Latest update: May 15th, 2014
When the IDF soldiers and Border Police officers who destroyed the homes of seven families and a kindergarten in Gush Etzion take off their uniforms to lay down for the night, will they be able to sleep when they close their eyes? What images will they see?
Hundreds of security personnel were involved in today’s (Wednesday) in demolitions, making sure the small playground vanished where Ma’aleh Rehavam’s children once learned and played.
A like number of Arab workers – just pour a little salt on the wounds please — were present to shove their precious few belongings into big metal shipping containers. When it was over they were sent who knew where.
A few scattered pieces of shelving lay broken on the rocky ground, carelessly tossed in the rush to finish the job done before media could report the gory details. Pitiful bits of furniture left here and there gave testimony to the presence of seven families and their small children. They didn’t have much.
It was only Anatevka. Or some Bedouin clans. Frankly, in this day and age, they don’t look much different, do they?
If you live in Israel and travel the Negev or the hills of Judea and Samaria, or around the Galilee and the Golan Heights, you know the truth. You know that Jews who choose to help settle the Land – as Jews are commanded to do in the Bible – don’t do it because it is easy.
They do it out of a commitment to their People and their nation, and to their Creator. They bring their faith and sometimes their small children and whatever few things they manage to pull together for a home. And then they live in a caravan for a while. Eventually, if they’re lucky, the caravan becomes a “real” house – but usually it’s a hut with a corrugated tin roof. Just like those of the Bedouin in the Negev and up north.
We’re basically the same. We’re only different when it comes to how our government treats us.
Fear of the European Union, which generously funds the radical leftist Peace Now movement, has driven the government to discriminate against the settlers. Peace Now files hundreds of lawsuits that whip the courts and the government into expelling Jewish settlers from their homes. They don’t bother to do the same with Arab settlers.
According to Peace Now, Arabs own all the land outside of the 1949 Armistice line. Peace Now would never dare to harass the Palestinian Authority into “enforcing” any law – nor would it attempt to force the PA to formulate a law to control settlement or housing construction.
They are too busy harassing Jews. It’s also safer. Harassing Hamas or Fatah would earn a death sentence for anyone attempting to “enforce” anything and well does the European Union’s proxy agency know it. So they aim at those who are committed to holding the land won in 1967 in a war not even of Israel’s making. Land that was ours decades before, and millenia before, towns whose names were written eons ago in the Bible. They persuade Israel’s military – who rush with an agenda – to clear out the settlers. They figure it will eliminate the “facts on the ground” and create an atmosphere of “peace” with the Arabs.
The saddest and most destructive part of what happened today at Ma’aleh Rehavam, however, is the haste with which the entire demolition was carried out.
What on earth was that about?
Here is a copy of the Supreme Court restraining order, clearly stating that the IDF forces are not to take any steps that carry “irreversible outcomes.”
English translation: Temporary restraining order in force until 30 June 2014.
Forces should not take any steps that should cause any irreversible outcomes until the matter is taken up in review before the Court.
Addressed to: Gush Etzion Regional Council IDF Commander, Judea and Samaria Forces Defense Minister (Moshe Ya’alon) Prime Minister (Binyamin Netanyahu)
Judge: Hon. Micky Ya’as Vabeno Michael Cha’as
If expelling a family from their home and demolishing it, and destroying a community’s kindergarten are not irreversible steps, I don’t know what is. One can certainly rebuild a building – and even build it better. But recreate the exact same structure, one built with one’s own hands? Never.
How will they explain it to the Jewish children – presumably their little brethren! — whose entire history they’ve just erased in a morning? What about their clothing, their things? A hairbrush, a favorite doll, a nightshirt?
How many Jews were traumatized needlessly in this stupid action? Thousands of shekels and years upon years of lawsuits and treatment for trauma lay ahead – for the families and the government that could not, or would not stop the armed force it aimed against its own people.
How many parents and children will suffer from nightmares and flashbacks in the years ahead? Of the little boys whose homes were destroyed, how many will want to be soldiers when they grow up to be men? How many will look to police and see an enemy to be feared, rather than protectors of society?
Of their parents, how many have today been inspired to join the extremist movements, rather than moderated their views?
Was anything accomplished with the rush to destroy, other than appease the European Union and its proxy, the radical Peace Now leftists?
In a heartbeat, the government of the State has betrayed them – and betrayed itself too. How can a military ignore a Supreme Court order? Has the State of Israel at last become an anarchist nightmare, ruled by might, not right?Hana Levi Julian
About the Author: Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.
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