Olive trees cut down in West Bank
Photo: Zecharia Sida
Ultra-Orthodox protest in Jerusalem
Photo: AP

Settlers: Haredi struggle proves only violence works

As IDF searches for perpetrators in West Bank olive tree arson, settlers distribute leaflet encouraging adoption of fighting tactics of haredim during their struggle against city of Jerusalem and police

Settlers cut down and torched some 15 trees near the West Bank Palestinian village of Burin on Tuesday, in what IDF forces believe was part of the extreme Right's "price tag" policy, which seeks to make the Palestinian civilian population pay for the evacuation of outposts.


Meanwhile, rightists distributed a leaflet in the West Bank signed by "the residents of Judea and Samaria" with the title "Learn from the haredim, win the battle," claiming that "only those who upturn tables win."


The leaflet's authors claimed that force must be used in order to achieve their objectives. "This is what the Arabs did in the intifada, and they received their Terror Authoirty on a silver platter. This is what the Druze did in Pekiin, and no one bothers them.


"This is what the haredim in Mea Shearim did, and the police folded. The time has come for us to internalize and understand this. You don't win with love. A battle fought with hugs doesn't achieve anything. Only with force will we prevail."


Right-wing activist Itamar Ben-Gvir told Ynet: "Unfortunately, Netanyahu and Barak are dragging our youths into carrying out harsh acts. The message is that whoever doesn't fight is a pushover. They are igniting a fire. They shouldn't come complaining about the grave implications of their actions."


Within the framework of the "price tag" policy, action is already being taken by the settlers. Palestinian olive trees were burned in the West Bank on Tuesday. Palestinian Member of Parliament Walid Aasaf was lightly wounded when settlers threw stones at his car near Havat Gilad junction in the West Bank. His car was damaged in the incident. The Civil Administration recommended that he submit a formal complaint to them.


On Monday, fields were set ablaze near Yitzhar and Palestinians reported that a number of people were injured when settlers threw stones in protest of the evacuation of illegal West Bank outposts.


Ultra-Orthodox demonstrators have recently taken to the streets, burning garbage bins, throwing stones, and stopping traffic first in protest against the opening of the Safra and Karta municipal parking lots on Saturdays, and then against the arrest of the haredi mother suspected of starving her toddler son.


פרסום ראשון: 07.21.09, 15:19
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