Aaron Levitt was one of the demonstrators outside the Marriott last night as the settlers of Hebron held a big fundraiser inside. Levitt says in a press release on the event:
as a human rights monitor, noted that, "We made a lot of noise, but
I don't know if the settlers heard us at the dinner. Some of them
cast agitated looks in our direction as they entered, and I engaged a
few in conversation. The subtext of what I heard from most when I
described the settler attacks on Palestinians that I had witnessed in
Hebron was that they see no equivalence in the moral worth of non-Jew
and a Jew. This is racist in a deep and meaningful way. And it is a
worldview that allows settlers in Hebron to throw stones at
Palestinian girls every day as they go to school, and to drive
Palestinian families from their homes."
Yesterday my friend James North said to me again, Why have the western media accepted the term "settlers"? There is a precise description of what these people are, they are colonists. Settlers of course gives it a good sound. Orwell's quarrel with Orwellian language was that it prevented people from thinking clearly. This is such an instance.