Here’s a recent Facebook status update by Jerusalem Post reporter Seth J. Frantzman:
Did you know that at the Jerusalem Hug [co-existence] event last Thursday a Palestinian boy was beaten and his relatives for trying to take part in a peaceful hug event?
Now let’s be honest here. If someone had attacked the Jerusalem Slutwalk last weak [sic] and bashed a kid in the face like this it would be big news. Jewish victims, right wing extremists.
But of course it is the wrong victims and wrong perpetrators. The perpetrators being misguided Arabs from East Jerusalem who thought they are opposing “normalization”, when in fact they are just assaulting innocent people.
Where are the “peace” and left-wing groups to speak out? The Jerusalem-based Palestinian groups to condemn this? Silent. Wall of silence. Wrong victims. Wrong perpetrators. But look in the face of the child and ask, really, why you remain silent?
Frantzman included further details in a story published at the Jerusalem Post:
The Jerusalem Hug event has been taking place for nine years.
Participants gather around the Old City walls and walk hand in hand.
However, this year’s event was disrupted almost before it could start by Palestinian activists from east Jerusalem who sought to prevent family members from attending by throwing water on people, pushing, shoving and assaulting those present.
According to one of the Jerusalem Hug organizers, Vitali Markov, the event this year was to be attended by 250 Palestinians who had received permission from Israeli authorities to come from the West Bank to Jerusalem.
Located between Damascus Gate and New Gate, the event was to begin at 3:30 p.m. at the Mishol Hapninim Garden, under the picturesque trees and walls of the Old City. Arab youngsters were practicing parkour and photographers had gathered to watch them. As if to coincide with the beginning of the event, several young men arrived and spoke to the Arabs who were participating, many of them wearing “Jerusalem Hug” shirts.
They told the Arab participants to leave the “normalization event” and tried to pull a woman and her child.
Arguments broke out and those with cameras were threatened by the Arab anti-normalization youths to delete film of them harassing the participants.
As Frantzman said, “wrong victims, wrong perpetrators”.
- When a Group Hug for Palestinian-Israeli Normalization Turns Violent (Voice of Israel)