Last week, in a small stuffy court room in Jerusalem, I had the honor of sharing limited space and air with some of Israel's more prominent and resolute soldiers in the war for the Jewish People and the Land of Israel today, including Professor Robert Aumann, our recent Nobel laureate. We were there to support the latest "enemy" of the State of Israel, Ms. Nadia Matar, co-founder of Women in Green.



Former extreme-left Peace Now leader, Mr. Menachem Mazuz, the attorney general, indicted Matar for insulting a public official. It happened last summer at the height of the mass expulsion of eight thousand Jews and the destruction of twenty five flourishing communities and their delivery to the terrorist gangs. Mr. Yonatan Bassi, volunteered to be Ariel Sharon's point man in the civil and psychological war against the thousands of families about to be expelled. He was to be the one to convince them, with an arsenal of carrots and sticks, to leave their homes without a protest. Bassi became one of the symbols of the expulsion. Ms. Matar sent him a letter explaining to him that his role was similar to that of the Judenrat of the ghettos in Nazi-occupied Europe.



Nadia was cool and confident in the face of her accusers, certain of her way and of the future. Mr. Yoram Sheftel, Matar's lawyer, made some interesting and revealing points.



Just a few days ago, another public servant, the Chief of Staff General Dan Chalutz was the object of a Peace Now demonstration in front of his residence in which he was called a "murderer" - by Ms. Dana Olmert, our prime minister's daughter. She has not been charged yet with insulting a public official. A few years ago, a prominent spiritual leader called for the death of a minister in the government. No charges. In the latter case, it seems that the attorney general's office was afraid of the public uproar that would follow the arrest of such a popular, revered figure. So, either the government does not want to or is afraid to prosecute, but in Nadia's case they want to very much and are not afraid of civil unrest in its wake.



Mr. Sheftel reminded the court that for years both the first president of Israel, Mr. Chaim Weizmann, and its first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion, were known to label Ze'ev Jabotinsky and Menachem Begin as "Hitlerites" and "Fascists". Ben-Gurion referred to Jabotinsky always as "Vladimir Hitler". So much for invoking certain words when criticizing a public official .The famous leftist artist Yigal Tomarkin was not tried when he said that he understood the Nazis when he saw ultra-Orthodox Jews.



It was further pointed out that Mr. Bassi wears a kipa and is thus identified with the Orthodox-Zionist community in Israel. This was a great, if not requisite, "qualification" for the role of expeller of the mostly Orthodox communities. It could be claimed that one of "their own" was doing the dirty work because he realized the importance of the task. Atty. Sheftel reminded the court that when the Rosenberg couple were tried and executed in the US for spying, the judge and jury were also Jewish. There was no room for accusations of anti-Semitism.



It was pathetic to see the young team of state prosecutors trying to babble some nonsense about the rule of law and civilized debate Young upstarts trying to impress their bosses and sweating, while they embarrass themselves and their entire Jewish heritage in a Jewish courtroom



So, we are left with Nadia, "public enemy" of the Jewish people and the Jewish state - and we owe her an awful lot.