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Saturday, August 25, 2012

Disturbing News

I had been planning on blogging about something else tonight, but the headlines on Arutz 7 have me very upset:

Defense Ministry Seeks 'Volunteers' to Help with Evictions

As the eviction of Migron comes closer, an e-mail sent to department heads at the Defense Ministry reveals planned massive evictions.
By asking for "volunteers," the entire facade of "professionalism" and objectivity are deleted from the government's plans.  Isn't it obvious that anyone who volunteers is doing it because he or she has some agenda?

Considering that  Israeli judges are known to judge according to their opinions, feelings and concepts of "morality," instead of straight and simple laws and legal precedence, this shouldn't surprise me at all.  I can't control being upset, terribly disturbed.

I'm also upset by the fact that the residents of Migron have been so trusting in their agreements with the government. 

The fact that the government suddenly had no problems finding the money to make a new temporary Migron, which it has assembled in record time.  Yes, assembled is the most accurate word, not built.  The buildings are prefabricated "kits," and one assembles kits like the "model airplanes" of my youth.

Today at my weekly Shiur Nashim, Women's Torah Class,  we discussed the Parshat shavua, Torah Portion of the Week,  שֹׁפְטִים Shoftim, Judges,  Deuteronomy 16,18-21,9.
יח שֹׁפְטִים וְשֹׁטְרִים, תִּתֶּן-לְךָ בְּכָל-שְׁעָרֶיךָ, אֲשֶׁר יְהוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ נֹתֵן לְךָ, לִשְׁבָטֶיךָ; וְשָׁפְטוּ אֶת-הָעָם, מִשְׁפַּט-צֶדֶק. 18 Judges and officers shalt thou make thee in all thy gates, which the LORD thy God giveth thee, tribe by tribe; and they shall judge the people with righteous judgment.
יט לֹא-תַטֶּה מִשְׁפָּט, לֹא תַכִּיר פָּנִים; וְלֹא-תִקַּח שֹׁחַד--כִּי הַשֹּׁחַד יְעַוֵּר עֵינֵי חֲכָמִים, וִיסַלֵּף דִּבְרֵי צַדִּיקִם. 19 Thou shalt not wrest judgment; thou shalt not respect persons; neither shalt thou take a gift; for a gift doth blind the eyes of the wise, and pervert the words of the righteous.
כ צֶדֶק צֶדֶק, תִּרְדֹּף--לְמַעַן תִּחְיֶה וְיָרַשְׁתָּ אֶת-הָאָרֶץ, אֲשֶׁר-יְהוָה אֱלֹהֶיךָ נֹתֵן לָךְ. {ס} 20 Justice, justice shalt thou follow, that thou mayest live, and inherit the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee. {S}
It deals with the very same topic, the morality and reliability of our leaders and judges.  The more I study the Bible the more I see how it's filled with lessons for modern life.  It's not just old stories about donkeys, famines and wars.

Judicial and political decisions by the Israeli Government have been causing in increase in cynicism and a lack of faith in the system.  We also discussed the so-called "lynch" and the girl's story of being raped which had made her friends want to take it out on the Arabs.  Why do so few girls and women report rape?  It's because they don't trust the "system" to punish the rapist.  Most rape victims find themselves suffering even more when they ask the police for help.

There are also too many reports of police violence.  How can one really feel secure?

May G-d bless us and our leaders with true wisdom, and only then will we know justice, security and peace.


goyisherebbe said...

This not only says something about the "professionalism" of the evictions. It also shows the hollowness of refusing orders. Refusing orders and getting in trouble would be worthwhile if it accomplished something. But since they can always find someone else, either getting paid or ideologically in favor, it is clear that this is not the way. The Yesha leaders and rabbis who turned the struggle into a mere protest at Kfar Maimon had no problem with refusing orders because it was mere protest. It takes direct action against, such as massive civil disobedience or mutiny to stop the destroyers. I suspect, however, that there will be something much bigger which will make this discussion a moot point. Probably the coming war with Iran and Egypt.

Hadassa said...

Most of the rabbis and Yesha "leaders" who capitulated in K'far Maimon had never been in favor of refusing illegal orders. (Just for the record, in an interview after the Expulsion Pincas Wallerstein publicly stated that the Yesha Council never intended to lead the 60,000 protesters to Gush Katif.) The rabbis who were and are in favor of refusing orders, but also capitulated in K'far Maimon, did so because during the three days in K'far Maimon they came to the conclusion that if the crowd broke through the barriers and proceeded towards Gush Katif there would be bloodshed, and that that should be avoided.
Concerning refusing illegal orders in general, here's another situation to illustrate a point. Should a store owner open his store on Shabbat because other store owners are opening their stores on Shabbat, and they will continue to do so even if he keeps his store closed? Of course not. Opening a store on Shabbat involves activities that are clearly forbidden according to halacha. The same holds true for obeying orders that are forbidden according to halacha; a prohibition is a prohibition, and does not become permitted no matter how many people violate it. How much effect will the refusal have? The effect depends on how many soldiers refuse orders. The prohibition does not.

Leah said...

My face fell when I read this. I cannot stand that this takes place and I think of Gush Katif.
It is sad and angering enough for the residents of Migron, yet what the "leaders and judges" sic do not understand is their worse than just poor decision's weighty effect in Shomayim and what that will very possibly bring down to Olam Hazeh.
There is the very real possibility of war in Israel from many fronts-not just physical and they don't realize that their decisions can be a catalyst for this and other negative elements........I don't know what else to do in addition to davening to Hashem.

Alan said...

I myself do support the nationalist-repatriation-to-J-&-S concepts; I even contribute financially. But in the soap opera of Israeli politics..... it's odd to hear nationalist-campers crying about the other side using volunteers. They're copying from y'alls, honeybunchkins!

Hadassa's appeal to halacha is disturbing. Just a few minutes ago, I was re-reading the story of all the Hebrew blood shed by the Zealots when they occupied the Temple.

Batya said...

goyish, didn't think of the "refusing orders" in terms of this.
Hadassa, I don't trust anything Pinchas says about it, all spin.
Leah, yes, awful
Alan, no comprendo