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Jewish Group Screens ‘Jerusalem Eternal Capital of Israel’ on UNESCO’s Paris Headquarters

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

The French branch of the organization Israel Is Forever on Tuesday announced it had decided to take strong action “on behalf of many French Jews and Israeli Francophones,” to show their dissatisfaction with the upcoming international conference on the Middle East to be held in Paris January 15, whose only goal is to harm Israel.

According to IIF France, its members proposed on Tuesday evening to project the image of the Western Wall with the text “Jerusalem, the eternal capital of the State of Israel” on many facades of the UNESCO building in Paris, as well as on the building fronts of the “disinformation” news agency AFP, and on the Arc de Triomphe.

IIF France argued that France’s voted at Unesco and the UN, along with its initiative for an international conference Sunday, January 15, can only promote terrorism against Israel. They suggested that last Sunday’s terrorist truck ramming attack in Jerusalem was further proof for the notion that the more the PA Arabs sense that the international community is anti-Israel, the more inclined they are to resort to terrorism.

They also issued “An open letter to the President of the French Republic,” which “draws attention to France’s harmful role vis-à-vis the island of stability and democracy in the Middle East.” The letter condemned a policy that undermines prospects for peace and expresses its solidarity with the State and people of Israel.

An Open Letter to Monsieur François Hollande, Elysee Palace, Paris.

Mister President,

You took the initiative to convene an international conference in Paris to impose on the State of Israel a solution of dismemberment.

It was under your mandate that the vote was taken by the National Assembly recognizing “Palestine,” the vote at UNESCO denying any connection between Jerusalem and the Jewish people, the vote at the World Health Organization on Israeli health policy, the marking of Israeli products, and the iniquitous vote at the UN to try to make “Judenrein” the Biblical Lands of Judea and Samaria.

All that was missing was an international conference in Paris in the absence and against the will of the State of Israel.

At a time when the Middle East is on fire and mired in blood, Syria is in ruins, Iraq is resonating with permanent explosions, Libya is in the hands of Muslim terrorists, Iran is preparing its nuclear future thanks to the agreements you have signed, Turkey lives under a dictatorial regime, the Kurds still have no recognized independent territory, refugees number by the millions, civilian and military victims are in the hundreds of thousands – your crucial problem remains support for an unlikely terrorist Arab state.

Indeed, in this context, it is urgent to weaken the only island of stability and the only democracy in this region –the Jewish state – in Europe and in this European Union, no problem! Britain slammed the door of Europe; Greece crumbles under the weight of financial constraints; Italy is in danger for its banking institutions; millions of “migrants” sweep over the old continent; Crimea is annexed by Russia and the fighting takes place in Ukraine.

But the urgency lies in the action against the State of Israel! Your only problem and your ambition remain the push to share the capital of Israel and the Jewish people, to force them to withdraw from their historical lands of Judea and Samaria. Yours is a tenacity that touches on obsession!

Not wishing to make more trouble, but this policy smacks of Dreyfus and the yellow star.

You should know, Mr. President, that when you leave the Elysee, the Jewish people will be jubilant. Indeed, we will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the victory of the IDF which brought about the liberation of Judea and Samaria and the reunification of Israel’s eternal and indivisible capital: Jerusalem.

Jacques KUPFER

President, Israel Is Forever


Jews 2nd Largest Religious Group in 115th Congress

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

Out of the 535 members of the incoming US Congress, 30 are Jews, following the 485 members of both houses who define themselves as Christian, according to the Pew Research Center. Jews make up 2% of the US adult population but account for 6% of Congress.

Jews also account for 50% of the Supreme Court.

Lagging behind are the Mormons (who are kind of Christian), with 13 members, Buddhists (3), Hindus (3), Muslims (2), and 1 each: Unitarian Universalists and Unaffiliated.

Among the 293 Republicans elected to serve in the 115th Congress, 291 identify as Christians; there are two Jewish Republicans – Lee Zeldin of New York and David Kustoff of Tennessee, both serving in the House.

The 242 Democrats in Congress include 28 Jews, and those three Buddhists, three Hindus, two Muslims and one Unitarian Universalist. The Democratic delegation also includes the only member of Congress who describes herself as unaffiliated, Rep. Kyrsten Sinema from Arizona.

In fact, according to Pew, the group that’s most underrepresented are the religiously unaffiliated, which accounts for 23% of the general public but is represented by only 0.2% of Congress.

Two-thirds of Republicans in the new Congress (67%) are Protestant, 27% Catholic. 42% of the Democratic members are Protestants and 37% Catholics.


Support Group: Today’s Aliyah ‘Basket’ Must Include Subsidized Therapy

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

NGO Chaim Shel Tova (Heb: life of goodness), which has been working in recent years to help families of Olim in Israel, particularly in Judea and Samaria, believe an important aspect of the Aliyah experience – emotional and psychological support – has been missing from the services available to newcomers.

“The process of making Aliyah can be very complex and discouraging,” explains CST head Rav Natan Shelo, who also serves as Rabbi of Mevo’ot Yericho in the Jordan Valley. “A person is leaving their job, their society and their social status behind. Further, the culture shock, foreign instincts, difficulty in adjusting, and other issues are likely to increase stress. A couple that comes and struggles to find work in Israel might experience disappointment, anger and frustration. If in their native country the family members held well-respected jobs, the new need to receive financial assistance is not only an economic crisis, but also an emotional one. In such cases, assistance to the family consists of three components: providing for economic needs, assisting in finding work, and providing necessary therapeutic sessions to help the family members overcome emotional issues.”

Devorah (pseudonym), who came to Israel four years ago from Belgium, is one such Olah. She was raised in Israel, where she met her husband, an Oleh. They lived in Israel for a few years, during which she gave birth to their two daughters. The family later moved to Belgium to find work, lived there for 10 years and had several additional children.

Four years ago, they joined a group of Olim from Belgium and France that came to settle a town near the center of Israel. Despite the joy in coming back to Israel and their good command of Hebrew, the family experienced many difficulties. “While it is very exciting to make Aliyah, it is something that can lead to feelings of doubt and insecurity, says Devorah, adding, “This can be seen both between husband and wife and in relationships among all members of the family.”

“Before our Aliyah, we shared a sense of euphoria,” she relates. We didn’t anticipate the economic difficulties we were about to face. We arrived in Israel with a budget for one year, expecting that within our first year we’d be able to get a source of income.”

“We owned a successful business abroad, so our economic situation was stable and good,” she explains. “We could afford whatever we wanted and spoil the children with everything their hearts desired. We didn’t need to establish priorities and decide which things were more important and which we could do without.”

“Once we arrived in Israel, our adjustment to the new realty was very hard. By year’s end the money was gone; we started borrowing and got deep in debt. Our quality of life sank significantly. Suddenly we didn’t have whatever we wanted around the house, everything required consideration and thinking – is this necessary? The kids had a hard time accepting it. Why had they been entitled to whatever they wanted abroad, and here, in Israel, they aren’t?”

“The atmosphere at home was becoming harsh and stressful,” she recalls. “My husband stayed a whole year at home, because he couldn’t find work. Being home under these circumstances created tension. Everything was falling apart. In a time of crisis, it overflows into all the difficulties in our lives, taking them out of proportion. My very relationship with my husband was in question suddenly. The children would yell, in times of conflict, ‘Why did you bring us here?’ My own emotional state was so fragile. Everything was falling apart, including our marriage.”

“In times like this, every small difficulty becomes a huge hardship,” she explains, recalling, “For example, I would contact the school concerning one of the children, and I remember stopping in the middle of the conversation, crying, and getting back to the call.”

“The tension around the house would collect and drain down to the Shabbat meals. Shabbat, which is supposed to be the day of rest, a time for replenishing, became a charged and harsh time. Whatever had been burdening the children’s hearts the entire week would come out around the Shabbat table. Often this ended with a shouting match, crying, a child storming away. Shabbat marked our deep sense of failure.”

Devorah realized she needed help. “Because I have a background in therapy, it seemed natural to me to ask for help. And since I had no problems with the language, I was able to seek out help rather quickly and within a year I found someone who was able to counsel me and also counsel our older children.”

It was at this point that Chaim Shel Tova entered the picture, offering to subsidize group and personal therapy for Devorah’s family. “Without them, I don’t know what we would have done,” she says. “Their support was crucial because each session is very expensive and each member of the family had to go to sessions for an extended period. Our Aliyah had already put us under considerable financial stress. And knowing there’s this organization whose purpose is to provide for mental health issues was also comforting,” she explains.

As a result of the therapy, the family persevered and stayed in Israel. Devorah, as someone who had experienced the process of making Aliyah, now offers her advice to new immigrants as well as for those considering Aliyah.

Devorah emphasizes that faith must accompany the decision to make Aliyah, to help them overcome the tests and crises that will occur along the way. “You need a lot of faith. You have to look at everything and realize that the tests are truly for the best in order to help you and your family grow,” she explains.

Devorah advises that Olim properly prepare to integrate into Israeli society including learning the language and meeting people. “There is something psychological that people are very loyal to their language,” she notes. “You have to realize that Hebrew is the holy language of the land of Israel. Insisting on relying on your native tongue will make it much harder to integrate.

“I am in contact with many Olim and see many who close themselves off, have difficulties educating their children, and fail to understand what their spouse is feeling,” she says. “A person who makes Aliyah has to come with an open mind and realize that the toolbox they used in their old country is not the same as the one that they’ll be using here. The education system is not the same education system. Life is not the same and people’s mentalities here are different. In the Diaspora, education is influenced by the gentile surroundings. A person has to be prepared to separate from things that they have become used to, but that are no longer applicable in the land of Israel.”

“Part of the difficulty of Olim is the result of trying to hang on to what they had there, primarily in terms of physical things,” Devorah states. “Life in the Diaspora involves more physical comforts and wealth, but it is important to realize that the future of our people and our children is here in the land of Israel. In the Diaspora there is no future for Jews.” She recommends making Aliyah with a group, yet at the same time points out the flaws in this approach:


ADL Pres. Makes Bogus Claim Of (Right-Wing) Conspiracy To Discredit The Group

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

{Originally posted to the author’s blogsite, The Lid}

Last week an 800-word letter was sent to leading Anti-Defamation League activists by ADL President Jonathan Greenblatt. The letter was sent to counter what Greenblatt said was an “organized, concerted effort” to delegitimize the group.

Greenblatt listed the supposed myths/charges against the group, among them, that the ADL does not support Israel; that it no longer combats anti-Semitism; that it supports the movement to boycott Israel; and that Greenblatt is a Democratic operative. While Greenblatt didn’t state it, according to the JTA which broke the story, the ADL president’s purpose was to refute myths circulating in the right-wing Jewish blogosphere and on social media.

As someone who has been criticizing the organization for the past dozen years (and part of that right-wing Jewish blogosphere), I must disagree with the ADL President’s complaint. He is not comprehending the real complaint about the ADL. The vast majority of the complaints do not claim that the ADL has abandoned Israel, supports BDS, or no longer fights anti-Semitism. The majority of the attacks center around one serious charge against the group, a charge that was raised way before Greenblatt became the leader of the ADL. The charge is that the Anti-Defamation League prioritizes Democratic Party/ progressive political issues in front is stated mission, and when the two conflict, the ADL’s stated mission takes a back seat to party loyalty.

The ADL’s website describes its purpose:

“The Anti-Defamation League was founded in 1913 “to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all.” Now the nation’s premier civil rights/human relations agency, ADL fights anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, defends democratic ideals and protects civil rights for all.”

During the term of Greenblatt’s predecessor Abe Foxman, the ADL shifted direction, making Democratic Party politics its primary concern.

In his book “Ally: My Journey Across the American-Israeli Divide,”  Michael Oren wrote that at the very beginning of his administration, Obama met with his hand-picked members of Jewish leadership. Obama included the anti-Israel J Street which discarded the pro-Israel and actual part of Jewish leadership, the ZOA. As head of the ADL, Abe Foxman was part of that meeting.

According to Oren, Obama told the Jewish leadership that one of his goals was to put some distance between the US and Israel to make America look better to the Arab countries. “When there is no daylight,” the president told American Jewish leaders in 2009, “Israel just sits on the sidelines and that erodes our credibility with the Arabs.”

Obama followed through and by the middle of his first term he became possibly the most anti-Israel president in the history of Modern Israel. Despite the Obama policy (that Foxman and the supposed Jewish Leaders kept silent about), in 2011, Foxman’s ADL and the AJC led an effort asking Jews not to criticize Barack Obama’s anti-Israel policies. They asked Jews to pledge not to make Israel a wedge issue in the 2012 campaign.

The Anti-Defamation League and the American Jewish Committee have joined together in an effort to encourage other national organizations, elected officials, religious leaders, community groups and individuals to rally around bipartisan support for Israel while preventing the Jewish State from becoming a wedge issue in the upcoming campaign season. Join the ADL and AJC in taking the “National Pledge for Unity on Israel” — and sign our pledge.

The message was clear, even though Israel had ceased being a bi-partisan issue, they wanted the Jewish vote to continue to support Obama. The real purpose of their effort was to isolate Jewish groups who pointed out the failings of President Barack Obama’s anti-Israel policies. They wanted Jews to continue supporting the Democratic party because the ADL (and especially Foxman) had a vested interest in ensuring that the Jews continue to vote Democratic and re-elect this president, and the ADL’s leader feared losing access to the White House.

There is no better evidence of the ADL putting party before its mission than that the group remained silent about the Democratic Party, keeping three pro-Israel planks out of its platform in 2012, the Israeli flag burning, and other anti-Israel protests at the 2016 Democratic convention.


Under Foxman the ADL began to address issue that had nothing to do with its mission.

In 2007 they joined the Democratic Party in criticizing the Supreme Court’s decision upholding the laws against partial birth abortion. The issue in this case is not whether or not one supports abortion, especially partial birth abortion, but whether or not it is an issue for ADL.

At the end of 2010 President Obama was trying to sell the much criticized “Start Treaty.” At the time, John Podhoretz said the proposed treaty creates “a parallelism between American strength and Russian strength that is a very, very bad precedent in terms of how we ourselves think about American power.” Many others criticized the treaty as one-sided in favor of Russia, but the ADL stepped outside its mission. In a letter sent to all members of the Senate, the ADL urged Senators to put aside reservations about the treaty or its protocol in the interest of the greater goal of preventing Iran from developing nuclear weapons. No Kidding he wanted the senate to believe that the Start Treaty would prevent Iran from developing nukes. Heck the P5+1 nuclear treaty Obama approved last year didn’t even do that. The real reason for the Start treaty was Mr. Foxman and the ADL were trying prove that they were the real leaders of the progressive/Democratic party movement.

In 2009 ADL issued a “White Paper” promoting the progressive’s negative PR spin against the Tea Party Movement, calling it part of the “New Rage in America” (which wasn’t true). That same Anti-Defamation League refused to recognize the blatant anti-Semitism present in Democratic Party-approved Occupy Wall Street, until a campaign by Joel Pollak in Breitbart’s BigGovernment.com embarrassed them into making a statement.

When Bibi Netanyahu scheduled his March 2015 speech to Congress, Abe Foxman speaking for the ADL, took the Democratic Party position, telling The Jewish Daily Forward that the controversy over Netanyahu’s speech was unhelpful. He added that Netanyahu should stay home. “One needs to restart, and it needs a mature adult statement that this was not what we intended,” Foxman said in an interview. “It has been hijacked by politics. Now is a time to recalibrate, restart and find a new platform and new timing to take away the distractions.” Foxman was right when he said the speech had been hijacked by politics, but rather than call out those who were making it political (the White House and Democratic Party leadership), Foxman protected his position in the progressive movement and told the Israeli Premier to cancel his speech.

When Barack Obama tried to sell his Iran deal with words that William Daroff Senior Vice President for Public Policy and Director of the Washington office of The Jewish Federations of North America said echoed the false anti-Semitic canard that Jews pushed America into the Iraq War, the ADL was silent.

During his presidency, Obama has allied himself with Al Sharpton, who fomented the anti-Semitic pogrom in Crown Heights and incited the anti-Semitic fire-bombing of Freddy’s Fashion Mart in Harlem. Not only did the ADL fail to criticize the president for partnering with the unrepentant anti-Semite, but as Sharpton became important in Democratic Party politics, the ADL embraced Sharpton as well.

In 2016 Obama’s State Department condemned Israel for allowing people to build houses on the western side of the Jordan River. The land was legally purchased in 2009 by Dr. Irving and Cherna Moskowitz from US Presbyterian Church. It wasn’t the building of houses that the Obama administration objected to. If Christians or Muslims were to live in them, Obama wouldn’t have objected. As it is with so many other things, the Obama administration objected to the fact that Jews were going to live in those buildings. This wasn’t a statement about Israel “taking Palestinian land and building settlements,” the Obama administration was saying that Jews are not allowed to purchase land from Christians and build homes on the parcels, clearly an anti-Semitic position. Not wanting to criticize a Democratic Party president, the ADL was silent.

Then there are the two most recent examples: the ADL’s false charges of antisemitism against Steven Bannon, and their protection of Keith Ellison against valid charges that he is anti-Semitic and anti-Israel. The ADL criticized the Republican Bannon who has a history of supporting Jewish causes, and protected the Democrat who has a history of Antisemitism, associating with terrorist Muslim Brotherhood organizations and opposing the Jewish State. Mr. Greenblatt backed off both positions after he received overwhelming criticism.

Whether or not the reason behind the ADL’s initial stance on the Democrat Ellison, or Republican Bannon, has anything to do with their party affiliation cannot be proven. However, as pointed out by the examples above, those stances do follow a long-time ADL trend.

In his letter to supporters, Mr. Greenblatt, said the “attacks” on the ADL is part of the divisiveness in America today:

“Much of this campaign reflects wider trends of our time: the dangerous polarization in the US, Israel and within our community fed by the dogma that if you are not 100 percent with me you are the enemy as well as the phenomenon of ‘fake news’ where agenda-driven half-truths are presented as fact, reinforcing these hardened positions,” said the email, one of whose recipients posted the contents on Facebook.”

ADL President Jonathan Greenblatt is acting like the Republican and Democratic party establishments, who didn’t understand (or try to understand) the reasons for the candidacies of Bernie Sanders and President-Elect Donald Trump. Despite what Greenblatt believes, the criticism of the ADL has nothing to do with the polarization of America, nor can it be blamed on “fake news.”

The attacks on the ADL are based on false promises. The organization says its mission is fighting “anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, defend[ing] democratic ideals and protect[ing] civil rights for all.” What that mission hid was that the organization doesn’t defend “democratic ideals” but “Democratic Party” ideals. The organization isn’t anti-Israel, nor have they stopped fighting anti-Semitism, it’s just that their priority is to be a one-sided political organization.

Jeff Dunetz

Eretz Israel Lobby Tour Group Harassed by Arab, Israeli Leftwing Demonstrators

Monday, September 19th, 2016

A tour of about 100 Eretz Israel Lobby activists from central Israel, led by MK Yoav Kish (Likud) and MK Bezalel Smotrich (Habayit Hayehudi), was harassed and then physically attacked by a mixed group of leftwing Jewish activists and PA Arabs, when they visited the squatters’ enclave outside Susiya, in Area C, where the Supreme Court has ordered the Israeli government to demolish the illegal Arab shacks lean-to structures of the Nawaj’ah family, but work there is being delayed because of EU and US pressure. The leftwing and Arab demonstrators yelled anti-Israel slogans and waved signs condemning the Regavim movement, which is dedicated to enforcing court decisions against illegal Arab construction everywhere.

Eretz Israel Lobby Co-Chairman MK Kish said in a statement, “We witness today an irregular case of an illegal Palestinian takeover of the South Mount Hebron areas, a treasure trove of ancient Jewish settlement from more than 1,500 years ago. I focus all our forces and efforts to prevent this trend, and it will be stopped.”

Co-Chairman MK Smotrich said in a statement, “The illegal village of the Nawaj’ah family is a stain on the State of Israel. It’s a settlement of former Yatta Village residents who established themselves on State lands over two decades. The court has ruled time and again that these illegal dwellings must be evacuated and yet there’s no response. The US State Dept., in a rude and inappropriate intervention, demands that the State of Israel permit the illegal village to stay, and we have come today to protest this intervention in internal Israeli policy and to demand the immediate removal of this illegal village.”

Mount Hebron Regional Council Head Yochai Damari said there was a connection between the failure to enforce court decisions on the ground in Susiya and the revival of Arab terror attacks in Jerusalem and Hebron. And Regavim CEO Yehuda Eliyahu called on the Prime Minister not to surrender to the unacceptable pressures from abroad and to act in the best interests of the State of Israel while maintaining the rule of law.

David Israel

Legal Group Challenging Police on Criminalizing Entry into Judea and Samaria Area B

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

Is entering Area B without coordinating it with the authorities a criminal offense? Israeli police have apparently begun to charge Israeli citizens who enter these (few) parts of Judea and Samaria where, according to the Oslo agreements, the PA enjoys civil control and security is managed jointly by Israeli and PA forces.

On Friday, August 26, the Petah Tikva Magistrate Court agreed to a police request to distance a group of 13 Breslov hasidim from Judea and Samaria for a period of 60 days because on Thursday night they had entered the village of Kifil Haras (Timnat Heres, location of Joshua’s tomb), near Ariel in Samaria, to pray at the tomb. The group was attacked by rock-throwing Arabs. Soldiers and police who arrived at the scene promptly detained the Jews.

Kifil Haras is located in Area B, which Israeli citizens may enter at will, just as they are permitted to drive on sections of Route 60 which cuts through the Area B Arab town of Hawara, as well as on the road from Jerusalem to the Jewish community of Nokdim.

Legal aid society Honenu attorney Chai Haber said in a statement Monday that he finds it difficult to understand the police unprecedented approach, “claiming that entering Area B, which is permitted to Israeli citizens, constitutes the criminal offense of ‘public nuisance,’ due to the fact that Arab terrorists throw rocks and endanger the lives of Israeli citizens.”

As is often the case in these hearings, Judge Smadar Abramovitch-Kollende sided with the police and ordered the restraining of all of 13 detainees from entering any part of Judea and Samaria for 60 days.

Haber complained against Israeli security forces who detained his clients. He said that “instead of protecting the worshippers, the IDF and the police decided to detain them. I was not surprised to hear from the police representative during the deliberation that not one of the rock-throwing Arabs had been detained.”

“This is a slippery slope,” Haber argued, adding: “Tomorrow the IDF could decide that instead of dealing with the individuals throwing rocks on the roads, they will detain the Jewish residents driving on the main roads, some of which are in Area B. We will file an appeal on the scandalous decision to distance the worshippers from all of Judea and Samaria.” He also wondered “why it is that the left-wingers who entered [Area A] Ramallah [in June 2016] and were attacked [by local Arabs], were not detained, while the worshippers who entered Area B were detained.”

The police argued that although entry to the Area B village of Kifil Haras is permitted to Israeli citizens, there are scheduled, guarded entries to the village, and because the Breslov group did not coordinate their arrival with security forces they were charged with being a “public nuisance” and with “disturbing a public servant in the performance of his duty.” Police claim that by riding into the village unaccompanied, the hasidim provoked local Arabs’ anger, endangering their own lives and the lives of the soldiers who were sent into the village to protect them. In court, the police argued that a week earlier Breslov hasidim had entered the city of Shechem (Area A) in order to reach Joseph’s Tomb in Area C — which police believed bolstered their demand to bar them from all of Judea and Samaria, including Area C.

As we mentioned earlier, attorney Haber asked police in court whether the rioting Arabs had been detained and was told that none of them had been picked up, because, according to police testimony, security forces did not want to “create a provocation, but rather acted to save the lives of the suspects.”

But they did much more than save their lives, as Haber noted: the Jewish worshippers, some of them only 14 years of age, were detained for interrogation at 3 AM and brought to court only after 2 PM the next day. This was in violation of Israel’s Youth Law. Another violation: their parents were not invited to the court deliberation. Haber said some of the minors complained of police brutality and one of them said that a policeman threatened him with a Taser gun.


New Group Lending Legal Representation to Farmers Who Shoot Arab Burglars

Thursday, August 18th, 2016

Farmers at the Forefront, an initiative of the Regavim NGO whose mission is “to ensure responsible, legal, accountable & environmentally friendly use of Israel’s national lands and the return of the rule of law to all areas and aspects of the land and its preservation,” is offering free legal representation to Israeli farmers who have shot criminal invaders on their property.

“Feel abandoned? Afraid to sleep at night? Need counseling and legal defense? We’re on your side,” says a press release from the new organization, which sees itself as a bulwark against the plague of burglaries in Israeli owned farms both inside the green line and in Judea and Samaria.

The Regavim press release describes dozens of calls the group is receiving from farmers asking for legal counseling regarding invasions of their agricultural plots as well as their private domains in Kibbutz, Moshav, and private communities. One such individual was a farmer from the Aviam moshav in the Golan, who has endured years of harassment by criminals from the nearby Bedouin town of Tuba-Zangariyye. Two years ago he was attacked by three Bedouins who tried to injure him but was able to defend himself. The criminals then filed a complaint against him with local police which confiscated his legally licensed handgun.

Another was a framer from Yavne’el who’s been suffering from invasions of his grazing lands by the Bedouin villagers of Rumat al-Heib, who cut down his fences and cause additional damages. Finally they stole cows from his barnyard, and when he complained to police, the Border Guard policeman who arrived to investigate stole one of his calves, then closed the file “for lack of public interest.” After the Farmers at the Forefront became involved on the farmer’s behalf the case was reopened and the robber policeman was indicted.

“We believe that once there’s an address for the farmers to turn to, the burglars will understand eventually that it doesn’t pay to mess with them,” declares Farmers at the Forefront. “We can’t continue to abandon Israel’s farmers in the field, literally. They guard our land, so we will guard them, and until the State does what it’s supposed to — we’ll do it.”

If you’ve recently shot a burglar on your farm or need any other kind of advise on your thieving villager neighbors, write to agro.law@regavim.org or call 02-547-0022.


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