Daily Israel Report

‘Settlers’ Begin Pro-Israel Campaign in Arab Areas

Jews in the Hevron area, described as ”settlers" by most media, post pro-Israel signs on the highway frequently attacked by Arabs.
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
First Publish: 9/26/2011, 3:28 PM

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Jews in the Hevron area, described as ”settlers’ by most media, post pro-Israel signs on the highway frequently attacked by Arab and where a rock-throwing terrorist caused the deaths of a father and baby son last Friday

Instead of carrying out violent “price tag” operations against Arabs, Hevron area residents hung posters and slogans on Highway 60, which connects Jerusalem with Gush Etzion and Hevron, according to the Bethlehem-based Ma'an news agency.

Among the slogans were, "This is the land of our fathers and grandfathers," and "This is the Land of Israel." The posters also were displayed in Jerusalem neighborhoods predominantly populated by Arabs.

Ma'an said some of the posters also threatened violence against Arabs, but unlike actions following recent terrorist attacks, Jewish residents’ response to last Friday’s deadly rock-throwing was bitter but generally quiet.

A pro-Israel campaign in Arab areas is an innovation that spreads the message to Arabs of the historic and current Jewish presence in Judea and Samaria.

Meanwhile, Israel’s mainstream media have not pursued an investigation of why the IDF and police initially declared that Friday’s deaths were a result of a “traffic accident” allegedly caused by speeding. Similarly, Public Security Minister Yitzchak Aharonovitch has not questioned the initial reaction by police.

Earlier this year, after a violent pre-dawn raid on an outpost in Samaria, he did not investigate police who initially said that no rubber bullets or violence were used but later were forced to change their explanation following video evidence to the contrary.