Knesset bill proposed allowing Israeli settlers to open fire on Palestinians

 MEMO | April 26, 2013

Knesset-logo[1]In the first bill to be proposed in support of Israeli settlers in the West Bank, a Member of the Knesset for the Jewish Home Party [Bayit Yehudi] – a partner in the coalition government – has asked that the Knesset’s agenda include discussions of a bill permitting settlers to open fire on Palestinians they believe are attacking them against a nationalist backdrop. Such aggression is to be considered self-defence, regardless of the consequences.

The MK who submitted the bill depended on a racist law enacted in the previous Knesset and known as the Dromi Law. It allows Israeli farmers to open fire in self-defence if faced by armed robbers. The law was enacted in 2008; a year after a Jewish farmer in the Negev named Shai Dromi shot two young 1948 Palestinian Arabs under the pretext that they had intended to steal some cattle and cows from his farm. He killed one of them, named Khaled Al-Atrash, and wounded the other, named Ayub Alhoashlh. Dromi was arrested and tried on charges of manslaughter, however he was deemed innocent on the grounds of self-defence. The then-ruling right wing authorities hastily enacted a law to make Dromi’s actions legitimate behaviour.

Settlers have tried to apply this law in the West Bank also, however the Israeli army command which has the authority of governance as an executive power in the West Bank, objected. It placed restrictions on settlers regarding opening fire on Palestinians, as it knew that the situation in the West Bank between the Israeli authorities and those they represented — especially Israeli settlers — was very tense. As such, the Israeli command openly clarified that putting the Dromi Law into force in the West Bank would lead to a significant rise in the number of Palestinians killed by settlers, which would also cause an escalation in tensions.

Today, with the increased power of the settler parties in the Knesset, Orit Struck MK, a female settler who lives in Hebron with her husband and 11 children, proposed a bill that would make the Dromi Law valid in the West Bank also. She explained herself by asserting that there has been a rise in Palestinian armed operations against settlements; therefore, settlers should be given the right to defend their lives and the lives of their children just like other Israeli citizens. She said that as long as the state of Israel permits citizens to defend themselves from thieves, Israeli citizens in settlements should be allowed to protect themselves from terrorists who come to kill them for being Jewish.

The Knesset’s Constitution, Law and Justice Committee agreed on Wednesday to put the proposal on its agenda to be discussed next week. The Arab MK from the left-wing Meretz Party, Freij Issawi, objected saying that the Dromi Law allows farm owners to protect their property. However, settlers seize Palestinian property that does not belong to them and as such; there is no room for comparison between the two cases. Issawi pointed out that settlers shoot and carry out various other attacks on the Palestinians without the existence of this law, therefore, enacting such a law would encourage them to commit even more crimes. (end)

 

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(Some) Examples of attacks by Jewish Colonists in Palestine

I emphasize, just some examples….
For a full overview see: Category Settler Violence


Jewish settlers write offenses against Jesus on Monastery – Oct 2, 2012

Zionist settlers attack 38 year old man in Majaz, Sept 16, 2012

3rd time in a week Havat Ma’on settlers chased palestinian kids – July 31, 2012

Settlers attack & wound 5 men, torch 400 olivetrees,kill 20 sheep July 7, 2012

Israeli settlers attack & torched a mosque in WB Palestine – June 19, 2012

Terrorist settler assassinates 2 Palestinians in Al-Khalil – June 17, 2012

Israeli colonists and occupation militia attack farmers in Tuqua – May 30, 2012

Israeli Settlers set olive trees on fire, shoot a Palestinian in ‘Urif – May 26, 2012

#JerusalemDay: settlers provocative march Al-Aqsa May 20, 2012

Settlers attack a school and injure 8 students – April 23, 2012

Masked Jewish settlers attack and stone Palestinians – Febr 28, 2012

Israeli Settler attack on Al-Aqsa and compound – Al-Quds – Febr 19, 2012

Israeli Settler Attack – Savages torch car and paint racist slogans – Febr 16, 2012

Israeli Settlers displaying their “Intelligence & Morals” – Febr 7, 2012

Illegal Settler raze & confiscate Palestinian land under protection of Israeli Army – Febr 6, 2012

Settler attack in Al-Janyeih: Anti Palestinian Graffiti – Febr 5, 2012

Jewish savage extremists destroy Muslim Graves on a cemetery in Beisan – Jan 25, 2012

Settlers torch a car of a 53 yr old woman in Tel Rumeideh – Jan 16, 2012

Cars & mosque vandalized in ‘price tag’ settler attack – Jan 11, 2012

Jewish settlers break into Muslim shrines to perform Talmudic rituals – Jan 6, 2012

lers torch 2 cars and a car wash station – Jan 4, 2012

Settlers Attack on a Mosque & 5 Cars – Dec 19, 2011

“Milchamah” – “War” Settlers attack a mosque Dec 15 2011

J’lem Mosque set alight in ‘price tag’ attack Dec 14, 2011

Settlers vandalize Muslim graves in Jerusalem – Nov 10, 2011

Christian & Muslim Cemeteries vandalized by zionists in Jaffa – Oct 7, 2011

Radical Jewish terrorists torch Mosque in Tuba – Oct 3, 2011

Settlers Cut Down 200 Olive Trees inh Qusra – Oct 6, 2011

Israel supplies weapons and training to illegal colonists in Palestine

The full album and resources about Settler Violence

Click to see the Album Ethnic Cleansing of Negev Bedouin

Click to see the Album House Demolitions

Click to see the Album Settlement Construction

Israeli attacks against Christians and holy sites


Essential information/resources

  • Israel Arms & Trains Illegal Settlers for Rampage in Occupied Palestine – In Photos
  • Leaked document “Operation Summer Seeds”: Israeli forces train & arm settlers to attack Palestinian protesters – Source
  • Netherlands blocks EU report about Settler Violence, The Rights Forum exposes it – Source & Translations
  • MP Barghouthi warns of massacres after Israel arms, trains settlers – Source
  • Israel gives settlers weapons for September- Source
  • How US “charities” break tax laws to fund Israeli settlements – EI
  • France’s JDL’s “Travel Agency” Call for “Militant Rampage Trip”- Source
  • Israeli settlers to be armed with dogs as well as tear gas and stun grenades – Source
  • Topic – Settler Terrorism – Source
  • Video – Settler Attack dogs of the West Bank | Video | Reuters.com



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