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Manhigut Yehudit Responds to Critics of its Civil Disobedience Booklet
(January 27, 2005)
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Karnei Shomron, Israel (January 27, 2005 | Shevat 18, 5765) -
Yehudit, the conservative, ideological wing of Israel´s nationalist
party, has responded to critics of its booklet, "The Duty to
booklet calls for non-violent civil disobedience as the most
method for preventing Prime Minister Ariel Sharon´s "Disengagement
that will expel thousands of Jews from their homes in the Gaza Strip
"I am unfazed by the Likud´s efforts to expel me from the party and
prevent me from running in the next race for Israel´s parliament",
Moshe Feiglin, the leader of Manhigut Yehudit. "Before we published
pamphlet, we knew that the party apparatchiks would try to use the
to expel us from the Likud."
"We did not enter politics in order to follow to the caprice of one
politician or another. We came in order to lead the country on a
path, one rooted in authentic Jewish values. While other politicians
do-remain silent for tactical reasons even when the soul of the
nation is at
stake, we simply cannot. If we were to do so, there would be no point
entering the political area."
Feiglin continues: "The attempt to get rid of the Manhigut Yehudit
in the Likud by expelling its leaders is ridiculous. It is based on
fundamental assumption of small-time politicians that the motivating
behind Manhigut Yehudit is the same as theirs: personal gain. They
incapable of understanding that we are motivated by a common
if they expel me from the party, there is a long list of belief-based
candidates who will take my place."
"Members of Manhigut Yehudit, and veteran members of the Likud who
them, now represent more than 10% of all members of the party and the
Central Committee," says Michael Fuah, Managing Director of Manhigut
Yehudit. "It is simply impossible to expel all of us."
About "The Duty to Disobey"
The "Duty to Disobey" is a 30-page booklet that includes a series of
articles by Moshe Feiglin, Moti Karpel, Michael Fuah and Ronen
booklet calls for soldiers to refuse orders to uproot Jews from their
citing sources in the Hebrew Bible (the Torah), renowned Rabbis and
early Zionist leader Ze´ev Jabotinsky, whose ideology forms the basis
In one article, Feiglin writes: "Some say that civil obedience is a
but the truth is the opposite, as evidenced by the American
Martin Luther King Day. Refusal does not destroy; it builds. Military
refusal and civil disobedience in response to the expulsion of Jews
lead to the destruction of the army. It will build it up as a moral
will strengthen the basis for its existence."
Feiglin argues that the country is being subjected to a tyrannical,
undemocratic process which is leading the nation to a terrible
are talking about an increase of the damages caused by the Oslo
indescribable crime against entire communities that will tear the
shreds and undermine the very basis for the existence of the
"Conscientious soldiers who hold G-d in their hearts and will refuse
part in any act of evacuation or assist it, will save thousands of
from the death march which started in Oslo and is now gaining speed."
Michael Fuah, the Managing Director of Manhigut Yehudit writes that
difficulty in the battle against the "Disengagement Plan" is the
that "There is a left-wing public that is interested in a civil war.
public does not see Gush Katif settlers as their brethren, but rather
enemy... the extreme left is preparing its provocation, in which it
blame the right wing for firing the first shot." Fuah adds that "A
will not take place if brothers will not fight one another, if
will overcome blind obedience."
Ronen Zafrir, veteran of the elite Sayeret Matkal unit, compares the
Disengagement Bill to the Nuremberg Laws. "Sharon´s regime is no
legitimate. Only mass disobedience of hundreds of thousands will
state to a track of a parliamentary democracy and a sane regime. As
the peaceful revolutions of Eastern Europe, the moment soldiers
shoot at demonstrators, and when protesters put flowers in the
troops´ guns, the dictatorships understood they had to go."
About 70,000 copies of the "Duty to Disobey" have been printed and
distributed to synagogues nationwide where they have been eagerly
Additional copies are being printed and will be distributed by Young
Manhigut Yehudit, the organization´s youth movement at road
stops, and public spaces.
About Manhigut Yehudit
Manhigut Yehudit ("Jewish Leadership") is the successor to Zo
("This is Our Land"), the protest movement that opposed the Oslo
with massive civil disobedience in 1994. Realizing that Israel needs
political alternative rather than just alternative politicians who
the same suicidal agenda, Manhigut Yehudit seeks to strengthen the
collective Jewish identity and its connection to its Land. In 1998,
Manhigut Yehudit movement was established with the aim of enlisting
thousands of believing members in the Likud party, and electing a
leader who would be driven by Jewish ideals and values. As the
candidate for Prime Minister, this candidate would be the natural
the national camp and would be elected as the Prime Minister of the
Israel. Visit Manhigut Yehudit on the web at www.jewishisrael.org.
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