Thursday, October 30, 2003

Rabbis attacked by armed settlers: "Rabbis from the peace group Rabbis for Human Rights (RHR) were attacked by five armed settlers. Some of the men had their faces covered when they threatened to attack the rabbis with clubs... Rabbi Arik Ascherman... was beaten by a settler as he went to show solidarity with Palestinian villagers who were preparing to harvest their olives in a few weeks."

''These people believe that their Torah tells them to vandalise land and abuse Palestinian people. I will continue to come here day after day to tell these settlers that they are wrong and that the Torah doesn't teach us Jews to behave in this way" [he said]... ''In this country we are fighting to save our soul. The majority of people in Israel don't want these settlements, we understand that they are a major stumbling block to peace.''''

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