Israeli Taliban Torch Palestinian Girls’ School, Destroy Olive Trees

The phrase “ethnic cleansing” conjures up a swift, comprehensive act of expulsion. But in reality, moving a large population off its land is the death of a thousand cuts, a slow, inexorable process of stealing property, harassment, forcing people into a condition of malnutrition. The Native Americans in the Americas, the Aborigines in Australia, and the Palestinians in Israel/Palestine were only sometimes forced off their land suddenly and en masse. The gradual processes told, in the long run.

The amazing thing about what is being done to the Palestinians in the Palestinian West Bank by Israeli illegal aliens is that it is happening in full view of the world, reported on by wire services, and yet remains invisible to Western publics.

The world reacts in horror when the Taliban in Afghanistan torch girls’ schools. But Israeli squatters just set fire to the store room of a Palestinian girls’ school, and the whole school would have gone up in flames if that warehouse had not been near a water main. The Israeli illegals left behind graffiti saying ‘regards from the hills.’

Early in October, Israeli squatters set fire to a Palestinian mosque in Bethlehem.

For instance, there is the seasonal vandalism against olive trees in Palestinian orchards, which reached a fever pitch this year. The Israeli authorities prosecute few of these offenses and almost never hand down a punishment to an Israeli squatter. The 10 million olive trees in the West Bank and Gaza, occupying some 45 percent of the farmland, are the matrix of Palestinian existence. An attack on olive trees is a form of economic warfare of the first water. (There are some counter-attacks by Palestinians on the orchards of Israeli illegal immigrants, but they are minor in number compared to the onslaught on theirs).

Or consider the ways in which the Israeli squatters unleash their sewage on Palestinian vineyards. A potent symbol for the way the stateless, rights-less Palestinians are continually shat upon by the Israelis.

See this Aljazeera video on sewage guerrilla war against the Palestinians from this summer:

Or there is the news that “The Palestinian Authority on Wednesday condemned an Israeli military order to confiscate 1,000 acres of the Palestinian Al-Jalud village, south of Nablus. ” The Israeli army just steals Palestinian land whenever it likes, supposedly on ‘security’ grounds. But the international law on military occupations forbids such confiscations by the occupying power.

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  1. I am continually stunned by the callous negligence of the so-called Free World. Clearly, due to the indulgence our local society affords these settler-types makes them non-other-than us (as galling as that thought might be). More than that, I wonder at the order of this world that allows the ‘pain at the margins’ to flourish.

    The settler’s (The names you give, Professor Cole, are apropos, but what of the sponsors of this slow-motion massacre?) actions do not shock me any longer, though I know somehow I should expect more from humanity. All this focus on the afterlife seems to absolve the harm and sadistic fervor of these utter miscreants’ actions.

    So there we have it: We live in a society that countenances injustice as long as no elites are harmed. Heaven forbid someone should harm the elites. Yet the targets of choice and of opportunity will be selected from amongst those of us not ‘blessed’ with life behind a gated person-filter. Our soldiers and the many innocent citizens whom they cull(ed) abroad, for example, were to Bush II (he even said as much, and the media said nothing) the blood offering for the absolution of our ‘Way of Life.’

  2. Happening in full view of the world yet invisible to western publics!
    How can that be?! The amazing thing is that this genocide is happening at all!… in 2010!!!
    Europeans might not agree but their guilt makes them compromise. American jews in general are brain washed, they “opine”, they have lost all compassion… except a few brave entities (Finkelstein). Israel is governed by a bunch of thugs. Israel is slowly commiting suicide. The only solution is to resist, by force. Free Palestine.

    There is no such thing as

  3. What is new here? This has been the official policy for the last 60 years. Read “The Ethnic Cleansing of Palestine ” by Ilan Pappe or watch him on Youtube.

  4. Isn’t that why the Palestinian Authority is regarded with contempt. It’s like the UN in Srebrenica; it watches the crimes without doing anything to stop them.

  5. AP IMPACT: Israeli settlers building 544 new homes
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    By KARIN LAUB, Associated Press Writer Karin Laub, Associated Press Writer – 19 mins ago

    KARMEI TZUR, West Bank – Israeli settlers have begun building new homes at an extraordinary pace since the government lifted its moratorium on West Bank housing starts — almost 550 in three weeks, more than four times faster than the last two years.

    And many homes are going up in areas that under practically any peace scenario would become part of a Palestinian state, a trend that could doom U.S.-brokered peace talks.

    According to an Associated Press count, ground has been broken on 544 new West Bank homes since Sept. 26, when Israel lifted its 10-month freeze on most new settlement building.

    The survey, while not comprehensive, marks the most extensive effort yet to quantify the construction. It was based on visits to 16 of the West Bank’s more than 120 settlements as well as phone calls to more than four dozen settlements and interviews with construction workers and mayors.

    “This figure is alarming and is another indicator that Israel is not serious about the peace process, which is supposed to be about ending the occupation,” said Ghassan Khatib, spokesman for Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas’ self-rule government in the West Bank.

    Think Jon Stewart will mention this on his comedy program?

    • Your final speculation sets Stewart up for a fall, but I have seen him make definite statements against the kind of expansion and expulsion and ethnic cleansing you mention. Now, he is not Noam Chomsky, Michael Lerner, or Norman Finkelstein, but at least don’t take a shot without knowing your target. I think that is the problem most of us are having with the Af/Pak campaign at this time.

      I’m NOT an Jon Stewart apologist, and his brand of intellectual integrity bends towards the marketable mass media in just the way that lends itself to being misconstrued as silent conformity on this issue. But he wants to stay on the air. Now, Colbert had Jeffery Goldberg on and did not challenge him in the least on his guest’s affiliation and professional conflict of interest. But these are not the sources of significant resistance.

      One must simply understand that the mass media is mum on the important questions of peace and security. Fake news still carries the moniker NEWS that one should associate at all times with bias, apologia, and corporate-socialist oligarchy. No?

  6. This is the kind of information that needs to come out. It is the horrors inflicted on the Palestinian people that go unreported in the west that fuels their anger and hopelessness, light needs to be shined on these terrible acts for the world to see, we need to show that the world and America in particular care about their plight. Otherwise we can never settle the broader conflicts in the Middle East or consider a viable two state solution for Palestinians and Israelis alike

  7. Thank you Dr. Cole for your tireless work and your indispensable blog. Thanks for the reminder to be careful with the language we use. We so often use soft language to talk about Western violence perpetrated by whites (or Israeli Jews in this case) but use harsh language to talk about violence perpetrated by people of color (Arab Muslims are often the target in this day and age). Israeli Taliban, Israeli illegal aliens, and the reminder that Palestinians are an indigenous people like the many indigenous peoples who have been displaced around the world, are all important linguistic usages.

    Keep up the good work, sir.

  8. Israeli Taliban Torch Palestinian Girls’ School, Destroy Olive Trees

    This is vital information that unfortunately will be read only by the choir. Publications such as this should be hand delivered to the offices of our Congressmen/women to counter the AIPAC briefing they get each day.

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