Jewish settlers are seen on a rooftop of a Palestinian house after setting fire to nearby trees during the evacuation of a disputed house in the West Bank city of Hebron, Thursday, Dec. 4 2008. Israeli security forces stormed a disputed house in the biblical city of Hebron on Thursday, dragging out some 250 settlers who barricaded themselves inside and hurled rocks, eggs and chemicals at their evictors. It was the first major West Bank evacuation since a violent 2006 confrontation that injured hundreds. (AP Photo/Bernat Armangue)
As expected, Israeli settlers went on a rampage in Hebron last night after Israeli soldiers surprised activists and removed several hundred trying to prevent their government from clearing the house at the center of a legal dispute.
Using their confrontational Price Tag strategy, settlers attacked Palestinians with guns, rocks and arson.
The Israeli human rights group B'Tselem released footage (in the post below) showing settlers opening fire on Palestinians.
And, in one of the starkest moments documented by journalists, Israeli journalists intervened to protect a Palestinian family from Jewish rioters.
It was a moment Haaretz journalist Avi Issacharoff bluntly called "a pogrom."
"This isn't a play on words or a double meaning," Issacharoff wrote. "It is a pogrom in the worst sense of the word."
"The brain requires a minute or two to digest what is taking place," he writes of going into the house and seeing the Palestinian family under attack. "Women and children crying bitterly, their faces giving off an expression of horror, sensing their imminent deaths, begging the journalists to save their lives. Stones land on the roof of the home, the windows and the doors. Flames engulf the southern entrance to the home. The front yard is littered with stones thrown by the masked men. The windows are shattered and the children are frightened. All around, as if they were watching a rock concert, are hundreds of Jewish witnesses, observing the events with great interest, even offering suggestions to the Jewish wayward youth as to the most effective way to harm the family. And the police are not to be seen. Nor is the army."
"I thought they were going to lynch those people," Issacharoff later told The Globe and Mail. "I couldn't just stand by.
"I can't believe that people - Israelis, Jews - can sink so low and do such things," he said.