-Jewish communities are surrounded by fences
-Jews are not allowed to hike in the Wadi under their community
-Jews can’t visit the surrounding villages
-Jews can’t leave the community at certain hours
BECAUSE OF THE THREAT OF DEATH
“Last week, I returned from month-long reserve service session in Judea and Samaria; it was my first stint in the territories since my mandatory IDF service.
Undoubtedly, things look different when you are a few years older. Different situations become clearer, and new conclusions emerge. Forget about everything you were told: Roadblocks, control, humiliation, apartheid? Not around here. I encountered a different reality, and below are my impressions.
Every person is allowed to be shocked by something else, in line with one’s doctrine, morality, values and worldview. Some see a moral crime in a military patrol that holds up a Palestinian for a security check and are deeply shaken by it. I chose to be shocked by other things.
I was shocked to realize that some Israelis maintain a daily routine under a constant threat to their lives, and that a Jewish community must be surrounded by a fence so its residents won’t be butchered. I suddenly understood how truly shocking it is that I’m lying in ambush in mud near a Jewish community on the eve of a holiday, just to prevent the murder of Jews by the local population; of course, a holiday is a wonderful date for terror groups to hurt the Jews a little more.
I was shocked that Jews are not allowed to hike in the wadi under their community, that they must not enter surrounding villages because they won’t come out alive, that their movement is limited, that at certain hours one must not leave the community, and that they face the constant threat of stoning, firing and lynching.
For years we are hearing the lie that our presence there constitutes an obstacle to peace, while we come up with all sorts of odd excuses for murderous terror. They are not telling us about the massacre in Hebron’s Jewish community in 1929, some 38 years before Judea and Samaria was conquered. We are not told that between 1949 and 1956, more than 300 Jewish civilians were murdered in “Palestinian” terror attacks.
Nobody tells us that the Palestine Liberation Organization was formed in 1964, three years before Judea and Samaria was conquered under the command of IDF Chief of Staff Yitzhak Rabin. Any territory handed over to the Palestinians to this day has been used to produce terror infrastructure, and the latest example – the Gush Katif evacuation – demonstrates it in the clearest and more blatant manner.
The Palestinians do not draw their hatred for Israel from the soldier at the checkpoint. That’s my own opinion, of course. They take in the hatred from Palestinian Authority and Hamas TV, where Jews are compared to monkeys and pigs worthy of death. They get the hatred from incitement at mosques, schools, and the photos of martyrs adorning every wall and square in Judea and Samaria cities.
They draw the motivation to hate from Palestinian cultural icons, Marwan Barghouti and mass murderer Yasser Arafat. They are inspired by squares and soccer stadiums named after terrorists; years of incitement and dehumanization of Israel are having their effect.
To my regret, I realized that the equation is clear and simple: Without our presence there, we would witness the mass slaughter of Jews at the hands of Arabs, making the 1929 riots seem like child’s play.
There is no doubt that IDF soldiers face complex situations while serving in the territories. My comrades and I, who were called up to serve there, did not arrive in order to see blood spilled, heaven forbid, humiliate or trample the honor of Palestinians. The opposite is true.
We were all educated in line with Zionist values, tolerance and the desire for peace, regardless of leftist or rightist views. I know that the real Left is not about radical activists or the violent anarchists who hurl stones at IDF troops on Fridays. For me, the real Left is about Rabin, may he rest in peace, Zionism, building, and friendship. Even if we don’t always agree, we still keep fighting shoulder to shoulder.
Even if we cast the political debate aside for a moment, I feel proud to serve in Judea and Samaria. I’m proud that thanks to me and my fellow reservists, residents celebrated Passover safely without being murdered. I’m proud that the roadblock I served at prevented a knifeman or an explosive device from entering the Green Line. I’m also proud that my presence averted the hurling of rocks at Jewish cars. I’m proud of performing all these missions and preventing murder and harm to human life.”
It Takes Two - Peace In The Middle East
Hi, nice to meet you. I don’t know why you’re so confused that I included Zionist in my tumblr bio…haven’t you seen the content I post? Also, I did mention there that I am an Orthodox Jewess and Zionism has its source in the Torah. I know a man who always says “every religious Jew is a true Zionist”.
בַּיּוֹם הַהוּא כָּרַת יְ־הֹוָ־ה אֶת אַבְרָם בְּרִית לֵאמֹר לְזַרְעֲךָ נָתַתִּי אֶת הָאָרֶץ הַזֹּאת
. On that day, the Lord formed a covenant with Abram, saying, “To your seed I have given this land,
That verse, (as well as many others throughout Tanakh) and the fact that Israel has been the ancient, eternal homeland of the Jewish people for thousands of years, is the reason that I’m a Zionist.
Zionism is “the movement for (originally) the re-establishment and (now) the development and protection of a Jewish nation in Israel.”
The movement is purely the self determination of the Jewish people to establish a state in their ancient homeland. Now, because the State of Israeli has been established, the Zionist movement focuses on the further development and protection of the State of Israel.
I support Israel’s naval blockade on Gaza because of incidents like this.
What are masses of weapons doing a humanitarian aid flotilla? (That was a rhetorical question). Unless of course, it wasn’t a humanitarian aid flotilla! Israel requires a naval blockade on Gaza in order to ensure her own protection. Otherwise, masses of weapons like these would be shipped in on a daily basis and given to terrorist groups whose aim is the destruction of Israel.
This is the monthly summary of Israeli humanitarian aid that entered Gaza in 2011.
- 5,390 truckloads (149,165 tons) of goods, including 2,521 truckloads of food products, were delivered from Israel to Gaza.
- 3,187 tons of cooking gas were delivered via the Kerem Shalom crossing
- 1,336 Gaza residents (patients and companions) entered or passed through Israel for medical treatment via Erez Crossing.
At the same time…
10 Rockets and 5 mortar were fired at Israel from inside Gaza during this period. No injuries were reported.
In 1948, after the establishment of the State of Israel, ALL Palestinians were offered Israeli citizenship, however, most rejected it. Palestinians are continually offered Israeli citizenship, with about 300 Palestinians a year, accepting the offer. However, most continue to reject it.
As Israeli Arabs, (Palestinians who have accepted Israeli citizenship)
-Palestinians have equal rights under the law.
-Palestinians can vote for whomever they want – including Arab women. In most Arab countries, women do not have the right to vote.
-Palestinians in Israel can worship freely – or reject religion, if they so wish (unlike in many Arab countries, where Islam is forced upon all citizens.)
-Palestinians in Israel have the freedom of speech (unlike in most Arab countries.) They have their own newspapers, and they have the right to peacefully protest.
-Palestinians in Israel are entitled to the full same state education as all other Israelis.
-Palestinians are members of the Israeli parliament and ministers in the government. Over 1/10th of the Knesset, Israel’s parliament, is Arab. There is even a mosque in the Knesset building for those who are Muslim.
As permanent residents who haven’t accepted Israeli citizenship…
-Palestinians are offered Israeli citizenship, but most reject it.
- At the time of Israel’s founding in 1948, all Palestinian “refugees” were offered Israeli citizenship. However, most rejected this offer, as they did not want to identify themselves with the Jewish state. Thus, they identify as “refugees” by choice.
- As of today, the Palestinians of the West Bank (East Jerusalem) are still offered Israeli citizenship. Most still reject this offer, viewing it as an act of disloyalty to the Palestinian government.
- Today, most Israeli Arabs – about 20% of Israeli citizens – identify as “Palestinian” by ethnicity.
- The blue “identification cards” that Palestinian citizens carry are merely to prove that they are permanent residents. They are not “racial identification cards” as anti-Israel activists like to claim.
Palestinians’ rights as “permanent residents” of Israel:
- To live, work, and travel freely through Israel without the necessity of special permits
- To vote in local elections
- To purchase property in Israel
- To receive welfare payments from the Israeli government
- Eligibility for national health insurance
Is all of this unjust treatment? (Rhetorical question).
A rock is a weapon. A rock can kill. Asher and Yonatan Palmer, were killed this year by terrorists who threw a rock at their car. Asher Palmer was 25 (Hy’d) and his son, Yonatan (Hy’d) was just a baby.
Picking up a rock at a soldier or tank is an act of violence and a provocation. Where I live, just threatening to assault a police officer can result in 5 years of imprisonment!
Anybody who threatens to assault a soldier or figure of authority (and anybody really) should be face the legal consequences. This includes Palestinian teenagers who think throwing a rock at Israeli soldiers or tanks is a good idea or fun.
The IDF’s dogs are trained to sniff out explosives, guns and breaches in borders, people in collapsed buildings and have many other uses. The IDF also follows the ‘Spirit of the IDF, which protects human rights, and is used as guide for the activities of Israeli soldiers. IDF soldiers face severe consequences if there actions do not follow this guide.
I have researched this story of yours, about a 4 year old Palestinian and I’m calling it out as a fake, as I have not seen any legitimate news source report it.
I’d like to conclude by reiterating that I’m a Zionist - because the Torah is! As I believe the Torah is the ultimate truth, I guess I’m the one that sees the truth!
Have a great day!
Call it Judea Samaria or the West Bank?
Effective explanation of the politcial situation and the Biblical promises.
Israel’s first and foremost responsibility is to protect her citizens.
If that means arresting Palestinian terrorists who have the blood of children on their hands, so be it.
If that means striking Hamas bases in Gaza after years of their rockets terrorising southern Israel, so be it.
Of course, no country is perfect and not every single IDF soldier is perfect either. There are always going to be the rogue politicians, rogue soldiers and racists.
The IDF’s Code of Ethics, as seen below, applies to all humans, not just Jews.
I do not understand how a country where Arabs and Muslims have their own political parties, members in Knesset, judges in the Supreme Court and students in the same universities as Jewish students, can be considered racist.
I do not understand how Israel can be considered racist, when Arabs and Jews are treated in the same hospitals, on the same operating tables.
When Muslim/Arab Doctors treat Jewish patients and vice versa.
What type of racism is that?
According to www.democracyweb.org, Israel has one of the highest (if not the highest) rankings in the Middle East, when it comes to civil liberties and political rights of her citizens.
Her citizens. Not just her Jewish citizens. Not just her Arab citizens. ALL her citizens.
It’s interesting to compare these rankings to those of the ‘West Bank’, not even 10 minutes away from Jerusalem. The P.A has autonomy in the ‘West Bank’, and accompanying that autonomy, are significantly lower rankings regarding freedom, civil liberties and political rights.
Is it possible that Israel is freer than the surrounding oppressive Arab and Islamic governments?
Israeli citizens who are Arabs, have the same rights as Israeli citizens who are Jewish. There is no difference in their treatment. Arabs go the same universities, schools, vote for the same Knesset and even live in the same neighbourhoods as Jews!
I am also Jewish. Just like you. And although politics is filled with corruption, even in Israel (just like any other country), overall, I think as Jews, we should be proud of our state and government.
We should be proud that the only Jewish state in the world is democratic.
We should be proud that in the only Jewish state in the world, Arabs and Jews live, work and vote for the same Knesset together.
Israel, as a country is DEFINITELY not racist.
And laila tov! Its past 12 am and I should probably sleep :)
Looks like “Peace Activists” have a new definition in Palestine.
According to face-to-face surveys conducted according to the highest international standards, more Palestinians in east Jerusalem would prefer to become citizens of Israel rather than citizens of a new Palestinian state. In addition, 40 percent said they would probably or definitely move in order to live under Israeli rather than Palestinian rule.