A journalist asked the State Depatement Monday to determine if American Jews in Judea and Samaria, who he alleges attack Arabs, are liable to arrest when visiting the United States.
U.S. State Department spokesman Mark Toner told the reporter, whose identity was not clear, he will check into the matter, but he did not even question the allegation.
The journalist said he was asking a “legal question” and continued, “Some of the settlers that actually commit acts of violence or crimes against Palestinian residents of the West Bank, such as burning their wheat fields, uprooting their trees, or destroying their property and so on, they hold dual U.S.-Israeli citizenship, and they do make frequent trips back and forth to the United States. Are they, under the law, liable in the United States of America?”
He offered no evidence that the perpetrators are Americans and there is no evidence that Jews actually committed these acts. Most evidence points the other way, to Arabs burning Jewish fields and destroying their property - and lives.
Toner’s response indicated he did not understand the question at first, saying that “we certainly condemn those attacks on innocent Israeli citizens.”
The reporter explained that the attacks are not on Israeli citizens, and he asked if they are “liable under U.S. law for prosecution” for committing criminal acts
Correspondents at the State Department’s daily briefing generally have a negative view of Jews in Judea and Samaria but also are totally cynical about the “peace process.”