Not content with having razed thousands of Palestinian villages during the Nakba, converting the names of thousands of places from Arabic to Hebrew names, and now Judaizing Palestinian East Jerusalem, the incoming deputy chief of staff, Yair Naveh (whose security lapses allowed Anat Kamm to reproduce thousands of top secret IDF documents, for which he received no reprimand or even investigation), will be “converting” the names of Israeli checkpoints from their original Arabic to Hebrew names. For example, Nilin, the site of ferocious anti-Wall protests, will become Kiryat HaSefer. It reminds me of the kashering of one’s home before Pesach to ensure it will be pristine and pure for the coming holiday.
The IDF’s reasoning according to the Maariv story?
The Hebrew names will convey to Palestinians the message of Israeli control…It will also convey to the soldiers and border crossing personnel that they are not protecting a Palestinian area, but Israeli territory.
Yes, this is some of the bold, innovative strategic thinking we can expect out of the incoming regime of Yoav Galant and Yair Naveh. Name changes. That’s the key to IDF control of the Palestinians. The latter will certainly be cowed by this new development and undoubtedly it will have a deep impact on their very psyches.
Israel doesn’t merely occupy territory, it also occupies the linguistic space as well, attempting to “convert” place names from Muslim/Arabic to Jewish/Hebrew.