Activists working to keep the former IDF army base Shdema in Jewish hands continued their weekly efforts on Friday, in the shadow of an IDF decision to build an outpost there. The decision is both heartening and cause for concern, they feel, as pressure from both in and outside Israel against the campaign intensifies.
The 18-month-old struggle for the site, located between
Consular Car Sighted
“With mixed feelings of happiness and concern,” writes one leading activist, “we came to Shdema on Friday to listen to a class by Prof. Hillel Weiss of
Participants reported that they saw a car with diplomatic plates at the bottom of the hilltop site on Friday, “watching our moves. When we approached it, we saw that the driver was actually a bodyguard – but when we further neared the car to identify who was in the back, which was covered by a very dark window, the car quickly took off towards [the nearby Arab village] Biet Sahour.”
Some of the Jewish activists drove after the vehicle, but the driver was able to lose them in
USAID is a sponsor of the illegal Arab construction at the foot of the Shdema hill.
Haaretz Gets Involved
The campaign organizers note that the Haaretz newspaper, via its reporter Amira Hass, who has spent years living in PA Arab towns, has apparently begun a campaign of its own against the Jewish return to Shdema. Articles appeared on both Thursday and Friday, sympathetic to the Arab presence and illegal construction there and belligerent towards the Jewish activists.
Hass claims “that the lands of Shdema have been taken away from the Arabs,” the Jewish activists say, “but the truth is exactly the opposite. Since the signing of the Oslo Agreements, most of the area has been taken away from
The Committee for a Jewish Shdema and Women in Green announce that they will continue with their activities in Shdema as planned. This coming Friday, the weekly lecture will be given – in Hebrew - by Emanuel Shilo, editor of the weekly B’Sheva newspaper, on the topic: "How to Turn the Situation Around.”
The organizations call for