Harieidm to rally for Judea and Samaria
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Thousands of hareidi religious Jews are expected to turn out at a Jerusalem rally Thursday in support of Judea and Samaria. The 7:00 p.m. rally at Zion Square in the center of the capital will be staged against a defacto building freeze and as a “salute to Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem residents.” Popular singers Ariel Zilber, Yishai Lapidot, Mendy Jerufi and Gadi Elbaz will perform.

Support for nationalists by the hareidi religious community, which was less common several years ago, provides an additional and strong ally for Land of Israel activists.

One sticker that will be distributed to people will be written in Yiddish, the first language of tens of thousands of people in religious communities, and states, “The Land of Israel is ours.”

The Halamish organization, which is organizing the rally, stated, “We must stop the government from expelling more Jews, and Jewish law, as determined by a council of sages, forbids giving land to non-Jews.

Halamish pointed out that although there is no official building freeze in Judea and Samaria, there is a de facto freeze that it said is a contributing factor to a severe housing shortage. Communities that have been affected also include the hareidi religious cities of Beitar Illit, located in western Gush Etzion, Modi'in Illit, located in Samaria and near the city of Modi’in, and Emanuel, east of Kfar Saba and near the Jewish communities of Ginot Shomron and Kedumim in central Samaria.

Organizers, relying on a statement from hareidi religious sages, said that "the Holy Land is the foundation for building the truth, and it is forbidden to separate the Land from the Torah because they are one. They noted that the blessings recited after food thank the Creator for "the land…the exodus from Egypt…and the Torah.”

Organizers recalled that before the expulsion of Jews from Gush Katif in 2005, they distributed pamphlets to hareidi religious synagogues in Ashdod warning them that the expulsion would be followed by missile attacks.

“They laughed at such ‘extremist’ views, but then asked, 'Who would have thought missiles would explode in Ashkelon, Ashdod, Be’er Sheva and Kiryat Gat?'

“All saw after the expulsion of Jews from Gush Katif that the meaning of a ‘peace agreement’ for terrorists is missiles and rockets. The missile attacks proved it is impossible to make peace with terrorists."

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