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What is a “Settler”?

Tuesday, May 17th, 2016

One of the words used in the propaganda war of words against Israel in general and Jews living in the central heart of the land – Judea and Samaria – in particular, is the word “settler” or “settlement.” What is a “settler”? Some dictionaries define a settler as someone who goes to a new land where there are few or no people. As in Star Trek: a settler is one who boldly goes where (almost) no one has gone before. However, in other dictionaries you’ll find something more sinister: a settler is a foreigner who comes to a land that is new to him, in order to use the land. According to that definition, settlers go where they shouldn’t, and “settler” sounds like “colonist”, sent by a mother country as a tool of imperialism. There are the English and later American settlers who invade and conquer a continent from the natives; French settlers in Indo-China or in Algeria; or English settlers, who never had the sun set on them.

Are Jews who live in Judea and Samaria “settlers” in the sense of colonists? Certainly not! It’s an absurdly unfounded canard to call Jews settlers! Why?

Firstly: colonies are established by foreign powers in order to exploit the resources and people of the colonized land. In the Land of Israel there were no resources to speak of worth exploiting – unless sand and swamps are a resource! Besides: Jews weren’t “sent” by any empire to colonize the Holy Land. Jews came by themselves, representing only themselves, returning to revive the ancient homeland they always returned to when they could – and prayed about when they couldn’t.

Secondly: Jews aren’t foreigners in the Holy Land. Were an archeologist to dig in Algeria or Indo-China, they wouldn’t find ancient or medieval artifacts in French or representing French culture. The French in Indo-China were indeed colonialist, exploiting settlers. But dig in the land of Israel and a treasure of artifacts in Hebrew and representing Jewish culture throughout millennia will be found. True, there are traces of other cultures, too, but finding Hebrew and Jewish culture proves that Jews aren’t “settlers”, they aren’t foreigners invading a land where they don’t belong. Recently another special archeological find was made public: a small piece of tin used to seal a letter, bearing the Hebrew inscription “Chezkeyahu Melech Yehuda,” Hezekiah King of Judah! This seal, almost surely actually held in his own hands biblical king, was found just south of the Temple Mount in Jerusalem. Can the descendants of the people Hezekiah ruled over be considered foreigners in the land of his realm? Similarly the numerous synagogues, ritual baths and other buildings and artifacts all attest to the Jewish presence in the land? Jewish literature, religious law and philosophy, all attest to the intrinsic connection between the Jewish people and the Land of Israel.

So why is the term “settlements” used to describe Jewish communities in a land where the Jewish nation and Judaism thrived from time immemorial? It’s quite simple. It’s falsely claimed by some that “settlements are an obstacle to peace”. The implications are that they shouldn’t be built and if built – they should be dismantled “for the sake of peace”. But replace “settlement” with what is really meant – “Jewish community” – and the blatant racism stands out: “Jewish Communities are an obstacle to peace! It’s racist because it denies an entire race – the Jews – from the basic human right to live in a particular place, especially as that particular place is the ancient homeland of the Jews! Imagine a sentence: “Black Communities in predominantly white neighborhoods are an obstacle to urban peace”! The canard that “Jewish communities are an obstacle to peace” is also actually anti-peace, because it supposes that even were there to be two states, Arabs can live in the Jewish state but Jews cannot live safely under Arab rule. Is that peace or continued conflict? The premise that “settlers” must be removed from their homes masks a heinous call to ethnically cleans Jews from the land, so that Arab Palestine would become an essentially apartheid state.

So: don’t say “settlers” – say Jews; don’t say “settlement” – say Jewish community in the Jewish homeland. The truth will free you from moral mistake and racism.

Dovid Ben-Meir

Brazil May be Boycotting Settler as an Ambassador

Sunday, December 6th, 2015

Fears are growing in the Netanyahu administration that Brazil may torpedo the appointment of Dani Dayan, a leader in Judea and Samaria, as ambassador.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu nominated Dayan, a native of Argentine, to the post two months ago and a formal request was sent to Brazil to accept the appointment.

Brazil has taken no action, and the Foreign Ministry now is concerned that the delay will be permanent.

Brazil’s problem with Dayan is that he once was the chairman of the Council of Jewish Communities of Judea and Samaria and that he lives in Maaleh Shomron, part of the Karnei-Ginot Shomron complex in western Samaria.

Other countries, including the United States, have accepted Israeli ambassadors who lived in Judea and Samaria, even high-profile politicians such as Avigdor Lieberman. The difference between him and Dayan is that the latter was an activist for the settler movement. He often was considered the “Foreign Minister of Judea and Samaria.”

A government source told The JewishPress.com Sunday morning that he is optimistic that Brazil eventually will accept Dayan as ambassador, but so far, it is no go.

Netanyahu’s nomination of Dayan ran into a brick wall with the pro-Palestinian Authority Brazilian government from day one, which was in September.

Brazil’s president Dilma Rousseff immediately and quietly conveyed messages to the Foreign Ministry that it is was not happy about accepting Dayan. Several Brazilian legislators joined more than 40 groups to petition Rousseff to reject Dayan.

If Brazil continues to freeze the appointment simply by not acting on it, it will put Prime Minister Netanyahu in a bind. If he makes it a public issue, relations would be hampered. The cost is high because Israel wants to improve trade with Brazil.

If he concedes, he will run into to trouble with Likud hawks and the Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home) party, headed by Naftali Bennett.

The only diplomatic way for Netanyahu not to hang his head in shame and to accept Brazil’s opposition, if it continues, is to name Dayan ambassador to another country. but Brazil would have set a precedent that would shrink the number of countries that would accept a “settler” as ambassador.

The offices of the Foreign Minister and Prime Minister refused to comment Sunday to Army Radio, which first published Brazil’s continuing delay in approving Dayan as ambassador.

Dayan said:

I suggest you contact the Foreign Ministry. I do not know about that.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Former Religious Settler Cleared to Command Police Dept.

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

The next commander of the police force is going to be religious and with experience as the deputy chief of the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet).

The committee that must approve senior government appointments, and which is headed by former Supreme Court Justice Yaakov Turkel, cleared Roni Alsheich for the position as police commander on Thursday.

The next and final step before Alsheich takes his new post is approval by the Cabinet, where little or no opposition is expected.

The quick approval by the committee was light years away from the painful and drawn-out process after Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan nominated former senior IDF office Gal Hirsch to take over the police department.

The Turkel committee took nearly a month before stating it could not reach a conclusion, but the nomination of Hirsch was scuttled by Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein, who decided to interfere in announcing that it could take weeks or even longer before completing an investigation of charges of wrongdoing concerning Hirsch’s arms-trading company that dealt with Georgia.

Erdan wasted no time in coming up with Alsheich as his next choice, proving his determination that the next police chief will be from outside the force that has been plagued by scandals ranging from sexual harassment to bribery. Alsheich, whose name was not disclosed until earlier this week, joined the Shin Bet in 1987 after having served an IDF Paratroop officer.

He is a former resident of Samaria but now lives in central Israel, is married and has seven children and seven grandchildren.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

State Issues Administrative Detention, Expulsion from Judea and Samaria Orders Against Jewish Activists

Sunday, August 23rd, 2015

(JNi.media) During the night and early Sunday morning, police and the Shin Bet have issued a large number of administrative distancing orders against young Jews, both adults and minors, expelling them from Judea and Samaria, and in some cases Jerusalem, and even from contacting their friends, on the ground that they endanger public safety and are the source of potential disturbances.

A Shin Bet official stated that “given the recent terrorist attacks [by Jews], including some that caused the loss of life, the General Security Service in recent days recommended issuing restraining [distancing] orders against 10 activists.”

But, according to settlers, as many as 16 administrative expulsion decrees have been issued against Jewish right-wing activists, over the past two weeks, as well as three administrative detentions, and the wave of warrants is not yet over.

“The system is under unprecedented pressure and is using illegal means against the residents who are engaged in settling the land,” the Honenu legal aid society said in a statement. “We are witnessing a dramatic rise in the volume and severity of administrative orders, which seriously violates the rights of the recipients of these orders.”

On Saturday night, two young men, one of Ramat Hasharon, the other of Ma’ale Adumim, received administrative detention orders, which included a ban from Judea and Samaria and the prohibition of contacting some of their friends.

During the night, police raided the Od Yosef Chai Yeshiva and the Givat Kumi Uri neighborhood in the Yitzhar outpost, and handed out administrative nighttime house arrest orders to two boys from the towns of Bat Ayin and Alon Shvut, for a period of six months. In addition, the two have been forbidden to stay in Judea and Samaria anywhere but inside their parents’ homes, while one of them has also been banned from Jerusalem. Both boys were forbidden to make contact with some of their friends.

On Sunday morning, police handed out administrative restraining orders to a resident of Ge’ulat Zion in the Shilo cluster—married with children, as well as two minors living in Yad Binyamin and Amona.

A young resident of Kiryat Arba on Sunday was handed a warrant prohibiting him from entering anywhere in Judea and Samaria outside his own home. The man, 21, told the website Kol Hazman that he intends to appeal the order through his attorney, Itamar Ben-Gvir, of the legal aid society Honenu.

Some legendary “Hilltop Youths” have told the same website that “the orders will not break us.”

Attorney Itamar Ben-Gvir said “the defense minister is conducting himself like an elephant in a china shop. With his actions, he sends the message to young people that there is no democracy, and, in effect, encouraging them to break the law, because there are no legal indictments and due process.”


Boycotters Call Trips to Israel ‘Apartheid-Day Propaganda Tricks’

Friday, June 12th, 2015

South African anti-Israel groups have proven their agenda that freedom belongs to anyone who agrees with them but is a sin if anyone thinks differently.

Several groups , including the Young Communist League of South Africa and the youth wing of South Africa’s ruling African National Congress party complained on Friday that the pro-Israel lobby is sponsoring trips to Israel. An e-mail from the groups stated Friday:

The Israeli lobby in South Africa is increasingly turning to old Apartheid-Day tricks to entice young South Africans and distract us from our solidarity with the Palestinian people and their progressive Israeli comrades.

The Israeli lobby is throwing free holiday propaganda trips and other gifts at young South Africans trying to undermine solidarity with the Palestinian people. One such holiday propaganda trip is planned for July 2015.

We view these holiday propaganda trips to Israel…as nothing more than ‘sanctions-busting propaganda trips.’

The statement singled out the South Africa Israel Forum, one of the organizers of trips to Israel, which it said were barred in 2012 from taking local mayors and officials to Israel.

“They now seem to be targeting students after having failed at a government level,” the groups said, obviously upset that private citizens are exposed to anyone having a different opinion.

Instead of countering with an argument, the Israeli boycotters are resorting to thought control.

A senior body of the ANC decided last December to “join the call for a cultural, academic and education boycott of Israel including travel bans for members and leaders of the ANC.”

The South African groups on Friday maintained that even a private citizen flying to Israel on a “holiday propaganda trip” is in “violation of the policies and positions of Palestinian civil society [who] call for boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) against Israel.”

It sounded like the old Soviet Bolsheviks or the Gestapo with a stern warning:

Participation in these holiday propaganda trips to Israel, like participation in holiday propaganda trips to Apartheid South Africa, will be viewed as the crossing of a picket line, and will be met with disciplinary action….

As students and young people we should take it upon ourselves to look for un-biased opinions in order to avoid being misled by organizations geared towards spreading Israeli propaganda.

The funniest, if not saddest, line is:

The organizers of the holiday propaganda trips to Israel try to suggest, like Apartheid South Africa apologists used to claim in the 1980s, that the issue of Palestine-Israel is complicated. We maintain that the issue is simple: Israel must end its violations of international law and oppression of the Palestinian people.

The issue is so simple because it has nothing to do with reality.

It brings to mind a story of a widely-known South African woman, now deceased, who received the Nobel Prize for Literature and was part of the anti-Israel movement.

When she wanted to visit Israel for an arts festival, her colleagues berated her and rejected her argument that “she wanted to see things for herself.” Gordimer stood her ground, visited Israel and told Israeli author and leftist Amos Oz that she wanted to meet a “real-life settler.”

Oz called on me because I live near his home in Arad.

After hearing the “settler” telling her about Jewish-owned land in Judea, Gaza and Samaria, and after hearing about the largely false claims of “Palestinian ownership,” she concluded the conversation by stating:

I must say I am confused.

The South African boycotters are cordially invited to our house in the southern Hebron Hills, but I doubt if they are brave enough to hear a different opinion.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Rabbi Moshe Levinger ZT”L

Saturday, May 16th, 2015

Rabbi Moshe Levinger, born in Jerusalem in 1935, passed away on Shabbat, on the eve of Jerusalem Reunification Day.

Rabbi Levinger was a leading figure in the Religious-Zionist camp and helped organize the resettlement of Gush Etzion after 1967. Gush Etzion had been emptied of Jews following the 1948 Kfar Etzion massacre. He was a founder of the Gush Emunim movement.

Rabbi Levinger is most remembered for reestablishing Jewish life in Hebron and establishing the town of Kiryat Arba.

He began the process in 1968, when he rented some rooms in a Hebron hotel, and then refused to leave until the government allowed him to move to a former army base, which ultimately became the town of Kiryat Arba.

Rabbi Levinger, married to Miriam, had 11 children and 50 grandchildren.

The funeral will be held on Sunday at 12:30 PM, starting at Maarat Hachpelah (The Tomb of the Patriarchs) in Hebron.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Settler — US Consulate Altercation Raises Question – Where’s the Video Tape?

Sunday, January 4th, 2015

Friday’s altercation at the settlement of Adei Ad is raising questions as to what actually happened.

According to Settler sources, the Arabs from Turmus Aya brought US Consulate officials close to the entrance to Adei Ad and within the community’s security zone, which begins 50 meters from the community.

The settlers say the Arabs from Turmus Aya are fully aware that they are only allowed into the 50 meter security zone with IDF approval and coordination.

It is definitely known that US Consulate officials did not coordinate their visit with the IDF or Israeli authorities.

The settlers say the Arabs brought the US officials to that point as part of a provocation.

Adei Ad residents who initially saw the vehicles approaching assumed they were Arab vehicles that were seconds away from entering the outpost.

The residents came out and a verbal altercation began with the Arabs who were accompanying the US Consulate officials.

The Israelis claims that during the verbal altercation, two US Consulate security personnel got out of the car and pulled out weapons, specifically a pistol and an M-16 rifle.

If they pulled out guns as the residents of Adei Ad claim, the US personnel perhaps quickly realized their major diplomatic blunder.

At that point, everyone agrees, the US personnel got back into their cars, didn’t wait for the army to show up, and sped off.

They claim the settlers stoned their vehicles.

The US government denies its personnel pulled out any weapons and pointed them at the Israelis.

The most obvious question is, where is the video tape?

The US said they offered video evidence of the event to the Israeli authorities.

But premeditated Arab provocations against settlers, such as this one, are never perpetrated without multiple Arab and left-wing video cameras rolling.

That the Arabs and the leftwing groups haven’t yet released any video to the public, even a heavily edited version, as they often do, is unusual, surprising and even suspicious.

We’re waiting for the video before drawing any conclusions as to what really happened.

Jewish Press News Briefs

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