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Daily Israel Report

Meir Indor Lashes Out at Sderot Conference

Arutz Sheva radio show host criticizes social issues conference organizers for not allowing victims of terrorism to have a voice.
By Ilene Rosenblum
First Publish: 11/18/2009, 10:03 PM / Last Update: 11/18/2009, 10:25 PM

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Social activist and Arutz Sheva weekly radio host Meir Indor criticized Sderot Conference for Society President Maj. Gen. (ret.) Uzi Dayan for offering the conference’s annual prize to Kibbutz Movement activist Yoel Marshak on Wednesday.

“To whom did the conference organizers decide to give the annual prize on social issues at the end of the conference today?” Indoor asked. “To the Task Division of the Kibbutz Movement lead by Yoel Marshak. This is the same division that worked alongside the Palestinians in their conflicts with settlers in Judea and Samaria, that occur when the Arabs harvest olives next to the settlements. This is the same division that backed the Disengagement that brought us into this security and social disaster. This is the same division that Marshak turned into the most media-savvy division of the campaign to constantly pressure the government to deal with Hamas at any price – while releasing hundreds of murderous terrorists.” 

Indor charged the conference organizers of regularly preventing the participation of terror victims and those who oppose the release of terrorists or security gestures toward the Palestinians. Indor, who was himself wounded in a terrorist attack, is head of the Almagor organization for victims of Arab terrorism and a retired lieutenant colonel.

“A year ago I turned to Uzi Dayan and asked him to involve us in discussions, after a debate was held without the participation of representatives from the Almagor terrorist victims organization,” Indor said. “But again, in a similar panel that was held today, most participants were supporters of a release deal with Hamas: Miki Goldwasser, Yoel Marshak from the Kibbutz Movement and Maj. Gen. (ret.) Eyal Ben-Reuven. Representatives of Almagor and parents who are against the deal were not invited,” he said.

Indoor argues that although the conference has an image of being pluralistic and heterogenous, it has been supported in the past and continues to be supported by organizations from outside Israel like the New Israel Fund, which he says support Palestinian groups and have a clearly one-sided agenda regarding Palestinians and terror organizations.

The annual two-day conference run by the Sapir College in Sderot and the National Council for Social Security discusses social problems facing Israeli society. It was held on Tuesday and Wednesday in the southern town.