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Video: ‘You are godless atheists’ –Jewish settlers harass Palestinian kindergarten

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We received the following two videos and report from Human Rights Defenders and Badia Dwaik yesterday –Editor.

On Saturday morning [February 10], a group of settlers led by the notorious Anat Cohen gathered by the door to the kindergarten of a Palestinian school in Hebron and attempted to break into the building. The school is closed on Saturdays.

Badee Dwaik, leader of the group Human Rights Defenders and the photographer that documented the disturbance, said that at least one of the settlers chanted in Arabic to the locals that had gathered “you are godless atheists and we are the true believers (the chosen people).” In Arabic the words are “Enta Kuulum Kaffari” (you are godless atheists) and “Nanhno Al-Mmominin” (we are believers).

They then cursed Hamas, Islamic jihad and Muslims in general. The settlers read some prayers and continued to the Sharbati residence, which is directly behind the school.

Dwaik reported that at the same time a large number of Israeli occupying forces soldiers entered Mofid Sharbati’s home. The Sharbatis were at work on the roof building another floor to their home. The Sharbatis had received all necessary work permits to build the addition from both the administration of the Occupation and Hebron Municipality.

The Israeli soldiers entered the roof and stated that the Civil Administration of the Occupation ordered all construction be stopped immediately and until further notice. They demanded that everyone sit down and move away from the construction. They screamed at them that the work was illegal, despite the legal permits to build. That army proceeded to confiscate equipment from them– an oxygen welding machine and two iron-cutting devices, amounting to the loss of approximately $10,000 NIS ($3000) worth of construction tools.

Dwaik reports that five years earlier, the family had attempted to build the additional floor on the home with all the appropriate licensing and permits from Hebron Municipality and the Israeli occupying forces. Once in progress, the Israeli Occupying Forces violently curtailed them from work by physically attacking the Sharbati family, beating Hajj Mufid al-Sharbati so badly that he had to be admitted to the hospital.

Abu Amien Jabari, of the Hebron municipality, stated that the Sharbati’s home is located the most closely to the settlers’ area and consequently the family is constantly harassed by Orthodox Jewish settlers. Jabari explained that new Israeli occupying force soldiers are routinely introduced to the Hebron area. As these new groups of occupying forces come in, the settlers use deliberate provocation of the indigenous population to incite the soldiers to punish the Palestinians for Settler incitement. Such was the case with very unfortunate Sharbatis, who will now have to start the process of applying for building permits all over again. The application process takes years to complete. No word on whether or not any of their construction equipment will ever be returned to them.

Once again the strategically planned effort of harassment by the Settlers and clear back up by the occupying forces of their deeds has been demonstrated with this latest case of injustice.

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  1. eljay
    eljay
    February 14, 2018, 10:13 am

    Whether they’re soldiers or civilians, whether they’re within Israel’s / Partition borders or outside of them, Zionists just can’t seem to get enough of doing unto others acts of injustice and immorality they would not have others do unto them.

  2. John O
    John O
    February 14, 2018, 11:18 am

    “Godless atheists”. Is there another sort of atheist we haven’t been told about?

    • Yitzgood
      Yitzgood
      February 14, 2018, 10:11 pm

      “Godless atheists”. Is there another sort of atheist we haven’t been told about?

      And is “atheists,” with or without the redundancy, a good translation of “Kaffari”?

      • Tuyzentfloot
        Tuyzentfloot
        February 15, 2018, 6:33 am

        The way I understand it religion is to a large extent a form of tribal loyalty. When more loyalty is demanded the religion becomes more extreme. From that point of view an atheist is indistinguishable from a traitor.

        An unusual thing about western Christianity is that the concept of truth became very important in it. So once you started to ask ‘yes but is it true’ there was a risk that you decided ‘it’ was not true and you were forced to place yourself outside of the group even if you didn’t want to. That makes an atheist again hard to distinguish from a traitor. As far as other Gods are concerned I understand that while the loyalty to one God has to be asserted, there is the additional claim that there are no other Gods while compensating this by saying the other Gods really are kind of the same one as ours so it’s ok. It’s never nice to hear that your God doesn’t even exist.

        I don’t think Kaffiri is a synonym for atheist in the sense of ‘believing there are no Gods’. It suffices that they’re not loyal to ‘our’ religion.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        February 15, 2018, 4:12 pm

        “And is “atheists,” with or without the redundancy, a good translation of “Kaffari”?”

        Wait, let me guess, “Kaffari” is a term of approbation and respect, sort of like calling men “brothers”?

      • Yitzgood
        Yitzgood
        February 15, 2018, 11:22 pm

        don’t think Kaffiri is a synonym for atheist in the sense of ‘believing there are no Gods’. It suffices that they’re not loyal to ‘our’ religion.

        The most common translation would be “infidels.” “G-dless atheists” pretty much obscures what seems to be the point of the chant, the specifically Muslim baggage of the word, as if to say, “We’re not the infidels, you are…” Also, I assume “Mmominin” is like “Ma’aminim” in Hebrew. “Believers” seems to be a good translation–it would be the opposite of infidels or non-believers. I don’t understand why the post translates “we are the true believers (the chosen people).” There is no language there about being chosen and being chosen has nothing to do with throwing Muslim insults back into Muslim faces, which seems to be the idea. And yes, it’s still obnoxious.

      • Mooser
        Mooser
        February 16, 2018, 1:27 am

        “throwing Muslim insults back into Muslim faces, which seems to be the idea.”

        I guess those Palestinian children spend a lot of time insulting the Israelis, and the Israelis want a little get-back.

      • Tuyzentfloot
        Tuyzentfloot
        February 16, 2018, 5:13 am

        There is no language there about being chosen and being chosen has nothing to do with throwing Muslim insults back into Muslim faces, which seems to be the idea. And yes, it’s still obnoxious.

        Yes when settlers finally get to the point of striking back against those arabs that doesn’t mean we should not hold them up to our exalted ethical standards

      • gamal
        gamal
        February 16, 2018, 7:53 am

        “Mmominin”

        Islam has conquered Liverpool, i didn’t see it coming, we may have to raid the arsenal, I hope we can remain united.

        http://www.aljazeera.com/news/2018/02/liverpool-fans-embrace-mohamed-salah-muslim-chant-180216105515770.html

  3. Kathleen
    Kathleen
    February 14, 2018, 4:47 pm

    Starting 15 or so years ago Christian Peace Maker Team member and social justice activist would come back to Athens (and travel around to other places) and talk about the illegal Israeli settlers endless vicious harassment of Palestinian children and adults by these hate filled settlers. Spitting on children, screaming at them sometimes Art witnessed physical abuse too. We would talk about the need for cameras and video clips getting out of these human rights abuses. Has been happening and yet nothing changes for the Palestinians.

    To think all of this is taking place in Hebron on the West Bank which under international law belongs to the Palestinians. Yet we see arrogant Israeli soldiers supporting what the illegal settlers want not allowing legal building to take place. Humiliating tactics constantly used. Is there any wonder why Palestinians are often so angry.

    Everyday more and more people become aware of the apartheid state of Israel. They are their own worse enemies in so many ways. They have destroyed the two state solution. Only a matter of time before they self destruct if they continue on this path

    Heard a program on NPR where they reported that Michael Oren demanded an investigation into all of the you tube video’s that you can access of Israeli soldiers and illegal settlers brutal and violent actions inflicted on Palestinians were Palestinian actors. No evidence of any such thing. What a bullshit diversion by Oren

  4. Kathleen
    Kathleen
    February 14, 2018, 4:48 pm

    Folks should share this on every social media outlet that they can since Maddow and her ilk will never report about these critical issues.

  5. GodWPalestine
    GodWPalestine
    February 14, 2018, 7:25 pm

    #RelocateTheRace

    Calls are mounting for the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), the governing body of cycling, to take action to relocate the start of the famed Giro d’Italia cycling race from Israel.
    Race organizers RCS MediaGroup are set to cash in with a reported 10 million euro payoff from Israel to host the 2018 Giro start May 4-7.
    In exchange, RCS has been actively aiding the Israeli government in falsely portraying occupied East Jerusalem as part of Israel and its “unified capital,” joining US President Donald Trump in going against the entire international community.
    Let’s step up pressure on professional cycling! Join the
    International Day of Action to #RelocateTheRace – March 10, 2018.

    #IsraeliApartheidWeek

  6. RoHa
    RoHa
    February 14, 2018, 8:58 pm

    “On Saturday morning [February 10], a group of settlers led by the notorious Anat Cohen gathered by the door to the kindergarten of a Palestinian school in Hebron and attempted to break into the building.”

    Aren’t these true believers breaking the Sabbath?

  7. Steve Macklevore
    Steve Macklevore
    February 15, 2018, 11:11 am

    Question: What kind of people would deliberately terrify small children?

    Answer: Israeli settler people.

  8. Vera Gottlieb
    Vera Gottlieb
    February 15, 2018, 3:10 pm

    I hope to live long enough to see israel get its due.

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