[The extremist settlers (who for reasons I don’t understand) have been located near Palestinian communities in the West Bank) are the most obviously abusive Israelis towards Palestinians.  Hopefully at some point along the way Israel will begin to police its own.  Such abusive treatment of Palestinians only perpetuates the tit for tat encounters between people there and in this era of internet awareness defeats the original dream of refuge for escapees from the Holocaust which for the younger generation is now rapidly becoming an event of past history.  I could not deny the Iranian president’s point that it was Europeans — Christians — who carried out the Holocaust.  And if one studies the history of Western religion one finds that the persecutors of the Jews from the first days of Christianity have been Christians, not Muslims.  As Chris Hedges has pointed out (he is,, as I am, a seminary graduate who move on to another career), the anti-Semitic elements in the Christian scriptures are legion — particularly the entire Gospel of John as well as some of the Pauline derogatory pronouncements directed to unconverted Jews.  The Christian peacemker teams cited here mainly come from the peace churches which work to resolve conflicts between peoples around the world: http://www.cpt.org/  Ed Kent]

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Subject: [cpthebron] RELEASE: Settlers enter village in the South Hebron Hills, assault Palestinians
Date: Tue, 25 Sep 2007 14:06:13 +0200
From: Christian Peacemaker Teams- Tuwani/Palestine

RELEASE: Settlers enter village in the South Hebron Hills, assault
Palestinians

September, 24, 2007

On September 23rd, shortly before sundown, ten Israeli settlers entered the village of Tuba in the South Hebron Hills. The settlers threw stones, hitting a woman and her adult son. Settlers remained in the village for about an hour. Israeli partners called police at 5:30pm to report the incident. Police did not arrive in Tuba until 7:30pm after the settlers had already left.

Tuba, a village of about 75 people, has experienced on-going harassment by settlers from the nearby Israeli settlement of Ma’on, and illegal outpost Havat Ma’on. School aged children from Tuba are accompanied to school in nearby At-Tuwani by an Israeli military escort because of repeated attacks on the children by settlers. In April of this year, three girls were injured when settlers attacked the children on their way home from school and stole two of the children’s book bags. Two weeks ago, the Israeli military demolished an outpost tent the settlers had built illegally on Tuba land. Local Palestinians report that settlers began rebuilding the structure almost immediately. (see At-Tuwani Release: Demolition in South Hebron Hills, September 09, 2007)

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