WITHDRAWAL AND THE SETTLERS: A Double Riot.
The Israeli government will dismantle
‘illegal’ settlements, established after March 2001 when
The forcible removal of illegal settlers in the various settlements represents establishing the ‘Rule of Law’. Jewish youths wearing ski masks, one expects of Hamas and Islamic Jihad have been allowed to rule in certain settlements. They beat Palestinian children and old people and have destroyed Olive trees. Some used to say of Arabs ‘force is the only language these people understand’; now Israeli Jewish Police and IDF officers are saying this about Jews.
However excessive violence does not represent the Rule of Law, but illegality.
Young protesters hurled cinder blocks, large stones and buckets of paint at advancing security forces at the Amona outpost in the West Bank Wednesday and seriously injured two police officers, 47 other officers were lightly wounded; over 100 settler supporters were also wounded, some seriously. The police reacted violently as if lacking control. The leadership of both the settlers (Yesha Council) and the police lost control.
Reciprocal hatred between settlers and police made the evacuation of Amona a two sided riot. The police and IDF were clearly trained in Gush Katif not to react to the violent acts of the youths. In Amona, the violence was greater and more dangerous but the police were not trained. As Gen. (ret.) Effie Eitam (former leader of the National Religious Party) stated ‘they treated us like Arabs’. Not quite - the police killed 13 Arabs in October 2000 who demonstrated.
Vladimir Jabotinsky, the grandfather of the Revisionists and Herut and the ancestor of the current Likud party said “Inevitably, therefore, the question must arise of 'transferring' those Arabs elsewhere so as to make at least some room for Jewish newcomers. But it must be hateful for any Jew to think that the rebirth of a Jewish state should ever be linked with such an odious suggestion as the removal of non-Jewish citizens.” Apparently he did not agree with Eitam.
It was obvious watching on Israeli television that the Youth and the Police had rioted.
Amos Harel of Haartez pointed out that
the youth were almost exclusively Ashkenazik (western European Jews).
Police were Druze, Bedouin, immigrants from
Shin Bet head Yuval Diskin said the
settlers' hostility toward the security forces has increased, and
policemen are no longer allowed into synagogue services nor give lifts
settlers. He said the Amona settlers have taken an especially militant
toward the soldiers. They were inflamed due to the settler leadership
"lenient attitude" toward the security forces. "They see Amona
as the place where they'll defeat
Maj. Gen. Yair Naveh, IDF Central
Command Head a religious Zionist with a kippah (skullcap) said that the
who came to Amona on Thursday "are disengaging from the state”. An
writer Bradley Burston wrote “The civil war has begun." He writes that
these young new hard-line settlers see themselves as "New Genuine
Jews." And they see the state as their enemy. He quotes a resident of
Rabbi Avi Gisser, of Amona's mother
settlement, Ofra stated that the violent youth were a "new
society . . . not Zionist . . . [The state of
The Jerusalem Post (Jan. 5, Israel’s right of center daily newspaper) called these “religious Zionist youth from uber-patriots, who even saw the state as embodying messianic processes in history, into anti-Zionists who view the state as the enemy of these same ideals.” According to Moshe Feiglin who ran and lost for the leadership of the Likud “the courageous youth in Amona erased the shame of Gush Katif.” (Arutz Sheva, February 7)
Rabbi Michael Melchior stated “The knitted skullcap has given way to ski masks, and the hoe and the tablets of the Ten Commandments − the symbol of the Bnei Akiva youth movement − to cinder blocks and stones. . .
The events at Amona have taught us that uncompromising violence and the flying batons of the police know no bounds and do not discriminate between Jew and Arab. All are the same, and smashing the head of an Arab leads easily to smashing the head of a Jew.”
A Statement like Death to the State of
A Woman’s Story:
The incident began when a small group of people including women and children began a protest at the police roadblock against the demolition of homes in Amona. One girl crossed the road, and an officer told her to move out of the way. When she talked back to the officer, a policewoman teamed up with the officer, and they pushed her with force to the ground.
"At this point," said the
mother of nine, "I approached the officers and told them that they were
using excessive force for no reason. A friend of mine tried to take a
of the policewoman's badge, but it was tilted to the side. I extended
to straighten her badge, and my friend took the picture." Her name was
Naomi Shachor, wife of the chief Rabbi of nearby Maaleh Levonah, came over when she saw the policemen trying to arrest a protestor. Naomi says, "We were trying to pull her back towards us. They grabbed her… I saw her on the ground, and they started to pull off her sweater… The ones who did it and pushed her were men... I would like to emphasize that... It was a very terrible and shocking moment for me. I am still trying to get myself together from it." The assaulted mother identified this policeman as one of the attackers
The assaulted mother continued, "As they assaulted me, they began ripping my shirt. With no shame, several officers deliberately ripped off my shirt, and I was left there exposed. At this point, I started resisting so strongly that they backed off of me a bit, I grabbed my shirt from an officer who was holding it, and fled away in shame."
Naomi added, "I felt a lot of shame for her. I felt they crossed a border line that we thought we had, and apparently we don't have anymore. This is part of our modesty... We tried to talk to them afterwards, and they didn't want to understand. [I tried to explain to them] that this is something that shouldn't have been done. We were women; we were standing there democratically speaking out what we think should be said, conveying our feelings without anything else, and it was wrong to do it. [To see policemen violate the dignity of] a woman, a young mother... I am a history teacher. I saw photographs of that from a different era, and I cannot erase [those images]... I will not say what era – everyone knows. My feelings are very hurt about it. The policemen expressed no regret. We kept on trying to put some sense in them. [She was there exposed] in the upper half." (Shoshanna Walker- email@example.com)
Jewish religious extremists in
It at first appeared the Police and the
IDF would have to forcibly remove these illegal settlers. On Monday
January 30 a
compromise was reached between the
The problem with Jewish ownership is
that is exactly the Palestinian refugee claim; it was there property
On February 5 a demonstration was held
A conversation among neighbors in Ra’anana:
Dr. Chaim Shein, a lecturer in the philosophy of law, and a rightist in his political opinions, compared the events at Amona to the incident of the Altalena underground arms-smuggling ship in 1948: "One of the formative experiences of my childhood was hearing the stories told by my relatives who came to Israel on the Altalena, and were fired upon at the Tel Aviv beach. For the children of Amona, this is the modern version of the Altalena story, and it doesn't matter who started it."
Shein was convinced that the Amona events are an expression of the hatred of Israeli society for religious Zionism and what it represents. "Today, the state is composed of a large majority of people who do not care about values. A large percentage of the residents of Ra'anana care only about the road to the airport being open and the stock market being strong. We thought that if we went with them to the commando units and to the pubs, they would love us. Now it is clear that there is a disconnect - that we constitute a nuisance, one that bursts the illusion of quiet," he said.
His neighbor Dr. Motti Keidar, a Middle
East scholar at
Keidar spoke of the rupture that is forming between the young people who hold extremist views, and their parents: "A crisis has formed between the parents, who see things in a more multifaceted view, and their children, who see black-and-white. I have one son at the Atzmona pre-army program, one son in the Egoz reconnaissance unit and a daughter who went to Amona and came home early because of an asthma attack. I have been irrelevant to their education for years. Partly because of the age, partly because ever since they were young they have been in their own frameworks and we, their parents, are less engrossed in them and more in ourselves." (Haaretz, February 13)
Colonel Benzi Gruber, a reserve officer and a religious Zionist believes there were serious errors on all levels at Amona. Going into blood soaked battle over nine empty houses that had been given demolition orders - in the wrong way at the wrong place and the wrong time - against a sector that considers itself beaten, spurned, and feeling the pain of those evicted. Pouring salt in that open wound is, in Gruber's opinion, not wise and unnecessary, to put it mildly. "We are at a crossroads. On the one hand, Amona could lead down a slippery slope. On the other hand, this sector could - with the help of all involved - regain some of its lost trust." (Haaretz, Feb. 6)
Zionism "is in a huge storm,"
said Rabbi Yuval Cherlow, the 48-year-old head of a yeshivah in Petah
that combines study and army service. Cherlow, considered a moderate
right-wing rabbis, said in an interview that what concerns him most at
moment is not ideology but the danger that "we are raising an
generation. They hate everyone — the institutions of the state of
The fact that many people believing in
the Greater Land of Israel thesis accept that the youth did nothing
many people believing in disengagement and separation accept that the
were simply upholding the law suggest that the two sides are on a
course. After the rioting
On February 15, 2006 the National Religious Party founded in 1902, the first religious Zionist movement subsumed itself to the National Union, a recent political party who only reason for existence in the Greater Land of Israel thesis. The NRP was based on Torah in all of its aspects especially religious education. The NU is based solely on the holiness of the Land. In 1969 after the 1967 War a proposal was submitted to the NRP convention that stated ‘there is no right to forfeit the entirety of the Land’. With the help of the then Rabbis it was defeated. In the new NU Nationalism and the Land is more important that Religious.
Motti Zisser, born in Bnei Btak and an Ultra-Orthodox Religious Zionist stated that “We placed our children in the hand of Rabbi whom we believed were doing their job and teaching them Torah, but our children came back from Yeshiva schooled in politics”. (Haaretz, Book Review, February 17)
The internal dissent amongst Jewish
Israelis may be as dangerous or more so than Palestinian terrorism. The
tells us the second
A well written analyze was printed in Haaretz on February 21 including the following last paragraph.
“The "deal" has to be amended
retroactively, in both parts. Religious Zionism has to compromise on