Is Anatot the next Biilin?
A pogrom*, a lynch† or did anti–Israel Activists get their collective arses‡ kicked?
The Internet is buzzing with reports of a ‘serious’ incident at the Israeli community – West Bank settlement of … if you must be politically correct – of Anatot. Words like Pogrom* and Lynch† and Sexual Abuse are freely scattered. The media ignore it, or even worse report it as a minor altercation with limited casualties see: WATCH: Settlers, left-wing activists clash in West Bank -or- 3 lightly injured in clash between settlers, leftists at Anatot That must really piss off the agitators who want press time.
Haaretz is at least partially responsible for spreading the story by printing an account by Eyal Raz, one of the ‘activists’ in contradiction to the report from their own reporters. It is his use of the loaded, exaggerated and inaccurate terms that has spread through the Internet.
It is the Internet spread that interests me but let’s first dispose of the words. No one was killed, no one was hung and no one was raped. The ‘activists’ came to an Israeli community in support of an Arab with a land claim and were met with a violent response they clearly were not expecting. Or perhaps, a violent response greater than they were expecting.
If it is correct that 70% of the residents are police officers (How is that possible? What percentage of the wives and children are police officers?) what did the activists expect to happen when they (reportedly Hebrew language) blocked the road and stopped cars on the grounds that they are unwilling to allow free passage on this road and settlement under siege? Did they really expect uniformed police (who deny it) to oppose their out-of-uniform colleagues?
From then the matter has spread. Richard Silverstein from Tikun Olam**, never slow to libel Israel, spread the sexual abuse story. With each telling it becomes more an more colourful and less and less documented. It is hard to believe that if a woman was really stripped naked the video cameras would have missed it. What did happen was undoubtedly verbal abuse, some of which was undoubtedly sexual.
If you don’t live with real Israelis or have survived basic training in the IDF I recommend ZUBI! The Real Hebrew You Were Never Taught in School by Danny Ben Israel for an exhaustive list of Hebrew curses and slang including inevitably of the sexual variety.
From here the story was carried by dozens of anti-blogs and on the social network. A bit of a punch-up and some bad language is being spread as the equivalent to the 1890s murder of thousands or the murder inflicted on American blacks in the Deep South.
It would seem that Anatot may have become the next popular place for ‘activists’ to challenge Israel authorities. Unless, of course, the reaction of the residents has taught them to look for an easier target.
Action items: If this reaches the mainstream media (blogs are generally a waste of time) the only answer is no deaths, no hangings, no rapes, minor injuries. The so-called activists started it.
Correction: Richard Sullivan, who is blameless, whoever he is, should have been written as Richard Silverstein
* po·grom [puh-gruhm, -grom, poh-] noun: an organized massacre, especially of Jews
Origin: 1880–85; (< Yiddish ) < Russian pogróm literally, destruction, devastation (of a town, country, etc., as in war), noun derivative of pogromít’, equivalent to po- perfective prefix + gromít’ to destroy, devastate, derivative of grom thunder Dictionary.com
†lynch [linch] verb (used with object): to put to death, especially by hanging, by mob action and without legal authority.
Origin: 1825–35, Americanism ; v. use of lynch in lynch law Dictionay.com
‡ Asses if you are an American
** Five Minutes for Israel as a matter of principle doesn’t direct traffic to Destroy Israel Lobby websites.