'The New KKK’: A Frightening Look at Israeli Settler Violence Against Palestinians

Haaretz Weekend
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Masked settlers throw rocks at Tapuach Junction, 2013.
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Masked settlers throw rocks at Tapuach Junction, 2013.Credit: AP
Haaretz Weekend

Israel’s top human rights attorney, Michael Sfard, made headlines with an explosive article comparing Israeli settler violence in the West Bank to the activities of the Ku Klux Klan. In an interview with host Allison Kaplan Sommer, he calls the perpetrators “the new antisemites,” and talks about why denouncements from Israeli authorities and settler leaders ring hollow.

“Every society has people who do bad things. The question is: what does that society do about it? My conclusion is that consecutive Israeli governments have been exploiting and using settler criminality to entrench the domination over Palestinians and take over land,” Sfard says.

Later on the show, Haaretz senior writer Judy Maltz talks about the plight of Ukrainian Jews living in the shadow of a possible Russian invasion, and whether she believes a massive wave of aliyah is likely should a military conflict begin.

She also talks about why the Israeli government may soon be taking steps that would actually make it harder, not easier, for many of those Ukrainian Jews to come to Israel if they want to do so, due to political horse-trading that would see a radical change in Israel’s Law of Return.

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