It has been said that no coalition in Israeli politics has the ability to turn against the settlements, and here is further proof. The above image was posted on the Facebook page of Meretz, a leftwing party in Israel (and heroes of J Street, the US liberal Zionist group). The two Hebrew words at the top say, “What’s this?” And it’s a map of kibbutzes, or Jewish collective settlements, put together by the kibbutz movement.
Many of the kibbutzim (Hebrew for kibbutzes) are in the occupied territories, in the Jordan Valley and the Golan Heights.
“The Kibbutzim movement and the Meretz Kibbutzim supporters are sharing a map of Kibbutzim on stolen Palestinian land, including illegal settlements on occupied West bank land, and taking pride in it,” Ofer Neiman explains.
The map of some 250 kibbutzim was first posted by the Kibbutzim movement. It was then shared by a page called “Meretz – Kibutzim and Moshavim”. A snapshot of the Meretz sharing appears here, with Meretz’s logo at the top left:
Here is the Meretz link (which is alive, for now). You can see the green-and-blue Meretz logo on the left side of that page, too.
Zehava Golan, the head of Meretz, is a star at the liberal Zionist group J Street. (I found that speech moving and I believe I praised her for it).
So people in both the Labour Party and Meretz think it’s cool to circulate a list of their illegal settlements (and we haven’t even begun to discuss the role of the Kibbutzim and the Nakba).
The Kibbutzim Movement (formed in 1999), Neiman explains, represents a union of the Labour Party-affiliated United Kibbutz movement (Taka”m), and the Meretz-affiliated National Kibbutz movement (Kibbutz Artzi).