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Rewarding the Israeli Attackers in the Settlements

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It’s lucky that every few years they also attack Israeli soldiers. That makes it possible to again report on the regular, self-assured violence of those same Israeli Jewish West Bank “hilltop”settlers, with their ritual fringes and skullcaps and their love of the Almighty.

And when the day comes, and it will come, they will cause more serious injury to soldiers doing their mandatory army service than what occurred Sunday at the settlement of Yitzhar. You, the parents, have only yourselves to blame for permitting your sons to go and protect this state-sponsored thieving enterprise and the Israelis stealing West Bank land.

The rioters from the West Bank settlements and outposts should be grateful. Their numbers would not have grown, nor would their power have increased had the army, the police and the Israeli Civil Administration in the territories not for decades handled them with kid gloves, helping them take over another plot of land, to assault and drive out one more Palestinian and one more flock of goats from grazing land and to burn one more olive grove.

You want an example of this kid-gloves treatment? Just as I write this column Monday afternoon, Israeli soldiers are preventing olive harvesters from the Palestinian village of........

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