News You Really Need To See: “Israeli Terrorists, Born in the U.S.A.”

“Israeli Terrorists, Born in the U.S.A.”

The New York Times, September 4, 2015

On July 31, in the West Bank village of Duma, 18-month-old Ali Dawabsheh was burned alive in a fire.  All available evidence suggests that the blaze was a deliberate act of settler terrorism.  More disturbingly, several of the alleged instigators, currently being detained indefinitely, are not native-born Israelis — they have American roots.  But there has been little outcry in their communities.  Settler rabbis and the leaders of American immigrant communities in the West Bank have either played down their crime or offered muted criticism. … After years of impunity for settlers who commit violent crimes, Israel’s internal security agency, the Shin Bet, has now supposedly cracked down by rounding up a grand total of four youths believed to be connected to recent acts of settler terrorism — three of whom trace their origins to the United States. … Mr. Ettinger, Mr. Meyer and Mr. Khantsis join a long list of settler extremists with American roots.  A Brooklyn-born settler, Era Rapaport, played a prominent role in the car-bombing of the mayor of Nablus in 1980. In 1982, a Baltimore transplant, Alan Goodman, opened fire at the Dome of the Rock, killing two Palestinians and wounding 11.  That same year, a former Brooklynite, Yoel Lerner, was jailed for leading a movement to overthrow the Israeli government and blow up the Temple Mount. … Today, according to American government sources and several other studies, an estimated 12 to 15 percent of settlers (approximately 60,000 people) hail from the United States. … By translating Scripture into sound bites, Jewish-American settlers have played a pivotal role in the public relations rebranding of the Israeli settler movement — and these professed liberals are now helping to deflect attention from crimes committed by Jews.”

Quickie analysis:  This article should serve as an exposé of a very troubling phenomenon.

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