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posted 29 June 2005 02:06 PM      Profile for josh     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Or, if you prefer, you reap what you sow.


In recent months, Israeli teenagers and preteens have become the shock troops of a nationwide campaign of protests against Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's plan to withdraw from the Gaza Strip this summer, Israel's first such ceding of settlements in war-seized territory the Palestinians want for their future state.

Hundreds of youngsters have been arrested for offenses such as blocking highways, daubing antigovernment graffiti on walls and scuffling with police and soldiers. They usually spend no more than a night or two behind bars, if that, but some have been incarcerated for weeks at a time.

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Over the months, Israeli authorities have developed a profile of what they consider to be the hard core of the young protesters, some of whom are already veterans of a dozen or more arrests.

Many are the children of Jewish settlers in the West Bank, who fear the Gaza withdrawal would leave their communities vulnerable to uprooting as well.

Most are from religiously observant homes, with little or no contact with the secular world. And many strive to outdo even their settler parents in the zeal of their belief that the West Bank and Gaza are part of the Jewish people's biblical birthright.

Significant numbers of these youngsters are followers of extremist right-wing figures like the late Rabbi Meir Kahane, assassinated in 1990, who advocated the expulsion of Arabs from the West Bank and Gaza. Many have engaged in brawls with Israeli troops trying to evacuate illegal hilltop settlement outposts scattered throughout the West Bank, an experience that has already helped inculcate in them an abiding disrespect for the Jewish state and its symbols of authority, including the army, the courts and the government.

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posted 29 June 2005 02:11 PM      Profile for josh     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post

The violence in Gaza, whose 8,500 Jewish settlers the government plans to evacuate, erupted as soldiers swept in to arrest nine Jewish settler youths for earlier stone-throwing assaults on Palestinian inhabitants.

Four Palestinians were injured, one a teenager felled by a rock thrown from close range by a settler, along with one settler and one soldier in the clash in the Palestinian district of al-Mawasi adjoining the Gush Katif settlement.

A soldier crouched to shield the seriously hurt Palestinian teenager from a settler crowd nearby, but there was no move to detain his attacker. The young Palestinian was later taken by ambulance to Khan Younis in Palestinian-administered Gaza.

The nine arrested youths, part of a recent influx into Gush Katif of hardline settlers from the West Bank, were dragged by soldiers kicking and screaming from the three-storey building.

"Mohammed is a pig," read graffiti daubed by Jewish squatters on a house wall. A yellow flag of the outlawed anti-Arab group Kach waved from its roof.

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posted 29 June 2005 02:16 PM      Profile for Coyote   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Israel, those who support Israel: Can you not now see what the settler movement, what the messianic extremists in your midsts have done? To what lengths they will go? Was there ever a better indication that the occupation must end, now?
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posted 29 June 2005 02:47 PM      Profile for skdadl     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
It is going to be a really tough summer, isn't it.

I read, meanwhile, that Condoleezza Rice has once again expressed her displeasure at seeing, as she drove from Jerusalem to Ramallah, ongoing new construction in West Bank settlements. Why is the currency of Rice's displeasure so evidently low? Is it taken to be insincere?

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posted 29 June 2005 03:32 PM      Profile for CMOT Dibbler     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
This is exactly what Uri Avnery predicted. The crafty old bugger actually
wants the settlers to shoot IDF grunts. He thinks that a little bit of gunplay might wake up Joe Isreali.

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