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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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      Shevat 10, 5770, 1/25/2010

      A Small Step In The Right Direction


      I have to share this blogging forum with others, which is why my blog is sometimes hidden from view.  Have no fear.  I'm still blogging.  You can read more of my writing on Shiloh Musings and me-ander.

      A Small Step In The Right Direction

      Better late than never and better partial than nothing at all.  G-d willing this is the first step in trying to unify our battling nation. What's the "this" I"m referring to?  As a former English Teacher, that's a reading comprehension question I had asked many times.  The answer should come before the pronoun, but I purposely left you in suspense.  That should get you guessing.

      I'm referring to the law passed in the Knesset (Israeli Parliament) which will cancel the police records for the majority of those arrested for anti-Disengagement protests.  It's not a blanket amnesty, and many of those who will be pardoned have already served their sentences and suffered for their dissident opinions.

       Israel's history, beginning from the early pre-state days, is plagued by conflict between the Zionist Left and a series of opposing groups, Revisionists, Etzel, Lechi, Herut, "settler," anti-Disengagement and "settler," yet again.  We've been accused of numerous crimes, the murders of Allozoroff, Rabin, Dir Yassin sic massacre and being sic anti-peace.  There were probably some other crimes the Left tried to pin on us.  If I've forgotten any, please add in comments.

      We Right wing pro-Land of Israel nationalists are the "Israel of Israel."  Just like the State of Israel gets accused of all sorts of things on the international scene, we get the same treatment in Israel.  And just like Israel doesn't properly defend itself in the international arena, we don't do it well at home.  Actually, things were starting to improve when Arutz 7 had its radio station.  The message was getting out, so the government closed it down.

      We mustn't be shy about standing up for our rights and true justice.  A tiny grain was moved, and if we keep working it'll all tip in our favor.