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April 5, 2017

Rabbis for Human Rights Ensures Palestinian Farmers Safety

By David William Pear

Palestinian farmers are often fearful of entering their lands, frightened by the threat of violence at the hands of extremist settlers. In many instances, the farmers are required to coordinate work days with the Israeli army in order to access the land. While the army is mandated by Israeli law to ensure the farmers can safely complete their work, it is not unusual for the soldiers to simply attempt to ban the farmers from the land rather than ...

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Palestinian farmers are often fearful of entering their lands, frightened by the threat of violence at the hands of extremist settlers. In many instances, the farmers are required to coordinate work days with the Israeli army in order to access the land. While the army is mandated by Israeli law to ensure the farmers can safely complete their work, it is not unusual for the soldiers to simply attempt to ban the farmers from the land rather than respond appropriately to the intimidation or violence. Sometimes the soldiers stand by and do nothing during assaults by extremists, or worse – they’ll encourage or participate in the attacks themselves.



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David is a Senior Editor for OpEdNews, and a Senior Contributing Editor for The Greanville Post.

David is a progressive columnist writing on foreign affairs, economic, and political and social issues. His articles have been published by OpEdNews, The Greanville Post, The Real News Network, Truth Out, Consortium News, Global Research, The American Herald Tribune, and many other publications.

He is active in social issues relating to peace, race relations and religious freedom, homelessness and equal justice. David is a member of Veterans for Peace, Saint Pete for Peace, CodePink, and International Solidarity Movement.

In 2019 David spent 2 months in Russia on one of his frequent people-to-people peace missions. In 2017 David spent 3 weeks in South Korea researching the Korean War of 1950 to 1953. In 2016 David spent 10 weeks in Palestine with the Palestinian lead non-violent resistance group International Solidarity Movement, and returned again in 2018. In February of 2015 he was part of a people-to-people delegation to Cuba with CodePink. In November of 2015 he was a delegate with CodePink to Palestine to show solidarity with Palestinians.

David has a Bachelor of Science degree in economics from the University of Maryland and attended classes at George Washington University for a certification as a financial planner (CFP). He is a graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania program as a Certified Investment Management Analyst (CIMA).

David is a Special Forces combat veteran of the illegal U.S. war of aggression against the people of Vietnam. In 1999 he returned to Vietnam for 3 weeks on a mission of reconciliation and peace.

In 2009 David retired from Morgan Stanley after 35 years as a Senior Vice President, CIMA and CFP.

David resides in the Tampa Bay Area of Florida. His hobbies include boating, RV'ing and motorcycle touring. He is also a licensed skydiver (USPA-inactive), with over 300 free-fall parachute jumps.

[His articles are licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial 4.0 International License.]


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