Remembering The Massacre


There is no better time than the first anniversary of the Itamar massacre to call for a halt to the demonization of “the settlers,” the thousands of Jews who live beyond the “Green Line” and their reduction to second-class citizenship. They are Jews who live in constant uncertainty, having no idea whether they will keep the homes for which they have worked hard and risked much. The manner in which these Israeli citizens are being portrayed is disconcerting.

It will be remembered as a seminal case in the history of blood libels.

These citizens have been called “leeches,” “snakes,” “vicious,” “primitives,” “medieval,” “obscurantists,” “corrupt” and “parasites.” They are the target for the arrows of Israel haters, both domestic and foreign.

The media paint them as being separate from Klal Yisrael. Their villages are branded “illegal” and in the end they find that they themselves have become “illegal beings.” Pariahs. Vilified as a needless burdens on the defense budget. They have been chosen as Israel’s scapegoats, the ever-guilty, the Jewish state’s Jews.

Their houses have been demolished, their children traumatized, their businesses ruined. They have been portrayed as those who take advantage of all those benefits the government threw at them: low taxes and subsidized housing. Their human and democratic rights are often trampled underfoot and disregarded. Their lives have been condemned to be reversible. A sinister equivalence has been created between their caravans in the wilderness and suicide bombers and has turned their houses into something even more urgent to dismantle than the Iranian bomb.

THEY ARE the Israelis who choose their place of residence by what’s best for the country, rather than where it’s more comfortable or stylish to live.

They are normal people, just persevering and tough, who see themselves as part of a work in progress: Israel. Their lives are a living statement: this is home and for this land we are ready to fight and lay down our lives.

Whether in agriculture or industry, education or social services, their commitment is not just to themselves but to the land and people of Israel.

They have lovely faces, glowing with solidarity and community spirit, and make the most daring soldiers in the army, just like the left-wing youth from the kibbutzim used to. The memory of friends and relatives who paid with their lives is almost everywhere around their towns. The hilltop teenagers, with their long hair flying in the wind, their yarmulkes askew, and their fringes peeking out from under faded T-shirts, are instilled with ideals that their government ministers can only envy.

People in the West ignore the amount of blood spilled in their communities.

Overwhelmingly, the Western media and intellectuals ignored and downplayed the terrorist atrocities suffered by the “settlers.” They are like the early pioneers who drained the swamps and fought malaria as they built the foundations of Israel’s land. They are the builders.

Mordechai and Shalom Lapid, who literally gave their lives to build Kiryat Arba and Elon Moreh, are like the four families who in 1891 made their way from Russia to take home in Hadera.

Their bodies served as Israel’s frontline, like in 1948, when the heroic resistance of isolated settlements – Mishmar Ha’emek, Ramat Yohanan, Negba and Yad Mordechai – held back the invading Arab armies from attacking the heartland of the newly formed and beleaguered Jewish state.

They achieved agricultural breakthroughs by planting tomatoes in the sands of Gush Katif. They endanger their lives traveling to work or going to the dentist. On the Golan, they keep the roads open and the children of the Jordan Valley out of bomb shelters.

What other word is there for people who have lived where most Israelis even fear to tread, not only with little recognition, but increasing vilification from part of their own society? They arouse hostility for the same reasons Jews throughout history have been reviled – an unwillingness to compromise on issues of Jewish principle.

I know a settler woman who lives in Hebron’s Tel Rumeida neighborhood, which became a round-the-clock target of shooting and sniper fire. She and her husband have six children.

He is studying to become a rabbi and he is a caretaker of the historic graves of Ruth and Yishai which lie next to his home. His wife is studying about children with disabilities. This stubborn woman, like Ruth Fogel of Itamar, is a living, wonderful reminder to the world of what a Jew is.

The writer is the author of The Untold Story of Israel’s Victims of Terrorism.

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  • stern

    Thank you, for a heartfelt article that needed to be written. If only we could get it read more widely.

    • Anamah

      We will never forget …

  • StephenD

    Very nice article. Well done.

  • MichaelLumish

    The defamation of those people on the progressive-left is just horrendous.

    And Barack Obama honestly believes that he has every right to tell Jewish people where we may or may not live on the traditional homeland of the Jewish people.

    What a disgrace.

    Israel Thrives
    http://karmafishies.blogspot.com/

    • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpgiYe6LToc Roger

      His muslim heritage bubbles to the surface more and more as he seizes power.

  • mrbean

    Muslims have chosen the rules of the game. Jews must let them know in no uncertain terms what "Never Again" means. The Muslim jihadists are motivated by the core principles of Islam with the goal of converting, killing, or subjugating all non-Muslims. Unfortunately, too many non-Muslims have reverted to a pre-9/11 mentality and do not see the necessity of an offensive war with the Jihadists, or of a defensive war at home. All of us as non-Muslims (not only the Jews) are going to have to decide to fight for our cultures, freedoms, and values or we are going to lose them to mindless Muslim primitives that belong back in the Dark Ages.

    • Julie

      Muslims didnt choose the rules of the game. The Jews did, when they gave the Temple Mount to the Muslims in the 6 Day War after the Jews had unbelievable, finally, taken it back after 2000 years. By doing this, the Jews told the Muslims "We dont give a crap about the land of Israel, or the God of Israel, or even ourselves. We have no respect for any of it, so here, take it and do whatever you want with it.

      The Muslims are only going with what they were GIVEN by the Jews.

      • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpgiYe6LToc Roger

        The muslims have been writing the rules since the 8th century. Ask the Byzantines.

      • NObama is Goodbama

        You are a mozlem enemy infiltrator.
        izlam must be wiped off the face of the earth
        Then there will be peace

      • mrbean

        Not very well informed is a kind way to reply.

  • DogsHateRomney

    Israel first became a nation in 1312 B.C.E., two thousand years before the rise of Islam!

    ………let THAT sink in.

    No nation, other than the ancient nation of Israel and later again in 1948 with the rebirth of the 2nd Nation of Israel, has ever ruled as a sovereign national entity on this land.

    Moreover, JESUS (according to Scripture canon) – walked 2000 years before Romney's Joseph Smith.

    • randy

      The natives were in north america for thousands of years before the christians stole thier land

    • Julie

      JESUS, never existed. And Christianity has done more to persecute, torture, slaughter, and forcibly convert whatever Jews were left, than ANY other people of ANY other religion, for 2000 years. And that includes both Catholics and Protestants. And let's not forget the Christian INVASION of Israel, in which Jews were slaughtered on a massive scale, eh? Neither Christians, with their pagan man-god human sacrifice, nor the invading Muslims, belong in Israel.

      • The Dirty Infidel

        Julie you must mean Catholics,sorry but the truth hurts. Real Christians pray for Israel every day and long for the day when we will meet in New Jerusalem. May God bless Israel the Apple of His eye. No Land for Peace. God gave it to YOU.

        • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpgiYe6LToc Roger

          The First Christians were Jews. That's why we have the book of "Hebrews" in the Bible.

  • maturin20

    I suppose "the settlers" who complain about not being able to live shamelessly across the "Green Line" might moan and wail and talk about "the Holocaust."

    • mah29001

      Moron20

      Go back to your neo-Nazi website.

      • maturin20

        You should not libel people. Your current blog might get shut down as well.

        • mah29001

          You should not be the one justifying murder Douchebag20.

          • maturin20

            You sure are an offensive and crude person.. Do you think that helps or harms Israel's public image?

          • mah29001

            Says Imbecile20 who justifies murder and supports wRONg Paul who is backed by anti-Semites like those at Stormfront or 9/11 "Truthers".

          • maturin20

            You have a very paltry debate arsenal. You have namecalling, libel, racism, and a preoccupation with a particular hate site.

          • mah29001

            Says Imbecile20 who justifies murder of an entire Jewish family, and celebrates this website being labeled a "hate group".

          • maturin20

            I don't justify the murder of Jewish families any more than you justify the murder of Rachel Corrie.

          • mah29001

            Yea you did pal, you did. Jew-hater, Jew-hater, Jew-hater. You just like to accuse anyone who opposes wRONg Paul as a "hater" of the Constitution even though you cannot prove it just because anyone disagrees with Paul.

            But here you expose yourself of justifying why Palestinian thugs killed an entire Jewish family.

            Did you not write this?

            "I suppose "the settlers" who complain about not being able to live shamelessly across the "Green Line" might moan and wail and talk about "the Holocaust." "

            Yep, sounds like it.

          • maturin20

            Yes I did write that. Isn't it just terrible when someone misuses quotations in a criminal fashion like the author of this article? Meotti's "scare quotes" are really in the poorest taste. So I added some of my own. I think it demonstrates the point nicely.

          • mah29001

            Whinter20 denies what he meant to say, how typical.

          • maturin20

            Speculative fiction is a really bad genre. Even worse on a blog.

          • mah29001

            Here's Stormfront praising your "hero" Rachel Corrie:
            http://www.stormfront.org/forum/t700647/

          • maturin20

            Gee. I wouldn't know. As I said, Stormfront seems to be your bathroom literature, not mine.

          • mah29001

            Once again you totally and completely ignore the link that they agree with you on your "hero" Rachel Corrie. Dumb Whiner20.

          • maturin20

            Sure. Why would I want to go to Stormfront?

  • LibertyMan

    About Guilio Meotti article here – wow – I am humbled.

  • http://www.maghrebchristians.com/ Youssef

    Around 4,000 people gathered today in front of the National Constituent Assembly, calling for the implementation of Shariaa law in the new constitution.

    Read more: http://www.maghrebchristians.com/2012/03/17/more-

    Youssef

  • DogsHateRomney

    .
    CONSIDER THIS:

    The Arabs and/or Muslims of today control 22 nations… 99½ percent of the ENTIRE Middle East land mass.

    ~ Israel occupies only a 1/2 of 1 percent speck on this same map.

    But that's still too much land for the Arabs to spare.

    ISLAM DEMANDS ALL of the Middle East, EUROPE, & Western Nations!

    PEACE IS IMPOSSIBLE with ISLAM!!!!

    There's No More "Middle" in the Middle East.

  • DogsHateRomney

    MY QUESTION:

    "Can any Muslim in the world produce credible evidence for their connection to this holy site, other than Mohammed's dream?"

    • Julie

      Yes actually they can. It's called the Dome of the Rock, and its been there over a thousand years. If you want to blame someone for the Muslims being in Israel and all the crap they're doing, then blame the Jews. The Jews finally, after 2000 yearfs, won back the Temple Mount during the 6 Day War. And what did the Jewish leaders, Moshe Dayan, etc. do with it? They IMMEDIATELY turned right around and gave it back to the Muslims. The holiest spot in the entire Universe, given to the Jews by the God of Israel HIMSELF, as the place for His holy temple, and the Jews just throw it to the Muslims as if it meant nothing. Because, to them, it DID mean nothing!

      So they have NO room to whine or complain now about Muslims being on the Temple Mount. After the 6 Day War, it's the JEWS WHO PUT THEM THERE. The stupidity is amazing, and they get what they get because of it. No sympathy here.

      • DogsHateRomney

        FOFL: Julie (quote) ~ " Dome of the Rock, and its been there over a thousand years. If you want to blame someone for the Muslims being in Israel and all the crap they're doing, then blame the Jews."

        Julie, Julie, Julie,
        Israel was first a nation in 1312 B.C.E., two thousand years before Islam!

        EYE ON REALITY – http://www.masada2000.org/templemount.html

        Maps: http://www.masada2000.org/jerusalem.html

      • DogsHateRomney

        Julie, Julie, Julie spurts,…….

        (QUOTE) "So they have NO room to whine or complain now about Muslims being on the Temple Mount. After the 6 Day War, it's the JEWS WHO PUT THEM THERE. The stupidity is amazing, and they get what they get because of it. No sympathy here. "

        "Juday, Juday, Juday. There. Now you've got it on film!'" YOU & your Muslims today cite a vague passage in the Koran, the seventeenth Sura, entitled "The Night Journey."

        It relates that in a dream or a vision Mohammed was carried by night "from the sacred temple to the temple that is most remote, whose precinct we have blessed, that we might show him our signs."
        http://www.masada2000.org/templemount.html

        http://www.masada2000.org/jerusalem.html

      • DogsHateRomney

        .
        Replying to Julie…….CONSIDER THIS:

        ~ Your Arabs and/or Muslims control 22 nations…
        ……..99½ percent of the ENTIRE Middle East land mass.

        ~ Israel occupies only a 1/2 of 1 percent speck on this same map.

        Moreover, Julie,

        ……. Even the word "Palestine" has no meaning in Arabic – every word in Arabic has some meaning deriving from the Koran, but the word "Palestine" does not.

        But that's still too much land for the Arabs to spare.

      • Anamah

        Julie that's amazing! How many thousand of years do you say the Dome of the Rock has been there??? That is a enough to probe every what you say is a lie. Ignorant person, Mohamed lived in the V Century…

  • Julie

    You can sit and make nicey nicey words all you want and it wont change a thing. The only way change will come is when the stupid Jews finally understand that hosting a group of animals in their midst who have no other goal than to murder every last Jew, is the true reality of the situation, and that their own Israeli leaders are making it possible by perpetuating the myth of the "palestinian" and all that goes along with it.

    The only change will come when the Jewish people (themselves, not their leadership which is in the back pockets of both the arab oil AND the West) in Israel get off their butts and save themselves by ridding their entire land of these barbaric animals, permanently. However that has to be done, they'd better get on it because otherwise they're all going to be dead and Israel will be no more.

    But of course these words will fall on deaf ears or be laughed off, which only means that the rest of the world, in not too long a time from now, will be seeing the dead Jews piled high once again. Only this time in their own land. Does it get ANY stupider than that? Will the Jews NEVER learn? Stupid, stupid, stupid.

    • Nobama is Goodbama

      To Fatima "Julie" Abdulrahman
      You suffer from the same deranged mental disorder that all followers of the murderer for profit suffer, izlam.

  • Exterminate

    Massacring jews is like spraying roaches. It's a matter of societal hygiene.

    • Whatsinaname

      Jesus was a Jew. I guess he was a cockroach too, eh, Exterminate?

    • The Dirty Infidel

      Your a vile piece of camel dung. "…I will bless those who bless you and curse those who curse you… Enjoy your eternity.

  • Lola

    The 6 Million Jews in their homeland are under the genocide threat ever since the Nazi Mufti al-Husseini in the 1920s' called to kill ANY Jews!
    The genocidal torch is continued by Arab immigrants' children, now (since the 1960s') conveniently called "Palestinians," and the oppressors of Tehran [meddling in just about every 'conflict' where radical Islamofascism is involved, ie, Lebanon, Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, Nigeria, etc.] who are anti-Arab but know all too well how to Islamicize and rexploit the "Palestinians" who use brethern civilians [preferabley children] to make Israeli humane army look bad.
    Anti Israel bigots even dare to call the regime fighting for survival by outrageous names.

  • Geoff, Geneva

    I know Jewish history quite well, but who on earth was Yishai, whose grave is near Ruth's grave?