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State Issues Administrative Detention, Expulsion from Judea and Samaria Orders Against Jewish Activists

Sunday, August 23rd, 2015

(JNi.media) During the night and early Sunday morning, police and the Shin Bet have issued a large number of administrative distancing orders against young Jews, both adults and minors, expelling them from Judea and Samaria, and in some cases Jerusalem, and even from contacting their friends, on the ground that they endanger public safety and are the source of potential disturbances.

A Shin Bet official stated that “given the recent terrorist attacks [by Jews], including some that caused the loss of life, the General Security Service in recent days recommended issuing restraining [distancing] orders against 10 activists.”

But, according to settlers, as many as 16 administrative expulsion decrees have been issued against Jewish right-wing activists, over the past two weeks, as well as three administrative detentions, and the wave of warrants is not yet over.

“The system is under unprecedented pressure and is using illegal means against the residents who are engaged in settling the land,” the Honenu legal aid society said in a statement. “We are witnessing a dramatic rise in the volume and severity of administrative orders, which seriously violates the rights of the recipients of these orders.”

On Saturday night, two young men, one of Ramat Hasharon, the other of Ma’ale Adumim, received administrative detention orders, which included a ban from Judea and Samaria and the prohibition of contacting some of their friends.

During the night, police raided the Od Yosef Chai Yeshiva and the Givat Kumi Uri neighborhood in the Yitzhar outpost, and handed out administrative nighttime house arrest orders to two boys from the towns of Bat Ayin and Alon Shvut, for a period of six months. In addition, the two have been forbidden to stay in Judea and Samaria anywhere but inside their parents’ homes, while one of them has also been banned from Jerusalem. Both boys were forbidden to make contact with some of their friends.

On Sunday morning, police handed out administrative restraining orders to a resident of Ge’ulat Zion in the Shilo cluster—married with children, as well as two minors living in Yad Binyamin and Amona.

A young resident of Kiryat Arba on Sunday was handed a warrant prohibiting him from entering anywhere in Judea and Samaria outside his own home. The man, 21, told the website Kol Hazman that he intends to appeal the order through his attorney, Itamar Ben-Gvir, of the legal aid society Honenu.

Some legendary “Hilltop Youths” have told the same website that “the orders will not break us.”

Attorney Itamar Ben-Gvir said “the defense minister is conducting himself like an elephant in a china shop. With his actions, he sends the message to young people that there is no democracy, and, in effect, encouraging them to break the law, because there are no legal indictments and due process.”

‘Can Angels Die? Yes. The Hatred Kills Both Body and Soul.’

Thursday, March 19th, 2015

In the West Bank, an Israeli Arab paramedic cannot gaze at his little girl, cannot hug her, without seeing before his eyes the picture of a Jewish man hugging his own baby daughter — both of them dead, murdered by two teenage terrorists.

Four years ago, a horrific tragedy was perpetrated by monsters; but those who survived were met and aided by an anonymous, caring paramedic they never had the chance to know. It was a terrible night; who thought of such things? The first paramedic to arrive on the scene was Muawia Kabha, an Israeli Arab Muslim. The experience affected him deeply, as have others he has shared — chosen to share — with fellow paramedics who serve in Judea and Samaria.

Kabha wrote the following piece on the March 11 anniversary of the murders of five members of the Fogel family in the Jewish town of Itamar in Samaria. Israeli translator Michal Reznic, who rendered the piece into English, added a note to let readers know that she is proud to call Muawia Kabha, the writer of “these profound words,” her friend. Kabha has asked that readers share his words with others, so that perhaps some day the relatives of the Fogel family of Itamar might come to know who he is and find a way to be in contact with him. To offer both sides that choice, we present his deeply heart-stirring, and soul-hurting words.

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“Four years ago, on this very day, two Palestinian terrorists armed with butcher’s knives succeeded in breaking into the Israeli village of Itamar. Without flinching an eye, the terrorists unfathomably and systematically slaughtered Udi and Ruth Fogel and three of their children, Yoav (11), Elad (4) and 3-month old, baby Hadas.

Roi and Yishai escaped this ritual murder because the terrorists did not know of their whereabouts. Tamar, their daughter, also escaped simply because she was not at home at the time.

Palestinian society glorified the massacre. Palestinian media allowed the relatives of Evil to appear on television and declare that they are proud of their sons. Celebrations were held and candy was distributed throughout the Gaza Strip.

Until this day, the president of the Palestinian Authority, Mahmoud Abbas, refuses to deal with the incitement rife in the areas under his rule – the same incitement that enables human beings to butcher babies with carving knives without blinking an eye.

My dear friends, I, Muawia Kabha, for the past 15 years have been lying in a pool of blood that’s been dripping from human beings, victims of hatred. A pool of blood made up of Jews’ and Arabs’ blood, men and women, children and infants !!!

Why should we not join hands and unite while living instead of continuing this bloodshed? Let’s join hands and drop the daggers of hatred that keep stabbing us mercilessly !!!

So many victims, so many killings, so much death. What for? Why? Because our ego doesn’t let go and doesn’t allow us any flexibility. This ego represents our animal instinct that refuses to comprehend that evolution has transformed us from animals to human beings.

Last week I read an article about a group of Muslims in Europe (Oslo, Norway) who decided to join hands and encircle a synagogue as a symbol of solidarity and peace.

Why should one group join hands to protect the other, instead of joining hands WITH the other? Why should we not join hands — Jews, Muslims, Christians, Druze and every other religion on this earth — together. In doing so our hands will be occupied with strengthening each other rather then holding the knife that will take the other’s life.

A Message For Our Generation

Thursday, July 17th, 2014

When I think of people dying al Kiddush Hashem, in sanctification of God’s name, I tend to focus on the Holocaust or earlier generations in our history. Our generation, with its material comforts and affluence, initially doesn’t come to mind when I think of mesiras nefesh (self-sacrifice) and dying al Kiddush Hashem.

I therefore was perplexed and surprised when reflecting on just a few of the Jews killed in recent years due to the fact that they were Jews: The eight boys learning in Mercaz HaRav; the five members of the Fogel family, including a three-month-old baby girl, in Itamar; the Holtzbergs, Chabad shluchim in Mumbai, India; Baruch Sandler and his two children in Toulouse, France; and the still raw trauma of the murder of Eyal Yifrach, Naftali Frankel and Gilad Shaar.

Many others, including all the victims of the Second Intifada, could and should be on this list.

I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. We say in the Passover Haggadah, “In every generation they stand up against us to destroy us.” In truth, to many in my generation those were always just words. But when considering the stockpiled evidence, we have no choice but to acknowledge that it speaks to our generation as well. The vulnerability we all feel is acute and real.

Social media was abuzz recently with stories of inspiring visits to the various shiva homes for Eyal, Naftali, and Gilad. One rabbi who visited from America reported that on the gate entering the Frankel home the following words were written: “Am HaNetzach Eino Mefached Mi Derech Aruka” (An eternal people doesn’t fear the long journey). He said the words spoke much louder than any long sermon he could possibly give.

These poignant and powerful words moved me to tears. They represent to me our total trust in Hashem that we will ultimately be redeemed, though we understand that there will be bumps and significant hurdles along the arduous path.

My tears flowed from the realization that those on the front lines of the suffering have understood and embraced this reality wholeheartedly. Frankly, I had never seen anything quite like it in my life.

We read in Balak how Hashem opens up the mouth of the donkey. The donkey asks Bilam what he did to deserve being hit three times. The anomaly is that rather then using the word “peamim,” times, the Torah uses “regalim,” the word we traditionally use to describe our three festivals. Rashi tells us the Torah is alluding to Bilam’s desire to eradicate a people who celebrate the three festivals of the year.

The Maharal of Prague in Gur Aryeh, his commentary on Rashi, , elucidates this by explaining the uniqueness of the three festivals and why the donkey focuses on that particular mitzvah. He explains that time is comprised of past, present, and future – and the message of the donkey is that our people have prevailed through past and present and will survive into the future. Hashem gives us the three festivals to inculcate within us our dominion and permanence within time.

All three festivals are situated within the warmer months, filled with hope and light, in contrast to the winter months, which represent death and stagnation. The donkey is rebuking and challenging Bilam over his desire to harm a nation that rejoices within the times of growth and potential. This joy embedded within the growth season reflects our eternality, timelessness, completeness and yearning for ultimate tranquility.

Bilam, representing the archetype of our enemies throughout the centuries, is rebuffed by the symbolism of an eternal people, accented and highlighted by the placement of our three festivals – an eternal people not afraid of the long and difficult road home.

Terrorists Caught Infiltrating into Itamar

Saturday, February 15th, 2014

On Friday night four terrorists were caught trying to infiltrate into the town of Itamar, in the Shomron.

An IDF lookout saw four suspicious figures approaching the town and sent out a unit to search for the suspects.

The IDF caught three of the infiltrators who immediately surrendered, while a fourth tried to run away and was also caught.

The terrorists were armed with knives, and equipment for breaking into homes. They were brought in for interrogation.

In another month it is the anniversary of the 2011 Fogel family massacre, when residents of Awarta infiltrated into Itamar with knives, and killed most of the family members on a Friday night.

Bar Mitzva in Judea and Samaria

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

We’ve decided to dedicate the bar mitzva of our second son to life in the communities of Judea and Samaria, with guests and family from Hebron, Itamar, Eli, Gush Etzion, Har Bracha. I have led a number of unforgettable Taglit-Birthright trips. They were inspirational, fun and historically comprehensive, except for one glaring omission. The young Americans never saw the burial place of Abraham in Hebron, the ancient ruins of the Tabernacle in Shiloh, the fantastic mausoleum ruins of Herodian, or the beautiful and picturesque winery at Psagot.

All these things and more, contained in the ancient biblical heartland of Judea and Samaria, are off-limits to Birthright trips and not one of its 25-odd providers crosses the Green Line.

That is, except when this policy is brazenly violated by every single Birthright trip when it visits the Old City of Jerusalem and the Western Wall – a contradiction which is conveniently overlooked.

This refusal to allow young Jewish Americans to witness the smiling children and inspired lives of these sunlit communities in the desert reinforces the fraudulent notion that they are mere settlements, lacking permanence, when many are highly developed and well-integrated towns, with every amenity, including very established educational institutions.

Our family is blessed with six daughters and three sons. We’ve had five bat mitzvot already, but this weekend will be only our second bar mitzva, that of our son Yosef Yitzchak, named after the sixth Rebbe of Lubavitch. And we’ve decided to dedicate the bar mitzva to highlighting Jewish life in the communities of Judea and Samaria, from visiting, with guests and family, Hebron, Itamar, Eli, Gush Etzion, Har Bracha and more. All these communities are beginning to feel the pressure of yet another “peace” deal, which puts them squarely in the cross-hairs as the principal obstacles to said peace.

US Secretary of State John Kerry travels to Israel on a near-weekly basis to foster an agreement between Israel and the Palestinians. The principal focus of this deal is Israel’s retreat from the biblical lands of Judea and Samaria in the West Bank. Call it Gush Katif redux.

But just as the withdrawal of Gaza has led to war and eight years of rocket and terror attacks against civilians, Israel’s withdrawal from Judea and Samaria would have much more serious consequences.

Every obituary of Ariel Sharon, whose passing we mourn this week, must of necessity include two themes.

First, that he fought like a lion throughout his life to advance Israel’s security and second, that the final act of his life involved a massive retreat.

I vividly remember the communities of Gush Katif that he dismantled, having taken my children there twice just prior to their 2005 destruction.

Our children were among the last to plant trees in Gush Katif on the Jewish holiday of Tu Bishvat, and we did so amid great rejoicing – even though we knew they might be uprooted a few months hence.

The communities of Gush Katif were miraculous, growing green peppers out of the sand dunes of Gaza and sporting a well-stocked zoo to distract the children from the daily horrors that Jewish life in Gaza entailed.

Every tour given to us by a resident involved tragedy. There was hardly a family that had not had a member or friend murdered by Palestinian terrorists, who treated the Jewish residents of Gaza as target practice. To be sure, the IDF responded, and sometimes ferociously. But for all that, the people of Gush Katif, with their beautiful synagogues and scholarly yeshivot, accepted that they were sitting ducks, bringing a civilizing element, agriculture and budding industry to one of the most destitute areas in the world.

Air Force Airlifts Generators for Blacked-out Towns in Samaria

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

The Israeli Air Force has airlifted generators to end an electricity blackout in the Jewish communities of Itamar and Shiloh in Samaria (Shomron.)

The two towns, along with several other smaller communities, have been without electricity since last Thursday because of the savage storm that crippled Israel with more than three feet of snow and torrential rains in low-level areas. Teams of repairmen have been working around the clock to restore the electrical supply to all the hundreds of disconnected homes.

Aharon Katsof, a resident of Aish Kodesh in the Binyamin region of Samaria, told Tazpit News Agency, “We have been without power for five days.  We have been using wood for heat, and gas for cooking. We also lost our water supply, so we melted snow for water. During the first days we had a problem with food supplies, and we were completely cut off.

“At some point the army began to provide us with food. Those who had wood-heating hosted those families who had none. We had communal meals. Today, most cars were dug out of the snow, and so we can get in and out; the siege has been broken.”

Military Court Convicts PA Terrorist for Murdering Jew in Samaria

Monday, July 15th, 2013

An Israeli military court has convicted a Palestinian Authority terrorist for the April murder of 31-year-old Eviatar Borovsky, who lived in the community of Itamar, in northeastern Samaria.

Zagal stabbed Borovsky to death as the father of five waited at a bus stop at the Tapuach Junction. Border Police officers shot and wounded Zagal at the scene of the attack.

The alleged killer was released from an Israeli jail eight months ago after serving three years for rock throwing.

“The proper sentence for a heinous murderer is death,” said Borovsky’s widow, Sophia,. “That is the only proper sentence for a deed such as this.

“I wish this base murderer a death of torment, but it is really useless to put him in jail, when one takes into account that he will be released in one (prisoner) swap or another, and will use his time there for academic studies free of charge, and the high standard of living that the state of Israel gives the murderers of its citizens.”

Zagal’s brother is jailed in the Palestinian Authority for collaborating with Israel.

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