EU Report: Dead Jews, No News
Palestinians murdered almost three times as many Jews last year as vice versa. Yet, inexplicably, the EU report on "settler violence" puts forward a one-sided condemnation of Jewish violence against Palestinians
It is not often that a report’s conclusions are so obviously bogus that anyone with a critical eye could make mincemeat of them using only a highlighter, and without even needing to consult alternative sources of information.
Yet a recently leaked EU report on “settler violence” is so cooked that it defies even its own internal logic.
The report, which was compiled by EU diplomats in Ramallah and seen by EUobserver, accuses the Israeli government of not doing enough to prevent a supposed upsurge in attacks on Palestinians by Jewish residents of Judea and Samaria (“settlers”, of course, because the EU rejects even their right to live there in the first place).
Naturally, no such criticism is meted out to the Palestinian government.
According to EUobserver, the report notes:
[T]here were 411 assaults last year compared to 266 in 2010 and 132 in 2009.
The attacks varied from gunfire to throwing stones and garbage, including at Palestinian schoolchildren, as well as burning homes and mosques, killing livestock and uprooting olive trees. They caused three deaths and 183 injuries last year. Some 10,000 mostly olive trees were destroyed.
On the other side, Palestinians killed eight Jews – including one entire family – and injured 37. But the EU report said “there has been no widespread response from the Palestinian side.”
Read that again.
If we accept the report’s statistical evidence (dubious though it is, being entirely reliant upon Palestinian sources with no independent corroboration), we find that Palestinians murdered almost three times as many Jews last year as vice versa.
Yet, inexplicably, the figures which support this fact are instead used to substantiate a one-sided condemnation of Jewish violence against Palestinians!
With the disproportionate slaughter of Jews by Palestinians treated as a mere footnote when it really ought to be the headline, is it any wonder that the Netherlands refused to endorse the report’s conclusions?
But that is just one of many holes in this Swiss cheese of a report. The others, however, require some careful fact-checking to discern.
Take, for instance, the alleged number of “assaults” committed against Palestinians by these marauding Jewish colonists: 411. The report provides no figure for attacks by Palestinians on Jews. Yet Palestinian rock-throwing incidents in Judea and Samaria alone have averaged at about 4,066 per year since 2004.
As those who are familiar with the tragic case of Asher Palmer and his infant son know all too well, a rock hurled at the windshield of a speeding car can be every bit as fatal as any knife or bullet.
If violent rock-attacks in their thousands don’t amount to a “widespread response from the Palestinian side,” is it really justified for the EU to then describe a few hundred crimes of equivalent severity as “alarming”?
Then there is the question of the nature of these 411 “assaults”. According to the report, these are predominantly cases of vandalism against Palestinian property, including the uprooting of olive trees and so-called “price tag” attacks on schools and mosques.
Here, too, there is a bigger picture which goes unacknowledged by the report’s authors.
Every year, “Jewish settlers” stand accused of destroying Palestinians’ olive trees in the hope of driving them off their land, but very little evidence for such large-scale destruction is ever presented.
In truth, there is a lot of money to be made in submitting fraudulent compensation claims for damaged olive trees. In just one year, Palestinian farmers filed claims for a total of some 350,000 shekels.
Makes you wonder, doesn’t it?
As for the “price tag” incidents, arson and racist graffiti are usually only assumed to be the work of Jewish extremists, even in those prominent cases – such as the desecration of the Tuba Zangaria mosque – where there is good reason to suspect that the actual perpetrators are in fact Palestinians intent on inflaming sectarian tensions.
This is not without precedent: just this month, two Palestinian boys were arrested for spray-painting “Death to Arabs” on the side of a school.
Of course, this is not to say that Jews aren’t responsible for many of these crimes. Nor has the Israeli government shirked its duty to curb them, contrary to the report’s conclusions.
Indeed, these attacks have been widely condemned by all sections of Israeli society. Arrests have been made, trials have been held, and a special police taskforce has even been established to bring the culprits to justice.
The reason that incidents of violent racism against Palestinians have not yet been eradicated in spite of all this is that, as the EU report admits, they are generally carried out by a tiny but well-organised “hardcore” group of radical thugs who are coordinated enough to evade arrest.
This being the case, there is nothing to suggest that there is any kind of “culture” of anti-Palestinian violence in the Jewish communities of Judea and Samaria. Yet that is precisely what the authors of the EU report would have us believe.
If there is a culture of racial hatred in any community, it is in the Palestinian one.
Indeed, anti-Semitic incitement seems to be the only function the Palestinian Authority is capable of performing well – which explains why the throwing of bricks at Jews has become so commonplace that it’s practically a national pastime.
So where is the EU report on Palestinian extremism?
We can only assume they’re working on it.
Jacob Campbell is Press Officer for Friends of Israel in UKIP, and Research Fellow at the Institute for Middle Eastern Democracy. Follow him on Twitter @JCampbellUKIP
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