While you recite Emmanuel Levinas and boast of his being Jewish, and while you prepare the list of guests to invite to celebrate our passing from bondage to freedom, the Jewish high priest sharpens his knife. And while you update the anti-Semitism index with another shattered tombstone and read out poetry on Friday nights in Ashkenazi and Sephardi style, your smug faces are reflected in the gleaming blade. And while you beam with joy at the cleverness of the grandson and youngest daughter and book seats for a show in London, the blade moves closer to the neck of the victim tied on the altar in Amona.
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How can we appease you, Judeo-Samarian, how can we placate your wrath, god of vengeance, if not by destroying 10 times more and by the falsehood of symmetry. Kalansua. Umm al-Hiran. Issawiya. Beit Hanina. Jabal Mukkaber. But Moloch is not satiated. The demolitions there are easy prey. The horns of the altar shout: More. Harder. Bigger.
The knife moves closer and closer, the blade is shining, the saliva is dripping. It is not enough to destroy, people must be evicted, driven out, uprooted. Moloch wants to see the children wet themselves at night, the women waking up in alarm, the shepherds impoverished and selling their goats to pay the court fee, the old men imagining the army loading them on trucks, while you board a plane for a trek in Chile.
The newspaper reported: The Civil Administration converted the stop-work orders into demolition orders for some 150 structures in the Jahalin community in Khan al-Ahmar (the village whose school is made of tires). The newspaper also reported: The Civil Administration wants to gather all the Bedouin and settle them permanently on Area C in two or three townships. It also said: According to Israel’s laws these structures are illegal.
The newspaper didn’t report that these are laws of evil and wickedness, which discriminate between one person’s blood and another’s, between one person’s child and another’s. These laws that have evicted the Jahalin time and again, restricted them, and allowed the children of Adumim who came dozens of years later to build and prosper. And now they have their eye on the Bedouin’s little huts as well.
The newspaper will report: On Thursday the state prosecution will respond to the village of Sussia’s petition against the state’s intent to uproot it for the fourth or fifth time. It will probably say: The state insists on going ahead with its plan. The master plan the villagers proposed is unacceptable. The newspaper has already reported: The state knows it’s better for Sussia residents to move to a place near their brethren in the city of Yatta, with their power and water. The school will be close, and this proximity will empower the women. In secret ink it will say: Jews need living space and a view that’s cleansed of Arabs and a pleasant breeze blowing between the rocks and the vineyards, and this land will be only for us and our seed.
This fact, too, wasn’t written in the newspaper: As a prelude to carrying out the court’s order – tearing down the Amona houses that were built in good faith and a pure soul on the enemy’s land – it was agreed and decided to sacrifice the Khan al-Ahmar community on the altar. Only its complete destruction will be accepted as a worthy offering.
And on the way, we’ll teach the Supreme Court judges another lesson. Granted, they have never intervened to thwart our holy determination to deny the Bedouin water and power and building rights. But the judges have also ruled that houses should not be demolished as long as there’s no alternative. Now we’ll show them that it’s possible to destroy and uproot even without an alternative.
Sussia and Khan al-Ahmar have become symbols of the struggle against the laws of wickedness, a subject of international interest and statements against forced uprooting, which is a war crime. When these communities are defeated and destroyed and torn out, we’ll prove that the world is good only at making statements.
We will then find time for all the other communities we aim to wipe out. Arab a-Ramadin, Abu Qubeita, Khalet Hamad, Khatib on Hizme and dozens of other families and communities, for whom the knives are being sharpened. While you’re hurrying to a concert.