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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 27, 5768, 10/9/2007

      Does Anyone Care About Jerusalem?



      Have we forgotten so quickly and so completely how our people longed for Jerusalem and prayed to return to her for over 1900 years?
      Well, now it is official.

      Leading members of the government of the State of Israel have expressed their readiness to do the unthinkable: to divide the Holy City of Jerusalem just four decades after its reunification.

      The last official red-line has been crossed, the final bit of consensus has been shattered. Everything is now up for sale, as Israel's government prepares to make unprecedented concessions to our foes.

      Yet what is perhaps even more disturbing than the government's weak-kneed approach is the near silence with which it has been greeted both in Israel and abroad. There have been no rallies, no mass demonstrations, no expressions of outrage by American Jewish organizations - just one big yawn is all that has greeted the news that Israel is willing to divide Jerusalem, the heart of the Jewish people.

      Have we become so apathetic, so utterly disconnected from all that is precious and sacred, that we no longer raise our voices and cry out against such nefarious plans? Have we forgotten so quickly and so completely how our people longed for Jerusalem and prayed to return to her for over 1900 years?

      Now is the time to speak out against the Government's plan - call your friends, your relatives, your neighbors, your elected representatives, your local synagogue and Jewish organizations, and get them to speak out as well. And pleasae pray - pray for Divine mercy for Israel and for G-d's Holy City.

      We can not allow Jerusalem to be divided again - we can not allow this dangerous and self-destructive proposal to become a reality. We simply can not allow it to come to pass.