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Letter: No defense for bulldozers

In Rabbi Robin Nafshi’s recent letter to the editor (Monitor, May 30), she seems to be approving of both the Israeli policy of bulldozing Palestinian fruit trees and of demolishing Palestinian houses.

In November 2013, I traveled with a 23-person delegation of Interfaith Peace-Builders to Jerusalem. While there, we visited a suburb of Jerusalem called Silwan. There we met a child, a young girl, Hala, age 4.

We saw the site of her home, which was one of those already destroyed. Armed men came in the darkness of night with a massive bulldozer to demolish this young girl’s abode, which had been the dwelling of her parents and four siblings.

The soldiers came at 2 a.m. without warning to destroy the home. The family was given 10 minutes to depart. While walking through this community, we were informed that many Palestinian homes had already been destroyed and that another 88 were scheduled for the same fate in the next few months.

Israel has decreed that these homes must disappear so that the site may be excavated to construct a sort of Disney-like theme park called the “City of David.”

Multiple diggings in Silwan have revealed no evidence that King David ever had a “city” located in this Palestinian community. Yet, Israel is eradicating hundreds of Palestinian homes in Silwan. It’s very hard to understand that Rabbi Nafshi seems to support not only the bulldozing of Palestinian fruit trees but the ongoing demolition of Palestinian homes.



(The writer is a coordinator for New Hampshire Veterans for Peace.)

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