This comes straight out of Al-Khalil where Shadi Sidr, a Palestinian homeowner and volunteer for Israeli human rights group B’Tselem, filmed a settler scale the wall of his building only to get caught on barbed wire.
Earlier this year, on March 14, an unidentified settler from a nearby Jewish-only apartment complex demanded Sidr remove the two Palestinian flags waving from flagpoles on his roof.
Sidr and the breathless settler conversed for a bit. The settler demanded Sidr remove the flags because “this whole country is the Land of Israel,” but Sidr refused.
“What is Palestine?” asked the snagged settler.
Meanwhile, settlers from surrounding blocks gathered to witness the scene. They jeered Sidr. One flipped him the bird.
When soldiers arrived to rescue the settler, they too ordered Sidr to remove the flag. Again, Sidr refused.
Three soldiers entered Sidr’s home a short while later, climbed the stairs, and threatened to arrest Sidr and his family members if they didn’t comply with the settler’s initial order. (Watch the footage of this confrontation here.)
According to a transcript of the conversation, the soldiers announced that “the order that is on this house is that you are not allowed to put up the [Palestinian] flag.”
“If you don’t take it down, I will have to arrest you,” one soldier added before dialing his superiors.
The trespassing settler was not arrested nor, to anyone’s knowledge, has he been threatened with any kind of disciplinary action.
Less than a week later, Sidr discovered that the flags on his roof had been torn.
Al-Khalil, a major city in the occupied West Bank, is home to about a quarter million Palestinians. Almost 1,000 Jewish settlers have moved into illegal settlements blocs within and around the city and are notorious for assaulting Palestinians, vandalizing Palestinian property, and throwing trash on the heads of Palestinian passersby with impunity.