Tuesday May 21, 2013
Perpetual Violence: Israel's Real 'Price Tag' for TerrorismTim King Salem-News.com
'Price tag campaign' - Israel is encountering serious internal issues over the actions of deadly settlers.
(SALEM) - The term 'Price Tag' is becoming synonymous with organized settler attacks against Palestinians; the violence carried out by these rogue Jewish militants even has Israel’s staunch, pro-settlement conservative community unnerved, as TruthDig reported last December.
The extremist settler gangs which Defense Minister Ehud Barak calls terrorists, have launched attacks against targets that include mosques, Palestinian civilians of all ages, Israel Defense Forces (IDF) officers, and Israeli peace activists.
U.S. Labels 'Price Tag' Settlers Terrorists
As mounting political pressure heats Israel from the inside out, the U.S. State Department has responded in a way that is unprecedented, adding elements of Israeli Jewish settler gangs to the 'terrorist' list.
While this maneuvering by the U.S. isn't an about face, it still could possibly be viewed as one of the most strident moves the U.S. government has taken toward Israel with regard to application of the 'terrorist' label.
UN Super Veto Immunity?
Israel's U.S.-backed military routinely attacks targets in Palestine with impunity. Sometimes Israel goes way over the line and finds itself facing war crime charges. However time and time again, the Israelis are shielded from war crime charges in the United Nations by the Unites States which predictably invokes something called 'super veto power'.
The U.S. invoked 'Super Veto' power in these incidents:
Due to incidents like those mentioned above, pressure from has been increasingly steadily for years. Awareness of Israel's alleged crimes against humanity have reached most of the world, but not here. The U.S. media in nearly every case fails to report the Israeli attacks waged in Palestinian territory; now they are failing to report the crimes of the rogue settlers who pose a threat to anyone who opposes them.
As reported over the weekend by Ha'aretz, the gangs are responsible for an expanding level of violence. Among more recent casualties in random attacks, the Israeli military reports that six Palestinians were wounded while riding in a taxi cab in a suspected firebomb attack in the West Bank.
They were traveling Thursday night when the firebomb was thrown into the car. The military suspects Jewish extremists to be behind the attack.
According to Times Online:
With regard to the actual Zionist Israeli settlements; most of which are constructed on sites of former Palestinian villages dating back in some cases to Biblical times, the article cites the fact the a large percentage are illegal.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned the attack, yet it is 'Bibi' Netanyahu- as he is known in Israel by his supporters, who has consistently backed these radical settlers, or land thieves as many in the pro-Palestine camp call them.
An article by ThinkProgress describes the recent attempt by an Israeli mob to literally lynch Palestinian children; an act sadly reminiscent of the deep south in the first hundred years following the American Civil War, and also the plight of the Jews and Roma and Poles in 1930's and 40's Europe.
"Price tag" attacks, as ThinkProgress explains, are
Other events in late 2011 that were attributed to the 'price tag' involved desecration of religious sites:
* On November 10, at the Mamilla Cemetery in Jerusalem, vandals sprayed “price tag” graffiti in Hebrew on four Muslim graves.
* On December 14, unknown vandals burned a mosque in Jerusalem and sprayed anti-Arab graffiti (e.g., “A Good Arab is a Dead Arab,” “Mohammed is Dead”).
* On December 15, Israeli settlers attacked a mosque in the village of Burqa in the Ramallah governorate, setting it afire and defacing it with “price tag” graffiti.
In fact according to a new report by Israeli counterterrorism experts at the Brookings Institute, the problem may be more serious than some had previously thought. Pointing to numbers provided by the United Nations, Daniel Byman and Natan Sachs, found that there were roughly twice the number of 'price tag' attacks in 2011, than there were in 2009.
They say more than 90 percent of settler violence investigations over the past ten years ended without indictments. Byman says the attacks have escalated recently due to the rise of an extremist subculture among young, religious settlers.
The young extremists are trying to pressure the government to leave intact their communities, which Israeli courts have found illegal, as the L.A. Times reports:
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