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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:
Tishrei 6, 5770, 9/24/2009
Please read my more frequent postings on Shiloh Musings and me-ander.
Unfortunately, this dangerous philosophy can even be heard in parts of Judea and Samaria. Gush Etzion has been one of the strongholds of this "cult." The general feeling projected is that, as long as they're "included in the consensus," they feel safe and satisfied. Of course there are exceptions, opponents, most notably two women, Nadia Matar (Women in Green) and Sharon Katz (Voices Magazine.) They are today's Ruth and Chana, struggling to change the world.
Our enemies, internal and external, don't accept the distinction. For former Minister of Education MK Yuli Tamir, a small Jewish community in Gush Etzion is just as dispicable, unacceptable as one overlooking Shechem.
I'm not surprised that she said that. As obnoxious and inaccurate as her statement/insult was, it was totally consistent with her ideology. Periodically, when the world and many in Israel think that towns like my Shiloh are about to be destroyed, the target moves to the Golan Heights. In the forefront of the struggle to stop the pressure are many of the same Land-loyal Jews who support Jewish Life in Judea and Samaria. And then we hear from the Golan:
"We're not settlers, like them."In a smaller scale, this is no different than Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's mistaken policies. By trying to diplomatically compromise, our projected legitimacy is weakened. You
Remember fellow Jews, fellow Israelis:
We're all One People in One Land, and we must work together.
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