Israel’s enemy within: Young militant settlers

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An Israeli soldier walks past a house that had been torched in a suspected attack by Jewish extremists killing an 18-month-old Palestinian child, injuring a four-year-old brother and both their parents at Kafr Duma village near the West Bank city of Nablus July 31, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Abed Omar Qusini
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An Israeli soldier walks past a house that had been torched in a suspected attack by Jewish extremists killing an 18-month-old Palestinian child, injuring a four-year-old brother and both their parents at Kafr Duma village near the West Bank city of Nablus July 31, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Abed Omar Qusini *Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-JEWISH-EXTREMISTS, originally transmitted on August 24, 2015.

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AHIYA, West Bank —The increasingly radical Jewish militants who target Palestinians are the latest front in Israel's struggle against terrorism. Israeli security authorities estimate hundreds belong to these groups.

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  • Sister Geraldine Marie, OP, RN, PHN

    As I have written many times, Israel is a sovereign state, but not meant only for the Jewish people. The Palestinians should be able to live side by side equally with the Israelis as it states in Leviticus 19:34. This is part of the Torah which the new zealots are supposed to take seriously!
    If it can be done in other countries, it can be done in Israel.
    The main fear of the Jews is fear of intermarriage which would destroy Judaism. This need not happen if the Jews are firmly grounded in their faith. Yes, I know, it can still happen, but it can happen anyway here and there.
    Israel, show the world you are a real democracy!

  • Michael Steiner

    Surprised?

    A society that does not discourage superstition and dogma in favor of curiosity, knowledge, the scientific theory, and honing of intellect inevitably ends up like this.

    There is very good reason why the Enlightenment and the subsequent suppression of the church spurred the biggest societal and intellectual revolution the world ever saw.

    There is equally good reason why societies that continue to cling on to religion, even the most temperate of religions such as Buddhism, are at best stagnant, but most usually mired in strife, conflict, oppression, and general misery of both body and mind.

  • woody grant

    Fundamental extremists and ideologues of all religions or ideologies are to blame for most of the world’s problems.

  • Jones

    Your comment is somewhat confusing because Palestinians DO live as equals in Israel. All Israeli citizens of Israel, male and female, regardless of race or religion, have equal rights. You certainly aren’t suggesting that Israel treat non-citizens from neighboring nations as citizens are you?

  • Jones

    Your comment is ignorant. There is literally nothing more stagnating and destructive to a society than the closed mindedness of Atheism. Look at Russia, China, North Korea, etc. It is always sadly ironic to see intolerant, hate mongering people blaming religions for being precisely what they themselves are.

  • Matthew

    The three largest genocides in history were perpetrated by atheists: Stalin, Mao, and Pol Pot. Pop culture atheists would do well to learn a bit more of the history of their faith.

  • Fran

    False religions and man’s corrupt political systems, both of which endorse warfare, hate and prejudice, probably have contributed to the problems to a certain degree.

  • Susan

    This is not Jewish. The rabbis developed a concept called pilkuah nefesh, saving lives, is the most important value in Judaism. Plus Jewish values have never included blind faith. Even God can be questioned.

    Atheists can be antisemites too. Voltaire and the Enlightenment were full of antisemitism.

  • Larry

    Wrong. The largest genocides in history were perpetuated by religious believers.
    -The wholesale destruction of indigenous peoples in all European colonies
    -The Taiping Rebellion killed more people than World War 1
    -Every European war from 1000 AD to the 1801
    -Hitler ring a bell?
    -The list continues to go on as religious based barbarism has become the greatest threat of conflict in the world. Surpassing disputes between nations over territory.

    The whole “atheists are evil” cliche is built upon willful ignorance of history. No matter how many times it is corrected, it gets repeated. Lying to support one’s POV is a feature of Christian apologists.

    The only thing which keeps religious barbarism in check is secularism. Respect for all faiths, favoring none in an official fashion. Secularism is not atheism.

  • Larry

    The easiest solution is to just get rid of the settlements as they did in Gaza.

    They are a failure for Israel, a political liability.

    They were an abortive attempt to conquer and consolidate conquered lands like European powers prior to the 20th Century. Such policies only worked by doing the unthinkable, genocide of the local population. Something Israel was never going to do.

  • dmj76

    Larry

    The people you are arguing with do not know any atheists. They may live in Kansas or somewhere in the confederacy. They learn about atheists from Fox news and Christian pastors. You will never change their minds.