I came across this video posted on YouTube titled “Arab Workers in Susiya Unattended.” Susiya is an illegal Israeli colony founded in 1983 in the southern occupied West Bank on land stolen from the 200-year-old Palestinian village with the same name whose inhabitants have been harassed and expelled by settlers and the Israeli army for years.
The videographer appears to be a settler who speaks poor Hebrew with a heavy North American accent.
He marches out of his house toward a man who, it would appear, is Palestinian, and demands, “where is the guard?” The man gestures, and the videographer replies, “Inside?” before marching off toward a building that is under construction.
There the videographer approaches a man who is wearing a Jewish skull cap and tells him: “There are Arabs by my house. Why can’t I go out of my house? There is no guard. I don’t like this. I don’t accept this.”
The videographer again demands, “Where is the guard? where is the guard?” The man in the skullcap who has a pistol on his belt assures him, “I am the guard,” but the videographer sounds skeptical.
Sadly most settlements are built by Palestinians who have few other economic opportunities.
Colonial reality: A screenshot shows a glimpse of a settler’s pistol as a Palestinian laborer carrying construction supplies passes in the background.
The video unintentionally provides a glimpse of the racist and colonial conditions Palestinians live under, where settlers – many from the United States – are happy to exploit Palestinian labor, but only under armed guard lest the oppressed natives revolt against the masters.
It is an old story, as old as colonialism itself.