web analytics
December 21, 2014 / 29 Kislev, 5775
 
At a Glance
InDepth
Sponsored Post
8000 meals Celebrate Eight Days of Chanukah – With 8,000 Free Meals Daily to Israel’s Poor

Join Meir Panim’s campaign to “light up” Chanukah for families in need.



Home » InDepth » Op-Eds »

Price Tag Hypocrisy

Car with the Jewish Star of David spray painted on it, following a Price Tag vandalism event in Beit Hanina on June 24, 2013.

Car with the Jewish Star of David spray painted on it, following a Price Tag vandalism event in Beit Hanina on June 24, 2013.
Photo Credit: Flash90

What the PTPs seem to have achieved is a flushing out of those who have now been able to channel their previously coded animosity towards the Settlers into full throated, dare I say, over the top condemnation of the PTPs. This extreme reaction seems like a release for all that restraint about the whole Settler enterprise.

There is a not so subtle equation of what the PTPs have done and what the Settler Movement is all about. This use of a few bad apples to depict the whole bushel basket is of course reminiscent of classic anti-Semitism, wherein Jews were only as good as their most reprehensible fellow.

Lastly, the unvarnished depiction of the PTPs is yet another in the recent annals of what I would call nostalgia-driven hatred. Best exemplified by Ari Shavit’s “My Promised Land,” this hatred is borne out of displacement resentment and is directed at the newer, messier Israel that is no longer run by Israeli WASPs (White Ashkenaz Secular Poalim [meaning Socialists]), and which no longer conjures up the idyllic remembrance of pre-1967 Israel.

Whatever is ultimately going on, it is not good. While the PTPs are certainly not to be cheered nor excused, the over the top depiction of what they have done is itself a huge problem. While there can be reasonable debate as to how to best handle the ultimate configuration of the State, we ought to remember that there are about 500,000 Settlers, which makes them about 8% of Israel’s Jewish population. They are a very strong component of the IDF and they have a great attachment and love for the Land, People and State of Israel.

Settlers are in so many ways the spiritual, ideological and Zionistic backbone of Israel. These are people that we need, that we rely upon more than we know. Most of them share a disapproval and rejection of PTPs, even as they understand the underlying frustration that has given PTPs an unwanted outlet.

To self-righteously condemn the Settlers because of the actions of the PTPs would be a major self-inflicted wound. It is playing into the hands, the very many hands, of those who truly hate Israel, and would be happy to use any means to weaken it.

So many of Israel’s detractors are probably thrilled to have this straw dog to pummel. They are excited to be revving up their righteous indignation, conjuring up in the PTPs all of the civil dissension of the ‘90’s that culminated with the Rabin assassination.

Fortunately, we have moved far from that terrible place. The PTPs serve no purpose for those who love Israel and cherish Zionism. The adults in the room can certainly condemn the deeds of the PTPs without reaching overarching and misplaced conclusions.

Dealing with PTPs is a chance to show political maturity and a quiet existential confidence.

Let’s hope we are up to the task.

About the Author: Douglas Altabef made aliyah in 2009 with his wife and youngest child from Bedford, New York to Rosh Pina in the Upper Galil. He serves on the Board of several Israel-oriented not for profit organizations, including The Israel Independence Fund and Im Tirtzu.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

One Response to “Price Tag Hypocrisy”

  1. Trouble in paradise

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
Dr. Ben Carson at the Western Wall.
Black GOP Leader Prays at the Western Wall for ‘Solomonic Wisdom’
Latest Indepth Stories
KidSport-Everybody-Is-A-Winner1

“D-e-t-e-r-m-i-n-a-t-i-o-n!”

This masked "soldier" carrying a machine-gun is not part of a terrorist organization, according to the European Court of Justice.

Hamas is continuing to prepare its next war against Israel instead of improving conditions in Gaza

UN Flags

If the UN Grants national recognition to Palestine, why stop there? Tibet, Chechnya, Basque…

The annual  Chabad menorah lighting in Sydney has been called off this year because of the murders in the Lindt cafe.

The decision to not publicly light the Menorah in Sydney, epitomizes the eternal dilemma of Judaism and Jews in the Diaspora.

Am Yisrael is one family, filled with excruciating pain&sorrow for losing the 4 kedoshim of Har Nof

What is its message of the dreidel?” The complexity and hidden nature of history and miracles.

Police play down Arab terrorism as mere “violence” until the truth can no longer be hidden.

The 7 branches of the menorah represent the 7 pillars of secular wisdom, knowledge, and science.

Obama obtained NO verifiable commitments from Cuba it would desist from acts prejudicial to the US

No one would deny that the program subjected detainees to less than pleasant treatment, but the salient point is, for what purpose?

For the past six years President Obama has consistently deplored all Palestinian efforts to end-run negotiations in search of a UN-imposed agreement on Israel.

It’s not an admiration. It is simply a kind of journalist fascination. It stands out, it’s different from more traditional Orthodoxy.

For Am Yisrael, the sun’s movements are subservient to the purpose of our existence.

Israelis now know Arab terrorism isn’t caused by Israeli occupation but by ending Israeli occupation

More Articles from Douglas Altabef
Hur and Aharon holding up Moshe's hands as Joshua battled Amalek.

In other words, how by any rational playbook can one even begin to explain anti-Semitism?

Car with the Jewish Star of David spray painted on it, following a Price Tag vandalism event in Beit Hanina on June 24, 2013.

The price tag perpetrators have become the symbol for leftist hatred of the “settler” movement.

Jerusalem? No way. Its out of central casting for It’s A Small World.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/opinions/price-tag-hypocrisy/2014/05/14/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: