“Calls are mounting for hardline Jewish settlers to be classified as terrorists”
“It is not the first time that politicians and public figures in Israel have called for the branding of rightwing settlers as terrorists, but recent events have coalesced into something of a perfect storm.”
“But in the hillside West Bank village of Asira al-Qibliya, which is just 300 metres from Yitzhar, Palestinian villagers see the recent backlash as a case of too little, too late.
“It is only words. We don’t want words, we want deeds,” said Bassem Salah, 50, a construction worker.
His neighbour Ibrahim Makhlouf, 52, a teacher, also dismissed the comments of Israeli politicians, given the support that the Israeli state provides to settlements in the West Bank.
“They say it is a minority, but it is a minority supported by both the government and the army – they receive free water, free electricity, the government spend millions of dollars on them. Who are they trying to kid?” said Makhlouf.”
“”There is no compromise,” added Salah, “it is us or them.””