Born and raised in the American Jewish community, we joined the IDF to defend Israel and its borders. What we did in the occupied territories was a far cry from that. The Lone Soldiers’ Letter demands of our communities to take responsibility for their seemingly unconditional support for Israel despite 52 years of occupation. It’s time to break the silence.download letter
The communities in Masafer Yatta are facing systemic State and Settler violence that happen with impunity. Yesterday as Israeli settlers attacked Palestinians on their land the military arrested the Palestinians at the request of the attacking settlers. https://t.co/9yE9Ei4Zgu
— #SaveMasaferYatta (@SoHebronWatch) June 23, 2023
— Avner Gvaryahu (@AGvaryahu) June 23, 2023
A week before his EU visit, while settlers were attacking Palestinian towns, MK Kallner, chair of the EU Knesset delegation, was busy smearing @BtSIsrael using a video of my Hebron tour with EU sub-committee for HR. @TonoEPP are you sure this is a person you want to host? https://t.co/U9rje93iZ1
— Ori Givati (@origivati) June 23, 2023
The Elders also met with Israeli #humanrights organisations @btselem, @Gisha_Access, @BtSIsrael and @YeshDin to learn more about the work supporting rights of Palestinians in the Occupied Territories, challenging impunity and annexation, and protecting space for civil society. pic.twitter.com/0T4XSl3Xal
— The Elders (@TheElders) June 20, 2023
— Yesh Din English (@Yesh_Din) June 23, 2023
We know these attacks didn't start this week. For years, the IDF and Israeli police have turned a blind eye to attacks by settlers on Palestinians, their land, and their property. (2/3)
— T'ruah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights (@truahrabbis) June 22, 2023
#Israeli security forces claim to have no knowledge of Israeli settlers launching attacks against #Palestinian persons and property. At the same time, settlers push out massages detailing exact locations of their acts of violent extremism, including setting fire to numerous… pic.twitter.com/J7pA3TC5Ls
— Itay Epshtain (@EpshtainItay) June 21, 2023
Stopping a settler pogrom against a Palestinian village – no.
Advancing construction of 1000 settler housing units – yes.
The priorities of the Israeli government. https://t.co/R8Fwr21Dzn
— Yehuda Shaul (@YehudaShaul) June 21, 2023
This, too, is what annexation looks like.
Recall that the far-right settler leader who is now effectively Israel's civilian governor of the West Bank (Bezalel Smotrich) called for Israel to "wipe out" the Palestinian village of Huwara after the large-scale settler pogrom there. https://t.co/hsfvl2IKmu
— Debra Shushan 🌻 דבורה שושן 🌻 دبرا شوشان (@DrShushan) June 21, 2023