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      Nationalist Movement Holds 1st Conference in Tel Aviv

      Over 500 people attend the first conference of the Eretz Yisrael Shelanu nationalist movement in Tel Aviv.
      By Elad Benari & Yoni Kempinski
      First Publish: 3/27/2012, 6:15 AM

      Eretz Yisrael Shelanu conference
      Eretz Yisrael Shelanu conference
      Yoni Kempinski

      Israel’s Supreme Court of Justice was fiercely criticized during the first conference of the nationalist Eretz Yisrael Shelanu (Our Land of Israel) movement on Monday.

      The conference was held at the ZOA House in Tel Aviv and was attended by 500 activists. The conference began with a speech by the head of the movement, MK Michael Ben-Ari, who criticized the Supreme Court over its rejection of the compromise agreement that was reached with the residents of the community of Migron.

      Ben-Ari attacked the Supreme Court for its discrimination. On the one hand, he said, the Court ruled that Migron must be demolished because it was supposedly built on privately owned land. On the other hand the Court blatantly ignores illegal construction by Arabs.

      “The ‘enlightened’ judges of the Supreme Court do not enforce the law in Rahat, they do not enforce the law in Umm al-Fahm, but they are great heroes when it comes to Migron,” Ben-Ari said.

      He called on the residents of Migron to stop talking with the government regarding finding a new solution for the community, which the Court has ruled must be demolished by August.

      “I call on the residents of Migron to stop being naïve and to stop working with the government,” Ben-Ari said. “The Land of Israel is our mother and one does not compromise or make agreements about one’s mother. We need to fight for Migron.”

      Baruch Marzel, the chairman of Eretz Yisrael Shelanu, explained that the conference was held in Tel Aviv “because we think that in order to conquer Judea and Samaria we have to have with us the people of Tel Aviv, the people of Haifa and the people of Be’er Sheva.”

      “We are a group that is not willing to compromise on even an inch of the land of Israel, Torah or Judaism,” Marzel told Arutz Sheva. “We think that we need to fight in order to conquer Eretz Yisrael.”

      Asked about the group’s portrayal as extremist, Marzel said, “We are extreme in loving Jews. We are extreme in loving the land of Israel. We are extreme in loving Torah, and if being called extremists is what we get for not being ready to build a Palestinian state and compromise on Judaism – so be it.”