If the political slogan”by any means necessary” hadn’t already been created by Malcolm X, the settlers would have to invent it to describe their policy towards the Arabs. In other words, get rid of them by any means necessary. That’s the only way to understand this image shot in Hebron, a product of radical settler graffiti.
Now, we can interpret this message in only two ways and neither are very good. The Occupation must end by ridding the land of Arabs. Either we can do this over their live bodies or their dead bodies. It seems to make little difference to the hooligans who devised this message. Genocide or mere population transfer, either will suffice. They seem to be saying to the Palestinians: the choice is yours & we’ll be happy to oblige either way.
Thanks to reader, Simcha Shtull who reminds me that the Hebrew (actually Aramaic) initials refer to b‘siyata d‘shemaya (“with the help of heaven”). In other words, an invocation to God to help in the ethnic cleansing process. But I remind my readers that this is not Judaism, not my Judaism. This is, as I’ve written this week, a perversion of Judaism as I and 98% of the world’s Jews know it. Please do not make the mistake of confusing this with all Jews and all Judaism.
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- Protest in Hebron 25 February 2010 (josephdana.com)