How The Settlers Won – Antony Loewenstein

Independent Australian Jewish Voices

How The Settlers Won

Netanel herds his sheep in a field near his home in the unauthorised Jewish settler outpost of Havat Gilad, south of the West Bank city of Nablus January 5, 2016. Steeped in messianic Jewish mysticism and rebelling against what they see as adulterated modern Zionism, the “Hilltop Youth,” a new generation of ultra-religious settlers whose resentment of the secular Israeli state rivals their hostility toward Arabs.

50 years of unrelenting Jewish settlements in the West Bank have changed the landscape of the peace process. But the interlopers aren’t going anywhere.

By Antony Loewenstein

Har Bracha is a Jewish business situated near Nablus in the occupied West Bank. Established in 2004, its location offers spectacular views. With an Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) jeep parked outside, owner Nir Lavi recently told me that he was proud of his livelihood cultivating grapes, because it proved that anti-Semitism…

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