, “That’s a shame issue there if you don’t tithe. … We’ve heard him say, … everybody who’s got their tithing envelope, wave it in the air. So that’s shame on you” if you don’t tithe. Yet Hagee, before he converted his nonprofit Global Evangelism Television into a church in 2004 (thus relieving him of the obligation to file a publicly available tax return), was known to be the highest-paid nonprofit executive in San Antonio, making nearly $1 million a year. Now, because of the conversion, his salary remains a secret. In 2000 his John C. Hagee Royalty Trust, whose trustee is Hagee’s brother-in-law Scott Farhart, spent $5.5 million on a ranch in Brackettville, Texas. The property includes the Hagee-owned LaFonda Ranch, which has its own private airstrip, where televangelist and Hagee friend Kenneth Copeland landed his aircraft for a weekend of hunting rare exotic game.

      Another component of Hagee’s ranch is a cattle-raising operation. For that project, Hagee formed a nonprofit — run only by himself — called the Texas Israel Agricultural Research Foundation, which he claims works on joint research endeavors with an Israeli university. Water consumption is highly regulated in the parched section of the state where the ranch is located, but San Antonio legislator Frank Corte introduced a bill that would have exempted Hagee’s outfit from the state’s water use laws. To move the bill, Hagee enlisted the services of one of San Antonio’s most powerful lobbyists, David Earl. Members of Hagee’s church sent more than eighty nearly identical letters — some from the church’s fax machine — to the Texas House of Representatives committee considering the bill, urging its passage. The letters argued that the bill would “protect Texas agricultural research projects that have entered into agreements to share information with Israeli organizations.” The bill stalled in committee, and Hagee’s lobbyists were forced to apply for permits from the local groundwater control board in Kinney County to pump water on the property.

      Other Hagee ventures operate through trusts and companies run by Farhart and involve prominent San Antonio businesspeople. These ventures include a failed investment in a proposed hotel in downtown San Antonio and a planned development near his church. In another venture, Hagee crossed a group of local businesspeople who sought to market their beauty products made from salt from the Dead Sea through Hagee’s ministry. They charged in a 2006 lawsuit that they entered into the deal after Hagee billed himself “as someone that had a lot of political connections,” making the group “aware of his rubbing shoulders with people influential in the Bush Cabinet,” according to the group’s lawyer, Jesse Castillo. Castillo said that his clients claimed that Hagee backed out of the deal because the church was facing tax problems due to “a concern that they were mixing the business interests of the church with the business interests.”

      The former congregant whose husband is bipolar said that even though she and her husband wrote a big check to the church after they sold their house and tithed close to 10 percent of their income, “We never prospered there.” Most of the people she knew there were struggling financially, including some who were evicted from their apartments because they couldn’t pay their rent. Hagee, she said, has a “very powerful hold, and you don’t even realize it. … We were there ten years, and I knew something was wrong, but I couldn’t figure out what it was.” She even feared speaking to a reporter: “If I say too much about him, God’s going to get me. … [Hagee’s] got so much money and he’s so powerful, he could take everything we have in a minute.”

      Another former member told of tithing even when she had to borrow out of her 401(k) plan to make her mortgage payments. At one point, she said, “at Christmastime I didn’t have gifts under my tree. Two small gifts for my kids, that was it. I was so broke, and I was tithing.” At the time, she believed that tithing would result in her own blessing. Still another former member, a single mother divorced from an abusive husband, told of tithing out of her child support checks, even though she was living in an apartment with subsidized rent. Contrasting her small apartment with Hagee’s home in an exclusive San Antonio subdivision and his multimillion-dollar ranch, she added, “I don’t even have a house! My kids grew up on top of each other like sardines. … I just want a little house.” She added, “I thought something was wrong with me. Why am I still [living like this]. I’ve given and given and given and tithed and tithed and tithed.” But while attending Cornerstone, she, like the others, felt guilt and enormous pressure not to question Hagee or his doctrine, and that atmosphere was reinforced through multiple church services each week and mandatory meetings with smaller cell groups whose leaders were vetted on the basis of classes, tests, and the faithfulness of their tithing. As a result, the former member said, “I looked to Pastor Hagee as a god.”

      ENTIRE ARTICLE/EXCERPT – http://prospect.org/article/john-hagees-controversial-gospel

  5. a blah chick
    September 24, 2015, 3:09 pm

    It seems that there are only three things you as Palestinian can expect from Israel: a bullet; a whip; a leash.

    • MHughes976
      September 24, 2015, 6:12 pm

      Succinct and perceptive, abc

    • amigo
      September 25, 2015, 1:09 pm

      ABC. You forgot a one way ticket out of your own country.

      • lonely rico
        September 25, 2015, 1:30 pm

        >amigo

        … a one way ticket out of your own country.

        Which they have to pay for.

      • echinococcus
        September 25, 2015, 4:46 pm

        Not really –certainly not if you’re in Gaza. The only way out for most has been vertical until now.

  6. JLewisDickerson
    September 24, 2015, 4:03 pm

    RE: “Israeli cops have long been killing Palestinian citizens without consequence. Last year in the northern village of Kfar Kana, Khair Hamdan, a 22-year-old Palestinian citizen of Israel, was shot dead on video by cops when he presented no threat. The state backed the cops. The three officers who beat nearly to death Palestinian-American teen Tareq Abu Khdeir so brutally that his mother couldn’t recognize his face appear to have been let off.” ~ Dan Cohen

    BUT . . . BUT . . . BUT, DO THEY HAVE PUBLIC SQUARES NAMED AFTER THEM?

    P.S. NOTICE that Netanyahu wore a yarmulke and even “trotted out” Sara to add sincerity for this occasion! Watch Sara Netanyahu (especially her face) very carefully. *

    * Prime minister’s wife accused in court of abusing staff – http://972mag.com/prime-ministers-wife-accused-in-court-of-abusing-staff/111888/

    • JLewisDickerson
      September 25, 2015, 1:28 pm

      P.P.S. FROM RICHARD SILVERSTEIN:

      . . . A confidential Israeli source reported to me during the last transition to a new Shin Bet chief, that [Yitzhak] Ilan had won the job. But he had one problem. Since he’d worked in the Jewish terror unit monitoring settler criminal activity, Sara Netanyahu didn’t like him. She preferred Yoram Cohen, an Orthodox Jew, whose ideological views and personality were more conducive to her. Incredibly, in today’s Israel a prime minister’s wife can derail a candidacy for a senior intelligence job based on her petty dislikes.

      In a development that shocked the Israeli media and the intelligence community, Cohen got the job. Not surprisingly, Cohen’s prosecution of Jewish settler terror has been lackluster at best. That may be just the way Sara prefers it. . .

      SOURCE – http://www.richardsilverstein.com/2015/09/24/prisoner-x2-mossad-agent-spying-for-iran-arrested-tried-convicted-and-imprisoned-in-secret/

  7. JLewisDickerson
    September 24, 2015, 4:14 pm

    RE: “For Israelis, the war on stone throwers continues to divert attention from massive inequalities that constantly plague Israelis by uniting against a common enemy. Israel’s second-longest serving Prime Minister, Netanyahu is a master of this tried and true method and knows exactly how to manipulate Israeli society into fits.” ~ Dan Cohen

    MY COMMENT: The ‘good wholesome war’* on stone throwers! ! !

    * SEE: “Israel’s Trauma Psychology and the Attack on Gaza”, By Avigail Abarbanel, Sunday 4th January 2009

    [EXCERPT] . . . Israel has been itching for a ‘good war’ for a while now. The botched attack on Lebanon in 2006 was a psychological disappointment that did not fulfil its purpose, and only led to a deepening chasm between the political and military arms in Israel. An Israeli friend told me in disgust the other day, that there is an atmosphere of ‘national orgasm’ in Israel about the prospect of attacking Iran. While people are being bombed in Gaza, all Israelis can talk about is the coming attack on Iran. But there is a link between the two.

    Israel’s social problems have grown exponentially over the past 15 years. It’s a very different Israel now than the one I grew up in. There is more violent and organised crime than ever before, and more domestic violence and abuse of children than ever. There are more drugs and drug use, and they have drunk-driving, something I have never encountered while I was still living there. This is reflected in official reports as well as in the daily newspapers. My brother who lives in Israel described to me how soldiers who spend their military service in the Occupied Palestinian territories implementing Israel’s brutal occupation, come home on weekends only to get involved in drunken armed brawls and murders. This was unheard of in my time.

    Israelis have never been particularly kind to each other. It’s one of the reasons I left actually. In my late twenties I started to grow weary of the unkind, harsh and unforgiving atmosphere around me. It was a tough place to live in not because of our ‘enemies’ but because of how people treated one another. You would believe that we were all enemies rather than people who have some kind of a shared heritage. The only thing that could unite people and temporarily brought out more kindness and a sense of cooperation was a feeling of being under collective threat, and in particular a ‘good wholesome war’ . . .

    SOURCE – http://www.avigailabarbanel.me.uk/gaza-2009-01-04.html
    AVIGAIL ABARBANEL’S SITE – http://www.avigailabarbanel.me.uk/

  8. JLewisDickerson
    September 24, 2015, 4:33 pm

    RE: Netanyahu used this tactic last year when politicians and media figures called what appeared to have been a few lone-wolf attacks as a “car intifada.” ~ Dan Cohen

    MY COMMENT: “Car intifada!” Lol. Arthur J. Finkelstein, Frank Luntz, Alan Dershowitz or “Billy Boy” Kristol? Enquiring minds mimes want to know!™

  9. weiss
    September 24, 2015, 6:48 pm

    What drives Satanyahoo ?

    Eternal revenge for his brother Yonaten who was killed by Palestinian terrorists during the heroic raid on Entebbe in 1976.

    And no doubt he promised his revisionist Zionist father on his deathbed that NO Palestinian state would be created on his watch.

    Now it all begins to make sense…

    He wants revenge and this proves he is the last person to truly want a fair peace agreement.

    • a4tech
      September 25, 2015, 9:44 am

      Yup exactly, Netanyahu and his support base are so far off from rationality and reason they perfectly exemplify the core of what the state of Israel is. A badly-written story with so many plotholes, an entire nation-state is required to come up with lies and excuses to convince the audience of its legitimacy.

      I can’t help but wonder if in the process of trying to achieve his impossible scenario of eliminating Palestine from the history books, he’s actually digging the grave of Israel. Sure seems like it.

  10. amigo
    September 25, 2015, 9:53 am

    “What’s behind Netanyahu’s war on stone throwers”.

    Eternal victim hood –at least until the “Greater Israel ” project has been accomplished.It is much easier to oppress , rob, murder and ethnically cleanse a people , if you can do it under cover of the myth of being a victim.

    This is just another phase in Israel,s plan of an “Arab Frei” Jews only racist so called democratic nation.

  11. W.Jones
    September 27, 2015, 3:15 am

    In case you haven’t seen it already, compare:

    Israel Relaxes Live-Fire Rules Against Palestinian Stone-Throwers
    Peter Beaumont, Guardian UK
    “Israel’s security forces will have greater latitude to use live ammunition against Palestinians throwing stones and firebombs – including against minors – as part of a tough new series of measures pushed through by the prime minister, Binyamin Netanyahu.”

    NYTimes: Israel Acts to Combat Violence in Jerusalem
    By ISABEL KERSHNER
    “The security cabinet will ease some rules on police shooting and is proposing harsher sentences as it clamps down on Palestinians throwing rocks, firebombs and fireworks at Israeli citizens and soldiers.”

  12. NickJOCW
    September 28, 2015, 11:48 am

    The way I read it is Netanyahu has been really thrown by Russia, Iran, and China’s firm takeover of the Syrian problem. The arrival of a seriously impressive number of Russian aircraft in Latakia has more or less ended Israel’s ability to make aggressive flights over Syria, let alone bombing raids. Also I wouldn’t be surprised if Netanyahu’s recent summons to Moscow was for anything other than to receive a firm warning to keep his nose out of the area. Given that Russia’s presence means the US has also lost any ability to institute a no fly zone over Syria and everyone else is standing back with bated breath, Netanyahu must feel singularly isolated. All he has left is to have another go at the Palestinians.; he may even hope he can provoke another ‘war’, anything to avoid being irrelevant.

  13. Leahj
    September 29, 2015, 12:33 pm

    Re: stone throwers – The ultra-Orthodox Israelis have a habit of throwing stones at the police during their frequent protests against one thing or another, as well as the cars of anyone foolish enough to drive through their neighborhoods on Shabbat, & on female tourists walking around with exposed elbows. Would those minimum sentences also apply to Israeli Jews?

    • a blah chick
      September 29, 2015, 12:52 pm

      There’s nothing in the law that says Jews can’t get long prison terms for stone throwing, but if you don’t arrest them how can you convict them?

      • Leahj
        September 30, 2015, 5:37 pm

        Good point.

  14. Leahj
    September 29, 2015, 1:01 pm

    From Wiki —

    Jewish Israeli stone throwing refers to the Israeli practice of throwing stones at others, usually either at Palestinians by settlers or by Orthodox Jews to force their religious beliefs on others. The practice among Israel’s ultra-orthodox has been documented in Jerusalem since the early 1970s. Stone throwing has been used by Israeli settlers to prevent Palestinians from using roads the settlers consider theirs. Traditionally, the Israeli military and police have been more lenient when it comes to stone throwing attacks by Israeli Jews than by Palestinians or Israeli Arabs, leading to the growth of the practice.

    Throwing stones has been used historically by Jews as a means to fight better-armed authorities or to control communal conduct. Israel has been no exception.

    According to Hebrew University academic Yehoshua Kolodny, stone-throwing was prominent in an old Yiddish song his mother sang to him as a child and that had been popular among Bund workers. The song was about resistance to state violence by Jews living in the Russian empire:Loifn polizei farbei − di kinder varfen shteyner. ‏(‘The police are running to and fro − the children are throwing stones.’‏) ‘ In 1902 in Minsk in Imperial Russia, Jewish Bund supporters – a trade union movement that also wanted cultural autonomy for Jews – would often throw stones at police. For instance a December 1902 proclamation from the Jewish Independent Workers Party ahead of a planned demonstration called for members to “bring stones to throw at the police if they are detained or if the demonstrators meet with barriers.”

    It also played a role in the creation of Israel, both in fighting the British and in expelling Palestinians from their homes in what became Israel in 1948. In 1947 after the Jewish Irgun had kidnapped and killed two British sergeants – hanging their bodies in a grove of trees with an anti-personnel mine underneath, British soldiers rampaged in Tel Aviv in retaliation, vandalizing shops and cars. Young Jews in Tel Aviv responded by taking to the streets and stoning British military patrols. The events and their aftermath came to be known as the The Sergeants affair.

    In the aftermath of the Deir Yassin massacre of 1948, carried out by the Israeli Irgun and Stern Gang militias and that resulted in over 100 Palestinian villagers killed, Palestinian survivors were loaded into trucks and then paraded through West Jerusalem while Jews spat at them and threw stones at them.

    Throwing stones at cars that were seen to break the Sabbath is practiced among the ultra-Orthodox community of Jews, such as the Hasidim community. At the request of the Jerusalem police, the practice was halted during the first intifada. In Mea Shearim women who sport ‘immodest dress’ have often been subject to stoning. Sometimes, the Haredi stone throwing has a political nature, to protest the arrest of prominent members of the community arrested on suspicion of things like money-laundering and tax fraud. Palestinians in Shuafat’s refugee camp have been targeted by the ultra-orthodox from Ramat Shlomo, the Hassan Bek Mosque in Jaffa was stoned in October 2000 by Jews, who tried to set it on fire, in the wake of demonstrations and rioting by Israeli Arabs elsewhere in Israel, including local rioting and stone throwing in Jaffa.

    Peter Beinart writes that similarities exist between political reactions in Israel and the United States to stone-throwing protests by Ethiopian Israelis and Afro-Americans. One condemns the violence, but calls are made to look into and attend to the problems that give rise to such episodes. He then asks why Israeli attitudes are different if the stone-throwers are Palestinians. In the former instances, he argues, the grievances behind the violence are acknowledged and promises are made to redress them. The IDF website brands all Palestinian stone-throwing as ‘unprovoked’, and as ‘threats to the stability of the region’, and yet Beinart thinks it absurd to characterize behaviour by ‘people who have lived for almost a half-century under military law and without free movement, citizenship or the right to vote,’ unprovoked.”

    In May 2015 The Netherlands warned its citizens about travelling near West Bank settlements in the following terms.

    “Jewish settlers live in illegal settlements in the West Bank . . These settlers organize on a regular basis demonstrations close to the roads. These demonstrations are sometimes violent. This happens when settlers throw rocks toward Palestinian and foreign vehicles.”

    The warning specifically identified the hills around Hebron and Nablus as potentially dangerous, where the “extremist settlers are liable to be hostile.”

    1980s

    Haredi attacks, involving both stone throwing, violent clashes with the police, vandalism arson at bus stops, broke out in 1985-1986 to protest posters showing what they regarded as immodest women.

    2009

    Jewish Orthodox Israelis threw stones at passing cars throughout the year to protest infractions of the Sabbath. Large scale protests broke out, involving stone throwing in June and July in response to the opening of a car park near the Old Quarter of Jerusalem. On 9 August, the Jerusalem city mayor Nir Barkat was stoned by dozens of ultra-orthodox demonstrators who held him responsible for the car park’s opening.

    2011

    April 12, 2011 Jewish settlers from Itzhar in the West Bank, some wearing masks, threw stones at the Palestinian villages of Asira al-Qibliya and Urif. The incident was caught on film and showed Israeli soldiers standing by as the settlers threw stones at the Palestinians. When the Palestinians responded in kind, the Israeli soldiers fired in the air and fired tear gas at the Palestinians.

    2012
    24 January 2012 Natali Mashiah was attacked in her car by a group of stone-throwing Israeli Orthodox Jews in Beit Shemesh. The mob smashed her cars windows, slashed her tires, poured bleach over the inside of her car and threw a rock that hit her in the head as she fled the scene on foot. Ms. Mashiah said she believed the men intended to burn her alive. Before the attack one of the men involved called her a “slut.” “I thought, this was it, this is the end, I am going to die,” she told Israeli newspaper Harretz. “The look in their eyes reminded me of the lynching in Ramallah,” a reference to the 2000 killing of 2 Israeli reservists by Palestinians in the West Bank city of Ramallah. “I yelled to them, ‘But I’m Jewish,'” she said.

    19 May 2012 Fathi Asayira from the West Bank village of Asira al-Qibliya was shot in the head by an Israeli from the Yitzhar settlement during a confrontation that began with the settlers, some masked and carrying firearms, pelting Palestinian villagers’ homes with stones. Israeli human rights group B’Tselem obtained video of the incident that showed Israeli soldiers and police failing to intervene to protect the Palestinians. Mr. Asayira survived his wounds. Five other Palestinians were also wounded.

    June 19, 2012 Vered Daniel and her 7-month-old child were attacked by stone-wielding Israeli Orthodox Jewish men in Beit Shemesh. The attack was due to what the men considered her “immodest” clothing – a long, baggy black dress. She was pelted with stones, at one time while holding her child, on multiple occasions over ten minutes. “These were massive rocks. I held my hands up but they wouldn’t stop,” she told Israeli news site Ynet. There were no arrests.

    2013

    10 May 2013 Thousands of Israeli Orthodox Jewish teenagers threw stones and water battles at supporters of Women of the Wall, which wants Jewish women to be allowed to pray at the Western Wall in Jerusalem’s Old City. The women were praying near the site. Orthodox teens pelted the women with stones as they were escorted by Israeli police out of the area. Three of the men were arrested.

    2014
    6 January 2014 Masked Israelis from the Yitzhar settlement went to the village of ‘Urif near Nablus in the West Bank to vandalize a reservoir project being constructed with money from USAID and to throw stones at a Palestinian home and at a local school. Israeli soldiers accompanied the settlers and stood by while they carried out the attack, according to footage of the incident released by Israeli human rights group B’Tselem. The attack lasted for about 50 minutes. None of the Israeli soldiers on site took action to stop it, or to arrest the perpetrators. “The filmed record of the incident indicates that the soldiers acted with disregard to their duty to protect the Palestinians: they did not put an end to the violent acts they witnessed, responding only when Palestinians threw stones back at the settlers,” B’Tselem wrote of the incident. “The filmed record indicates that the military, which is required to defend Palestinians in the West Bank, in actual fact served as a security entourage for violent settlers. During the incident, the military backed the settlers in their assault on Palestinians and their property.

    June 2014 Jewish youths pelted Christian worshippers at the Church of the Multiplication in the Galilee.

    21 October 2014 Israeli Orthodox Jews in Jerusalem’s Mea Shearim neighborhood threw stones at public buses and slashed their tires to protest advertisements depicting women and girls holding a Torah scroll and wearing prayer shawls, which the protesters deemed obscene. About 50 Orthodox Jews participated in the violence. The advertisements were placed by a group called “Women of the Wall” which wants female Jews to be allowed to pray at the Western Wall in Jerusalem on the grounds of equal rights. There were no arrests.

    December 4, 2014 two settlers passing through a checkpoint to an Israelis-only road in the West Bank city of Hebron had a stone thrown at their car. The settlers stopped and threw stones, smashing the windshields of nearby parked cars and eggs that were waiting to be picked up at the checkpoint by a Palestinian shopkeeper in Hebron. The Palestinian car owners complained at the destruction to Israeli soldiers and police on the scene. The two settlers were allowed to drive on unimpeded. The incident was captured on video.

    2015
    January 2, 2015 Jewish Israelis from the illegal Adei Ad settlement outpost in the West Bank threw stones at cars carrying US diplomats to inspect the site of suspected settler destruction of olive trees owned by Palestinians. The cars were only lightly damaged and there were no injuries. There were no arrests.

    March 22, 2015 A 6-year-old Palestinian girl from the West Bank village of al-Tuba, near the illegal Jewish settlement of Ma’on, was hurt when a settler threw a rock at her and hit her in the head. She was not seriously hurt.

    June 3, 2015 Several Palestinian vehicles were damaged when Israeli settlers near the Nablus area settlement of Ma’ale Efrayim threw stones at passing traffic.

    8 August 2015 Israeli settlers attacked the home of Mahmoud Fazza al-Kaabna, east of the village of Taybeh, in the West Bank, with stones and firebombs. Mr. Kaabna was struck by one of the stones but unhurt, while the firebombs failed to burn his house down.

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