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US labels settler violence as terrorism
Published Sunday 19/08/2012 (updated) 20/08/2012 22:41
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TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma'an) -- In its annual report on terrorism around the world, the US State Department cited violence by Israeli settlers towards Palestinians as terrorist incidents.

The 2011 US Country Report on Terrorism cites three suspected "price tag" attacks as terrorist incidents, including the vandalism of Jerusalem's Mamilla cemetery, and arson attacks on mosques in Jerusalem and the West Bank.

Price tag refers to the retribution settlers say they will exact for any attempt by the Israeli government to curb settlement in the occupied West Bank.

Meanwhile the US State Department spokeswoman condemned "in the strongest possible terms" an assault south of Bethlehem on Thursday which left a family of five seriously injured after Israeli settlers hurled Molotov cocktails at their car.

"We note that the government of Israel has also condemned this heinous attack and pledged to bring the perpetrators to justice. We look to Israeli law enforcement officials to do so expeditiously," Victoria Nuland said on Friday.

The first version of this article erroneously stated that the 2011 report was the first time the US labeled settler violence as terrorism.
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1 ) betz55 / USA
19/08/2012 20:04
"Price tag refers to the retribution settlers say they will exact for any attempt by the Israeli government to curb settlement in the occupied West Bank." Really? "Price tag" is just another israeli spin on illegal settler squat terrorism. Remove these messianic terrorists and ship them all to the Negev, they deserve to wander in their own desert for the next 40 years. Price tag=terrorism, nothing more, nothing less.

2 ) Julie / USA
19/08/2012 21:14
the report also states: "IDF Head of Central Command Avi Mizrahi labeled attacks against Palestinians and their property in the West Bank as “terror”..." so WHAT are you doing about it izrael??? not a damn thing, as usual.

3 ) Carlos / usa
19/08/2012 23:21
I like Julie/USA.

4 ) Patricia McCarty / New Zealand
20/08/2012 01:19
The US usually turns a blind eye toward Jewish on Palestinian violence. This condemnation of violence committed by settlers illegally occupying Palestinian land is a welcome change!

5 ) Anne / UK
20/08/2012 09:42
Settler violence is redundant. The IDF commits plenty of terror (aka war crimes) against Palestinian civilians with impunity which makes settlers' terror unnecessary and simply bad PR for Israel.

6 ) gabi / austgralia
20/08/2012 13:06
Well that didn't take long, did it? Settler violence going on for years and years and finally the US criticises. But bet they won't act. And bet they won't stop sending money and weapons. And bet they will accept whatever excuses Israel makes. So it's all really just meaningless yada yada yada. . . .

7 ) Yehuda Solomon / Israel
20/08/2012 17:54
The Americans are right. They are only formally stating what I've said here many times: Terrorism is terrorism no matter who commits it.

8 ) facts / over fiction
21/08/2012 04:34
SETTLERS ARE TERRORIST WITH THE SAME MINDSET AS ALL THOSE WHO HAVE COME IN THE PAST SO WE NEED TO INVESTIGATE USS LIBERTY,LAVON AFFAIR,FULLBRIGHT HEARINGS,WARS AND GAS PRICES AND SHORTAGE IN THE 7OS WAS BECAUSE OF ISRAEL,AND SO MUCH MORE.. TROUBLE MAKERS FOR SO LONG NOW...IN STEAD OF ALL THE INVESTIGATION ON ARABS IN NYC. I SUGGEST A THROUGH INVESTIGATION AT SYNOUGES AND SOME CHURCHES THAT SUPPORT. APARTHEID. WRITTEN BY AN AMERICAN WHO IS VERY TIRED OF THE B

9 ) mohamed / somalia
21/08/2012 08:33
disgusting and sick society.

10 ) Jafar M. Ramini / UK
21/08/2012 12:32
Has the State Department found it's conscience at last? Israel, since its inception, has been committing unspeakable terrorist acts on us, from the massacre of Deir Yasin, the massacre of worshippers at AL-Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron to Operation Cast Lead with tacit approval of the USA. American money and weapons are the backbone of the Zionist, racist, apartheid Israeli occupation. Is the tide turning? It's about time the USA broke free of the shackles of Zionism and AIPAC. We are watching.

11 ) nameless one / earth
22/08/2012 00:58
Obumbles and Hillaryous will take care of this Israeli injustice... ...yeah right.

12 ) Julie / USA
22/08/2012 01:14
i like Carlos/usa...his comments are always great.

13 ) gabi / australia
22/08/2012 10:25
I like Carlos/USA and Julie/USA.

14 ) D., Russel Brown / USA
25/08/2012 02:17
I don't know who was sleeping at the State Dept. to let that one slip out... of course there is no mention of Bibi's plan to use one-sixth of the dwindling West Bank for "Training and firing range". Perhaps we're just supposed to get jaded and yawn, now, we've heard so much of it...
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