Bnei Akiva urging members to resist Ulpana evacuation (YNetNews.Com -Yedioth Internet) Kobi Nahshoni Published: 06.14.12, 19:52)
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Israel´s largest religious youth movement calls upon members to take
to streets. Secretary-general: We don´t have the strength to remain
silent in the face of this moral and social injustice
Bnei Akiva is joining the struggle over the fate of Beit El´s Givat
Ulpana neighborhood: The directorship of the largest religious youth
movement in Israel has called upon its members to work to stop the
planned evacuation, scheduled for July 1.
"Take to the streets and make your voices heard," reads an official
message to Bnei Akiva members.
Bnei Akiva Secretary-General Danny Hirschberg explained the
controversial call to take sides on a political issue: "We don´t have
the strength to keep quiet in the face of the plan to destroy homes
in our nation for no reason," he said. "We don´t have the strength to
remain silent in the face of this social and moral injustice
perpetrated against dear families who wanted to build homes in the
Land of Israel, knowing they did so legally."
In his letter, the movement´s leader compared supporters of the
Ulpana evacuation to the spies sent by Moses who denigrated the
Promised Land and the opponents of the evacuation to the only two who
loved Israel and praised it.
"No more destruction of homes and settlements in the Land of Israel,"
Hirschberg wrote. "No more injustice, immorality, and lack of
democracy in the State of Israel. No more fanning the flames of
divisiveness and hatred in the Jewish people."
Hirschberg stressed that the movement opposed any form of violent
resistance. "We won´t hurt anyone, but we will rouse ourselves and by
doing so rouse (everyone) in our state and our people… Heaven forbid
we harm anyone – not by words and not by blows, not toward citizens
who disagree with us and absolutely not toward members of the
security forces charged with keeping law and order in the State of
Last month, the High Court of Justice ruled that five homes in the
Givat Ulpana neighborhood of Beit El that had been constructed on
private Palestinian land would be evacuated on July 1. Beit El Rabbi
Zalman Melamed has called for armed resistance against the evacuation
in light of the deadlock between the government and the residents,
whom the state is trying to convince to leave voluntarily.
"This will be twice (as bad) as Amona," sources close to Melamed
Some on the Right have already designed a plan to fight the
evacuation, and activists plan to block the operation by closing
roads and throwing Molotov cocktails and paint-filled lightbulbs, as
well as by burning tires and barricading themselves inside the homes.
(Copyright 2012 © Yedioth Internet 06/14/12)
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