Monday, October 27, 2008

Maligning Hevron's Jews -- Calling them Dogs

JPost: Setters Return to "Federman Farm"
"Setter" From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Setter is a type of gundog used most often for hunting game such as quail, pheasant, and grouse. A setter silently searches for game by scent. When prey is encountered the dog's behavior defies nature, and the dog freezes rather than chases after the game. Setters get their name from their distinctive stance; a sort of crouch or "set" upon finding their quarry. Most setters are born with a natural proclivity to hunting. Dogs which show excitement and interest in birds are described as being "birdy", and trainers look for puppies that show this particular trait. Training is usually done with domesticated pigeons. The ancestors of modern setters probably originated in Spain in the 1500s and evolved from spaniels. Later these dogs were exported to France and England where the breeds were developed into today's varieties. Most setter breeds have long smooth, silky coats that require maintenance. Setters have a tendency to be happy, playful dogs and are usually very friendly both to people and other dogs. They have a great deal of energy and require daily exercise. Setters include the following breeds: English Setter, Gordon Setter, Irish Setter (also called a red setter), Irish Red and White Setter, Black Welsh Setter, Russian Setter.
But Seriously.

Forget the stupid typo in the JPost: What was Federman Farm destruction all about?

Elisheva Federman described the ordeal on Saturday night to YNET:

"It was a regular Saturday evening. We were cleaning after Shabbat. Our nine children went to sleep. I finished working on a paper for school, Noam was on the computer, when we suddenly heard dogs barking.

"We received a phone call that massive forces were headed towards us. Noam went out to see what was happening, and then Yasamniks ((Israel Police special patrol unit) jumped on him. I haven't seen him since.

"I saw herds of black uniform. I locked the door, but they broke into the house, smashed the windows, and all this without any warning. The children woke up and came to my room.

"Three of the children – aged six, eight and 12 – asked me what to do. I told them to go to Givat Haharsina, knock on good people's doors and ask them to take them to their grandfather and grandmother in Kiryat Arba.

"They pulled out the entire contents of the house. Everything that was in the cupboards – books, clothes, money. They forcibly removed us from the house and took us to the Gush Etzion Junction. They said we were all under arrest. Me and six other children – aged one, three, nine, 14, 16 and 17.

"They destroyed the entire house and cut off its gas supply. Several hours later, they told us we were not under arrest and let me go back to the house to take the car. I saw the complete destruction in the place and they told me, 'Take what you want.'

"Eighteen years of marriage are folded under the wreckage. I didn’t even have Materna to take for the baby. The oldest daughter was taken to the police station and was arrested after her hand was broken."

The Federman family has been living in the place for two and a half years. According to the residents, the far had been manned for 11 years. Elisheva Federman said there was no legal motive for the evacuation.

"We have had right of possession on this land for 10 years. No Arab has demanded it. We launched legal proceedings and paid a lot of money. How can they do this without any warning? I hope God gives us the strength to return. We have no property now. We can build a tent there. We have nothing to lose," she said.

Photos of the destruction of the Federman's home. They were not allowed to save anything from the home till after it was destroyed. They were only shown the destruction and eviction orders after the home was destroyed.

This comes at the same time that Defense Minister Ehud Barak has just authorized 600 armed Fatah "policemen" to enter Hevron. These policemen were trained under the supervision of the United States.

It boggles the mind that the US has anything to do with Palestinian Policemen training, considering that the Palestinians attribitue the large number of Israelis killed and wounded in the current Intifada -- to the credit of their American training.
"I do not think that the operations of the Palestinian resistance would have been so successful and would have killed more than one thousand Israelis since 2000 and defeated the Israelis in Gaza without these [American] trainings," a senior officer of President Abbas's Force 17 Presidential Guard unit, Abu Yousuf, said.

America has longstanding training programs at a base in the West Bank city of Jericho for members of Force 17, which serves as de facto police units in the West Bank, and for another major Fatah security force, the Preventative Security Services.

This weekend diplomatic security officials announced that the State Department will begin training Force 17 again this year in an effort to bolster Mr. Abbas against Hamas, which took over the Gaza Strip in June when the terror group easily defeated American-backed Fatah forces in the territory. [NY SUN]

In addition to Fatah policemen's recent spate of terrorist activities, Tanazim "operatives" were responsible for the murder of Hevron's 10 month old Shalhevet Pass.

Warning: If you have the stomach, see the story and photo here. Its important to see, but I advise against children viewing it.

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JoeSettler said...

I've been discussing it here, here and here.

nr said...

G-d bless the Federmans. I don't think the government of Israel would treat Arabs this way! Not much encouragement to move there from here (US). And who's gonna protect the Jews of Hebron?

Tzipporah said...

What the heck? Maybe now Israeli Jews wil be ready to work on getting a Consitution which guarantees basic rights!


Stupidest government ever.


Lion of Zion said...


basic rights works both ways

Jameel @ The Muqata said...

Tzipporah: A constitution could be a very bad thing -- depends on who is drafting it. Currently, there are different organizations drafting options -- and some of them are rather awful.

See BenChorin's blog archives for discussion on the matter.

mevaseretzion said...

Is there a way to financially help the Federman family after the Israeli Mafia -- er, Police -- destroyed their life?

Elchonon said...

If you paypal me the funds before monday I can bring it to the farm (i leave to the US on tuesay)

Givatchabad at gmail drop me a line if you want and i'll give u my paypal info.

Friar Yid (not Shlita) said...

I'm pretty left and don't think I agree with Federman on almost anything, but stuff like this (along with the abandonment of the Gush Katif families post-Gaza) disgusts me. The government does not have carte blanche to imprison people without charges, destroy their property without cause, or otherwise abuse them just because they don't like them.

The irony is that if the haredim, settlers, chilonim and Arabs would stand together on basic issues of human rights and hold the government accountable for every violation of those rights, something might be able to change. My impression is that people only seem care when it happens to their community.

Jameel @ The Muqata said...

Friar Yid: Actually, quite a few settlers now care about Human Right violations against Arabs as well, after the IDF started using administrative detention against Jews.

BTW - the reason the police hate Federman so much, is because of a booklet he published that informs people of what their legal rights are if detained or arrested by the police. That annoyed the Shabak so much -- he's their public enemy #1.

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