Saturday, April 21, 2007

Fighting Anti-Judaism in Hebron Part 8

Today is Day 14,253 of the Maintenance of the Immoral (and Illegal) West Bank Settlements and almost the 40th anniversary of the start of the immoral (and illegal) occupation of the West Bank and Gaza.

Coincidentally just as I completed the seven part series of posts on Rabbi Levinger and the Jewish Israeli Squatters of Hebron, I received this message from Arieh Lebowitz, Secretary, Meretz, USA -- -- introducing "Hebron Watch"

Introducing “Hebron Watch”

"The city of Hebron, on the West Bank, is home to a group of 600 extremist Jewish settlers who, starting in 1979, and with the help of the Israeli government, have imposed themselves on the city’s 150,000 Palestinian residents . Cloaking themselves with the mantle of genuine Jewish affection for the city from the time of Abraham, and protected from retaliation by Israel’s army, the Hebron settlers routinely engage in acts of hooliganism, intimidating the city’s Palestinians and destroying their property in a methodical effort to violently drive them out.

These acts by Hebron’s settlers are an offense to Jewish values and undermine Israel’s security. “Hebron Watch” is Meretz USA’s new feature, designed to spread the word about these settler abuses and to give you timely information on the situation. We’ll also keep you updated on such initiatives as the petition we went to Defense Minister Peretz calling for the eviction of Hebron settlers from their latest usurpation. While our eyes remain focused on the “big picture” – the need for all parties to break the deadlock and resume meaningful negotiations on a two-state solution – we mustn’t forget that, day after day, the occupation continues to take its toll on the Palestinian population of the West Bank. The situation in Hebron is emblematic of all that is wrong in the occupied areas, where Israeli citizens maintain a privileged existence, alongside Palestinians denied fundamental civil and human rights."

Read the most recent article in Haaretz about Hebron beginning with "If a brilliant photographer had accompanied Yossi Beilin on his visit to Hebron this week, he might have won a Pulitzer for snapping a picture of a lone Israeli politician, a bit nerdy-looking, but courageous, surrounded by a big cluster of policemen and security guards, surrounded by an even bigger cluster of Jewish settlers from Hebron who surged at him, shouting and cursing.

I congratulate Meretz USA for initiating Hebron Watch. The Jewish Israeli Squatters of Hebron are the symbol of Anti-Judaism. I join with Meterz in calling for their eviction from Hebron and as I said in Part 7 "May their scattering will be the first step taken on the path to peace with justice for the Israelis and the Palestinians."

Micah.6:8 “He has told you, O man, Only to do justice and to love goodness, and to walk humbly with your God

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