Browsing Haaretz this morning, I saw this top of the column story about Israeli settlers muscling Palestinians for harvesting olives from their orchards — because of the fear that the Palestinians could be gathering intelligence on the settlers.
This is perverse. The settlers should be removed from the site near the Palestinian village and/or arrested for the harassment of the Palestinians.
This kind of behavior is consistent with ethnic cleansing efforts — which have been going on too long without serious comment. The IDF’s role in simply separating both sides rather than punishing the provocations by the settlers — and actually allowing the Israeli settlers to protest inside the Palestinian village — is wrongheaded.
– Steve Clemons