This picture really does speak 1,000 words. Here is an Israeli Border police officer shaking hands with a Jewish settler who has masked his face with a white sheet. The settlers are heading down to terrorise a group of Palestinian shepherds off their land.
Does the image look familiar? That’s right: these guys look like Ku Klux Klan members, making nice with the local sheriff in the Deep South as they head for a lynching.
The Border Police (a thuggish paramilitary police force that operates on both sides of the “border” and makes the Israeli army look disciplined) responded to this photo with typical chutzpah, stating that the policeman was engaging the settler in dialogue: “Such dialogue, which incorporates both sides without bias, should not be seen as an attempt to take sides.”
So even assuming that that’s what was happening (and not that the policeman is greeting a friend, neighbour, ideological comrade, off-duty police officer etc), why would the Border Police believe he should be neutral between masked vigilantes seeking victims and shepherds minding their own business on their their own land?