Daily Israel Report

‘Reclaiming Land of Israel Continues on Yom HaAtzmaut’

The struggle for reclaiming all of the Land of Israel continues even on “Independence Day,” Yom HaAtzmaut, say Women in Green.
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
First Publish: 4/24/2012, 1:50 PM

Planting trees in Netzer
Planting trees in Netzer
Israel news photo: Women in Green

The struggle for reclaiming all of the Land of Israel continues even on “Independence Day,” Yom HaAtzmaut, say Women in Green.

Under the Banner "We Safeguard You, Beloved Land,” the nationalist group is planning to rally on the hills of Netzer, in Gush Etzion, on Yom HaAtzmaut in a continuing battle to keep Arabs from confiscating the land.

"The Arabs, who realized that the central Yom HaAtzmaut event in Gush Etzion will be held there, blocked the upper entrance with boulders,” according to Women in Green, whose activists moved the boulders and opened all the trails.

Organizers said events in Netzer will take place from noon until 14:30 .m. but that preparations are not simple. A tractor was brought in to level the area so that children can jump and down on inflatable playground equipment.

A special attraction will be the magician Rabbi Victor Attia.

Water will be supplied by the irrigation pipes that, all year long, water the hundreds of trees that activists planted to guard the Jewish lands from an Arab takeover. Visitors will be able to tour all the areas redeemed by the plantings, in all-terrain vehicles .

Canvas sheeting will provide shade for the barbecuers, and Adam Tzachi will perform "We Sing to You, Beloved Land" at 3:30 p.m.

Women and Green said Netzer is only one of hundreds of areas that Arabs and Bedouin confiscate on a daily basis in the Negev, Judea and Samaria and the Galilee.

“In recent months, Arabs with European funding and with the encouragement and participation of international anarchists have succeeded in plowing and planting hundreds of acres of wheat throughout the entire Judea region,” said Women in Green. “Now, they are fencing off areas with fences that were donated to them by international anti-Israel organizations."