On university campuses in Jerusalem, those Jews who most identify with the Zionist mission of resettling the land in line with biblical precepts are being compared to history's most vile enemies of the Jewish people.
Members of the right-wing student group Im Tirzu (If You Wish It) told Israel National News that left-wing, liberal student groups have begun to openly harass them.
The left-wingers use Nazi symbols and calls of "fascists" to identify their right-wing counterparts.
The deputy chairman of Im Tirzu, Amit Barak, said that at a recent lecture by the group's founder, left-wing students insisted that he end the speech with "Heil Hitler." At around the same time, a left-wing student newspaper featured a caricature likening Im Tirzu to the Ku Klux Klan.
While the Jews who today live in Judea and Samaria, and are represented by groups like Im Tirzu, were sent by past Israeli governments with the backing of the whole nation, in the midst of today's land-for-peace process they have been turned into national pariahs.
Such Jews are regularly maligned in Israeli media as extremists, traitors and obstacles to peace. Their treatment by left-wing Israelis has been happily picked up by international voices that would also like to paint the "settlers" as the sole reason there is no peace in the Middle East.
Ironically, those same international voices and the Islamic goals they unwittingly aid also view the left-wing Israelis' bastions of Tel Aviv, Ramat Gan and the like as settlements occupying Arab lands.
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