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What’s Going On with the IDF?

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

The IDF is known as one of the world’s finest military forces, but bizarre and disturbing things have been occurring lately.

“Thieves break into IDF base, steal soldier’s rifle,” read a recent headline about the Naftali camp in the north. Last December, two Arabs breached the security fence at the Rama base north of Jerusalem, pepper sprayed the soldier at the guard station, then stole his weapon.

The same month, F-16 engines disappeared from a base in central Israel, preceded by crates of ammunition and military jeeps stolen from bases in the south.

In March, an Eritrean infiltrated and vandalized a base that contains classified units. This month, a prisoner in a high-security military prison escaped for the second time. Given that at least one base has been plagued with rats, maybe friendly rodents chewed out an escape route for him?

Another base last year was reported to have open sewage, worms in the kitchen, and other charming features. But at least soldiers there might be adequately fed, which doesn’t seem to be the case all around.

To top it off, soldiers describe feeling humiliated over orders that endanger their lives and incriminate them for defending themselves—in addition to the demoralizing effects of such policies.

This disgraceful reality didn’t happen overnight. Consider Aaron Klein’s description of the October 2000 surrender of Joseph’s Tomb in The Late Great State of Israel:

“…soldiers clandestinely removed holy materials and a Torah scroll from the site. Palestinian gunmen led by Arafat’s Brigades squad fired on an Israeli convoy as it departed the tomb, wounding one border policeman. The Israelis retreated completely while under fire. Within less than an hour, Palestinian rioters overtook Joseph’s Tomb and began to ransack the site…”

Yet look how robustly the military demolishes Jewish communities, as part of what a wife and mother expelled from Mitzpe Avichai has called “a well-oiled system of robots.”

If a military is a microcosm of society, then all of these events should be expected given the derelict and abusive national conditions I discussed a few columns ago. As long as mourners at the Mount of Olives suffer rock attacks and police ignore similar aggression elsewhere, don’t be surprised when the IDF mirrors this hideousness.

 

Hebron Jew Arrested for Refusing to Sign Own Restraining Order

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

A Hebron resident summoned for routine interrogation was asked to sign a restraining order banning him from Mitzpe Avichai, an outpost of Kiryat Arba-Hebron. When he refused, he was arrested for 24 hours, Honenu reports.

Several days ago A., a resident of Hebron, was summoned for interrogation on Tuesday at the Hebron Police Station. A. arrived at the police station as requested and was interrogated on suspicion of illegally staying at Mitzpe Avichai. According to Police, the site is a closed military zone.

A., who was asked to sign of his own volition a restraining order banning him for 15 days from the site on bail, refused, claiming that the closed military zone order excludes residents of the outpost. According to him he has been living in Mitzpe Avichai for approximately three years.

In response to A.’s refusal the police officer decided immediately to arrest him for 24 hours. A Honenu attorney filed an appeal on the remand and a deliberation will take place in court late Tuesday.

Evacuation of Mitzpe Avichai – Beyond the Pale

Friday, January 13th, 2012

Beyond what’s decent. Way beyond what can be accepted with equanimity:

There are legal arguments over Jewish communities — “settlements” or “outposts” — in Judea and Samaria. We can take a stand against the government position regarding some (or all) of these. Presumably (ideally) those arguments can be pursued in courts and via negotiation, with dignity. Presumably if in the end the government or the IDF or the civil administration (appointed by the IDF) in Judea and Samaria or the court decides a particular settlement or outpost must come down, that, too, can be done with dignity — with decent Jewish respect.

But that’s not what happened last night in Mitzpe Avichai, outside of Kiryat Arba (which is itself adjacent to Hevron). Police and representatives of the civil administration, after first blocking roads, came in the small hours of the morning, roused families from their beds, ordered them outside and destroyed their temporary homes. There was a light rain falling and the temperature was close to the freezing point.

Ten structures were destroyed, nine of which were inhabited. I believe the tenth was a synagogue. Among the families so evicted were several children and babies. The Flaishman family, by itself, for example, has seven children. Miriam, the mother of these children, said, “They arrived in the middle of the night. It was brutal. I woke up after they broke down the door and were already in the living room.”

This is simply unacceptable.

Whether it was legal for those buildings to stand or not becomes an issue that is secondary. Children and babies have rights. The police and civil administration have obligations.

And yet…I read in YNet that, “No unusual events were reported during the eviction of the outpost…” By this is meant, of course, that there was no violence and the residents did not fight back. But to depict the night-time eviction of youngsters and babies into a freezing rain as not an unusual event?

It is my understanding, based on information from a knowledgeable source, that representatives of the government recently testified before the Knesset committee on the rights of the child, and offered verbal assurances that in instances where “outposts” are taken down children will be appropriately provided for.

The residents of Mitzpe Avichai have said they are not deterred and will rebuild. I will follow with information regarding the legal situation as I can secure it.

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But the moral issue supersedes the legal issue in my opinion. I ask you PLEASE to contact Prime Minister Netanyahu without delay. On this issue especially it is important to keep the message succinct and clear. No speeches, no history lessons. Just a direct statement, which is more powerful:

Tell him that official action on the part of the government or its representatives that brings children and babies from their beds into a freezing cold rain in the middle of the night, as just happened at Mitzpe Avichai, is shameful and morally unacceptable. As he is the head of the government, you hold him accountable to make certain that it does not happen again.

This is sufficient of itself. If you wish to add one further thought, tell him that you know that the legislation that has been proposed that deals with preventing unnecessary dismantlement of settlements addresses the rights of children. Right now that legislation is frozen and it is in his hands to make certain that it advances speedily.

Change the wording of the above just a bit, so that it is clear that what you are saying represents your personal sentiments.

Fax: 02-670-5369 (From the US: 011-972-2-670-5369)

E-mail: Memshala@pmo.gov.il and also pm_eng2@it.pmo.gov.il (underscore after pm) use both addresses

This is one of those instances in which numbers count. Netanyahu needs to hear from a great many people — and before the beginning of Shabbat here, please!

Activists Return to Rebuild Mitzpe Avichai

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

A group of around 30 people came to Mitzpe Avichai, in an attempt to rebuild the outpost community near Kiryat Arba that was dismantled earlier in the day.

Border Police intercepted them, and removed them without incident or injuries.

IDF Evacuates Mitzpe Avichai Outpost Community

Thursday, January 12th, 2012

The IDF demolished the Mitzpe Avichai outpost, located near Kiryat Arba, in the early hours of Thursday morning.

The community was established in 2007 in memory of Avichai Levy, who was murdered by a terrorist that same year. Mitzpe Avichai has flourished over the past year, with ten homes housing nine families being constructed.

This is the third community to be dismantled by the IDF in a week, along with Givat Arye and Gal Yossef.

All three evacuations proceeded without incident.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/idf-evacuates-mitzpe-avichai-outpost-community/2012/01/12/

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