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Tuesday, January 20, 2004

After seeing those WWII photos last night, and reading absolutely all of the commentary thread at LGF this morning, I would rather eat my hand than blog this morning. But this is important.

Israeli govt sends soldiers to Tapuach to dismantle new synagogue



An Israeli settler cries inside a synagogue at the Jewish West Tapuach outpost near the Palestinian West Bank city of Nablus, January 20, 2004. Jewish settlers tried to block hundreds of Israeli soldiers sent to demolish a makeshift synagogue at a settlement outpost on Tuesday, witnesses said. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic
PLEASE NOTE: My friend, who returned from Tapuach in December says "There was nothing makeshift about it. The concrete floor had been poured, and the exterior walls and the roof were completed. It was about twice the size of the Chabad shul in Boulder."

Israeli settlers embrace and weep as a female Israeli soldier (R) smiles in front of a synagogue at the Jewish West Tapuach outpost near the West Bank city of Nablus January 20, 2004. Jewish settlers tried to block hundreds of Israeli soldiers sent to demolish a makeshift synagogue at a settlement outpost on Tuesday, witnesses said. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic
Not in the picture, just in the caption: "enraged Israeli settler activists"

Israeli troops cordon off an area while behind them an armored bulldozer tears down a partially-completed synagogue, part of an illegal settlement outpost, in the West Bank outpost of West Tapuah Tuesday Jan. 20, 2004. Troops at the site wrestled with enraged Israeli settler activists who sought to prevent the dismantlement. Israeli Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz has ordered several outposts demolished, in line with Israel's obligations under the U.S.-backed "road map'' peace plan. West Tapuah, which sits on an isolated ridge about a kilometer (half a mile) from the Kfar Tapuah settlement, is considered one of the most militant in the West Bank. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)


A supporter of the right-wing settler movement weeps as Israeli troops try to dismantle a structure in the West Bank settlement outpost of West Tapuah Tuesday Jan. 20, 2004. . . (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)



An arrested Israeli settler tries to retrieve a document from a pile of Jewish religious books in front of a synagogue at the Jewish West Tapuach outpost near the West Bank city of Nablus, January 20, 2004. Jewish settlers tried to block hundreds of Israeli soldiers sent to demolish a makeshift synagogue at a settlement outpost on Tuesday, witnesses said. REUTERS/Gil Cohen Magen This always kills me: "witnesses said" - the photographer wasn't there?


An Israeli soldier (L) and settler carry Jewish holy books in front of a synagogue at the Jewish West Tapuach outpost near the West Bank city of Nablus January 20, 2004. . . REUTERS/Gil Cohen Magen


Israeli police carry away a supporter of the right-wing settler movement as troops try to dismantle a structure, background, in the West Bank settlement outpost of West Tapuah Tuesday Jan. 20, 2004. . . . (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)


Israeli troops trying to dismantle a structure in the West Bank settlement outpost of West Tapuah carry a supporter of the right-wing settler movement as they arrest him Tuesday Jan. 20, 2004. . . (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)


Supporters of the right-wing Jewish settler movement sing religious songs while troops remove a cabinet containing a Torah book, background, as they try to dismantle an unfinished synagogue in the West Bank settlement outpost of West Tapuah Tuesday Jan. 20, 2004 . . . (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)


Israeli policemen carry away Jewish settlers after the settlers who were trying to prevent troops from demolishing a synagogue at the Jewish West Tapuach outpost near the Palestinian West Bank city of Nablus, January 20, 2004. REUTERS/Gil Cohen Magen
Arutz Sheva reports 23 arrested, will be charged with assaulting police, interfering with police and disobeying instructions from police.

Haaretz reports six "settlers" and three IDF soldiers lightly injured . . . one of those arrested was a woman who pushed a soldier off the roof of "the structure" [it was a synagogue] . . . and that "the operation was completed by late Tuesday afternoon."

From the Jerusalem Post:
A senior security source at the scene said that he wished that the settlers would have dismantled the illegal structure on their own and had prevented the need for security forces to come to the illegal outpost to demolish the seminary by use of force.

“They are taking our roots from us, our legacy and our land,” Rabbi Shmuel Cohen, head of the seminary said. “The foundation of the land is sacred and unfortunately for the government the rule of law ranks above the rule of the Torah.”

The security forces arrived at the outpost, east of Ariel, to tear down a structure that was planned to be a seminary for teaching the ideology of Rabbi Meir Kahane, the former leader of the far-right movement Kach, who was murdered in New York in 1990.

The settlers refused to evacuate and blocked the road leading to the outpost. They tried to prevent the security forces from taking apart the structure in dispute.

The settlers said that the structure is used as a synagogue and should not be torn down. These are dark times, they stated, when the State of Israel demolishes a synagogue.
More than terrorists or Arafat or Hezbollah or Hamas or anything, the sight of Jew against Jew, and the forced demolition by Jews of any synagogue anywhere, absolutely and completely BREAKS MY HEART. These are dark times indeed, both internally and externally for the Jewish people, my people.