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Settlers are held accountable for their illegal actions.

Remember last week, I mentioned the lynch just outside Susya - you can read about and the links that go with the incident here.

Well, two of those (and I loathe to call them that) people were arrested today.

Imagine that.
I guess when there's actual video footage of a lynch being committed, as much as they'd like to, I don't think the police can actually deny that there is actual, ya know, fucking violence committed against old ladies who just happened to be there.

And they do it for the hell of it.

It doesn't matter that these (and again, I hate using this word to describe them) people believe that what they do is right.

Objectively... these particular Settlers are pieces of shit.
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No superheros here.
No background music.
And certainly no happy endings in which said superhero lives to save another day.

Hey you guys, remember that lynching I mentioned last week?

Surptise, surprise... earlier this week there was another one - Ynet article.
And this time you can watch a video via the BBC article of it actually taking place, because the clever people at B'Tselem have been giving out video cameras to the people in villages to shoot the violence committed against them by the Settlers.

Those young men in the video that are wielding those baseball bats are probably in their late teens or early twenties.

No arrests have been made.
Yes, really.
A week have gone by and nothing, nada, ziltch, gurnisht and אפס מאופס.

And you know what really grinds my axe? The fact that, once again, the authorities, the media, the lawyers (should they come to be... though whenever there's trouble you can always rely on "Lawyers, Guns and Money") will say, what they said about the Jewish boys who lynched the Arab boys in Pisgat Ze'ev: This was a one time incident, they're wild weeds in the garden of Jewish goodness, these are normative youths who are misguided, etc, etc, etc.

And you know something, I keep seeing the word "Normative" thrown around when I read or come across incidents like this and to that I can only quote:
"You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means." - Inigo Montoya (The Princess Bride, 1987)
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In October 2000 there was a lynch. It was all over the News. It isn't easily forgotten, especially not with images as iconic as this.

It took me no time to find these links.
The only link I could find of this disgusting story, beyond the blogosphere, was in Ha'aretz weekend supplement (printed edition) in Hebrew. Today I got an RSS feed of the story translated into English. Unlike the Hebrew article, which has markup errors and is thus basically unreadable on-line, the English edition doesn't have pictures and I have not been able to find any other photos of the lynching. A group of dozens Jewish boys between the ages of 15-18 from the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Pisgat Ze'ev assaulted and almost murdered two Palestinian teens from Shu'fat, which is just a stone throw away form that Jewish neighborhood.

The lynching took place on the 30th of April (yes, a month ago) and it was only brought to the media this past week.
What is even more disgusting is that the 30th of April this year was National Holocaust Memorial Day, obviously the date was not chosen for the hell of it, especially because Palestinians come to Pisgat Ze'ev Mall often enough for them to be familiar to Jewish population.

The article is a horrifying and illuminating read. I must be growing cynical in my old age as I was not surprised at all that something like this happened. The fact that I share with those "good Jewish boys" an iota of commonality is sickening.

Did I mention there was a book burning as well? Oh, and that Israel is the 4th largest arms dealer in the world.

I end this extremely depressing entry with the hope that someday lynches, burnings and profiteering through the suffering of others will be shocking and nauseating.

I am not shocked and nauseated that these things happen in the country in which I live.
That is the saddest thing of all.

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V and Justice

V: Ah, I was forgetting that we are not properly introduced. I do not have a name. You can call me V. Madam Justice...this is V. V... this is Madam Justice. hello, Madam Justice.

Justice: Good evening, V.

V: There. Now we know each other. Actually, I've been a fan of yours for quite some time. Oh, I know what you're thinking...

Justice: The poor boy has a crush on me...an adolescent fatuation.

V: I beg your pardon, Madam. It isn't like that at all. I've long admired you...albeit only from a distance. I used to stare at you from the streets below when I was a child. I'd say to my father, "Who is that lady?" And he'd say "That's Madam Justice." And I'd say "Isn't she pretty."

V: Please don't think it was merely physical. I know you're not that sort of girl. No, I loved you as a person. As an ideal.

Justice: What? V! For shame! You have betrayed me for some harlot, some vain and pouting hussy with painted lips and a knowing smile!

V: I, Madam? I beg to differ! It was your infidelity that drove me to her arms!

V: Ah-ha! That surprised you, didn't it? You thought I didn't know about your little fling. But I do. I know everything! Frankly, I wasn't surprised when I found out. You always did have an eye for a man in uniform.

Justice: Uniform? Why I'm sure I don't know what you're talking about. It was always you, V. You were the only one...

V: Liar! Slut! Whore! Deny that you let him have his way with you, him with his armbands and jackboots!

V: Well? Cat got your tongue? I though as much.

V: Very well. So you stand revealed at last. you are no longer my justice. You are his justice now. You have bedded another.

Justice: Sob! Choke! Wh-who is she, V? What is her name?

V: Her name is Anarchy. And she has taught me more as a mistress than you ever did! She has taught me that justice is meaningless without freedom. She is honest. She makes no promises and breaks none. Unlike you, Jezebel. I used to wonder why you could never look me in the eye. Now I know. So good bye, dear lady. I would be saddened by our parting even now, save that you are no longer the woman I once loved.

*KABOOM!*

-"V for Vendetta"

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