Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Jewish Olive Tree Uprooters?

Token-settler Chanoch Daum has an interesting article about his settler-brother who lives in my neck of the woods...the settlement of Yitzhar.

See, Daum (self-admittedly) lives in a "lightweight settlement" in Gush Etzion...and (self-admittedly) misrepresents the Yitzhar settlers as well. (Perhaps he misrepresents them by the very title of his article, that he attempts to find the good qualities of the Jewish Olive Tree Uprooters?")

This must be like the Yiddish aphorism; "May your enemy get a hernia by dancing on your grave" No Jewish compliment can be unblemished without some sort of backhand backstab?

At least he writes honestly:
It is not difficult to speak ill of the Yitzhar people. It is home for settlers who believe that the Yesha Council is a leftist organization, going through a troubling post-Zionist process.

They do not pray for the State of Israel, they do not really believe the Arabs have a right to exist in their vicinity, they consider homosexuality a mental disease, and are very strict about modesty edicts, which can easily be viewed as outright chauvinism. Even I have a hard time with them. Oh, yes. Disputing brothers will forever carry emotional burdens.
He does have some heart warming things to say...
Yes, I know, it is hard to separate the two. It is hard to separate the warmth and love I found in the Yitzhar synagogue from the way the very same people treat the IDF soldiers who guard their settlement. It is hard to separate the authentic joy of those worshipers from the most troubling fact that the settlement where my nephews live has no fence around it because it does not match the settlers' ideology.

It is not hard to see only the weaknesses of the Yitzhar dwellers. It is very easy to speak ill of them and fan the flames of the already prevailing public hatred toward them. Even if they are wrong, even if they think differently, there is a lot of beauty and kindness to be found in their midst. I believe it is important to remember that. It is important for me to remember that.
But why does he have to talk about uprooting Olive trees?
I donÂ’t know why it is so important for me to convince you that the Yitzhar residents have lots of fine qualities. It must have something to do with the fact that I too forgot that over the past six years. I have grown used to thinking of them as olive-tree uprooters, and forgot their finest quality - the one that every Israeli should study thoroughly and deeply.
Is that really the firstthingg that comes to mind when thinking of Yitzhar residents? And why the generalization? It's not like every Yitzharian does that for fun (if any do at all).

In my particular yishuv, the grey-shirted Yasam police have been wandering around lately, just itching for anyone to dare to look at the local Arabs picking their olives at the edge (and in) our yishuv. We, the settlers are their target, despite the fact that there were 2 serious IDF warnings of planned terrorist infiltrations over the past 2 weeks. We don't bother the Arabs or their trees -- but someone is trying to send us a message by sending the Yasam policemen to our neighborhood.

And they are far from Israel's finest.

Perhaps if Daum would stop reusing the sterotype that "Settlers are Olive Tree Uprooters", things would be better for everyone -- even if he has some nice things to say along the way?

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Anonymous said...

The yassam needs to be disbanded and its members, sent to prison on administrative detention, for six months, then another six months, then another six.

Lion of Zion said...

what is yassam?

JoeSettler said...

Daum is a loser.

Jameel @ The Muqata said...

They are the grey shirted shock troops of the police. They wear black uniforms as well for the full effect.

They were used to evict people from Gush Katif as well as to beat up kids in Amona.

YMedad said...

a) Yasam = Yechidat Siyur Meyuchedet (riot police, that is, the ones who cause the riot).
b) Chanoch is your ipcha d'mesabra Jew, taking delight in assuming an "in your face" stance.
c) his wife was almost kidnapped out of their car when she drove along at the northern end of Efrat a few years ago.

kasamba said...

So much going on there!

Anonymous said...

There was a poster in a sukka I visited this year, of different Jews in Israel shaking Lulav. When I saw a yassamnik doing it, I almost tore down the poster.

Lucky another blogger was there to stop me...;)

Anonymous said...

With friends? like this....

Jameel @ The Muqata said...

YMedad: YaSaM = Yechidat Sado Masochistim.

Mevaseretzion: Of course he was shaking the lulav - he was trying to break it using his special interrogation techniques.

Joe: A loser...but very popular. He comes acorss as "the good settler" (as opposed to the evil ones who don't live in Gush Etzion.

Daat: Friends? It's his freaking BROTHER who lives in Yitzhar!

Anonymous said...

Jameel, why shouldnt Jews be tearing down Arab olive trees? These Arabs are not Ger Toshav and as such have no right to live in any part of Eretz Yisrael isn't any action which drives them out to be applauded?

Jameel @ The Muqata said...

Anonymous: *sigh* Aren't you familiar with the halachot of not tearing down trees in Eretz Yisrael?

All arabs should be driven out? We didn't succeed during the times of the Shoftim and Neviim when we had direct revalation from Hashem. Doing such an action now doesn't seem like the greatest of ideas for many reasons.

Anonymous said...

Saving lives overrides the Halachot of not tearing down trees, and every Arab that is driven out is one less enemy in our land.

and the fact that we didnt finish the job in the time of the Shoftim led to countless disasters. Why do we refuse to learn from Jewish history. Hashem has given us a chance to rectify the avera of not driving the Goyim out. The Halacha has not changed no matter how much you fear the Goyim and wish to make excuses. We are required to follow the Torah and the Torah is clear regarding Goyim in Eretz Yisrael, they must be Ger Toshav or get out.

Anonymous said...

It is hard to separate the authentic joy of those worshipers from the most troubling fact that the settlement where my nephews live has no fence around it because it does not match the settlers' ideology.

Can you IMAGINE?!!


A village that dares to exist without a FENCE?!! Oh the humanity!

If Mr. Daum needs to invest so much effort in "separating" the joy of the residents of Yitzhar from their "most troubling" pernicious fencelessness, how does he even manage to get himself to work every morning?

Scraps said...

Wow...a self-hating settler. Why doesn't he up and move to Hertzlia or something? Doesn't he realize that the leftists and Arabs hate him just as much as they hate the "hard-core" settlers?

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