We're Here to Stay!

Batya Medad ,

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Batya Medad
New York-born Batya Medad made aliyah with her husband just weeks after their 1970 wedding and has been living in Shiloh since 1981. Political pundit, with a unique perspective, Batya has worked in a variety of professions: teaching, fitness, sales, cooking, public relations, photography and more. She has a B.S. in Journalism, is a licensed English Teacher specializing as a remedial teacher and for a number of years has been studying Tanach (Bible) in Matan. Batya blogs on Shiloh Musings and A Jewish Grandmother. ...

We're Here to Stay!

I just want to make things clear.

Many people all over the world seem to think of me, my neighbors and other Jews living in various towns and cities in Judea, Samaria, the Jordan Valley and Golan Heights as easily movable pawns or checker pieces.
 

Part of the Shiloh School Campus

  • First of all, it's not true, and 
  • second of all, we are already over  half a million Jews
  • Considering that many of the communities are about forty years old already, a second and in some caceas a third generation is already raising its family, building homes, schools and businesses in our communities. 

Senior Citizen activities

Today, unlike when we first moved to Shiloh over thirty-five years ago, life in Judea/Samaria is very self-sufficient. One doesn't have to cross the so-called "green line" for almost anything except if you need a hospital. Although we have lots of medical clinics in the "yishuvim," communities and cities, no hospital has been built yet. Remember that the Hadassah Hospital on Mount Scopus was technically "Israel" during the Jordanian Occupation from 1949-1967.

New homes in Shiloh

fruit in local Shiloh supermarket

There are banks and government offices in the cities and communities. Of course we have all sorts of stores, schools, industries, university, business and more. And since the retirement community/age group is now growing very rapidly, as the pioneers of thirty-forty years ago are now "senior citizens," there are lots of programs for us.

And after almost a half a century after the 1967 Six Days War, even middle-aged Israelis have no idea what the country was like before the war, when it suffered constant terror by Jordan, Syria and Egypt from the other side of the "Armistice lines.

Yes, no doubt that We're Here to Stay!