Jerusalem - There appears to be an increase in the number of attacks and vandalisms involving French zionists in Palestine.
Jerusalem – There appears to be an increase in the number of attacks and vandalisms involving French zionists in Palestine.
In the latest attack, on 20 August a group of 25 zionist Jews from France, carrying yellow Kahane flags (the flag of a group considered terrorist in Israel and the EU) attacked 3 international activists and Palestinians, and later vandalized a shop in Hebron’s H2 area, close to Ibrahimi Mosque.
Details on a post on the International Solidarity Movement’s website, when the activists attempted to capture what was happening on their cameras, the French group “responded by threatening the activists in Hebrew, attacking the cameras, pushing and spitting on the activists.”
According to the activists, the Israeli military, present during the incident, took no action against the group. Instead they shook hands with them and forced the activists to change the direction of their walk.
Later, the same group (of French Jews) turned up at the activists’ home and tried to force their way in. After having failed to gain access, they resorted to verbal abuse. Deciding that was not enough, the group returned to Ibrahimi Mosque, attacking Palestinians in a nearby shop and vandalizing the shop.
The military responded by arresting two Palestinians who were being beaten up by the group. A local Palestinian, Hasham Azzeh, tells me “this is the response of the military every time. The victim is treated as the criminal.”
On 4 August, a man identified as French Jew by a security guard at Al Aqsa compound attempted to hang the Israeli flag on one of the entrances of the Dome of the Rock.
According to the security guard, who did not wish to be named, he had four security guys wrestle him to the ground.
All four were arrested by Israeli police, and released 48 hours later. The security guard told me “the worst fanatics we get storming this compound are French Jews.” The visibly tired security guard added, “it’s an exhausting job, trying to keep these people out. I do a 12-hour shift here.”