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Telling Responses to Near-Lynching of German Tourists in Nablus

A few days ago, two German tourists learned the hard way that the palestinian areas are an “apartheid” area when it comes to Jews. And that is me being euphemistic.

They were almost lynched because they were mistaken for Israeli Jews.

Two German tourists who entered the northern West Bank city of Nablus in an Israeli ride-sharing vehicle on Saturday were violently attacked by Palestinians, footage published by Palestinian media outlets showed.

In video clips from Nablus, a group of Palestinians could be seen surrounding the rented car, which has Israeli license plates, a sticker of an Israeli flag and the logo of the Tel Aviv municipality — which has a deal with the ride-sharing company, Shlomo Sixt.

The footage showed Palestinians hurling stones at the car, attempting to open the doors and attacking the motorists.

The two tourists eventually managed to escape on foot. According to Channel 12 news, they were aided by an Arab Israeli on their way out.

“We just wanted to drink coffee,” the tourists were quoted as saying.

This is all very telling to those already not familiar with this brand of palestinian Arab “hospitality.” But it is the aftermath that is even more telling.

The PA did not condemn the actions of the mob, but instead excused their actions, claiming they thought the tourists were Israeli forces:

Meanwhile, a spokesman for the Palestinian Authority security services claimed Sunday that the attackers had feared the tourists had been Israeli forces, stressing they have “zero hostility” toward Germany.

“A group of young men… hurled stones at a civilian car with Israeli license plates,” a local Palestinian security official said on condition of anonymity.

(I am sure they had “zero hostility” towards Germany when they committed the Munich massacre).

Some Israel-haters claimed something similar, connecting the near-lynching to an IDF operation in Jenin two days earlier:

This is as disingenuous as it is disgusting.

The IDF forces who went into Jenin were undercover. They did not enter with an identifiable Israeli vehicle, and certainly not one with an Israeli flag like the tourists did.

Plus one of the tourists, when interviewed by Israeli television after his near-lynching, explained how he told the attackers they were tourists, and the PA police there also explained they were not Jewish:

The tourist understands the problem is with their hate, brought about by their education. This is what prompted them to try and murder those they thought were Jewish, and not some bogus connection to an undercover operation.

Meanwhile, Germany’s Ambassador to Israel had this to say after the incident:

Note how he does not mention the fact the mob were palestinian Arabs but makes sure to mention how the heroic Arab was “Palestinian Israeli” (instead of “Israeli Arab”). This does not smell right.

This post was sponsored by Yakov Levey in appreciation of David Lange tirelessly exposing those who need to be exposed. 

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David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
Picture of David Lange

David Lange

A law school graduate, David Lange transitioned from work in the oil and hi-tech industries into fulltime Israel advocacy. He is a respected commentator and Middle East analyst who has often been cited by the mainstream media
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