WATCH: Settler attacks left-wing activist, breaks his arm

Guess who was detained and taken in for questioning.

By Yael Marom

An Israeli settler attacked a left-wing activist in a settlement in the south Hebron Hills Saturday, breaking his arm. The activist was transferred to Soroka Hospital in Be’er Sheva, where his left arm was put in a cast.

On Saturday morning, left-wing activists from Ta’ayush arrived for a solidarity visit with the Palestinians of Umm al-Kheir, after settlers from the nearby settlement of Carmel have been throwing stones at them for the past few weeks. A few of the activists headed toward Carmel to protest the stone throwing, where Israeli soldiers prevented them from approaching, claiming that filming was not allowed since the settlement keeps the Sabbath, and that the area had been deemed a closed military zone, except for residents of Carmel.

Suddenly, Carmel’s rapid response team, made up of who are meant to be the first line of defense against terrorist attacks until security forces can arrive, came rushing to the scene. One of them attacked Ta’ayush activist Guy Butavia, hitting him in his chest with his weapon and pushing him to the ground. Butuvia was treated by an IDF medic on the scene before being taken to a hospital.

“I went to Carmel after more than two weeks of endless stone throwing on a nightly basis at Umm al-Kheir,” Butavia says. “Right after we entered the settlement the soldiers arrived and tried to block us. They did not present us with a closed military zone order, so we continued walking. Suddenly the armed settlers from Carmel appeared. They treated us as if we were ‘terrorists.’ One of them, a big, strong man, ran over to me with his weapon and knocked me over.”

Two Ta’ayush activists were detained for “behavior that may lead to disturbing the peace,” and were later released from the Kiryat Arba police station near Hebron.

Yael Marom is Just Vision’s public engagement manager in Israel and a co-editor of Local Call, where this article was originally published in Hebrew.

28 responses to “To avoid settlers, the Israeli army escorts these Palestinian schoolchildren”

  1. Bruce Gould says:

    Here’s an entertaining video of settler violence from those self-hating foreign-funded traitors, Btselem:

    Over the course of June 2019, settlers vandalized Palestinian property in at least ten villages in the West Bank, burning some 1,800 trees and dozens of dunams (a dunam equals 1000 square meters) of grain fields, uprooting more than 700 vegetable seedlings and damaging at least 55 cars and spray painting hate graffiti on buildings.

  2. Amir says:

    Just the once won’t hurt…usually they protect the settlers who throw stones at Palestinians

    • Itshak Gordin says:

      Recall that the Arabs of Judea and Samaria constantly throw stones at the Jews. Some Jews have decided to do the same in a very small way. It’s unfortunate but it’s like that ..

      • Ben says:

        As you can see, Itshak Gordin Halevy’s capacity for dishonesty is boundless. You should have no illusions about him or about the settlers in general, for Halevy is representative, not some antisocial outlier. He is typical.

        • itshak Gordine says:

          But no not at all, Ben. I am honest, I write what everyone thinks and I am not a follower of self-flagellation. I suggest you go to southern Spain on some of their religious holidays. You will be able to advance on your knees by whipping you.

          • Ben says:

            You know, Halevy, again you reveal an aspect of your character and fundamental attitude to others. I’ve noted your cold sadism before and we see it peeking out here too. The very last thing you, flagellator of Palestinian-Arabs, are is a self-flagellator. It comes with the territory you inhabit. As I see it you are not intrinsically different than Donald “you just grab them by the pussy and they let you do it” Trump, who thinks in doing this he is bestowing manna on them, and they really like it, those lucky ones, and if they have a problem with it they are “nasty.” I note also your coded message to me and the rest of us: “If you think about the welfare of Palestinians you are a self-hating traitor to the Jews, and respect for human rights is a goyische weakness that we Jews don’t bother with, and others’ religious rituals we can mock. We gods who walk the Earth.” You are representative of that strange settler land where the Lords of the Land style themselves both eternal victims and god-like sovereigns. A interesting having-it-both-ways style as usual.

          • itshak Gordine says:

            The well-being of “Palestinians” Are you kidding ?. They are the kings of charity business and corruption. So much so that some states are reluctant to maintain them. You can not be a refugee for decades. Whoever is in this situation is a crook. The real refugees in the world appreciate ..
            Your contempt for Judaism and its traditions is visible to each of your words.

          • Ben says:

            Most apparent here is an unbridgeable chasm across which we talk to one another.

            In my view every sentence and almost every word of yours is dishonest. And shows contempt. And self-righteousness with blindness to how you hurt others. This is what I cannot abide about you and the settlers you represent. I have no illusions about you.

            I am not responsible for your *abuse* of Judaism. Nor will I be lectured to by you on what constitutes the “real” Judaism and respect for it. You who show a profound lack of respect for others.

      • Amir says:

        “Arabs of Judea and Samaria” is it a movie title?

        What is the relationship with Palestinians in the West Bank, Palestine.

        Ah no, you mean Palestinians throw stones at soldiers who block the roads and raid villages at night and settlers who came from the US to settle in stolen Palestinian land

        • itshak Gordine says:

          There has never been an independent Arab State of “Palestine” in History.

          • Amir says:

            It has always been called Palestine, Paelestina then called Filastin from the 7th century. Coins attested.
            Being autonomous or part of a bigger empire doesn’t remove the legitimacy of Palestine.

            2000 years of Palestine or Filastin name versus couple of years of vanished kingdom

          • itshak Gordine says:

            Palestine is the name given by the Romans after defeating the Kingdom of Judah. There has never been an independent Arab state of “Palestine”. Thank you for not distorting history.

          • Amir says:

            The so called kingdom of judah is a detail in Palestine history.

            History of Palestine didn’t start with judah. Why History should only retain judah? While Palestine had different names like Djahi and Retenu

            The vanished kingdom doesn’t even correspond to Mandate Palestine. Do you have any evidence that your family come from judah tribe or that your family originated from judah then immigrated? NO

            Palestine has always existed

          • Itshak Gordine says:

            As Levi, I am not a member of the Jehuda tribe. No other people than the Jewish people have lived so long (nearly 900 years) on the land of Israel. The others have just passed. Now we have come back to this land, we are developing it and defending it. The so-called “Palestinians” are people from Arabia, Syria, Iraq and even the Maghreb. Just read their names.

          • Amir says:

            Palestinans, Christians and Muslims have common ancestry, the Christians, 2000 years, didn’t come from Mars. They are indigenous.
            jews were never the sole inhabitants of Palestine
            Ancient jews/israelites left or converted to Christianism and Islam.

            Sorry to stop your propaganda of “Palestinian names list from Arab countries” but there are more than 10 or 15 family names among Palestinians…

            Check the family names of modern “jews”. Most of them ending with -berg, -stein, -baum, etc which indicates their European origin.
            Others have Arabic or Berber names, Boukhobza, Hayoun, Abitbol, Zemmour or indicate a place, Elfassi, Trabelsi
            Some have hispanic root: Castro, Lumbroso, Perez, Elpaz etc etc

          • Lewis from Afula says:

            These German-sounding, Spanish-sounding and Slavic-sounding family names were generally FORCED on Jews by foreign Kings and Princes throughout the exile. Most Jews were originally named Aaron ben Yonatan, Moshe ben Yakov, Itshak ben Avraham etc etc.

            You really need to read more about history before writing embarassing rubbish on these talkbacks.

          • Amir says:

            “These German-sounding, Spanish-sounding and Slavic-sounding family names were generally FORCED on Jews by foreign Kings and Princes throughout the exile. Most Jews were originally named Aaron ben Yonatan, Moshe ben Yakov, Itshak ben Avraham etc etc.”

            LOL, you made my day
            YOU are the one who talks rubbish (and gems), as usual, when you write something in here.

          • Lewis from Afula says:

            More daft intellectual nonsense from Amir.

          • Amir says:

            If they were forced, they could have changed them anytime when they emigrated to US in the 19th and 20th century, or North Africa following the reconquista but they kept it.

            You argument of “they were forced” doesn’t work, except for you guys.

          • Lewis from Afula says:

            Those moving from one diaspora country to another diaspora country did so for economic or security-based reasons. This usually did not involve changing names.

            In contrast, those making aliyah often changed their family name to something Hebrew, reflecting their desire to eliminate the shackles of diasporic minority status in exile.

            Nothing remarkable about all this – its basic history.

          • Amir says:

            “In contrast, those making aliyah often changed their family name to something Hebrew, reflecting their desire to eliminate the shackles of diasporic minority status in exile”

            They changed it by force. Most of them were asked to change it.

            They can’t be exiled from a place they or their family never lived in for more. They are immigrants. This is how they called themselves.


            I invite you to go through the testimonies. Shocking!

          • Lewis from Afula says:

            Yes, any Jew who moves to Israel and refuses to Hebrewize their name, gets beheaded !
            So says Amir
            It must be true !
            Ha hah ah

          • Amir says:

            This is the testimonies of thousands of jews from the Arab countries. The white ashkenazes wanted to ashkenaze the mizrahi and sepharadim

            You know better than me (affair of the yemeni and moroccan children)

      • Amir says:

        “In November 2004, a Knesset committee ordered the army to accompany the students twice a day. Fifteen years later, the problem has yet to be solved. Not a single settler has been arrested, and the IDF patrol, which was meant to be temporary, has become permanent.”

        In case of Palestinians, IDF is very fast in shooting at heads and arresting, why can’t they arrest settlers? any reply ishaq?

        • itshak Gordine says:

          In case of (very rare) Jewish terrorism, the culprits are tried and imprisoned. By contrast, Arab terrorists are cited as heroes in Ramallah and Gaza and their families are paid for life. It’s the difference between us and you.

          • Ben says:

            It ain’t rare. That is it “rare” is the big lie. And the culprits are treated as heroes, they are half-worshiped, “our boys” in the IDF. And Ganz actually runs on a platform of what a good terrorizer of Gazans he is. And we won’t even talk about the bloodthirsty support of Azaria and Goldstein and such. That Israel punishes Jewish terrorists is a big lie. These are lies Israelis tell themselves in order to sustain a sense of false innocence that allows them to continue on with that they are doing.

            Israel Is the Terrorist
            Ilana Hammerman
            Young Palestinians are not carrying out acts of terror- they are leading a desperate struggle against an army that is a thousand times stronger than they

          • Ben says:

            “It’s the difference between us and you.”

            Your smugness is never-ending, but actually the big difference between “you” and “them” is the massive power imbalance, so that the massively armed occupier can of course afford to disdain asymmetric methods and turn up his nose and wear false moral pretensions about this. But even there, the massively armed occupier uses asymmetric methods all the time (anything by Shin Bet, mistaravim, snipers, extra-judicial assassinations, arrest of children, dragging people out of their houses at 3AM for no good reason, capricious arrests, detainments without a shred of due process, black mailing gay people while pinkwashing the blackmailing, the list goes on. It’s terror.) And that is even before we talk about Jewish resistance against the British when the Jews were the weak party. Since when did you round up Begin and Shamir and the Stern Gang and other “culprits” in that context and have them tried and imprisoned? Since when did you not cite them as heroes?

  3. Joel Arbour says:

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