“Man Made Disaster” or “Overseas Contingency Operations?”
Two cousins are now in Israeli custody and are suspected in the slayings. Ahmed Awad is an officer in Abbas’ Preventative Security Services in the northern West Bank city of Nablis. Iyad Awad is an officer in Abbas’ General Intelligence services in Ramallah.
J’Accuse: Palestinians of War Crimes and Genocide Â (Phyllis Chesler)
Palestinian and Arab propaganda has demonized Jewish settlers as illegal, fanatic, racist, violent, angry, and hell-bent on revenge. The mainstream media has followed suit and has consistently justified Palestinian terrorism against Israelis as caused by the “provocative” settlements. People consistently forget that Arabs were murdering Jewish civilians on a mass basis for fifty years before the Jewish state was born and then for an additional twenty years before Israel won the 1967 war of self-defense, long before there were “settlements.” The Arab murder of Israeli civiliansÂ continuesÂ to this day. Please see the IsraeliMinistry of Foreign AffairsÂ website on “Which Came First â€“ Terrorism or ‘Occupation’?”
Watch for the international outcry that ensues whenever Israel acts in its own defense. “Israel seizes ship with Iran arms for Gaza: Netanyahu,” by Jeffrey Heller forÂ Reuters, March 14:
The UN springs into action:
Liberals mightÂ excuse it and Palestinians might consider it a cause forÂ celebration, but everyone else is still gasping in horror over the recent butchering of the Fogel family by Islamist fiends. Not to worry though; the United Nations isÂ doing something about barbarism in the region:
A U.N. policy-making body dedicated to “gender equality and the advancement of women” adopted a resolution accusing Israel of holding back the advancement of Palestinian women… (Moonbattery)
The world’s mainstream media has downplayed the barbaric murder ofÂ five innocent human beings, including three children, in the Israeli town of Itamar and has focused, instead, on the fact that they lived in a “radical settlement.”
Yesterday’sÂ New York Times piece is particularly shameful. The headline reads: “Israel to Step Up Pace of Construction in West Bank Areas.” Isabel Kershner does not useÂ the wordÂ “terrorist.” Only in the eleventh paragraph of an eighteen paragraph piece do we learn that the “attackers” are “widely suspected of being Palestinians.” The article is mainly devoted to Israel’s decision to increase building within existing settlements in response to this pitiless act of terrorism.
I have only two things to say.
1) Once uponÂ a time, in 1677 BCE, nearly four millennia ago, the Biblical Abraham bought a burial cave and field from the Hittites in a place that was then, and is still now, called “Hebron.” He paid top dollar for it tooâ€”lest anyone think that he stole it, just took it, or was willing to accept it as a gift. Abraham identified himself as a resident foreigner, (“ger” and “toshav”), a sojourner inÂ the land.
We are all sojourners in God’s land. We live, we die. No one is eternal.
The Biblical Moses, a Jew, but adopted and brought up as a Prince of Egypt in Pharoah’s Palace, and the son-in-law of Midian’s High Priest, also identifies himself as a “stranger in a foreign land.” Wherever God’s intimate resides, he or she is a temporary stranger; their bodies may be mortal but their souls are divine, we both areâ€“and are notâ€““from here,” we are not totally of this earth.
As God later explains in Leviticus (Vayikra),Â the landÂ belongs to God; we, humanity, are only sojourning here for awhile.
Thus, I am disheartened at every conceivable level, by how people demonizethe wordÂ “settler.” A settler is not a colonizer. A settler is not an occupier. A settler is a human being who settles and worksÂ the landÂ in which he lives, or that has claimed him, or saved himâ€”or where his ancestors once dwelled.
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