Hope Not Lost

Yisrael Medad,

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Yisrael Medad
I am a resident of Shiloh, with my wife and children, and now grandchildren, since 1981, having come on Aliyah in 1970. I have served in a volunteer capacity as a Yesha Council spokesperson, twice a member of Amana's secretariat, Benjamin Regional Council plenum member and mayor of Shiloh. I was a parliamentary aide for Geula Cohen and two other MKs, an advisor to a Minister, vice-chairman and executive director of Israel's Media Watch and currently, am Information and Content Resource coordinator for the Begin Heritage Center.

I read this headline:

Three years after it was first 'discovered' by the outside world, a tribe in Brazil faces extinction

If you'll recall, some four years ago, an Asháninka indigenous community on the upper reaches of Brazil’s Envira River were spotted and were filmed from the air. When the images were released in January 2011, they created a worldwide sensation. 

And now, extinction?

In 1967, 47 years ago, the world discovered the 'settlers".

And, despite bad media, boycotts, terror and whatnot, we're still here.  We are revenants, for we have returned home after a long absence.

We continue to reside in the communities, the nucleated villahes of Judea and Samaria.  From zero in 1967, we are 400,000 today, not including 200,000 in the post-67 neighborhoods of Jerusalem.  Schools, farms, vineyards, industry, culture, a university.

Don't lose hope for we shall prevail.