Here are the facts:
1. The Arab village of Asira al-Qibliya is just west of the Jewish town of Yitzhar.
2. The Arabs of Asira al-Qibliya set fires to fields in between them- for the 3rd Jewish Sabbath in a row.
3. There is no doubt that it was the Arabs who set the fires because:
a. Jews can be seen in the videos trying to put the fires out. Arabs are not. They are busy attacking those trying to put out the fires.
b. The winds in Israel- especially in the later afternoon when the incident occurred, blow from west to east; FROM Asira al-Qibliya TOWARDS Yitzhar.
c. The terrain where the fires were is UPHILL towards Yitzhar, whereas it is DOWNHILL towards Asira al-Qibliya, and as we all know, fire will rage uphill- especially with the wind blowing it; as we see in the videos.
d. On the Jewish Sabbath, Jews light no fires; not even for cooking.
e. Not even the Arabs claim that it was Jews who set the fires. For instance, Maan News, probably the most widely read “Palestinian” news (and I use the word “news” beyond its broadest sense) source, doesn’t even mention the fire:
f. B’Tzelem didn’t make that claim either.
4. So Jews responded to the fire that the Arabs set. They were attacked by MANY Arabs. Evidently, three Jews were injured by the attacking at this stage. The videos show dozens of Arabs, and shows Arabs attacking the Jews.
5. The Jews from Yitzhar’s rapid response team called the army and then raced to the scene to protect the Jews fighting the Arab arsonist-set fires. They too were attacked by Arab terrorists and responded.
6. Had they wanted to kill the Arab terrorists, they certainly could have; but they didn’t. They did neutralize them though.
7. The Arabs and B’Tselem then posted the videos that they took of ONE SMALL PORTION OF THE EVENT, but it was a self-goal. Anyone who sees the videos- and I recommend that everyone look at a map (or Google Earth) as well, will understand the logical chain of events as I posted above.
These Arabs are like the guy who murders his parents and then cries for mercy from the court on the grounds of being an orphan.