Much ado about nothing? Its remarkable how the most ardent critics of Zionism are basically part of the same ideological swamp ; leftist foes of liberal democracy that could not function without stretching the boundaries of the state’s democratic pretext and pretense. Slavoj Zizek and all the bloggers and Palestinian solidarity activists are in a sense covered by the Zionist umbrella from which they act.
The attacks on the West Bank settlements all adjudicate on the same conventional tone that the government is in complicity with the settlers, has their interests at heart and is only counseling patience, a question of nuancing the means as if they are part of the same evil dynamic. In actuality, the activists and left seem more in complicity with the government in expanding secularist values and suppressing, often brutally the aspirations of the Judea and Samaria settlers, the “hilltop activists” who are religiously observant and base their right to dwell on the Torah. The expulsion of Amona in which over 330 settlers and supporters were beaten seriously enough to require medical attention; Gush Katif and the other smaller, but violent incidents should have kept the far left activists and anarchists salivating at the mouth for more of the same nihilistic chaos. Nothing to warm a heart like a Zionist beating on an orthodox settler and destroying his home. Pure pleasure for some to be sure. So, the far left is always biting the hand that feeds them, the emasculation and castration complex seems all based on an idea that Zionists are somehow the Chosen people which for the most part is clearly a misconception. You can call this conflict between activists and Zionists civil sectarian violence.
A Palestinian activist said Saturday that a number of international airlines canceled flights for at least 100 people scheduled to arrive in Israel’s main airport for a mass fly-in of pro-Palestinian activists, while Israel said those activists who manage to make it to the airport would be deported.
Campaign organizer Amira Musallam said activists from around the world notified her by email that Lufthansa, Jet2.com and Air France canceled their flight reservations.
EasyJet also announced it would refuse to fly passengers which Israel has marked on a no-entry list. Airline spokeswoman Anna Knowles said only a small number of passengers were affected.
Israeli television reported most airlines would not fly activists to Israel and only a trickle would arrive, though Musallam, the Palestinian organizer, said she still expects hundreds of activists to arrive beginning Saturday evening and continuing through Sunday.
The “Welcome to Palestine” project seeks to raise attention to how Israel controls access into Palestinian areas.Read More:http://m.apnews.com/ap/db_15716/contentdetail.htm?contentguid=Y7oPubS7
The security forces have expelled the Jews from the hilltop in ‘Amona.&
7; The expulsion was violent and there have been more than a few voices raised indicating that the police came in determined to make it so. This would not be surprising to anyone who saw how ‘disengagement’ protesters were treated over the summer (not the people in Gush Katif for the most part – but those who attempted to block highways around Jerusalem and Tel Aviv). Here’s a recap:
The Magen David Adom emergency medical service reported that a total of 144 wounded were evacuated to hospitals in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Roughly half of the injured were protestors. Hundreds of other wounded protestors were treated in Amona itself. Eleven people were evacuated by IDF helicopters – yet only a total of six are in serious or moderate condition.
Close to 300 other protestors were treated in a giant tent set up for the purpose near the site of the destruction.
One injured protestor said, “We were standing in the front line, with no intention of using violence or anything, and all of a sudden the police just rained down on us with horses and clubs… My injury seems to OK; I hardly needed any stitches, and the doctors here [at Hadassah Ein Karem Hospital] sent me home for three days of rest. But others were hurt even more than I was.”
… The Yesha Rabbis Council issued this statement: “We are shocked from the cruel and horrific abuse perpetrated by Israeli police upon Jews… 37,000 demolition orders are ready to be executed, and of all of them, the Supreme Court and the police chose precisely this one in Amona, with the goal of destroying the religious-Zionist public.”
One girl who participated in the protest arrived home with bruises on her face and leg, saying, “I got out safely only by miracle.” Her story:
“We were outside the 5th house, with the goal of forming a line to stop the police from climbing into the windows. We had planned in advance, because of modesty and the like, that when the police would tell us to go, we would go right away. But they didn’t let us. They just set upon us – all of them: Yasamnikim, Border Guard, soldiers, everyone – and didn’t give us a chance. I screamed, ‘I’m going by myself!’ but they didn’t care; I heard them saying, ‘Smack them! Get them!’ They hit me with a club on my leg, and then they pushed me to the ground and smashed me with clubs twice more – once on my face, right near my eye. Miraculously, he didn’t hit me on the skull; I saw others right near me bleeding from their heads, unconscious – it was just terrible… It was just by miracle that nothing worse happened to me.”
Yifat Ehrlich, the owner of one of the destroyed homes, was interviewed on Israel Television. Asked about the fact that the State was destroying the buildings legally, she said, “This whole thing has nothing to do with law, but only with politics. The Supreme Court did not order the houses destroyed, but merely refrained from intervening in a political decision of the government. The government decided to destroy the buildings, in spite of the fact that we were in the midst of finalizing the purchase.”
“I want to say,”Yifat said, “that from an ethical standpoint, I feel much better about the houses we built than you should feel. The land here was never occupied by an Arabs, it was totally barren when we came, no one has ever come to claim ownership, and we did not banish any one from this land – as opposed to where you might be sitting in Jerusalem, or in Tel Aviv, or in Haifa, where many Arabs used to be living…”
“As you can see on the screen in front of you, the bulldozers are having a harder time destroying these structures than in Gush Katif. In Gush Katif, when Sharon the bulldozer was in charge, each house took a few minutes to raze, while here, with Olmert, it’s not going so fast. Why? Because Olmert is not yet the bulldozer that Sharon was – but soon, the media will help turn him into a bulldozer, and he’ll be able to do it stronger…Read More:http://israelmatzav.blogspot.ca/2006/02/expulsion-of-jews-from-amona.html