Israel’s Treatment of Peaceful Protestors

Israel’s treatment of peaceful protestors doesn’t cause the US government any consternation and in fact the US has known about premeditated violence against peaceful folk before that violence happened

US government officials have been well aware of Israel’s harsh methods of dealing with peaceful protests in the occupied Palestinian territory of West Bank for quite some time, according to a recently leaked WikiLeaks diplomatic cable.  A cable from the embassy in Tel Aviv from February 16, 2010, titled “IDF plans harsher methods with West Bank demonstrations”, reveals a premeditated effort by the Israeli army to use force against peaceful demonstrators in the West Bank.  In the cable, the US ambassador to Israel noted that government officials considered any rally as grounds for use of military force.  In a meeting held between US officials and Avi Mizrachi, head of Israel’s central command, the latter warned  the Israeli army will be more assertive in how it deals with West Bank demonstrations and will start sending trucks “with ‘dirty water’ to break up protests, even if they are not violent”.  As the US cable pointed out, “dirty water is a reference to the IDF’s chemically treated water that duplicates the effects of skunk spray”.

Silence is agreement.  The person who stands by while violence is perpetrated is guilty of violence.  The same holds true of governments.

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