Thursday, December 23, 2004

The limits of protest

"No to violence; no to refusal of military service; no to the orange Star of David."

Who issued this bold rebuke to the more militant of the anti-disengagement activists?

None other than the Council of Jewish Communities in Judea, Samaria and the Gaza Strip, the nongovernmental representative body of the settler movement.

So will we now stop hearing all the settlers tarred with the same brush?

Don't count on it.

1 comment:

Soccer Dad said...

In the words of the Christian Science Monitor:
Israeli prosecutors often have been lenient toward settlers who've acted violently against Palestinians. But now that sort of leniency needs to end if the majority of Israelis will ever be able to achieve their democratic goal of creating a Palestinian state for the sake of peace.

The targeted settlers lost their cause in a democratic way and are being offered ample compensation to move out. But even if they resist peacefully, they must not incite other settlers to commit violence.

Obviously the settlers are anti-democratic. Didn't the Israeli leader who supported withdrawal win the election? Didn't the Likud vote to support withdrawal?