Israel sows despair and senseless violence

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A Statement of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD)

And the “Zionist answer” to the downward cycle of senseless violence in which Jerusalem finds itself: house demolitions, mass arrests, revoking the “residency” of native-born Jerusalemites, closing Palestinian neighborhoods with concrete blocks, arming Israeli Jewish vigilantes and cheap shots at the last person who believes in a two-state solution, Abu Mazen. Everything, that is, except an end to occupation and a just political solution. This is what happens when a powerful country forgoes any effort to address the grievances of a people under its control and descends into raw oppression.

Israel is not in “the grip of a terrorist onslaught,” as Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu stated in this press conference tonight; it is in the grip of senseless violence spawned by despair and repression. The Palestinians, having lost all hope of the Occupation ending and a tiny state of their own, imprisoned in tiny islands of their country, victimized, impoverished, lacking the minimum in individual and collective rights, displaced, even their only place of refuge, their homes, demolished (some 48,000 Palestinian homes have been demolished in the Occupied Territory since 1967), have been reduced to lashing out. Threats to al Aqsa mosque – and there are palpable threats coming from the Israeli right, which wants to partition the holy site as it did to the Ibrahimi mosque in Hebron – only add to the danger that what has been until now a political conflict that can be resolved may turn into an uncontrollable religious war.

Israel, having given up all pretense of seeking a just solution, has answered Palestinian despair with pure, atavistic repression. Once again Prime Minister Netanyahu’s analysis is dead wrong: the “core of the violence,” as he puts it, is not the Palestinians’ refusal to recognize Israel as a Jewish state (they recognized the state of Israel on 78% of historic Palestine 26 years ago), but Israel’s refusal to address – even acknowledge – Palestinian national rights and claims. His “Zionist answers” of increased repression are empty of any political policy that could ease the conflict; not only do they not deter, as an IDF commission concluded in 2005, but they inflame the situation and lead to an endless downward spiral of violence. The Israeli political scene has deteriorated to raw revenge – and revenge for both crimes and acts of resistance that could have been avoided by a genuine Israeli aspiration for a just solution.

In the meantime, the people suffer and hatred prevails, stoked by the only party strong enough to end it all, the Occupying Power, Israel.

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Jeff Halper is the Director of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD). He can be reached at [email protected]

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  1. just
    November 19, 2014, 10:02 am

    Here’s one more:

    “JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — Israeli forces on Wednesday demolished the family home of the suspect in a Jerusalem car-ramming attack last month, witnesses said.

    Dozens of Israeli troops raided the al-Bustan area of the Silwan neighborhood in East Jerusalem and proceeded to explode the home of Abd al-Rahman al-Shaludi.

    The forces entered the area after midnight, surrounded the five-story building where the al-Shaludi family lives, and forced residents out of the building without allowing them to bring any of their possessions with them, witnesses said.

    Troops also evacuated three houses near the building and held residents in a tent for over four hours.

    They told residents to remove their cars from the area, before planting explosives in the al-Shaludi home and destroying it at around 3:45 a.m.”

    http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=741041

    and

    “BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — Israel has approved the construction of 78 new settlement units in East Jerusalem, the Israeli news site Walla reported Wednesday.

    The report said 50 houses would be built in the Har Homa settlement, which is built illegally on Jabal Abu Ghneim, a private Palestinian property between Bethlehem and Jerusalem.

    The other 28 settlement houses will be built in the illegal Ramot settlement which is built on private Palestinian land between Jerusalem and Ramallah.”

    http://www.maannews.net/eng/ViewDetails.aspx?ID=741065

    Thank you for the article, Jeff. It’s really well- written.

    “In the meantime, the people suffer and hatred prevails, stoked by the only party strong enough to end it all, the Occupying Power, Israel.”

    The US has the power to make the Occupying Power end it.

    • seafoid
      November 19, 2014, 10:12 am

      “The forces entered the area after midnight, surrounded the five-story building where the al-Shaludi family lives, and forced residents out of the building without allowing them to bring any of their possessions with them, witnesses said. -”

      I didn’t realize it was Sukkot already

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sukkot

  2. Kay24
    November 19, 2014, 10:14 am

    They have stated these two killers acted on their own, but had planned this attack before.
    Again, I must say this was a despicable act, but it will not be the last, from both sides.
    Lives are being lost because of greed and an occupation which never ceases.
    No one can fault the Palestinian people, all they keep asking for is to be free and given their
    basic rights.

    • just
      November 19, 2014, 10:27 am

      How do they know that they planned this attack before? They shot them.

      • Maximus Decimus Meridius
        November 19, 2014, 10:38 am

        It now seems to be routine for Israeli police to shoot Palestinians attackers on the spot. In this case, there may have been a good reason, given the extreme violence they were inflicting. But we had the same thing with the alleged hit and run drivers a few weeks ago, and with the man who supposedly shot Glick.

        When you see this, you can understand why Israel’s intelligence is so lousy. Instead of interrogating the suspects and getting valuable information from them, you shoot them on the spot? Real clever.

      • Kay24
        November 19, 2014, 11:11 am

        Good point. When it comes to the Palestinians, it is shoot first, and presume later.

        Quite a huge contrast to the way Israeli criminals are treated, questioned, and set free for ridiculous reasons.

      • Elliot
        November 19, 2014, 1:18 pm

        “It now seems to be routine for Israeli police to shoot Palestinians attackers on the spot. ”
        Aharonovitch have publicly declared this policy. It is long practiced on the West Bank. The policy is just making headlines recently because it is being applied against Israeli citizens within Israel proper.
        Seems to me that the White police in Ferguson and elsewhere have adopted the same policy regarding Black protesters. American and Israeli police routinely train together and likely share a racist and murderous mindset against colored folks.

    • Horizontal
      November 19, 2014, 11:13 am

      No one can fault the Palestinian people . . .

      If that’s true, then it’ll be a first, sad to say.

      • Polar
        November 20, 2014, 6:45 am

        Well the police wanted to make shire at least 4 worshipers were dead prior to killing the assailants in a synagogue. You you, appearances are important and one wants the headlines to look right.

      • Annie Robbins
        November 20, 2014, 3:59 pm

        polar, huh?

    • Mooser
      November 21, 2014, 10:38 am

      “No one can fault the Palestinian people, all they keep asking for is to be free and given their
      basic rights.”

      That’s true, but you see, Zionists don’t think like us. Zionists do not believe in “basic rights”. They have none, so they don’t believe anybody else can have any either.
      According to Zionists, what the Palestinians are asking for is privileges, and they don’t deserve them.

      That’s what every single argument with Zionists breaks down to. And there’s one of the sad parts, that Zionists think their own basic human rights are privileges accorded the deserving.

  3. seafoid
    November 19, 2014, 10:14 am

    It’s just Zionist logic iterating away to the final collapse.
    Beit Hallahmi called 1948 the original sin and Zionism still doesn’t know how to deal with the Palestinians.
    Judaism is being destroyed in the process.

    • Horizontal
      November 19, 2014, 11:18 am

      I think they’re doing a great job of destroying Zionism, but I don’t think Judaism’s in trouble. In fact, as Zionism descends deeper and deeper into darkness, I believe that it’s made many Jews actually question their religion and if Israel actually embodies the sum total of those beliefs.

      I’m not sure such a personal accounting would be taking place otherwise.

      • Mooser
        November 19, 2014, 12:39 pm

        “I think they’re doing a great job of destroying Zionism, but I don’t think Judaism’s in trouble.”

        Well, might it be fair to say, Judaism being pretty much a decentralized religion, that there are lots of different Judaisms. And yes, some of them are indeed in trouble.

      • jd65
        November 21, 2014, 11:24 am

        I hear you Horizontal. Or as the kids today might say, I feel you…

    • jd65
      November 20, 2014, 2:31 pm

      Hey seafoid. You write, “Judaism is being destroyed in the process.” Very sadly, seafood, I agree with you. And by “the process,” I understand you to mean the Zionist project of creating modern day Israel by taking the land of Palestine by brutal force with the intent of creating an ethnically pure Jewish country, or state, or nation, or whatever word you wanna use to designate a geographical location. And all the horror that has resulted from this intent. However much the Zionists, “Liberal Zionists,” or any other Israel apologist wants to deny it, Israel and it’s savagery has now become the default representation/image of Jews/Judaism worldwide. It’s a horrifically sad truth.

      Zionism is destroying Judaism in two fundamental ways:

      1) Jewish religious zealots like Meir Kahane, in tandem with many secular nationalists like Netanyahu, Ben-Gurion, Golda Meir, etc…, have succeeded in turning the issue of creating the “Jewish State” of Israel into a central area of concern for nearly all religious Jews (despite the fact that the creation of this ‘State’ is arguably diametrically opposed to a strict reading of the Torah – see ‘Neturei-Karta’ Jews et-al…). This is evidenced by every synagogue that I’ve entered (admittedly, not too many…) having an Israeli flag hanging inside the temple – often alongside an American flag. Just last week I went to see “liberal Zionist” Gershon Baskin speak at a temple in Evanston and greeting me on the lawn of the temple was a big “We Stand With Israel” sign. The issue is now centrally entrenched. (In a perverse/odd way, this manipulative conflation of secular nationalism and religious Judaism parallels the intentional conflation of anti-Zionism and anti-Semitism)

      2) Because of the entrenchment of this toxic issue into the temple and into religious Jewish life (not to mention its being forced into secular lives) over the decades, some people born into more secular Jewish families who may have been curious enough as adults to join a temple/synagogue to see if it was for them, never even consider it due to the knowledge that they will likely have to unconditionally support Israel to truly be accepted into the Temple’s congregation. I know this to be true because I am one of these people. And because I know that I am not exceptional, I surely cannot be the only one.

      So not only is Zionism driving people away from coming into Temple due to what’s being taught inside them, it’s no doubt driving people of conscience out of temples they may have belonged to for years/decades due to the corrosion of what’s being learned/discussed within the Temple. So Zionism’s destruction of Judaism is in the form of its corrosive influence on what’s being studied, taught, and emphasized by the temple as Judaism (the justification of colonial terrorism as necessary to Judaism). This corrodes/destroys Judaism itself. Then in turn, this trumpeted moral corrosion results in fewer and fewer people being interested in joining this community. Population destruction.

      So, Horizontal, I unfortunately disagree w/ you that “Judaism is not in trouble.” I understand your optimism that Israel’s crimes may force some religious Jews into some form of religious soul-searching, turning them into more moral religious Jews. And this certainly may be happening. But my feeling is that it is not happening in nearly as large numbers as those who are simply completely turned off and leave. My own family is a decent microcosmic example of all of this but it’s too personal for me to air on a public forum…

      • seafoid
        November 20, 2014, 4:44 pm

        “Because of the entrenchment of this toxic issue into the temple and into religious Jewish life (not to mention its being forced into secular lives) over the decades, some people born into more secular Jewish families who may have been curious enough as adults to join a temple/synagogue to see if it was for them, never even consider it due to the knowledge that they will likely have to unconditionally support Israel to truly be accepted into the Temple’s congregation. I know this to be true because I am one of these people. And because I know that I am not exceptional, I surely cannot be the only one. So not only is Zionism driving people away from coming into Temple due to what’s being taught inside them, it’s no doubt driving people of conscience out of temples they may have belonged to for years/decades due to the corrosion of what’s being learned/discussed within the Temple. ”

        Einstein said if you can’t explain it to a six year old you don’t understand it. And even 6 year olds can see that Zionism is insane. The hatred that drove the IDF in July and August was broadcast around the world. The petty vindictiveness, the brutality, the brainwashing.
        Zionism might be okay if it didn’t need torture to get through the day. But it does. Because it can’t live in peace with the Palestinians. the Original Sin.
        And all the energy that went into the project, hatikva even. the hope. and now the hopelessness. It is very sad.
        They couldn’t leave Europe and the trauma behind. The Nazis caught up with them in Erez Israel and the Nazis are still winning, cordyceps style.

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XuKjBIBBAL8

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dMfMAZk24l0

        And all the Jews who won’t even think about what Israel has become, as if focus is going to change anything. Like the sociopaths in Tel Aviv care anyway

      • Mooser
        November 21, 2014, 10:48 am

        “jd65” I enjoyed reading your comment, even though it was long and my lips got tired reading it. But it made a lot of sense to me.

        But I’m very sure that those Jews who desire a religious connection with Judaism will simply (and it really is, we’ve done it before) find a new, not-Zionist way to worship.

        And I’m very sure that if a not-Zionist Judaism is established and can get started, the number of people who will flock to it, and will want their children instructed in that kind of Judaism will be astounding. There is a huge hunger for it, and to some extent, a desire to show people (and children) that Judaism can be something they want to embrace, not run from.

      • Mooser
        November 30, 2014, 3:50 pm

        “And this certainly may be happening. But my feeling is that it is not happening in nearly as large numbers as those who are simply completely turned off and leave”

        Exactly, that is the simplest and most practical way of dealing with it, it’s well within your rights as an American, and the only problem can arise is, for most people, family friction, which can be negotiated. And since those people the leavers are never counted, polled or asked their opinion, that ostensibly leaves Judaism with nearly 100% for Zionism.
        So yes, Judaism is willing to throw away a great, great many people to retain those who will go along with or support Zionism.

    • jd65
      December 4, 2014, 11:27 am

      Hey again seafoid. reading this post today by mcohen from another “thread” made me think of my post about Zionism changing/eroding/ruining Judaism under this article. It basically confirms what I, and yourself, wrote.

      mcohen writes:

      “transference of trauma as a method of healing is part of what zionism is in response to the attacks jews have suffered in the past 200 hundred years and therefore makes zionism essential to judaism.”

      There it is. Black and white. Crazy sad.

  4. eljay
    November 19, 2014, 11:35 am

    >> Israel, having given up all pretense of seeking a just solution …

    Israel long ago dropped any pretense of seeking a just solution.

    >> Once again Prime Minister Netanyahu’s analysis is dead wrong: the “core of the violence,” as he puts it, is not the Palestinians’ refusal to recognize Israel as a Jewish state … but Israel’s refusal to address – even acknowledge – Palestinian national rights and claims.

    The core of the problem is Zio-supremacism – the belief that Jews are entitled to a supremacist “Jewish State” in Palestine.

    No group of people (not even Jews) is entitled to a supremacist state and no-one (not even Palestinians) should be expected or required to recognize or accept any supremacist state (not even a Jewish one).

  5. shalom
    November 19, 2014, 12:21 pm

    Not exactly a 360 degree vision of what’s happening including the slaughter of four Rabbis and a police officer yesterday in a West Jerusalem synagogue. Hussein Ibish, not exactly a friend of Benjamin Netanyahu fears that Palestinians and Israelis are pursuing a Right to Revenge that will only cause more death and anguish:

    https://now.mmedia.me/lb/en/commentaryanalysis/564416-the-right-to-revenge

    We all have to work for a peace that will be found beyond incitement and blame.

    • eljay
      November 19, 2014, 3:47 pm

      >> shalom: We all have to work for a peace that will be found beyond incitement and blame.

      Better yet, let’s all work for justice, accountability and equality.

    • Mooser
      November 21, 2014, 10:50 am

      “We all have to work for a peace that will be found beyond incitement and blame”

      Gee, what peace is “beyond incitement and blame”? Now, what possible peace is like that?

  6. American
    November 19, 2014, 12:36 pm

    http://www.rebellesociety.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/2wolves.jpg

    The two wolves inside.

    One is evil – he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.”

    “The other is good – he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. ‘
    The one you feed wins.

    Or so the lesson goes.

    Who can deny we and the world haven’t fed Israel wolf a diet of kindness, benevolence, empathy generosity and compassion?
    But its made no difference and its all flowed into the evil wolf.
    So what next?

    • American
      November 19, 2014, 4:09 pm

      The zionist feed the evil politicians who always capitulate to their own self serving political interest , then the politicians feed the evil wolf in Israel.
      Something has to break up this scheme of the US being the criminal defense attorney for Israel.
      Ethnic favoritism and politics must go, political money must go, personal interest must go, selecting government by ethnic or religion must go…it all has to end.
      It starts at the top it has be torn down from the top.

      http://forward.com/articles/178608/for-samantha-power-support-for-israel-is-deeply-pe/?p=all

      For Samantha Power, Support for Israel Is Deeply Personal — and Proven
      U.N. Envoy Wins Over Jewish Community With Track Record

      Power Play: Samantha Power, shown here with President Obama, leaves little to chance, especially when it comes to shoring up support around Israel.

      By Nathan Guttman
      Published June 15, 2013, issue of June 21, 2013.

      (snips)

      During a White House meeting with Israeli officials in 2009, Samantha Power, like any other proud mother, pulled out a photo of her infant son. In speaking to the admiring crowd, she added a surprising detail: Her son, she said, is a descendant, from his father’s side, of the Vilna Gaon, Rabbi Eliyahu ben Shlomo Zalman Kremer, the 18th-century Jewish sage who is considered the greatest talmudic scholar of his time.

      This impressive lineage — a product of Power’s marriage to prominent law professor Cass Sunstein — offers some insight into Power’s personal sense of connection to Jews. But it is not the key to understanding her strong backing within the Jewish and pro-Israel communities, despite past statements that have been seen as critical of Israel and of the American lobby that backs it.

      Power, who was recently chosen by President Obama to serve as the next ambassador to the United Nations, has made inroads to the community, thanks to her hands-on work in support of Israel at the United Nations and at other international forums.

      “Her starting point has always been, ‘How do we work together to overcome obstacles and to ensure that both the United States and Israel get out of these U.N. situations with the least damage?” said Dan Arbel, who served as deputy chief of mission at the Israeli Embassy in Washington. ”

      Israeli counterparts have found in Power a close ally, though they note that her efforts on Israel’s behalf do not necessarily signal blind support for its policies, especially as they relate to the issue of exclusive Jewish settlements in the West Bank.

      But many in the pro-Israel community encountered Power’s thinking about the region when they came across an earlier, now-famous interview she gave in 2002, before coming to government, to Harry Kreisler, executive director of the Institute of International Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. In it, Power was asked a hypothetical question about the possibility of a genocidal situation in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and replied that in that case, the United States should consider putting “a meaningful military presence” on the ground in the West Bank.

      “Putting something on the line might mean alienating a domestic constituency of tremendous political and financial import,” she added, in apparent reference to the pro-Israel lobby. “It may more crucially mean (investing) billions of dollars, not in servicing Israel’s military, but actually investing in the new state of Palestine.”…..

      .

  7. gracie fr
    November 19, 2014, 4:30 pm

    In a press conference immediately after the synagogue attack, Netanyahu made a U-turn on early elections, instead inviting opposition parties — those representing Palestinian citizens of Israel exempted — to join a national unity government. While Labor and the more dovish Meretz rejected the invitation out of hand, the parochial but pragmatic ultra-Orthodox parties are considering it. Even if expanding his coalition doesn’t buy Netanyahu much time, it could provide some buffer against pressure from the opponents whose challenge is most threatening: his coalition partners on the right.

    Until now, the hawks in his coalition have demanded more of what Netanyahu was already doing, such as expanding settlements and blasting Gaza. But on Jerusalem, they seek a qualitative change, looking to alter the delicate status quo in the city, especially regarding the Temple Mount. Pressure on Netanyahu from right-wing nationalist groups to expand Jewish access to the Temple Mount, home to Al-Aqsa mosque, has begun to lend an increasingly religious character to what was hitherto a primarily national conflict — just as religious violence is spiking across the Middle East.

    http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/11/18/jerusalem-crisisnarrowsnetanyahuasoptions.html

  8. chuckcarlos
    November 19, 2014, 8:53 pm

    israelites or whatever they are setting themselves up to get their asses kicked and get royally roasted…

    “divine retribution”

    “reap what you shall sow”

    ask Captain Ahab

    • W.Jones
      November 20, 2014, 9:58 pm

      And how do you see that happening when the Israelis have nukes and the US and the special interests are behind them?

      • Mooser
        November 21, 2014, 10:54 am

        “And how do you see that happening when the Israelis have nukes and the US and the special interests are behind them?”

        Sure, W Jones, this attempt at Jewish nationalism and a “Jewish State” (No resurrection or virgin birth allowed?) will be as successful as any other we know about.

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