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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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      Tammuz 7, 5769, 6/29/2009

      Jewish Construction In YESHA


      This post consists of two articles from Shiloh Musings, which is updated daily plus.

      Let the politicians and diplomats and media yap all they want about freezing us, strangling us ad nauseum. There's building going on in our Holy Hills!
       
      Jews have been in Shiloh longer than in New York and longer before Washington DC, London, New York, New Amsterdam and old world Amsterdam.
       
      And when they're all rubble, we'll still be around!
       

      Moetzet YESHA Doesn't Represent Its Residents

      Hat tip: IMRA

      It's hard to figure out what Moetzet YESHA really is. Or more accurately, it's not very pleasant to admit it to myself. But one thing for sure, its policies don't reflect the feeling on the ground.

       Pinchas Wallerstein, its present chairman, has finally retired from his role as head of my district, Mateh Binyamin, and seems to be trying to act "political." He has some convoluted proposal which will please nobody. He, who has no authority over the sic "outposts" is willing to transfer those built on "private Arab property" on the condition that the government unfreeze the building in YESHA. Interestingly or ironically, in his own yishuv the very veteran Ofra, many of the houses, possibly even his own, are built on "private Arab property."

      Now for "broken record" time:

      You can't be a little bit pregnant.

      If you think we Jews can't live in Hebron...

      You can't be just a little bit pregnant.

      And again...

      I've said it before and I guess I have to say it again:
      If you don't recognize Jewish rights to all of Eretz Yisrael, the Land of Israel, then you're endangering the entire country. We have more historical and moral rights to Shiloh, Hebron, Shechem and Jerusalem than we have to Tel Aviv!