As another nail is banged into the coffin of the Jewish cities and
towns of Yehuda, Shomron and Aza with the recent Israel High
Court of Justice decision declaring that residents of YeShA
are not entitled to civil rights, as they are not residents of Israel,
we are given yet another wake up call. - My observant friends will
immediately understand that Jewish Law forbids using nails in coffins.
The other day I received an email that contained a version of the
American Declaration of Independence [only slightly] edited to match
the situation in YeShA. An historically more proximate analogy
would be with the British withdrawal from Mandatory Palestine:
1. The current regime is closely monitoring the activities of
the Jewish community, and ignoring the activities of the Arab
2. The current regime is systematically disarming the Jewish population
while arming the Arab population.
3. The current regime is arresting Jews on the flimsiest of excuses,
and freeing convicted Arab perpetrators of heinous crimes.
4. The current regime is committed to minimizing areas of Jewish
settlement while maximizing areas of Arab settlement.
5. The current regime is for whatever reason, determined to cede
buildings and defensive structures to Arabs while refusing to
defend Jewish population centers.
I believe that the time has not yet come for an international
call for a new MaHaL (the international army of volunteers
of the War of Independence). I believe that it is not yet
time for a renewal of EtzeL (Israel's Other Army of Liberation).
I believe that it is not yet time to adopt the motto of the
Old Yishuv and of the predecessor Parties of the current morally
bankrupt Likud: We should not fight the government as though
there were no Arabs and the Arabs as though there were no government
(although there really is no government) in Jerusalem. I believe
that the time has not yet come for moral, civil, law-abiding
residents of Israel to take up arms or to smuggle arms into Israel
to protect the civilian population, which has been denied all civil
rights by the BaGaTz decision of last week.
But still, this is a time reminiscent of Henry David Thoreau's
remark: "At a time like this, what is a person like you
doing out of prison?"
We cannot achieve Peace through
ceding Piece after Piece.
© 2005 Rabbi Haim Cassorla
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