They say that ‘every black cloud has a silver lining’. This is proving to be true as more and more Jews in Israel are speaking out, even condemning the vile outbursts of the settler woman in Hebron. It’s not often that Tommy (Yosef) Lapid says anything worth repeating, but he finally issued a statement in his capacity as Chairman of Yad Vashem, The Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem.
The following Reuters report speaks about it….

Yad Vashem chairman slams settlers for abusing Palestinians

By Reuters

The head of Israel’s central Holocaust memorial on Saturday assailed Jewish settlers who harass Palestinians in a tinderbox West Bank city, saying the abuse recalled the anti-Semitism of pre-World War Two Europe.

Yad Vashem chairman Yosef Lapid’s unusually fierce and public attack was prompted by Israeli television footage showing a Hebron settler woman hissing “whore” at her Palestinian neighbour and settler children lobbing rocks at Arab homes.

The spectacle stirred outrage in the Jewish state, where many view the settlers as a movement opposed to coexistence with a future Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.

Lapid, a Holocaust survivor who lost his father to the Nazi genocide, said in a weekly commentary on Israel Radio that the acts of some Hebron settlers reminded him of persecution endured by Jews in his native Yugoslavia on the eve of World War Two.

“It was not crematoria or pogroms that made our life in the diaspora bitter before they began to kill us, but persecution, harassment, stone-throwing, damage to livelihood, intimidation, spitting and scorn,” Lapid said.

“I was afraid to go to school, because of the little anti-Semites who used to lay in ambush on the way and beat us up. How is that different from a Palestinian child in Hebron?”

Hebron has been a frequent flashpoint of more than six years of Israeli-Palestinian fighting. Some 400 settlers live there, under heavy Israeli military guard, among 150,000 Palestinians.

Hebron settlers were not immediately available to respond to Lapid’s criticism, but Israel Radio broadcast earlier comments by the community’s spokesman, Noam Arnon, in which he played down the televised harassments as “fringe incidents.”

“In six years, 37 Jews have been murdered in Hebron, and now they’re preoccupied with curses?” Arnon said.

Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert ordered a cabinet-level probe last week into Palestinian allegations that abuse by Hebron settlers is commonplace and routinely ignored by Israel.

Deputy Defence Minister Ephraim Sneh said he hoped for an Israeli crackdown against the settler “provocateurs”, but Palestinian officials called for comprehensive action.

“If they are serious about coexistence, the Israelis must take practical steps on the hundreds of daily violations against Palestinians in the old city,” Hebron Governor Arif Jabari said.

Jabari’s apparent pessimism was shared by Lapid, a former justice minister.

“We Jewish citizens of Israel wave a reprimanding finger at most,” he said. “Worse still, I tolerated this silently as justice minister too.”

The World Court has branded the settlements illegal but many Jews claim a biblical birthright to the West Bank, which Israel captured from Jordan in the 1967 Middle East war.

Israel withdrew settlers and soldiers from Gaza in 2005, a move billed as breaking the diplomatic deadlock with the Palestinians. The rise since of Hamas, a Palestinian Islamist group whose charter calls for the Jewish state’s destruction, has hardened settler resolve not to leave the West Bank.

Lapid said while there was no comparing the Holocaust with Palestinian suffering from Israel’s policies, this did not mean Israelis could not be culpable.

“It is inconceivable for the memory of Auschwitz to warrant ignoring the fact that there are Jews among us who behave today towards Palestinians just like German, Hungarian, Polish and other anti-Semites behaved towards Jews,” he said.


  1. GraemeAnfinson said,

    January 21, 2007 at 01:52

    i saw footage of a massive protest of the expanding settlements on Democracy now. I think it is awesome. and much needed.

    we need it to happen in the states too

  2. Servant Savant said,

    January 21, 2007 at 03:15

    I have to be honest Steve. This kind of crap gives me a head-ache with Jews talking to each other about what you can say and what you can’t say and who is allowed to say what and who is not. Who gives a flying fuck already when people are getting killed?

    Everywhere else on Earth when someone sees a murder, they yell Murder! Murder! This is the natural thing to do. They don’t stop and ask, was the victim an Arab or a Jew? It’s only Jews who do that. If the murder victim is a Jew – there is hell to pay and more walls to build and more land to expropriate from the West Bank. If the murder victim is an Arab – oh well what can we do? There is no partner for peace.

    This rabinical sense of justice – where you go back to to see what the Talmud says when your eyes are telling you what you see is wrong – is horse shit. You don’t judge people by what they say or how they rationalize their decisions to murder people. You judge them by what they do – by their actions.

    Why do I have to study the history of Jews – and know everything there is to know about Jewish sensitivities – before I can say stop acting like Nazis. There’s no comparision? Anyone who says there is no comparision between Israel’s actions and those of Nazi Germany is deluded.

    Why should I be sensitive to the history of Jewish suffering when I see Jews repeating the same history that they are crying about?

    To hell with that. When I see someone being murdered in front of my eyes I say Murder! Murder! I don’t give a shit what happened in yesterday or fifty years ago. I only care about the murder that is happening in front of my eyes right now.

    If this is the kind of morality that being Jewish produces, I say to hell with them all. I am tired of keeping track of which Jews are letting these things happen in their name.

    It’s the Jew’s job to sort it out and put it right. Not ours. Since Israel is a Jewish state by definition, then it is up to Jews to fix it. All this other stuff is an excuse to do nothing.

  3. DesertPeace said,

    January 21, 2007 at 07:17

    From what I understand, democracy Now does a fantastic job in reporting events. We need that here…

  4. DesertPeace said,

    January 21, 2007 at 07:21

    For too long the zionists have gotten away with pulling the ‘race card’ Servant. They have to realise that the Jews are no better than/ no different than anybody else in the world.
    Israel has to accept the fact that it cannot do whatever it damn pleases anymore. We are no longer living in an age where news is hidden from the masses…. the world knows now of Israels crimes, and Israel must be prepared to face the consequences.

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