Tuesday, November 14, 2000

Tzav 8

Given the world news background, we can be thankful that world attention is currently distracted. Many newspapers did not cover what was a day of continued warfare & casualties here.

The attached link gives a review from The Age of some of yesterday's activity.

(Palestinian gunmen kill three in convoy attack By SUZANNE GOLDENBERG Tuesday 14 November 2000)

The headline says 3 were killed. The (correct) details add to 4 (I must be an accountant) - which is the first time that as many Israelis as Palestinians were killed in this current violence.
Note that in this article, Gilo is referred to as a settlement. I am just going to cut and paste his response. Please feel free to do the same, or respond in your own words. Short, long - it doesn't matter.

I quote Lenny Ben-David writing about a similar article elesewhere below. Please write to the Age and express your concern.

email for responses:
on-line news editor: kmorris@theage.fairfax.com.au
letters to the editor: letters@theage.fairfax.com.au

About Gilo being a settlement ...
This is no accidental slip of the tongue. That is a very deliberate formulation.
Stop the redivision of Jerusalem. Object to your paper's use of "settlements" when referring to Jerusalem neighborhoods.
--------------------------------------------------------- Response:
What makes a high-rise Jerusalem neighborhood of 50,000 a "settlement?"
Some in the media now use the term pushed by Palestinian advocates to delegitimize any Israeli town, village or neighborhood built over the 1949 armistice line.

According to Arab claims the huge Jerusalem neighborhoods of Ramot, East Talpiot, French Hill, Pisgat Zeev, Neveh Yaakov, Reches Shlomo, as well as Gilo, with an estimated 250,000 Jewish residents are "settlements."

Is the ancient Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem, rebuilt after 1967, also a "settlement?" By calling the community a "settlement" does that make attacks on the inhabitants more legitimate?

These neighborhoods were built to protect Jerusalem after the defensive 1967 war. Many of them were built on public land, in areas classified as "no-man's land," or on the ruins of Jewish neighborhoods destroyed by Arabs between 1949 and 1967. Successive Labor Party governments built the neighborhoods under the supervision of the legendary mayor Teddy Kollek.

There is total Israeli consensus that these neighborhoods are part and parcel of Israel.
After the battle on Har Eival, some reporters wrote of wounded "Israeli settlers," not "Israelis" or "Israeli civilians," as if the residents of these neighborhoods or the Jewish towns in the West Bank are a different class of victims, perhaps even legitimate victims of Palestinian violence.
The non-Jewish wounded were referred to as civilians even though many of them shown in CNN's coverage wore uniforms or in one case had a sniper scope on his rifle.

The violence and propaganda unleashed by Yassir Arafat and the Palestine Authority have revealed that all Israeli communities -- Jaffa, Haifa, Beersheva, and the Galilee -- are all "settlements" and valid targets, in their eyes.


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