U.S. ‘Country Report’ lists IDF & settler abuses

I never could figure out why Israeli ‘settlers’ attack Palestinians in order to punish the Israeli government for curbing settlements.  Of course, it may be nothing more than a self-serving excuse to do what they so love to do; beat up on men, women and children, destroy olive trees and crops, and damage or destroy places of worship. 

And they can do this with impunity, secure in the knowledge that little, if anything, will be done to them; the U.S. State Department’s report provides extensive detail. 

And if IDF and settler abuses and killings of Palestinians in the “Occupied Territories” concern you, then I suggest that you read the relevant section of the report.  There is a link to it at the foot of this post, and it will be put up in full in a day or two.

Contrary to the Ma’an news article below, I can’t find any reference to Israeli settlers being described as “terrorists” anywhere.  Maybe it is taken as being implied; but if it is there and I have missed it, please let me know.

Jeff Goodall.

Report: US labels settler violence as terrorism for first time

Ma’an News Agency
August 19th, 2012

TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — In its annual report on terrorism around the world, the US State Department has defined violence by Israeli settlers towards Palestinians as terrorism for the first time, Israeli media reported on Saturday.

The 2011 US Country Report cites three suspected “price tag” incidents: vandalism of Jerusalem’s Mamilla cemetery, and arson attacks on a Jerusalem and West Bank mosque, Israeli daily Haaretz said.

The report noted that ten other attacks on Palestinian mosques are believed by Israeli authorities to have been “perpetrated by settlers, up from six such incidents in 2010 and one in 2009.”

Price tag refers to the retribution settlers say they will exact for any attempt by the Israeli government to curb settlement in the occupied West Bank.

Meanwhile the US State Department spokeswoman condemned “in the strongest possible terms” an assault south of Bethlehem on Thursday which left a family of five seriously injured after Israeli settlers hurled Molotov cocktails at their car.

“We note that the government of Israel has also condemned this heinous attack and pledged to bring the perpetrators to justice. We look to Israeli law enforcement officials to do so expeditiously,” Victoria Nuland said on Friday.

See original here.

See the State Department’s 2011 Country Report on “Israel – the occupied territories” here; go to “National/Racial/Ethnic Minorities” in Section 6.