About Hebron Watch

About Hebron Watch

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The city of Hebron is home to the West Bank’s most extreme Jewish settler community, which includes followers of the late Meir Kahane. Starting in 1979, and with the help of the Israeli government, this small Jewish community (currently numbering some 600 adults and children) has imposed itself on the city’s 150,000 Palestinian residents. Cloaking themselves with the mantle of genuine Jewish affection for the city from the time of Abraham, and protected from retaliation by Israel’s army, the Hebron settlers routinely engage in acts of hooliganism, intimidating the city’s Palestinians and destroying their property in a methodical effort to violently drive them out.

These acts by Hebron’s settlers are an offense to Jewish values and undermine Israel’s security. “Hebron Watch” is Meretz USA’s new feature, designed to spread the word about these settler abuses and to give you timely information on the situation. We’ll also keep you updated on such initiatives as the petition we went to Defense Minister Peretz calling for the eviction of Hebron settlers from their latest usurpation.

While our eyes remain focused on the “big picture” – the need for all parties to break the deadlock and resume meaningful negotiations on a two-state solution – we mustn’t forget that, day after day, the occupation continues to take its toll on the Palestinian population of the West Bank. The situation in Hebron is emblematic of all that is wrong in the occupied areas, where Israeli citizens maintain a privileged existence, alongside Palestinians denied fundamental civil and human rights.

By | 2010-07-21T20:49:30-04:00 July 21st, 2010|Blog, Civil Rights, Palestinians, The Occupation|0 Comments

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