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In response to the Israeli military attack on Gaza, resistance activists in the West Bank downed a utility pole and cut electricity to an illegal Jewish settlement west of Ramallah.

Ynet reports (Hebrew) there was a 4 hour power outage in the Talmonim area settlements as a result of the sabotage, which has since been repaired. Israeli police are opening an investigation into the incident.

(Hat tip Ofer Neiman)

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  1. Kay24 on July 20, 2014, 3:38 pm

    Now this I understand, and I love. I would love to see more illegal settlements in darkness, even without their stolen water, let them feel for some time, how the poor Gazans are suffering.

  2. a blah chick on July 20, 2014, 3:43 pm

    I don’t think the lads thought this one through because when the pole came down it sparked and flashed and could have started a fire.

  3. ivri on July 20, 2014, 4:02 pm

    Someday, people there will understand that the only chance for them to lift themselves form the mayhem and backward situation in the entire Mid-East region is to cooperate with Israel – not silly sabotage acts, or worse, violence. Cheering these acts with abused terms (“resistance” here and many others, as Ghetto, Pogroms, Nazis, elsewhere) don`t help anybody but the clueless nihilists that only destruction makes their adrenalin running.

    • amigo on July 20, 2014, 4:11 pm

      “Someday, people there will understand that the only chance for them to lift themselves form the mayhem and backward situation in the entire Mid-East region is to cooperate with Israel” ivri.

      Sorry to burst your bubble ivri, but they have already tried that for nigh on fifty years.

      So a little sabotage is in order.

      And some.

      • Maximus Decimus Meridius on July 20, 2014, 4:30 pm

        Sabotage is the very least these odious ‘settlers’ deserve.

      • amigo on July 20, 2014, 5:56 pm

        “Sabotage is the very least these odious ‘settlers’ deserve.” MDM

        I covered that under ,”and some”.

      • Pixel on July 20, 2014, 10:38 pm


        LOVE it!

    • eljay on July 20, 2014, 4:30 pm

      >> Someday, people there will understand that the only chance for them to lift themselves form the mayhem and backward situation in the entire Mid-East region is to cooperate with Israel …

      That may be the “only chance” Zio-supremacists prefer, but it’s not the only chance that actually exists.

      Example: The U.S. and other Western nations divert all of the political, economic, financial and military support they currently provide to Israel to other countries in the Middle East.

    • Kay24 on July 20, 2014, 4:45 pm

      Would you feel like cooperating with your brutal occupier, that keeps killing your people like flies at check points, fences, not stopping at children being mowed down, have our children kidnapped in the middle of the night and thrown in jails, have your lands stolen, homes bulldozed, water controlled, be blockaded, for decades ivri?
      You call this a silly sabotage act, what do you call the constant sabotage by the occupier, when it cuts off electricity and water when it wants to collectively punish these people? This has been going on for decades. These are all facts you may be ignoring when you try to cast blame on those who are trying to fight off the 6th biggest weapons manufacturer and one of the world’s stop (brutal) military force.
      Don’t like it when the shoe is on the other foot eh?

    • lonely rico on July 20, 2014, 5:38 pm

      Someday, people there will understand that the only chance for them to lift themselves form the mayhem and backward situation in the entire Mid-East region is to –

      Option A – cooperate with Israel (@ivri)

      Option B – terminate the racist zionist state, putting in its place a democratic state for ALL its citizens, perhaps call it Palestine.

      Hey ivri, bet you never thought of that ?

    • amigo on July 20, 2014, 5:59 pm

      What,s wrong ivri.Did they put your lights out.

      Well done those resistance heroes.

    • annie on July 20, 2014, 6:12 pm

      abused terms (“resistance”…)

      triple yawn

    • Penfold on July 20, 2014, 8:17 pm

      I am always amused at the “there must be dialog” crowd, because while Palestinians try and talk Israelis into giving their rights Israel is build settlements, stealing resources and in general digging themselves deeper into Palestinian territory.

      Then on some pretext or another talks stop, Palestinians get blamed and dragged back to talk some more and the process starts all over again.

      I think it is time the talking ended.

      As Emiliano Zapata said “It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees.”

    • Inanna on July 21, 2014, 1:40 am

      Lots of lovely Orientalism there. Forgetting that the only way Israel flourished was by stealing most of the land and property of others and relying on years of foreign remittances and military aid. And also forgetting the constant violence Israel has rained down on Palestinians, through terrorist groups that introduced car bombs to the Middle East in the 1930s to the paramilitary groups and state apparatus that ethnically cleansed hundreds of thousands of Palestinians, placing them under martial rule, occupation and siege.

      You can pretty much take it to the bank that anything a Zionist accuses someone else of doing is just a projection of Israel’s modus operandi.

    • SQ Debris on July 21, 2014, 3:19 pm

      Spring 1988: Israel cuts off electricity and water to Qabatiyah and holds it under curfew for 28 days. No one and nothing goes in or out. Farm animals that broke loose in an attempt to find water were executed for breaking the curfew. One woman told me that she had to clean herself with her own urine because what little water she had was needed for drinking. Cooperate with That Ivri? The “wise, moderate” voices of zionism that appear on this list don’t even dignify disgust. High time to bring the entire settlement grid down.

  4. John O on July 20, 2014, 4:03 pm

    Serves ’em right for using cheap, feeble utility poles that can be wrecked by a well-applied basic circular saw.

    • dbroncos on July 20, 2014, 5:25 pm

      @John O

      Angle grinder with 9 1/2″ carborundum cut off wheel. A 2″ long cut through 1/4″ steel would take 60-90 seconds. This is an obvious vulnerability in the US too. Taking out one of the 765,000 volt power line towers in the wilds of Oregon would put California in the dark with no quick fix.

      • chuckcarlos on July 20, 2014, 7:07 pm

        one would take out the main grid thru the control…electronics…easily within the capabilities of the russkies, turks, persians…

        blowing up main powerlines (big steel towers) with shaped explosives is easy but the grid can route around that…

        mathematics, physics, biology are universal…mandarin, urdu, hindi, farsi does not matter….

        sweet and sour soup is made from a pork base…that’s the way the world works nowadays….one religion ain’t any better than another or NO religion…have another pork chop and corn on the cob on me…Cuban Lime Daquiri anyone?

        more problematic for the israeli goons are sams…everybody has them…made everywhere by everyone…eventually blowing the american made israeli air force from the air

        you hand someone a shovel and they just keep digging their own coffins

      • Walid on July 21, 2014, 2:41 am

        Great effort on the West Bank and may there be many more of them. I’m curious to know from where the brave lad got the electricity to operate the grinder since those lines were medium or high voltage.

      • Sumud on July 21, 2014, 3:08 am

        I wondered that too – probably a portable generator.

        The pole was good but a substation would take a lot more time and effort to fix.

    • Penfold on July 20, 2014, 8:18 pm

      Yeah but you have to admire a man prepared to attack a power pole with an angle grinder.

      • Pixel on July 20, 2014, 10:41 pm

        true that.

  5. Justpassingby on July 20, 2014, 4:05 pm

    Abbas will soon condemn this just wait, but he’s still talking with israel on how to install himself and PLO in Gaza.

  6. amigo on July 20, 2014, 4:08 pm

    Grinding away at the “Light” unto the nations.

  7. Kay24 on July 20, 2014, 4:33 pm

    Breaking News from Hamas: They have captured an Israeli soldier.

    Journalist says it is a morale booster for Palestinians.

    • annie on July 20, 2014, 6:15 pm

      thanks kay. yes,we heard. should have something up very soon.

    • Walid on July 21, 2014, 2:47 am

      The capture was mentioned here 10 hours earlier at 6:15 am EDT.

      • annie on July 21, 2014, 3:20 am

        here? on the site? i heard hamas’ video as soon as it was announced (on al mayadeen) , it took us (allison and i, she heard from ramallah) ) a little while to write it and then a not uncommon wait for publication. we published about 3 hours after the video came out. when i made that comment to kay it was already written.

        but i had heard the news aprox 8 hrs earlier. however, we couldn’t publish rumors.

      • Walid on July 21, 2014, 4:17 am

        Hi Annie, on the pickle thread @6:15 am. Picked it up from Jazeera. But like the rest of the released info it wasn’t discussed further until confirmed later on that evening on a Kassam Brigade tape given to Jazeera. Jazeera that’s better equipped ( because of its cash) has been covering Gaza more comprehensively because of the “Brotherly” connection. The network is staffed wall-to-wall with Brothers, like the Hamas people. I stopped watching it seriously after Libya and stopped totally after Syria but now with the assault on Gaza, it’s back in my good graces.

      • annie on July 21, 2014, 4:20 am

        thanks walid, that is (very) good to know.

  8. HarryLaw on July 20, 2014, 4:36 pm

    I would like to see BDSS, Boycott,Divestment, Sanctions and Sabotage.

    • WeAreAllMadeOfStars on July 20, 2014, 5:07 pm

      + 1

    • Kay24 on July 20, 2014, 6:00 pm

      Well it may come to nothing, but:

      64 public figures, 7 Nobel laureates, call for arms embargo on Israel
      Tutu, Chomsky, Waters, Pappe, others accuse country of ‘war crimes and possible crimes against humanity.
      Sixty-four public figures, including seven Nobel Peace Prize winners, have called for an international arms embargo on Israel for its “war crimes and possible crimes against humanity” in Gaza. The statement came in a letter published in Britain’s The Guardian on Friday.” Haaretz

      The beginning of what is to come. This is a good start, I would say.
      Yes to sabotage too!

      • annie on July 20, 2014, 6:18 pm
      • amigo on July 20, 2014, 6:35 pm

        Some more good news from Dublin.

        “The Ireland-Palestine Solidarity Campaign (IPSC) today welcomed Dublin City Council’s unanimous passing of a motion calling for an end to both the ongoing Israeli attacks on Gaza in which at least 184 Palestinian have been killed and the Israeli-imposed illegal siege of the coastal strip, as well as calling upon the Irish government to push for an arms embargo and trade sanctions on Israel. The motion also condemned the use of Administrative Detention, a form of internment without trial, by the Israeli state. The full text of the motion is below.”IPSC.


      • Kay24 on July 20, 2014, 7:40 pm

        Now would be a very good time for the world to start BDS.

        The massacre going on is a very valid reason.

      • Kay24 on July 20, 2014, 7:38 pm

        Hey Annie you guys are putting out articles faster than I can complete reading them. I went out this morning, for a few hours and when I returned, there were 8 new articles. Good job! I guess things are happening very, very fast.

    • oldgeezer on July 20, 2014, 6:55 pm

      I am going to steal that when appropriate if that’s ok? That would make me a thief or BDSST but I’ll hold my head up regardless.

  9. Kay24 on July 20, 2014, 5:27 pm

    I think ALL illegal settlements are fair game. These guys should go around and turn off the air conditioning, the fans that keep whirling around, the internet connections, so that they cannot do their hasbara, and make life uncomfortable for these thugs.

    • chuckcarlos on July 20, 2014, 6:30 pm

      viva aleman…germania in italiano

      y brasil, costa rica y argentina tambien

  10. a blah chick on July 20, 2014, 6:23 pm

    This was a great response to the news of a captured Israeli soldier on twitter: “He went to Gaza and he was arrested by Gaza’s Defence Forces.”

  11. Justpassingby on July 21, 2014, 4:08 am


    It would be great if you could reply to this so I know Mondoweiss crew become aware of it (if you arent already).

    • annie on July 21, 2014, 4:24 am

      jpb, got it. we have a comment policy thread so we don’t divert on other threads. i suggest posting there or emailing phil and adam. thanks

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