L’éviction des Arabes de Jérusalem
prend des « proportions effrayantes »
À Jérusalem-Est, une famille palestinienne attend dans le jardin de sa maison dont elle a été évincée par des colons israéliens. La justice israélienne a confirmé que les colons avaient une ordonnance de justice leur permettant de prendre possession de la maison. Ahmad Gharabli/AFP
Le nombre de Palestiniens privés de leur statut de résidents à Jérusalem a atteint l’an dernier le chiffre record de 4.577, annonce une ONG israélienne, sur la foi de statistiques obtenues du ministère de l’Intérieur grâce à la législation sur la liberté d’information. (lire la suite…)
Sat, 05 Dec 2009 16:57 EST
Jewish fundamentalism is something the mainstream media torch is rarely shone on, with recent articles about spitting at Christian clergy being confined mostly to the israeli press. Few exceptions exist: this year, Australian journalist Anne Barker reported on her experiences on getting caught in an ultra-orthodox attack, and in 2006 Brian Whittaker had a piece on the Haredim’s medieval sexism which has resulted in more than a few public beatings of women who dared to sit at the front of the bus.
In the UK, Channel 4’s Unreported World program has now become another exception, recently airing ‘The Battle for Israel’s Soul‘ (video below). The episode focuses on Israel’s Haredim, describing how the « rapid growth of Jewish ‘fundamentalists’ is creating tension within Israeli society and endangering any negotiations on a peace deal with the Palestinians. » But contrary to the presentation by some secular israelis of the Haredim as the ‘enemy within’, the putatively secular zionist entity does little to rein them in and not only subsidizes them, but continues to exist and expand through their actions. Put another way, the state’s fundamentalism is symbiotically connected to the actions of some of their most fanatical adherants. And that is something public policy in the US currently fails to grapple with.
Related to these illegal colonists, journalist Alan Hart notably reports an explosive detail – that in a private conversation, then Israeli Minister of Defense (and later President) Ezer Weizman told him the following:
This lunchtime Sharon convened a secret meeting of some of our generals and other top military and security people. They signed a blood oath which commits them to fight to the death to prevent any government of Israel withdrawing from the West Bank. » Pause. « I know that’s what happened at the meeting because I’ve checked it out, and that’s why I was late.
Hart adds, « In the event of any Israeli government deciding to withdraw from all of the West Bank, the oath committed them to make common cause with the settlers and fight that government « to the death ».
Reporter Evan Williams and director Alex Nott begin their journey in the Mea Sharim district of Jerusalem. It’s the heartland of ultra-Orthodox Jews known as the Haredi, or ‘those who fear God’. They find a poor, overcrowded part of the city where everyone is wearing clothes in the style of 18th-century Europe, from where most of their ancestors came. ‘We are the real Jews,’ says one community leader, ‘everyone else in Israel just happens to be born Jewish.’