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      by Michael Freund
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      Michael Freund is Founder and Chairman of Shavei Israel (www.shavei.org), which reaches out and assists "lost Jews" seeking to return to the Jewish people. He writes a syndicated column and feature stories for the Jerusalem Post. Previously, he served as Deputy Director of Communications & Policy Planning in the Israeli Prime Minister´s Office under former premier Benjamin Netanyahu. A native of New York, he holds an MBA in Finance from Columbia University and a BA from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University. He has lived in Israel for the past decade.
      Tishrei 3, 5766, 10/6/2005

      What have you done for the Land of Israel today?


      Israel set a new record this week – though it is hardly one to be proud of.

      For the first time in recent memory, the Supreme Court of a liberal Western democracy has given its imprimatur to the mass expulsion of thousands of citizens from their homes by their own government.

      By a vote of 10 to 1, Israel’s chief justices ruled against a series of petitions that had been filed against Prime Minister Ariel Sharon’s proposed retreat from Gaza and northern Samaria. Though the Court did amend certain sections of the Compensation- Evacuation Law passed by the Knesset, it refused to declare the eviction itself to be illegal.

      This is a sad day for Israeli democracy, but it is an even sadder day for Zionism, the State of Israel and the Jewish people.

      To think that a gathering of Jewish justices in the sovereign Jewish State would approve of the forcible removal of Jews from their homes is simply too shameful and ludicrous to contemplate.

      Of course, no one really expected anything less from the Court, which in recent years has become as predictable as it is left-wing in its verdicts.

      Tearing_israel_apart_1 Nonetheless, we can not help but ask ourselves how it is possible for a government to stray so far from its nation’s values so quickly. How can our elected leadership so brazenly ignore Jewish history and Jewish destiny in their mad dash to plunge the country into yet another disaster of their own making?

      More importantly, though, is the question we all must start asking ourselves: what did I do on behalf of the Land of Israel today?

      How we choose to answer this query may very well help to determine the future - not only of Gaza, but of Israel itself.