babble home - news for the rest of us
today's active topics

FAQ | Forum Home
  next oldest topic   next newest topic
» babble   » archived babble   » the middle east and central asia   » The best and the worst; Israeli resistence, Israeli hate

Email this thread to someone!    
Author Topic: The best and the worst; Israeli resistence, Israeli hate
Babbler # 7770

posted 10 July 2005 10:54 PM      Profile for rsfarrell        Edit/Delete Post
So here is the challenge; find and post the extremes of Israeli opinion. Whose love and determination inspires you? What evil still has the power to shock? And what to the edges tell us about the center?

The worst: "Israel's wonderful youth"

Today we are talking about the "test of the results." And regarding results, the prophet Isaiah already said in the parable of the vineyard (Isaiah 5): "And he dug it, and cleared away its stones, and planted it with the choicest vine, and built a tower in the midst of it, and also hewed out a wine vat in it: and he looked that it should bring forth good grapes, but it brought forth bad grapes."

Here is the examination of results, before our eyes. We saw them on the highways, we heard them cursing elected officials and the prime minister, violating law and order, going wild and humiliating the people in uniform, the police and the army. They declare and they write: "Sharon will be murdered like Rabin," "Sharon, Hitler is proud of you," and mainly, "Death to the Arabs!"

The pogrom that we saw in the Muasi neighborhood of the Gaza Strip, including an attempt at lynch, is not unusual. But it is unique in that this was the first time that the media have agreed to bring information concerning such an incident before the general public. That same day, I was with my friends from Yesh Din (There is Law, a human rights organization) in Akraba (not far from Nablus); a community of about 10,000 inhabitants, next to a few other small villages. They don't have water. Only those who invaded the settlement of Itamar and their friends have water. In Gitit, a new place, there is a wonderful well, but the "natives" are forced to buy water from trucks that arrive once a day. The official institution that dug a well did not bother to lay down a pipe for the neighboring villages as well. Apparently they are unimportant to us.

MK Benny Elon once said to me: "You are opposed to transfer, so we will embitter their lives until they transfer themselves." And there are certainly people who are embittering the Palestinians' lives. They poisoned 120 sheep, cut down olive trees, blew up a farmer's tractor, tied up a 15-year-old shepherd boy and stole 10 sheep from him. They took out someone's eye, shot another boy and paralyzed his right hand. In short - in one encounter we saw and heard the testimony of one person without an eye, one person whose brother was killed (in effect, murdered), one person who was shot along with his donkey and was cut. And then they even close off the road that has led to Nablus since the days of the Turks.

If these examples are not sufficient, the wonder children of the Nahal Haredi (ultra-Orthodox soldiers) sally forth from the east, in order to bring destruction down on the residents and their property. The devoted activist women of Yesh Din gathered a great deal of testimony; they are trying to activate the law-enforcement authorities in the territories, who are doing everything in their power not to hear and not to know and not to act, and thus to protect the lawbreakers.

Israel Hess, who passed away a few years ago, was the rabbi of Bar-Ilan University. As part of his role as a super-educator, he wrote an article in the university newspaper, in which he stated: "We are all obligated to commit genocide." And why? Well, he did a study and concluded that the Palestinians are the sons of Amalek, and Israel was commanded to remember what Amalek did to us - that is, to remember in order to destroy them. During the same period, Bar-Ilan was headed by Rabbi Prof. Emanuel Rackman, who came from Yeshiva University in New York, and of course fired the man. But all the "wonder children" know what has to be done to Amalek. That's what they call the Palestinians, and every toddler understands what they want him to understand.

It is no coincidence that the rabbis of the settlers (who receive a salary from the state) have decided that the issue of "loving the stranger" should be abandoned, and instead we should adopt the rule found in Deuteronomy (7:2): "Then thou shalt devote them to utter destruction, thou shalt make no covenant with them nor show mercy to them." (These words were said in regard to the seven nations of Canaan who no longer exist, but our sages like to find new interpretations, so they applied it to the Palestinians). Here we have the new Judaism. A Judaism of force that is burning with "alien fire."

From: Portland, Oregon | Registered: Dec 2004  |  IP: Logged
gunnar gunnarson
Babbler # 8547

posted 12 July 2005 12:00 AM      Profile for gunnar gunnarson     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post
Uri Avnery on Israel's colour wars ...

More and more people are becoming convinced that the current struggle is essentially one between the State of Israel and the "State of the Settlers" - a democratic state on the one side, a nationalist-messianic state on the other. That is an important conception, which may have far-reaching implications for the future. It is the start of the real separation - that between the State of Israel and the settlers.


From: audra's corner | Registered: Mar 2005  |  IP: Logged

All times are Pacific Time  

   Close Topic    Move Topic    Delete Topic next oldest topic   next newest topic
Hop To:

Contact Us | | Policy Statement

Copyright 2001-2008