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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.

      Elul 11, 5768, 9/11/2008

      Keep The Wheels Spinning


      My good friend and former partner in anti-Oslo demonstrations, Alex King, is an enthusiastic bicycle rider.  He rides everywhere.

      And he decided to bike ride all the way to Kever Rachel.

      He didn't get there.

      He had to leave his bicycle behind.  Only motorized vehicles, that is, things that move with engines, could cross the IDF's security checkpoint.

      Is this harrassment?  Is Condi Rice going to get involved?  Will the EU's humanitarian concern be displayed?

      I doubt it.

      If you have any good ideas about getting Alex to Rachel's Tomb on his bicycle, let us know please.

      And keep those wheels spinning.