The Israeli community of Efrat in Judea. (Miriam Alster/Flash90) (Miriam Alster/Flash90)
Efrat

Americans for Peace Now seems to be using the Passover season for propaganda purposes, calling Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria “modern-day plagues.”

Relating to the Passover message of redemption from slavery, based on the emancipation of the Jewish People from bondage and the birth of the Hebrew nation, the extreme-left Americans for Peace Now (APN) states on Facebook that it is a “story of redemption not only for Jews, but for many people who yearn for justice and freedom,” adding that “there are still injustices to be overturned.”

“A full glass of wine symbolizes complete joy, and during the Seder, we spill wine from our cup to remember the suffering of others that accompanied our redemption. Traditionally, we then recite the ten plagues,” Galia Golan, an APN activist, explains. “This year, we list ten modern plagues [starting with ‘settlement’ expansion] – those that we have yet to overcome.”

Peace Now’s “wish for this year at Passover” is that “we will overcome Israel’s Modern Day Plagues,” the post says. First on the list are the Israeli communities in Judea and Samaria.

Golan blames Israeli policy – namely, the building of homes for Israelis residing in the biblical heartland of the Jewish people – for the suffering of the Palestinian Arabs, who live under a dictatorship that honors terrorists and incites hatred of Jews.

The comparison between Israeli communities and the ancient Egyptians who subjugated the Jewish people elicited harsh response from residents of Judea and Samaria.

David Ha’ivri, adviser for International Affairs in Samaria, dismissed APN as “a pathetic bunch of hate-mongers.”

“They post an aerial photo of a hilltop that was barren and uninhabited 10 years ago and now the site of a flourishing community. That they call a plague, and in their mind it is so because the residents are Jewish,” he told Israel’s Arutz 7.

Responding to the comparison, Yishai Hughes, who lives in the city of Efrat in Judea, wrote on Facebook: “Proud to live in a place that Americans for Peace Now considers to be a ‘plague.’ I, too, will spill some extra wine at the Seder, but for a different reason: to express sadness about how some Jews speak of parts of the Land of Israel in such a denigrating manner.”

By: United with Israel Staff