31 October 2006

Yesha Strikes Back

Arutz Sheva has published an extensive article on the new grass-roots movement dedicated to saving Yesha and restoring the communities of Gush Katif stolen in 2005. Called Meginei Eretz (Defenders of the Land), their slogan is: Nashuv l'chol Yishuv (We will return to every [destroyed] community."

Leaders and citizens from all over Yesha and the former Gush Katif communities gathered- 100 strong- for the first meeting of the new group on Monday evening. The Meginei Eretz plan is to recruit residents from all over Yesha, have them form task forces in each of their communities, and "organize those who believe that in this war it is permissible to block roads, to resist, to tell soldiers to refuse, and to employ civil disobedience."

How do they plan on recruiting members? “We must each go back to our communities and widen the circle of activists, simply by starting discussion groups – people are worried about the future, they want to talk about the current situation. From there, the circle will widen, and people committed to self-sacrifice on behalf of the movement will come forward... Don't look to the coastal plane and Tel Aviv for salvation – believe in yourselves. We must instill our communities with ideology.”

MK Aryeh Eldad (National Union-NRP) was the only Knesset Member to attend the meeting. Eldad also took the opportunity to reiterate his public stance on refusal and civil disobedience, daring Attorney General Menachem Mazuz to prosecute him for it. “I am publicly calling for refusal of orders [having to do with destroying Jewish sovereignty in parts of Judea and Samaria] and for massive civil disobedience to such orders on behalf of the populace,” Eldad said. “Now I have said the same thing that people like Bayit Leumi [National Home] activists Shai Malka and Ariel Vangrover are being tried for – let the Attorney General put me on trial.”

So, will this organization finally gain enough steam to save Israel from her government? On behalf of my people, the most and best thing I can say is, Baruch haba B'Shem Adonai.

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