What do you bet these good men are dead by next week?

While fanatics fight, ordinary people try to live. In Hebron, a City with a sadly bloody history, a few good men have had the courage to try to achieve stability and some measure of harmony:

Heads of local Palestinian clans in Hebron met on Sunday with representatives from Israeli settlements in the area and discussed the easing of tensions between the two sides.

The settlers reported that sheikhs Abu Khader Jabri and Haj Abu Ahram Abu Sneina representing the city’s Arab Muslim population in the West Bank city met in Jabri’s home with the Kiryat Arba Regional Council head Tzvi Katzover, former Knesset Member Elyakim Haetzni and other settler leaders.

The commander of the IDF’s Hebron Brigade, Colonel Yehuda Fuchs, also took part in the meeting.

The Israelis said Sheikh Jabri told them during the meeting that “I do not regard you as settlers but as residents. This city is yours just as much as it is ours.”

The Jewish participants described the meeting as cordial, adding that the sides agreed to strive to live in peace with one another.

You can already anticipate the response that these Sheikhs’ humane, moral efforts received:

According to the Israelis, shortly after the meeting began, the al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades issued a proclamation throughout the city that called for dealing with the meeting’s participants “with an iron fist.”

And just to make it more likely that this threat will be put into action, Israel released more than 30 al-Aqsa Murderers back into the pond.

So, back to my original post title: How likely is it, do you think, that these decent men, men who clearly want their children to live a quality life, and to have their souls freed from the burden of religious and racial fanaticism, will still be alive even a week from now? I’ll try to keep an eye on the Israeli newspapers and see what happens.

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4 Responses

  1. One “settler” issue that has been glossed over is that when or by the time Jordan took over the administration of the West Bank in the 1940s, Jewish residents of the West Bank had lost their homes and were in Israel.

  2. The current Israeli government appears to have a death wish. Either that, or their ideology blinds them to reality – there are some people you can’t reason with, they must be defeated. And the “bitter-enders” will have to be dead if you are to be safe.

    I feel really sorry for the reasonable Palestinians, and they do exist. I even feel sorry for the “haters” who would be willing to tolerate what/who they hate for the sake of a decent life for themselves and their children. These folks are as much victims of the truly extremist Islamists as are the Israelis – and they have NO voice, either in their own areas, or in the world, because the “journalists” do not seek them out. I’m sure that many would speak anonymously, but they are “non-persons” because of the media story-line that must be adhered to.

    As for your question, it will surprise me greatly if these good and brave people survive. *Perhaps* there is a critical mass of Arabs who will reject the bitter-enders and fight it out with them. If not, then I doubt their fate will be any more widely reported than are the meetings that led to their murders. “All the news that fits the script”, after all.

  3. Hebron is in the West Bank under the control of Abu Mazen. Our government supports him. He is viewed as a “moderate” and gets lots of aid money. For doing nothing. He wil tsk tsk the murders, and be excused as too weak to put an end to t he violence. Meanwhile, the suicide bomb in Israel last week was by a Fatah affiliated group. this is his own political party. It is time for the US to immediately put pressure on Abu Mazen, including a demand that these brave and peace seeking individuals be protected.
    Israel is listening too much to the rest of the world, forgetting that much of the rest of the world doesn’t care if Israel survives or not.

  4. Let’s see a group of people are actually seeking peace and they are to be crushed “with an iron fist.”

    Yet they say “they are also seeking peace.” How does that crushing thing and peace actually work.

    It must be that “Peace of the Grave” kind of peace.

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