Wednesday, December 30, 2009

American Zealots in the West Bank settlements

McClatchy has an interesting report on the American Jews (supported by American money, including funds from Christian Zionist groups) who've been adding both their numbers and their zealotry to the burgeoning West Bank illegal settlement enterprise.  (And BTW, in re the legality/illegality of these settlements - and the consensus view of international law definitely finds them illegal - have a look at David Phillips' recent piece, which was first published in Commentary and then reposted via Canada's National Post, to get a sense of the sophistries to which defenders of the settlements will resort.  And take note of the comments in support of Phillips if you want to plumb some of the deeper pools of ignorance about Palestinian history.)

The author might have done well to note that an American Jew, Dr. Baruch Goldstein, who transplanted himself to the West Bank in the 1990s, perpetrated one of the most horrific settler atrocities on West Bank Palestinian Arabs: the Ibrahimi Mosque/Cave of the Patriarchs massacre in Hebron, where he walked in with a sub-machine gun and killed 29 worshipers as well as wounded 150.

Unfortunately, these zealots have legions of fans in the US . . . including the thousands who showed up at the New York Mets' stadium several weeks ago to support the Hebron Fund, which supplies megabucks to their activities.

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