Monday, June 09, 2008

Rogue Zionists

The story of four Palestinian shepherds being beaten by masked settlers is getting a great deal of play in Israel. This is Ynet News recap of the story:
Four Palestinian shepherds were assaulted Sunday evening by masked assailants near the West Bank settlement of Susya in the south Mount Hebron area. The Palestinians claim the assailants were Jewish settlers.

According to Palestinian news agency Wafa, among the victims was a 68-year-old woman who was evacuated to Beersheba's Soroka Medical Center in serious condition.
The remaining victims, including the woman's 70-year-old husband, sustained mild injuries and were treated by IDF paramedics at the scene. Hebron police were scouring the area in search of the attackers.

While the possibility remains that masked Jewish settlers did beat the Palestinian shepherds, my experience has lead me to take these kinds of accusations with a grain of salt. And when one considers the rate in which Palestinians from the Hebron area conduct clan warfare; it could just have easily been a ‘masked’ Palestinians who attacked the shepherds. Just this week the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights reported this:
On Tuesday evening, a man was killed and 5 of his relatives were wounded when a number of gunmen opened fire at them in the context of a dispute between two clans living in the southeast of Hebron. In the same context, a child was killed on Wednesday evening during an exchange of fire between the two clans.

According to investigations conducted by PCHR, at approximately 17:00 on Tuesday, 3 June 2008, 5 gunmen opened fire at a number of members of the al-‘Ajlouni clan, who were near a grocery shop belonging to ‘Aayed al-‘Ajlouni in Jabal Jouha neighborhood in the southeast of Hebron. As a result, Mahmoud Sameeh al-‘Ajlouni, 31, was killed by several gunshots, and 5 of his relatives were lightly injured by shrapnel from gunshots.

At approximately 13:30 on Wednesday, 4 June 2008, Safawt Mohammed al-Salaima, 13, was seriously wounded by a gunshot to the head during an exchange of fire between the two disputing clans. Al-Salaima was with his father in al-Sahla car park in the southeast of Hebron. He was evacuated to the hospital, but medical efforts to save his life failed.

And why accuse the Israelis rather than finger their own? Well, the Palestinian police are not the most effective or judicious sort, and if one claims a Jew did it - medical care is usually given in an Israeli hospital. Apparently, the only woman victim was rather badly injured which also makes me rather suspicious. You have three males, lightly injured, but the woman was beaten senseless. If it was ‘masked settlers’ one would expect the three men to be serious injured and the woman only lightly attacked.

Then of course, most settlers in the Hebron Hills areas are also religious Jews so I find it a little strange a group of masked religious Jews are running around on Shavuot beating Palestinian shepherds, and if the Ma’an News Agency account is to be believed, Israeli police were present during the attack…but I suppose anything is possible under heaven – just like the Zionist boar attacks. Ma’an News Agency:
Nablus – Ma'an – Wild boars released by Israeli settlers have attacked and seriously wounded a Palestinian man in the northern West Bank, Palestinian security sources said.

53-year-old Hikmat Abdul Mu'ti from the town of Beit Rima was hospitalized ten days ago after the animals attacked him while he was walking to his fields. According medical sources at Yasser Arafat Hospital in the city of Salfit, the man sustained a 'deep wound,' and is still in the hospital.

The security sources said that settlers from the Ariel settlement deliberately release wild boars, especially in Kana valley fields which belong to the West Bank village of Deir Istiya. In the past these boars have been known to damage crops in that valley and frequently attack farmers.
All of which goes to show - Zionists are only limited by their imagination.

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