Life Lessons with Judy Simon
I am a resident of Shiloh, with my wife and children, and now grandchildren, since 1981, having come on Aliyah in 1970. I have served in a volunteer capacity as a Yesha Council spokesperson, twice a member of Amana's secretariat, Benjamin Regional Council plenum member and mayor of Shiloh. I was a parliamentary aide for Geula Cohen and two other MKs, an advisor to a Minister, vice-chairman and executive director of Israel's Media Watch and currently, am Information and Content Resource coordinator for the Begin Heritage Center.
You are aware of my theoretical model of 'Palestinianism'?
You want an example?
This appeared on my screen:
Palestinian village continuously inhabited for 3,000 about to be destroyed by Israel
October 14, 2013
The Israeli High Court is set to rule on the forced expulsion of all of the residents of the village of Khirbat Zanuta, southwest of Hebron in the southern West Bank on Monday.
Where is Khirbet Zanuta?
Khirbet Zanuta is a Palestinian village in the Hebron Governorate in the southern West Bank, located 20 kilometers south of Hebron. Nearby localities include ad-Dhahiriya to the northwest, Khirbet Shweika to the northwest and the Israeli settlements of Teneh Omarim to the west and Shim'a to the east. The village is adjacent to the Green Line.
And how many people in that 3,000-year old village?
According to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics (PCBS), Khirbet Zanuta had a population of 60 in the 2007 census, an increase from 1997 when six residents were recorded...In 2012 the number of families registered at Zanuta was 27.
In 3,000 years, that's it? Around one hundred, I approximate?
How large is the village?
The total land area is approximately 12,000 dunams, of which roughly 3,000 are cultivated, mostly with field crops. Much of the remaining land area is considered "open spaces," while one dunam is classified as built-up areas.
Built-up area is ... one dunam? That's a quarter of an acre? That's one house.
Maybe this is an answer:
Zanuta was a cave settlement of local peoples
Still, that's a lot of cultivated agriculture land for that amount of people, too.
Let's go back to that 3,000-year old claim:
Pottery shards at Zanuta indicate continuous settlement since the Iron Age, and archeologist Avi Ofer has proposed an identification of the site with Dana in the fifth group of Judean cities in the south Hebron hills
Here, in Joshua 15: 48-49:
And in the hill-country: Shamir, and Jattir, and Socoh; 49 and Dannah, and Kiriath-sannah--the same is Debir;
Ah, so "Palestinian" doesn't mean a nationality or ethnicity but is simply a term of geography. After all this, those "Judean cities" were not Arab or Muslim but Jewish.
A three-thousand year lie. Another example of "inventivity". From yesterday.
Where did the term "terror" and "terrorist" go?
Is that term in the dictionary anymore?
It's not difficult to spell and it fits easily into a headline.
Why do I ask?
[today's] incident occurred less than a week after a nine-year-old Israeli girl was stabbed as she played in her garden in the West Bank settlement of Psagot, near Ramallah.
Police are treating that attack, on Saturday, as a militant action and are still searching for the perpetrator.
Last month an Israeli soldier was shot dead in the southern West Bank city of Hebron, in what the army believes was a Palestinian sniper attack, although no suspects have been arrested.
I guess someone censored their dictionaries?
Control the speak, you control the mind.
Control the speak, you control the mind.
may be my creation.
I found this: “But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.” (― George Orwell, 1984 ) and this: “It's a beautiful thing, the destruction of words.” (― George Orwell, 1984 ) and this: “Power is in tearing human minds to pieces and putting them together again in new shapes of your own choosing.” (― George Orwell, 1984 ) and this: “We do not merely destroy our enemies; we change them.” (― George Orwell, 1984) but I think mine is, well, all mine.
Modern Shiloh only began in January 1978 although there were several attempts to establish a community where I now live earlier. However, it served as a touch-stone between Menachem Begin and President Jimmy Carter in their July 19, 1977 meeting (here, at p. 350-351):
Prime Minister Begin introduces a new issue:
I want to discuss the question you raised about settlements. This is a very serious matter for us. I want to speak with candor. No settlements will be allowed to become obstacles to negotiations. Jews and Arabs live together in Jaffa, in Haifa. There are many towns named Hebron in the United States, and many named Bethel and Shiloh.
And the minutes record the following:
Just 20 miles from my hometown there is a Bethel and a Shiloh, each of which has a Baptist Church!
Prime Minister Begin:
Imagine the Governor of a state declaring that all American citizens except Jews could go to live in those towns. Can we be expected, as the government of Israel, to prevent a Jew from establishing his home in the original Bethel? In the original Shiloh? These will not be an obstacle to negotiation.The word “non-negotiable” is not in our vocabulary. But this is a great moral issue.We cannot tell Jews in their own land that they cannot settle in Shiloh. We cannot do that. This is a serious issue to us. One day I hope you will come to visit Shiloh.
I have already been to Bethel.
Prime Minister Begin:
You will find it interesting to see Shiloh. There are many Biblical stories about it.
I can tell you that this might prevent a Geneva Conference from even being convened. Even though you see this as no problem for negotiations, my impression of the attitudes of the other leaders is that they would view this as a sign of bad faith on Israel’s part. The previous government discouraged settlements, and I have no reason to draw conclusions, but I would not be responsible if I did not point this out to you. If you could say that there would be no new settlements until after you had met with the Arab leaders in Geneva, that would be a very constructive step.
Prime Minister Begin:
Thank you, Mr. President.
We should adjourn now and our discussions can continue later.
Begin smoothly steered the conversation away, and ended it actually, and avoided any commitment to a "settlement freeze".
And later, on December 17, 1977, Begin ahain returns to Shiloh, and Betel, not letting Carter forget:
Do you see any special status of the Israeli settlements?
No special status. We stand by our right. I have told you about Shiloh and Bethel. There are Arabs in Israel, and there are Jews in the territories. There is no problem. Of course, there are settlements, but we have a principle of symmetric justice. The residents of Israel can buy land in Judea, Samaria, and Gaza, and Arabs can get land in Israel. There will be reciprocity. They can come to Tel Aviv and buy land and build homes.
And a month later, Carter is informed:
Message From the President’s Assistant for National Security Affairs (Brzezinski) to the Ambassador to Israel (Lewis)
Washington, January 27, 1978, 2005Z WH80181.
The President wishes this message conveyed to the Prime Minister immediately after Sabbath. Vance concurs.
I deeply regret the effort to establish another illegal settlement on the West Bank at Shiloh. However, I am confident that Prime Minister Begin will honor the commitment personally made to me and thus will not permit this settlement to go forward. End message.
Source: Carter Library, National Security Affairs, Staff Material, MiddleEast File, Subject File, Box 48, Israel:1–2/78. Secret.
On January 23, members of Gush Emunim, a religious settler movement formally established in 1974, dedicated a settlement in the West Bank town of Shiloh. Israeli officials claimed it was actually a camp for workers at a government-sponsored archaeological excavation and that they had provided no official sanction for a settlement there. (Los Angeles Times, February 24, 1978, p. B10). Acording to Carter’s January 30 diary entry, “The [Israeli] government did not authorize a new settlement at Shiloh, except for an archaeological site, but they’ve already moved twenty-five families in there — with Begin’s knowledge — and he’s too timid to remove them.” (White House Diary, p.167).
Those were the days.
As we know:
1. In...(Ex. 23:27-28): "I will send forth My terror before you, and I will throw into panic all the people among whom you come, and I will make all your enemies turn tail before you. I will send hornet ahead of you, and it shall drive out before you the Hivites, the Canaanites, and the Hittites."
2. Deuteronomy 7:20: "The Lord your G-d will also send a hornet against them, until those who are left in hiding perish before you."
3. Joshua 24:12: "I sent a hornet ahead of you, and it drove them out before you."
How was that?
The gemara, Tractate Sotah 36a, deals with the question of whether or not the hornet crossed the Jordan River:
A Tanna taught: The hornet did not pass over [Jordan] with them; but behold it is written: And I will send the hornet before thee! – R. Simeon b. Lakish said: It stood by the bank of the Jordan and injected a virus [into the Canaanites] which blinded their eyes above and castrated them below… R. Papa said: There were two hornets, one in the period of Moses and the other in the period of Joshua; the former did not pass over [Jordan] but the other did.
Rashi and Nahmanides base their commentary to Ex. 23:27-28 on this passage in the gemara. Rashi writes:
This is a kind of insect which wounded their eyes and injected poison in them, so that they died… for our Rabbis have explained in Tractate Sotah (36a) that the hornets placed themselves on the [east] bank of the Jordan and [from there] cast the poison against them.
Now do you get the China-Israel cooperation?
Until recently, I had not heard of Huerfano County. It’s in Colorado. There’s a town there called Gardner. There, on 22 acres in the center of Gardner bordering on Highway 69 between Walsenburg and Westcliffe, and across from the Gardner Post Office, a group of Israelis, committed to permaculture, set up Camp D’ORvid as a meditative center.
What they are doing there in the first place, I have no idea. But the bottom line is that whatever structures there are are set to be demolished by a Court Order on October 18, 2013.
In the past, it has been reported that
43 area residents claim[ed] that “a foreign Israeli corporation has invaded the area in an apparent effort to execute a land grab from local citizens in the Gardner area,”
And in 2009, we could read that
Huerfano County Judge Claude Appel refused on Tuesday to overturn his previous ruling, which overthrew Gardner resident Gary Lensky’s claim to property adjecent to his house and land within Gardner. Lensky’s claim has been opposed by other adjecent landowners, who appealed Appel’s initial ruling, approving Lensky’s land claims. This controversial saga has dragged on for several years, as to who owns what and where, with charges of fraud, racism and physical threats thrown out by each side.
I have been informed that Lensky moved to Gardner about 15 years ago trying to establish a Jewish meditative center. He claims that he encountered “racism and apathy”, according to my source. The legal issues are complex over who owns the property. Lensky and friends removed 45 truckloads of garbage that had been dumped on the property by locals, and planted 1000 trees. Over the past 16 years the property has been totally transformed by the more than 50,000 hours of work by members in the full view of the Gardner Community and every traveler on Highway 69.
There has been a felony arson on the property which could be defined as a hate crime. The Sheriff’s behavior has been called into question as has that of the Huerfano County Commissioners and a Commissioner Montoya. The religion of the Camp’s administrators has become an issue.
Beginning in 2006 Sheriff Bruce Newman began sending deputies who may, or may not, have conveyed a message that the Sheriff and the local judge are in cahoots. Commissioner Roger Cain, may have refered to Camp D’ORvid members as “damn Jews”. Gates and fencing have been knocked down it is reported. Even a Civil Rights Suit against the County was filed.
I found court cases - Lensky et al v. County of Huerfano, Colorado et al with Gary Lensky, Rafi Caneti and Zachary Pedigo as Plaintiffs. And another, Lensky et al v. County of Huerfano, Colorado et al, in which in 2011, Judge Marcia S. Krieger presided over an order to dismiss claims and closed the case.
I’d really like to know what is going on. Is justice being served? Are rights being preserved? Is freedom protected? Is there, or is there not, a subversion of the law? Is anti-Semitism involved? Have crimes been overlooked?
Last but not least, what are those Israelis doing in Colorado?