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      Tuba Zangariya: Victims or Mafia-Style Racketeers?

      A neighbor of the Bedouin village describes a hornet's nest of thieves and is certain they burned their own mosque.
      By Gil Ronen
      First Publish: 11/1/2011, 12:47 PM

      The Bedouin Arab village of Tuba Zangariya recently became famous worldwide in early October when unknown people set fire to its mosque. Jews were immediately blamed and the nation's politicians, press and numerous rabbis apologized to the village for the evil deed -- though Chief Sephardic Rabbi Rav Shlomo Amar did warn that the arson could turn out to be a blood libel.

      A person who lives in a "moshav"-type agricultural community near the village describes it as a hornet's nest of violent thieves who terrorize their Jewish neighbors and is certain that the mosque was not attacked by Jews. 

      "I am sick and tired of reading and hearing about all the empathy toward the village of Tuba," he said. "No one should call them victims, they are no victims, the only victims are their neighbors."

      "The residents of Kibbutz Kfar HaNassi had no choice but to put up an electrical fence. Tuba Zangariya residents had burned their agricultural vehicles. In Rosh Pina, too, people are afraid and express empathy. Hatzor HaGlilit has felt the wrath of the protection racket. The kibbutzim of Machanayim and Gadot, moshav Mishmar HaYarden and the rest of the Golan Heights know that this village places businesses under "protection" – and if you fail to pay, tomorrow you will be burned down."

      "Police only go in there with rock-proofed vehicles, like they do in Judea and Samaria. If an ambulance has to be inserted, it only goes in with Border Police escort. Income Tax cannot be levied there. Once they set up a tax levying enforcement stand for the villagers on Route 90, at the intersection. The Income Tax clerks are afraid to go into the village for enforcement because residents burn vehicles and then the clerks need to be extricated. 

      "When people go in to identify stolen cattle and find it, the Arabs make sure to burn down what storage barns, as they did to Kibbutz Merom Golan's silo, when they were caught stealing calves. In one of the moshavs they hanged the slaughtered lambs on the fences for a show of intimidation. These are not human beings but human animals. They steal cattle, sheep, metal, agricultural equipment. Horses, vehicles, fruit and what not. 

      "This village does what it wants and feels no restraint. It's not that they lack food – they live at the State's expense, receive stipends from the National Insurance Institute various departments. Has anyone gone into this village? Has anyone seen their luxurious villas? Palaces! Have you seen their infrastructures? Much better than the ones in our moshav. Have you seen the cars parked in their electrical garages? It's worth one's while to be a thief in this country, because in the Arab lands everyone knows the punishment for stealing. So no one should make them out to be victims, we are the victims. 

      "They burned down their own mosque, the Council, the medical clinic – they are always fighting among themselves and these fights involve guns and hand grenades. Yes, the village is like a military base, there is a huge amount of weapons there. Woe is us if they ever decide to turn on us, woe is us. The weapons they possess are most likely military. A solution must be found for this village, it will not end well." 

      The picture described by the anonymous source is a familiar one for readers of Arutz Sheva and is indicative of the degree to which Israel's law enforcement system has been subverted by the extreme left in the recent decades. The principles behind leftist subversion of enemy societies were described in a well-known lecture by former KGB agent Yuri Bezmenov