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Illegal outpost ‘security officer’ caught on tape beating Palestinian tending herd as Israeli soldiers stand around

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Incidents caught on tape of settlers and soldiers working in synchronization have been stacking up. This incident occurred last Saturday near the illegal expanding outpost ‘Avigail’ in the South Hebron Hills near the Palestinian village of Susya. 

Ynet picked it up,  On tape: Settler attacks Palestinian shepherd:

A Palestinian who was tending to his herd a few hundred meters from the Avigail outpost in the south Mount Hebron area was attacked for no apparent reason by the outpost’s security officer on Saturday……the security officer grabbing the shepherd, Na’al Abu Aram, and punching him as an IDF soldier looks on. The security officer is later seen shoving the Palestinian and running toward the herd to scare the sheep away.

Following the incident, another Palestinian turned to the officer and said: “You’re hitting him; he’s not hitting you. There are cameras, everything, there’s even a soldier here.”

At this point, the Palestinians asked that the officer be removed from the scene, as he said to the Palestinian man who was attacked: “You hit me now? You’re going to pay.”

After the incident, the security officer told Ynet: “The shepherd arrived at the area accompanied by anarchist activists who are known to incite provocations on a regular basis. As you can see in the video, the shepherd grabbed me and threatened me with a stick. In an attempt to break loose from his hold I pushed him away from me. The video was taped and edited in a manipulative manner aimed at slandering me.

Illegal Avigail outpost settlers and soldiers have a history of expelling Palestinian herders from privately owned Palestinian land near the outpost. International Middle East Media Center (IMEMC) reports Avigail was established by former Israeli soldiers in 2001:

The soldiers entered the land, which belongs to local Palestinians, and installed trailers. They moved in, heavily armed, and began to harass the local villagers and shepherds. No attempt has been made by the Israeli government to remove the trespassing Israelis from the land that they illegally seized by force.

This was published Dec 15, 2012:

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8 Responses

  1. Mndwss on March 13, 2013, 3:09 pm

    Inglourious Basterds 2:

    Palestinian shepherds fight back.

    They are brave and brutal, but still they looooose…

    Directed by Steven Spielberg.

    The movie is about a Jewish man called Spindler, who tries to save a palestinian.

    The movie wins an Oscar in the fiction category.

  2. LanceThruster on March 13, 2013, 3:19 pm

    The banality of evil.

  3. seafoid on March 13, 2013, 4:57 pm

    Israeli soldiers are just Jews in uniform with guns. Their settler brethren’s property rights are only valid backed up by violence. No credibility otherwise.

    Y colorín colorado, este cuento no se ha acabado..

  4. Citizen on March 13, 2013, 7:05 pm

    Inglourious Basterds… how cheap this film, and next he milks US slavery for excitement. You can bet the former video store clerk won’t take up the Nakba as background for his movies.

  5. Carowhat on March 14, 2013, 2:08 am

    I’m amazed at the high technical quality of the video that we are seeing nowadays. It makes these soldiers hesitate. It’s not like the grainy fuzzy video we had in the Rodney King case where you had to watch 10 times to try and figure out what was going on. Rogue cops and soldiers must really just hate the advance of video technology.

    • Accentitude on March 14, 2013, 7:00 am

      Well, most small video cameras and smartphones these days do shoot 720 or 1080p HD video, and that’s fantastic because it makes videos like this crystal clear and less capable of being disputed. In Palestine, no matter where you are or what happens, you will always find someone ready and able to record a video on his or her smartphone and then thanks to social media they get passed around in an insanely short amount of time. User generated content is making the world a smaller place and its helping activists to expose the racist Israeli state for what it is…and personally, I’m glad!

  6. CloakAndDagger on March 14, 2013, 4:42 am

    Every time I read an article on Ynet, I try to avoid the comments section. The vitriolic bile that represents the viewpoints of the Israelis who post there is terrifying to say the least. It is not hard to predict how Israel will end, and it won’t be a pretty sight. All that remains to be seen is when – and whether it will affect the US as well.

  7. American on March 14, 2013, 2:23 pm

    Attacks on Arabs and Palestines in Israel and in Palestine by Israelis seem to be an everyday occurance. Somewhere else I read a article on a Isr government report that ‘youth violence’ in Israel exceeded all other crimes. And the thing is these youths are proud of their hate, they revel in it. And anyone thinks the ‘old’ zionist + the up coming generation of children they raised to glory in hate would accept a one state solution?…I think it would be a blood bath for Palestines.,7340,L-4355544,00.html

    Teen who attacked Arab: I hit him as much as I could

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