Rabbi Ascherman describes the settlers at Mitzpeh Yitzar as ”fanatical and violent”. [He] found it disturbing that the children of the original wave of settlers were more violent and hard-line than their parent’s generation.

”It’s very sad, the fist wave of settlers have brought their children up to hate. They have nothing but contempt for Palestinians and for Jews like me.”

Courtney Kealy of ABC News writes of a clash between fundamentalist settlers and Rabbis for Human Rights (RHR) over the Palestinian olive harvest in which the rabbis claim they were violently attacked by settlers. The San Francisco Chronicle also covers the destruction of entire groves. The violent physical clash between RHR and the settlers has been written about recently at Al Jazeera.

RHR describes itself as “the only organization in Israel today concerned specifically with giving voice to the Jewish tradition of human rights.”