Two weeks ago, there was a discussion about the morality of collective punishment in the context of the latest wave of terror attacks in Israel.
The town of Beit Tzurif, located next to Cfar Etzion, just south of Bethlehem, on the road to Tel Aviv, has given full and complete support to the murders of Israeli citizens that have been performed by at least 18 of its residents.
Every journalist who has visited the town is amazed by the sight – children, old people, women, men, you name it – support the killings.
And this is a well-to-do village, not a refugee camp, posesses lands under its ownership and productive fields of fruit trees, while a high percentage of the town works in academia, services and government.
Indeed, the man arrested for masterminding the murders of 11 Israelis and wounding 49 Palestinians is none other than the director of the main hospital in Hebron and a resident of Beit Tzurif.
This town is the same village that “took credit” for massacring the 35 Haganah reinforcements to Cfar Etzion in January 1948 and massacring Cfar Etzion AFTER their surrender in May 1948. This is also the home village of Faisel Husseini.
In 1967, Israel Minister of education Yigal Allon, who commanded the Palmach in 1948, suggested hat the IDF raze the village of Beit Tzurif, an idea that Israel Minister of Defence Moshe Dayan rejected.
As things stand now, Beit Tzurif is about to join the Palestine Authority, with the IDF transforming it into another “legally” armed camp of the Palestine Liberation Army, in striking distance of Tel Aviv.
Most people in Israel do not know where Beit Tzurif is – the Israeli media reports that it is in the “Hebron district”, which means “somewhere over the rainbow” to most people.
It is no comfort to note that most residents of the Jewish communities of the Etzion region have no idea where Beit Tzurif is located.
How should Israel cope with a village that is committed to killing Jews?
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