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Massacre in Jerusalem: A mighty blow for greater Israel

03/07/2008

Whoever sent him, the terrorist who killed eight Yeshiva students in Jerusalem yesterday struck a mighty blow for greater Israel and racism. The Merkaz Harav Yeshiva is the ideological hub of the National Religious Party and the greater Israel movement. Many of those killed were from settlements in the West Bank, but that is not too relevant, since the Hamas insist that Jerusalem and Sderot are "illegal Zionist settlements" as well.

Those who caution Israel against "fueling the cycle of violence" and unifying Palestinian society around extremism, must understand that it works both ways. British PM Brown got the point when he insisted:

"Those who wish to stop the peace process by violence should be stopped from doing so by the combined voices of people throughout the world,"

But Brown could not leave well enough alone. He added:

"The way to answer those people of violence is to move forward the peace process as quickly as possible."

No, the best way to answer those people of violence is to stop terrorism. When London was being bombed by V-2 rockets, the answer was not peace negotiations. The peace talks will continue, but the bombing demonstrates at least that the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank cannot deliver anything in return for Israeli concessions, so the peace process must be empty of real content. When terorrists activists blew up the London underground, the British did not exercise "restraint" and didn't engage in any "peace process."

The massacre handed the settlers and their supporters eight martyrs, Predictably, the settlers and their allies were quick to turn the tragedy into political capital. Ya'akov Shapira, head of the Yeshiva, said at the funeral:

"The time has come for all of us to understand that an external struggle is raging, and an internal struggle, and everyone believes the hour has come ... for us to have a good leadership, a stronger leadership, a more believing leadership."

Actually, though religious belief seems to help the the enemy, an armed guard or two might be more to the point.

The choice of target was unfortunate. If the terrorists were hoping to divide Israeli society they were greatly mistaken. The rabbi used the killings as the basis of a call for unity that will be heeded by many.

"The murderer did not want to kill these people in particular, but everyone living in the holy city of Jerusalem," he said. "The murderers are the Amalek of our day, coming to remind us that Amalek has not disappeared, just changed its appearance."

Only the most pompous ideologue would insist on withholding sympathy for these young people who were studying in West Jerusalem and harming no-one.

Right-wing MK Avigdor Lieberman went further, blaming the attack on Israeli Arab MKs. The extremist Women in Green group called for establishment of yet more settlements:

"The Jewish Zionist revenge must be an immediate revenge by establishing eight new communities throughout Judea and Samaria in memory of the those murdered, especially in light of the fact that the Mercaz Harav yeshiva symbolizes the settlement in the Yesha region."

What, realistically, can any peace-loving Israeli say to any of these people? "Restraint," "stop the cycle of violence," "the occupation is killing us all..," "the terror attacks are the price of peace..." All those empty slogans cannot be convincing against the background of the blood washed floors of the Yeshiva in Jerusalem, and the wrecked homes in Sderot and Ashkelon. All they can do is engender more resentment against "leftists" and "astronauts."

Those who are really concerned for peace in the Middle East or for the cause of the Arabs of Palestine must comprehend the damage that this attack did, and must understand that more than ritual condemnation of terrorism and calls for restraint will be needed to undo that damage. It is time for the Palestinian side to exercise some restraint and to stop the "cycle of violence." But of course, the real power behind the attack, and the Qassam rocket attacks, is not the puny Palestinian people, but states with larger agendas.

The attack was probably engineered in Tehran, though it was carried out by an East Jerusalem Arab. It may have been "revenge" for the death of terror mastermind Imad Moughniyeh, or it may have just been one of many planned attacks that just happened to get through the Israeli security net. But governments and terrorist leaders don't really operate according to the calculus of revenge. The real purpose of the attack is to sabotage the peace process, because the peace process is sponsored by the Americans and the Europeans. The mullahs of Tehran and the rulers of Damascus will fight the Great Satan to the last drop of Palestinian blood and the last drop of Lebanese blood.

Ami Isseroff

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The present-day "Palestinians" are an Arab people, with Arab culture, Arabic language and Arab history. They have their own Arab states from where they came into the Land of Israel about one century ago to contrast the Jewish immigration. That is the historical truth. They were Jordanians (another recent British invention, as there has never been any people known as "Jordanians"), and after the Six-Day War in which Israel utterly defeated the coalition of nine Arab states and took legitimate possession of Judea and Samaria, the Arab dwellers in those regions underwent a kind of anthropological miracle and discovered that they were Palestinians - something they did not know the day before.

Posted by Habbazlam @ 03/08/2008 05:37 AM CST

The fairy tale is over.

Obama's pixy dust is wearing off.

A few in the corporate media are finally starting to reveal some details about this man's judgment.

I speak of Obama's long association with his spiritual advisor, Rev. Jeremiah Wright.

Obama says he didn't know Wright was far, far left. While that is hard to believe, it says that Obama is not a very discerning judge of character. And it shows poor judgment for a presidential candidate to allow such an extremist to serve on his campaign.

Rev. Wright says AIDS was created by the US government to kill black people.

Come on!

"I didn't know about that man, Rev. Wright." Is that what Obama is telling us?

But there is more to come.

Obama's friend, William Ayers, is an unrepentent terrorist.

An Obama fund raiser, Rashid Khalidi, supports terrorists.

Wait till these tidbits come out. Maybe they won't release them till after Obama wins the nomination.

These associations with radicals show that Obama does not yet have the judgment nor the experience to be at the top of the ticket.

Posted by soperson @ 03/18/2008 02:57 AM CST

whatever you want to call the palestinians, they were living in palestine when the zionist terrorists stole their land.

there are some kooky folks who say that israelis are not really jews but east europeans. put your lot in with them, habbaz.

Posted by soperson @ 03/18/2008 02:58 AM CST

according to "the surrogate colonization of palestine", the palestinians were already here when the zionist terrorists came and stole their land.

the zionists purchased some land from ottoman landlords. the landlords stole the land via a complicated form of eminent domain. but the ottomans allowed the palestinians to continue to live on the land and work the land and pay "rent."

the wealthy and well protected zionists then purchased the land from the ottomans and then kicked the palestinians off of the land, in line with negative intent of that british letter....i forget it's name right off hand. i'm getting old. was it the british pm who wrote the letter?

Posted by soperson @ 03/18/2008 03:03 AM CST

the balfour agreement i believe it was called. it was basically a declaration of war against the palestinians.

although one wealthy and nonracist zionist made them put a line in their to at least consider the rights of the palestinians. of course. most of the zionists just ignored that little line and went ahead and treated the palestinians the same way whites treated the native americans.

some still deny the holocaust. and some still deny the smaller holocaust done to the palestinians by OUR people.

what a tragedy? we did and do to the palestinians the same thing that was done to our people. admittedly, we did not wipe out 6 million palestinians. but maybe that's because we want to still keep getting that $3 to $5 billion a year from the United States.

ah, when i say our people i am saying that i am an american jew. i have been to israel.

one time i walked into a store owned by a palestinian in the west bank, i think bethlehem. i guess i could have taken a coca cola from him, shot him and said, "i have the right to do this because my ancestors were here 2000 years ago."

yap, just forget about the ten commandments.

Posted by soperson @ 03/18/2008 03:10 AM CST

etter to tikkun magazine

Dear editor:

One of the most valid points in your article about Annapolis was that each side--Palestinians and Israelis--should teach history in their own schools the way their enemies would teach it. So as a first step toward peace, I, a Jewish American, part of the diaspora Jews, will do just that right here in your magazine.

But I will take it one step further: I will teach that mutual history the way it is seen--not by the Palestinians--but as it is seen by fellow Jews and Zionists like Benny Morris and Ami Isseroff. I suspect you are familiar with them although 99% of Americans are not because of the biased and bigoted US corporate media.

I would also include in that teaching, Professor Ian G. Lustik of the University of Pennsylvania. He is an expert on the subject of Israeli-Palestinian history. I think you are also familiar with him since you published one of his articles in your magazine.

Mr. Morris, a renowned Zionist historian, has documented how Zionist terrorists stole the land of the Palestinians between 1947 and 1949, committing at least 24 massacres such as the one at Deir Yassin with the purpose of ethnically cleansing the Palestinians, a necessary element in establishing a majority Jewish state.

Professor Lustik points out how the first secretary of state of Israel called this terrorism the smaller holocaust indirectly caused by the larger holocaust committed by Hitler. The secretary even mentioned taking some of the German-paid reparations to Israel and diverting them to the Palestinian victims of "The Tragedy" as the Palestinians refer to it.

I believe Professor Lustik will also concede that the Israeli government doesn't even want to allow the refugees caused by The Tragedy and later acts of Israeli terrorism and ethnic cleansing to return to the West Bank or the Gaza Strip, let alone the actual land that was stolen from them within the current borders of Israel.

Ami Isseroff, a Zionist for peace, gets into the nuts and bolts of one of the particular massacres committed by Zionist terrorists, the Irgun and the Stern Gang, at Deir Yassin. He explains how the terrorists shot and killed prisoners, women and children at close range. He also explains how the villagers of Deir Yassin had signed a peace treaty with the Zionists before they were attacked unmercifully.

Oh, and as part of our history lesson for peace I have another source that is not Palestinian or Arab: "The Surrogate Colonization of Palestine" by Scott Atran. Mr. Atran points out the cause behind the riots of the 1920s in which Palestinians killed Jews. Wealthy Zionists who purchased a small portion of the land later to become Israel, purchased the land from those who stole it from the Palestinians, the Ottoman landlords. Only the Ottomans allowed the Palestinians to continue to work the land and make a living without having "legal" ownership to it. After the Zionists purchased this land--bought fenced property--they proceeded to kick the Palestinians off of the land they had worked and lived on for generations. I presume these wealthy Zionist thieves had armed gangs to protect them so the displaced Palestinians took out their anger on less well-armed Jews who may have been illegally immigrating into Palestine.

And thus began the war that continues even now and extended itself into America on 911.

So how's that for our first history lesson for peace?

I DON'T THINK TIKKUN PUBLISHED THE ABOVE LETTER. I GUESS I AM TOO RADICAL FOR THE RADICALS. LOL.

Posted by soperson @ 03/18/2008 03:15 AM CST


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