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Israeli Peace Now Activist injured by a settler + and receives death threat at his door!

I received an e-mail update from Peace Now, a peace group from Israel that promotes justice and rights for Israelies and Palestinians.
Anyways, a religious Israeli settler set a bomb in front of one of the peace now Activists houses, with the words inscribed on it:
"A prize of 1.1 million shekels is offered to anyone who kills a member of Peace Now."
Here is more info on the situation:

A prize of 1.1 million shekels is offered to anyone who kills a member of Peace Now." This was the opening line of a flyer found near the home of Peace Now activist Zeev Sternhell, who was injured by a bomb outside his home last night.

Sternhell is expected to make a full recovery. A police detail has been assigned to protect Peace Now Director General Yariv Oppenheimer, and a special task force has been formed to find the terrorists responsible. In the United States, Americans for Peace Now is taking steps to protect its representatives.

The right-wing terrorists are not targeting Peace Now by chance, Professor Galia Golan told APN today. "The settlers target Peace Now because we are the most active group in society who bring the whole [range of] settler activities to the public eye... They definitely see us as harmful to their cause," she said.

Intimidation and terror will not deter Peace Now.

Peace Now will continue to fight for an Israel living at peace with its neighbors. We will hold rallies, initiate public education campaigns, sponsor Israeli-Palestinian dialogue programs, and report on settlement activity.



Here is the article and the link:
"Israeli Articles/Reports re: Jerusalem Pipe Bomb Attack on Professor Sternhell & Bounty to Kill Members of Peace Now"
www.peacenow.org/about/press.asp?rid=&cid=5394

/25/08



By Shahar Ilan and Roni Singer-Heruti, Haaretz Correspondent, and Haaretz Service



Jerusalem police on Thursday said they found fliers offering more than NIS 1 million to anyone who kills members of Peace Now. The fliers were found at the site of a pipe bomb attack at the home of Professor Ze'ev Sternhell, an Israel Prize laureate and Haaretz columnist.



Investigators searching for evidence outside the home of the professor who was lightly wounded in the attack suspected to have been carried out by far-rightists say a number of such pamphlets were found outside the home and in adjacent streets.



The small pipe bomb exploded on Thursday at around 1:00 A.M. at the entrance to Sternhell's home. The professor was lightly wounded by the blast and taken to Shaarei Tzedek Hospital in Jerusalem for treatment.

In the wake of the attack and the discovery of the fliers, police have beefed up security around the home of Peace Now secretary-general Yariv Oppenheimer.



Police sources told Israel Radio on Thursday that signs increasingly point to extreme right-wing elements who may have been responsible for planting the explosive that wounded Sternhell.



Senior political figures expressed outrage at the news of the attack on Sternhell, which has touched a nerve given the country's sensitive history of politically-oriented violence. In November 1995, Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated in Tel Aviv by a right-wing extremist opposed to his peace policies.



"We are returning to the dark spectacle of pipe bombs that are aimed at people, in this case against a very gifted person who never shies away from expressing his opinion," Defense Minister Ehud Barak said.

"We won't let any elements, from any dark corner of Israeli society, to harass people who let their clear, lucide, unique voices like that of Ze'ev Sternhell be heard," Barak said.



"The attack on Professor Sternhell is a cowardly, terrorist act of those with no sense of justice," the chairman of the Knesset's internal affairs committee, Labor MK Ophir Pines-Paz, said.



"I call on the police and the Shin Bet security service to make every effort to locate the perpetrators quickly and to make sure that they be put under lock and key for many years."



"They better not talk to us about a few bad weeds," Meretz chairman Haim Oron said. "These phenomena spring up on the right-wing [of the political spectrum]."



"This thuggish and dangerous act is the result of the continuing see-no-evil approach toward the vicious violence against soldiers and police officers and anyone else who doesn't agree with the brutish section of the extreme right wing," Oron said.



Sternhell frequently writes for Haaretz and was awarded the Israel Prize in political science in February 2008.



Recently, Sternhell has received threatening phone calls. Police assess that the background for the attempt to harm Professor Sternhell is politically motivated. They suspect that right-wing activists carried out the attack in response to his remarks decrying Israeli settlers.



Five months ago, the High Court of Justice deferred a petition by the Legal Forum for the State of Israel against the decision to award the Israel Prize in political science to Sternhell.



The petition condemned Education Minister Yuli Tamir and the judicial committee who awarded Sternhell the prize. Sternhell, the petition claimed, was not deserving of the prize because of his remarks in the media, specifically an article he wrote in Haaretz which justified an attack by Palestinians on settlers.

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Comment by Smith on November 20, 2008 at 6:53am
i agree with Stephanie Chase about Peace Now Activist injured by a settler + and receives death threat at his door! interesting i found related stuff US Company gets legal hit check this. Thanks

Regards
Milan baros
Comment by windsfeather on September 29, 2008 at 10:19pm
http://www.un.org/terrorism/
Read this site for more information on the committed 192 member states.

"The passing of the resolution on the United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy with its annexed Plan of Action by 192 Member States represents a common testament that we, the United Nations, will face terrorism head on and that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, committed by whomever, wherever and for whatever purposes, must be condemned and shall not be tolerated.”

Sheikha Haya Rashed Al Khalifa, President of the 61st session of the General Assembly Launching the UN Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy on 19 September 2006

It is worth your time to read what they are doing in this region.

What ever we decide to do with our time lets try to step towards helping those in peaceful measures.

Thank you stephanie for bringing a great blog to light.
Comment by Stephanie Chase on September 29, 2008 at 3:39am
Hi everyone!
Thank you for your thoughtful and insightful comments!!!
From what I have learned about the situation, I feel that it is the religious extremists that are hindering both the Israelies and Palestinians from achieving peace.
I hope that Olemert will consider the religious Jewish group a terrorist, since it is unacceptable for Israelies to commit crimes against other Israelies, Palestinians or civilians
Comment by Stephanie Chase on September 29, 2008 at 3:13am
Hi Windsfeather!
Thanks for your comment! :)
I did not know that there is not an official term for what terrorism is, esp. since the international community has not made an official definition of what terrorism means! I think that they should, in order to ease the ambiguity of what terrorism means.
Blessings,
Stephanie :)
Comment by Aviva Weisgal on September 28, 2008 at 12:35pm
Olmart came out this morning saying that apparently there is a new Jewish Terrorist Cell. This is now out 'cause he doesn't have to worry about his seat anymore. But the truth of the matter is that the Jewish Terrorist Cells that exist have been around for EVER... and if they are not caught, reported, or tried, they can get away with murder (literally).
IMHO the Hamas, who terrorize their own people as well as us, are terrorists. They did, however, get the "blessing" of the Israeli government to run in the elections, and the same Israeli government were a) aware of the Palestinian popular dissatisfaction with the PLO, and b) probably hoping that the "Palestinians would (again) not lose an opportunity to lose an opportunity." (Abba Even) As if it wasn't our lost opportunity as well.
Comment by Paul RETI on September 28, 2008 at 9:47am
My dear John W.,

St. Uri is a Jew. You are not!

I could ethically and validly and technically and theoretically correctly and provocatively and possibly acceptably compare any of my ownbehaviors here to a rapist or child molester.

How would any person here respond were I to do that another person here?

St, Uri is a Jew. St. Joan W. is not. I am really very sorry that you just do not understand the human implications of those (what are to me) self-evident and fundamental facts.
Comment by Paul RETI on September 28, 2008 at 9:04am
Dear Ada and all at MEpeace,

The very offensive and misleading and inciteful quotations about Nazi propaganda from peacemaker John W. are no longer on this blog.

However, peacemaker John W. has now sincerely started a very earnest discussion with the same quotes, called How To Start Wars With 'The Big Lie' on September 26, 2008 at 4:29am in Israel and Palestine. That discussion is at
http://www.mepeace.org/forum/topic/show?id=661876%3ATopic%3A122048

Yep. Such offensive faction (implicit big lies masquerading as innocent and true but misleading facts) are not the stuff that is Peacemaking. For now I will continue to assume that John W. is just very, very naive.

==PmR
Comment by windsfeather on September 28, 2008 at 8:38am
Finding the individual who made the pipe bomb and tracking him to one local place is easy. Prosecuting is also easy. The problem doesn't really exist with this one individual. It is a coalition of a group of people behind this individual. The act is designed in the same format of simple gang warfare and the twist is much like the drug gang warefare that varied towns deal with in the USA.
It is much like a web. They need this individual so they lock him up, they let him go and they watch him then they pick him back up and then they let him go. They get him on other crimes and find the web once the web unit is identified they use the individual to find the larger group. The key is to track the larger group. Where the problem exists is where the key player resides. Which makes it easy to target the group. Although this individual does not have ties into the web groups (openly), he is directly related to the blood money. He is most likely tied into the legal system allowing access to information. That is why breaking this mans social position by creating the same within the neighborhoods of people who are at risk. We call them amber alerts in america. This system can easily be tracked to neighborhoods per crime ratio to the neighborhood watches that collect data to the police department. One fax to the local TV station or Radio station on alert will give community awareness on how to deal with these high crime nets.
You have to render the net crime group useless before you see the crime detered.
Comment by Ada Aharoni on September 28, 2008 at 7:53am
The attack on peace loving and peace activist Professor Sternhell is atrocious and most dangerous. The perpetrators should be brought to court and put in prison as soon as possible,
to pay for their cowardly and evil deed, and to deter others from their treacherous camp.

I too think that the quotations from Nazi propaganda are out of place, and should not appear here
on a peacemaking site.

Ada Aharoni
Comment by windsfeather on September 28, 2008 at 1:14am
Elaine,
Thank you for bringing to light this horrid attack and the knowledge of the religious leaders denouncing the attack.

I had a feeling they would find the pipe bomb attacker close. It would be nice to see the neighborhoods start the watches and a central place for reporting when attacks happen.

In our neighborhood a few years ago. Someone through a rock through a Jewish families living room window. This was a hate crime and the community band together and placed a picture of the jewish candles inside their living room window to support the family and to let all others know they would take measures if it continued. They found the grade school boy who through the rock but the support from the local neighborhood was key to stopping further hate crime.

The barbaric acts must come to a close and with the help of locals and neighbors willing to set up neighborhood watches there is a chance the next guy sitting in a nearby house will get ousted by the people wanting protection. Sometimes we sit by and wait for something to happen when all we really need to do is have an afternoon dinner with our neighbors and everyone list their name on a sheet of paper. Have a local police officier give a talk on what to look for and what they need to stop these people. The neighbors each get a list of names and numbers and when the call is given to the head man the first five are called. the alert is put out within the neighborhood and the calls are brought to the head neighborhood president. and in turn they are reported to the police. Provided someone on the police department is not shady. Other wise you list the information to the local department and then you find two other chiefs in other divisions and make sure they follow up on it. this prevents the shady police from allowing the crime to be committed. He doesn't want to be caught either.

If anyone instills this action within your neighbor hood or wants further information on how to create this email me. I would love to hear from you.
Sincerely,
Karie USA

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