Worried that the hired help might steal the silverware or take vengeance for stealing surrounding land, Rabbi Sholom Riskin’s Efrat is Arabrein on Yom HaAtzmaoot. But on other days it appears little of any real value gets done there without them.
An Israeli reader has e-mailed me a message meant for the Efrat community, a major West Bank settlement founded by former Lincoln Square Synagogue Rabbi Doctor (his own website attaches the honorifics to him) Shlomo Riskin:
בימים שני ושלישי הקרובים (19-20/4/10)
יום הזכרון והעצמאות
לא תתאפשר כניסת פלשתינאים לאפרת
This coming Tuesday and Wednesday, Memorial and Independence Days, no Palestinians will be permitted to enter Efrat.
My correspondent’s ‘wicked’ rejoinder:
So who’s going to wipe the settlers’ asses on Independence Day?
It should be kept in mind that Efrat is a settlement known for being an especially cruel neighbor to surrounding Palestinian villages, whose misdeeds have included stealing surrounding land for its own expansion and polluting farm land with its own untreated sewage. Perhaps Efrat’s residents think their turds are golden and have special medicinal powers that would benefit their Palestinian neighbors. If so, that’s mighty white of ’em.
Also, Efrat is one of the settlements which received largesse from Christian Zionist Pastor John Hagee and his pro-settler Christians United for Israel.