IS PEACE OUT OF REACH?
Has peace in the Middle East become nothing more than a pipe dream? As Bob Simon reports, a growing number of Israelis and Palestinians feel that a two-state solution is no longer possible. You will meet some of the settlers and the besieged Palestinians. Most interesting and frightening are the words of Daniella Weiss who will be mentioned later in this article. It her goal to prevent, at all costs, the Two State solution refused by Israel for the past 20 years, accepted for this long time by the Palestinian people.
Violence on the West Bank has been on the rise and that ugly word POGRAM has been popping up in modern journalism. An awful word raising memories of the horrors perpetrated upon the Jewish people of Pre WWII Europe, no hope of escape from the ghettos they were forced to live in by the Nazi government. How then is it, we hear this word risen from the past now applied to behavior of the Zionist settlers of the West Bank towards the Palestinian people?
Even scarier is who does he think he is?
WERE OUT AND OUT POGROMS
By Avi Issacharoff
February 20, 2002
The women cry for help, "Allahu Akhbar." Yet the neighbors are too scared to approach the house, frightened of the security guards from Kiryat Arba who have sealed off the home and who are cursing the journalists who wish to document the events unfolding there.
"Use your radio to request help," I said. He replies that he is not equipped with a radio.
The home is destroyed and the fear is palpable on the faces of the children. One of the women, Jihad, is sprawled on the floor, half-unconscious. The son, who is gripping a large stick, prepares for the moment he will be forced to face the rioters. Tahana, one of the daughters, refuses to calm down. "Look at what they did to the house, look."
Indeed. Shame on YOU!!!
BY RADICAL SETTLER LEADERS
But even as Olmert condemned them, others cheered them on. And three in particular have risen to the surface as the prime figures from whom this loose, informally structured cohort of defiant young people take inspiration and encouragement, if not direction:
Daniella Weiss, a founder of the pioneering settlers movement Gush Emunim. According to Weiss,"The Arabs are a filter through which we find our way to land."
has just been stolen from a Palestinian family.
According to Weiss, the land has always belonged to the
Jews, but was "temporarily in the hands of the wrong people."
Baruch Marzel, a follower of the late right-wing Jewish leader Rabbi Meir Kahane, well known for his racist commentary.
The three have no formal links. But this merely underscores the loose, informal nature of the movement they embody.
It was the Israeli army’s evacuation of a settler base in Hebron that sparked the latest round of violence. Since March 2007, dozens of young activists and yeshiva students, as well as 25 families, have lived in a building they call, without irony, Beit Hashalom or the House of Peace. The Hebron Jewish community claims to have bought the building from its Palestinian owner, Faez Rajabi, for about $700,000, according to the community’s Web site. But he denies having sold it.
Last month, Israel’s Supreme Court decided that, pending a ruling on who owns the property, the settlers had to leave, and the State would become temporary custodian. On December 4, in a relatively smooth operation, the army evacuated the house and sealed the doors.
The backlash was swift and harsh. In Hebron, a nearby Palestinian home and several cars were torched, a Muslim cemetery was desecrated, and there were clashes between settlers and Palestinians, during which a Palestinian father and son were shot.
The tactics reflect a feeling in the settler movement that resistance to Israel’s 2005 evacuation of settlers from Gaza was too weak, and that the stakes must be raised as the government considers territorial compromise in the West Bank.
It is “a sort of anarchist behavior,” said Danny Dayan, head of the Council of Jewish Communities in Judea and Samaria ~ the long-established West Bank settlers association that is despised by the young extremists for its willingness to negotiate with the government and, ultimately, obey its laws. “They don’t have an established leadership, but there are people who encourage them,” Dayan said.
the life of average Palestinian women amongst crude Settlers.
Wolpe, also interviewed by the Forward, also scorned the idea that the settlers had carried out a “pogrom.” Rather, he insisted that they were the injured party. While claiming that he does not endorse violence, Wolpe said this of those who perpetrated it: “I understand them, and you can blame only our government that brought them to this point.”
The settlers are cornered, he said, and controversial practices such as the Price Tag policy are a legitimate means to his overall aim ~ “that the disengagement should not happen again in Judea and Samaria.”
Despite their lack of formal affiliation, he described Marzel and Weiss as among the “real lovers of the Land of Israel.”
Marzel, a Hebron-based insists that he shuns violence; however, he strongly endorses the Price Tag policy. An government official who orders a settler evacuation, he said, “commits a crime against your people [and] they have to pay a price, and [with] a heavy price they will think twice about committing the crime.”
Though the political party he ran with Kahane was deemed racist, Marzel argues it is the government that is racist for hampering Jewish settlement. The Hebron evacuation, he claimed, was “pure racism. It is not legal and is part of the move by the liberal leftist people of Israel against those loyal to the land.”
in Hebron, now barred from parts of the old city.
This is often done by children encouraged by their parents.
Weiss, the third influential figure among far-right settlers, is a former mayor of Kedumim, a West Bank settlement southwest of Nablus, and mentor to the so-called Hilltop Youth. These are youngsters who live in small West Bank outposts that they refuse to protect with fences. It is a symbolic gesture to indicate that the whole West Bank ~ not only settler enclaves ~ is Jewish. Weiss claims that they number 10,000.
Senior political and military figures believe that Weiss, who lived in the Hebron building for three weeks, is responsible for much of the violence after its evacuation. Weiss, 63, is pleased that the new generation in the West Bank is more radical. “The adults are still prepared to forgive” the Council of Jewish Communities in Judea and Samaria, she said. “For the young generation, this is out of the question. They consider its failure to resist the evacuation an act of treachery.”
Experts believe that attitudes such as these will make opposition to future territorial compromise far more violent than the Gaza disengagement.