Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Anti-disengagement rally

Last night I went to a very stirring anti-Disengagement Rally. I'm not going to write from my notes, because it will take too long. I prefer just jotting the memories that are strongest.

First of all, even though at first the turn-out seemed weak, there was a nice, big crowd of all ages and "dress styles." Those familiar with Israeli society will understand. The dominant colors were orange and green. But even Women in Green founder Ruth Matar was decked out in bright orange, though Nadia, who spoke towards the end, had on her green cap and was #2 in the cheering.

Number one recipient of cheers was MK Dr. Arye Eldad, who merited a standing ovation.

Other stars of the evening were Naomi Ofan and four little kids. Her husband is the first patriot arrested, administrative detention, for his dedication to Our Land. http://www.israelnn.com/news.php3?id=81640 She made it clear that they see it an honor, and one of the major messages of the rally was that arrests won't break us. Massive arrests is one of the things that will choke the system.

Certificates of honor were given to those already arrested and released. This was an "honor roll" very unlike any I'd ever seen before. Old friends of ours, proud and loyal Betarim, came well-equipped with a camera to photograph their young son being awarded.

Another recipient of cheers was "Idan" the army officer and Personal Combat champion, who refused to train soldiers to attack civilians. http://www.israelnn.com/news.php3?id=81346 The army had been trying to brainwash him that he was alone, and the Disengagement was popular and a fait complet (however it's spelled? I studied Spanish.) He was on the phone and listened to the cheers of support.

Overall, the organization and methods were superb. Kol hakavod to all those involved.

and most important, the youth

The future is not afraid of the challenge!


Cosmic X said...

Where was the rally? I missed it!

YMedad said...

actually, MK Aryeh Eldad is a Proessor of Medicine and Chief Army Medical Officer with a rank of Lt. General.

YMedad said...

oops, former Chief Army Medical Officer

Batya said...

Actually he's one of the world's top plastic surgeons, specializing in burn victims and skin grafts.