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The Shame of Shuhada Street

In Hebron, Palestinians are subjected to daily indignities—large and small.
A Jewish settler walks past a Palestinian on Shuhada Street, in the West Bank city of Hebron. (Nayef Hashlamoun/Reuters)

HEBRON, West Bank—I first saw the boys through the rear view mirror of the car I was riding in, as they approached Shuhada Street. One of them was about the age of my daughter, who became a bat mitzvah last week. The other might have been 16 or so, like my older son. The boys hesitated at the top of the street and seemed to take a breath. Then they stepped into the void.

Shuhada Street, lined with small shops whose owners typically lived upstairs, was once among the busiest market streets in this ancient city. But in 1994, in response to a horrific massacre that left 29 people dead and 125 injured, the Israel Defense Forces began clamping down on Shuhada Street. They welded shut the street-facing doors of all the homes and shops, and by the time of the Second Intifada in 2000, had turned the bustling thoroughfare into a ghost street on which no one was permitted to set foot. No one, that is, who is Palestinian. Israeli Jews and foreign visitors are free to come and go along the road—to snap photos and make their way to Hebron’s three Jewish settler outposts, Beit Hadassah, Beit Romano, and Avraham Avinu. But there is nothing to buy, nothing to see, no reason to tarry. The stores are all closed. The few Palestinians who remain have been barred from the street where they live. If they want to enter their homes, they must do so through back doors, which in many cases involves clambering over rooftops.

One might be tempted to view Shuhada Street as just another casualty in an endless cycle of violent retribution. A Palestinian kills dozens of Hebron’s Jews, so Israel punishes the Palestinians of Hebron by closing Shuhada Street. But that is not, in fact, what happened. The victims of the massacre that impelled the Israeli government to shutter Shuhada were not Jews. They were Palestinians—unarmed Palestinians gunned down as they prayed at the nearby Cave of the Patriarchs by Baruch Goldstein, an American-born Jewish zealot with Israeli military training and a Galil assault rifle, who stopped firing only when he was overcome and killed by survivors of his attack. You can add Shuhada Street, and the vibrant urban life it once sustained and embodied, to the list of Goldstein’s victims.

My visit to Hebron had begun at Goldstein’s tomb, in a small park in the Jewish settlement of Kiryat Arba on the city’s outskirts. The grave has become a site of pilgrimage and ecstatic veneration for some religious Israelis and sympathetic foreigners despite the Israeli government’s prohibition on monuments to terrorists. The massive slab of marble is inscribed with the words, “He gave his life for the people of Israel, its Torah and land.” On the day I visited, the gravestone was littered with small stones, placed there in homage in accordance with Jewish tradition.

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An ultra-Orthodox Jew prays at Baruch Goldstein’s gravesite, in 1998. (Reuters)

After puzzling over the epitaph (I was born in Jerusalem but my family emigrated to Canada before I learned to read), I brushed away the commemorative stones. A mass-murderer deserves no such honor. An Israeli army jeep rumbled alongside the park and I stepped back, nervous that I would be harassed for my action. The Israeli military presence in Hebron is intense—between 600 and 650 soldiers, military police, and commanders, or at least one for every settler—and its role is very clear: The security forces are there to protect the settlers, regardless of how brutal or inflammatory the latter’s actions may be, and regardless of the fact that, as Goldstein’s homicidal cowardice makes clear, it is the Palestinians who often need protection against settlers who, sure of support from the Netanyahu government, seek to make permanent their incursion into the city.

My companions and I then made our way to Shuhada Street, where an Israeli soldier checked our passports to ensure both that we were not Palestinian and that we understood the omnipotence of Israeli military authority. We passed the new Beit Hadassah museum, an exhibit of curated propaganda dedicated to legitimizing the presence of Jewish settlers in the city. Then we came to the end of the street, and I happened to glance in the rearview mirror, where I saw the two boys. I didn’t need to be the mother of children their age to fear for their lives and safety. I only needed to have been following the news.

Less than a week before, on Nakba Day, when Palestinians commemorate the displacement that preceded and followed Israel’s declaration of independence, there had been a protest in front of Ofer military prison in the West Bank town of Beitunia. After the protest was dispersed, two Palestinian teenagers had been shot and killed by the Israeli army. Video of the killings had surfaced on the Internet, and in my hotel room in Jerusalem I had watched as another Arab boy my son’s age, carrying the kind of backpack my son carries, doing nothing more than crossing a street—crumpled and pitched forward, motionless.

Now, several days later, I watched these Shuhada Street boys risk death for the sake of a liberty so rudimentary and fundamental that my own children are not even aware of its existence, or its importance, or its simple human beauty: the right to walk down the street.

I should have gotten out of the car and joined them. I should have taken out my cell phone and started filming. But I just sat in the car and fretted. Thankfully, the Israeli soldiers on duty that day did nothing more than lift their weapons and motion the boys back to permitted ground, and the boys obeyed. It was one of many such interactions—petty indignities and tiny acts of courage. It was nothing as dramatic as an incident, viewable on YouTube, in which settler girls take advantage of a school holiday to lie in wait for Palestinian children on their way home from school, then curse the other children and throw rocks at them while Israeli soldiers look on, periodically urging the rock-throwers to stop but doing little to protect the victims of the violence. Nothing as dramatic as another encounter, also captured on video, in which a female settler, flanked by soldiers, lobs curses at a Palestinian woman who had the temerity to walk out the front gate of her own house. “Whore! Whore!” the settler hisses.

I ended my visit to Hebron at a small community center run by Palestinian peace activists, where we shared plates of hummus and fresh vegetables and tried to find inspiration in the tiny outpost of hope. But the bright murals painted by Palestinian activists had been disfigured by Jewish settlers with splashes of gray paint, and we ate under the stony gaze of soldiers assigned to guard settlers whose vandalism is among the least of their offenses.

The litany of Hebron’s many immiserations is long. I could write paragraphs about the racially differentiated access to water, and about how settlers sometimes spray the ground with their hoses, taunting Palestinians who have severely limited access to water for drinking or cooking or bathing. I could describe the ugly anti-Arab graffiti I saw, the bumper stickers plastered onto walls with messages like, “Arab! Don’t even dare to think about a Jewish woman!” I could describe the achingly torturous journey an elderly resident of Shuhada Street must make just to leave her house, with its front door welded shut, because one day in 1994 a hate-filled fanatic massacred her townspeople.

 

But out of respect for the people who escorted me down the tragic length of Shuhada Street, I will try to close on a note of hopefulness. My guides were a couple of Jewish Israelis, raised in religious homes, who had served as soldiers in the West Bank and who, as a result of what they saw and what they did, now devote their lives to raising awareness about the injustices of the Occupation. My guides described in painful detail the structural inequality of a land where one ethnic group lives under oppressive military rule, and another under democratic, civilian authority. They described receiving explicit instruction to make Palestinians feel as if they were constantly under surveillance, constantly pursued, constantly harassed. They said their role, as described by Moshe Ya’alon, the current defense minister and former army chief of staff, was to “sear the hearts and minds of the Palestinians.” My guides told me of instances in which they were involved in “Straw Widow” actions, where they invaded a Palestinian home, shut the family into a single room, and then made free use of the house. Ostensibly these home invasions were conducted for security reasons, but just as often they were simple training exercises. Sometimes the homes were chosen because they had a satellite dish, and an important soccer match was on TV. “What hope is there?” I asked them, in response. They replied that they named their organization Breaking the Silence because they fervently believe that once people know what is happening in Hebron and the rest of the Palestinian territories, change is inevitable.

I’m not sure that I share their faith in the power of knowledge to create justice, but I want to. And that’s why, as Bibi Netanyahu’s right-wing government broadcasts its contempt for the U.S. State Department’s commitment to working with the new Palestinian unity government, and announces the construction of 1,500 new settlement housing units in the West Bank, I, a Jewish American born in Israel, who believes in Israel’s right to exist within its own borders, am breaking my own silence.

 

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Tunisia, Egypt and now Libya!

Dictators are toppled one by one; the most criminal of whom faced the ultimate humiliation then death!

Dictator's Ultimate End

The people have spoken. The “western powers” were quick to congratulate and urge the same people they helped oppress through their puppets, to be mindful of democracy and “positive” change.

Excuse me?

What they really mean is that they wish for a democracy that fits the western ideologies… a sort of dictatorship that we would bless and label as a “democracy.”

What scares the West is that the Arab people want their religious values to influence their communities, eliminate usury and corruption (Sharia “Law”), build an Islamic Empire as one existed in the past during which prosperity and science flourished, poverty eliminated and the Arab/ Muslim world stood united (also Sharia “Law”).

This is when the despicable state of terrorists and pigs will vanish… and the Middle East will be Holy again.

So let the spark continue and burn the tyrants and dictators of the region (who also use what they call democracy to hide their crimes against humanity).

Today we celebrate the demise of Zine El Abidine of Tunisia, Mubarak of Egypt and Gaddafi of Libya.

Tomorrow we shall celebrate the demise of Netanyahu, Abdallah, Assad, Saleh and Al Malki

And then we shall have peace and prosperity.

 

The recent wave of Arab uprisings and calls for change, including justice and democracy must be contagious.

The occupying terrorists – who terrorized Palestinians and stole and occupied their lands, are now facing the same calls for reform. The so-called “only democracy” in the Middle East seems to be as corrupt and dictatorial as are/were the [previous] Arab regimes.

An estimated 300,000 people took to the streets on Saturday August 6, 2011 to press their demands for social justice and lower living costs in the largest demonstrations over social issues ever seen in “Israel.” Despite scepticism that turnout could surpass previous events, almost twice as many people joined marches in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and other towns and cities.

The average Israeli salary is about $2,500 per month while teachers and social workers typically earn less than $2,000 per month. Naturally, the Israeli-terrorist apparatus is more interested in using all its resources to expel, ethnic cleanse and terrorize Palestinians. Building illegal settlements as a way to “claim” more Palestinian lands, is where the money goes!

And the Israeli government response? It was as parallel as that of Ben Ali, Mubarak, Saleh and Assad!

Binyamin Netanyahu, Israel’s prime minister, was “forced” to respond to the spiralling protests with the establishment of a committee to “listen to the distress” and recommend action.

“we know that we must make the internal corrections … social corrections, with sensitivity” – he said!

He added: “We will listen to everyone. We will speak with everyone.” However, Netanyahu has so far refused to meet a delegation from the tent protesters.

Sounds familiar? The same was said by the deposed Arab dictators and those still in power.

The wave of change will soon create a new Middle East. The USA – or the United States of Arabia, will be the end result. I say this will happen in the next 10 years and maybe sooner. Israel, Zionism and terrorism, will cease to exist!

Really, there’s nothing else that needs to be stated… it’s Demoncracy, Israeli style!

“I know Israel mistreats the Palestinians and stole their land. I know Israel spies on America and sells top secret info to Russia and key business plans to China. I know Israel has hundreds of illegal nuclear missiles but I don’t care because the Jews are God’s chosen people. I know this because the Jews wrote a book that says so.”

The other day I read an email from Rev. Ted Pike linking to an interesting audio titled Can Christians Defend Old Testament Killing of Canaanites? His speech is symptomatic for the cognitive dissonance many Christians are experiencing when confronted with the antics of the Jewish God. I still remember vividly my disgust listening to the story of the slaughter of an army of 200,000 Hethitians by the archangel Gabriel who came to aid of the ‘Chosen People’.

Whenever I think about these things, I am reminded of Jesus’ famous words in Matthew 7:20, “By their fruits ye shall know them.” Forget about their twisted arguments and self-serving claims of ‘higher orders’. Just look at their actions. Are they good or are they evil? Do they treat others the way they would like to be treated if they were in the other person’s shoes?

There can be no doubt that throughout history the God of the ‘Chosen People’ has made them commit the most horrific crimes.

There can be no doubt that throughout history the God of the ‘Chosen People’ has made them commit the most horrific crimes. From the ritual killing of the first born child to countless genocides. I don’t care what kind of excuses they concoct to justify the unjustifiable. If there is any higher authority telling them to do these horrid things, it’s certainly not the loving and forgiving father figure Jesus told us about.

The reason why the Pharisees hated Jesus so much, and got him killed, was that he told them right into their face that they were utterly evil. “Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?” – Matt 23:33. And in John 8:44, Jesus is quoted as calling the Pharisees “children of the devil”.

Some people blame the perversions of Babylon. The ‘oral tradition’[1] – they say – have hijacked Judaism and secretly replaced God with Satan. My view is that Judaism has always been utterly evil. Either the God of the Jews is suffering under multiple personality disorder, or Jewish priests have never preached anything but Satanism in disguise.

By their fruits ye shall know them. Their fruits are telling me that the Jews are – and always have been – Satan’s Chosen People.

Footnote:
[1] After the destruction of the Jerusalem Temple by the Romans, the ‘oral traditions’ Jesus rallied against were codified as the Babylonian Talmud and are widely considered to be the highest religious authority in Judaism.

Israeli Barbaric Peace Initiative: erasing Palestinian
babies from existence, hoping to do to Palestinians what Hitler failed
to accomplish with Jews!

In the wake of the butcher’s speech in front of a sleepy bunch of puppets in the U.S. Congress, the Palestinians and Arabs in general must revert to normal and natural relationships with Israel.

  • Israel is a natural enemy and must be viewed and treated as such.
  • Israel is guilty of war crimes and ethnic cleansing and must be treated in equal and non-discriminatory-like manner.
  • Jews are welcome to live among Arabs as they have been for centuries, under Arab rule only.
  • The Arab league must immediately cease any and all “peace initiatives” with Israel based on the latter’s deceptive and criminal record.
  • Arab countries with Israeli Embassies in their countries must immediately close these criminal’s “dens” and deport all Israelis from their lands.
  • Israel understands one language: power! Arabs should practice the biblical “eye-for-and-eye” approach with Israeli crimes.

When such normal relationships return to the table, Israel will find itself alone-in-the-dark. Even the U.S. will then abandon Israel.

And that’s when the liberation of Palestine will be achieved. Zionism, if it wants to exist, will be forced to practice its Nazi-like approach in some other country… assuming anyone would welcome these heathens in their lands.

Long Live Palestine. Palestinians shall return to their lands and homes with heads held high!

Israeli Terrorist and NaZionist Avigdor Lieberman

Israel has slammed a deal between the Palestinian Hamas and Fatah factions to form an interim unity government and hold elections within a year.

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said that “with this accord, a red line has been crossed,” AFP reported on Thursday.

Tel Aviv could “freeze the transfer of taxes collected by Israel for the Palestinian Authority,” Lieberman said.

Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak also commented on the issue saying that “the latest events do nothing but reinforce the necessity of relying only on ourselves.” [and so did the Palestinians: relied only on themselves after years of deceptive Israeli practices and actions]

He boasted that the Israeli army and security forces “will use an iron fist to deal with any threat and challenge.”

Delegations representing Hamas and Fatah came to an understanding on Wednesday in the Egyptian capital of Cairo, where they resumed unity talks.

Shortly after the deal was announced, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Acting Palestinian Authority Chief Mahmoud Abbas must “choose between peace with Israel or peace with Hamas.” [Abbas replied: “Choose between Peace and illegal Settlements”]

The latest deal is expected to be followed by signing of a reconciliation agreement between all Palestinian factions in Egypt.

Hamas and Fatah have been at odds since the former won the Palestinian parliamentary elections in January 2006.

Fatah set up headquarters in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, with Hamas arguing that the faction works in cahoots with Tel Aviv.

Last year, Hamas complained about an arrest campaign against its members led by the so-called security forces functioning under Fatah’s leader, Mahmoud Abbas, declaring that its rival faction works “in close coordination with those of the Israeli occupiers” in the West Bank.

Source: PressTV