The Left’s hatred of the settlers
By Ted Belman
The following hate-filled extract comes from The Myth of Undivided Jerusalem, published by The Atlantic and authored by Daniel Seidemann. I am in the process of writing a major critique of this article.
“Cumulatively, Israeli policies in East Jerusalem today threaten to transform the Israeli-Palestinian conflict from a bitter national conflict that can be resolved by means of territorial compromise, into the potential for a bloody, unsolvable religious war. This threat derives from Israel’s dogged pursuit of the settlers’ vision of an exclusionary Jewish Jerusalem — displacing Palestinians in targeted areas, politicizing archeology, handing over of the most sensitive cultural, historical, and religious sites to extreme settler organizations, and promoting a narrative that East Jerusalem is exclusively or predominantly Jewish, while marginalizing the other national and religious equities in the city. In the process, Israel is alienating even its staunchest allies and thus undermining its own claims in the city. It is also putting itself on a collision course with the forces of moderation in the Muslim and Christian worlds, who sense, with reason, that their equities are being marginalized in Jerusalem. Jerusalem is fast becoming the arena where religious fundamentalists — Jewish, Christian, and Muslim; domestic and international — play out their apocalyptic fantasies.”
“The author, Daniel Seidemann, is the founder of Terrestrial Jerusalem is an Israeli non-governmental organization that works “to identify and track the full spectrum of developments in Jerusalem that could impact either the political process or permanent status options, destabilize the city or spark violence, or create humanitarian crises.” Unsaid is the fact that its goal is to divide Jerusalem as part of a settlement. The top three donors of this NGO are The Norwegian Foreign Ministry, The Swiss Foreign Ministry and The British Foreign Ministry, according to the organizations own website all of whom want Jerusalem divided.
The article is part of the effort of The S. Daniel Abraham Center for Middle East Peace to “help reach a just and comprehensive peace that will bring an end to the Arab-Israeli conflict”.