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Left of the Left
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Jerusalem Post - Jerusalem
Date: Sep 27, 2002
Start Page: 04.B
Section: Features
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[Oren Medicks], a 48-year-old video editor from Ra'anana, is a central activist in Gush Shalom, a small radical Israeli peace movement. Over the past few months, Gush Shalom has sent threatening letters to at least 15 IDF officers who have served in the territories, claiming that the officers are guilty of offenses tantamount to war crimes.

At a time when many moderate leftists are still reeling from the shocks and seemingly endless series of terrorist after shocks that have traumatized the Israeli public, the radical left seems even more confident than ever in the truth of their messages. Regularly, Gush Shalom and other radical activists join with Palestinian and other Jewish activists to rebuild houses demolished by the government, demonstrate against new settlements, bring food and supplies to Palestinian towns under closure, and protest checkpoints, closures, and curfews in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

2 photos; Groups like Gush Shalom lean over backwards to criticize Israel and the Jews. They are so filled with self-hatred that they have forgotten that there are two sides to this struggle - MK [Colette Avital]. Gush Shalom members demonstrate in Jerusalem. Founder [Uri Avnery] operates the group on a $200,000 budget using funds donated mostly by US supporters

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