Cameras as Weapons (2)
Like most Americans, though, Obama neglected another dimension of the violence in the region. About a month ago I posted on how human rights and peace activists from B'Tselem distribute cameras to Palestinians so they can document the violence perpetrated against them on a regular basis by Israeli settlers, the police, and the IDF. In The Guardian yesterday you can find this video which is a follow-up on this story; the reports detail how an IDF officer shot (point blank) a bound and blindfolded Palestinian man in the foot. The video was taken by young a Palestinian woman. But there are other videos too, also shot by Palestinians, showing harassment and violence meted out by Israeli settlers.
There is no excuse for this variety of violence either. Barack?
Update: Not only are settler attacks on Palestinians frequent, indeed systematic, they occur with impunity. Here are a report and and editorial from Ha'aretz earlier this month documenting and criticizing the pathetically low rate of prosecutions in these attacks. Of course, many of the settlers are residents of illegal settlements about which the Israeli government has done very little.