An Israeli settler in occupied Hebron throwing wine on a Palestinian woman.
The pro-Israel American media often likes to portray fanatical Israeli settlers as romantic pioneers seeking to tame an unruly land and – as the Zionist cliche goes – ‘make the desert bloom’ and whom embody a spirit no different from the early American pioneers who conquered the ‘New World’.
Of course, America’s pioneers were not benign visionaries, but, rather, European settlers who saw the Native Americans as innately inferiors and thus all manners of disposition and massacres were justified against them in the cause of securing more land for the ‘White Man’. The Alamo, a symbol of American patriotism, is in historical reality a reflection of U.S. racism, white supremacy and imperialism.
The Israeli settlers must take heart since they operate under the same ideology of viewing the Palestinian Arabs as dispensable human beings who are accorded no rights to life or land, and all violations of human rights and dignity war not only justified but divinely sanctioned for God (so they believe) has blessed the land exclusively for the Jewish people.
These settlers – deemed illegal by all standards of international law – are most religious fanatics who routinely kill Palestinians and destroy their property, and even attack Israeli troops in the cause to expel more and more Arabs and secure more and more land to Jews. They have no regard for any sense of rule of law or humanitarian compassion, instead they are infused with a fanatical ideology of hate and colonialism. This is rarely seen in the U.S. press.
But let’s take a look at the recent acts of bigoted Israeli settlers:
“Israeli settlers assaulted an elderly Palestinian woman and her daughter in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of East Jerusalem on Friday, amid protests against settler “provocations” in the area.”
“Ramallah, April 3, 2010 (Pal Telegraph) Israeli settler runs over a Palestinian girl by his car causing her immediate death on Thursday in west of Ramallah. Samar Redwan, 16, was delivered to an Israeli hospital after being intentionally ran over by an Israeli settler who escaped after running her over.”
“The settlers used to come with dogs – they would send the dogs out to attack us,” said Manar, a schoolgirl from the South Hebron Hills, which is firmly embedded in Area C. She is 13, but looks 10. Like many Palestinians in the area, Manar lives in a village of tents and cave dwellings in the South Hebron Hills. From there she walks two hours to her school. A report by Christian Peacemakers Teams, based in al-Tuwani village, documents many incidents in which settlers, often wearing hoods or masks, have stoned children, beaten them, and stolen their backpacks. (Stoning attacks have also been documented by videos taken by villagers in the area.) Besides the dogs, settlers have fired eggs at Manar with slingshots. Because of the attacks, the Israeli army is required to escort the Palestinian children, but “sometimes they don’t come on time” and Manar misses school for fear of the settlers. “Sometimes they have black hoods covering their faces. So it’s really scary.”
Just like Native Americans was attacked and humiliated. This is what is meant by American-Israeli ‘shared values.’