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Arm the Israeli Left So It Can Protect Palestinians From Settler Violence

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Several facts cannot be disputed: The Palestinians in the territories, especially the rural folk, are a population at grave risk, with no defender. In recent months their condition has worsened. Settler attacks have become more violent, methodical and frequent, and their lives have become a nightmare. There isn’t a Palestinian farmer who isn’t afraid to go out to work his land, and many have had to give up their plots for fear of the settlers.

The IDF, which is responsible for their safety, doesn’t even dream of standing up in their defense. Its soldiers stand by, almost always protecting the attackers, sometimes supplying them with guns. The high command encourages this conduct through its silence and inaction, even if recently a lip-service directive says otherwise. It is unlikely to be put into action. The Israel Police likewise does nothing, and the Palestinian Authority Police is not allowed to lift a finger to defend its people. Thus, the population is left more defenseless than it has........

© Haaretz

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