Monday, September 14, 2009

Monday photo

Photo shows an Isreali settler tossing wine at a Palestinian woman on Shuhada Street in Hebron. The approach of some settlers towards neighboring Palestinians, especially around Nablus in the north and Hebron in the south, has often been one of contempt and violence.

From here. There are 300,000 settlers in the West Bank (another 200,000 Israeli Jews live in East Jerusalem) and they are not monolithic. A third are politically and socially indistinguishable from most of Israel and moved there for suburban-style housing and close-knit communities. Another third are ultra-Orthodox and do not consider themselves settlers or Zionists, wanting only to live together in an appropriate environment somewhere in Israel.
The remaining 100,000 are ideologically (and, most of them, religiously) committed to staying. They have a fairly uniform view of the situation: most believe that there is no such thing as a Palestinian nation; that if the world wants a state for Palestinians, it should set it up next door in Jordan; that all of the West Bank, which they call by the biblical name Judea and Samaria, is a central part of the Jewish homeland; and that Arabs will do everything they can to destroy Israel in any borders, so staying in the West Bank is a matter not only of history but of security.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

that guy is obviously evil and there's no justification for what he's doing.

still, many people don't understand hebron's history. It was a jewish community for over 800 years until....

Many people believe that israel was is totally fictitious and jews are only there because of world guilt over the holocaust... but hebron's history tells another story.

again: that guy is scum and I'd just as soon have all the israeli's leave there and have peace.