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The only thing flourishing - the settler houses
Beny Gefen
Jan. 4, 2010

Yesterday I, with another 3 human beings, organized by `rabbis for
human rights`, accompanied peasants from the Palestinian village
Awarta who wanted to plow their lands. Having settlements and a few
outposts near by and partially on their private lands they are afraid to
cultivate their lands. The military doesn`t protect them in spite of many
commitments to the supreme court. With us they dare to go to their

We came to a small plot in which the peasant had planted about
100 olive seedlings a few weeks ago. He had protected each seedling
with an expensive barrel against the gazelles. ALL THE

The peasant began to plow his plot, about 800 meters from Itamar
settlement. A military vehicle came and ordered him to leave his land
`being a security danger to the settlement`...

I had been in this area a year ago. Then there had been on one of
the hills a small outpost of one house. Now there are about 25 houses
there and there are more outposts near by. This is in the `fingers
concept` of the settlers: building lines (`fingers`) of illegal outposts in
order to prevent the establishing of continuous Palestinian state.

Netanyau and Barak know it but they are afraid of the real rulers
of the `only democracy in the Near East`, the fanatic zealous
settlers. And so we, the Israelis, `don`t understand why the
Palestinians aren`t impressed by the declarations of our honest

Yours Beny

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