Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Why Israeli settlers are lashing out

Armed and building: An Israeli settler worked on a synagogue along with Palestinian laborers earlier this year in the unauthorized West Bank outpost of Bruchin. Jack Guez/AFP/Getty Images

"We're at a turning point of great significance," Ezrahi says. "What happened in the occupied territories was a growth of a culture of illegalism, and when this culture is allowed to flourish for a long time, violence enters and people think they will be invincible to any repercussions from the apparatus of the state."

In other words, Israeli settlers have been allowed to murder and perpetrate terror on the Palestinians for years while the Israeli government turned a blind eye. Now, the settlers are turning their anger towards the Zionist state. Now, suddenly, they are called "radicals" and "something must be done."

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