This woman, filmed in Hebron abusing members of the Abu Aysha family, is almost as infamous as Jade Goody. But that’s not the worst comparison Alkobi suffers.
Yosef (Tommy) Lapid was reminded of pre-holocaust anti-semitism in Europe.
That woman, the one who it turns out is named Yifat Alkobi, the Jewish woman that confronted, cursed, spat on and threatened her Arab neighbor in Hebron, she who is imprisoned in her own home, seemed somehow familiar to me.
Gradually, from the cobwebs of my childhood memories, I dredged up the image of a Hungarian neighbor in Novi Sad, who used to stand at the entrance to her home and curse us every time we went into the street – just like Yifat Alkobi.
When we decide, and rightly so, to never under any circumstances compare the behavior of Jews to that of Nazis, we are forgetting that anti-Semitism only reached its height at Auschwitz. It had existed, was active, frightening, harmful and disgusting – exactly like Alkobi’s image – in the years that preceded Auschwitz too. And behind shuttered windows hid terrified Jewish women, exactly like the Arab woman of the Abu-Isha family in Hebron.
It is unthinkable that the memory of Auschwitz should serve as a pretext to ignore the fact that living here among us are Jews that behave toward Palestinians exactly the way that German, Hungarian, Polish and other anti-Semites behaved toward Jews.
I am not referring to crematoria or pogroms, but rather to the persecution, hounding, stone-throwing, undermining of livelihood, scare tactics, spitting and contempt.
It was all of these things that made our lives in the Diaspora so bitter and harrowing, even before they began the wholesale killing of Jews. I was afraid to go to school because little anti-Semites lay in wait on the way and beat us. In what way is a Palestinian child in Hebron any different?
[…] We forget that this hounding of the Palestinian neighbors in Hebron happens not only at the moment we see it on television, but rather day after day, every day of the year (with the exception of Yom Kippur). The truth is that I too only pipe up occasionally and pay lip service by means of articles such as this. Even worse: I reacted with silence to this when I was justice minister too. We left the task of protest to the extreme leftist groups, who provoke well-deserved loathing from us all other days of the year.
We are familiar with the excuse of “We didn’t know.” So, for the record: We do know.
I’m not sure what Lapid means by “well-deserved loathing.” He’s saying they’re right and that he himself hasn’t done enough.
Some 250 Peace Now activists on Thursday demonstrated on a road north of the West Bank city of Hebron over alleged ongoing violence exhibited by settlers against a Palestinian family in the city.
Peace Now moved their demonstration to the outskirts of the city after Israel Defense Forces GOC Central Command Yair Naveh prohibited them from rallying within the city limits.
Yesh Din has responded to Defense Minister Amir Peretz who, though he condemned the abuse, claimed a soldier who was a witness and did nothing had no authority to do anything. Yesh Din disagrees. Michael Sfard is the group’s legal adviser:
“Soldiers can’t claim that it is not within their authority to arrest Israeli citizens who are harming Palestinians or their property,” Sfard wrote to Peretz. “Not only are they authorized to do so, they are obligated to do so.”
[…] An amateur video recording showing Jewish resident, Yifat Alkobi, verbally and physically attacking members of the local Abu Aysha family was broadcast in the media last week.
[…] The Palestinian family lives in a heavily defended house, designed to protect them from attacks by settlers. The film shows Alkobi preventing a female resident from leaving her home and swearing at her while an Israel Defense Forces soldier stands by doing nothing.
A committee is going to investigate relations between settlers and Palestinians.