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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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      Iyar 25, 5770, 5/9/2010

      "First They Came For..." Israeli Version


      Shavua Tov, Have a Wonderful Week!  This week, we're celebrating 43 years since Israel's miraculous victory, in only six days, over Egypt, Syria and Jordan.  The fruit of this victory was our Historic ancient HolyLand and defensive borders, the Golan Heights, Judea, Samaria, all of Jerusalem, the Jordan Valley and the Sinai to the Suez Canal.  Unfortunately, the young, foolish modern State of Israel, its citizens and world Jewry has been wasting G-d's gift to us.  We must celebrate Jerusalem Day as symbolic of the miracle.

      I write more frequently, and on a greater variety of topics, on my other blogs, Shiloh Musings and me-ander.  You're invited to visit and comment there, too.

      "First They Came For..." Israeli Version

      There are lots of good Jews who decided not to live in places like my home town Shiloh, because they felt it was a bad investment.
      "The world won't let you stay, build... etc"
      So, they bought in places like Gush Etzion, Ganei Modiin, Maale Adumim and Jerusalem neighborhoods like Ramat Shlomo, etc.
      "Knock knock," "Who's there?" The building inspectors, freezers and destroyers in ...
      Oops! What happened to that "consensus" or "security" all those people said they had but I didn't.  It reminds me of: 

      "THEY CAME FIRST for the Communists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist.

      THEN THEY CAME for the Jews, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew.

      THEN THEY CAME for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist.

      THEN THEY CAME for me and by that time no one was left to speak up."

      I'd like to rewrite it, just a bit...

      "THEY CAME FIRST for the Israeli Jews in the gevahot, mountain top communities, but I didn't speak up because I didn't live there.

      THEN THEY CAME for the Israeli Jews in the yishuvim of Judea and Samaria, but I didn't speak up because I didn't live there.

      THEN THEY CAME for the Israeli Jews in Elkana, Gush Etzion, Givat Zeev, Ganei Modiin and Maale Adumim, but I didn't speak up because I didn't live there.

      THEN THEY CAME for the Israeli Jews in the Jerusalem neighborhoods liberated in the 1967 Six Days War, but I didn't speak up because I didn't live there.

      THEN THEY CAME for me and by that time no one was left to speak up."