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      by David Wilder
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      David Wilder was born in New Jersey in the USA in 1954, and graduated from Case Western Reserve University with a BA in History and teacher certification in 1976. He spent 1974-75 in Jerusalem at the Hebrew University and returned to Israel upon graduation.

      For over eighteen years David Wilder has worked with the Jewish Community of Hebron. He is the English spokesman for the community, granting newspaper, television and radio interviews internationally. He initiated the Hebron internet project, including email lists of over 15,000 subscribers who receive regular news and commentaries from Hebron in English and Hebrew. David is responsible and continues to update the Hebron web sites, portraying various facets of Hebron, utilizing text, audio, video and pictures. He conducts tours of Hebron's Jewish Community and occasionally travels abroad, speaking at Hebron functions.

      David Wilder is married to Ora, a 'Sabra,' for 35 years. They lived in Kiryat Arba for 17 years and have resided at Beit Hadassah in Hebron for the past 15 years. They have seven children and many grandchildren.

      Links to sites David recommends:
      www.hebron.com (English)
      www.hebron.org.il (Hebrew)
      www.ohrshlomo.org (Hebrew)
      www.ohrshalom.net (Hebrew)
      (others to be added)

      Elul 15, 5771, 9/14/2011

      Nachul Segal broadcasting live from Hebron

      Elul 10, 5771, 9/9/2011


      The abnormalities of Israel's current situation create domino aberrations, the likes of which, during any period of normal life, would never begin to be an issue.

      I'm referring specifically to two concepts: the destruction of the homes in Migron, and the resulting 'price-tag' episodes, at Arab Mosques and at the Beit-El IDF base.

      I speak of these as concepts rather than as events; they are both a conceptual approach to problem-solving.  But, there should be no mistake: one is the result of the other.

      Migron is, without doubt, a catastrophe of the highest order.  Why so – it's only three homes? Migron comes directly on the heels of other major similar disasters, the most severe of which was Gush Katif. Hebron is also no stranger to black-uniformed forces, ominously reminiscent of eras past; stone-faced, then smirking, 'lawmen' belonging to the police, the border police and the IDF, using brute force against girls and women, separating mothers from their children, all dressed in pajamas, in the middle of the night, their belongs being tossed from a window by Arabs hired to do some of the dirty work, and then, finally, use of IDF bulldozers to plow down small family residences. As one of the young mothers cried, "Today was the first day of school - I don't even know where my children's school books are." When someone asked them where they'd sleep that night, one of the woman answered, "I don't know, I don't have anywhere to sleep, maybe we'll go to Tel-Aviv, to a tent, that's social justice."

      They were promised: it wouldn't happen in the middle of the night; it wouldn't be a surprise. Lies, all lies.

      It's not only what has happened, but how it happens, with a seeming appetite, a stark, sadistic pleasure at causing pain. Allowing Arabs to participate in such a feed-feast; one can only imagine their descriptive accounts to their family and friends. Permitting Arabs to assist in expelling Jews from their homes?!?!? Working for the police and the IDF? Disgusting is too pleasant a word to express the vulgarity of such behavior.

      And this, before even discussing the anomaly of destruction and expulsion, destruction of Jewish homes and expulsion of Jewish, Israeli citizens, again.

      It is only three homes, three families, coming on the heels of some 10,000 people, Jews, banished from Gush Katif. The big question is: what is next; who is next; where is next???

      According to Itzik Wolf's article today in news1.co.il (Hebrew) (http://goo.gl/Px09R), the IDF and the 'Civil Administration' have already scheduled the next executions. By the end of the 2011 calendar years, three more sites are scheduled for capital punishment: Givat Asaf, next to Beit El, Ramat Gilad, in the Shomron, and several more buildings within Beit El. In March, 2012, the entire Migron community is to be put to death. Two other places are also on the chopping block, to be finished off within six months.

      Who is the 'man with the black mask' pushing the button? None other than our very own Bibi Netanyahu, being pushed and shoved by Ehud Barak, with the tacit support of his ministers, including all the 'good guys' who supposedly are lovers of Eretz Yisrael. We didn't see any of them a few nights ago, while the bulldozers were plowing down houses.

      Of course, the real problem with all of this is 'what's next?" A government as irresponsible as the present administration, with some experience under its belt, well, how much would it take to order the annihilation of Hebron's Jewish community, or Kiryat Arba, or Beit Haggai, or any other Jewish community in Judea and Samaria? Could they do it? Yes. Would they do it? That's a very good question, the answer to which I prefer not to put in writing.

      So, that's abnormality number one.

      The second: the reaction to this horror, today called, in Hebrew 'Tag Mechir' – meaning 'price tag,' meaning, if you do this, we are going to hit back. This too is an interesting concept.

      I write the following in order to avoid being arrested and charged with incitement. As a rule, I don't believe in 'violence' as a means to a solution.' I'm considered to be one of the more 'moderates' here in Hebron.  But a month ago, watching videos of the expulsion from Gush Katif, I couldn't help but wonder why massive force wasn't used against expellers. It didn't make any sense. And again, while watching a 10 minute clip (http://goo.gl/2yvsR)  of the Migron migraine, there too, the obvious response to such barbarity was avoided.

      For years, the left, propelled by the media, has discussed civil war, going back to the days of Yamit, thru Gush Katif.  (Actually one can trace this history to the Altelena – see 'Brothers at War' by Jerold S. Auerbach.) Would Jews – 'settlers' take up arms against their brethren, as a result of forced expulsions and destruction?  Of course, it never happened. Because people, just like me, even though they see it, live it and boil and broil inside, just don't do it. It's not the way we operate.

      But – that having been said, what do they expect from us? We all saw the violence breaking out in Tel Aviv when the police came (with flowers) to take down the tents on Rothchild Boulevard. TENTS were the cause of violence against Israeli police. And what about houses, full communities, etc. etc. etc. Our 'leaders' expect us to sit back, or perhaps just lie down in the street, allowing them to bulldoze us over and be done with it?

      Now, I'm not a great fan of wandering into Arab towns and burning down mosques, or painting graffiti on their walls. Not that they are are necessarily friends of mine; probably the contrary is more accurate. There's also an issue of cause and effect; what do those Arabs have to do with the viciousness of police and soldiers against their own citizens?

      However, this week, the 'price-tag' policy took a wicked turn with the damaging of several jeeps, bulldozers and again, writing on the wall.

      I saw an article (in Hebrew) saying that anyone who damages the IDF isn't a Zionist. Another article called such 'vandal's' terrorists.

      I served in the army. I have two sons who have served in combat units. I fully believe that the IDF is an integral element of Israel. Not only for our security, but also for our national pride and esteem. For two thousand years we had no way to protect ourselves, defend ourselves. Now we do. Period.

      But, when those same security bodies are turned against their own people, using their training, not against mortal Arab enemies, but rather, turning the tables, transforming normative Israelis into the enemy, as we've seen happen time and time again, well, something is going to break. 

      I'm not a big fan of destroying army equipment, but I'm even less of a fan of the scenes witnessed at Migron, and what very well might happen again, and again, and again.

      To ask, or expect, people to sit back quietly, watch it, weep, and then go to sleep, is too much to ask for. The reactions to Migron are the minimum of the minimum.  I agree, one hundred percent that they are not normal, and in any normal Israeli society, would never happen. And they shouldn't happen. Such perpetrators should be, and would be punished.

      But what is happening at present is not normal. The IDF is preparing for a possible small war that may begin next week, as a result of the expected follies at the UN. And they have time to destroy Jewish homes, causing moral and motivation to plummet amongst certain sectors of the population?  Scenes of black-uniformed officers, without nametags, screaming at young women and children, is not normal.

      The price-tag policies, as problematic as they are, should be seen as a strong warning, a red light flashing on-and-off, as notice being given. If the powers-that-be really want them to stop, let them set the example: stop destroying Jewish homes and communities, stop expelling Jews from their homes, stop being pseudo-Zionists. Because, not as Emily Arusi wrote (http://goo.gl/579Uj)  that anyone who touches the IDF isn't a Zionist, rather only a pseudo-Zionist can act as did the Netanyahu government at Migron.

      Elul 5, 5771, 9/4/2011

      The Answer to 'September'

      Well, it's finally arrived. Summer vacations are over. The kids are back in school. Autumn is approaching. Labor Day barbeques are in full swing.
      September also witnessed the 'jovial' signing of Oslo, exactly eighteen years ago. And this year, we may be privileged to witness another international farce, this time, not on the White House lawn, rather in the hallowed halls of the United Nations. The signatures will not be of the US president, an Israeli Prime Minister, and an Arab terrorist dressed in a Kaffiyeh and a tie. Rather,  the nations of the world will raise their hands high in an attempt to erase the achievement of that same body on November 29, 1947. For, in reality, that is what the creation of a 'palestinian state' is all about. The deletion of the State of Israel from the world map.
      That too, was the goal of Oslo. It is worthwhile to take a short glance behind us. Oslo was signed on September 13, 1993. On June 24, 2001, (six months after the outbreak of the 'Oslo War' aka the 'Second Intifada') the greatest of all Arab spokesman, Faysal el-Husseini granted an interview to the Egyptian newspaper Al-Arabia.  El-Husseini was internationally recognized as a true moderate spokesman for the Arab cause. In the interview (his last – he died of a heart attack a short time after the interview), this 'moderate' is very clear about the intents of Oslo:

      "I now tell you all, all those to whom I spoke in a secret meeting during the days of Oslo:  'Climb into the horse and don't question what type of material the horse is made of. Climb into the horse, and we shall transform your climbing into that horse into a beginning of a building era rather than an era of the end of hope."'
      "When we are asking all the Palestinian forces and factions to look at the Oslo Agreement and at other agreements as "temporary" procedures, or phased goals, this means that we are ambushing the Israelis and cheating them.

      "In short, we are exactly like they are. We distinguish the strategic, long-term goals from the political phased goals, which we are compelled to temporarily accept due to international pressure. If you are asking me as a Pan-Arab nationalist what are the Palestinian borders according to the higher strategy, I will immediately reply: "From the river to the sea." Palestine in its entirety is an Arab land, the land of the Arab nation, a land no one can sell or buy, and it is impossible to remain silent while someone is stealing it, even if this requires time and even [if it means paying] a high price."

      That was in 2001. Now let's jump to August, 2009 – the Fatah 6th General Conference:

      "The goals, principles, and methods, as they are written in Chapter One of the charter, are the basic point of departure for our movement, and are part of the ideological and political identity of our people. They are also the identity of the movement and its fundamental charter, since they were the basis for the beginning of the Palestinian revolution of our time and for liberation from the imperialist and racist yoke..."
      Fatah central committee member 'Azzam Al-Ahmad declared that the movement's charter remains as it was, without any changes.

      Fatah's charter - posted on the website www.fatehmedia.ps, which describes itself as the movement's mouthpiece, as well as on the websites www.alkofianews.maktoobblog.com and www.palvoice.com, which are affiliated with Fatah - still includes the following:

      Chapter One, Section 17: "Popular armed revolution is the imperative and only way to liberate Palestine."
      Chapter One, Section 19: "Armed struggle is a strategy, not a tactic. The armed revolution of the Arab Palestinian people is a crucial element in the battle for liberation and for the elimination of the Zionist presence. This struggle will not stop until the Zionist entity is eliminated and Palestine is liberated."

      Now, fast forward to May, 2011: Abu Mazen: 'Netanyahu, you are incidental in history. We are the people of history. We are the owners of history.'"

      And so we arrive at the United Nation, September, 2011.

      There is one item that must be mentioned:
      It isn't yet clear that Abu Mazen will actually demand a UN vote for 'palestinian statehood.' There are those within the PA who realize that the General Assembly vote has little or no value without a stamp of approval from the Security Council. There the United States has veto power and has already stated that it will veto such a resolution.

      However, as of today, he is declaring, loud and clear, that the vote will take place.
      Then what?
      Again, short background:
      The case against such an Arab state has been spoken and written about numerous times. First and foremost, of course, the land area known as Judea and Samaria, aka the 'West Bank' (of the Jordan River) is the heart of Israel. Who can imagine an Israel without Hebron or Jerusalem, relinquished voluntarily to our sworn enemy (see above)?
      Of course there are security reasons too. Mustn't we learn from the experience of the past eighteen years? As I try to explain to journalists: if you put your hand to me, and rather than shake it, I slap you in the face, what do you do? You might think, 'what happened to this guy!? Let's try again.' The next moment, when you extend your arm, I punch you in the nose. After that, do you dare try again to shake hands? Maybe next time I'll shoot you!
      That is exactly what has happened to Israel since the advent of Oslo. Every time we 'reach out in peace' the only result are dead Jews. Thousands killed and tens of thousands wounded and maimed. Can over 10,000 missiles shot into Israel, launched from the very land we gave them, be ignored!? No other country in the world would even consider negotiating with such 'peace partners' or again concede 'land for peace.' This is nothing less than national suicide.
      This brings us to the present, two weeks away from the fateful vote. Should it take place, and despite its insignificant legal status, very possibly the 'Arab spring' will transmute into the 'palestinian fall' in Israel, seeing major demonstrations throughout the country. Not only in Judea and Samaria, but attempts to protest all over Israel.
      From reports I have, the IDF and all Israeli security forces seem to be taking this threat fairly seriously. In other words, they are aware that major disturbances may break out. Theoretically, they have the means to deal with them. The big question is: Will they? Will they use any and all tools at their disposal to protect Jewish life, and prevent disruption of daily, Israeli life?
      So, you ask, what can you do?
      September also usually ushers in the Jewish New Year, Rosh HaShana. So it is this year that September parallels the final month of the Jewish year. Less than two weeks after the UN vote, we will celebrate a New Year. Following days of prayers, beseeching G-d for a good year, a safe year, a healthy year, for the individual and for the public-at-large, we begin the Succot festivities. This is a time of joy, a spiritual uplifting following the previous introspective High Holy days.
      Usually, we host tens of thousands of people in Hebron during the holiday period. This year, it is all the more vital that people from around the world visit Israel, including Hebron and other communities in Judea and Samaria on their agenda. We must continue to make a showing, strengthening our ties to our homeland, to our holy sites, such as Ma'arat HaMachpela, the Tomb of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs, and other such places throughout the land considered by others to be 'disputed territory.' The best way to reject such 'disputedness'  is to make it a point to show the world: Hebron is Israel. Shilo is Israel. Sussia is Israel. Beit El is Israel. We are here, supporting a strong Jewish presence in the land of the Forefathers.
      In Hebron, as always, we celebrate with a two-day festival during the Succot holidays. This year the festival will take place on Sunday and Monday, the 16th and 17th of October, with the semi-annual music concert, outside Machpela, occurring on Monday afternoon, 17/10. Special tours are planned, and it is guaranteed to be a raving success. (For more information write to tour@hebron.com or call, in NY, 718-677-6886 or in Israel, 052-431-7055).
      However, the real success will be that tens and hundreds of thousands will prove, once again, that they are not, and will not ever, turn their backs on the State of Israel and the people of Israel.
      This is the authentic answer to the UN vote in favor of a 'palestinian state.'