I shot this video (because when shooting, one should use a camera, not a gun) and edited it. Myself and a CPT colleague, were providing accompaniment to a family who routinely graze their flock near the settlement of Ma'on. The Ma'on settlement security guard often creates problems for them.
After the video ends, I began running towards the flock, young boys, and Gadalia. Gadalia was following the boys as they ran the flock in the direction of their village. When I eventually caught up with Gadalia, he was headed back to his car.
"Gadalia, why did you hit the sheep with your rifle?" --No Response.
"Gadalia, why did you hit the sheep with your rifle, are you afraid they will hurt you?" --Gadalia, who was walking in front of me and to my left, stopped abruptly and lurched towards me, bumping into me, suggesting I needed to stop following him.
"Do you see Palestinians chasing the settler's sheep off of the land and hitting and kicking their sheep?" --No response. "No, you don't," I suggest.
"You are supposed to be protecting the people in the settlement, that's your job, but I think you are actually doing the opposite. When you do this kind of thing to people, you increase the likelihood that they will respond. You know you can only push people so far, Gadalia."
Gadalia turns to me abruptly with his index finger pointing into the air, and says, "I will take that as a threat."
"As a threat? Why?"
"Yes I am calling the police and saying that you delivered a death threat."
"I have the whole thing on tape, I did not threaten you, I said that you can only push people so far. That's not a threat."
At that point I decided it wasn't worth debating with this guy. I mean, the only time he responded to me was when he said he was calling the police because I made a death threat against him.
Worth noting is that settlement security guards' salaries are paid by the Israeli military. So this is a settler, living in Ma'on, who is an employee of the Israeli Defense Forces.
Editor's Note: The next day, Gadalia tried to chase the same sheep with his car. He drove nearly 100 meters away from the settler bypass road to chase the sheep. He became frustrated with me as I jumped in front of his car, moving side to side as he tried to steer around me. He gave up trying to get around me; and instead made a few radio calls and took my mug shot. So hopefully the judges would score these two days: Gadalia - 1, Sam and the shepherds - 1. I am ready for the rubber match.