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Settlements have turned us into ‘the loathsome scum among nations,’ prophetic Peace Now poster cries

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Tomorrow is a holy day in the Jewish calendar, Tisha B’Av, a fast commemorating the destruction of the First and Second Temples. (And to answer your question: No. Heck, I was so assimilated I didn’t know what Tisha B’av was till I went to Israel 3 years ago. Give me a year or two yet.) 

Back on track: Peace Now is putting up posters (one is shown at left) throughout Jerusalem warning that the Occupation will lead to the destruction of the Third Temple. They’re in Hebrew. And when Peace Now is talking Hebrew, it can be really out there. This poster says the occupation will end Zionism. Translation from Ynet:

The poster, that is certain to stir up controversy in the capital, reads: "Why was the First Temple destroyed? Because of three things – idolatry, incest and bloodshed. Why was the Second Temple destroyed? Because there was unfounded hatred. And what, heaven forbid, will lead to the destruction of the Third Temple? The settlements, fanaticism and occupation."

"For this I mourn," the poster continues," for the settlements that were built in the heart of Palestinian territory and that keep peace and quiet from our land. For the settlements that were built, with or without permit, and that turn us into the loathsome scum among the nations.

"For the outposts that were built by deception and by turning blind eyes. For Jerusalem, the joy of the land, that has been turned into a city of strife and quarrel. For the continued investment and construction in the settlements, that will ultimately lead to one state for two people – and thus put an end to the Zionist enterprise."

Philip Weiss

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