Beitar Jerusalem

Posted: December 6th, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: The Right, The Settlements | Tags: , , , , | 1 Comment »


This picture of teenage settlers at the “House of Contention” in Hebron was taken by Tess Scheflan from Haaretz. The kid on the left is wearing a Beitar Jerusalem scarf. Beitar’s fans take pride in their racism. The fan’s forums are full of racist and anti Arab comments, and “death to Arabs” shouts are very common at the team’s games. one of the reasons the Israeli national team doesn’t play often at Jerusalem’s excellent stadium is because the crowd there boos the team’s Arab players.

It is not the first time Beitar fans are involved in non-football-related attacks on Arabs. A few months ago a security camera in a north Jerusalem mall caught these images, of a planned attack and stabbing of an Arab. As you can see, some of the attackers wear Beitar Jerusalems shirts.

The attacked occurred on the Holocaust Memorial Day.

Riots in Hebron

Posted: December 5th, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: In the News, The Right, The Settlements | Tags: , , , | Comments Off

During the evacuation of the “House of Contention” yesterday, one could hear almost only Right and Extreme-Right commentators on TV. All of them were blaming the government for the violence. But on today’s papers, most reports finally called the day’s event what they really were: a Jewish pogrom.

Here is a must-read by Haaretz’s Avi Issacharoff.

It’s important to note, however, that Jewish violence against Palestinians didn’t start yesterday. These kind of events – maybe not in this scale, though – happened on a daily basis during my army service in the city, 11 years ago.


Posted: December 4th, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: In the News, The Right | Tags: , | Comments Off

Somehow, evacuating a settlement always turns out to be easier than expected.

The Rabbi

Posted: December 4th, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: In the News, The Right, The Settlements | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off

Some of the reports from Hebron mentioned one, Rabbi Uzi Sharbaf, to whom the radical Jewish youth in the area is now listening. Nadav Shragai writes in Haaretz:

The Yesha Council of settlers is nonexistent at the House of Contention, and even Kiryat Arba Mayor Malachi Levinger rarely shows his face. Instead, events are being directed from the roof of the building by the extremist camp: Daniella Weiss, Baruch Marzel, Itamar Ben-Gvir and Rabbi Uzi Sharbaf.

Sharbaf is one of the three convicted murderers from the “Jewish Underground”, a terror organization that plotted and carried out attacks on Palestinians in the early 80′s.

the jewish underground murderers

the jewish underground murderers

The Underground carried out car bomb attacks against three Palestinian mayors and planned to blow up The Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem. Sharbaf, along with two other men, murdered three students and wounded 33 in an attack on the Islamic College in Hebron. Shin Beit agents arrested the underground members while they were trying to bomb five Palestinians buses. Long before the Hamas started blowing up buses in Israeli cities, Jews had the same idea.

Sharbaf and the two other convicted murderers, Menachem Livni and Shaul Nir, were released from prison by Israeli president Chaim Herzog, after serving less than seven years of his life sentence.

In the last 8 years there have been no less than 15 unsolved cases of Palestinians murdered by Jewish terorists.


Posted: November 24th, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: In the News, The Settlements | Tags: , , , , , , , , | Comments Off

A showdown in Hebron is on it’s way: the settlers are refusing the order to leave the “Peace House”, as they call it, at the heart of the Palestinian city, and the army is getting ready to evacuate them by force, sometime between now and mid December. This is, without doubt, another demonstration of Israel’s democracy, its respect for the law and its willingness to uphold the law upon extremists from both sides, blah blah blah.

Truth is, the distinction between “legal” and “illegal” settlements is no more than a game Israelis like to play with themselves. Nobody in the world – except some soon-to-be-kicked-out-of-Washington-Neo-Cons – accepts the notion of “legal” settlements (and no one should). Some might accept the idea of legalizing a few settlements as part of bilateral agreement between Israel and the Palestinians, probably in exchange for Israeli land west of the 67’ line. Until then, ALL settlements are seen as a violation of the 4th Geneva Convention (article 49), which prohibits the occupying power to transfer parts of its own civilian population into the territory it occupies.

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