For the first time ever, the annual Independence Day Israeli Airforce flyover
on Thursday will include Hebron and the adjacent settlement of Kiryat Arba, in
addition to other West Bank settlements.
The Israeli military insists that the unprecedented Hebron flyover has no
political significance or intention. But Americans for Peace Now has the clear
vision to see exactly what this flyover means - an audacious salute to the
settlement enterprise, already being celebrated by the settler leaders in
From 5,000 feet, the pilots of the IAF’s aerobatics squadron will be hard
pressed to see the brutal reality in downtown Hebron, where several hundred Jewish
settlers have displaced thousands of Palestinian residents and merchants. From that
vantage point, people will appear as tiny ant-like dots – both the Israeli settlers
who enjoy full civil rights, and the Palestinian residents whose basic liberties
have been denied for the past 55 years under a repressive Israeli military
From the air, flying over Kiryat Arba, the pilots will not see the burial
site of Baruch Goldstein, the American-born Israeli terrorist, who in 1994 murdered
29 Muslim worshipers at the Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron and wounded 125 others.
Goldstein is buried at Kiryat Arba’s Meir Kahane memorial public park. His tomb has
become a pilgrimage site for the area’s Jewish ultra-nationalists. The tombstone
depicts this mass murderer as a “martyr,” who had “clean hands, and a pure
From the air, the pilots won’t see their friends, fellow IDF soldiers,
clashing with Palestinian teens carrying flags and rocks to demand their dignity,
freedom and national independence, denied since 1967.
Israel’s national independence is worthy of celebration. We at APN celebrate
our Jewish homeland and its many accomplishments and revel in it on Israel’s
Independence Day – and year-round. We are committed to Israel’s security and
wellbeing. We yearn for it to thrive as a democracy that is true to its founding
values of justice and peace.
This is precisely why we so strongly oppose the occupation. We oppose
Israel’s occupation of another people. We oppose the creeping normalizing of the
occupation within Israeli society. We oppose seeing this intolerable anomaly being
tolerated and normalized to the extent that it has numbed the hearts and minds of
so many Israelis and their friends abroad.
We clearly see the facts on the ground. And we know that for Israel to be
truly free and independent, it must liberate the Palestinians of its military rule,
and liberate itself of the occupation. We see clearly that ruling over another
people not only denies the Palestinians their liberty and independence but also
denies Israel its character as a democracy, as a peace-seeking ethical and just
society that can be accepted as a respectable member of the family of
Your support of APN keeps our eyes focused on what is happening on the
ground. Please make a gift today to help us continue to document and expose the
ugly reality of the occupation, and help fellow Americans understand what we can do
to help fix it.
We have never been distracted by flashy aerobatics or by propaganda
acrobatics. We observe and document the occupation. And while we celebrate
what Israel is and what it means to us, we also work to fix what is broken, reverse
what is unjust and create an Israel of which we can be proud every day.
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