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Destruction in Gush Etzion: It’s Only ‘Anatevka’

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.

Arab workers wait to pack belongings of now-homeless Jews at Ma'aleh Rehavam after demolitions in Gush Etzion on May 14, 2014.

Arab workers wait to pack belongings of now-homeless Jews at Ma'aleh Rehavam after demolitions in Gush Etzion on May 14, 2014.
Photo Credit: Tazpit news agency

Copy of Supreme Court restraining order against demolitions at Ma'aleh Rehavam in Gush Etzion. It says: "Do not carry out any actions that create irreversible consequences ."

Copy of Supreme Court restraining order against demolitions at Ma’aleh Rehavam in Gush Etzion. It says: “Do not carry out any actions that create irreversible consequences .”

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?

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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3 Responses to “Destruction in Gush Etzion: It’s Only ‘Anatevka’”

  1. It’s called political poker and after a while the kids will get it – go on – and want to play GaGa or soccer and not card games I’m sure!

  2. Glenn Osher says:

    Hashem says we must love our enemies xxx lol

  3. Glenn Osher says:

    Hashem says we must love our enemies xxx lol

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