Daily Israel Report

In and Around the Anti-Disengagement Efforts

A hareidi rally at the Western Wall... A gathering next Sunday to discuss the civil disobedience campaign... Another one on Tuesday where reserve soldiers will say they're not showing up for duty...
First Publish: 6/15/2005, 3:17 PM / Last Update: 6/15/2005, 1:15 PM

For the first time, a massive hareidi-religious prayer service was held yesterday at the Western Wall to ask for Divine assistance in nullifying the disengagement/expulsion plan. The rally was led by Rabbi Zalman Nechemiah Goldberg, whose influence transcends religious-party lines. Leading Hassidic rabbis and yeshiva deans were among the thousands of people who took part. Calls to participate in the prayers were circulated throughout Jerusalem...

The latest Knesset Member to move to Gush Katif: Yuli Edelstein of the Likud. He announced yesterday his plans to move to Gadid, a small community adjacent to and in between N'vei Dekalim and Gan-Or. MK Uri Ariel (National Union) moved recently to Kfar Darom and Effie Eitam (Religious Zionism Renewal) did the same to Netzer Hazani. Tzvi Hendel of the National Union has lived for decades in Ganei Tal.

In addition, MK Aryeh Eldad (National Union) moved several weeks ago to the Shomron community of Chomesh, which is also slated for expulsion by the Sharon government.

Other prominent figures who have moved of late with their families to Gush Katif, or who have announced their intention to do so, include Rabbi Shlomo Riskin of Efrat, Noam Livnat, Rabbi David Druckman of Kiryat Motzkin, and Nadia Matar of Women in Green. Close to ten families from Beit El alone have moved to Gush Katif in the past several months...

The National Home organization - that which sponsored the massive country-wide road-blockings of last month - will hold a seminar on Civil Disobedience this coming Sunday at Jerusalem's Ramada Renaissance Hotel at 6 PM. "We will stop this government!" blares the literature. "There's a limit to what this nation can tolerate from its government." The planned civil disobedience campaign will be discussed at the seminar.

In addition, each of the hundreds of people who have been arrested thus far in acts of civil disobedience against the expulsion will be presented by the Manhigut Yehudit (Jewish Leadership) organization with an "award kit" in admiration for their dedication.

The kit will include:
* A certificate of honor detailing the circumstances of the recipient's arrest;
* a signed copy of the latest book by Manhigut leader Moti Karpel;
* a signed copy of a book by Rabbi Eliezer Melamed on Jewish Law;
* a T-shirt with the logo, "Maasiyahu Prison Graduate;"
* and a special 100% silver "Gur Aryeh" pin designed by Sa-Nur artisan Salman Mark especially for the occasion...

Police report that 9,000 citizens have volunteered for disengagement duty this summer, but that only 800 have been found suitable. "It's hard to believe that 800 new workers will all of a sudden start working in one day in the police department," said one anti-uprooting skeptic, an activist in the anti-withdrawal cause.

On the other hand, hundreds of reserve soldiers have informed the Lev Yehudi office - an organization counseling those who do not want to show up for army service during the disengagement period - of their intention to be counted in their numbers. A Lev Yehudi spokesman contacted by Arutz-7 estimates that the true number of those who will not show up is actually in the thousands.

Lev Yehudi will hold a gathering for all those who plan not to show up for reserve duty this coming Tuesday. It will be held at 6:30 PM this Tuesday, at the Binyanei HaUmah Convention Center in Jerusalem. Participating will be public figures and army officers, many of whom will announce publicly for the first time that they will not respond to their call-up orders, in order not to help the disengagement even indirectly.

The organization recommends that even those who receive what it calls an "innocent-looking call-up order" to serve in the Jordan Valley or the like must realize that their service will free up other soldiers to take part in the actual uprooting. "The short-term value of protecting the Jordan Valley is relatively small compared to the long-term damage to be caused by indirectly helping the uprooting," the spokesman said.

Lev Yehudi recommends that one who receives call-up orders for this summer reply to his enlistment office by fax saying, "How can I take part, even indirectly, in this crime?" - and then ignore further inquiries from the army on the matter. "The army very rarely takes legal action against reserve soldiers who don't show up," the organization states, but adds that for those few who might face legal trouble, its legal team is willing to help.