Migron: Yalla, Pogrom! (ISRAEL HAYOM OP-ED) David M. Weinberg 03/26/12)
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The Migron outpost now must be evacuated by Aug. 1, the High Court
injudiciously ruled Sunday, overturning a wise government compromise
that would have allowed an orderly move of the settlement to Psagot
over the coming three years.
Particularly sad about this turn of events is the old, hateful
rhetoric that has been let out of the bag by the Supreme Court
debate. Left-wing rabble rousers like Zahava Gal-on of Meretz, Yariv
Oppenheimer of Peace Now, and hundreds of benighted academics who
published a repulsive, sinister anti-Migron petition in the newspaper
Ha’aretz on Sunday, have peppered the public debate with settler-
hating epithets like “land robbers,” “lawbreakers,” “violators”
and “corrupt manipulators.”
Listening to some of these spokesmen on the radio yesterday and
today, you could feel the hatred of anything related to settlers,
settlements and the Netanyahu government oozing from every pore of
their oh-so-democratically-and-legally-pure bodies. There was no
sympathy expressed whatsoever for the plight of the Migron residents –
who settled there with full government support and in the knowledge
that the state of Israel had title to the land.
Instead, I smelled a whiff of a pogrom. I could almost hear them
sharpening their pitchforks and spinning the wool for torches with
which to impale the settlers of Migron and burn their homes to the
ground. I could sense their glee at the imminent spectacle of mounted
special-forces policemen charging at settler women and children and
bashing their heads with batons, as happened at Amona.
Only those whose hearts are closed, and whose ideological hatreds
have overwhelmed their factual judgment, can speak and think this
way. The issue for them, of course, is not the upholding of Supreme
Court decisions or the rule of law – although that is what they swear
the current controversy is all about. Neither is the issue of
Palestinian land rights or Palestinian national rights, to which they
also swear fealty. Not really.
Rather, the issue for the ideological haters that came out of the
woodwork this week is the uprooting of the settlement movement life’s
work; the destruction of the power of the ideological Right,
especially the national religious Right. Tearing down an icon of the
Yesha Council – that is what this is all about.
Just after the disengagement from Gaza, I accompanied a group of
Canadian newspaper editors on a tour of Israel, and we met with,
among others, the man who was at the time the editor-in-chief of
Ha’aretz, David Landau. Landau explained to the Canadian journalists
why he though the unilateral withdrawal from Gaza was a good thing.
It is not because we freed the Palestinians from Israeli occupation,
he said. And it is not because the Israeli army will no longer have
to patrol the alleyways of Jibalya refugee camp, he said.
The reason why, he, David Landau, thought that the disengagement from
Gaza was a great and historic thing was “because we tore down the
settlements of the national religious public and we crushed the
political power of Religious Zionism!” he thundered.
I heard some of that thunder and animus again this week in the
execrations of hard-left spokesmen celebrating their “victory” over
Migron. Too bad.
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