this is the NRK’s (Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation) view of the conflict. And this is what is being served the Norwegian public, without any precision of any of the other factors that play a significant part in this terrible drama.
No mention of the fact that Hebron has been the home to Jews for thousands of years and that the Jordanians captured this area after 1948 and destroyed the Jewish quarter (and with that also the Jewish character) of the city. Unbelievably the Israeli Supreme Court has ruled that Jewish descendants cannot have their rightful properties back, yet Palestinians can claim what they claim was theirs before 1967, back.
Also, the illustration in the NRK article, leaves a distinct impression that Jews are taught to kill and hate, whereas it probably is the other way around, like for instance the horrific lynching of two soldiers in Ramallah in October 2000:
The NRK journalist isn’t even trying to be factual, but just plainly biased and awash with TV license money to serve such a concoction of halt-truths and omissions.
bad google translate of article lifted from the NRK.no
In Hebron hatred is inherited
The Oslo Accords divided the city of Hebron in two. In a small , walled area of the old town lives a small group of Israeli settlers surrounded by over 120 000 Palestinians .
Journalist Even Kjøll Berg
– Do you see the house over there? , the Jewish boy asks , pointing to one of the low limestone houses set close together outside the barbed wire barrier a few feet away.
– It is full of Arab terrorists.
The little boy pointing is only 7-8 years old. Along with his older brother he is looking at clusters of houses in the center of Hebron .
– I hate the smell here . They stink , he continues until they both turned and continued on his way back to the small Jewish settlement perched like a fortress in the Palestinian metropolis.
The scene is taken from the award-winning Dutch documentary film ” The soldiers on the roof ,” which is broadcast on Saturday 14 NRK2 September . The film gives a glimpse of the everyday lives of a group of Jewish settlers who live in the city of Hebron in the Palestinian -controlled West Bank.
Surrounded by “enemies”
Hebron is the largest city in the West Bank . Known as the burial place of Abraham , Isaac, Jacob and Sara from the Quran and the Old Testament , and is thus one of the most important shrines of both Judaism and Islam.
The city name is derived from both the Hebrew and Arabic word for “friend” , but it is not friendship that reigns in the streets of Hebron .
The city is today best known as the venue for many of the bloodiest clashes between Palestinians and Jews .
DIvided by the Oslo Accords
After the Oslo Accords in 1993 and the continuing peace process between Israel and the Palestinian Authority , the city was divided into two. In one part the Israeli flag flies , in the other; the Palestinian .
When Hebron was divided , over 35 000 Palestinians were incorporated in the Jewish part of the city .
It is an arrangement neither party is particularly pleased .
– We will fill the Hebron Jews , says the young headscarf -clad woman and looking hard into the camera to film the team that makes the documentary .
She is one of the around 800 Israeli settlers who have chosen to settle in the oldest part of Hebron . Here is the heart of ” enemy territory “, surrounded by more than 120 000 Palestinians . They live protected behind barbed wire and high walls . On the flat roofs are green -clad Israeli soldiers and scouts against the Palestinian zone.
The stated goal of the Jewish settlers is that the city will become part of “The Holy State of Israel .”
– Deserves to Die
Most of the settlers are strictly Orthodox Jews. They have a strong religious relationship with the lands in and around Hebron . Here ancestors lived and died since before the time of King David , as one of them says . It is an assertion which certainly also appropriate for many of the Palestinians in Hebron . After the peace agreement, it is they who are the rightful owners of most of the city.
– After all we have experienced throughout history , we Jews are a sensitive people , says one of the Jewish settlers with a long beard and the traditional headdress chipped .
– They will kill us, but even if they deserve to die , we hope we can rid ourselves of the Arabs without killing them , he continued.
It is a plan that seems to be working since the Palestinian residents in the Israeli -controlled section are becoming fewer .
As the Palestinians have moved out or been displaced from their homes, the Jewish families settled in the old houses theirs. There are still a few Palestinian families who cling to the “Jewish” streets , but parts of the city is about to be deserted.
It has again made it easier for settlers to acquire new houses .
The first Jewish settlers came to Hebron in 1968 , the year after the Israeli occupation of the West Bank. The whole area was supposed to be returned to Jordan, the West Bank at the time was a part of, but while pretending to be tourists who managed a group of Orthodox and religious Israelis into and occupied a number of houses in the city center .
First, only a few, but the power should increase as the enemy increased between the Jews and the original residents.
In 1980, one of the Jewish residents were killed in an attempt to expel the Israeli families . The effect would be the opposite , and since the murder have flocked to the small group of ultra-orthodox settlers .
Make life a misery
Today over 800 Israeli men , women and children live in the tiny enclave . To prevent collisions introduced strict military control of who is allowed to move in the city. A battalion of the IDF , over 1,000 soldiers , is set to guard the hated small community against stone throwing , shooting and bombs from those living outside the ” fortress “.
The Israeli human rights organization B ` Tselem concludes that all checkpoints , curfews and violent episodes Jewish settlements has provoked has made life a misery for thousands of Palestinians .
Under these conditions hatred has good growing conditions .
Within the high concrete barriers play one of the Jewish boys by throwing pebbles at one of the many abandoned Palestinian homes .
– That’s how I play with the Arabs , he says , referring to one of the nailed the windows.
– To chase them away .
From the other side often rocks back . Other things also . The settlement has regularly been hit by both shots and firebombs . On both sides of the protection wall , many people have been killed .
Kids in Hebron soon learn who the enemy is .