Israeli Settlers in the Occupied West Bank

Israeli Settlers in the Occupied West Bank


I will kill for the idea to be a Jewish
state in a Jewish land. My name is Wajat Ali and some
people know me as a writer / commentator / dude who wears a lot of makeup on
television once in a while. It always seems like white writers get to talk about Muslim radicals and extremists, but Muslims are never
allowed to talk about radicals because we’re seen us too
sensitive, too emotional. Growing up as a son of Pakistani immigrants, Israel was a colonizing force– a force of oppression and injustice. I want to go talk to Jewish fundamentalists–these settlers in the West Bank. If we can get some people to think about Israel and Palestine through a new lens, new perspectives…why not? In 1967, fearing an attack from the Arab
world, Israel went to war. In 6 days, they not only defended their territory but also expanded it to more than twice its pre-war size, including occupying the
West Bank, the area Palestinians hope will be part of their future State. Today, over 400,000 Israeli Jews live in the West Bank in defiance of international
law. A Swiss cheese of towns and cities that may make a viable Palestinian State
impossible. I want to find out: Who are these settlers, and why do they choose to
live in the most contentious place on Earth? earth I feel like I’m in a very wealthy
American suburb. Who wants coffee? I will gladly take if you are making, sir. Let me see where my wife puts the sugar… To you, as a religious Jew, explain to me… Why would someone choose to live in the West Bank? This is the symbol of returned, restored Jewish sovereignty. The land — and the dream of
the land — is what makes us able to exist. Now, we’re coming to one of the
more historical things that justifies our being here: what we call the Tel of
Shilo, the archeological mound. So, we’re digging out the past and finding bones, we’re finding pottery, we’re finding
walls, and building up a picture of was here at Tel Shilo 3,500 years ago
up until the present. so there’s many So, there are many Palestinians who say they have a greater right to this land than you, an American Jew born in Brooklyn. – Bronx.
– Sorry, I stereotyped you. Go ahead and keep digging 10,000 years… I’ll show you the key to my great-grandfather who’s here. I assume that he does have the key to an actual home that existed here from his grandfather. I don’t dispute that. It’s who was here consistently, century
after century, millennia after millennia… and that belongs only to the Jews. When you think of that dumpy settlement… this is the dumpy settlement. You got these shack-like things behind me. So you were the first house. But weren’t you afraid? I mean, there’s nothing here. There’s no grocery store, no gas station, no hospital, no neighbors… Good! According to me, that’s what I dream of. Everything is belong to us — by history, by
archeology, by theology. I spent my last 2, 000 years as a foreigner — as someone exiled from this country in Iraq in, in Poland, in Russia, and Germany… I won’t be [a] foreigner again. The occupied territories and the
settlement project have been the central and most divisive political issues in Israel since, literally, the moment of the ceasefire in June 1967. A group called Gush Emunim, the block of the faithful, this premiere settler organization, began to work to create large-scale civilian settlements across the occupied territories. The right-wing Likud governments took that foundation and accelerated it greatly, and through a variety of means, drew hundreds of thousands of Israelis to live in Occupied Territory. What we mainly do is we’re playing offense. And it’s not an offensive campaign against terrorism. It’s an offensive campaign against Palestinian independence. There isn’t almost any Palestinian city in the West Bank that isn’t encircled by the settlements, 360 degrees. If you’re Palestinian and want to leave a city, you need to have a permit. When you leave, you have to wait at a checkpoint. Another people — another authority that you don’t recognize as your own — controls every aspect of your life. TV NEWS: 3 Israelis were killed by a Palestinian terrorist in the settlement of Halamish in the West Bank over the Jewish Sabbath. Guys, can we actually stop by in this settlement where this attack happened? I’m going to meet the sister of the IDF soldier who shot Omar Al-Abed, the 19-year-old Palestinian attacker. And she’s going to take us literally to the place where he saw them. My family heard the screaming and my brother ran out and he jumped over the bush over here. From the window, he saw the terrorist who was stabbing Yossi, my neighbor. He shot over there and he managed to neutralize the terrorist who fell down on the floor. And then they ran into the house and they saw an awful, awful scene, bleeding all over the floor. It’s almost like the settlers are building homes on hot lava. Are they helping create this cycle of dysfunction? I think if anyone’s not helping, it’s the terrorists who are murdering people in their beds. I’m about to go talk to Omar’s parents. Do you condemn what your son did or not? We visited the family of this guy, this 19-year-old, Omar. So we meet the father today. So what was the father’s point? I didn’t see any remorse. There’s posters of Omar everywhere. I think he was very proud of what he did. No kidding. Omar is a hero now. Isn’t it interesting that in the holiest real state on Earth, where God thrives with all of his prophets… I have not thought about God in the past week. I haven’t seen God anywhere. We’re about to head into Hebron. This has been described as the heart of darkness of the settlements, of the occupation. It’s a city which is literally divided between Muslims and Jews. The settlers here are some of the most hardcore. To avoid further angering the Palestinians, the Israeli government rarely lets them expand their community or build new homes. I’m here to meet Yishai Fleisher and Noam Arnon, two representatives for the Jewish community of Hebron. The Jews in Hebron today are in a ghetto. Jews are forced to live in three percent of the town. What my Arab friends tell me is that most people don’t want a Palestinian state or entity. They want to be under Israeli sovereignty. Many Palestinians would say that Noam and Yishai are simply using you for Pro-Israel propaganda. How do you respond to that? For both of you, is it worth the bloodshed and the conflict? What you perceive as bloodshed and conflict, we see as the end of 2,000 years of bloodshed and conflict. Today, in all of the wars of Israel, it’s less than 2 days at Auschwitz, so to us, we actually see a time of great peace. But how do you reconcile that with the Palestinian citizens of Israel? Can they be equal to Jews? No, not in my opinion. I don’t deny democratic principles, I just say they have to yield to Zionist, Jewish principles first, then, of course, cater to democracy. But that’s not the first principal in my opinion. We’re in the Palestinian side of Hebron. Behind me you can see the IDF. They’re not supposed to be here, but they kind of do what they want. Do you think Jews have a right to live
in this land? Where will the Israelis go? I feel sad, man, I feel sad. Hearing every single story, I felt sad. Even the story of the settlers, because I feel like they missed the mark. They missed the story of Abraham. They missed the spiritual lesson of what it’s all about. I’m just curious if these two sides could even talk. I’m about to go meet Rabbi Hanan Schlesinger. He’s one of the leaders of this NGO group called Roots, which brings Israeli settlers and Palestinians together for dialogue. So I came to this land for my story, and it took me 37 years to realize that there’s another story. And now my mission in life is to help both peoples appreciate there are two stories here. And they’re real and they’re human and they’re legitimate. I got an invitation to come to this place to meet Palestinians. I was apprehensive, perhaps even frightened… didn’t know what would happen to me. I walked in and one of the Palestinians got up and he said a lot things about the rigors of living under Israeli occupation. That was the first time in my life I heard someone use the word “occupation.” It was so different from everything I know, everything I could imagine! So I was confused, and I was upset, and I was challenged, and I began a process that made me into what I’m becoming today. Suppose a Palestinian was here. They’d say: “How can you not have seen me, I was there all along. You’re giving yourself a pass!” The closer you are, the less you see. The attitude of colonial America to the Indians… the attitude of America to the blacks. We’ve done things — we, I mean human beings — and 20 years later: “How could you have done that, didn’t you see!” The way that my people are settling Judea and Samaria is unfortunately coming at the expense of the Palestinian people. I think that’s a fact. For many settlers, the redemption of the land is the only way to make Israel’s soul whole and pure again. And yet, the irony is, I believe, that Israel is on the verge of losing its soul by redeeming the land, by expanding, by creating more settlements. I see Israel and Palestine hijacked by absolutists from all sides. As the world is burning, those two will be dancing together. I’m going to raise them Muslim. It’s up to them whether or not they want to be Muslim. I don’t want them to be animated or fueled either with a zealous love or a hate inspired by buildings or land like I see it happening here. I hope they see beyond that.

43 Comments

  • M.H

    October 30, 2019

    Ok so let me get the Jewish logic. Because my “fictional” god says that in a book that I have a right to a land I can occupy the Palestinians. So ok a native Indian could reclaim their lands from whites?

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  • Web Dev

    October 31, 2019

    One day this Satanic State will be destroyed and Palestinians will take their houses back

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  • ILTV Israel News

    November 1, 2019

    For more news from Israel!

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  • Z. Al

    November 1, 2019

    You will always be foreigners no matter what land you steal. It’s god’s promise to you

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  • Walker G

    November 1, 2019

    Screw Palestine

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  • Rashid Coder

    November 2, 2019

    the closer you are the less you see 14:42

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  • bob guest

    November 2, 2019

    Palestine is a myth, the Jewish people have and will always control Israel. AMEN amen amen, our FATHER AND MESSIAH YESHUA HAS GIVEN THE LAW, AND no one will ever overcome this. AMEN. ..

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  • ravi oli

    November 3, 2019

    Interesting Muslim propaganda against Israel.
    As a neutral , I recall Muslims took half of Cyprus and destroy ed the local culture.
    Lebanon now a sectarian divided nation ,invaded by Muslims.
    India invaded by Muslim Moguls and never left this Hindu land.
    I recall 1 million Armenians being butchered and this being a forerunner to the Nazi extermination camps, Armenians were butchered by Muslims and I recall…well we get the picture,or do we ?

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  • Athanasius e

    November 3, 2019

    Isreali is the land of the Jewish people read the Bible Quran or Torah. Historically It is their land arabs colonize everything just like Israel Assyria will take over Mesopotamia

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  • Marwan Abuhasan

    November 4, 2019

    Jews are khazars , an invented people , they are not Semites , they come from over a hundred and nine countries , they attached themselves to the Israelites religion and history .

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  • George Zuniga

    November 4, 2019

    Religion poisons even good peoples minds.

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  • Minakshi Mukherjee

    November 5, 2019

    How can you question that to a father of a brave son ,islam should leave their radical views and deeds over people of other religions

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  • A HAQUE

    November 7, 2019

    16:41 Correction! That statement was from Prophect Moses not Muhammad.

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  • Kyong Wilson

    November 7, 2019

    Don’t get the point of this. You could do better than others, but seems to me not a different.

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  • Follower of Jesus

    November 7, 2019

    Jesus Christ died for our sins and rose again he will judge the world and is the Messiah repent toward God and believe in Jesus Christ and you will be saved❤️✝️

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  • sunil gogulamudi

    November 7, 2019

    The Gentleman(journalist) says he has not seen the Israeli God in West Bank but he certainly have seen the Allah bcuz he is partially blind in his head that he can see only ALLAH…idiotic comment…

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  • sunil gogulamudi

    November 7, 2019

    Quran says "kill the infideles" what do you say about it???

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  • Larri Bathory

    November 7, 2019

    Settlers are not an obstacle to peace. Quite contrary- they live among Arabs and ,radicals from both camps aside, they can greatly contribute to the upgrading life of Palestinians. Any land issues should be resolved in the court of law. Arabs should accept the return of the Jewish nation to its land and learn to live in peace with Jews

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  • Pimli Saikia

    November 8, 2019

    The video made me really sad.
    At the end of the day, a human only needs just a piece of land which he/she can call home where his/her family lives on with love, prosperity and a sense of security.

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  • Logic genius

    November 8, 2019

    The origin of the Ashkenazi Jews (the leaders), who come most recently from Europe, is clear. A new study suggests that at least their maternal lineage may derive largely from Europe.
    Search for, 40247-ashkenazi-jews-have-european-genes

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  • Terry Fitzgerald

    November 9, 2019

    These people do not have any connection to the jews in the old testament. They converted to Judaism long after any historical connection can be established. They are Eastern Europeans.

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  • Abdul K Khan

    November 10, 2019

    Jews have every right to settle in the Middle East , it is where they originally came from after leaving Egypt. Palestinians must respect them . Arabs are also part of the Middle East . They have to share the lands. God made this world for everybody. Jews have to humble, love their neighbors.

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  • Tunes, information & music

    November 10, 2019

    11:30 brings up nazis, says later on his heritage is superior. nice one, zionist.

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  • mirza baig

    November 10, 2019

    Jews settlers are settling at the graves of palastine people.

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  • willl 88

    November 11, 2019

    how dare palestine fight back

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  • MS Lake

    November 11, 2019

    It's true, no matter how you look at it historically, this land was stolen from the jews by warmongers… which includes most of the middleeast ! The irony is, most muslims in the region were also originally jews but forced-converted, forced-married, name changed to survive under brutal rulers… but not knowing their real history/ancestry, they're now fighting against the jews. It's only right and fair to give atleast a small percentage of it back to the jews.

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  • Carlos Suarez

    November 11, 2019

    Why don't we just make the middle east christian again instead?

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  • SVM

    November 12, 2019

    The Zionist at 11.27 justifying killing innocent Palestinians as Jews were killed at the hands of the Nazi's.
    What makes them any different from the Nazis in today's time. Nothing. One and the same.

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  • Charles Du Max

    November 12, 2019

    Check ALL Jews DNA, I can guarantee 97% of Jews living in Israel have no historical link to Israel. They're Khazars, not Israelis.

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  • Kawaii Panda101

    November 12, 2019

    PHONYPALESTINIAN HAVE NOT ONE PIECE OF HSTORY TO EVEN PROVE THERE A REAL PEOPLE (BECAUSE THERE NOT) . NO COINS NO SCROLLS NADA. IT ALL BELONGS TO THE JEWS. THIS "JOURNALISTS " IS CLEARLY ON THE PALS SIDE. THE GOD OF ABRAHAM,ISAAC & JACOB IS THE ONLY GOD,AND BIBLE SAYS JEWS OWN THE LAND. WAIT & SEE GODLESS PEOPLE

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  • mickey rat

    November 13, 2019

    My grandpa left me a pocket watch older than “Israel” it’s called Palestine by the way…

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  • amjadraza khan

    November 13, 2019

    israel leave our land. this the land of muslims

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  • noman ali mohammed

    November 13, 2019

    Israel's r the big donkeys . They r believing in which is far away from the fact . They came to Israel to kill themselves & to the innocent people of PALESTINE .

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  • Two Edged Sword

    November 14, 2019

    This is not a documentary piece. It is just another propaganda piece.

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  • delo Last

    November 14, 2019

    So the Jews would back native American aboriginal people in getting their land back ( north America) I assume?????? But in reality those greasy pigs profit and deal with the Europeans that colonised north America. Where the hell is the UN and why are they letting this happen? Arabic people should stop selling Israel oil. Fuck they are brutal people I can't believe it.

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  • Dina T

    November 14, 2019

    What a ….f scary looking man and can see him being a killer !

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  • angel robles

    November 15, 2019

    How are Zionest living in their native land, an occupieor? I'm a Native American, and I live in Occupied Land's! Why do I have foregners from Saudi Arabia calling for Shira Law's (Sam as ISIS) in my Land's? Why do I have two congresswoman calling for Shira Law, on my grandfather's land? All my generations are burried here, and why are their Mosques on my Land's?

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  • Balzac

    November 15, 2019

    Resistance under israeli or any colonialism is not terorrism.

    FREE PALESTINE

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  • Balzac

    November 15, 2019

    God didnt gave them Israel, Great Britain did.

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  • Mecha Apophis CloseAirSupport

    November 16, 2019

    The whole Gods thing is the pit that humanity wont escape as fast anymore…. sad.

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  • Mecha Apophis CloseAirSupport

    November 16, 2019

    PS: Grüße aus 1930 an alle extremistischen Zionisten in diesem Video, einfach nur weil es ironisch ist…

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  • Muhammad Hussain

    November 16, 2019

    What if Israel took the parts owned by Jewish history and Muslim take the oart owned by Muslim history

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  • Sokaina Fakih

    November 16, 2019

    These guys are totally lost!
    "We lived here 2000 years ago…" If you're going back 2000 years, then let me take you back 100 000 – to the time where there were no "people" and no "countries". Where humans were trying to live peacefully among each other while taking care of this beautiful planet, living on the land that wasn't dedicated to any specific people!

    If you're religion says that this land is yours, does that mean that your God would have wanted you to kill the lives he's created in order for you to get it? Shame on you!

    Where is your humanity?

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