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February 17, 1989 - Image 39

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The Detroit Jewish News, 1989-02-17

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residents, people have made
changes in their lies.
The Cohens have installed
plastic shields on their van to
protect their windoWs from
stones. Mothers think twice
before driving through
Kalkilya with their children.
And family members keep
close tabs on each other's
whereabouts. "If we're late a
half hour, mom's out of her
mind," one 12-year-old says.
Possibly most distressing
for Karnei Shomron's resi-
dents is the fact that their
friends and family from the
city are reluctant to visit.
"My own sister doesn't
come," Grossman says. "She
says, 'I'm not going to drive
through Kalkilya with four
children! "
"My friends haven't come in
a year and a half," says
Miriam Shapiro.
Buki disagrees with how
her friends are explaining the
situation. "I go everywhere I_
want to. I take the kids. I
don't want to start to think
that way," she ways.
"The real way to fight the
intifada is to try to live as nor-
mally as possible," Shapiro
concedes. "But it doesn't work
all the time. And it takes
more energy than before!'
The intifada has thrown up
a roadblock to the settlers'
ideology. They have long
argued that Jews and Arabs
could coexist in the Land of
Israel under Israeli control.
"Most people thought that
a solution to the problem was
in accepting that this is a
Jewish country, and Arabs
and Jews live here, but we
will be able to live together,"
Shuki says. "The intifada has
created a problem to this way
o- of thinking. You cannot simp-
ly say that this is the solu-
tion?'
Shuki says the settlers
spend much time probing this
ideological problem, but that
no one has yet come up with
a solution.
"There's a lot of things we
had to start thinking about,"
Grossman says. "We used to
shop in Kalkilya. People were
friendly. You could buy on
credit. Suddenly the intifada
happens and you ask yourself,
`Were these people really not
friendly before? Was it all a
fake?' "
"The whole experience has
been very difficult. Because
you get hit over the head:
These people don't want us,"
syas Miriam Halpern, a
former Detroiter who came to
Karnei Shomron with her
husband, Shimshon, three-
and-a-half years ago.
Says Grossman: "Soon after
the intifada began my car
broke down. We got it to a

garage in Kalkilya. The
mechanic began to work on it
and then he got a phone call.
He told me, 'I can't fix your
car anymore. If I do I could be
killed! "
Grossman believes that if
the Palestinians didn't hate
Israelis before the uprising,
after more than a year of
curfews, "after being cooped
up in a hot house with eight
kids for 16 days, they prob-
ably all hate us now!'
A road bypassing Kalkilya
recently was completed. The
trip to Karnei Shomron takes
longer — 45 minutes instead
of 20, according to Buki — but
the Israelis welcome the
alternative route.
Miriam Halpern acknow-
ledges that, by driving on a
separate road, the settlers are
only circumventing the prob-
lem of coexistence and are
raising another barrier be-
tween them and the Pales-
tinians.
But these are philosophical
arguments. On the practical
level, she says the new road is
good for the Arabs too. "The
Arabs are here and we are
here. If we use the new road,
the Arabs will have their own
lives and there will be less
friction!'
If the residents of Karnei
Shomron feel hated by the
Palestinians and snubbed and
misunderstood by Israelis in
other parts of the country,
they are also at growing odds
with the army. At best, they
say, the army is not adequate-
ly protecting them. At worst,
they feel the army is trying to
circumscribe the settlers' ac-
tivities while allowing the
Palestinians freedom of
action.
They argue that it was the
government that encouraged
them to build the settlement:
Karnei Shomron was estab-
lished 10 years ago at the
height of then-Prime
Minister Menachem Begin's
settlement drive. "If we were
allowed to be here, we have
the right to be protected,"
says Halpern. "We're just ask-
ing to drive home safely,
that's all?'
The recent murders in the
area of Jewish residents
Ya'akov Parag in December
and Shmuel Edri in early
January have made the set-
tlers more nervous.
On January 12, settlers
played a somber kind of hide-
and-seek with soldiers in an
attempt to gather for a
memorial service for Edri.
The day before, soldiers had
attempted to dismantle a
stone monument erected by
settlers for Edri. Defense
Minister Yitzhak Rabin had
declared it an illegal monu-
ment.

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