WHEN SHAME ISN’T GOOD ENOUGH

Yesterday it was reported that Olmert was ‘ashamed’ of the actions of the vile settler woman in Hebron that taunted a Palestinian family. We all know that Olmert’s words were nothing but ‘lip-service’ to make him look like the outstanding citizen a Prime Minister is supposed to be. We all know exactly what and who Ehud Olmert is and if there should be any shame displayed at all, it should be from the entire nation of Israel for allowing the likes of him to assume that position.
HaAretz, which is a left leaning Israeli newspaper really took me by surprise by the editorial that appeared today. They must be commended for their honesty and integrity on this matter… Read the following and see for yourself….

Being ashamed is not enough

By Haaretz Editorial

When the prime minister says he was “ashamed,” referring to the behavior of Hebron settler Yifat Alkobi, whose profanity unleashed at the Abu Ayshe family sent them reeling into their home over the Hebron market, we should tell him that a prime minister was not elected to be ashamed, but to take action. When the government under his leadership decides to set up a ministerial committee to deliberate the issue of enforcing the law against Hebron settlers because “it is impossible to accept such brutal behavior,” the shame belongs to all of us.

After all, there is no need for a committee to learn the facts and take action. To date no prime minister has proved brave enough to accept the challenge and remove this festering wound of settlement activity, this outcast Jewish settlement, which has managed to drive 30,000 Palestinians from their homes and their shops, and transform the Palestinian center of Hebron into a ghost town. The profanities of Alkobi are peripheral to this entanglement.

The Jewish settlement in Hebron was the first organized illegal outpost, which was set up following the Six-Day War by Rabbi Moshe Levinger on seder eve, 1968 at the city’s Park Hotel. Several dozen guests who had come to celebrate the seder in the city refused to return to their homes. They included the historic founders of the settlement movement, who identified this means of illegal activity under cover of the law: takeover by devious methods, lobbying and force, exploiting Israel Defense Forces soldiers and politicians to gain protection, while rolling their eyes, as if all this constituted moral Zionism, to which any opposition implied treason to one’s people and motherland. Alkobi is only a natural outgrowth of the Levinger family.

If a peace agreement is ever signed with the Palestinians, the Hebron settlers will have to end their illegal holiday at the Park Hotel, which has been going on 38 years too long, because no border will be able to include this outrageous enclave inside a large Arab city. Following the 1994 massacre by Baruch Goldstein of Muslims praying in the Tomb of the Patriarchs, Yitzhak Rabin should have seized the opportunity to remove the Jewish settlement, but he was deterred. And since then, no leader has even dared think about doing so.

The IDF has law enforcement authority over the Hebron residents, Jewish and Arab alike, and so does the Israel Police, but no one is willing to confront them, knowing the government is not really interested in such enforcement. The soldiers lack the backing and the incentive to enforce the law in a place that has been lawless for years. There is no point in again going over the matter of law enforcement when the presence of the Jewish settlement in Hebron, in a time of conflict – as opposed to the conditions of peace – is blatantly illogical.

The bully settlement in Hebron is an example of the national stupidity that overtook Israel when it decided to settle forcefully in every place of religious significance, regardless of political realities. This is another obstacle that must be removed, and if Ehud Olmert would succeed in carrying out only this one essential deed, it would be possible to describe his tenure in office as having had positive results.

10 Comments

  1. Servant Savant said,

    January 16, 2007 at 19:02

    Good post, Steve. How far is too far – that’s always the question. Where to draw the line?

    You give some people an inch and they’ll take a mile.

    I think we should draw the line in 1899 and consider every thing else negotiable. Return the titles and deeds to their original owners. And for those indigenous people who were too backward to know what deeds and titles are good for if everyone knows which land belongs to whom after a few hundred generations – let us assist them with bringing their claims up to date.

    Then if Israel wants to do the right thing they can buy the land at fair market value if Palestine wants to sell it.

    And “no sale” means you go back to where ever you came from.

  2. ab said,

    January 16, 2007 at 19:19

    Now that this woman is getting much negative attention, i hope that she will learn the lesson.

  3. DesertPeace said,

    January 16, 2007 at 19:47

    When it comes to illegal settlements there is no line except the original one… it is already drawn.
    As for them ‘going back where they came from’… in the case of the Palestinians, the are where they came from already.

  4. DesertPeace said,

    January 16, 2007 at 19:49

    The attention is just encouraging her to continue. A mindless, vile ‘woman’ like her should be removed from society for a spell… until she learns to behave like a human being.
    What she did is totally unacceptable to any civilised person.

  5. Servant Savant said,

    January 16, 2007 at 19:58

    Thanks for leading this discussion Steve.

    In my view this woman is doing exactly what she was set up to do by Israel’s settlement policy. She’s in the same position as the Israeli soldiers who plink the Palestinian kids from the towers on the wall – far too far beyond the pale.

    She has a whole society behind her telling her that what she is doing is acceptable and justified in the eyes of God.

    Which one of us could see clearly the moral right under such circumstances.

    This woman is a pawn. A patsy. A forward base in a war of attrition. I feel sorry for her. She should never have been allowed to be there in the first place. And now that she is there, we can’t expect her to be anyone other than who she is.

    Same goes for the soldiers. We can forgive them for being caught up in the roles they are playing. We can forgive them for not knowing any better.

    But we can’t forgive the policies that put them there in the first place. Someone has to be accountable for this. And it’s not just the politicians I would argue. It is the whole idea that you can put right one injustice by inflicting another injustice on another person.

    Two wrongs can never add up to a right. Ever.

  6. DesertPeace said,

    January 16, 2007 at 20:28

    Everything you said is correct Servant, but in my opinion an example must be made of this vile bitch… she must be punished for her crime of hatred nd ignorance… maybe then she will learn it is not acceptable as might her fellow travelers.
    She must not be allowed to get off scott free for this… if she does it is a stamp of approval from all the authorities involved.
    And her punishment would not be considered a wrong… so it would be right 🙂

  7. Robin said,

    January 16, 2007 at 21:08

    Again, I CANNOT get a handle on this hatred that seethes from every pore of this woman referred to in the video which the article in Haartz (BRAVO for having the integrity for printing it) is referring to. It’s as if people like this are some kind of sick cancer. What do you do with them? Honestly, what can be done. Punishing them in many cases emboldens their behavior because they see themselves as right and everyone else wrong and they are willing to pay the price. Can they be deprogrammed? No I am not kidding, because you can fine her, throw her in jail, remove her from the settlement (all of which need to be done) but at the end of the day she is still the same hateful person, just like the others. Is there an answer for this? Somewhere, somehow there must be because cancers must either be removed OR cured. This isn’t the only woman like her, WHAT can be done?

  8. Servant Savant said,

    January 16, 2007 at 22:23

    So – you are saying she should know better? Where is the example of the good she’s supposed to copy?

    This woman is just acting on what everyone else is thinking. I think she’s under incredible pressure – like a stone at the bottom of a glacier rubbing against the stone of the mountain. She’s just the forward edge of a very long, slender knife being inserted between the ribs of the Arabs. She’s doing exactly what she was sent to do …. making life so miserable for Palestinians that they will become tired for fighting and leave.

    You might as well prosecute a cow for you milk. She’s doing exactly what she’s supposed to be doing.

    The same thing happens thousands of times a day. Which is the reason to be for the all the settlements — to expand “Greater Israel” dishonestly. One square millimeter of soil at a time. One Palestinian nerve at a time.

    Don’t shoot the soldiers who are just doing what they are told. Shoot the generals and the society they are working for.

  9. DesertPeace said,

    January 16, 2007 at 22:26

    That’s exactly what hatred and racism is Robin… a cancer. It must be treated as such before it spreads.
    What we can/must do as people that recognise it for what it is.. is to educate everyone around us to the dangers of this disease. The infected cells must be isolated and removed from a potentially healthy society.

  10. DesertPeace said,

    January 16, 2007 at 22:33

    Where is the example of the good you ask?
    Right here on this blog! Not everyone in Israel is a racist and those of us that arn’t cannot remain silent when these events occur.
    To clam up and ignore this vile behaviour is to accept it.
    We must be vocal, we must be seen and heard with our positions every day and everyehere.
    Living by example also helps the cause. We must show that it is possible for Jew and Palestinian to live side by side as brothers…. that is my dream.


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