A video that has received more than 90,000 views since being uploaded to Facebook Tuesday shows the face of Israel's radical Left, in a way that is both entertaining and disturbing.
The video is a verbal showdown between Ofer Ohana, a Jewish resident of Hevron, and Leah Shakdiel, a member of the ultra-leftist women's group Machsom Watch (“machsom” means checkpoint in Hebrew), whose members routinely harass IDF soldiers at checkpoints in Judea and Samaria.
Arutz Sheva received the video from Ohana, and has added English subtitles which can be toggled on or off from the Youtube interface. It documents Ohana confronting Shakdiel and two other women activists, Nurit and Michal, who were on their way to their vehicle after spending a day in the City of Patriarchs.
According to Ohana, soldiers from one of the checkpoints in Hevron called him and alerted him to the three leftists' presence, after they gave interviews to a foreign film crew in front of a checkpoint. According to Machsom Watch's own log from June 23, the three were interviewed by a German TV team that wished to tell the story of an armless Arab boy who lives with his deaf mother.
As can be seen in the video, Ohana accuses the three of treason without saying so directly.
Most intriguingly, however, is the dynamic between Shakdiel and the local Arabs she is ostensibly there to help.
At one point she attempts to shame an Arab man who appears to be on good terms with Ohana.
Shakdiel's insistence that Ohana is “violent” whereas Hevron's Arabs are “peace seekers” is a high point of the video, but perhaps the most dramatic – and cringeworthy – point comes immediately after.
Once again displaying her surprising disrespect for the (mainly Muslim) Arab residents she claims to help, the supposedly liberal Shakdiel proceeds to openly drink water in front of them during Ramadan. When Ohana challenges her for doing so, several local Arabs take his side and rebuke Shakdiel for her insensitivity, provoking a groveling apology.
Leah Shakdiel gained fame in 1986 when she became the first woman to be elected to a municipal religious council, in Yeruham. Then-Religions Minister Zevulun Hammer canceled her appointment because of her gender, but the High Court reversed his decision.
Shakdiel is a longtime member of Machsom Watch. A former director of the group once explained that the group relies only on women because men have a tendency to identify with the soldiers at the checkpoints, whereas women do not have that "problem."