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Israeli Settler ‘Terrorists’ Put a ‘Price Tag’ on Eviction

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Posted on Dec 29, 2011
AP / Nasser Ishtayeh

Palestinians look at a house, allegedly damaged by Jewish settlers, in the village of Hawara near the West Bank city of Nablus. Attacks by “price tag” extremists have included vandalism and more serious crimes, such as firebombing.

Even Israel’s pro-settlement conservative government is unnerved by extremist settler gangs (Defense Minister Ehud Barak prefers to call them terrorists) who have attacked targets including mosques and Israel Defense Forces officers.

The young extremists are trying to pressure the government to leave intact their communities, which Israeli courts have found illegal, as the L.A. Times reports:

“The strategic goal is to try to frighten Israeli society to such a degree that it will withdraw from any possibility of a major removal of settlements in the future,” said Yehuda Ben-Meir, a security analyst at Tel Aviv’s Institute for National Security Studies. “They’re saying, ‘For every two bricks the government tries to remove somewhere, we’ll go wild.’”

The militants think “the only way to prevent it from becoming a slippery slope toward wholesale evacuation is to put up a fight for every house or even a chicken coop,” Ben-Meir said. “Their tactic is to react to even the smallest of such moves with such violence so that eventually the army tells the government they can’t do it.”

Some settlers have taken to using the words “price tag” to sign their work. The phrase was found sprayed onto overturned headstones in a Palestinian graveyard.

All Israeli settlements on Palestinian territory are considered illegal by most countries, but the vast majority of them have at least been authorized by the Israeli government. About 4,000 settlers out of 300,000, according to the Times’ count, have built without permission.

Benjamin Netanyahu’s conservative government has authorized expanded settlement construction despite pleas from Israel’s closest ally, the United States, and Palestinian negotiators. Despite this, he may be forced to tear down a few settlements, or, more likely, discover a way to legitimize them.  —PZS

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By drbhelthi, January 5, 2012 at 1:40 am Link to this comment

@ heterochromatic, January3                                                            
drb~~` please, take your extraterrestrials and Hitler Zionists agreements on
opening concentration camps and fuck off for a while.

Such a statement could come from only two types of persons:
1.  Totally ignorant of the NAZI takeover of the USA since 1945 (Dulles Brothers and
NAZI SS General Gehlin reorganizing the OSS functions into the C.I.A.)
2. A member of the support group of the Obama version of the GHWBushSr entourage Patriot Act and NDAA 2011; which person supports Israel, while hiding behind
the Jewish faith.

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By drbhelthi, January 3, 2012 at 1:46 pm Link to this comment

Attention Truthdig:
a blogger who calls oneself
  “heterochromatic”
requests drbhelthi to “fuck off.”

Is this a type of solicitation?

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By drbhelthi, January 3, 2012 at 10:48 am Link to this comment

@heterochromatic
“drb~~~~ I can’t fathom the depth of raving gibberish that poured out of you in
that last comment.”

Agreed. 
However, broadened to include many concepts that you cannot fathom, whether
deep or shallow.  To include your own consistent gibberish.  While limiting ones ability to comprehend, prejudice also channels ones comprehension to coincide with ones prejudices.  As your blogs consistently demonstrate.

The idea that “they” were/are “men”.  Where did you acquire this idea ?

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By PatrickHenry, January 2, 2012 at 3:40 pm Link to this comment

Al Salzman,

Boo-hoo

Israel brings much of the criticism it recieves upon itself, a racist, apartheid nation only founded on violence by terrorism since 1948, it holds the distinct record of most UN condemnations since that date.

I vote that America does itself a favor and cuts off all aid and applies sanctions to Israel until it claims its nuclear weapons and submits to international inspection of its atomic energy and banking sectors, establishes set borders and cuts Palestine loose.

The brat of a nation needs to be reined in.

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By heterochromatic, January 2, 2012 at 11:58 am Link to this comment

drb~~~~ I can’t fathom the depth of raving gibberish that poured out of you in
that last comment.

have you met these men?

http://www.themodernword.com/pynchon/images/bb_1.jpg

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By Al Salzman, January 2, 2012 at 8:15 am Link to this comment
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What is remarkable to me is the total lack of a global, historical context in the hateful comments against Israel.  This self-serving tunnel-vision seems to focus solely on the ‘terrorist Zionists’; no mention of the holocaust, no mention of the 2,000 year pogrom of the Catholic Church and the rulers of Europe, no mention of the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and his alliance with Adolph Hitler, no mention of the 1929 slaughter of Jewish settlers by Palestinian Arabs, no mention of the expulsion of over a million Jews from Arab lands after the UN vote, no mention that, aside from Turkey, Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East, no mention that the Arab countries have traditionally shown contempt for the Palestinian people and have kept them in squalor as a wedge to destroy Israel, no mention of the unholy alliance between Shia Iran and Sunni Hamas for the destruction of Israel, no mention that the Israeli Supreme Court has ruled for Israeli Arabs and against the government many times, no mention of the thousands of rockets launched against Israeli civilians. In other words, there is an appalling simple-mindedness in the anti-Israel commentaries in this space. But, that doesn’t mean I let the Israeli government off the hook. Netanyahu and his Shas cohorts have catered to the most extreme right-wing irredentists much to the detriment of the country.

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By drbhelthi, January 1, 2012 at 10:09 am Link to this comment

@heterochromatic
“drb~~~~ “people who are worse” as defined by their goals and methods..”

Agreed.
When we review the performance of “Israel” from the time of Ben-Gurion through current, Israel, with its presumption of superiority, is equally qualified with Palestine.  Israel´s leadership, and national stance, clearly place it among the “worse.”

The presumption of superiority is what happened when the Zionists convinced Hitler to do the 9-11 on your predecessors.  His broad introduction of the evil extraterrestrials, as Arians, falls into the same category.  Earth is now suffering from their evil influence, not only from israeli deceit and dishonesty.

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By heterochromatic, December 31, 2011 at 7:22 pm Link to this comment

PatH~~~you’re merely being an ass. there are many more than two points on a
compass, so please, take your employment advice, roll it tightly, and sit and spin.

while your enjoying yourself, take a second and notice as you whirl that you’re
going through 360 points.

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By PatrickHenry, December 31, 2011 at 4:34 pm Link to this comment

Tic,

and the odd thing is that they’re so damn morally superior to the Palestinian
terrorists even as israel deteriorates….So damn sad and ugly that a lousy israel
fights against people who are worse.

I see your moral compass is so fucked up I doubt you can find your own ass.

Maybe more suitable employment for a poster of your character.

http://america-hijacked.com/2009/10/02/seeking-highly-motivated-pro-israel-advocates-in-dc-and-israel-how-the-pro-israel-fifth-column-works-in-the-us/

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By heterochromatic, December 31, 2011 at 12:43 pm Link to this comment

drb~~~~ “people who are worse” as defined by their goals and methods..


perhaps you mistook “people who are worse” for ” A people who are worse” which
is not what I said or meant.

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By berniem, December 31, 2011 at 12:28 pm Link to this comment

What’s that Hitchens said about religion and poisoning everything? FREE BRADLEY MANNING!!!!

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By Al Salzman, December 31, 2011 at 11:01 am Link to this comment
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In the Israeli/Palestinian Gordian Knot, the fight for the moral high ground is insoluble and tedious. In the world of geo-politics, possession is nine tenths of the law. Globally, the process of grabbing territory has been the rule. Should the USA return California to Mexico, or Hawaii to the decendents of Queen Liliokalani? How about Puerto Rico or Guantanamo? Which President said of Panama: “We stole it fair and square!” The Jews have Israel and they’re going to keep it and the Palestinians of all stripes have to accept that reality. The fight within Israel between secular modernity and religious superstition may very well accomplish what the Palestinians have tried to do - the destruction of the ‘Zionist entity!’ Most thinking Israelis recognize the illegitimacy of the settlements but the growing power of the haredim will most likely lead to a civil war.  The same internecine battle seems inevitable between Hamas and Fatah. All the while the repressive autocratic rulers of the Arab world are smiling broadly as they receive billions in arms shipments from the “greatest purveyor of violence in the world, my own government!”

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By drbhelthi, December 31, 2011 at 1:38 am Link to this comment

@heterochromatic
“So damn sad and ugly that a lousy israel fights against people who are worse.”

Israeli folk are as divided as any other folk who are administered by a terrorist
leadership. 

“- that a lousy Israel fights against people who are worse.”  “people who are worse” is a phrase that heterochromatic refutes in aforegoing ideas.  How does one define the
difference among dishonest, deceitful terrorists?  The concept of worse appears to be a slip of prejudice, rather than fact.

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By heterochromatic, December 31, 2011 at 12:14 am Link to this comment

ASSays~~~~~“Israel was founded on terrorism, continues to practice state-
sponsored terrorism on daily basis and will always continue to have terrorism at
the core of its ideology…”~~~~

and the odd thing is that they’re so damn morally superior to the Palestinian
terrorists even as israel deteriorates….So damn sad and ugly that a lousy israel
fights against people who are worse.


so sad.

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By heterochromatic, December 30, 2011 at 8:19 pm Link to this comment

the Netanyahu government pandering to the extremists is a vile thing and any
claim that Netanyahu can dissuade the extremists from their rejection of law and
decency is foolisness and bullshit…

Jewish extremism is as unreasonable and insatiable as the Islamic extremism of
Hamas and others.

Extremists are more akin to each other than to the groups from which they
originate.

Fuck ‘em all and do what is necessary to stop them.

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By MeHere, December 30, 2011 at 8:03 pm Link to this comment

The Orthodox extremists in Israel are doing a great deal of damage. They
operate the same way in some communities in the US. although I wonder how
many are aware of this. I’ve seen first hand what they do. If they have a large
presence in a community which is also made up of a sizable number of
underprivileged and less educated people, they try to control every aspect of it
for their own interest and convenience.

The community I’m acquainted with has had their school board controlled by
them (even when they themselves don’t send their children to public school) for
the purpose of keeping taxes low. They have consistently ignored regulations
such as fire, sanitation, zoning, etc. They have not only taken advantage of
social services but they have set up their own social services, such as a
deplorable medical clinic which is publicly funded. Their transgressions are
often in the local newspaper and they are always contending with law suits and
fines. In many instances, when things don’t go their way, they go to the
authorities in high places claiming discrimination and the local residents are defeated and
left with no recourse.

It is obvious that these groups are more interested in power than in religion.
They are not simply satisfied with being able to practice their faith with
complete freedom.  The behavior of extreme Orthodoxy is a very vexing issue
to many people in Israel and Jews in the US, and many are working to stop it.
Neither the Israeli government nor our government can be
relied on to set things right.

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By Darrow Boggiano, December 30, 2011 at 6:56 pm Link to this comment
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Zionism = Racism.  It’s plain and simple.  OCCUPY EVERYTHING - Hold your ground.

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By PatrickHenry, December 30, 2011 at 4:12 pm Link to this comment

Probably alot of expat Americans.

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By drbhelthi, December 30, 2011 at 1:37 pm Link to this comment

@Cliff Carson
BEN-GURION: “The law is whatever people determine it to be.”
(Interpreted: The law is whatever I decide.)

Ben-Gurion permeated Israeli dishonesty and deceit, which continues.  Israeli deceit
about their nuke program is volatile.  In 1961, John F. Kennedy made significant
concessions to Ben Gurion regarding an inspection of a 24 megawatt reactor provided by
France.  Ben Gurion required additional concessions before agreeing to an inspection. 
When American inspectors arrived, they were led into a false control room that Ben Gurion
had built above the genuine control room.  None of the available workers spoke English,
and none of the inspectors spoke the local language. (“Gideon´s Spies,” p.93)  It is
reported that Israel has two hundred thirty nuclear weapons.  The IAEC does not inspect
Israeli facilities.  Little wonder that a few Israeli leaders threaten war in order to prevent
Iran from acquiring nuclear capability.  Israeli influence and bribery in the halls of the U.S.
Congress is well documented in “Gideon´s Spies.”

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By Cliff Carson, December 30, 2011 at 7:52 am Link to this comment

I copied this excerpt from the Benny Morris (Israeli Historian) discussion of the plight of the Palestinians.  It is also good to remember that the Religious Right takes the position that the Palestinians themselves are responsible for their plight because they rejected the UN proposal.  Actually the Zionist plan to take the Palestinians Land and expel the Palestinians from their own land began prior to 1900.

From the Morris work: 

From the beginning, Zionists advocated a “Jewish State” not just in Palestine, but also in Jordan, southern Lebanon, and the Golan Heights as well. In 1918 Ben-Gurion described the future “Jewish state’s” frontiers in details as follows:
“to the north, the Litani river [in southern Lebanon], to the northeast, the Wadi ‘Owja, twenty miles south of Damascus; the southern border will be mobile and pushed into Sinai at least up to Wadi al-‘Arish; and to the east, the Syrian Desert, including the furthest edge of Transjordan”.

A Greater Israel” map was submitted by the Zionists to the peace conference after WWI.  It is worth emphasizing that the “Jewish state” was founded on the basis of an ancient Biblical Map, and to this date the “Jewish state” still refuses to declare its borders in favor of future expansion. There is nothing like this Biblical map to send shivers among Arabs and Muslims, since its borders spans the occupied West Bank (including occupied East Jerusalem), occupied Gaza Strip, southern Lebanon, the western parts of Jordan, and southern Syria including the occupied Golan Heights.
 
This deep fear was the prime motive behind the Palestinian and Arab rejection of the U.N. GA proposed partition plan in 1947.


Could that explain why Israel has neither a constitution nor a properly defined borders?
In that regard, it is worth sharing the following encounter between Pinhas Rozen (Israel’s first Justice Minister) and Ben-Gurion (Israel’s 1st Prime Minister). Rozen demanded that Israel’s Declaration of Independence should cite the country’s borders. Ben-Gurion objected, and both exchanged the following:

ROZEN: “There’s the question of the borders, and it cannot be ignored.”
BEN-GURION: “Anything is possible. If we decide here that there’s to be no mention of borders, then we won’t mention them. Nothing is a priori [imperative].”
ROZEN: “It’s not a priori, but it is a legal issue.”
BEN-GURION: “The law is whatever people determine it to be.”

I add to the above, you should know that the people in Ben-Gurion’s mind did not include Palestinians.  They were to to be “forcibly encouraged”  to get out of Israel.  Ben-Gurion announced this policy in 1937.

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By Arabian Sinbad, December 30, 2011 at 2:17 am Link to this comment

Give me a break!

Now it is only settlers, extremist terrorists doing the evil dirty work of Zionism, as if official, terrorist Israeli Zionism has been doing angelic works all these years!

Everyone who knows the ABC’s of Zionist Israel and has not been brainwashed by its evil propaganda should know that Israel was founded on terrorism, continues to practice state-sponsored terrorism on daily basis and will always continue to have terrorism at the core of its ideology, aided by the official state terrorism of America, its political-military industrial complex and its merchants of death.

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By artofthefirstpeople, December 29, 2011 at 6:05 pm Link to this comment

Apparently the average ultra orthodox extremists / settlers have 8 children per couple, refuse to vote, generally refuse to partake in the military, and do not pay taxes, so that by 2050 Israel will be a vastly different state.
These are the people who will finally bring down the state of Israel and expose it for the cancer that it is.

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