Israeli mobs attacking Palestinians part of occupation policy
On Thursday, a Palestinian friend wrote on Facebook: “Apartheid is when you are afraid to go to work because you are Arab.”
It all started when Palestinians took to the streets to oppose their forced displacement in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in East Jerusalem and in the attacks about people praying in Al-Aqsa Mosque. The protests were unprecedented, spreading to many towns and villages, including so-called “mixed” towns, where both Palestinians and Israelis live.
The scale and spread of the protests shocked the Israeli public, who believed decades-old policies aimed at taming Palestinians who hold Israeli citizenship, detaching them from their identity and political consciousness, had worked. But the events of the past week make it clear that they did not.
This awareness required immediate intervention; how dare these people defend their dignity?
In most cases, Palestinians have expressed anger at the gentrification of their neighborhoods and towns and the privileges denied them. They have attacked Israelis and Israeli homes, especially in mixed towns, where for decades they have suffered harsh policies of Judaization, discrimination and state violence.
Immediately, the incitement to hatred against the Palestinian community intensified in the Israeli media and among politicians. The message was that if the Palestinians dared to stand up, they should be punished. A prominent Channel 12 journalist wrote on Twitter: “The point is that Lydd’s Arab rioters are not counting their dead this morning – no containment and no detention but rather blindness and fear. The fact that a Jew who shot dead a rioter yesterday to protect his family is still in detention should shake the country.
Right-wing activists, as well as crowds of settlers supported by right-wing organizations such as Im Tirtzu or La Familia, began organize. They were well prepared – they had attacked the Palestinians in Jerusalem, including in Sheikh Jarrah, quite frequently lately.
Over the past week, pogroms against the Palestinians have taken place in several locations, including Jaffa, Akka, Haifa, Lydd and Tiberyas. Monster lynched Palestinians, houses attacked, and destroyed businesses – right in the middle of the songs of “death to the Arabs“.