Life Lessons with Judy Simon
Yisrael Medad is a revenant resident of Shiloh, in the Hills of Efrayim north of Jerusalem. He arrived in Israel with his wife, Batya, in 1970 and lived in the renewing Jewish Quarter, eventually moving to Shiloh in 1981.
Currently the Menachem Begin Center's Information Resource Director, he has previously been director of Israel's Media Watch, a Knesset aide to three Members of Knesset and a lecturer in Zionist History. He assists the Yesha Council in it's contacts with the Foreign Media in a volunteer capacity, is active on behalf of Jewish rights on the Temple Mount and is involved in various Jewish and Zionist activist causes. He contributes a Hebrew-language media column to Besheva and publishes op-eds in the Jerusalem Post and other periodicals.
Remember the several weeks-long fighting between Pal. refugees in Lebanon at a camp called Nahar Al-Barad? You know, the one where Lebanese troops bombed, shelled and kicked these poor refugees around while the world applauded. If you can't check here for a reminder.
Well, some are being let back into the ruins that exist - yes, nothing but ruins. You can read all about it and see some pictures here.
Lebanese officials have a great idea: they want to create a new model for these people who unfortunately continue to believe that they are going to go back to Jaffa, Isdud, Iskalan and El Quds. They want to prove that they will be better off under local Lebanese authority rather than their misguiding own leadership.
Of course, there is this myth of a "right to return" and foremost among those who insist that Israel should not act like Lebanon, that is in resettling permanently the refugees in their host countries, will be Jews and Israeli academics.
But what Lebanon is initiating is defintely a step in the right direction.
The Pals. started the violence against the Jews already in 1920. They championed ethnic cleansing at Tel Chai, Jerusalem, Petah Tikva, Beer Tuviah, Tzfat and Hebron, among many other places they attacked and killed and raped Jews. They caused 7000 Jewish refugees from Tel Aviv's southern neighborhoods in the first month of the 1947-49 war. And that's just the short version.
I think it's about time someone told them and showed them that they are not going back.