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Olmert: Occupiers Behaving Like Nazis

July 2, 2012

Friday, December 12. 2008
Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported on Sunday that the outgoing Prime Minister Ehud Olmert lashed out at occupiers in Hebron who attacked Palestinians and their property in recent days, joining other Israeli figures in branding the attacks a “pogrom.”*

Occupiers in the West Bank city went on a rampage after Israel Defense Forces evicted dozens of them from a building whose ownership is disputed.

The move came after Israel’s High Court ordered that the occupiers leave the building, dubbed the “House of Contention.”

“We are the children of a people whose historic ethos is built on the memory of pogroms,” Olmert said during the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem.

“The sight of Jews firing at innocent Palestinians has no other name than pogrom.”

“I am ashamed that Jews could do such a thing,” Olmert went on. “I have asked the defense minister and other relevant elements to do all it takes, with all the strength needed and in any place controlled by the State of Israel, in order to stop this phenomenon.”

As we reported last week, video footage supplied by the Israeli human rights group B’Tselem shows a settler firing shots at Palestinian rock-throwers from close range, hitting two of them. A second settler is also seen opening fire.

“I have turned to the appropriate elements in order to assure that law enforcement authorities will take aggressive and sharp action to bring those responsible to justice,” Olmert said Sunday.

Justice Minister Daniel Friedmann also slammed the attacks as a pogrom, in a television interview over the weekend.

* A pogrom is a form of riot directed against a particular group, whether ethnic, religious, or other, and characterized by the killing and destruction of their homes, businesses, and religious centers.

The term in English is often used to denote extensive violence against Jews — either spontaneous or premeditated — but it has also been applied to similar incidents against other minority groups.

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