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Palestinian Tied To Post And Beaten By Settlers

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Editor's Note:

 Well, I know I will get more email today because of
 this article. Why? Because this is a narrative of events
 that shock most people. If you are not shocked by it
 then you must search your own soul. 

 Israeli settlers are extremely brutal. They claim a
 religious zeal but how can God condone such acts?
 Palestinian extremism is well known to American
 audiences. Of course this must be rejected. But you
 MUST ask yourself why incidents like this (and the
 video featured) are not readily known by the American
 population.

 Through the Internet, stories like this get out and we
 are proud to be part of the information revolution. 

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            Israeli Taunting Caged Palestinians

In the town of Hebron, an Israeli settler is caught on 
camera debasing Palestinians who are behind a cage. The 
settler is calling the women whores and the Israeli 
children throw rocks at the Arab women. 

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Palestinian Tied To Post And Beaten By Settlers 
by Khalid Amayreh

Even in his wildest dreams, Midhat Radwan Abu Karsh never 
imagined that one day he would be tied up to a power pole 
and savagely beaten by bigoted Jewish settlers who believe 
that non-Jews are animals in a human shape. 

Yet, this is exactly what happened to him earlier this week 
when four Jewish terrorists ganged up on the 31-year-old 
Palestinian teacher as he was hiking in his land, awaiting 
Israeli peace activists whom he wanted to brief on the 
daily acts of vandalism, harassment and land theft at the 
hands of fanatical Jewish settlers, protected by the army 
and backed by powerful political parties. 

Abu Karsh accuses the settlers of being hell-bent on 
driving Palestinians away in order to take over their 
land. 

"As I was standing in my land, suddenly four settlers 
descended from the settlement of Asnael, and started 
cursing and beating me with clubs. As you know, I am 
physically handicapped and couldn’t escape because of 
my leg," Abu Karsh told reporters on Sunday at his home 
in the small town of El-Sammou, 35 kilometers south west 
of Hebron. 

"Then they dragged me along the thorny terrain, causing me 
indescribable pain, until we reached the power pole just 
out of the settlement. There they tied me up rather tightly 
to the pole and began beating me with the clubs all over 
my body, including my head. What kind of people would do 
this to a handicapped person who can't defend himself? 

"When they tightened the robe around my neck, I thought I 
was going to die. 

The attempted lynching and beating continued unabated 
even after an Israeli army jeep, carrying three soldiers, 
arrived at the scene. 

"Initially, I breathed a sigh of relief when I saw the 
soldiers coming. I thought they would rescue me instantly 
and arrest or at least stop the settlers. However, to my 
disappointment, the settlers kept up beating me, causing 
a lot of bleeding in my head and face while the soldiers 
kept looking on." 

Abu Karsh said the soldiers begged the settlers "to stop 
it," but to no avail. 

"Would you believe it, soldiers begging the settlers to 
stop beating a handicapped Palestinian? Just imagine how 
Jews and non-Jews would react if criminals, say in France, 
attacked a Jew who is physically or mentally handicapped, 
say in Paris or Leon?" 

At one point, the settlers warned the soldiers to keep 
away, or else they would attack the soldiers. Israeli 
soldiers serving in the occupied West Bank have strict 
orders barring them from responding to settler violence 
in any active manner. 

When the soldiers, who had backed off a few meters, 
started calling their superiors to notify them of what 
was going on, the settlers carried out a last round of 
beating, kicking Abu Karsh in his underbelly and genitals. 

He said he nearly fainted.

Forty minutes later, an Israeli police jeep showed up, 
with one policeman reportedly telling the settlers to 
bring a bucket of water from the settlement and pour it 
right on the victim's head, ostensibly in order to wash 
away the blood before the arrival of journalists and 
photographers.

"Even at this point, I was still tied to the power pole 
and the police wouldn't untie me. And, of course, they 
didn't arrest any of the settlers," Abu Karsh said.

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Eventually, an Israeli ambulance transferred Abu Karsh to 
a Palestinian Red Crescent ambulance which took him to 
the main hospital in Hebron. 

Abu Karsh accused the settlers of deliberately starting 
a fire in the area and blaming it on him.

The incident, the second of its kind in less than a month, 
was witnessed by Israeli peace activists from the Ta'ayosh 
(co-existence) group. 

One of the activists was quoted by the Israeli newspaper 
Ha'aretz as saying that he saw the settlers kick the victim 
while he was bound up. 

"When we arrived at the scene there were already lots of 
the army's troops. I saw a settler approach him and kick 
him, as he was tied to the pole. His whole body was bound 
up, I saw they bandaged a head wound and he was half 
conscious." 

Last month, masked, stick-wielding Jewish settler 
terrorists attacked with clubs elderly Palestinian 
peasants near the West Bank town of Yatta. 

The brutal attack was filmed on video by a Palestinian 
woman, which embarrassed the Israeli government which 
refuses to take any meaningful action against settlers 
who attack Palestinian villagers. 

The wide dissemination of the video also prompted Jewish 
settler leaders in the Hebron region to warn settler 
terrorists to make sure that their "anti-Palestinian 
activities" are not being filmed or photographed. 

B'Tselem provided about 100 cameras to Palestinians who 
bear the brunt of settler terror and violence. The project, 
dubbed "Shooting Back" is aimed at documenting settler 
brutality and attacks. 

Palestinian, Israeli and international human rights 
organizations operating in the occupied Palestinian 
territories have already documented numerous cases 
of settler attacks, harassment and vandalism against 
Palestinians. 

However, the Israeli army and Shin Beth (Israel's 
domestic intelligence agency), have consistently 
refused to rein in the settlers, thus effectively 
encouraging them to keep up their terror against 
the unprotected Palestinians. 

Most of the terrorist settlers attend Talmudic schools, 
or Yeshivot, run by extremist rabbis who inculcate their 
students with virulent hatred of every thing non-Jewish. 

Some rabbis, especially in the Hebron region, openly preach 
the view that modern-day Palestinians are the descendants 
of the Biblical Amalek or Amaledites, who the Bible says 
must be wiped off from the face of earth. 

Some rabbis, such as Rabbis for Human Rights, strongly 
reject the brutal racism and terror of their right-wing 
colleagues, arguing that such practices are immoral and 
constitute a serious distortion of Judaism. 

However, such views are rejected and treated with utter 
contempt by the vast bulk of the Orthodox establishment 
in Israel. 

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