Are Palestinian olive groves more precious than Jewish grapevines? Jewish farmers in the Shilo bloc have had 3000 grapevines uprooted by local Arabs last week in a field belonging to Meshek Achya. The vandals destroyed eight dunam (two acres) of vines in the vineyards, officials said, although the true extent of the damage did not become evident until the destruction was spotted on Monday morning. NGO’s like B’Tselem have made a priority the meticulous documenting of damaged Palestinian-owned trees and such reports from pro-Palestinian NGO’s have been duly reported in Canadian media outlets like the CBC and Le Devoir. But apparently reporting acts of Palestinian vandalism means challenging the media narrative of Israeli aggression. And thus, there is no coverage.
And in other news which has has only seen coverage in Israeli news media, a Pnei Kedem resident tells his harrowing ordeal of being ambushed by Arabs who ran towards his car with massive stones, smashing windows. Recent acts of aggression by Arabs towards Jews in various communities in Judea and Samaria have caused alarm among many residents, fearful that acts of violence such as stone throwing are making way for bolder moves intended on inflicting even more damage.
Incidences of violence such as stones being thrown and molotov cocktails being hurled at Jewish residents are reported daily, yet one resident of Pnei Kedem told Arutz Sheva that he experienced – and has heard numerous stories of – Arabs who no longer hide behind trees and throw stones but run out towards cars with clubs and bats in their hands, smashing windows and causing severe damage and injuries.
Where is the outrage from the UN? From NGO’s like B’Tselem that “condemn” “settler violence”? Where is the media coverage? It’s on a temporary break until more suitable news comes along that reinforces the media’s preferred narrative: casting Israel in the role of aggressor.