Settlers are above LAW (From Jul 25, 2008 to Present)

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🙂 Settlers: Everybody says we are brainwashed. Are we? Who’s brainwashing whom? Last updated on Nov 10, 2008
🙂 When ILLEGAL outposts are evacuated… Whose fault is it? Police/IDF or Settlers? Or Court? (From Oct 27, 2008 to Present) Last updated on Nov 6, 2008
🙂 Yeshiva Youth: We are not LAWYERS. Please teach us… (From Apr 12, 2008 to Present) Last updated on Oct 21, 2008
🙂 Police can’t fight settler violence. (Settlers clash with IDF, Palestinians, From Jul 25, 2008 to Present) Last updated on Oct 21, 2008
🙂 Professor Sternhell: Bomb at my home shows settler violence spilling over Green Line Last updated on Oct 18, 2008
🙂 Left-Wingers Arrested. Whose fault? Leftists or Settlers? (From Oct 16, 2008 to Present) Last updated on Oct 19, 2008

🙂 In the West Bank, (Hebron & Samaria), Olive harvest has become more violent Last updated on Oct 21, 2008
🙂 Absentee Property Law: Settlers, IDF & State quietly expropriate land (West Bank settlement construction nearly doubled this year, From Aug, 1993 to Present) Last updated on Oct 18, 2008
🙂 Yesh Din: State failing to monitor investigations in W. Bank Nov 4, 2008 (NOT READY to start this collection…)
According to the report, only eight percent of police investigations in cases monitored by Yesh Din since 2005 have led to indictments. In 91% of the cases, police have closed the file.

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Meanwhile, Operation Cast Lead…

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🙂 From After Gaza Truce (Please check ♥ PART 10, ISRAEL – 4. BANANA REPUBLIC ♥)
Dror Ektes: Don’t forget the West Bank: The exact moment of Settlement expansions and Settlers’ aggressiveness Jan. 9, 2009 / By Haaretz, Dror Etkes

The world’s attention is focused on Gaza right now, with protesters, diplomats, politicians and journalists almost completely attuned to that small strip of land. According to Haaretz, for example, the unblinking eyes of more than 400 foreign correspondents have been reporting from alongside the Gaza-Israel border for over a week now, 24 hours a day. It is precisely at such times – when reporters, foreign leaders and the Israeli security apparatus are distracted – that the most destructive events tend to happen in the West Bank, the other Palestinian entity, where Israeli rule and Palestinian life are more consistently intermeshed. This is exactly the sort of moment when major expansions in settlement infrastructure are likely to occur, and settler aggressiveness becomes more overt.

Such settlement growth occurred in 2001-2003, during the height of the second intifada, and in 2006, during the Second Lebanon War, as well, when attention was focused elsewhere, much as is true of Gaza today. During the second intifada and primarily during the interval between the rise of Ariel Sharon’s government, in March 2001, and the Aqaba summit in June 2003, the number of illegal settlement outposts doubled, reaching 102. Over the course of the bloody summer of 2002, I personally witnessed settlers, backed by the IDF, fencing off thousands of dunams of private Palestinian land.

This era was a test for the Israeli government, an examination of its ability to enforce the laws of the state on Israeli citizen-settlers. And, for the most part, the government failed that test. The massive land grabs during those years were undertaken with unconcealed encouragement from the Israeli government, which used them as another way to punish Palestinians for the unrest.

The 2006 war in Lebanon was also a significant growth period for West Bank settlements. During the war and in the months that followed, there was a marked increase in the number of mobile homes in 31 illegal settlement outposts, and 12 outposts were equipped with permanent structures. Solicitation of bids for settlement construction increased by more than 300 percent during the first nine months of 2006, compared to the corresponding period in the previous year.

For those of us whose day-to-day work and existence concerns the well-being of the civilian population of the West Bank, any further growth in settlements and the settler violence that almost always accompanies ad hoc settlement expansion would be disastrous. A blind eye and a lax hand from the authorities, distracted by the increasing violence in Gaza, would decisively set back all that we have been working for.

Over the past six months, those of us in the activist community have fought legal battles to stop the illegal expansion of the Ofra settlement onto private Palestinian land, and the growth of the Migron outpost, which was slated to expand based on a fabricated land deal that an investigation later revealed to have included both a Palestinian signature and U.S. notarization that were forged. We have watched Palestinian victims suffer at the hands of violent settler youth in Hebron and the Adei Ad area in the northern West Bank. Our tireless and sometimes thankless work has been to preserve the rights of Palestinian residents of the West Bank to keep their land, property and persons safe from settlers who treat Israeli and international law with total indifference.

It is precisely at times of major political and military upheaval that settlers have an opportunity to take back closed settlement outposts, expand onto Palestinian land or abuse property. Just over the past few days, while Gaza is being pounded, I have observed and documented two such examples: land being flattened for a new site near Etz Efraim, and construction work in an outpost near Kedumim. The military is distracted by conflict elsewhere, the courts are busy with other petitions, and the eyes of local and foreign diplomats and media are turned to Gaza. At times like these, the relationship between the legal authorities, settler communities, police enforcement and Israeli public opinion can be disastrously damaged.

One may disagree about the series of events over the past three years in Gaza – not only the settlement withdrawal, but the hasty elections, the crippling embargo, and the bisection of Palestinian society and communities. It is certainly true that the absence of Jewish settlers in Gaza has permanently altered the Israeli calculus about the area and its occupants. However, if and until we reach that position in the West Bank, we must continue to ensure that the protection of Palestinian persons, land and property be enforced.

With this in mind, it is especially critical that we not forget the 2.5 million Palestinians and almost 300,000 settlers in the West Bank. It is precisely at times like these that we must maintain the continuity of what has often felt like a losing battle – stopping settler growth on private Palestinian land, protecting Palestinian communities, preventing violence against Palestinians and their property, and providing maximum basic legal rights for every individual living between the Jordan River and the Mediterranean Sea.

Dror Etkes is the coordinator of Yesh Din’s Lands Project. He formerly directed Peace Now’s Settlement Watch.

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JIWON: I always remember what Dorit Beinsich said about my computer work;
Hello, Is Dorit Beinisch talking about ME? Public Slander? (Regarding Ruth Gavison, Jun 23 – Jul 21, 2008)
“Public slander… to raise incitement against them… quite a few tendentious attempts… Don’t listen to these claims. They are based on misinformation and deception. The reality is very far from what is described.” …

Israel: a Government of Law or Servant of the Settlement Movement? October 9, 2008 / By Tolerance.ca, Canada
Settlers to Barak: Don’t give PA security control of Hebron October 7, 2008 / By Haaretz (No answer from DM Barak is found…)

JIWON: Curiously, a friend of Bibi’s Glick, a deputy managing editor of Jerusalem Post, who was married to Jerusalem attorney and criticize any Jewish Leftists but Dorit Beinisch, appears in this article.
🙂 Police can’t fight settler violence. (Settlers clash with IDF, Palestinians, From Jul 25, 2008 to Present) (Click this to click the exact title again, please.)
Article No. 2: DM Barak: Task force to combat settler violence
Oct 12, 2008 22:10 | Updated Oct 13, 2008 6:06 / By Jerusalem Post, By YAAKOV KATZ
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2. Outrageous – There are cameras and witnesses at all demonstrations and army or police – settler confrontations. If there is not enough evidence to charge or convict most of those arrested, then they were arrested without reason. Attempts by politicians to interfere with the judicial process and have innocent people convicted are shocking and outrageous and should be condemned by everyone, regardless of political views. / mg – Israel (10/13/2008 04:51)

Defense Minister Ehud Barak has ordered his deputy, Matan Vilna’i, to establish an inter-agency task force to coordinate efforts to stop the current wave of settler violence, The Jerusalem Post has learned.
Vilna’i, defense officials revealed Sunday, was asked by Barak last week to set up the task force, which is to include representatives from the agencies that deal with settler violence in the West Bank, including the Israel Police, the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency), the IDF and the Justice Ministry.
“The task force will work to come up with innovative ways to stop the violence in the territories,” a senior defense official said. “Vilna’i will bring all of the agencies together to oversee their efforts and ensure that they are coordinating with one another.”
Nadia Matar of Women in Green (Women for Israel’s Tomorrow) said the task force was yet another measure designed to persecute the settlers and the national camp.
“At a time when the Arab enemy is raising its head not only in Judea and Samaria but also in Acre, any normal government would have a task force to deal with the real enemy – the Arabs who are eager to destroy the Jewish state,” Matar said.

According to figures presented to the Knesset Internal Affairs Committee last week, police have opened 407 criminal files against Israelis involved in public disturbances in Judea and Samaria since the beginning of the year. Thirty-six cases were opened against left-wing activists, while the remaining 91% were opened against right-wing activists.
There has also been an increase of 74% in the number of indictments served for public disorder offenses – 82 indictments have been served, compared to 47 during the same period last year. (…)

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Absentee Property Law: Settlers, IDF & State quietly expropriate land (West Bank settlement construction nearly doubled this year, From Aug, 1993 to Present) (Click this to click the exact title again, please.)

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🙂 Supreme Court Inside/Outside Israel (From Jul 25, 2008 to Present) (Click this to click the exact title again, please.)
No. 6: Daniel Barenboim gets protection after threats in Jerusalem (Sep 10, 2008) and ‘Elena Bashkirova, Guy Braunstein, and Jerusalem Quartet’ at Berlin’s 22nd Jewish Cultural Festival in the Synagogue Rykestrasse (Sep 16, 2008)

JIWON: THEREFORE, NO DEATH THREAT TO EITHER DM BARAK OR DORIT BEINISCH…
ONLY soon-to-be-EX-PM OLMERT and OTHERs(?) RECEIVED a DEATH THREAT… POOR JEWS.

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Professor Sternhell: Bomb at my home shows settler violence spilling over Green Line (Collection on September 25, 2008)

Dichter: Prof attack takes us back to days of Rabin assassination September 26, 2008 / By Haaretz
(…) Itamar Ben-Gvir, an activist with a fringe settler group calling itself the National Jewish Front, said Sternhell was an irrelevant figure and that he did not believe settlers were behind the attack. “I don’t denounce this incident, but say categorically that we are not involved,” Ben-Gvir said.
Olmert: ‘Jewish underground’ behind attack on leftist prof. September 27, 2008 / By Haaretz
(…) In the 1980s, a Jewish underground group, acting after six Jewish seminary students were killed in a Palestinian attack, carried out bombings that maimed several West Bank mayors and a shooting in an Islamic college that killed three students. Members of the group were jailed but the sentences were later commuted by then-President Chaim Herzog.

Bibi: PM Netanyahu will resume West Bank Settlement Activity (Sep 29, 2008).
(JIWON: It was right after my report of Everyone is a target: Sternhell attack shows that far right may target anyone who holds different views (RED FLAG for the RIGHT), which was 4 days after Settler’s bombing the Jew and 2 days after Settlers’ another attack on Palestinian village. After this report, Mr. Netanyahu resumes his job. I feel that I am reading not the Jewish articles but a comic book. Still, a human life is not a toy-story for me. This is why I prefer targeted killing to suicide bombing. (Please read my life. Dear Palestinians, (Concerning Barenboim’s Divan-Project) (Sep 25-30, 2008).)
What if Jewish Diehard-Doves were really killed by Bibi’s Settlers? IS IT SETTLER’s FAULT? While those pure spirits consider IT as a punishment, (Holy site closed to ‘punish’ settlers,) Mr. Netanyahu seems to treat himself as another-Sharon, who was ‘quickly’ elected as 11th PM after the Second Intifada. Considering the fact that there was NO Phoenix-Bibi in my Knesset-blog in those days… Hum…
What if I travel all over the world, including UN, and plead Palestinian Right to Targeted Killing of THESE?
BIBI/GLICK & READERS: WE ARE ISRAELI AMBASSADOR to UN and Supreme Court Inside/Outside Israel
WILL IT STILL SOUND LIKE A COMIC BOOK?

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Bibi’s GLICK, JP’s Deputy Managing Editor, marries Jerusalem attorney Ephraim Katzir Jun 21, 2007 / By Jerusalem Post
The couple were introduced by Nadia Matar. Matar, the guiding light of Women in Green, occasionally gets entangled with the LAW (…) When Matar’s activists are detained by the police, they usually call Honenu, a LEGAL aid society that helps right wing detainees. On one particular occasion following her arrest, Matar contacted Honenu and it sent Katzir, who quickly arranged her release. Impressed, Matar, who has never hesitated to come forward, asked about his marital status and told him that she had the perfect woman for him. The rest, as they say, is history. (…)

Bibi’s GLICK: I Criticize Everything Jewish Leftists Do, except Dorit Beinisch and her Supreme Court.. WHY? (From April 5, 2002 to Present)

Police: ‘Jewish underground may be emerging’ By Jerusalem Post
Message on rightist website: We’ll target senior leftist figure (Police looking into messages on rightist forum) By Ynetnews
Everyone is a target: Sternhell attack shows that far right may target anyone who holds different views (Shin Bet/Police didn’t know.) By Ynetnews
Red flag for the right By Haaretz / Nadav Shragai

IDF West Bank Commander: Rightist Violence encouraged by Settler Leadership, Rabbis and Public Last update – 04:52 02/10/2008 / By Haaretz, Amos Harel

Israel Defense Forces GOC Central Command Major General Gadi Shamni has leveled harsh criticism against extremist West Bank settlers who have attacked Palestinians and IDF soldiers in recent weeks.
In an interview with Haaretz over the Rosh Hashanah holiday, Shamni said the radical behavior among rightists has grown in light of encouragement they receive from the settler leadership, rabbis and public. As the officer heading Central Command, Shamni is responsible for the entire West Bank.

“There has been a rise in Jewish violence in Judea and Samaria. In the past, only a few dozen individuals took part in such activity, but today that number has grown into the hundreds. That’s a very significant change. These hundreds are engaged in conspiratorial actions against Palestinians and the security forces. It’s a very grave phenomenon,” he said.
In recent weeks, settlers have let a dog loose on an IDF reserves company commander, broke the hand of a deputy battalion commander and punctured the car tires of a reserve soldier. In Hebron, a Golani Brigade officer was attacked after trying to prevent Jewish children from hurling stones at Palestinians.
“What does a reserve soldier say who comes to protect Israeli citizens and discovers that masked Jewish youths have punctured the tires of his vehicle?” Shamni asked during the interview.
“And this happens today, when Judea and Samaria is a relatively secure area. The roads are open. There is friction [with Palestinians], but the feeling of the Jewish population overall is excellent,” he said.
“The majority of people here act normally. We’re talking about a hard core of a few hundred activists among some 300,000 Jews who live beyond the Green Line. But what this bunch does is causing tremendous damage, both to the image of the IDF and to the state of Israel,” he added.
“This is harming our ability to carry out security missions in the territories. We have to divert our efforts to there from other issues. The margins [in the settler community] are expanding, because they are enjoying a tailwind and the backing of part of the leadership, both rabbinical and public, whether in explicit statements or tacitly.”

To the honorable Defense Minister, Ehud Barak: ‘No need to be shocked; just do your job.’ By Ynetnews / Michael Mankin (Breaking the Silence activist)

To the honorable Defense Minister, Ehud Barak:
I was surprised to hear your response to the pipe bomb placed outside the home of Professor Ze’ev Sternhell. You said you would not allow any element within Israeli society to harass people who express their opinions.

Your position is clear, and I assume that most members of Israeli society, both on the Right and Left, would agree with you. Yet in your capacity as defense minister, who has been serving for two years now, you are not merely another concerned citizen. The incident that took place is under your direct responsibility; and it is most certainly not a unique or new act.
As defense minister, you’re not supposed to be surprised. The organization I’m active in, Breaking the Silence, has been holding tours in Hebron for years, and we have been harassed by settlers for a long time now.

Hebron, as you know, is the lab where far rightists test the limits of the Israeli government’s tolerance. The Jewish terrorism originating in the town, terror that is directed mostly at Palestinians, is known to all. We too, Israelis calling for the law to be enforced, have suffered the abuse of this group. The hurling of eggs and stones, shouts, swearwords, threats, and even physical violence have become a part of our tour routine. The police do not arrest the rioters. It is easier for them to remove us from town.
Recently the police canceled yet another planned tour. The reason: Police officials claim that they are concerned for our safety and fear that radical settlers are coming to the city from all across the territories. The police fear these settlers because they do not have the tools to deal with them. You, Mr. Barak, are not providing them with those tools.
Hebron is not the only focal point, as you know. In the past year we have witnessed many incidents in the south Mount Hebron area, in the Yitzhar region, and elsewhere. Violence is no longer directed only at Palestinians, or even leftists, but rather, also at soldiers and police officers.
In recent weeks we saw soldiers and a military outpost being attacked. Soldiers and police officers are scared to approach some Jewish communities. All the talk about the deterioration of the rule of law in the territories has become banal.
“We won’t let any element within Israeli society to harass others,” you say resolutely, Defense Minister Barak. Yet you’ve let those things happen from your first day on the job. Instead of making declarations, you should face the public and say: “On this front, I failed.”
Yet more importantly, you must act. After all, any Israeli who has been following the events of the recent year knows that the deterioration has merely started. The explosive device directed at Professor Sternhell is not a new incident; it’s merely closer to your home.
No need to be shocked; just do your job.

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Rise in settler violence feared September 14, 2008 / By Jerusalem Post
Video: Head of Peace Now Yariv Openheimer- growing number of settlers becoming more violent September 14, 2008 / By Jerusalem Post

Yitzhar settlers’ West Bank rampage caught on camera September 15, 2008 / Haaretz
Channel 10 aired footage on Sunday that showed West Bank settlers rampaging through a Palestinian village on the previous day. (…) The settlers were responding Saturday to the stabbing of a 10-year-old Israeli boy by a Palestinian at the illegal outpost of Shalhevet Yam near Yitzhar. Also Sunday, dozens of youths from the West Bank settlement of Yitzhar on Sunday established an outpost near the Palestinian village that settlers had rampaged in Saturday.

MKs spar over settler violence Sep 16, 2008 0:38 / By Abe Selig
(… bla, bla, bla…) “There has been a dramatic increase in riots in the territories against Palestinians and IDF soldiers,” Vilna’i said. “In a year’s time, we won’t know what to do with ourselves.” Vilna’i also said that Defense Minister Ehud Barak had asked Judea and Samaria police to step up their activities in the area, and make sure that the rule of law extends to all offenders, regardless of who they are. (…) “The soldiers do nothing to defend themselves,” Rotem said. “While the response to the settlers in Yitzhar was like the army’s response to terrorists.” Police representatives at the meeting said that the rise in settler violence was troubling, and that 90 percent of the cases of rioting in the West Bank involved right wing activists. (…)

IDF, police play blame game over settler riot Sep 14, 2008 11:16 | Updated Sep 15, 2008 7:44 / By Jerusalem Post, Yaakov Katz and Abe Selig
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The IDF and Israel Police blamed each other on Sunday for failing to prevent Yitzhar settlers from running amok in a nearby Palestinian village a day earlier. A top army officer blasted the police as “weak and understaffed.”
The mutual recriminations came after dozens of settlers entered Asira el-Kibliyeh on Saturday and fired weapons in the streets and stoned homes and cars, in response to the stabbing of nine-year-old Tuvia Shtatman by a Palestinian who had infiltrated Yitzhar. Six Palestinians were wounded in the village. The boy was in satisfactory condition in the hospital.

“The IDF’s job is not to arrest settlers but to stop terrorism,” a top officer explained. “The police unfortunately are weak and understaffed and do not have adequate resources to curb the violence.”

Also on Sunday, a group from Yitzhar tried to establish a new settlement outpost near Asira el-Kibliyeh in response to the stabbing. Shortly after trying to move onto the hilltop, the settlers were evacuated by security forces.

(…) Judea and Samaria Police sources said an investigation was under way, but that they did not have any evidence that could lead them to the perpetrators of Saturday’s rampage. As of Sunday afternoon, no complaints had been filed on behalf of the villagers. “We don’t know who committed what,” police district spokesman Danny Poleg said. “We don’t have any evidence, and we work based on facts. But just because there haven’t been any official complaints filed, it doesn’t mean that we’re not investigating – we are.”

He rejected allegations from the IDF that the police lacked resources or manpower, and said that his force had done more than its part.
“When the [stabbing] incident occurred, the whole line of command from our district was there,” Poleg said. “The top officers were there in the field along with about 150 officers, some of whom pulled 24-hour shifts. As a police officer, I would like to deploy cops on every corner in every city to make it safe for my kids and your kids, but it just doesn’t work like that. We send officers into an area according to the situation. On Saturday, we moved our officers into the area, and I can say that after that nothing else happened.”

However, settlers from Yitzhar did manage to enter the village after the stabbing, smash windows and fire their weapons into the air. Six Palestinians were wounded by gunfire, and a riot broke out between the settlers and Palestinians.

“As far as running into the village, that’s the army’s job and they were there,” Poleg said. “We don’t go into a village without the army backing us up or without permission from the army to enter, that’s the way it works. We work together. As soon as they clear the area and give us permission to enter, we do. But yesterday, by the time they gave us that permission, there was nothing left for us to do.”
Poleg stood by the police officers’ efforts on Saturday and said there had been no talk of reexamining their deployment in the area or changing current operating procedures.
“I don’t think there’s any need to change our policies,” Poleg continued. “We will continue working by the same laws and rules in the field. The army is in charge out here, and the [police] officers get their authority from the army.”

No settlers arrested yet September 16, 2008 / By Haaretz, Barak Ravid and Nadav Shragai
Police yet to make arrests, take testimony on settlers’ rampage

Police launched an investigation yesterday into Saturday’s rampage by West Bank settlers against residents of a Palestinian village, but have not made any arrests or collected testimony relating to the incident, despite the fact that it was documented by news and human rights organizations.

Police sources in the West Bank said yesterday that they had approached the human rights organization B’Tselem with a request for the home video footage capturing how Yitzhar residents attacked the village of Asira al-Kabiliya, leaving eight Palestinians injured.
A police source said officers were prevented from accessing the scene by Israel Defense Forces troops. Police claimed that two settlers arrested by Border Police officers were released a short while later, and that they were detained merely to quell the violence at the scene, not with the aim of opening a probe.
Meanwhile, police are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding Saturday’s infiltration of Yitzhar by a terrorist seeking to commit an attack, the incident which sparked the settlers’ attack on the village. During the infiltration, a 9-year-old boy was lightly wounded when he was stabbed in the hand.

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert told a cabinet meeting yesterday that the government will not allow West Bank settlers to carry out “pogroms against non-Jews.”
Meanwhile, there were unconfirmed reports that dozens of youths from the settlement of Yitzhar had established an additional outpost nearby.

“The phenomenon of [settlers] taking the law into their own hands and lashing out with violence and brutality is unforgivable and will be dealt with by the law-enforcement authorities,” Olmert said.
“There was a terror attack in northern Samaria and a young boy was hurt. This is serious and difficult, but the security forces will find the culprit and do what needs to be done, as they do every day,” he said.
Olmert condemned what he called a “retaliatory campaign” against the Palestinians, including the use of live fire. The prime minister added that there was no reason to believe the Palestinians targeted by the settlers had any connection to the stabbing attack earlier in the day.
“There are law-enforcement authorities in the state of Israel,” he told the cabinet. “We have both military and security services, and we won’t allow this kind of violence or brutal attacks on civilians.

“The violence is not used against those suspected of terrorism,” Olmert continued, “it is used against Israel Defense Forces officers and soldiers. I urge the authorities to take measures to end this grave phenomenon.”
In a meeting of Labor Party ministers earlier yesterday, Defense Minister Ehud Barak said, “The defense establishment will act decisively to enforce law and order in the West Bank, but we need the cooperation of the police and the legal system.”
Meanwhile, a rabbinical committee praised the settlers’ “heroism” and “courage” following the attacks. The committee is composed of rabbis affiliated with the religious Zionist movement from a number of settlements in the West Bank and within Israel proper, alongside those linked to the Hasidic movement Chabad.
The rabbis released a statement saying the settlers’ reaction to the boy’s stabbing was in accordance with halakha (Jewish law).

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Army: Settlers have crossed red line Sep 11, 2008 18:38 | Updated Sep 11, 2008 22:51 / By Jerusalem Post, Yaakov Katz
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Senior IDF officers on Thursday lambasted the legal system’s inability to effectively crack down on radical West Bank settlers after a group of young far-right activists went on a rampage that culminated in an attack on an IDF position near Ramallah.

Late Wednesday night, some 40 activists arrived at an IDF position – manned by reservists – near the settlement of Talmon, just west of Ramallah. The activists attacked the reservists, tried to enter the post and damaged the pipe system that carries water to the base. The reservists tried to fend off the attackers, who called the soldiers “Nazis.”
Earlier in the day, soldiers clashed with settlers near the settlement of Yitzhar, south of Nablus, after they began throwing rocks at passing Palestinian cars.
In the Binyamin Region, settlers attacked officials from the Civil Administration of Judea and Samaria who had arrived at the illegal Yad Yair outpost to confiscate equipment that was allegedly being used for illegal construction.

Two soldiers were wounded in the clashes – one with a fracture in his hand. The other soldier was treated at the scene after a settler’s dog bit him after being ordered to attack by his owner. The IDF also said that settlers had punctured tires on a car belonging to the civil administration.
Sources in the IDF Central Command said the incidents were severe and that together with the Judea and Samaria Police the army planned to apprehend and press charges against all of the “provocateurs.”

The IDF, one officer said, recently held a one-day conference together with the police to try to come up with ways to stop settler violence. According to the officer, in most cases the settlers involved in such clashes were either not apprehended or were released from police custody without being indicted.

“They have crossed a red line,” one officer said. “The legal system needs to come up with ways to curb this unfortunate, growing phenomenon.”
Binymain Regional Council head Avi Roeh said that the violence damaged the good relations the settler community was trying to forge with the IDF.

“What happened near Talmon should not have happened and is the type of incident that damages our excellent relations with the military,” Roeh said

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Behind closed doors, police admit ‘turning a blind eye’ to settler violence Last update – 21:46 15/08/2008 / By Haatez, Uri Blau

Police, soldiers and military officers prefer to “turn a blind eye” instead of handling incidents in which settlers attack Palestinians in the West Bank.
In a meeting held by West Bank precinct operations officer Ronen Yefet last week, participants – including a Shin Bet security service representative and a senior police and army officers – reported a recent increase in the number of violent incidents involving settlers.

The Shin Bet representative stated in the discussion that settler violence has been “intentional and planned,” adding that any Israel Defense Forces operations against settlers (eviction or demolitions) now comes with a violent “price tag.”

Police officers at the meeting criticized the IDF for reportedly saying they do not want to act against settlers, and purported comments like “Leave me alone, don’t get me mixed up with those guys.”
In response, chief of the West Bank precinct patrol unit said police also prefer not to confront settlers. “Sometimes cops also avoid acting against Jews. There are also instances where police have looked the other way in order to say ‘I didn’t see anything.'”

Palestinian actions were also criticized during the meeting. Police said Palestinians do not coordinate their farming plans with the police, which ends up causing friction with the settlers.
In the first half of 2008, particularly in the Samaria and Binyamin districts, there has been an increase in “disturbances of the peace” – the term used for harm caused by Israeli citizens to Palestinians and their property, as well as harm to Israeli security forces. Data presented in the meeting indicated that there were 429 such incidents in the first half of this year, compared with 587 incidents in all of 2006 and 551 in 2007.

At the end of the meeting, the Shin Bet representative expressed the opinion that discussions should be held with the settlers to decrease the instances of disturbing the peace. Security officials are also looking into restraining orders against known disturbers of the peace. Also, the police and IDF agreed to hold joint situation assessments. They will inform all command functions ahead of any police or military operations against settlers, in order to prepare for violent responses.

West Bank precinct spokesman Danny Poleg said in response that “In January-July 2008, 340 cases of Israelis (both right and left-wing) disturbing the peace were opened, compared to 313 cases in the parallel period last year.”
Poleg said the data covers case files, not incidents. Regarding the criticism voiced at the meeting, Poleg replied “This was a meeting, one of many held by the precinct with other entities with which police are in routine contact such as the IDF, so we have no intention of commenting on things said in internal discussions.” An IDF spokesman said “The IDF performs its role in cooperation with the police and Shin Bet.”

A military source added that “irregularities uncovered in police or soldier performance are handled appropriately.”

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Disengagement amnesty passes hurdle By Jerusalem Post

Knesset approves amnesty bill for nonviolent Gaza pullout protesters By Haaretz
Last update – 00:03 30/07/2008 / By Shahar Ilan, Haaretz Correspondent
The Knesset approved a piece of legislation in the first reading on Tuesday granting amnesty to protesters of the Gaza disengagement.
The law applies to 400 of the 482 criminal cases that were opened in the period before and during the evacuation of Jewish settlements from the Gaza Strip and northern West Bank in 2005.
The parliament passed two bills which in effect halt all legal proceedings against disengagement offenders and expunge the criminal records of those arrested. The legislation was submitted by Likud MK Reuven Rivlin and National Union MK Eli Gabbay along with a third of all MKs. The house approved the bill in a preliminary reading in July 2007.
The law stipulates that any sentences handed down in court against anyone convicted of a crime whose motive was to thwart the disengagement plan be promptly suspended. In addition, legal proceedings against anyone who was indicted would also be stopped. The law applies primarily to criminal offenses in which there was no risk of loss of life.
The amnesty will not apply to those cases where criminal offenses involving the use of explosives, serious acts of violence, and repeat offenders are involved.
Right-wing MKs erupted after MK Zahava Gal-On (Meretz) made a remark they interpreted as comparing Israel’s right to the Nazis. Speaking about a bill to pardon people charged with crimes for protesting the disengagement, Gal-On said: “The Israeli Knesset should learn a lesson from the collapse of the Weimar Republic. I would remind you that democracy in Germany collapsed because it allowed the German right to exploit it.”
In response, MK Aryeh Eldad (National Union) said Gal-On was suffering from a “serious psychiatric illness,” while MK Zevulun Orlev (National Religious Party) declared: “You’ve gone mad. You’ve crossed every red line.” Gal-On said she had not intended to compare the right to the Nazis.

Amnesty for pullout objectors? By Ynetnews
Published: 07.30.08, 07:24 / By Amnon Meranda
Bill that would grant pardon to disengagement protestors passes first reading at Knesset; tempers flare as Meretz MK Zahava Gal-On compares Right’s conduct to Nazis who exploited German democracy’s weakness
A bill that seeks to grant amnesty to disengagement protestors who committed offences as part of the demonstrations against the pullout passed the first reading at the Knesset Tuesday night.
Following the vote, one of the Knesset Members behind the bill, Reuven Rivlin (Likud,) said that “there are days when democracy needs to forgive and leave the past behind. The disengagement was a national trauma and it cannot be compared to any other social crisis.”
“The clemency law will assist in mending the rift within Israeli society and correcting the injustice done to families of the evacuees, those who paid the price of democracy in the harshest manner,” he said.
During the Knesset session, Knesset Member Zahava Gal-On (meretz) clashed with rightist Knesset members after she said: “I want to tell you, and you better internalize it, even if it’s unpleasant – the State of Israel’s problem is that for years it has been turning a blind eye to the crimes of the Right. For years.”
“So the role of democracy and the role of Knesset members is to protect, and our role, the Israeli Knesset, is to learn the lessons of the Weimer Republic’s collapse,” she added. “I remind you that democracy in Germany collapsed because it enabled its enemies on the radical Right to exploit it, to exploit the democratic mechanisms, and it undermined its basic powers.”
Following Gal-On’s words, Knesset Member Zevulun Orlev stood up and yelled in her direction: “You have gone crazy. You crossed all the red lines. It is unthinkable that an Israeli Knesset member will stand at the Knesset podium and say that the Right in Israel conducts itself like the Weimer parliament that brought Hitler to power.”
Meanwhile, Knesset Member Uri Ariel told Gal-on that “what you did is an abomination.” MK Arieh Eldad added: “As a doctor, I’m telling you – sickening self-hatred is a serious mental disorder…the self-hatred of the Israeli Left is sick and reflects a deeply rooted mental disorder – it has no cure.”

Gal-On later told Ynet: “It would be good for Knesset members to learn history. I did not compare Israel to Nazi Germany. I warned about the way Knesset members try to annul indictments, thereby exploiting the democratic mechanisms.”

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Settlers clash with IDF, Palestinians
Jul 24, 2008 14:23 | Updated Jul 25, 2008 0:36 / By YAAKOV LAPPIN, YAAKOV KATZ AND TOVAH LAZAROFF
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A settlement activist held a knife to a soldier’s neck and another stole a gun and fired it into the air in Samaria on Thursday, in the aftermath of the evacuation of a structure at the unauthorized Adei Ad outpost.
It was the most serious clash between security forces and activists since the evacuation of nine empty homes at the Amona outpost on February 1, 2006.

Senior sources in the IDF Central Command said the chain of events that included an attack on a soldier, arson and stonings of Palestinians in nearby villages in response to the evacuation was a “display of power” by settlers intended to deter security forces from future evacuations.
A settler from the area who did not want to be named said that the response – not including the violence against the IDF – was part of a new policy to react harshly to any attempts by security forces to remove Jewish structures in Judea and Samaria.
“There will be a heavy price for this from now on,” he said.

But Rabbis for Human Rights head Rabbi Arik Ascherman, who was in the area on Thursday, said this could not just be chalked up to the evacuation of a structure at Adei Ad. It had to be seen within the larger context of ongoing tensions between settlers in the area and Palestinians that had been increasing in recent months, he said.

The incident comes at a time when the Council of Jewish Communities of Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip is trying to forge an agreement on the voluntary evacuation of some unauthorized outposts in exchange for construction permits in permanent settlements.

Council head Dani Dayan had no comment on the matter and said he was still being briefed on Thursday’s incidents.

After security forces evacuated a bus that had been turned into a home at Adei Ad, violence broke out in four locations – around three settlements – Yitzhar and Gilad Farm near Nablus, Shilo, east of Ariel and the Palestinian village of Burin.
On Thursday morning, security forces arrived at Adei Ad to evacuate the bus. The operation passed without incident, said Danny Poleg, spokesman for Judea and Samaria Police.
Afterward, however, police say they suspect settlers from Yitzhar who had manned the bus either split into a number of groups or moved as one group from one location to another, sparking disturbances wherever they went.
Around 20 settlers arrived at the Shiloh junction and began burning tires and causing a disturbance. The settlers fled after police arrived, and officers launched a search for them.
At the Yitzhar junction, settlers also threw rocks, damaging a car driven by an Israeli.
Police received complaints of stones being thrown inside the nearby Palestinian village of Burin. Security forces carried out a sweep of the area there, too, but did not report making any arrests.
The series of incidents then seemed to escalate when an Israeli pulled his vehicle over near an IDF jeep after being targeted by Palestinian stone-throwers.
The driver reportedly got out of his car and snatched a gun from a soldier standing nearby, firing a number of rounds in the air. A second Israeli driver also fired in the air with his personal firearm. There were no injuries or damage to property during that incident.
The two drivers were detained by police for questioning and then released after it was determined that they had acted out of fear for their lives.
One settler said that the man who snatched the gun was from Jerusalem, and took the gun only to deter Palestinians after the soldier failed to react to the stoning.
Soon afterward, police received a report of 10 olive trees belonging to Palestinians being torched at Gilad Farm. Security forces dispatched to the scene reported seeing a group of masked men fleeing the area.

At Gilad Farm, the IDF said a settler held a knife to a soldier’s neck, stole his helmet and then escaped.
A search of the area has been launched. Police were not able to immediately link the arson with the earlier incidents.

“They have crossed all of the red lines,” one officer said, adding that the sequence of events showed that the settlers had set up a mechanism that allowed them to – within minutes – call up activists who would use violence to stop an evacuation.
“We will learn many lessons from today,” the officer said, adding that severe court-ordered punishment was needed to deter violence.

In a separate clash on Thursday, Border Policemen said one of their officers had suffered facial wounds from a rock thrown during a confrontation with a group of Palestinians and left-wing activists demonstrating against the security barrier in Ni’ilin east of Modi’in Illit. The officer was evacuated for medical treatment.

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