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The Landlord Is Above the Law

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There’s nothing new about the fact that none of the settlers from the Adei Ad outpost who were present at the confrontation with Palestinians Saturday in the village of Al-Mughayyir has been questioned by investigators. That the clashes led to the death of Hamdi Taleb Na’asan and to the wounding of 10 other Palestinians, three of them seriously, doesn’t change the simple truth: In the occupied territories the Palestinians are the landowners, but the settlers are the landlords.

The war of versions among the settlers, the army and the Palestinians over what transpired in Al-Mughayyir could give a false impression that Israel gives similar weight to each, or a false hope that there is an Israeli law enforcement agency that will investigate the events without bias and that its conclusions will be fair. The truth in the land of illegal outposts is that the settlers........

© Haaretz