Israeli gov’t support for violent occupation made today’s murder inevitable

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Officials in Israel and the U.S. have condemned the murder by arson of Ali Dawabsha, the little boy in Duma in occupied Palestine, last night. Here is a sampling of tweets and links that capture the alternative view: that the atrocity followed from official Israeli policy of promoting and underwriting Jewish colonization of the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Daniel Wickham, LSE student:

Extremist settlers are 100% responsible for the consequences of their actions, but let’s be clear about one thing.

Without the occupation, they would not be able to murder and attack Palestinian civilians in the West Bank. They are enabled by it.

Arab Secularist writes:

Don’t let liberals fool you, the murder of that Palestinian baby isn’t just a settler-crime, it’s not disconnected from the Israeli state.

Daniel Seidemann asks:

How can Netanyahu really crack down when he and his own gov’t place settlers above the law, and use dog-whistle racsm?

Jeffrey Goldberg:

Because things can change.

Does Goldberg really believe that? S. Daniela Park links a study published in June

Jewish Israeli teens lean right, many support ‘price tag’

The study showed that

In an alarming trend, only 28% of Jewish respondents said they condemned so-called price tag attacks associated with religious, far-right Jewish groups, with students from a traditional home surprisingly more likely to decry those attacks than their secular peers.

Scott Roth says Goldberg is part of the problem and says:

Unless @Netanyahu is willing to evict those who call for this sort of stuff (Ayelet Shaked et al) from his government, his words are empty.

Shaked– Israel’s Minister of Justice— had posted an essay that called Palestinian babies little snakes, and called “the entire Palestinian people” Israel’s enemy.

And Roth issued this challenge:

@Netanyahu when will you admit that you preside over a state defined by sectarian divisions and that your side is part of the problem?

Here’s another minister who makes racist statements. Dima S. wrote:

Not long ago Israeli “defense minister” promised to kill more Palestinian and Lebanese babies.

She links to EI report by Asa Winstanley:

Israeli defense minister Moshe Yaalon on Tuesday [May 12] said Israel would attack entire civilian neighborhoods during any future assault on Gaza or Lebanon…. “we are going to hurt Lebanese civilians to include kids of the family. We went through a very long deep discussion … we did it in [the] Gaza Strip, we are going to do it in any round of hostilities in the future.”

Israel killed more than 500 children in assault on Gaza a year ago, per the Institute for Middle East Understanding.

Jessica Schulberg at Huffpo:

State Dept condemnation of the murder of a Palestinian baby fails makes ZERO mention of settlements

State Department statement on Duma arson murder
State Department statement on Duma arson murder


Yousef Munayyer notes:

Also fails to call on Israel to do more to prevent these attacks


While @StateDept has identified settler attacks in subsequent annual terror reports, its taken no discernible anti-terrorism steps aginst it


Israeli settlements like Maale Efraim have security perimeters around them, Palestinian villages like Duma dont

Story initially buried in the New York Times, of Palestinian child's murder
Story initially buried in the New York Times, of Palestinian child’s murder

Scott Roth keys off the New York Times’ first draft this morning:

Buried at the bottom of the page in the world briefing with strange passive language. @nytimes you’re horrible.

If Palestinians had burned a Jewish baby to death I doubt @nytimes would present it this way.

Lara Friedman, Peace Now:

Don’t buy the hype or facile condemnations.Today ‘s W. Bank attack was not unforseeable or a one-off. Learn more: [Link to history of pricetag attacks, 2011 to now]

Elisabeth Tsurkov links to the Facebook picture, above, of Ahmed Sa’ed Dawabsha, the 4-year-old brother of Ali, who was killed in the attack, and says:

When a nation denies millions their basic rights, it needs to dehumanize them to justify it. The attack is the result of this dehumanization


Facts speak for themselves – only 7.6% of complaints by Palestinians about settler violence lead to indictments [link to Yesh Din report on “Mock Enforcements”]


A burned infant was only a matter of time in view of policy to not protect Palestinians from violent settlers

It links to this statement about the violent nature of the occupation.

In recent years, Israeli civilians set fire to dozens of Palestinian homes, mosques, businesses, agricultural land and vehicles in the West Bank. The vast majority of these cases were never solved, and in many of them the Israeli Police did not even bother take elementary investigative actions.

The fact that the Samaria and Judea (SHAI) Police and other law enforcement bodies have failed to solve these attacks isn’t fate. Rather, it is the result of a policy expressed throughout all levels of the law enforcement system, in particular the political echelons, up to and including the Prime Minister.

Thanks to James North.

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Thanks for pulling this together, MW editors. I hope this is not the beginning of an escalation that Israel has been inciting for: “Israeli forces shoot, critically injure Palestinian near Ramallah” ——- “HEBRON (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Friday dispersed a march called for by Hamas in Hebron in protest of the killing of an 18-month-old in Duma near Nablus. Hundreds of protesters held signs condemning the attack, and called for a response against… Read more »

Thanks for that information ME. The statement from the State Department is not strong enough. How about “we will stop sending anymore aid and weapons to Israel, if they do not stop these outrageous crimes by illegal settlements. It is time to stop these endless illegal settlements and for Israel to stick to international laws”? “Israeli defense minister Moshe Yaalon on Tuesday [May 12] said Israel would attack entire civilian neighborhoods during any future assault… Read more »

Elizabeth Tsurkov: “When a nation denies millions their basic rights, it needs to dehumanize them to justify it. The attack is the result of this dehumanization ” That’s right, and the “dehumanization” and action based on it you describe is a natural human somatic state that is relatively easily instilled in otherwise normal people by the “right” [or oh-so-wrong] leadership and social conditions. See Phil Zambardo’s, Stanford Prison Experiment, soon to be new movie. It’s… Read more »

“JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Several Palestinians were injured, one seriously in clashes with Israeli forces throughout Jerusalem, in the aftermath of the settler attack that killed an infant in Duma village near Nablus, sources told Ma’an. In Shuaafat refugee camp, a Palestinian was seriously injured with a rubber-bullet to the head and 11 others were injured with rubber-coated steel bullets, five in the head, one in the chest, one in the back and four in their… Read more »

I wonder why one word is not used to describe that crime: pogrom.

From what I read the apt description of what happened here was a Zionist pogrom against Palestinians.

I’m quite sure if the ethnicitiy of victom and perpetrator were the other way round I would have read that one word over and over all again: pogrom.