Video: Israel Lures Protesters Into Trap

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Note: Since many US police are trained by Israeli security forces, the article below is not only important for understanding what is happening in Israel, but may be useful in understanding tactics US police will use against protesters in the United States.

October 08, 2015 “Information Clearing House” -  This two-minute video, taken on October 7 in the West Bank near Ramallah, is worth studying carefully to understand how Israel has become so adept at managing the Palestinian population under occupation and at foiling their efforts at resistance.

We can see about 20 men, faces concealed, who look like they are Palestinian protesters throwing stones at the army. In fact, they are what are called “mistaravim”: Israeli security forces in disguise as Palestinian youths.

According to those who witnessed this incident (see update below), the mistaravim began throwing stones at the army in a piece of theatre to lure other Palestinians to the protest.

Then, as we can see in the video, when a few Palestinian protesters separate themselves from the main body of the crowd they are picked off by the mistaravim, like lions going after a gazelle.

Notice, once they have grabbed the main Palestinian in this video, they shoot him in the knee and take turns kicking him.

We can’t see what happens next, but the routine is well known.

He will be taken off to a Shin Bet interrogation (torture) cell, where he will be made to give up the names of anyone he can think off who was there (and very possibly those who weren’t).

Then the Israeli army will make night raids to grab those who were named, or arrest them when they try to cross one of the many checkpoints and roadblocks Israel operates in the occupied territories.

At some point later he will be released. The Shin Bet will use his “confession” as blackmail to get him to serve as an informer.

This has been going on for nearly five decades in the occupied territories. It has created an awful lot of Palestinians trapped in a vicious cycle of collaboration, and a very effective system of control for Israel.

Sam Bahour makes the point that the drama playing out here illustrates the way young Palestinians are being drawn not into an organised intifada but into futile bursts of anger against Israel.

He says it more eloquently than I can:


Here is another video of the same incident, showing what happens earlier when the mistaravim are throwing stones and then switch sides.



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  • cruisersailor

    I bet this video doesn’t make it to the mainstream media.

  • jemcgloin

    Scary, but not surprising. A good rule of thumb for activists is, when someone is trying to convince you to commit violence, they probably work for the government (or the billionaires).
    There once was a time when Palestinians had to use violence to get the word out about their predicament, but the value of that strategy has been negative for decades. The Israelis use the, mostly ineffective, Palestinian violence as an excuse to get away with war crimes and apartheid, “justifying” their actions in world opinion by claiming self-defense.
    It is time for Palestinians to denounce violence. Not because they have no right to defend themselves, but because they can not win against the one of the most powerful militaries and police states in the world using rocks and bad missiles.
    They need to use militant non-violence, because that would be news on the world stage, and Israeli violence against consistently peaceful demonstrators would be much more effective in changing world opinion. And changing world opinion is the only chance Palestinians have to end the occupation.

  • scottrose


  • innessa

    Stupid lies all over – if palestinians don’t like being in Israel, get the hell out of there! These young murderers are exactly who they are – murderers and bandits. Can’t wait for the time when all of them will be send out to join their brothers/murderers in Gaza. Nobody wants them – not Egypt, not Jordan, not any other arab country in the region. They are marionetts: uneducated in everything but hate and distraction! Get out of Israel, you… barbarian morons!

  • Bishadi

    The apartheid is being accepted.

  • Bishadi

    Thank you. Few are willing to talk to zionist like that.

  • Bishadi

    The opinions are changing and why these articles and protesters even exist.

  • Arthur T

    One can see in the video that, despite the recording of a sound like a shot at the moment that the gun is pressed against the man’s leg, there is no blood or other sign of injury to that leg, which would have been heavily damaged by a blast at such a close range. Truth in reporting is important.

    Also worth noting, the Israelis did not start the rock throwing, but were participants in an effort to get close enough to catch some of the Arabs in the act.

  • TecumsehUnfaced

    That sounds like Zionist chicanery to justify raping the Jewish Arab, Christians, and Muslims out of their homeland by European Zionist invaders determined to dispossess the indigenous population and “transfer” them out of their homeland, a clear crime against humanity.

  • TecumsehUnfaced

    Why were the unarmed occupied indigenous people throwing rocks at the occupiers with guns?

  • TecumsehUnfaced

    You are stupid. Palestine is their home, and the European Zionist invaders have occupied it and and set up a hated thug state over them.

  • TecumsehUnfaced

    Few are so idiot to admit to such evil.

  • TecumsehUnfaced

    What is that? The attitude of the occupying Zionist thugs of palestine toward the rest of the world?

  • TecumsehUnfaced

    Zionism has been a vicious con game operated by unscrupulous thugs on Jews and Gentiles alike from the beginning. Only the indigenous people of Palatine suffering the brunt of the Zionist assault were able to see through the con game quickly. But the uncaring foreign rulers kept them from organizing successfully against the monstrous threat to their lives.

  • TecumsehUnfaced

    The Internet makes it increasingly more difficult for the Zionists to keep up the con game. That’s why their agents like the AIPAC and the JDL are fighting to destroy free expression expression and inquiry on American campuses. The Zionist con game cannot suffer full exposure to all people.

  • cymricmorty

    And proud of it, too. Big talk with the US big bucks and weapons backing them up,.

  • Arthur T

    Why the descendants of Arab invaders chose to use rocks in attempts to kill Jewish descendants of the indigenous population is a mystery to me. I guess they think it makes them martyrs and gets them virgins in heaven.

  • TecumsehUnfaced

    I guess that’s about as obtuse and uneducated as a Zionist fanatic can get.

    Have some genuine history from a group of decent and intelligent Jewish people. The Internet is such a handy tool for shutting down the Zionist con game.

    ifamericansknew org/history/origin html

    Here’s update on the killing of protesters by the Zionist occupiers:

    972mag com/10-palestinians-killed-in-last-24-hours-as-deadly-attacks-continue/112571/

  • TecumsehUnfaced

    Israel’s Deputy Defense Minister Eli Ben-Dahan said
    yesterday: “Palestinians have to understand they won’t have a state
    & Israel will rule over them.”

  • Mr rogers

    no its just the truth we all know it

  • Mr rogers

    Arabs are indigenous to the Arabian Peninsula. Jews are indigenous to the Levant. the idea that “european Jews” came to Palestine and uprooted the natives. Not true. We’re not colonizers. We can’t colonize our own homeland, plus- we never left! We can coexist in peace but we are not the invaders..

  • Mr rogers

    they were invented in 1964 they are not indigenous people and if they are tell me some history don’t be vague now

  • TecumsehUnfaced

    You are bigoted and ignorant. Do you know how to use Wikipedia to look up “Arabs”/

  • TecumsehUnfaced

    Instead of bloviating Zionist lies, why don’t you do an Internet search on “Palestinian genetics”, like someone with an operating brain would?

  • Bishadi

  • jemcgloin

    It does’t matter whether they are called Palestinians. The point is people were living in that part of the world for the almost two thousand years since the Romans chased many of the jews out. For the Zionists to go back and treat them like third class citizens, stealing their land and terrorizing them is the height of hypocrisy and injustice.

  • jemcgloin

    If you don’t like the Arabian people you are anti-semetic.

  • jemcgloin

    The two state solution will always be a form of apartheid. The only way to make a democracy in Israel that respects all of the people there, that I can think of is one with a representative of each major religion as president, each with veto power. The legislature should be open to all, and the judiciary appointed equally by the three presidents.
    You can have a Jewish State, or you can have democracy for all of the people. The Zionists have proven they can’t have both.

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