Middle East Monitor

October 2011
Monthly Media Digest

By Ibrahim Hewitt, Zulaikha Abdullah and Samira Quraishy

  • This month Israeli settlers have continued to cause havoc for Palestinians living under occupation using the violent 'price tag' campaign. Right-wing extremist attacks have gathered momentum and spread across Israel in what the Electronic Intifada described as 'a wave of racism'. The government has also come in for condemnation over their inaction in preventing attacks.

  • Right-wing Foreign Minister, Avigdor Lieberman, defended what he termed the 'cream of the crop' of settlers who are apparently the 'underprivileged and persecuted minority'. Perhaps we should highlight just a few cases of 'good citizenship' this cream demonstrate:

  • A new report by MEMO highlights the struggles facing Palestinian farmers as they harvest their olives; A Harvest of Tears analyses the destruction caused by Israeli policy to Palestinian crops and farmland as well as the actions of sadistic extremist settlers. As new illegal settlements or colonies are established further encroaching on Palestinian land, the livelihoods of Palestinians, and indeed their lives, are often put in danger as they try to maintain a source of income for themselves and their families

  • The Shin Bet and the Israeli government have been called on by all sides to do more to stop these extremists, but of course many Shin Bet officials are far more concerned with the level of violence directed at the Israeli Occupational Forces and other Israeli officials.

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