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      Batya Medad made aliya from New York to Israel in 1970 and has been living in Shiloh since 1981. Recently she began organizing women's visits to Tel Shiloh for Psalms and prayers. (For more information, please email her.)  Batya is a newspaper and magazine columnist, a veteran jblogger and recently stopped EFL teaching.  She's also a wife, mother, grandmother, photographer and HolyLand hitchhiker, always seeing things from her own very unique perspective. For more of Batya's writings and photos, check out:

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      Kislev 11, 5768, 11/21/2007

      SAVED!!


      Great News!!

      Haven't you heard?

      The international public protests were successful!

      Here's proof that the world has a heart.  The campaign to save Anne Frank's tree, the one she saw from the window of her hideout, is a success!

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      It reminds me of the hysteria of the idealistic Left in Israel after they discovered that some of the Jews, who had been forcibly evicted from their homes in Gush Katif and Northern Shomron, due to the Left-supported Disengagement, had "cruelly and irresponsibly abandoned their pet dogs."  Of course those very same "humanists" didn't think it cruel that the government had evicted, exiled those same innocent Jews from their homes, destroyed their businesses, farms, trees and gardens.  Minor details, like the dog owners' being homeless, most temporarily housed in small no animals allowed hotel rooms didn't excuse them.

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      • There were beautiful trees and gardens in the communities Olmert/Sharon and the cheering world destroyed in the name of Disengagement. 
      • There were excellent schools in the communities  that Olmert/Sharon and the cheering world destroyed in the name of Disengagement.
      • There were successful businesses in the communities Olmert/Sharon and the cheering world destroyed in the name of Disengagement. 

      Where were the international protests?

      And now, Israeli politicians and media and the world's moral standard bearers are going blithely ahead with their plans to exile, G-d forbid! more innocent Jews, well over 100,000, from their homes totally disengaged from the dangers they will be putting the entire State of Israel.

      photo by me, Batya Medad, taken in Shiloh

      Instead of defending and strengthening our State of Israel, they are at the forefront of the international movement to establish an Arab terror state in our historic Homeland, in the heartland, an easy rocket-launch away from all Israeli cities.

      Why doesn't anyone care?  The world protested about the possible destruction of a diseased tree in Holland, once admired by an "imprisoned" Jew.  Why doesn't anyone care about preserving our country?  An Arab terror state which unabashedly proclaims its aim to destroy the Jewish State is bad news for the entire world.  Why doesn't anyone care?  Where are the protests?

      Why does that tree mean more to people than all the vibrant Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria?  Why do people ignore the dangers to the State of Israel?

      photo by me, Batya Medad, taken in Shiloh

      Why do people prefer to donate to Holocaust Memorials than the needs of live Jews?  Why did they unite for Anne Frank's tree rather than to protest the uprooting of mine?