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The Israel Containment Forces

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

Fourteen injured youths surrounded by dozens of Arabs throwing rocks at them and beating them with sticks. Four hundred meters away, three other youths who didn’t make it, also surrounded by dozens of Arabs, also being pelted with rocks. One faints. The commander of a hundred-strong force of the IDF looks on.

The Jewish youths who were beaten by Palestinians with sticks said they had no intention of performing a “price-tag” revenge attack. “If we’d meant to do that,” they noted, “we’d have had to be idiots to do it in broad daylight.” A military source with the Judea and Samaria Division admitted to me that there was no proof the youths had had any intention of spraying graffiti or burning cars.

Still, he rejected the youths’ argument that they had only been hiking in the area.

“If someone goes for a hike right after his vineyard is destroyed, or goes for a hike by the local villages an hour after a confrontation with the neighboring village—that’s a ‘price tag,’ too.”

“Wait,” I said. “What were the Palestinians doing coming down from their village to the Eish Kodesh outpost just when IDF tractors were uprooting the Jewish residents’ saplings? Why didn’t the Border Police kick them out when they came to dance and make merry over what was being done to their Jewish neighbors? The Jewish youths had saved their pennies just to buy those saplings—why did they let the Palestinians come celebrate and take some of those saplings for themselves?”

Notes one of the youths: “Gush Emunim and the settlement movement held a lot of parades and hikes that were meant to demonstrate their presence in the territories. We grew up on those. Walking through the Land of Israel means fulfilling the mitzva of conquering the land: that’s the proper response, the best way to correct being expelled from that place. We said, let’s show that we’re walking through the land and conquering it.”

What they did might perhaps be labeled as venting anger, or even a provocation: the youths staged a provocation by pointedly moving around near the villages after the Arabs of Qusra came to their community to celebrate the downfall of the young agriculturists, who had established themselves on the tough earth of the Judean Mountains and planted trees there, only to be uprooted by the IDF.

Palestinians regularly infiltrate Jewish areas. To provoke. To steal. Sometimes to kill. But the Jews don’t react violently. Normally, the Arabs come on Shabbat or Shabbat eve with leftist organizations and foreign volunteers. They come right up to a community, right up to the fence. Absent a fence, they came right up to the houses at the community’s perimeter.

But the residents don’t attack them. They leave the trespassers to the guards on duty and the community’s chief of security.

The message from the recent episode is clear: violence pays.

But what will become of the hot-tempered youths, who see the legal system buckling under Palestinian violence? The youths see that the government is looking for dialogue and compromise instead of laying down the law. They see that in the Jewish–Arab conflict over the land, he who uses violence captures the land and can even defeat the legal system.

Some time ago, three Jewish youths with clubs drove away several Palestinians who had entered the space adjacent to a community in the South Hevron Hills. The young Jews were photographed, arrested, and put on trial. There too, the message was clear. And since then, even within the Green Line, along the seam running through Jerusalem, you don’t see young Jews putting up a defense against Arab rioters who come to French Hill and the Hebrew University campus on Mount Scopus.

Outpost Fathers Arrested in Middle of the Night and then Freed

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

Border police swooped down on the Eish Kodesh outpost late Monday night and arrested five men who were released only hours later concerning an incident several weeks ago in which a Palestinian Authority Arab infiltrator was wounded.

The Honenu legal defense organization called the arrest a “political provocation by the police,” who lawyers said knew ahead of time the outcome of the investigation that lasted several hours at the Maaleh Adumim police station.

“There is no reason in the world to arrest adults in front of their little children in the middle of the night,” said a Honenu lawyer.

Police searched their homes and confiscated their weapons during the raid, which was connected with a recent infiltration at Eish Kodesh by neighboring Arab villagers, one of whom said he was hit by a bullet from an M-16 rifle.

All five men who were arrested were members of the first response team, and one of them is an IDF solider.

The Arab infiltrators had reached a vineyard on the hilltop when IDF reinforcements arrived with riot gear but apparently without rifles. At the soldiers’ request, one of the Eish Kodesh team fired twice in the air, according to army orders. Border Police then arrived at the scene and took command, and one of them apparently injuring an Arab while distancing the infiltrators from the community.

Two Arabs Arrested for Arson in Jerusalem Vicinity

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

On July 9th, after an intensive investigation, Jerusalem Police arrested two Arabs, aged seventeen and eighteen, suspected of starting fires around the main entrance to Jerusalem two weeks ago. The Police announced that the two have admitted the arson, explaining that their actions were motivated by nationalistic causes. They started the fires by throwing Molotov cocktails, which were discovered at the point of initiation of the blaze. Seventy five acres of forests were consumed. Another ten Arabs have been arrested so far on similar charges.

Several recent fires which have blazed across Israel, especially in the Jerusalem vicinity, are believed to be the work of Arab arsonists who are methodically setting fire to natural brush and thicket in attempt to cause injury and damage to property. The fires also cause traffic congestion on main highways which have to be closed, causing backups for many hours and shutting down main routes between major cities in Israel. In some cases, residents are evacuated due to fear that their homes may be burned.

The Jerusalem Fire Department reports that two hundred fires have been extinguished since the beginning of the summer. Most of them have been determined to be caused by arson.

On June 28th, Arabs set fire to fields at Eish Kodesh, in Benyamin. Aharon Katsof, Eish Kodesh spokesman, told Tazpit News Agency that the residents noticed smoke coming from the Wadi below their community. The community’s RRT (Rapid Response Team) identified two suspects fleeing the scene towards the Arab village of Cursah. Half an acre of barley was destroyed, causing immense financial loss to the field owner. Two months ago, two acres of vineyards were destroyed by fires at Eish Kodesh. After the incident, IDF trackers found the trail of two men leading to Cursah.

On June 25th the home of Yiskah and Elyasaf Orbach at Chavat Gilad was severely damaged by fires started by Arabs. Beny Katsover, head of the Shomron Communities Council, responded to the arson, saying: “The time has come for the Government of Israel to renew its policy of deterrence against Arab vandals by destroying their homes, alongside the expansion of the Jewish communities. Our enemies will understand that they are achieving the opposite of their actions.”

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