Oh those peaceful settlers ‘tending trees’
Ahmed Abu Hashem threaten by soldier for documenting occupation (photo: Palestine Solidarity Project)
The New York Times piece on the Palestinian "rite of passage" of throwing stones in the West Bank village of Beit Ummar has gotten a lot of criticism, but one thing the critics have missed is the piece's misrepresentation of Jewish settlers who were targeted by Palestinian boys throwing stones. In one case, the settlers were "tending trees." In another case, they were just passing by a Palestinian funeral when kids targeted their cars. "Whack." The settlers then got out to shout at the Palestinians, and soldiers arrived, with guns.
Is that the full context? No. Settlers have been trying to take Beit
Ummar's land, settlements virtually surround the Palestinian village and
choke it because it is prized territory in land the settlers want to