Army stands by as settlers attack activists in Masafer Yatta

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An Israeli settler throws a stone at the window of a car containing three left-wing Israeli activists, as another settler blocks their exit, outside the Mitzpe Yair outpost, occupied West Bank, June 10, 2022. (credit: Oren Ziv)
A settler smashed an activist’s car and returned safely to his outpost, after soldiers violently dispersed a protest against Palestinian expulsion.

By Oren Ziv | +972 Magazine | June 13, 2022

“I refuse to believe in the idea of Jewish safety depending on the ongoing displacement and dispossession of Palestinians,”
— Rabbi Salem Pearce, member of Center For Jewish Nonviolence (CJNV) 

On Friday, I saw with my own eyes how settler violence works and how the army and police stand aside, do nothing to prevent it, and do not arrest the violent settlers.

I saw a settler throw stones and smash the window of a car with left-wing activists inside while his friends blocked the activists from driving away; I saw soldiers watch the incident play out without doing anything; I saw the military’s brigade commander of the area arrive at the scene a few seconds after the attack and start chatting amicably with the driver who blocked the activists from leaving, while the attacker slowly retreated back toward the nearby outpost without anyone attempting to stop him; and I read how the Israeli army’s spokesperson described the violent event which took place before my eyes as “friction between settlers, activists, and Palestinians.”

The incident began early Friday afternoon as around 200 Palestinians, Israelis, and international activists from the Center For Jewish Nonviolence (CJNV) arrived to open a road near the settler outpost of Mitzpe Yair in Masafer Yatta, in the South Hebron Hills region of the occupied West Bank. The road leads to the Palestinian village of Bir Al-Eid, but Palestinians have been unable to use it since settlers illegaly blocked it with large boulders several months ago.

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