Israel National News on Wednesday reported an attack on a Jewish shepherd in Samaria that characterizes the absurd situation that the Jewish residents of the so-called "West Bank" often find themselves in.
The incident began early Tuesday morning, when a shepherd from the small Jewish village of Givat Ronen was tending his sheep on a hilltop not far from the Palestinian town of Nablus.
According to the report, a group of Arab men suddenly approached and attacked the Jewish man, prompting him to call for help. A number of neighbors from Givat Ronen immediately answered the call and fought back against the Arab attackers.
At this point, the Arabs called upon the Israeli police to come protect them from the "Jewish settlers," despite the fact that they had initiated the confrontation.
This sequence of events is repeated on almost a daily basis in Judea and Samaria in an ongoing effort to present the Jews of the area in a negative light, both to the international community and to the rest of Israel.
That effort has been paying off, even in Israel, where average Israelis living in suburban areas like Greater Tel Aviv largely view Jewish settlers as extremists and an obstacle to peace in the region.