Wallerstein, a leading member of the Council of Jewish Communities in Judea, Samaria and Gaza (Yesha Council), wrote Yesha residents a letter declaring that the government plan “allows the crime of uprooting Jews from their homes” and that the proper reaction is “to be ready pay the price and go to prison.”



He told Arutz-7 that the proposed government law determines that anyone who resists transfer is in violation of the law. He specifically added that opposition should be “non-violent,” a phrase that most media reports did not include. Peace Now leaders as well as some Knesset Members immediately called on Attorney-General Menachem Mazuz to investigate him on suspicion of incitement.



The Yesha Council is to meet Monday afternoon to discuss its opposition strategy to the plan to transfer Jews from 25 communities in Gush Katif and northern Shomron and hand Jewish land over to the Arabs. Wallerstein said he expects unanimous approval of his approach.



“If someone were to try to pass a law for a transfer like this of some Arab village... all the knights of justice and civil rights would immediately protest and scream their hearts out to the heavens. But when it concerns Yesha residents, there is no justice and there are no rights,” Wallerstein wrote, and continued:

"The evacuation/compensation law [currently being discussed in two Knesset committees – ed.], which has already passed its first reading, and with the new government has nothing standing in its way, is an immoral law. This is not only because of the Stalinist way in which it was formed, and not only because of its inhumane clauses such as those that negate compensation from whoever objects to being thrown out of his home, but primarily because it legalizes an unspeakable crime: the forcible uprooting of Jews from their homes."



“Only if there will be a large population already today that is committed to be in Gush Katif and northern Samaria (if and when there is forced evacuation) and bodily resist transfer, only then is there a chance that this government will understand the gravity of its steps. I'm not scared of going to prison, and I hope that many people will understand, like me, that this is the price we must pay in order to object in a non-violent manner to this unethical crime."



Wallerstein later said that if enough people are willing to follow his example, "there won't be enough prisons in the country to hold them all, and something will have to give."