Tatler in Israel: Photo and Video Journal
Here are some photos and videos from my trip through Israel with the Young Jewish Conservatives that are worth sharing.
I took this photo in the town of Hebron, which is now mostly controlled by the Palestinians. In 1929, Arabs infamously massacred 67 Jews in Hebron. This is a check point--guarded by Israeli soldiers--which leads to an Arab neighborhood. Find out what they are guarding against next...
That's right. There is actually a place in Eretz Israel that Jews are strictly forbidden from entering. Notice how the sign reads "Jewish Access Forbidden" rather than "Israeli Access Forbidden." This means that Israeli Arabs--who make up 20% of Israel--are allowed to access this Arab neighborhood of Hebron, but not Jews. I spoke to many experts throughout Israel, and they told me that there is nothing comparable to this within Israel that forbids Muslim access.
The Israeli soldiers are guarding the check point because if any Jew gets through they are likely to be murdered. Who are the racists?
A Palestinian man has been sentenced to death for selling this house--which is now unoccupied and guarded by Israeli police--to a Jew.
According to Caroline Glick,
“The PA was established in May 1994. The first law it adopted defined selling land to Jews as a capital offense. Shortly thereafter scores of Arab land sellers began turning up dead in Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria in both judicial and extrajudicial killings.”
Once again the tolerance of the Palestinians is on display.
Rabbi Ben Packer--one of the main guides on our trip-- explains to us why a certain Israeli guard post is situated in Hebron.
This is the dreaded security fence that many Israel haters have called an "apartheid wall." This "wall" separates parts of Israel from Judea and Samaria (The West Bank), and was erected to stem the flow of Palestinian suicide bombers. The "wall" has been very effective, as terrorist attacks have plummeted since it was built.
Notice how the "wall" is slanted at certain parts. This is to protect from Palestinian snipers, located in high rise buildings, who have targeted Israeli motorists on this exact road. It is clearly not an "apartheid wall", as 20% of the citizens on the Israeli side are Arab.
This is the famous Caterpillar bomb shelter in Sderot that was built on an Israeli playground to protect children from Hamas rockets. Residents in Sderot--which is the nearest town to the Hamas controlled Gaza--have suffered from thousands of rocket attacks since Israel vacated Gaza. Israeli citizens have 15 seconds to get to a bomb shelter once the siren goes off.
Here is a video of some of the rockets that have hit Sderot: