‘You are a Jew, you need to stand with the Jews’: Peace activist Ariel Gold assaulted by settlers in Hebron

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Wednesday morning, Ariel Gold was broadcasting a live feed through her Facebook, in the midst of an assault on her by settlers in Al-Khalil (Hebron).

Gold is a well-known Jewish American peace activist, campaign director of Code Pink, the peace and social justice NGO. She has been spending time in Palestine and Israel this time especially for the purpose of monitoring the military trial of Palestinian peace activist Issa Amro on trumped up charges mostly dating back from 2013. Gold has been instrumental in drawing international attention to the case, which Amnesty International called “baseless” and “politically motivated.” Following coverage on Gold in the Sheldon Adelson-funded Israel Hayom daily a few weeks ago, officials from the Ministry of Public Security vowed that Gold would not be allowed to enter Israel in the future due to her support for BDS.

In the video, Gold is attacked by a Jewish settler named Anat Cohen. Gold was just hit in the head by Cohen and had her phone-camera knocked down, with Cohen shouting “go to Auschwitz” and other obscenities. Simultaneously a settler child joins in, perhaps aged 12, also repeatedly participating in the assault, ripping the phone out of Gold’s hands and attempting to rip her backpack off her. All this occurs with the presence of armed Israeli soldiers, which Gold begs to provide her with protection so that she may board the bus to Jerusalem, a short walk from there. But Cohen, which Gold mentions had injured her by kicking her in the leg also the day before, as well as the kid, are blocking Gold from getting there.

Much of the Hebrew dialogue in this footage is worth noting:

After Gold begs to be escorted, the soldiers are finally discussing whether they might escort her (1:17): “Can you escort her”, one soldier, a sergeant, asks the other, apparently under his command. One is almost persuaded that we may be seeing some genuine human dignity amongst the ‘most moral army in the world’. But two seconds later, this is dispelled when the soldier repeats his suggestion by saying “can you please kick her out of here?”. There is no response. Then the same ‘dignified’ soldier asks Gold, in English, whether she can go to the station – to which Gold replies that she can’t because she’s being assaulted. At this point Cohen engages in a Hebrew conversation with the soldiers. Cohen’s words show that she is generally quite well informed about Amro and BDS, as will become clear.

Here Cohen tells the soldiers, as if commanding them, in Hebrew:

“No, no, no! She won’t pass. She’s a Nazi, she’s an Anti-Semite, she sleeps with Issa Amro, let her have sex with him. She’s not passing here”.

The soldiers are bewildered. They actually ask Cohen if Gold has a permit to pass. Cohen, the ‘commander in chief’, says “no she hasn’t, she won’t pass. On my body, she won’t pass”.   

Whilst Gold is explaining to her Facebook viewers the situation, Cohen explains to the soldiers who Gold is. She tells them that Gold is a BDS activist (she repeatedly calls it ‘BCD’), and notes that she is supposed to be expelled from the country. She points out that the Ministry of Internal Security has declared that anyone working with BDS would be barred from entering Israel.

Meanwhile Gold is trying to get the names of the soldiers in order to file a complaint concerning their conduct (where they do nothing, allowing the assault to continue without lifting a finger or saying one critical word about it).

Gold voluntarily shows the soldiers her American passport (Cohen asks if it is a ‘BCD’ passport), and tells them that she is on the way to attend a gathering of Rabbis for Human Rights (Cohen, with a mocking accent: “Rabbis, which rabbis?”)…

Cohen keeps telling Gold to “go up” – that is, to the military watchtower overlooking the scene – where soldiers are indeed seen looking at all this from above as if it was some curious reality show. Cohen also repeatedly suggests that Gold go to Al-Aqsa – as if that was a really bad thing. But she doesn’t let her pass, so how will Gold get there? Cohen’s incessant obscenities, accompanied by the kid who occasionally rips the phone and backpack from Gold, appear to also serve the purpose of disrupting her live broadcast, in which Gold attempts to provide a narrative that would give context to the viewers.

At about minute 4:30, Cohen implores Gold to speak Hebrew. Gold notes that Cohen speaks English. Cohen, in Hebrew:

“No, no, no, don’t know English, don’t know English…Israeli Defense Forces speak Hebrew, they don’t speak English!…Issa Amro speaks English, go speak English with Issa Amro!”

So Cohen is now speaking on behalf of the Israeli military, as it were. And it seems that she commands considerable respect from these soldiers – incomparable to the lack of respect Gold receives.

After nearly five minutes of this, a soldier is heard saying that soon an officer will arrive “and sort it out”.

At this stage Gold points out that she’ll miss the bus which is due in 4 minutes.

Cohen, in Hebrew:  “Not too bad. You’ll miss the bus. There are other busses”.    

The next waiting stage goes on for some minutes, with Cohen making suggestions of where Gold should go: “To America, where everything is good”, “to Syria”, etc.

At about minute 6:45 the officer arrives with a few other soldiers. Gold attempts to explain to him her situation and asking for help, whilst Cohen is speaking to him in Hebrew and talking over her.

Cohen: “She doesn’t give a shit about you!” Now Cohen’s tone becomes very dignified and solemn: “First of all have her close her telephone as we asked her” [no such request is recorded], “let her respect you”.

The officer seems to want more clarification from Cohen about the ‘problem’. Cohen says:

“Me, I don’t have a problem. I want her to first close her telephone, so I can tell you…”

After less than half a minute the officer asks Gold to put the phone away so he can speak with her (about 7:55). Gold abides and puts the phone in her bag, but the audio recording continues for over 10 minutes from here on.

Gold again explains her situation and intentions. Gold explains to the officer that she was attacked by Cohen, and the officer seems quite surprised. At this point the audio is quite dim, and at a distance there seems to be some discussion going on between Cohen and the soldiers, for some minutes. Cohen seems to be trying to ‘educate’ the officer to understand the ideological issue at hand. Gold seems to be missing the bus, which she cannot see from there. She is wary of waiting for possibly another hour in such a place.

At about minute 11:40, Gold again engages in dialogue with the soldiers. They seem to wonder why she needs to walk on the street to get to the bus. She says she likes to walk on the street, that everyone should be allowed to walk on the street.

“But you don’t need to do a provocation”

says the soldier (possibly the officer, we cannot see at this point).

“But I’m not doing a provocation”, says Gold. “Walking down the street to the bus is not a provocation, at all”.

Gold repeats the issue of her probably missing the bus at this point, to the soldiers who don’t seem to be getting it. She also wants them to retrieve her phone case which was tossed under a car by Cohen.

There is no apparent response.

After some minutes, (around minute 14:30), the soldiers question the veracity off Gold’s claim. They say they don’t know anything about her.

At minute 15:00, a soldier chides her for the assumed ‘provocation’:

“Look how you came here. You did not come here, like, nicely”.

At this point Gold seems to give up hope on ever passing on the street (or retrieving her phone case), so she says that she clearly has to go some other way. At this point Cohen is heard imploring the soldiers to get Gold’s details, and not “let her run away like that”, because “she knows she’s not supposed to be in the country”.

A few seconds later, a soldier, apparently the officer, asks Gold which organization she is from. Gold answers that she’s with a number of organizations. “What are you doing here?” he asks. Gold notes that her visit has several purposes. She notes that her son is also there, with a Jewish youth group.

“Where are you from?” he asks. “From New York” Gold answers, and tells further details about her Jewish congregation. At this point, the soldier seems to be really surprised (Minute 16:20).

“Oh, you’re Jewish?!”,

he utters.

Now there’s real interest in Gold from several soldiers. One of them tries to teach her about what Palestinians are really like, as opposed to the Jews and their ‘most moral army in the world’:

“If they have the chance to hurt me, they do this, ok? If I have the chance, and I had the chance, to hurt them, ok, and I didn’t do this, ok? I treat them as nice. If something’s not good, ok, always trying to be a good person, ok? You always trying to paint us like a bad man, or we did bad things, ok? But you talking bullshit, ok? Bullshit. You are a Jew, you need to stand with the Jews…”

The recording continues for a couple of minutes, but you get the essence. A minute before its end, Gold wonders whether she is being prevented from leaving, or whether she’s being detained. End of broadcast.

Another little episode in the chronicles of the Israeli occupation. Another glimpse into the reality wherein the settlers essentially run the game, and the soldiers are only there to protect them, and no one else – certainly not anyone who is not “standing with the Jews”, as it were, even if they are Jewish.

To be sure, Palestinians may often be met with much more crushing violence from settlers as well as military, and Gold is after all, still, in a relatively secure status, being an American citizen. It could have been much worse had she been Palestinian.

Yet as we see from this as well as from the developments in Israel’s onslaught against political dissent, that privilege is also being eroded. Israel is no longer a ‘safe haven’ for Jews, and if you don’t “stand with the Jews” (the Zionist ones, that is, the “right kind” of Jews), if you express too much critique of Israel – then Israel will also keep you out.

In the end, we’ll be left only with “real Jews” – the likes of Anat Cohen.

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  1. eljay
    July 27, 2017, 11:30 am

    … You are a Jew, you need to stand with the Jews …

    The soldier doesn’t want a Jew to stand with the Jews – he wants a Jew to stand with the Zionists. That’s like telling a man to “stand with the men” when really you want him to stand with male rapists.

    • RayJosephCormier
      July 28, 2017, 9:03 am

      I find logic and reason in these insights as to who is a Jew?

      So says the Lord, “The heavens are My throne, and the earth is My footstool; which is the house that you will build for Me, and which is the place of My rest?
      And all these My hand made, and all these have become,” says the Lord. “But to this one will I look, to one poor and of crushed spirit, who hastens to do My bidding.
      Isaiah 66

      It is men that wage war over the material resources and things of this world, including Temple Mount.

      And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.
      Matthew 3:9

      Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and you say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.
      Jesus said to her, Woman, believe me, the hour comes, when you shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father.
      You worship you know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.
      But the hour comes, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in Spirit and in Truth: for the Father seeks such to worship him.
      God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in Spirit and in Truth.
      John 4:20-24

      For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh:
      But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.
      Romans 2:28-29

      For you are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
      For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.
      There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
      And if you be Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.
      Galatians 3:26-29

      • Mooser
        July 28, 2017, 3:13 pm

        “I find logic and reason in these insights as to who is a Jew?”

        Well, do you? Or was that an errant question mark at the end, as can happen?

      • gamal
        July 29, 2017, 5:20 pm

        “and circumcision is that of the heart,”

        I feel so unclean,

        I am going in to the kitchen,

        I may be sometime…

        I note Mooser is a mononym i am a mononymite, Ray is a trynym, as expected…

        now where’s my sabatier, which ventricle is loathed by God..

  2. Kay24
    July 27, 2017, 4:48 pm

    So what makes these illegal settlers behave in such a vicious way? There is something radically wrong with these people, they have a deep seated resentment for anyone who does not agree with them, and time after time we have seen how violent they could become. Maybe the fact that they are stealing lands, and living in occupied territory, must make them hate the fact that they are looked upon as illegal settlers around the world, and they lash out at anyone who they think is “different”. I have seen videos of some really vicious women spit and call Palestinian women ugly names. They show their arrogance when they act like THEY have been the victims of stolen lands. It seems they are setting a bad example to their kids too, and soon there will be a new generation of vicious thugs running around stolen lands.
    They try hard to chase the Palestinians from their own lands. I pity the Palestinians who have to put up with this gutter behavior every day. A sorry state of affairs.

    What a horrible experience for Ms. Ariel Gold. Hope this does not deter her from continuing the good work she has done.

    • just
      July 27, 2017, 5:46 pm

      The malignant A.C. and her spawn will never, ever ‘win’ despite the willingness of the immoral IDF to allow her to reign as a supreme squatter, thief, and criminal. She does persist, though. Until and unless this kind of despicable behavior is exposed over and over as she continues, then it will be ignored. I am glad for this newest exposure even though, and as, it repulses me.

      Remember this article from 2014?

      “Go to Auschwitz!: Extremist settler confronts injured ISM volunteer in Hebron”

      http://mondoweiss.net/2014/12/extremist-confronts-volunteer/

      I suggest reading some of the comments, too.

      Here’s a link to Jeffrey Goldberg’s 2004 article in The Nation which does feature this vicious, racist, violent horror of a ‘mother’, zealot, terrorist, etc:

      http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2004/05/31/among-the-settlers

      Many thanks, Jonathan Ofir and Ariel Gold.

      • Annie Robbins
        July 27, 2017, 11:22 pm

        she’s rather notorious for physically attacking people (google her and “settler”). she’s literally an infamous violent extremist. so why don’t they arrest her or put her away?

      • Annie Robbins
        July 27, 2017, 11:25 pm

        she should be in a mental institution

      • Annie Robbins
        July 27, 2017, 11:26 pm

        she’s a bully and a freak, and they (iof/police) take orders from her. insane.

      • Annie Robbins
        July 27, 2017, 11:35 pm

        the face of israel lives on

      • Annie Robbins
        July 27, 2017, 11:47 pm

        o, 5 yrs ago – a freak

      • Kay24
        July 28, 2017, 7:44 am

        A real vicious woman, with a lot of time on her hands. She is hateful and disgusting. They steal the land and then behave as if they are entitled to live there, and decide who walks through. The soldiers obviously are spineless and they use her to take direction. It looks like the authorities are also conveniently not doing anything about her video taped acts of harassing, taunting, insulting, and being physically violent. She should spend some days in jail, and warned about being so hostile and physically threatening. I notice NONE of the other illegal settlers ever speak up or warn her. She is indeed the face of Israel.

  3. JosephA
    July 27, 2017, 9:50 pm

    That settler woman, tho’

  4. Boris
    July 28, 2017, 5:15 am

    In one of her videos Ariel Gold answers to a question if she is Jewish. She says she is a “better Jew”.

    This is the key to understanding these Jews who are working against Israel – like provoking people and making videos, publishing all kinds of lies, etc. — they are not self-hating, they are self-loving Jews.

    • echinococcus
      July 28, 2017, 11:12 am

      Whassamatter, Boris? Can’t even tolerate sharing your imaginary identity? As a self-hating Russian, where do you get the crust to contest the “right” of others to adopt fancy names?

    • Misterioso
      July 28, 2017, 2:48 pm

      @Boris

      You are one sick puppy!!

    • Mooser
      July 28, 2017, 4:44 pm

      “This is the key to understanding these Jews who are working against Israel – like provoking people and making videos, publishing all kinds of lies, etc. — they are not self-hating, they are self-loving Jews.

      Oh you bet, those who take a principled and humane stand will always appear to advantage next to those whose arguments and force are actuated by self interest and bigotry in its service.

      • Boris
        July 28, 2017, 10:17 pm

        In my understanding of the world, self-loving is not the highest virtue.

      • Mooser
        July 29, 2017, 12:40 pm

        “In my understanding of the world, self-loving is not the highest virtue.”

        Of course, “Boris”. Far beyond your self-love is the love you bear for Zionism and the Jews. That love is of a higher order than self-love.

    • JosephA
      July 28, 2017, 9:36 pm

      Agreed with everything you said, less the “publishing all kinds of lies”.

      This may be the only time we will agree.

      Thankfully, I can ignore your sarcasm!

  5. oldgeezer
    July 28, 2017, 8:22 am

    what a savage beast she is.

    The Caananites called and want their land back.

    http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2017/07/canaanite-bible-ancient-dna-lebanon-genetics-archaeology/

    • Mooser
      July 28, 2017, 4:47 pm

      “The Caananites called …”

      This changes everything. Will be fun watching Zionists twist themselves into contorted knots trying to take this into account.

      Shoots their claims right out of the water.

    • Misterioso
      July 28, 2017, 6:51 pm

      @oldgeezer

      The Palestinians also called:

      http://journal.frontiersin.org/article/10.3389/fgene.2017.00087/full
      Front. Genet., 21 June 2017 | https://doi.org/10.3389/fgene.2017.00087

      The Origins of Ashkenaz, Ashkenazic Jews, and Yiddish
      Recent genetic samples from bones found in Palestine dating to the Epipaleolithic
      (20000-10500 BCE) showed remarkable resemblance to modern day Palestinians.

      EXCERPTS:

      “The non-Levantine origin of AJs [Ashkenazi Jews] is further supported by an ancient DNA analysis of six Natufians and a Levantine Neolithic (Lazaridis et al., 2016), some of the most likely Judaean progenitors (Finkelstein and Silberman, 2002; Frendo, 2004). In a principle component analysis (PCA), the ancient Levantines clustered predominantly with modern-day Palestinians and Bedouins and marginally overlapped with Arabian Jews, whereas AJs clustered away from Levantine individuals and adjacent to Neolithic Anatolians and Late Neolithic and Bronze Age Europeans.”

      “Overall, the combined results are in a strong agreement with the predictions of the Irano-Turko-Slavic hypothesis (Table 1) and rule out an ancient Levantine origin for AJs, which is predominant among modern-day Levantine populations (e.g., Bedouins and Palestinians). This is not surprising since Jews differed in cultural practices and norms (Sand, 2011) and tended to adopt local customs (Falk, 2006). Very little Palestinian Jewish culture survived outside of Palestine (Sand, 2009). For example, the folklore and folkways of the Jews in northern Europe is distinctly pre-Christian German (Patai, 1983) and Slavic in origin, which disappeared among the latter (Wexler, 1993, 2012).”

      • Jack Green
        July 29, 2017, 3:58 pm

        “Who can challenge the rights of the Jews in Palestine? Good Lord, historically it is
        really your country. What a wonderful spectacle that will be when a people as
        resourceful as the Jews will once again be an independent nation, honored and
        complacent, able to make its contribution to needy humanity in the field of morals, as
        in the past.”
        Yusuf Diya al-Khalidi, the Arab mayor of Jerusalem, in 1899 in a letter to Zadok Kahn,
        the chief rabbi of France about the rights of Jews to self-determination in the land of
        the Jews.

      • eljay
        July 29, 2017, 4:14 pm

        || Jack Green @ July 29, 2017, 3:58 pm ||

        The ingratiating words of the Arab mayor of Jerusalem in 1899 don’t change the fact that Jewish supremacism in/and a religion-supremacist “Jewish State” in as much as possible of Palestine represented and continue to represent injustice and immorality.

      • Mooser
        July 29, 2017, 4:17 pm

        Sure, “Jack”, the Palestinians were just begging the Zionists to come.

      • Nathan
        July 29, 2017, 6:01 pm

        Misterioso – I don’t quite understand why anyone is busy with the DNA of the Jews. Is there a connection between DNA and politics? I would imagine that mixing blood tests and a political debate would generally be defined as racism. How else would you define it?

        And now, I’ll reveal to you a secret that I can’t keep to myself anymore. The Jews come from planet Mars. Some of them are from the southern hemisphere, but most are from the much less-prestigious northern part of the planet. However, many years ago, they established their Martian state on the western shore of the Asian continent on planet Earth. In the meanwhile, their children, grandchildren and even great-grandchildren were born in western Asian. They even believe, sincerely, that they are from that hot, desert land on the Mediteranean Sea, because it’s (after all) the land of their birth. The nicest aspect of their country is the fact that everyone understands Hebrew of the northern Martian tradition. They know that they won’t pass your blood test, but they nevertheless beg of you – in the name of philo-Martianism – to forgive them.

      • Mooser
        July 29, 2017, 7:50 pm

        “And now, I’ll reveal to you a secret that I can’t keep to myself anymore. The Jews come from planet Mars.”

        Every one with a “Jews sui generis” lapel button proudly displayed. Incomparable creatures, not to be judged by ordinary standards.

    • oldgeezer
      July 29, 2017, 1:19 am

      @Misterioso

      Another stufy, which I won’t bother linking as I have posted it before, traces modern Irish dna back to originating in the area 3,000 years ago.

      In short Ashkenazi claims to be any sort of indigineous people in that area is a pure fraud. Criminals. Knowi g criminals. There has been a half century of legal decisions and authoritative warnings. Most recently UNSC 2334

      These zionists are criminals and murderous radical scum. There can be little debate over that. No purported progressive feature of Israeli society acts as a counterweight against the scope, depth and frequency of Israeli crimes. Let’s forget bds and push for all out sanctions.

      Their must be a price for their terrorism and crimes against humanity. They are yet another large stain in human history.

  6. Kate
    July 28, 2017, 9:03 am

    Try THIS settler woman: Jan 16, 2007 Yifat Alkoby, a settler from the Jewish settlement of Tel Rumeida in Hebron, is seen harassing women and girls from the neighboring Abu-‘Ayesha family, who were forced to build a metal cage around their home to protect themselves from the repeated attacks by Jewish settlers. http://www.btselem.org

  7. AddictionMyth
    July 28, 2017, 9:12 am

    This is horrifying but at the same time it’s not that hard to deal with them. You just yell back at them. As for the soldiers I think it’s best to just ignore them. Ultimately they will not protect us.

  8. RoHa
    July 28, 2017, 9:50 am

    I’ll try asking this again.

    What chain of reasoning leads from “You are a Jew,” to “you need to stand with the Jews”?

    • Bont Eastlake
      July 28, 2017, 10:30 am

      There is none. It is a widely accepted fact that the first victims of Zionism, are Zionists themselves.

      These people are nuts, and are in for a nasty hangover once the Zionist powertrip is cut short.

      • Mooser
        July 28, 2017, 6:44 pm

        .” It is a widely accepted fact that the first victims of Zionism, are Zionists themselves.”

        Please tell us what makes “Zionists themselves”” the first victims of Zionism”? Love to hear it, it would lessen the load of guilt.

    • echinococcus
      July 28, 2017, 10:47 am

      It depends on the body part used to reason with.

  9. Elizabeth Block
    July 28, 2017, 10:19 am

    I was in Hebron in March 2016. Anat Cohen is notorious. She had just bought a new car, and people were worried because they didn’t know what it looked like, and she is in the habit of trying to run people down with her car.

  10. echinococcus
    July 28, 2017, 11:43 am

    To be sure, Palestinians may often be met with much more crushing violence from settlers as well as military, and Gold is after all, still, in a relatively secure status, being an American citizen. It could have been much worse had she been Palestinian.

    A slight edit needed there.
    The “relatively secure status” is provided less by the American citizenship than the identification as “Jewish”.

    • Jonathan Ofir
      July 30, 2017, 9:19 am

      Echinococcus, the soldiers were genuinely surprised to know she was Jewish in the end. Given, if she had been American AND of Palestinian descent, her American status might not have helped as much. Then I should perhaps edited to ‘not Palestinian’ rather than ‘American’, but I’ll let that be, and try to be more precise next time.

      • echinococcus
        July 30, 2017, 10:21 am

        Ofir,

        I don’t think that extra precision is needed –everyone may know that Westerners get a little extra consideration compared to Palestinians.

        Thank you for your remark that the soldiers were “genuinely surprised to know she was Jewish”. I didn’t expect that, given the heavy Jewish presence among internationals (but should have, thinking of Zionist propaganda power.)

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