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