web analytics
July 24, 2014 / 26 Tammuz, 5774
Israel at War: Operation Protective Edge
 
 
At a Glance
News & Views
Sponsored Post
IDC Advocacy Room IDC Fights War on Another Front

Student Union opens ‘hasbara’ room in effort to fill public diplomacy vacuum.



Last of 30 Ulpana Families Expelled, Hope Bibi Keeps Promise

Moving out of the Ulpana

Moving out of the Ulpana
Photo Credit: Noam Moskowitz/Flash90

Following a year and a half long struggle to hold on to a swath of land mired in political and judicial controversy, the remaining residents of Givat HaUlpana – Ulpana Hill – were expelled from their homes and transferred to temporary housing across town in the biblical city of Beit El on Thursday.

Though residents have agreed to go peacefully, a morose air hovered over the 6 buildings which had once housed 30 idealistic families, and now contained teams of movers, army personnel, and somber parents and children preparing to say goodbye.

Residents and their supporters agreed not to put up a battle against security forces who oversaw the evacuation, in exchange for the promise of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to go ahead with a plan to build 300 new homes in the pastoral Samarian community of 6,000 people.

Yet their hopes that Beit El will swell in growth did not ease the pain of parting from the homes they had cultivated on the same mountain upon which Jewish tradition states Jacob had a dream of angels ascending and descending a ladder – the mountain upon which the Jewish people earned the name Israel.

“This is the hill upon which Jacob was promised that the land upon which he laid he laid his head would be for him and his descendants, and at which Jacob – now Israel – swore he would return and build a house for God” said Alex Traiman, resident of Ulpana Hill who moved with his family to Jerusalem when it became clear that the evictions would be carried out.  “The people who are leaving today are the fulfiller’s of Jacob’s promise –t hey came back to build a house unto God.  It also says that Israel renamed the place Beit El – it used to be called Luz. The government and Supreme Court are literally taking us back to Luz – we are going to be “Losers”.”

“It’s amazing how fast the government can work to kick Jews out of their homes and build a temporary neighborhood across the town,” Traiman said.  “If the government would work with the same kind of motivation, drive, and work ethic to build the rest of the nation, the state of Israel would flourish at even a much faster pace.”

“Thirty-three families are undergoing their own personal tragedies these last few days, but I think they’ll be fine,” Traiman said.  “It’s the nature of the Jewish people to endour tragedies but to move forward, to keep building, to not give up hope, to not stop living life.”

Many residents grappled with explaining the move to their children, raised in the Religious Zionist framework, which teaches strong adherence to Torah and Jewish values, as well as pride in and commitment to the State of Israel. “[Our kids]have been asking [about this move] for 2 or 3 months,” Ulpana Hill resident Guy Sagiv told Jewish Press’s Yishai Fleisher on Jewish Press Radio. “Actually, we don’t know what to say to them.  It is our good fortune that they don’t and we don’t need to see soldiers coming to get us out [with the use of force].”

Though Guy and his family will be relocated to caravilla homes on the other side of town, and will remain together with the members of the Ulpana neighborhood, they are not actively participating in their move, quietly protesting the event by forcing government-issued movers to pack and move their belongings.

Sagiv said he would not use violence because “all of us are part of the nation of Israel, and we don’t want to hit one another,” he said.  “We are like the body of a human being.  The left arm is trying to destroy the buildings but the right hand will not strike it because it is one – it cannot be separated.  We are one nation, we have to inculcate the idea that we are indeed one nation, and we hope we will get stronger from out of this weakness…”

“I think the one consolation is that the actions were carried out with great care and consideration and nobody got hurt physically, and the international community didn’t see pictures of Jews fighting each other,” Traiman said.  “But we shouldn’t need to knock down  30 apartments to build 300 more in a Jewish State, so it’s not exactly a consolation.

About the Author: Malkah Fleisher is a graduate of Cardozo Law School in New York City. She is an editor/staff writer at JewishPress.com and co-hosts a weekly Israeli FM radio show. Malkah lives with her husband and two children on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

Please use the Facebook Tab below to leave your comment:

One Response to “Last of 30 Ulpana Families Expelled, Hope Bibi Keeps Promise”

  1. Rc Fowler says:

    The only people who need–and should–be expelled are the Godless Islamic Arabs–the so called but not palestinians!

    The land of Israel belongs to the Jews–no one has the right to remove them from the land!

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Loading Facebook Comments ...
Loading Disqus Comments ...
Current Top Story
U.S. President Barack Obama
FAA Ban on Flights to Israel ‘Worse than BDS’
Latest News Stories
Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) wants answers about the FAA ban on flights to Israel.

Sen Ted Cruz wants the administration to give straight answers to questions about the FAA ban on Israel.

U.S. President Barack Obama

Why is the ban on Israel’s airport different from all other FAA bans?

The new peace partners; Hams leader Khaleed Meshaal (L) and Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas

Abbas adopts Hamas as peace partner, big brave Kerry scurries out of Israel despite FAA ban and Mashaal goes off his rocker.

Non-anti-Semitic flag in Auckland, New Zealand

Yet again, non-anti-Semitic ‘pro-Palestinian’ demonstrators can’t quite seem to break free of anti-Semitic jargon.

Tomer Sargon of Netivot heard that IDF soldiers haven’t been able to bath in days, for lack of water and showering facilities out in the field. So he took it upon himself to help, by driving down to the Gaza border with a truck filled with huge water containers, just so the soldiers could have […]

Hundreds of Arabs gathered near Kever Rachel (Rachel’s Tomb in Bethlehem) Wednesday to attack IDF soldiers with stones and firebombs. Riots were also reported in Beit Omar, near Hebron.

Shots were fired outside the Hadar Mall in Talpiot, Jerusalem Wednesday. One individuals opened fire from a moped outside the mall this evening. No injuries or property damage was reported. Police said Wednesday night that a man suspected of having staged the attack was arrested in the Gilo section of south Jerusalem. Police have determined […]

Hamas terrorists fired mortar rounds Wednesday at an IDF field hospital on the Israeli side of the Gaza border, according to a report on Israel Radio. The Israeli army set up the hospital last week to treat Palestinian victims of Hamas’ “human shields” policy, but the report indicated that the terror gang has prevented wounded […]

The Al-Wafa hospital located near Shajuayia in Gaza City was a Hamas military compound.

US extends ban on flights to Israel despite lack of such precaution in similar or worse situations.

Hamas terrorists took over Waffa hospital in Gaza and were using it as a terror base. The IDF communicated with the medical staff to ensure no patients or staff were inside before blowing it up.

Hamas lunched a new massive barrage or rockets and missiles at southern Israel and as far north as Kiryat Malachi, near the southern edge of metropolitan Tel Aviv, shortly after 6 p.m. (11 a.m. EDT) Wednesday. The Iron Dome shot down two rockets aimed at Kiryat Malachi, which has a large industrial area. Sirens also […]

Did El Al intentionally spike prices, or was the sudden jump in air fares the normal function of airline economics?

Military spokesman: We’ve been trying for years to deal with tunnels, with no success.

More Articles from Malkah Fleisher
Godzilla (R.)

A green bell pepper affectionately dubbed “Godzilla” by the children of Moshav Ein Yahav in the northern Arava desert has won a place in the Guinness Book of World Records.

Though the permissibility of watching hired sports players go to battle in a large stadium is a source of controversy amongst Torah observant Jews, the food being served at the upcoming Super Bowl games in New Orleans is not.

Rabbi Yitzchok Moully, youth director at the Chabad Jewish Center in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, will be introducing a new art installation in honor of Tu B’Shevat, the Jewish New Year of Trees, inspired by the destruction of Hurricane Sandy.

More than 2,000 people have made contributions in memory of the young victims of the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut to plant a grove of trees in Israel.

Shoshana Hebshi, a half-Jewish, half-Arab woman from Ohio is suing Frontier Airlines, the FBI, TSA and other governmental agencies after she says she was forced off a flight, strip-searched, and imprisoned on the tenth anniversary of the World Trade Center attacks.

Women may enter military combat in the United States, following the lift of a military ban on women in combat by defense secretary Leon Panetta.

The Jewish National Fund will reconsider a plan to forest parts of the Arava desert, following the request of environmental organizations to consider the impact of trying to alter the native ecosystem.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov warned Israel and western countries not to attempt to stop Iran’s nuclear program through military means.

    Latest Poll

    Israel's Iron Dome Anti-Missile System:





    View Results

    Loading ... Loading ...

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/ulpana-hill-residents-being-expelled/2012/06/28/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: