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Don’t Call Them ‘Stray Weeds’

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The rioters who left the Havat Maon and Avigayil outposts on Simhat Torah to wreak destruction in the village of Khirbat Mufkara also disrupted the idyll we’d been living in since the “government of change” took over.

Maybe a toddler with a cracked skull was too much for the country that is a “beacon in a stormy sea”; maybe it was the video footage of dozens of masked intruders smashing whatever they could; or maybe it was the lack of any sexier news items during the Jewish holiday season. Whatever the reason, the Mufkara pogrom did manage to crack the Israeli wall of denial and to elicit condemnations from politicians and public figures who normally do their best to avoid commenting on such things. Even the head of Central Command, Yehuda Fuchs, went to the trouble of traveling to the southern edge of his sector to express his dismay.

I am pretty certain my colleagues out in the field, who document the occupation and try to increase Israelis’ collective awareness about it, shared the same old déjà vu feeling upon hearing the wave of condemnations. The facts couldn’t be clearer. Settler violence in the occupied........

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