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      From the Hills of Efraim
      by Yisrael Medad
      This blog will be informative, highlight foibles, will be assertively contentious and funny and wryly satirical.
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      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.

      He also blogs at MyRightWord in English and, in Hebrew, at The Right Word.

      Av 2, 5768, 8/3/2008

      I Support the "Right of Return". Yes, I Do


      I know, all my critics from the "fall-off-the-right-end-of-the-political-spectrum" will think that Medad has really flipped out now.  Supporting the "right of return"? 

      How could I do that?  Have I turned my back on a basic ideological and legal position of all Israel's governments, both right and left?  Have I lost my head?

      Well, I declare: I am a humanitarian and, as such, I support the Arab demand for the “right of return” of Pal. refugees to their homes.

      Yes, for sure.  I’m all for the right of return of these Arabs 

                                                                                                                    

      and these Arabs, too

                                                                                                                   

      to go right back to Gaza, all 188 of them.

      We should facilitate their return to Gaza immediately (and charge them for medical fees and their hospital treatment also).

      Of course, we could fool around a bit and claim that they arrived on the newest Nefesh B'Nefesh aliyah program but methinks that would be pulling your collective leg too hard.

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      UPDATE

      Gee, maybe someone in power really does read this blog:

      The Israel Defense Forces has begun returning the dozens of Fatah members who escaped from Gaza on Saturday back to the Strip, despite an earlier agreement between Israel and the Palestinian Authority that the men would be transferred to the West Bank. Security sources told Ynet on Sunday that 32 of the residents were returned to Gaza by the early morning hours. The rest will be sent back later in the day or on Monday.

      That was quick.

      SECOND UPDATE

      And here come the radical left, progressive, humanistics:

      The Association for Civil Rights in Israel on Sunday petitioned the High Court of Justice to order the defense ministry to halt the deportation of Fatah members who fled the Gaza Strip over the weekend. Deputy Supreme Court President Eliezer Rivlin has ordered Defense Minister Ehud Barak to respond to the petition by Monday afternoon. "The matter of the petition, by its nature, cannot be deferred," wrote ACRI attorney Oded Feller in the petition. "Continuing [the process of] returning the asylum-seekers to Gaza is liable to endanger their lives, well-being and freedom."

      If it's so dangerous in Gaza for these Fatah terrorists, why can't a nationalist group petition the Court to invade the area, eliminate terror that kills us and doesn't contribute to the health of the Fatah either and for once and all, get rid of Hamas?  Wouldn't that be nice for an Israeli court to do?  Really help out Jews, Arabs and all of mankind?