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On Friday, American security personnel accompanying staff from the United States Consulate in Jerusalem drew their weapons on violent Israeli settlers who attacked a two vehicle U.S. convoy outside the Palestinian town of Turmusaya in the West Bank. Consulate staff were investigating an incident which took place on private Palestinian land on the first night of 2015 when six thousand recently planted olive saplings were uprooted, and dozens of old olive trees were destroyed by violent Jewish settlers from an illegal outpost, Adei Ad, near Turmusaya.

Officials from Turmusaya notified the U.S. consulate in Jerusalem and requested an investigation because some of the owners of the land are Palestinian-Americans. When the U.S. delegation arrived in the area to investigate settlers started hurling stones at the convoy.

Many of the olive saplings recently uprooted were ceremoniously planted beginning on December 10th, Human Rights day, under a barrage of tear gas after Palestinian Authority minister Ziad Abu Ein died following a violent assault by Israeli forces.

Image of Palestinian Minister Zaid Abu Ein being confronted by Israeli forces,  near Turmusaya, West Bank, Palestine (Image: Sky News via Yousef Munayyer)

Image of Palestinian Minister Zaid Abu Ein being confronted by Israeli forces near Turmusaya, West Bank, Palestine (Image: Sky News via Yousef Munayyer)

International outrage followed Abu Ein’s death due to the violent confrontational assault by Israeli forces to a non-violent olive tree planting ceremony on Human Rights day.

The following week on December 17th when the planting commenced, hundreds of determined Palestinians marched back to the same location to finish the planting, in honor of Abu Ein, and again were assaulted by Israeli forces who inevitably and consistently protect the interests of settlers in illegal outposts and settlements all over the West Bank. The International Solidarity Movement covering the event on December 17th cited human rights defender Abdullah Abu Rahmah:

“Ziad was planning to plant olive trees on private Palestinian land near the illegal outpost of Adei Ad, but was violently prevented from reaching the site by the Israeli military who assaulted and killed him. We thought that after killing the minister, yesterday the military would allow us to plant trees peacefully but we found the same soldiers prepared to use even more violence against us,” Said human rights defender Abdullah Abu Rahmah.

Palestinians continue the struggle against the Adei Ad outpost. December 17th 2014 (photo: International Solidarity Movement)

Palestinians continue the struggle against the Adei Ad outpost. December 17th 2014 (photo: International Solidarity Movement)

“Despite the occupation forces’ violence, we planted trees in the place where Ziad had planned to plant them. Despite their violence, we will continue to struggle with the farmers whose land is stolen and the farmers who are prevented from cultivating their land by the occupation. ” Abu Rahmah was injured by a stun grenade that was thrown directly at him while he was planting an olive tree.

Activists suffered from severe tear gas inhalation and many were arrested. The highly volatile nature of these recent events following Abu Ein’s death may explain why U.S. Consulate staff would show up to investigate this particular assault last night. However, hundreds of thousands of olive trees have already been destroyed on Palestinian land without a mention from U.S. officials. So far the U.S. consulate has not issued a statement on the settler attack.

Update:

The AP’s Matt Lee has tweeted some updates from the State Department including a denial that U.S. security personnel drew their weapons:

Update:

Both The Associated Press and The Wall Street Journal cited Palestinians witnesses who were traveling with the U.S. Consulate security convoy. Both reported witnesses’ claims the settlers were armed with clubs and an ax, or “axes”. 

WSJ:

A Palestinian resident of the nearby village of Turmusaya, who witnessed the confrontation while guiding the U.S. security detail, said settlers placed barriers in the road and a group of them started throwing dozens of rocks at the vehicle.

“There were about 10 to 12 guys, they started to throw rocks on the car,’’ said Said Raibe, the guide. “They knew 100% they were consulate cars. They know because guys from the consulate security got out of the car, and tried to talk to them.”

The U.S. security guards soon returned to the car, he said. Mr. Raibe said the settlers, some of whom covered their faces, were armed with metal rods and an ax.

AP:

“There were six security guards from the consulate riding in two cars,” [Awad]Abu Samra said. “When they got out of the cars they were attacked by young settlers from the outpost who were carrying clubs and axes. They struck the cars with clubs but the security guards did not respond with their weapons.”

Abu Samra said that after the attack began the American security guards returned to their vehicles and drove away, explaining that they were under strict instructions not to engage the settlers in any way. He said that the planned visit of the additional officials from the consulate was called off after the incident.

Abu Samra said that last spring he and his family planted some 10,000 olive tree saplings on land the family owns in the village, but that since then, settlers have uprooted most of them.

Abu Samra told Ma’an News the settlers had not only uprooted but also broken the roots of the saplings to prevent them from being replanted. He also said about 8,000 of the saplings planted since mid-December in the region, known as al-Zahrat, had been planted in honor of Minister Abu Ein. Since that time, according to OCHA, the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, there have been 320 settler attacks in the West Bank. Ma’an reports the attacks are “reportedly carried out in order to ensure that Palestinian farmers are unable to plant in the area and thus force them to leave the land, leaving it open to confiscation by settlers.”

 

Annie Robbins

Annie Robbins is Editor at Large for Mondoweiss, a human rights activist and a ceramic artist. She lives in the SF bay area. Follow her on Twitter @anniefofani

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  1. Maximus Decimus Meridius on January 2, 2015, 3:23 pm

    Of course, this will be hushed up and glossed over.

    Imagine if the attackers had been Palestinian, or from any Middle Eastern country other than Israel really. Obama would have officially condemned it live on TV. No hanging around waiting for video footage. No talk of ‘concerns’ or cooperation with the local authorities. It would be war. Perhaps literally.

    • CloakAndDagger on January 2, 2015, 7:56 pm

      There must be a list of words that the state department uses to mitigate any offenses by Israel, e.g. “concerned”, “unhelpful”, “working with”, etc. These words are exclusive to Israel and seldom used in conjunction with the actions of any other country.

    • ziusudra on January 3, 2015, 2:28 am

      Greetings,
      …Of course, this will be hushed up…..
      These vile squatter settlers are serving the interest of the right winged Zion-nazi political parties & US politicians in government don’t care to democratize Zionistan. Why do we then need to critizise the squatters?
      There have always been ‘sideline crimes’ in conflicts that got away with theft & murder.
      When the jam is finally pumped up & the ME implodes, one of the adversaries of Zionistan will dust away Tel Aviv to equalize all former crimes!
      The Spanish looted South America, & the Caribbic, Queen Elizabeth looted them; both were broke 100 years later! Both were supported by their governments, just like the Squatters in Zionistan.
      There’s a short story by a Swiss Author of a Monk, who in the last moments of an impossible situation had to destroy both his beloved cat & the monstrous rat that couldn’t be untangled whereby shovellingd both into the oven!
      ziusudra
      PS Happy New Year Ms. Annie

      • annie on January 3, 2015, 2:43 am

        HNYZ ;)

    • CigarGod on January 3, 2015, 11:16 am

      Rocks…plus metal rods and axes…and the idf didnt shoot anyone?

      This reminds me of the usa. Black child playing with toy pistol shot by cop in TWO seconds. White guy waving gun on corner for 30 minutes gets help.

  2. Boomer on January 2, 2015, 3:55 pm

    [email protected] official: #US working with #Israel”

    of course

    • Kris on January 2, 2015, 4:28 pm

      [email protected] official: #US working with #Israel”

      No surprise here. The survivors of Israel’s 1967 massacre of U.S. sailors on the USS Liberty are still waiting for the U.S. government to represent them instead of Israel. http://www.gtr5.com

      It would be interesting to know how many of these Israeli Jewish “settlers” who attacked the U.S. convoy have dual Israeli/US citizenship.

      • Boomer on January 2, 2015, 6:01 pm

        “It would be interesting to know how many of these Israeli Jewish “settlers” who attacked the U.S. convoy have dual Israeli/US citizenship”. – Interesting question.

  3. Whizdom on January 2, 2015, 4:28 pm

    This outpost found to be illegal, built on Palestinian owned land, and ordered to be evacuated by Israel, in 1998. IDF went in to dismantle in 2003 and got attacked by settlers. Yesh Din and Rabbis for Human Rights have pleaded and petitioned on behalf of the Arab villagers whose crops and property are being destroyed. These folks are extreme and militant.

    • JWalters on January 3, 2015, 7:12 pm

      They are extremely extreme and militant. On this point, there is no way this small bunch of religious supremacist squatters can push around the Israeli military and the U.S. military. The financial power behind them WANTS them playing this role. There is no other rational explanation. So why would the financial interests want to provoke war?

  4. MRW on January 2, 2015, 5:12 pm

    The SUVs have US diplomatic plates.

    • Whizdom on January 2, 2015, 5:47 pm

      These are home schooled zealots, everyone from IDF to Yesh Din are “Internationals”, a threat.

  5. TW on January 2, 2015, 7:01 pm

    Hi, guys…this will be my first post. First of all i would like to say that this site is one of my favorite sites and i have also donated to it. Love reading the articles and i always read all the comments, love you guys :p……Sorry for this off-topic comment , but there is a video that id like you guys to see but i cant link it, can you guys search on facebook: “Falastinews.com” and see the post that starts with “This video is banned …” thanks

    • Pixel on January 3, 2015, 9:32 am

      TW, glad you decided to slip on in. The water’s GREAT!

      Hope you have on a GoPro on so you can catch all the action up close and personal when Bibi jumps the shark, again.

    • Abu Malia on January 3, 2015, 12:11 pm

      Welcome to MW, TW. One of the things that, to me, differentiates MW from other well run blogs/websites is the exceedingly erudite and lucid commentary. Indeed, what would MW be without the humor and insight of folks like mooser, seafoid, CD, MDM, taxi and so many others

      I believe, if I not mistaken, even the great annie was discovered in the comment section.

  6. TW on January 2, 2015, 7:27 pm

    Eli Clifton ‏@EliClifton 1h1 hour ago

    IDF Blog removed “Rocks Can Kill” section. Easier to take it down than acknowledge settler attacks on US officials? http://bit.ly/1tyBi6t

    Eli Clifton ‏@EliClifton 1h1 hour ago

    Removed IDF Blog post characterizes rock throwing as “hate crimes” and “terror attacks”

    • Marnie on January 3, 2015, 12:44 am

      Hi TW –
      Everyone knows that rock throwing is a crime that is punished, depending on the soldier at large, by summary execution or, if the soldier isn’t a snper, then possibly just a disfiguring and/or crippling wound. Oh, forgot this part, this is only considered a crime when said rock thrower is Palestinian. I believe that there is a particular type of American who makes aliyah specifically to fulfill a wild west fantasy that is the settlement enterprise. They carry guns and even get to shoot ’em.

  7. Kay24 on January 2, 2015, 8:44 pm

    Aw lighten up America, after all they must have been “defending” themselves, as you always keep saying, whenever there is an attack by Israel on the Palestinians.

    Let’s be honest here folks, even when Israeli forces kill an American citizen, it is brushed off, and no action taken, so let’s not expect the US to do the right thing and investigate this attack and punish those who resort to “terroristic activities, as referred to by the US State Department.
    Yet we keep sending our hard earned dollars to house and feed these criminals.
    5000 olive trees have been destroyed by the scumbags, showing once again how vicious and evil they are, and now our officials have been attacked. What more proof does the US need, to realize they are supporting the wrong party here?

    • Marnie on January 3, 2015, 12:57 am

      American lives are almost as expendable as Palestinians. But hey, tell that to Lindsey Graham, Ted Cruz, Michelle Bachman, Pastor Hagee and all the special friends of Likud, etc. You gotta break a few eggs to make an omelette, right? Besides, any American killed by an Israeli was probably a damn terrorist (which now means anyone who cares about human rights and in particular the rights of Palestinians). Hold up, didn’t the FBI consider Martin Luther King a terrorist?

      “Abu Samra said that after the attack began the American security guards returned to their vehicles and drove away, explaining that they were under strict instructions not to engage the settlers in any way. He said that the planned visit of the additional officials from the consulate was called off after the incident.”

      They were under strict instructions not to engage the settlers……What a f*ing joke. They (settlers) know they can do whatever they want and they won’t be touched. And are laughing their asses off probably having a nice shabbat lunch with Natfali Bennett joking about stupid Americans and the “little thing called the rest of the world”. And they’d be right.

      • Kay24 on January 3, 2015, 3:46 am

        I can imagine that scene, and the settler brutes laughing that indeed they control America and we Americans know it. Here is proof, that even when Americans are being threatened, our security officials, do not do anything that would irritate an Israeli, even unintelligent and vicious settlers who throw stones and destroy property. Pathetic, for the world’s greatest superpower.

      • Ellen on January 3, 2015, 4:40 am

        Yup, “the planned visit of the additional officials from the consulate was called off after the incident. ”

        Well, of course! squatters rule! Even if diplomatic protocols were not followed by the consulate ( is protocol needed on the OT?) it is the squatters right to attack, even kill US officials. Just read the comments in TW’s link above. The settlers and their supporters (which our gov supports) would happily murder anyone investigating crimes. But we know this already.

        And I am sending my taxes to this despicable enterprise? And so-called representative of the US tolerate this? Allow such attacks to intimidate them?

        No wonder….

  8. talknic on January 2, 2015, 9:40 pm

    US envoy to IDF “Say, those guys threw rocks at us”

    IDF “Rocks? Which guys, where, we’ll kill them for you!”

    US envoy “Those guys wearing the Kippas”

    IDF “Which guys?”

    US envoy “Those guys there, in front of you, wearing the kippas!”

    IDF “We don’t see any guys wearing kippas!”

    US envoy “THEY’RE STANDING IN FRONT OF YOU, giving you the finger!”

    IDF “Nope, can’t see any guys with kippas!”

    US envoy “They’re three feet from you!!!”

    IDF “Nope. Can’t see ’em. Throwing rocks, sounds like Palestinians. They’re easy to see, they don’t wear kippas. What say we kill some Palestinians for you”

    US envoy “Look, there’s one, he’s taken his kippa off!”

    IDF “LOL … Don’t be ridiculous kippas don’t make people invisible!”

    US envoy “So why can’t you see them?”

    IDF “See who?”

    US envoy “THE GUYS STANDING IN FRONT OF YOU, FFS! THAT GUY and THAT GUY and THAT GUY! Say, he looks a lot like you!”

    IDF “My brother? He wouldn’t throw rocks!”

    US envoy “So you can see ’em!”

    IDF “See who?”

  9. hardteachings on January 2, 2015, 9:54 pm

    hope you’re all sitting down; this ‘incident’ was just covered by “fox” vis~a~vis their website, apparently without bias.

    http://www.foxnews.com/us/2015/01/02/israel-police-say-jewish-settlers-stone-us-consular-officials-during-west-bank/?intcmp=latestnews

    • Rodneywatts on January 3, 2015, 6:57 am

      Hello HT

      I duly sat down, drew a breath and followed your link. Wow! I have not referred to Fox in years because of their reputation as a ziobot, but with the exception of the relatively mild inclusion of the word ‘alleged'(for legal reasons?), this account was very good! The only thing that made me realise that Fox was a long way from a truly unbiased position was the embeded video report re ‘Iron Dome’

      Nevertheless it gives hope that times really ‘are a changin’ and maybe,maybe, the US government will finally realise their criminal stupidity over the unconditional support given to Israel. This incident is another like the one near Bethlehem

      http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-27883685

      I believe this peace project was supported by an American Christian college.
      So when IS the American public and goverment going to hold Israel to the tenets declared in the Independence Document– freedom, justice and peace as envisioned by the prophets —
      complete equality for all inhabitants etc etc.!! Yes the time is NOW. When is enough enough??

  10. pjdude on January 2, 2015, 10:16 pm

    10 bucks the war criminals that did this will get away with it.

  11. kma on January 2, 2015, 10:36 pm

    that’s all Mondoweiss has to say about this?
    really?

    • annie on January 2, 2015, 11:23 pm

      sorry you’re not happy with it kma, the news was just published when i woke up today and a friend from the region had sent it to us (ofer!). i googled around and there were only 2 reports published at that time. at the time there was no statement from the state department and nothing in the press relating the information this was the same outpost outside and near the palestinian village in which abu ein and the human rights day planting ceremony occurred (as far as i know there still is not). so i tried to get the news up with some context regarding the recent history of events in the immediate area, and by the time i was finished around 11:45 PST there were lots more reports. i suppose we could have held off publishing. anyway to answer your question, no it’s probably not all we have to say. allison is there and she might get a lot more information but we’re so sorry we didn’t get it to you today. it was all i had to say at the time we published. but there’s more information that’s come out since then.

      what you you like to say about the incident, anything at all?

      why don’t you write an update and we can add it on if it passes mustard w/our editors. or better yet, just send in a submission and we can post it under your byline. like – 12 hours ago would have been very helpful. but we’ll be around tomorrow. no pressure.

      • CigarGod on January 3, 2015, 11:26 am

        Hey, you give me an idea…i might like to do a street talk on relevant topics. Ill send you a sampler and see what you think.

      • annie on January 3, 2015, 11:36 am

        a street talk? oh wow, that sounds awesome!

  12. talknic on January 2, 2015, 11:54 pm

    “US diplomatic vehicle pelted w/stones by”armed settlers” “

    Armed, they’re belligerents and can be shot dead! Furthermore they engaged in violence to deter a US Government Agency which could be construed as at the very least terrorism or being outside the sovereign extent of the State of Israel, an act of war against the US.

    There can be no doubt now that US policy and actions on the I/P issue are under the control of the toxic Zionist Federation and its various lobby groups. Zionist colonizers will stop at nothing, they’re evil!

  13. oldgeezer on January 3, 2015, 12:26 am

    Needless to say the most moral IDF stepped in to protect the diplomatic staff and arrested the settlers each of which is facing 20 years in prison for throwing stones.

    Nah… That might happen in a normal country but not in the criminal racist state of Israel.

  14. Katie Miranda on January 3, 2015, 1:56 am

    The exact same incident covered by Arutz Sheva: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/189444#.VKdrTZPF_Q4

    • catporn on January 3, 2015, 3:21 am

      Were IIN clear enough about the US ‘security guards’? I think they could’ve fitted it in at least two more times.

    • NickJOCW on January 3, 2015, 4:56 am

      Fascinating interpretation. Almost reads as if the US consular officials should be reprimanded for going about their business without settler clearance.

    • Shingo on January 3, 2015, 5:16 am

      The exact same incident covered by Arutz Sheva

      Notice how they refer to is a clashes, not an attack? The article makes excuses such as “Arutz Sheva learned that two vehicles belonging to the consulate arrived at the community without coordination with residents.”

      What residents? Since when do the IDF coordinate anything with residents?

      • annie on January 3, 2015, 8:34 am

        Since when do the IDF coordinate anything with residents?

        settlers rule the roost there, not the soldiers. for the most part, soldiers are there to serve the settlers.

    • Maximus Decimus Meridius on January 3, 2015, 5:23 am

      Wow! The article is bad, but the comments are much worse. Here’s one which sums up the tone:

      ”Too bad those Americans didn’t get their heads blown off”

      Loads of complaints about Americans interfering in a ‘foreign’ country and how only Israel would have to put up with such crap. Then there’s the bit about the Yanks ‘pulling guns on Jews’. Never mind that they weren’t actually in Israel to begin with, and that if guns were pulled at all – which the US consulate denies – it was in self defence.

      Absolutely incredible stuff. And correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t ”IsraelNationalNews” fairly mainstream? That is to say, these opinions are probably widely held in Israel.

      Just days after Kerry spent his Xmas hols working the phones to bully African nations on Israel’s behalf, and this is the thanks they get? Seriously, how daft are Americans to put up with this? I think it was on this site where someone said that Israel’s epitaph will be ”Israel: The country nobody could ever do enough for”.

      Quite so.

      • annie on January 3, 2015, 8:28 am

        isn’t ”IsraelNationalNews” fairly mainstream?

        it’s the settler paper, it’s as mainstream as settlers are.

      • Maximus Decimus Meridius on January 3, 2015, 8:31 am

        Oh OK. Didn’t know it was the settler rag of choice. And obviously it’s in English so most of its readers are likely fanatic American settlers. So maybe not that ‘mainstream’ though I’m willing to bet that similar sentiments would be expressed by very many ‘ordinary’ Israelis.

      • annie on January 3, 2015, 9:14 am

        not a very risky bet at that, since settler consciousness in israel is rather ordinary. like finding a puddle on a rainy day.

  15. Fritz on January 3, 2015, 4:12 am

    The most probable outcome of this incident will be a secret instruction by the US government to the US personnel in Israel/Palestine not to cooperate anymore with Palestinians without the permission of Jewish settlers.

  16. Steve Macklevore on January 3, 2015, 5:02 am

    I wonder if the New York Times and its wonderful correspondent Judi Rudoren will report this? Perhaps she’s asleep or on vacation.

  17. eGuard on January 3, 2015, 5:13 am

    Can someone wake up tell Obama? They are his diplomats.

  18. talknic on January 3, 2015, 7:46 am

    Guys who pulled guns were driven off by guys with clubs and rocks. WOW!

    Say … why do the IDF use guns if clubs and rocks are more effective?

  19. Walid on January 3, 2015, 9:23 am

    What is it about olive trees that drive Israelis up the wall?

    • In2u on January 3, 2015, 2:44 pm

      Q: What is it about olive trees that drive Israelis up the wall?

      A: It’s indigenous to the land.

    • lonely rico on January 3, 2015, 3:18 pm

      @ Walid
      What is it about olive trees that drive Israelis up the wall?

      Those damn Palestinian olive trees, many of them centuries old.
      “Making the desert bloom” rings a tad hollow when you’re faced with a thousand-year-old tree in a Palestinian orchard.
      And when you destroy those wonderful old trees, the Palestinians start planting new ones !
      They must think they’re gonna be able to stay there !

      The racist thugs who destroy these beautiful ancient sources of sustenance and life are about as low as you can go – morally and spiritually dead.
      This moral and spiritual vacuum seems to be an essential feature of Zionism.

    • catporn on January 5, 2015, 11:46 am

      Maybe it’s the symbolism of peace – an olive branch – or do they see something of themselves in a tree that’s bitter and twisted.

      • Walid on January 5, 2015, 12:09 pm

        “Maybe it’s the symbolism of peace – an olive branch – or do they see something of themselves in a tree that’s bitter and twisted. ” (catporn)

        Catporn, it’s probably closer to lonely rico’s interpretation about it being a reminder of the tenacity or stuborness of the Palestinians that just won’t quit. The twisted and scarred tree is the tree with the most character, especially a very old one, a truly beautiful sight and a national symbol along with the thyme zaatar for the Palestinians. The Zionists have expelled some of the people, destroyed their villages and erased or tried to erase what was left of the original Palestinian patrimony and Palistinian names of places. The olive tree is the true face of Palestine and the source of livelihood for most.

  20. ritzl on January 3, 2015, 9:24 am

    I hope the consular staff go back today, tomorrow, the next day, and the next, and the next, and the next…

    Make the point, show the world, the Congress, and the voters that this is not some random event, that Israel is out of control, and that they can’t have health care because their tax dollars not only pay for the settlers to be there with rocks and clubs to threaten our people, but also for the repairs to the vehicles (sometimes it’s the little things that reach out and grab you).

  21. Pixel on January 3, 2015, 10:26 am

    Gimme a pair of those black&white horizontal stripe ensembles, accessorized with ankle bracelets, slap me with some skin bracer in “Eau de réel toilette: appentis,” and I’ll head right out to the rock pile and gladly do some hard time.

    I’ll chop rocks faster than those settlers can say, “Oh, brother, where art thou?” Cheering on their destruction and assaults, keeping them perpetually stocked in sedimentary projectiles, we all know that when it comes to Palestinians, “What we’ve got here is a failure to communicate”.

    “From Prison Rock Pile to Crushing Apartheid,…”

  22. Atlantaiconoclast on January 3, 2015, 2:11 pm

    One thing is clear: this won’t make the drudge report or Fox News. And probably not CNN, MSNBC, and all the other alphabet stations.

  23. ckg on January 3, 2015, 2:53 pm

    Annie, the Jerusalem Post (dated 01/03/2015 03:33) reports that the U.S. security staff did indeed point weapons at the settlers:

    The resident said several settlers went out to confront the group. He declined to confirm or deny that the settlers threw stones, but said two armed diplomatic guards briefly emerged from the cars.

    “One had a pistol, the other an M-16, and they pointed them at the settlers,” the resident said.

    Asked about this account, the Israeli police spokeswoman said: “We have no indication that anyone in the US delegation brandished weapons.”

    http://www.jpost.com/Arab-Israeli-Conflict/US-State-Department-deeply-concerned-by-settlers-who-threw-stones-at-a-US-diplomatic-convoy-386535

    The comments to the JPost article are eyebrow raising.

    • annie on January 3, 2015, 2:59 pm

      ckg, i think it’s extremely likely a security guard would draw a weapon under these circumstances, otherwise, why have them. the settlers were attacking the vehicle w/clubs and an ax or two. and when the first denials came out it said they never used the weapons. (big dif)
      thank you. i think this is a case of throwing so much at the wall it becomes a toss up in the mind of the reader. but i think they probably drew their weapons.

    • oldgeezer on January 3, 2015, 3:01 pm

      Some are hair raising than just eyebrows.

      • Maximus Decimus Meridius on January 3, 2015, 3:09 pm

        Here’s one:

        ”It was not a visit to a Jewish community in the occupied territories because there is no such thing as occupied territories. Since that would imply that Israel is occupying someone elses country and the so called Palestinian Arabs have never had a country here. The only country they have is Jordan and they will soon all be living there.”

        And plenty of others about how dare Americans interfere with another country and enter ‘Jewish land’ pointing guns at Jews blah blah blah.

        Like I said above, Most Ungrateful Nation Ever. Nothing is ever enough. The more you give, the more is demanded, with never a word of thanks. A spoiled brat onto the nations.

      • justicewillprevail on January 3, 2015, 7:56 pm

        After the USS Liberty, this is small beer. Israelis know that the US will never have the nerve to get on their case, but will instead keep voting to hand over large amounts of taxpayer money to these fascists. America is a feeble patsy for these KKK goons. Roll over and sign the cheques, let the Israelis fire at and attack Americans. The kosher nostra will take care of it.

      • CigarGod on January 4, 2015, 12:06 am

        “Kosher nostra”.
        Thats a keeper.

    • tree on January 3, 2015, 11:54 pm

      To be entirely accurate, the JPost didn’t report that the security staff drew their weapons. They reported that an anonymous settler from Adei Adi claimed to have heard from other settlers that two of the US security detail drew their weapons, but the same anonymous “resident” refused to answer if the settlers threw rocks, and admitted that he was not a witness to the incident. I think we can take Mr. Anonymous’ words with a ginormous grain of salt.

  24. Whizdom on January 3, 2015, 2:58 pm

    Chutzpah? From Ynet

    “Acting Head of the Samaria Regional Council, Yossi Dagan, has filed a request to the Minister of the Interior Gilad Erdan demanding he immediately expel the American Consulate staff members who entered the Samaria village of Adei Ad Friday and threatened Israeli Jews with an M-16.

    “As revealed through Wikileaks few years ago, these supposed ‘officials’ are intelligence agents and spies in every respect,” said Dagan, adding “this time, they went too far and participated in a provocative tour with the Palestinians in the southern Samaria and north Binyamin, without any coordination as required with the IDF and police, and pulled out a firearm and threatened Israeli civilians.”

    “This is a crossing of all red lines,” he continued. “This event could have descended easily into bloodshed and only as a result of the settlers’ responsible behavior was [a scenario like that] prevented.”

    “I request that in view of the serious and criminal conduct, that these [US] security guards and officials be deported,” he added.

    • Maximus Decimus Meridius on January 3, 2015, 3:19 pm

      ”demanding he immediately expel the American Consulate staff members who entered the Samaria village of Adei Ad Friday and threatened Israeli Jews with an M-16.”

      Not just Israelis, mind you, but Israeli JEWS. Got it?

      As for the next paragraph, if this was in The Onion, it would probably be criticised for being too far fetched.

      A nut case onto the nations.

      • justicewillprevail on January 3, 2015, 7:58 pm

        ‘settlers responsible behaviour’ – now we know he is on drugs or hallucinating. These people are on some kind of zionist crack.

      • Mooser on January 4, 2015, 12:00 pm

        “These people are on some kind of zionist crack.”

        Although it is natural to associate such bizarre exhibitions with chemical intoxication, most qualified observers (and my observations have been very qualified) agree that the Ziocaine Syndrome can account for much of this. No crack required.

      • CigarGod on January 4, 2015, 12:05 pm

        Yep.

  25. genesto on January 3, 2015, 3:27 pm

    I would worry. I’m sure the Israeli authorities will take this under investigation and that justice will be served. :-{)

  26. Kris on January 3, 2015, 4:16 pm

    I don’t know, I feel kind of let down here–no hasbarist comments on this thread?

    Okay, I’ll have to do it myself: “because Holocaust, because Old Testament, because Holocaust, because antisemitism, because Hamas charter, because Holocaust, because only democracy in the Middle East, because U.S. ally, because rockets, because Holocaust, because suicide bombers, because Holocaust, because Muslims, because most moral army, because Arabs, because Holocaust…”

    • TW on January 3, 2015, 7:15 pm

      +1 Kris :D

      • Bornajoo on January 4, 2015, 8:29 am

        +1 more Kris! Excellent and so absolutely true and accurate

        We are all witnessing a so called state, already a rogue pariah racist apartheid fascist state, degenerating further and rapidly into something so disgusting that I don’t believe we’ve invented the words (yet) that can even begin to describe it.

        As long as the elites in Washington support them this is just going to continue. The little bully becomes more and more sadistic and evil because instead of being told off for being a nasty bully, the headmaster rewards him and supports him

    • a blah chick on January 3, 2015, 7:59 pm

      So bombing hospitals and schools in Gaza is self defense but security personnel pointing guns at rock throwing, axe wielding settlers is terrorism.

      What a world.

    • W.Jones on January 4, 2015, 11:47 pm

      +1 Kris
      Very realistic.

  27. Krendall Mist on January 3, 2015, 8:41 pm

    Fine with me if the “settlers” (i.e., savages) disrespect US consulate staff . Their very presence in the continuing criminal enterprise commonly known as “Israel” is just one more corrupt act of legitimization. Total disengagement NOW.

  28. Citizen on January 4, 2015, 11:46 am

    Lyndon Johnson’s legacy in small potatoes.

  29. ramzijaber on January 4, 2015, 1:43 pm

    this incident proves once again, if another proof was needed, that zionist colonialists are gone mad. the icc awaits.

  30. catporn on January 6, 2015, 12:27 pm

    @Walid:Catporn, it’s probably closer to lonely rico’s interpretation about it being a reminder of the tenacity or stuborness of the Palestinians

    Of course my reply was tongue-in-cheek, what I honestly believe is the settlers destroy the trees because they want to remove every last non Jew and taking away their source of income, especially one that has ancient ties to the land, achieves or advances that goal. In their eyes Palestinians are planting on land that was decreed to all Jews, but specifically them, by God! A figment of some giddy goat herders imagination, probably started as a joke to entertain the children and scare the feeble minded. Early Zionists were atheists, but these morons believe this shit like they believe water is wet, here’s a funny speech by Avnery a founder, describing the time, money, effort and resources the state gave to archeologists so they could prove the validity of their myths, it’s worth a read:
    “So, with the coming of the Zionists to Palestine, a frantic archeological search started. The country was combed for real, scientific proof that the Biblical story was not just a bunch of myths, but real honest-to-God history. (Pun intended.) Christian Zionists came even earlier.

    There started a veritable attack on archeological sites. The upper layers of Ottoman and Mamelukes, Arabs and Crusaders, Byzantines and Romans and Greeks and Persians were uncovered and removed in order to lay bare the ancient layer of the Children of Israel and to prove the Bible right.

    Huge efforts were made. David Ben-Gurion, a self-appointed Biblical scholar, led the effort. The Chief of Staff of the army, Yigael Yadin, the son of an archeologist, and himself a professional archeologist, searched ancient sites to prove that the Conquest of Canaan really happened. Alas, no proof”

    As well as removing the income source and deep rooted ties to the land, I think the settlers genuinely want to see the Palestinians suffer for not relinquishing their claim to it, and because they’ve been inculcated with hate propaganda, that’s the thing with believing in myths, once you suspend your own judgement and intuition you become easy prey for other manipulations.

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