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Price tag: Who's to blame for settler violence?

Violent acts against Palestinians becoming daily routine. Various elements place blame on police, military, settler leadership, even leftist organizations.
'Public leaders and rabbis need to issue explicit statement and set legitimate boundaries of struggle,' says former Yesha (Judea and Samaria) Council chairman

Anat Shalev Published: 04.30.10, 13:16 / Israel News




Torching fields, vehicles and houses, uprooting olive trees, vandalizing kindergartens – these are part of a long list of almost routine violent acts of settlers against Palestinians, dubbed "price tag."



The latest incident occurred Thursday in the village of Hawara, when residents from the settlement of Yitzhar hurled stones, torched fields and caused havoc in a kindergarten and in private homes.

Human rights groups as well as citizens who pay the price of calamity have been repeatedly claiming that Israeli security forces are not doing enough to enforce order and uproot the phenomenon. They place the blame both on Israeli soldiers, which they claim often witness the events and do not interfere, and the police, which has closed over 80% of related investigations.



"In the past two or three years, we are witnessing actual organization (on the part of the settlers). They learn how to harm Palestinians in the worst way and how to escape. The incidents have become more organized and extensive," said Rabbis for Human Rights activist Zacharia Sada.



Sada is well acquainted with the phenomenon, which he claims created real fear among Palestinians. "They are afraid the settlers will attack them everywhere they go. If they travel next to a settlement, they are afraid settlers might come out, destroy the car and smash the windshield, as has happened in the past," Sada said.



Shai District Police denied the claims presented by Sada and said that law enforcement is being applied equally on complaints filed by both sides, further stressing that last year indictments were filed against all those involved in act of violence against the Palestinians.

Sada doesn't only blame the settlers, but also the military's "faulty" conduct. "In a large number of incidents, security forces are on the ground and do not do enough to prevent these acts. In one instance, a car full of settlers drove to the village of Imtan, torched three vehicles and fled.



According to witnesses, an IDF jeep was standing at the entrance to the village, and the settlers stopped near it, spoke to the soldiers, and continued on their way without a problem," he said.

Unlike Sada, former Yesha Council Chairman Pinchas Wallerstein, who is known for his fierce rejection of violent acts toward the Palestinians, said he placed sole responsibility on the settler leadership.



"Every attack on an IDF soldier or an innocent civilian is unforgivable and must not be ignored. There should be a clear statement by the public leaders and the rabbis in Judea and Samaria vis-à-vis the legitimate boundaries of struggle. 'Price tag' will bring us all devastation," said Wellerstein.




The former chairman clarified that the phenomenon was not widespread among the settler public. "There must be an explicit message so that people know that if they commit acts of violence they will not be supported - this way the phenomenon will not be attributed to the general public in Judea and Samaria," he added.



At the other end of the spectrum, the Shomron Settlers' Committee blamed the Palestinians, who it claims enjoy lenient enforcement, with the help of leftist organizations.



"We regret that these people do not follow the daily murderous acts of violence perpetrated by the Arabs. The organizations are investing all their energy in inciting against their Jewish brothers," a committee member said.


Torched car in West Bank village Courtesy of Rabbis for Human Rights :


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Added: May-1-2010 
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  • This is like N.Ireland.

    The 'Loyalists' in the end became more violent than the IRA itself, and ended up in open confrontation with the British Army.

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  • Israel has leaders with the courage to make the hard decisions. Nothing goes on forever....Certain needs in certain people are beyond logical restraint.

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    • Unfortunately, of late, we have had leaders that did not have the courage to make the brave decisions.
      Im still undecided on Bibi.....he has made courageous decisions in the past, but not at present.

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  • How many of these events actually happened.
    No photos or video of the actual events happening, despite the fact that the Peace groups have distributed free cameras and video recorders ....just reports given to the press by un-named Arabs sources......you work it out!
    Pallywood seems to be in overdrive!

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    • actually theres HUNDREDS OF VIDEOS showing settler aggression against civillians..go to youtube, jews cant control that as they wish..
      if you dont call that terrorism...dig urself ur own grave..
      more and more american jews are becomming aware of the terror state of israel, israel's years are numbered..

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    • Hundreds????
      You were taught to lie at a very early age.....werent you?
      You would be lucky to find one or two out of the thousands of false flags put up by you Pallies....all part of your sympathy game.
      And you Muslims have been saying our days are numbered for the last 1600 years....hahahahaha
      The ISraelites are the true ancestors of this land and the Jews are here to stay forever my foolish friend.
      Now go back to Jordan like was mandated!
      Keep dreaming.

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    • haha, we never had to worry about you scum until now..our prophet banished you filth after the Jews backstabbed him in arabia, you were all lost inna desert for 40 years for the evil you guys are cabable of..and hitler..tsk tsk tsk..all the ppl that had to pay cuz of hitler..and now welcome to palestine..the land where it pays ppl to immigrate there..nazis hiding behind the star of david..i know alot of jews..REAL JEWS that are against the state of israel..you, are nothing but a nazi..

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    • Thanks for proving this isnt all about land.....just your disgusting racist hatred of Jews that you fake prophet Mohannad(may piss be upon him) told you!
      And we were lost in the desert 1000 years before your pedo fake prophet raped a child named Aisha!

      Who cares if you know alot of NK self hating Jewish Kapos....that pathetically kiss all ISraels enemies ass!
      How many are there in the word? 200? 300?
      Hahahahahahaha!
      And if you want to know who the real NAzis are here, look in the mirror Jew hat More..

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  • We shall see, won't we? I, for one, just want the necessary decisions to be set in stone, and in such a way that the "International Community" understands clearly that attacks on the Jewish people will require overwhelming and immediate retaliation; no more excuses for those who would destroy Israel.

    Another issue of Grave Concern is immigration. The mean I.Q. of the Jewish people is 115. Israel is surrounded by countries where the mean I.Q. runs in the eighties and the sense of in More..

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    • I remember reading a survey a few years ago that said the average IQ of Palestinian Arabs is 65.....thats borderline mental retardation.
      I guess marrying first cousins doesnt help!
      And that is a problem....how do you teach whats morally right to people without logical thinking?
      Immigration is minimal here, but the problem is that majority of these Arabs that call themselves PAlestinian in WB and GAzza, immigrated here in the last 100 years after the Jews created an oasis.
      They lie and tell the w More..

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    • It is not your/our Responsibility to "teach what's morally right to people without logical thinking." Force, throughout history, is the language they comprehend....The resources and time of Israel should never be expended on appeasement of any sort.

      It is not your/our Duty to ridicule the Palestinian Arabs or the citizens of other countries around us. Our personal resources and time will be beneficially expended on concise, accurate Statements of Fact to our superiors. We must no More..

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