Date: Thu, Jan 23, 2003, 9:32am
Subject: Jewish settlers in Hebron say: "Send Arabs to gas chambers for
Jewish settlers in Hebron: "Send Arabs to gas chambers for Arabs".
By Khalid Amayreh
Hebron (West Bank): 23 January, 2003 (IAP News)
Jewish settlers in the southern West Bank town of Hebron are calling for
"sending Arabs to gas chambers," according to graffiti scrawled on walls
in the tiny Jewish enclave in the city.
According to an article published Thursday in the independent Israeli
Hebrew newspaper, Ha'aretz, an Israeli photographer caught a snapshot
picture of the phrase "Arabs to the crematoria" scrawled beside a star
of David on a wall in the enclave.
A few meters away, some settlers wrote "Arabs are sub-humans."
A few weeks ago, an Israeli peace activist published several pictures of
anti-Arab graffiti from the Jewish enclave in Hebron which Palestinians
and many peace-minded Israelis contend are reminiscent of the
anti-Jewish graffiti by the Nazis in German streets in the late 1930s
and early 1940s.
One graffiti, written on a wall, read "chase them out and burn them
The Ha'aretz article also featured a letter by a young Israeli soldier
serving in Hebron, in which he characterized settlers as thugs, hoodlums
and common criminals who think that they have a legitimate right to
attack Palestinians and vandalize and steal their property.
[The soldier wrote:] "The attacks, vandalism, and racist slogans are
only a drop of what the Arabs of Hebron suffer on a daily basis. These
actions (by the settlers) have turned us from protectors of Jews against
Arab attackers, to a force that protects the Arabs from the settlers."
The soldier went on, describing the settlers' mindset: "I have often
heard the settlers complaining that we prevent them from beating up
Arabs, breaking into their shops and vandalizing their property. And
thus, they say, we don't protect Jewish interests in the city."
Last week, gangs of settlers rampaged through Hebron, attacking
Palestinian civilians and vandalizing their property, all in full view
of Israeli soldiers and policemen who didn't intervene to stop the
Police said that as many twenty Palestinian cars were smashed and at
least thirteen Palestinians were wounded.
Seven settlers were arrested for a few hours, but were released on the
Most of the settlers of Hebron are affiliated with the Gush Emunim
Jewish movement which teaches that non-Jews in Hebron and the rest of
Palestine ought to accept "enslavement by the Jews" or be expelled, or
even exterminated. [See the extermination program prescribed by the
Jewish cultic text, in the "Old Testament" book of Deuteronomy, chapter
20, verses 10-17.]
The movement has up to eight members in the 120-member Israeli
parliament, the Knesset. Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and his
religious and other right wing-allies show a very strong identification
with the movement and its manifestly racist attitudes toward non-Jews in
general, and Palestinians in particular.