The recent events in Hebron highlight a series of critical challenges to the Jewish people. The understandable outrage of Jewish residents of this Holy Jewish City led to a very few individuals engaging in violent acts. This has now been used as an excuse to further tarnish and marginalize a significant segment of Israeli society. Manipulated foreign film footage was even used as “proof” of some of these acts. The settlers throughout the Land of Israel have been incredibly patient in the face of Arab violence and murder, as well as hatred and harassment by the Israeli Left. The violent uprooting and expulsion of Jews from Gaza, leaving thousands as jobless refugees and establishing a terrorist state, clearly showed the benefit of cooperation. And while the rule of law has been cited in this instance, a hard look at Israel reveals the sad fact that the law is applied erratically and capriciously and as a tool for political agendas.

The Israeli police have long used the excuse of fear of Arab violence in refusing to follow court orders, such as to allow Jews on the Temple Mount or to evict Arab squatters from Jewish-owned homes. Why was this case any different? An individual such as Ehud Olmert extolling the virtues of following the legal system was ridiculous enough, given the long list of pending indictments against him. The actions of Ehud Barack were purely politically motivated to bolster his position in the Labor Party, as the Israeli Supreme Court allowed the option of removal but did not mandate it at that time. The double standard goes further when Israel repeatedly releases Arab murderers from jail but refuses to parole Jews who committed lesser offenses.

The Jews of Hebron legally purchased the home in question and have extensive written and video proof. Instead of carefully investigating this, armed troops were sent to remove unarmed women and children in a repeat of Gaza, Amona, and elsewhere. When a government uses the rule of law to disenfranchise an entire segment of its society, that group can no longer be considered even bound by the law. The few minor acts of violence in Hebron foreshadow the increase of legitimate resistance on the part of Jews whose only desire is to live wherever they want in the Land of Israel.