MK Eldad Explains His Civil Disobedience Website (INN-ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) 05/23/05)
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MK Aryeh Eldad has launched an internet site calling for civil
disobedience against the expulsion/retreat plan, with examples,
justifications, and legal tips for those who are arrested.
The National Union Knesset Member´s new website explains that the
steps he proposes - such as not paying taxes, turning in one´s ID and
reserve-duty cards, blocking roads, large groups taking extended
vacation from work, mass sit-ins at ports and the like -
are "illegal, but accepted in the framework of civil disobedience
around the world."
The site - in Hebrew, at "www.meri.org.il" - also proposes that
soldiers and reserve soldiers refuse to participate in the
implementation of any orders related to the expulsion.
Knesset Speaker Ruby Rivlin, who, like Eldad, opposes the
disengagement plan, is not pleased with the site.
Eldad´s call for civil disobedience is "absolutely forbidden," Rivlin
said yesterday. "The blanket nature of the site is liable to be
interpreted wrongly by those who don´t understand the nuances as a
call to violate the law passively and non-violently. I told MK Eldad
that his call must be changed, and that it is not appropriate for a
Knesset Member to call for civil disobedience in response to
democratically-made Knesset decisions."
Rivlin stopped short of calling for Eldad´s removal as Chairman of
the Knesset Ethics Committee, saying this is not an ethical matter
but rather one of "boundaries and restrictions of [an MK´s] job, and
the essence of MKs´ parliamentary immunity."
MK Eldad told Arutz-7´s Ariel Kahane that he has no "copyright on
civil disobedience, which has already been well established in the
world... Some of the activities are very illegal, and some are less
so. One must be willing to pay a personal price of going to jail, in
the thousands and ten-thousands, but without raising a hand against a
policeman or soldier. We will wage the struggle the same way other
racist and immoral laws have been fought in other democratic regimes."
"Civil disobedience is a measured response to expulsion and
uprooting," Eldad said. "It is a response to the fact that we are
fighting an irregular plan that will lead to uprooting and expulsion
of Jews. The fight against an unethical law - one that is not Jewish
and not Zionist, which is being implemented by mass expulsion of Jews
and the declaration of a part of the Land of Israel as forbidden to
Jews - must be on par with its severity, as this is a war on our
home, the Land of Israel."
Asked if there is no fear that the campaign will lead to an increase
of hatred, Eldad said, "Certainly there is, for people are being
disturbed and negatively affected. But when we place the law-breaking
and inconvenience on one side of the scales, and the tremendous
danger facing the State on the other side, it is clear that there is
Eldad brought the Supreme Court in his defense:
"The Supreme Court often uses the concept of ´proportionality´ in its
decisions, saying that there are times when even a Basic Law can be
harmed for the purpose of a worthy goal. An example of this is the
State´s claim regarding the disengagement itself. The State claims
that very great diplomatic benefits will result to the general
population, outweighing the damage to a small amount of people. We
too say that if this plan goes through, the damage will be so great
that we are willing to pay a personal price and make life somewhat
difficult for many people. It is inconceivable that when Jews are
being thrown out of their homes, the rest of the populace will go
about their regular business as usual."
The website banner states: "Civil Disobedience: non-violent
resistance, with the willingness to pay a personal price, to fight
against laws that undermine the very existence of the State or its
character as the State of the Jewish Nation."
The site also includes legal aid information, such as, "If you are
arrested, remain silent, but explain that it is because it is a
political interrogation... Object to being released with
restrictions... As long as you have not yet been officially arrested,
you may use your phone - use these minutes to call the legal aid
center..." (IsraelNationalNews © 05/23/05)
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