This is a photo of the main alley in the market of the Palestinian city of Hebron, closed. Note the wire mesh netting overhead:
Why is the wire netting there? To protect Palestinian residents from Jewish settlers in houses overlooking the market dumping trash and excreta on their heads. Read M.J.Rosenberg’s full report on Talking Points Memo here, and weep.
On that netting:
The most striking thing was the steel mesh screens that the Arabs installed just above the heads of pedestrians to protect them from the garbage and excrement routinely dumped by the settlers from their second floor windows. The screens catch all sorts of disgusting stuff and lethal objects like cinder blocks, although liquid debris does make its way to the ground or on the heads of anyone below. It’s an appalling sight. Imagine looking up and seeing and smelling the foulest debris just above your head, stopped only by mesh.
And an Israeli soldier talking to Rosenberg:
I was on guard duty, when suddenly, from one of the small streets, a settler girl shows up and shouts at me very urgently: “Soldier, soldier, come quickly, there’s an Arab here who’s attacking a girl.” I got very alarmed and advanced with my weapon cocked. The scene that unfolded was of an Arab with his two children. He’s trying to protect them from another settler girl who’s throwing stones at them. I blow my fuse and start screaming at her….She’s screaming back that they are Arabs and should be killed…and the father, poor guy, says, with helpless eyes, “We’re used to it, we’ve been here a long time now, it’s alright.”
As Rosenberg notes, no dramatic horror here — no blood, no deaths. Just part of the everyday horror: the routine, everyday attempt to degrade and debase Palestinians.
I have loathed the fascist ideology of these settlers since they first encamped in Hebron in 1968. This is just a very small part of why.