In just the last seven days, Israeli human rights group B’Tselem has documented at least three separate instances of settler violence and abuse. The shootings, armed assaults, unarmed assaults, willful destruction of private property, and arson attacks are no longer hidden from public view, as has been the claim for years now. In much the same vein as the anti-African pogroms that took place in Israel days ago, the violence is meant to intimidate and even kill.
May 19, 2012: ’Asira Al-Qibliya
At 0:18, a settler kneels and aims his pistol at a group of Palestinian men and youth. Five shots are fired. At about 0:36, the Palestinian men discover that one male is wounded. He is bleeding from a bullet wound to the left side of his neck or face.
According to B’Tselem’s press release, a ground of Israeli settlers, some masked, began hurling rocks at Palestinian residents. Palestinian men hurled rocks back and within a few minutes, Israeli soldiers arrived at the scene. One settler was identified as carrying a standard infantry rifle leading to suspicion that he was a soldier on leave. The soldiers did not stop the settlers from firing at the unarmed group of Palestinians. [Read more...]