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Behind the False Campaign on Settler Violence

On Saturday, left-wing organizations reported that armed settlers stole a herd of goats from local Bedouins. Only on Saturday night, was the full story revealed. In truth it was actually the Bedouin who stole the goats and a Jewish farmer who called the IDF and Israeli Police to chase after them to get his goats back

  • עמיחי שילה, הקול היהודי
  • כ"ה שבט תשפ"ד - 17:20 04/02/2024
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Zohar Sabah, the owner of a farm in the Jordan Valley, is the latest victim of the false campaign on settler violence. On Saturday, Sabah encountered dozens of Bedouin Arabs who cornered him as he shepherded his flock. Sabah gathered his goats and retreated to his farm where he realized several goats were missing.

Being a responsible citizen, Sabah called the police and the IDF, who together searched for the missing goats. Ultimately, they found them in an illegally constructed dwelling near Uja al-Fooqa. Upon inspection, it was clear that identification tags in the goats’ ears had been torn out. Throughout the efforts by the police, dozens of Bedouins threw stones at the officers, prompting them to respond with warning shots in the air. One Bedouin Arab was also arrested in connection with the theft.

During the incident several left-wing Israeli anarchists were on scene, and they documented the incident on behalf of the Bedouin. These left-wing activists then sent reports back to their organizations, which rushed to issue press releases accusing dozens of settlers of stealing goats with the IDF’s support.

For example, on X, the extremist left-wing organization “Seeing the Occupation with our Eyes" called out Minister Betzalel Smotrich for dismissing the campaign on settler violence as false. They also tagged the International Criminal Court in the Hague, the White House, and U.S. President Joe Biden in their tweet.

Only on Saturday night, after the end of the Jewish Sabbath, several Jewish residents began to tell their side of the story, which exposed the left-wing reports as fake news. Yet again, an alleged incident of settler violence was exposed as wrongly blaming Jewish pioneers for IDF and police activities. Also, as in several other cases documented by Hakol HaYehudi, Jewish pioneers were again accused of violence even though they were the victims (!).

The false campaign against Jewish ‘settlers’


Recently Channel 12 journalist Amit Segal exposed the falsehoods in the UN data on "settler violence.” Notably the list  is compiled jointly by the UN and the European Union with the support of Israeli and foreign leftist organizations.

Segal highlighted that many of the incidents listed as "settler violence" are actually terror attacks carried out by Arabs. Others involve cases where the IDF opened fire at rioting Arabs, and 30% of the incidents actually occurred in Jerusalem, and contained no violence. In many cases, the incident report merely describes visits by Jews and tourists to the Temple Mount, which is somehow classified as ‘settler violence.’

The ‘Settler Violence Plot,’ reminiscent of the infamous ‘Doctor’s Plot’ in Soviet Russia, is the latest blood libel spread by the UN against Israel. It relies on similar methods to previous anti-Semitic accusations with most of the reported incidents coming from unreliable information from the Palestinian Authority and radical leftist organizations funded by the European Union.

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At Hakol HaYehudi, we also recently investigated a false report by the International Women’s Peace Service (IWPS), which accused Israel of killing Palestinian children. Our investigation revealed that IWPS sends female BDS activists to Samaria every year for a few months to report to the world on "Israeli apartheid."

In one instance, the group traveled to Shechem to supposedly clean the graves of Palestinian “martyrs." They posted a picture of a grave that they claimed belonged to a “Palestinian child killed by the IDF.” A quick Google search with the child’s name revealed that he was actually killed in an internal dispute between crime families in Shechem. The Palestinian Authority even arrested several suspects in his murder, yet in the end released them. 

Unfortunately, while the IWPS reports are so outlandish that few believe them,  the false, anti-Semitic campaign on ‘settler violence’ has received support not only among the Biden administration abroad, but also from within Israel’s own security establishment.

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