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

Dears-
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
lands.

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
SEEDLINGS HAD BEEN UPROOTED BY THE VANDAL SETTLERS! ALL OF THEM!

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
leaders...

Yours Beny


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