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Friday, June 29, 2012

Migron #2 and Beit El's Ulpana Neighborhood Destruction

I'm glad that some of the Beit El Ulpana neighborhood residents whose homes are being dismantled destroyed decided to fight rather than be led like sheep...  Actually, I think that it's much better for their children to see how much they care. 

The psychology used against the family is awful.  Not everything is translated.

"Obeying orders" is one of those phrases that makes my blood run cold.  That was the excuse that many Germans and other Europeans gave for cooperating with the Nazis. 

One of the reasons that so many Jews of my generation were in the forefront of the idealistic aspect of the 1960's was to counter that ideology which worships the "rule of law."  Just because a government decides on a law, does not make that law moral or just.

As far as I'm concerned there are moral problems in Israel when it comes to enforcing and judging the laws.  There is an underlying doubt in the minds of too many Israelis concerning our rights to the Land of Israel.  They see the Arabs as owners.  There were Arabs here at the beginning of the Zionist return, but those Arabs aren't historically, culturally or religiously connected to the goyish nations in the Bible.  The more modern Arabs never ever had a sovereign independent country or countries here.  The only people to ever have a country here were Jews, and the Land has been waiting for our return.

When we show doubt and when we passively cooperate with the authorities when they demand the destruction of Jewish homes, we endanger ourselves and delay our Redemption.

The Israeli Government is promising a Humpty Dumpty happy ending.  They claim that they can put Humpty Dumpty back together again after breaking up people's homes into over a hundred pieces.

The residents of Migron and those of us who travel southern Binyamin Regional Council have been watching a "new Migron" being assembled (not built, these are old cardboard prefabricated houses/caravans aka carravillas.)

It was in yesterday's news that the Migron land has been bought by a Jew in the hopes that the court will cancel its order to destroy the original community.  Think about it.  If the courts really recognize the Arabs as owners, then the Arabs have the right to sell the land, which then would make the land Jewish owned.  Let's see what happens.  Because if the court won't recognize the sale then they "out themselves" as anti-Jewish.  And then the "new Migron" can be a completely new Jewish community...


NormanF said...

They claim they will build them new homes. Words are cheap - whether the new homes will be actually be built remains to be seen.

That said, the government is not always right and in this case neither was the Israel Supreme Court. The Jewish inhabitants were never given the chance to have their land claims heard in a lower court and now they have been done irreparable harm.

That is not something a court can correct in the future, even if it rules in their favor. The damage has already been done because both the Court and the government trampled over all the norms of fairness and justice in Israel.

There is no excuse for what has happened.

Batya said...

Norman, please don't forget how the community leaders are following government orders.
Shabbat Shalom

Hadassa said...

One family from Migron refused to sign the agreement. One family from the Ulpana neighborhood in Beit El refused to leave their house willingly. They were the ones who both had a spine and understood how detrimental to the communities in Yehuda and Shomron the agreements to leave willingly are. They left quietly in order to avoid a civil war, so they said. Do they realize that by stating that they imply that anyone who fights for his or her house - like a normal human being - is in favor of a civil war? Daniella Weiss said it best when she described how these agreements produce good short term gains but in the long term highly damaging. I can't remember how she phrased it, but that was the gist.

Batya said...

Hadassa, what the gov't did wouldn't work in yishuvim like Kiddumim or Elon Moreh so easily. Ulpana neighborhood has a lot of Rav Melamed chassidim and Migron was started by 2nd generation Moetzet YESHA.

Hadassa said...

Just one of the reasons we chose Elon Moreh. I really wanted a hilltop in Yitzhar, but for the kids we settled on Elon Moreh.

Batya said...

B'ezrat Hashem, good choice
though why not Shiloh?

Hadassa said...

Over half of Elon Moreh including the yeshiva and the Rav Levanon came to us before the Expulsion and the kids had friends there already.
Also we had looked at Elon Moreh before I let my husband, then fiance, convince me to live in the part of the blazing hot western Negev known as Gush Katif. One of my husband's friends in Elon Moreh never stopped trying to convince us to come, even after we'd bought a house in K'far Darom. Now we're just opposite him, one row down. There's also the added value of strengthening one of the communities the farthest away from an employment center. The farther away from Jerusalem or Tel Aviv a community is, the harder it is for it to grow.
I'd imagine that one of the attractions of Shiloh, along with its proximity to Tel Shiloh, is its proximity to Jerusalem.

Batya said...

Hadassa, yes, they are good reasons for your choice. And yes, Shiloh is the center of the country a very convient place to live besides the spiritual biblical etc