Showdown in Hevron Tuesday Over Jewish Future in Land of Israel

Peace Now will protest in the heart of Hevron’s Jewish neighborhood Tuesday. Counter-protesters say they will be there too.

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Peace Now will hold a protest against the Jewish presence in Judea and Samaria in the heart of Hevron’s Jewish neighborhood Tuesday. Counter-protesters say they will be there too.

The left-wing anti-settlement group petitioned the Supreme Court to force police and IDF officials to allow the protest and provide security for it after their application was rejected.

“The settlements in Hevron are a symbol of the occupation in its ugliest manifestation,” reads Peace Now’s promotional material regarding the protest. “About 600 [sic - about 8,000 Jews live in the various Jewish neighborhoods of Hevron-Kiryat Arba -ed.] violent settlers living in the heart of the city strike a painful blow upon the lives of the about 35,000 Palestinian residents, who suffer each day from their schemes and military restrictions.

“We, the Israeli public, are the ones that pay the price for the dangerous craziness of the settlers…we send our soldiers to protect them and we absorb the resulting hatred and extremism that they sow.”

The posters go on to say that settlements signify the end of Zionism and invite protesters to demand the establishment of a Palestinian state.

Kumah, a Neo-Zionist movement promoting mass Aliyah (immigration to Israel), says it has organized a counter-protest to signify the Jewish people’s embrace of Hevron and the rest of the Land of Israel during the week of the reading of the Torah portion of Shelach, dealing with the ten spies and their rejection of the land. “Of 12 spies, only Joshua and Caleb yearned for the Land,” a Kumah statement read. “Caleb received his strength from the forefathers buried in Hevron - as it says of him: ‘and he came unto Hevron.’”

Kumah will be providing transportation to Hevron from Jerusalem’s Binyanei HaUmah conference center 9 AM, stopping also at the Gush Etzion Junction.

The Gush Etzion Action Committees also sent out an alert, calling on local activists with cars to meet at the Gush Etzion Junction at 9:45 AM in order to travel to Hevron in a convoy. Public transportation is also available via Egged’s 160 bus, which leaves every hour. Activists arriving by bus will meet at Kiryat Arba’s Bank Leumi at 10:30 AM.

Some activists have called upon the public to use Peace Now’s buses. They are leaving Jerusalem’s Gan HaPaamon (Liberty Bell Park) at 9:30 AM and Tel Aviv’s El Al early check-in at the Rakevet Tzafon area at 9 AM. Organizers of those buses can be reached at 054 215 1128 (Noa, for Jerusalem) and 054 440 5157 (Dolev, for Tel Aviv) or emailed at: noa@peacenow.org.il and dolev@peacenow.org.il  

Kicking Off Left-Wing Campaign
The Hevron protest is part of a larger campaign prepared for months by left-wing groups aimed at grabbing the headlines with anti-settlement protests and activism from June 5-11, the six days marking 40 years since the civil dates of the 1967 Six Day War. Activities include:

  • A conference near Caesarea for youth, organized by Peace Now, aimed at galavanizing public opinion to accept the Arab League’s initiative, which calls for a return to the June 4, 1967 borders and the flooding of Israel with Arab refugees and their descendents.
  • A protest calling on Israel to open negotiations with Syria.
  • Bike riding against "the occupation" in Tel Aviv.
  • Several groups such as the International Solidarity Movement (ISM), Taayush and the Tel Romeida Project plan on confronting IDF soldiers, dismantling checkpoints, destroying Jewish agriculture they claim lies on Arab land and vandalizing “symbols of the occupation.”


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