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Religious Settlers Face Pervasive Double Standard

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Feeling heat from furious ministers who accused him of pursuing his own “private political agenda,” Barak defended Beit El as “a veteran, big, and very important community.” But, he told the Cabinet, “if neighborhoods and buildings are on private land they need to be evacuated…. A government striving to live in a democracy in the twenty-first century cannot act differently.” Israel must be “a normative country among advanced nations.”

For Barak, “democracy” seems to mean the expulsion of Jews from their biblical homeland. Several Cabinet members have wisely suggested that his virtually unilateral authority over settlements be transferred to a ministerial committee. This, of course, would infuriate the Israeli Left. A crisis was at least temporarily averted when the Supreme Court ruled Sunday that demolition of the Beit El buildings would be postponed for 60 days, pending judicial resolution of ownership.

Barak’s definition of “democratic,” “normative,” and “advanced” invariably translates into the expulsion of Jews from their homes. Even disregarding divine promise, ancient history and more than a century of Zionist settlement, Jews retain the legal right, protected under the League of Nations Mandate for Palestine, to “close settlement” west of the Jordan River. This guarantee was intended to compensate Jews for the loss of three-quarters of Palestine east of the river, bestowed by Colonial Secretary Winston Churchill upon Abdullah for a kingdom of Trans-Jordan. It has never been rescinded.

A pervasive double standard drives current settler expulsion efforts. If the government of Israel took steps to establish Arabrein communities within its borders there would be instantaneous, and justified, outrage from the Israeli Left – and worldwide. But when the government imposes Judenrein policies in Judea and Samaria, Israeli leftists enthusiastically lead the celebration.

The expulsion of Jews from their homes is not “democracy” or “the rule of law,” as Barak incessantly claims. It is blatant discrimination by secular Israelis against religious Zionists. If expulsions continue, there is the ominous potential – not for the first time in Jewish history – for fratricidal war.

Jerold S. Auerbach is the author of “Brothers at War.” His newest book, “Against the Grain: A Historian’s Journey,” has just been published by Quid Pro Books.

About the Author: Jerold S. Auerbach is the author of “Jewish State/Pariah Nation: Israel and the Dilemmas of Legitimacy,” to be published next month by Quid Pro Books.


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5 Responses to “Religious Settlers Face Pervasive Double Standard”

  1. There is a spanish saying, that goes, ""Mi vino es amargo, pero es mi vino", translated, My wine is bitter, but its my wine. This saying is so apropo to my people Israel, a holy people who act at time so un-holy. The fact that it is horrific how we can treat each other with so much distain, and countless un warranted hatred, such as driving settlers out of what by inheritance is our land, block and discouraging returnees and conversions from sincere people. and or discriminating a jew due to their surnames, is only part of that bitter taste on many tongues. This coupled with what is happening around the world from the recesses of the children of forced ones (anusim) coming back to the fold, low estimates are between 10-15 million), in what I am aware of..( which the Israeli Rabbinate is not even ready to face, (the fifth child throughout the world is coming back), will solve the issue of needed Jews in the land of Israel. The solutions are in our hands, but it takes courageous, and well solid spiritual, philosophical, political, and social leaders well grounded in Torah, to bring the solutions into affect. Those who are not visionaries in this respect, as we have already seen taking place, serve to embitter the wine which ought to be sweet. May Hashem grant all of Israel the merit to restore our leaders to the ancient grandness, and foresight to build Israel on the basis of its actual constitution as a people, The Torah. Without which, we become like a nation like any other.

  2. Martha B. Suarez says:

    Mariano Otero…THE SOLUTION IS LOVE…PLAIN OLE LOVE. I HAVE ENCOUNTERED SO MANY PEOPLE THAT DO NOT WANT TO KNOW ABOUT "GAUD", BECAUSE THEY EQUAL IT WITH A BEING THAT PROMOTES WARS. IN REALITY, WE ARE THE ONES THROUGH OUR SELFISH EGOCENTRIC WAY PROMOTE THE WARS TO ONLY DO ONE THING, 'DIVIDE & CONQUER'. IT AMAZES ME WHEN CHRISTIANS, AS WELL AS JEWS STATE THAT THIS LAND & THAT LAND IS THEIRS & THEN TURN AROUND KILLING WITH THEIR TONGUE, THEIR BROTHER. BECAUSE WHETHER WE LIKE IT OR NOT, PALESTINE IS OUR BROTHER. THEY WEREN'T CREATED BY THE CREATOR TO BE HATED. NO ONE, TO THAT MATTER, WAS CREATED TO BE HATED. SO, WE NEED TO GET AWAY FROM MAN-MADE EVIL AGENDAS & STICK TO THE REAL DEAL, WHICH IS THAT THE CREATOR IS LOVE.

  3. Martha B. Suarez True love does not seek to massacre another wanting to live in peace. Unfortunately, what their own Palestinian people are educating their children is not only hatred, but seek out any Israeli and or Jew to murder with their suicide mission. This is repulsive to all three faith, yet somehow, these extremism have justified for these families, promising a future in the world to come. not fully cognizant due to(high illiteracy among Palestinian populace) that according to their deeds, they will not achieve that bliss state. Their leaders having lied to them in this world,will have to face the ultimate Judge in this world and the next for their actions and misleading their own people.I have a person whose identity will no be revealed, who came to me wanting to go through Orthodox Conversion. When I checked into her matrilineal descent discovered a strong linkage to Jewish heritage. However none of the Orthodox Rabbis and Batey Dinim here, gave her neither the day nor time to explain. She merely stated she was Muslim, and was of Palestinian descent was enough to reject her more than five time. She has been ostracized from her family, and she knows may be killed by her own, for merely wanting to embrace Judaism.Her family has buried her since she has renounced Islam verbally and Oral, which she was not required to do. I asked her why do you want to be part of a people that is hated by your own people to death? Regardless, I don't feel worthy, and wish to be a Jewess. Judaism, does hold the solutions for the problems actually facing the world and Israeli in particular. But many of my colleague are dealing with their own issues. As you know, the Temple Mount does not belong to Islam, and we Jews will not recognize Mohammed neither the Koran or in that case the NT as Divinely given. That position has not changed. Yet we make room for those of other faith to practice as they wish their own form of Monotheism. We should not be ashamed, nor bashful on this point. Judaism provides an answer to even the Islamic world based on the notion of its universal message. Not only Islam, but Christianity as well. But such dialogue in the past has always ended with the Jew at the stake and brunt of their hatred and envy.Go figure. At this point "love" is essential, but correct actions is not only required but demanded.Thus for both groups Actions not mere lip service of "love"is required. Thanks

  4. I saw haredi youths throwing rocks at a car for driving on Saturday, I also saw harassing women in miniskirts. Let's face it, some religious Jews in Israel are as bad as radical islam. Thank God Judaism doesn't have fatwas nor does it rewards martyrs with virgins nor does it desire for the entire world to be Jewish.

  5. Martha B. Suarez says:

    Mariano Otero THERE COULD NEVER BE TRUE SHALOM WITHOUT LOVE. HATRED IS LEARNED, IT IS TAUGHT. PALESTINE'S & JEWS LEARN TO HATE EACH OTHER BECAUSE THERE IS AN UNDERLYING DARK SIDE THAT IS DRIVING THEM TOWARD THIS DEMONIC STATUS. IT HAS AN AGENDA. THOSE THAT ARE ON THE SIDE LINE WATCHING BROTHER TO BROTHER KILL EACH OTHER ARE THE GOVERNMENT & MAN-MADE RELIGIOUS ELITE THAT ARE CREATING THIS NON-SENSE. IN EVERYTHING, IT GOES BOTH WAYS. EVERYTHING IS ALSO SPIRITUAL, & THE SPIRITUAL REALM MANY TIMES MANIFEST IN THE PHYSICAL REALM. I REMEMBER ONE TIME WHEN I WAS A SUBSTITUTE TEACHER FOR MIAMI-DADE COUNTY PUBLIC SCHOOL 'SYSTEM' HOW A LITTLE, SKINNY 4TH GRADE PALESTINE GIRL CAME TO ME & BEGAN TO EXPRESS HOW HER PEOPLE WERE BEING KILLED. SHE HAD SO MUCH INSIDE. OBVIOUSLY, SHE HAD HATRED. I THEN ASKED HER THE SIMPLE QUESTION, "DO YOU BELIEVE IN A HIGHER BEING THAT CREATED ALL?" SHE SAID, "YES." I CONTINUED & STATED, "THEN, IF YOU DO, HOW CAN YOU HAVE HATE OF ANY KIND? YES, YOUR PEOPLE ARE GOING THROUGH TOUGH TIMES, BUT SO IS THE REST OF THE WORLD, THE SAME ONE THAT THE CREATOR THAT YOU KNOW OF CREATED. ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS TO LOVE IN ORDER TO BE THE DIFFERENCE." SHE JUST STOOD THERE & STARED AT ME INTENSELY. SHE THEN PROCEEDED TO GIVE ME A LETTER, WHICH IS ONE OF THE MOST BEAUTIFUL LETTER THAT I HAVE EVER HELD IN MY HAND THANKING ME FOR BEING ABLE TO UNDERSTAND WHERE SHE WAS COMING FROM. WE ARE A PRODUCT OF THESE DISGUSTING POWER THAT BE'S THAT PROGRAM THE MIND TOWARD HATRED. NO MATTER WHAT THE CASE MAY BE, THE CREATOR IS ONE OF LOVE. HIS TORAH IS NOT ONE OF HATRED. & ALTHOUGH YOU REFUSE TO ACKNOWLEDGE YEHWEHSHUO HA'MASHIACH, & GO AS FAR AS DENYING THE BRIT HAKEDESH (NEW COVENANT), THERE WAS SUCH A MAN THAT CAME TO SHOW & MUCH MORE, TO LIVE THE EXAMPLE OF LOVE. THE TORAH & THE OLD COVENANT SPEAKS OF HIM CLEARLY ALTHOUGH THE ORTHODOX JEWS DENY HIM OVER & OVER AGAIN. AS FOR ME, IT IS THE REASON WHY I DO NOT DESCRIBE MYSELF AS ANYTHING ELSE BUT A TRUTH SEEKER. I DON'T EVER WANT TO CALL MYSELF ANYTHING THAT HAS ORGANIZED, MAN-MADE RELIGIOSITY IN IT. ONE CAN BE THE BIGGEST SCHOLAR OF ALL, BUT IF ONE DOES NOT HAVE LOVE, IT IS ALL FUTILE. SHALOM..SELAH… )~;@ <3

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