The Galilee First: Equal rights for Palestinian citizens of Israel is essential for peace and reconciliation

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Attorney Sabri Jiryis (L) and Sam Bahour standing on the rooftop of the 105 year old Mar Elias Church in the Palestinian village of Fassouta which is located in the western Galilee. The South Lebanon skyline is in the background.

The horrendous reality of the Palestinian communities inside Israel—in places like Akka, Haifa, Nazareth, Yaffa, and the Negev—is not about being regulated to sit in the back of the bus; they could only wish for such blatant racism. Here, the racism is multilayered, ideological, well-camouflaged, state-sponsored, and non-stop. Anyone who thinks that resolving the Israeli military occupation in the West Bank and Gaza Strip would bring peace to the region would be well-advised to peel away the veneer of democratic façade, one that covers an Israeli plan with only one goal in mind: completing the campaign of ethnically cleansing Palestinians that started with the creation of the State of Israel.

Last week, on a beautiful fall day, I sat in a friend’s living room in a village at the northern tip of Israel, adjacent to the Lebanese border, in the part of Israel called the Galilee. This is where the Palestinian citizens of Israel are concentrated. Five generations of Palestinians were sitting in the room. As expected in Palestinian society, within no time, politics was the focus of the discussion. But this political discussion had a different twist from what most of those following this conflict are accustomed. The issues had to do with the Palestinian citizens of Israel and how the Israeli government systematically and structurally discriminates against them.

Bilateral negotiations between the Palestinians and Israelis, better known as the infamous Oslo Peace Process, began with a slogan (and accompanying actions on the ground) of Gaza and Jericho First. The idea was that the Palestinian Authority, which the Oslo Accords created, would start by being set up in the Gaza Strip and in the West Bank city of Jericho, a sort of pilot phase before subsequently deploying to all of the Palestinian areas defined in the Accords. The standing joke at the time was that what Israel, the military occupying power, really meant was Gaza and Jericho Only!

With 20 years of a never-ending “peace process,” Israeli misdirection diverted the world’s attention, including the Palestinian leadership’s, away from the discriminatory workings within Israel itself. As the parties quibbled over who violated the Oslo Agreement first and most, Israel never stopped strangling the Palestinian towns and villages inside it. More recently, even some of the mainstream, international research outfits, such as International Crisis Group (ICG), were forced to take note. Their March 2012 report titled, “Back to Basics: Israel’s Arab Minority and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict,” stated:

“World attention remains fixed on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict but a distinct, albeit related, conflict smoulders within Israel itself. It might be no less perilous. Jewish-Arab domestic relations have deteriorated steadily for a decade. More and more, the Jewish majority views the Palestinian minority as subversive, disloyal and – due to its birth rates – a demographic threat. Palestinian citizens are politically marginalised, economically underprivileged, ever more unwilling to accept systemic inequality and ever more willing to confront the status quo.”

That’s researcher-talk for “A slow and calculated campaign of displacing an entire population in broad daylight—world, take note.”

As one travels northward in Israel, a stark reality cannot be ignored. Israel is empty. Most of the lands which comprise the State of Israel, as it is recognized worldwide, are empty of any population. The sad irony is that less than one hour’s drive north of where we were sitting, hundreds of thousands of Palestinian refugees, who, since 1948, have been prohibited by Israel from returning to their homes, dwell in squalid refugee camps, waiting for international law and UN resolutions calling for their return home to be respected. Dr. Salman Abu Sitta, a Palestinian researcher with the Palestine Land Society, and a refugee himself, has extensively documented this phenomenon of empty lands in Israel, lands that Palestinian refugees call home. The undeniable fact is that allowing Palestinian refugees to return home would disrupt very little on the ground in Israel. It would, however, threaten the very basis of its existence as an exclusively Jewish state and create a demographic majority of Palestinians—a normal expectation, given that they were the majority in 1948 prior to being expelled.

Another startling realization, when traveling around the Palestinian farming villages in the Galilee, is that the hilltops are dotted with gated, Jewish Israeli communities and Israeli government-declared nature reserves, all creating a physical barrier to the natural growth of the indigenous Palestinian communities. Added to these physical obstructions to Palestinian development, Israeli law provides for another platform, a legal one, whereby hundreds of Israeli communities can keep out Palestinians on cultural grounds. Coming from the occupied territory of the West Bank, these physical obstacles and legal tools looked to me much like the illegal, Jewish-only settlements that surround every Palestinian city. The physical location of both types of these residential colonies is not random, but rather a sharp demographic weapon to interrupt and stunt the growth of the Palestinian communities.

While hearing the tribulations of Palestinian communities in Israel, I was reminded of another jarring fact: Israel detains and arrests Palestinians for their thoughts. One of the persons I was with, a 64-year-old man, was released a few years back after spending two years without charges in an Israeli prison. On my way home, I stopped in Haifa and, while speaking to a new business acquaintance there, he reminded me of another case: Ameer Makhoul, a Palestinian Christian citizen of Israel and the director of Ittijah, the Union of Arab Community-Based Associations, who, like so many others, is imprisoned in Israeli jails after an unfair trial aimed at striking fear into an entire minority community in Israel. Also, just as in the areas under military occupation, Israel tends an army of collaborators within the Palestinian communities to do their bidding for them.

I wanted to engage more, but had to head back home to the West Bank.

Now that I’m a Palestinian ID holder, which means I have West Bank residency status issued by the Israeli occupation authorities, I can’t be in Israel as a tourist. My U.S. citizenship—my only one—is useless now that I am classified as a West Bank Palestinian in the Israeli government’s eyes. Israel is the only place on earth where I can’t be an American! Thus, my Israeli military-issued permit, which allows me to enter Israel, restricts my movement so that I have to be back by 10 in the evening to what I call my cage, also known as the metropolitan area of Ramallah.

What is now clear to me, and wasn’t when I first arrived here shortly after Oslo, is that the system of command and control, which oppresses over four million Palestinians under military occupation, is strikingly similar to the system which controls over one million Muslim and Christian Palestinians inside Israel.

The Israeli goal is to erase Palestinian collective memory, limit Palestinian education, squeeze Palestinian living space, and strangle any serious notion of Palestinian economic enterprise. But Palestinians are not going anywhere. This was confirmed when I asked a law student from this Galilaean village where he plans to be in five years. Without hesitation, he said, “Here, in my village, and not for the next five years, but for the next 10 and 20 and 100 years.”

After hours of deep discussion in that quiet Palestinian village, tucked away in the velvet-like green hills of the Galilee, a Palestinian researcher, who was quiet for most of the time, spoke in a calm, definitive voice. He said that everything we were discussing, in terms of how much harm Israel is doing to Palestinians living in Israel and under military occupation, is true, but in the village, the numbers speak volumes. Over the past 64 years, since Israel’s creation, and despite all of its attempts to force the Palestinians off the land, the population has increased as per official Israeli statistics.  As long as the Palestinians exist on this land, he asserted, their rights are bound to be realized.

All the way home, I could not get out of my mind a new political slogan that would reveal the extent of the Palestinian tragedy — The Galilee First. Instead of managing the conflict as if the only contentious issue is about those of us living under Israeli military occupation, the international community, and Palestinian leadership as well, should call for the world to witness the reality of Palestinians inside Israel. If Israel is bent on discriminating against one fifth of its own citizens, what should we expect of it in the occupied territories, areas that are not internationally recognized as Israel? Indeed, the next time I’m asked what I think the solution to this conflict is, my answer will be ready: Let’s start with full equal rights for Palestinians inside Israel. In other words, The Galilee First if Israel is serious about peace and truly desires historic reconciliation with the Palestinians.

About Sam Bahour

Sam Bahour is a Palestinian-American business development consultant from Youngstown, Ohio, living in the Palestinian city of Al-Bireh in the West Bank. He frequently provides independent commentary on Palestine and serves as a policy advisor of Al-Shabaka, the Palestinian Policy Network. He is co-author of HOMELAND: Oral Histories of Palestine and Palestinians (1994) and blogs at www.epalestine.com.

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  1. Miura
    October 21, 2012, 12:15 pm

    The Koenig Report:

    Infiltration by secret agents. Reprisals against “negative” citizens. Systematic job discrimination and measures to encourage emigration. To many Israelis, it all sounded like a prescription for a pogrom against Jews…

  2. giladg
    October 21, 2012, 12:22 pm

    I never know which way Israeli (Palestinian) Christians are thinking. This is also relevant for Christians living in the West Bank. Are they terrified by the rise of Islam in the region? Are they hostile towards warmer ties with Jews out of fear of a Muslim backlash? Are they leading hostilities towards Jews and the US (Surhan Surhan was Christian, and they are also central is bringing Christian anti-Israel activists to the region)? Do they ever see a sharing of the holy sites between Christian, Muslims and Jews? Do they care that the Christian population of Bethlehem has dropped since being under Palestinian Authority control?
    But what I want to make clear, and they already know this by the way, is that if and after a peace deal with the Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza is reached, there will not be quiet in the region. The Israeli Muslims, led by the Israeli branch of the Muslim Brotherhood, will be look to raise (they actually have started this already) the tension between them and the Jewish citizens of Israel. They will call for autonomy in areas like the Negev and the Galilee, where they are currently in the majority. They will look to join physically with the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt, Jordan, West Bank, Gaza, Syria and Lebanon, amongst some.
    I know that the biggest mistake the Palestinian Christians have made, has been to shun a Jewish Israel instead walking together, side by side. The Palestinian Christians have an important part to play in pressing their Muslim brothers/cousins, that they should embrace a strong Jewish presence in the region. They have not come to realize this yet. Maybe it will be too late before they do? In the mean time their mindset is still there in the era of the Crusades, the last time they had any power in the region, which was tremendously violent and bloody. They need to break their alliances with the radical atheists and Jews bashers in Israel like Gideon Levy. You have nothing in common with Levy really, and you know it.
    It’s time for a Palestinian Christian Nelson Mandela to stand up and reveal himself.

    • Inanna
      October 21, 2012, 11:00 pm

      This is a patronising, condescending piece of crap, filled with ignorance and distortion and reeking with a crude unremitting Orientalism. It’s no wonder that you can’t find a Palestinian or other Christian to engage with you – disabusing you of all your wrong-headedness would be a massive task and most likely fruitless.

    • thankgodimatheist
      October 21, 2012, 11:10 pm

      “It’s time for a Palestinian Christian Nelson Mandela to stand up and reveal himself.”

      Nice to see you’re admitting that Israel is indeed Apartheid South Africa where a Christian Palestinian Mandela is needed. :)
      Worth mentioning is that your Israel’s discrimination against Christian Palestinian is as comprehensive and systemised as it is against Muslim Palestinian. (Let’s not forget that churches as well as mosques were demolished in 1948 and afterwards). True, little nuances in treatment here and there exist but not in a significant measure because in the end what the Israeli objective, the main effort as Uri Avnery calls it, is the appropriation of ALL Palestinian land, preferably rid of its population whether Muslim or Christian.

      • giladg
        October 22, 2012, 3:19 am

        “Churches as well as mosques were demolished in 1948”. Yes, and so were synagogues, and this was because of Jordanian bombing during the 1948 War of Independence, which was launched on Israel on four fronts when Israel accepted the 1947 Partition Plan and the Palestinians rejected it.

      • thankgodimatheist
        October 22, 2012, 8:49 am

        “Churches as well as mosques were demolished in 1948″. Yes, and so were synagogues, and this was because of Jordanian bombing during the 1948 War of Independence,”
        The destruction of hundreds of mosques and churches (and villages, goes without saying) was a systematic policy of ethnic (and cultural) cleansing. If true synagogues ( (how many, pray tell?) were destroyed by Jordanian bombing as you say it was certainly not a policy.

    • Avi_G.
      October 22, 2012, 1:53 am

      giladg says:
      October 21, 2012 at 12:22 pm

      I never know which way Israeli (Palestinian) Christians are thinking. This is also relevant for Christians living in the West Bank. Are they terrified by the rise of Islam in the region? Are they hostile towards warmer ties with Jews out of fear of a Muslim backlash? Are they leading hostilities towards Jews and the US (Surhan Surhan was Christian, and they are also central is bringing Christian anti-Israel activists to the region)? Do they ever see a sharing of the holy sites between Christian, Muslims and Jews? Do they care that the Christian population of Bethlehem has dropped since being under Palestinian Authority control?

      Those are all very important questions.

      They are important because they are instructive; they give readers an insight into the pure unadulterated garbage of propaganda that you are here to disseminate under the guise of asking innocent questions. Oh those wittle inquiwing minds want to know why those Palestinian Christians aren’t buying Israeli Hasbara wholesale and running around in panic:

      terrified by the rise of Islam in the region?

      You must think this is 1967 (Or if you are still capitalizing — like Netanyahu did after 9/11 — on a tragedy, you must erroneously think this is 2001) and the world is still buying your nonsense.

      Well, either way, it’s neither 1967 nor 2001.

      But if you’re really so curious as to what Palestinian Christians think, perhaps you could take a quick look at a 60 Minutes segment:

      Incidentally, “Islam” (*See below) isn’t “rising” nor declining in the region. Palestinian Christians and Moslems have lived in peace and harmony until the colonial Zionist fascists from Europe arrived. But Zionists refuse to acknowledge that the turmoil in the region is not religion-based.

      If they did, they would have to acknowledge that their brand of racist colonialism is no different than other colonial misadventures. And then the jig would be up. No Zionist wants that.

      * The racist commenter gildag didn’t even bother differentiating between “Islam” and radicals within Moslems who have hijacked the religion. No. As far as he is concerned, they are all The Moslems (No different than the anti-Jewish “The Jews”). And had he had more than one bottle of beer to drink tonight, he would have added “savage hordes” to his post above.

      So gildag, are your victims tonight Feeling the Hate in Jerusalem or Tel-Aviv?

      http://www.google.com/#hl=en&sclient=psy-ab&q=feeling+the+hate+in+jerusalem&oq=feeling+the+hate+in+&gs_l=hp.3.0.0l3j0i30.294276.296768.3.297809.20.16.0.4.4.2.246.2366.2j12j2.16.0.les%3B..0.0…1c.1.leGamhML1QM&pbx=1&bav=on.2,or.r_gc.r_pw.r_qf.&fp=92da361fb107ce2f&bpcl=35466521&biw=1438&bih=684

    • ToivoS
      October 22, 2012, 2:09 am

      gladg seeks union with the Palestinian Christians: I never know which way Israeli (Palestinian) Christians are thinking. and he goes on a bit. But he ignores the central fact that those Christians had their land stolen by the Zionist. Some of the pricier neighborhoods in West Jerusalem today that belong to the Jews only were before 1948 Christian enclaves. If you want them to join with you in this wonderful multicultural world, maybe you should just return those stolen properties. Maybe then they would join with you in your campaign against the Muslim world. Please open that door, the results would be interesting.

  3. Ellen
    October 21, 2012, 2:05 pm

    ISRAEL: Pogrom at Home? on the Koenig report. Written in 1976.

    The Pogroms have gotten worse since then, much worse.

    In the end….the Zionist enterprise will have the overhand completely. Then when it is “safe” there will be tears and sorry words and museums of memory to a long ago forgotten and destroyed people. That is how these things work.

    Zionist know this. That is the plan and that is why Zionist love to talk about the American Indians to justify the Pogroms and slow genocide of a people.

    And using the Bronze age bible stories to rally the masses behind the enterprise?

    • Dutch
      October 21, 2012, 4:30 pm

      This is the plan. This is how these things work. Exactly.

      @ Sam Bahour. Thank you for this article.

  4. eljay
    October 21, 2012, 3:04 pm

    >> … allowing Palestinian refugees to return home would disrupt very little on the ground in Israel. It would, however, threaten the very basis of its existence as an exclusively Jewish state …

    Well, then, there’s nothing more to be said. Zio-supremacists do not want Israel to be either:
    – a secular, democratic and egalitarian state of and for all Israelis, equally, but with a vibrant “Jewish character” that all Israelis could choose to embrace; or
    – a “Jewish State” which grants bureaucratic Jewish status to all current and future citizens, so that everyone who ends up in “Jewish State” is or becomes Jewish and is therefore entitled to the same rights as every other Jewish citizen of “Jewish State”.

    No, they want a supremacist and fundamentally religiously-based “Jewish State”, a state of and for people who have undergone a religious conversion, or who are descended from someone who underwent a religious conversion.

    • wes
      October 22, 2012, 5:32 am

      eljay

      “No, they want a supremacist and fundamentally religiously-based “Jewish State”, a state of and for people who have undergone a religious conversion, or who are descended from someone who underwent a religious conversion.”

      much like saudi arabia ,iran,iraq,egypt,turkey except “jewish state” read “moslem” state-
      if thats what people want and vote for who are you to say otherwise

      • eljay
        October 22, 2012, 7:42 am

        >> much like saudi arabia ,iran,iraq,egypt,turkey except “jewish state” read “moslem” state-
        >> if thats what people want and vote for who are you to say otherwise

        Unlike you, I don’t believe that states should exist as supremacist entities. I believe they should exist as secular, democratic and egalitarian entities, in which all citizens are guaranteed full and equal rights.

      • eljay
        October 22, 2012, 7:54 am

        >> Unlike you, I don’t believe that states should exist as supremacist entities. I believe they should exist as secular, democratic and egalitarian entities, in which all citizens are guaranteed full and equal rights.

        I also don’t believe in using injustice and immorality elsewhere in the world as justification for injustice and immorality “at home”.

        Zio-supremacists really seem to take pride in striving for the lowest common denominator in human behaviour.

  5. ToivoS
    October 21, 2012, 5:10 pm

    I would suggest Galilee Now as a good slogan — First implies exclusion of WB concerns. However, if that became a concerted civil rights movement inside Israel proper it is hard to imagine it not quickly allying with the forces that advocate a one-state solution. After-all a nonviolent one state movement would in effect be a Palestinian civil rights movement.

    Sam, thanks for contributing to MW — I had noticed and appreciated your articles when you wrote at TPM Cafe.

  6. dimadok
    October 21, 2012, 9:21 pm

    Only today was in the news all ove Israel that 19 years-old Arab student from Galil got the highest score on entrance tests and got into the medical school in Hebrew Unversity in Jerusalem- so much for the discrimination. And what law school is the young student from the article goes to? The list goes on but also passing the blame also never stops. Grow up and start building your society.

    • thankgodimatheist
      October 21, 2012, 11:25 pm

      “Grow up and start building your society”
      And stop whining about that boot on your necks. You’re just looking for excuses!

    • tree
      October 22, 2012, 12:20 am

      Dimadok,

      You have a strange concept of discrimination. The fact that the student with the highest scores got into the Hebrew University medical school does not disprove the discrimination against Arab students in Israel. And the fact that it is “in the news” all over Israel only attests to the fact that it is considered outside of the ordinary, thus “newsworthy”. Get back to us when an Israeli Arab student with mediocre scores equivalent to those of an Israeli Jewish student with similar scores gets into med school. Then you can claim a lack of discrimination. Although you’d still have to explain why Israel put an age restriction on entrance to med school (which, contrary to American practices, starts with undergraduate study) that discriminates against Arab students, and gives an exemption to that age restriction to those 18 year old Israeli students who promise to fulfill their IDF requirements after medical school (meaning of course an exemption for Jewish students only).

      Here’s some pertinent articles of the issue of discrimination against Arab medical students in Israel:

      Israel curbing Arab enrollment in medical schools, activists say
      http://articles.latimes.com/2012/may/28/world/la-fg-israel-med-students-20120528

      Israel’s Arab students are crossing to Jordan
      http://www.thenational.ae/news/world/middle-east/israels-arab-students-are-crossing-to-jordan

      No room for Arab students at Israeli universities
      http://www.globalresearch.ca/no-room-for-arab-students-at-israeli-universities/20662

      Education Cmte.: Entry requirements deter Arab medical students

      Knesset to universities: Entry requirements compel Arab students to choose other programs, study medicine overseas.

      http://www.haaretz.com/news/education-cmte-entry-requirements-deter-arab-medical-students-1.221793

      • dimadok
        October 22, 2012, 10:25 am

        @Tree. If you would actually read the article in LA times you’d see the following quotes:
        “Nationwide, an estimated 19% of medical school students are Arab, according to a 2009 parliamentary study. The ratio is in line with Israel’s Arab population, which is about 20%, and is impressive considering Arabs account for just 9% of the total number of university students and about 6% of government employees.”
        And the aforementioned student “suspects” that his is not getting in because his Arab. Maybe he is only an unfit person, regardless of being Arab?
        It is the same nonsense is when a black student claims he’s being “profiled” at EVERY occasion something goes against his expectations. Grow up.

      • tree
        October 23, 2012, 3:59 am

        Dim,

        I read every article I posted. You seem to have done so selectively.
        The very paragraph before the one you quoted said this:

        “High enrollment in medical schools has long been a rare success story for Israel’s 1.6 million Arab Israelis, who complain of discrimination by the government in many spheres of their lives.”

        And the very sentence after the one you quoted said this:

        “Arab activists say the rising number of Arabs in medical schools over the last two decades has alarmed Israeli officials and led to an effort to restrict enrollment.”

        It goes on to talk about the age restriction, which can be bypassed only by Jewish students, not Arab ones, and yet you ignore it because it doesn’t fit your preconceived notion that, despite what Israeli Arabs and NGOs say about discrimination against Arabs, that such discrimination doesn’t exist.

        And the aforementioned student “suspects” that his is not getting in because his Arab. Maybe he is only an unfit person, regardless of being Arab?

        And maybe you are just making excuses for Israeli discrimination. He managed to enroll in medical school in Poland and is graduating next year, which must have involved overcoming a larger language barrier for him than studying in Israel. That definitely sounds like something that only a motivated and mature student could manage. But you think you know better. You are the one who’s making adolescent arguments.

        And apparently you didn’t bother to read the rest of my links. Israel is putting barriers in the way of University level Arab students studying in Israel. Even the Knesset Education Committee argued that the age restrictions, and the prolonged interview process, were slanted against Arab students. So are you going to play the juvenile game of telling the Knesset Education Committee to “Grow up”? You certainly aren’t convincing anyone with that “argument”.

      • LeaNder
        October 23, 2012, 8:06 am

        tree, this is a highly ironic development, if I may call it thus, considering the high percentage of Jewish Germans in the medical professions in the decades leading up to the Nazis. They also were among the first groups targeted next to clerks/civil servants. Which in turn saved the lives of those I know of from family history. They left for the US really early.

    • giladg
      October 22, 2012, 8:36 am

      Ssshh dimadok, don’t tell them that there is a majority of Arab students at the medical school in Haifa. “Others” may start applying.

  7. giladg
    October 22, 2012, 5:57 am

    From an Iranian religious Shi’ite Twelver’s point of view, Jerusalem must be entirely under Muslim control before the lost prophet Maghdi can return (this is core Shi’ite belief so info on this is very easy to find). If the Palestinians make peace with Israel and agree to share Jerusalem, and the lost prophet does not return, the Shi’ites will blame the Palestinians. This is one of the main reasons why there will never be peace in the region.
    So this goes back to my initial comment of not understanding how Palestinian Christians think. When the Shi’ites say “Jerusalem under Islamic control”, what do Christians understand by this? Where do they see their place in a Jerusalem that is totally under Islamic control? This would imply that the Christians are being very short sighted. History will see the current setup in Jerusalem (not sure how long it will last) as the most open and free for all religions. It may not be perfect but is definitely the best situation possible out of the other possible options.

  8. carnas
    October 22, 2012, 12:28 pm

    Even 972 – not exactly a pro-Likud website – reveals that this type of screed is nothing but baseless propaganda. Notice that the author provides no statistics or hard facts to back up his claims.

    “Despite the onslaught of discriminatory legislation and racist declarations by public leaders, empirical data suggests that the government of Israel is closing the gaps between its Jewish and Arab citizens in many fields. The refusal to recognize those changes is dangerous and counter-productive.”
    http://972mag.com/a-dangerous-position/58002/

    • Avi_G.
      October 22, 2012, 6:05 pm

      Why don’t you explain why Palestinian (Not “Arab”) citizens of Israel get 1/4 of the budgets that Jewish towns get from the government?

      ————————
      At any rate, Ron Gerlitz and Batya Kallus are both Israeli Jews.

      So here we have two Jews speaking on behalf of Palestinians in Israel and telling them, “Hey, your claims are bunk”.

      And we also have some anonymous shmoe lecturing ‘Arabs’ from 7000 miles away about whether the reality of their daily existence is true or not.

      It’s cute, but it’s typically pathetic. Try harder next time. Who knows, you might manage to smooth over all the ugly parts of Israel’s existence, not to mention the treatment of Mizrahi Arab Jews at the hands of the racist colonial European invaders.

  9. wes
    October 23, 2012, 5:06 am

    i spoke to one of the rabbonim today

    i said it was wrong for settlers to attack arab farmers on the west bank.
    i would say that a law should be brought in

    if either a cain or an abel have lived on the land more than 7 years and tends animals or plants crops and does not raise his hands against his neighbours then he will not be attacked nor chased from his land unless he is willing before 3 witnesses

    he agreed with me that their were some settlers who were doing the wrong thing

    so why has no rabbi or rebbe gone to the west bank and put a stop to it
    yes you mr chabad
    be mindful of what is being done in G-D,s name

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