Thursday, October 30, 2008

Federman-Tor Farm

Dear Friends,

For those who have not heard all the details yet about the destruction of the Federman-Tor houses and farm in Kiryat Arba, we urge you to watch the following Youtube video in which Elisheva Federman gives a detailed account, in English, of what happened.

Our campaign to gather clothes and basics for the Federman and Tor families was a great success. Tens of Efrat and Gush Etzion residents together with tens of Women in Green members from Jerusalem managed to filla huge truck. We thank all of the volunteers who helped, packed, shlepped, drove, donated money, etc. Obviously whatever we managed to gather in one day is still a drop in the sea and the public is asked to continue to help. What is mainly needed now is money to help them rebuild their homes on the exact place where they were destroyed. See below for details as to how to donate.

Our Women in Green photographer Gemma Blech took some beautiful pictures of the truck campaign:

#Arutz 7 made a short Youtube clip about it too:

It is very important now to continue and show our support, not only to the Federman-Tor families but to all pioneering Jews living on the hilltops.

Here are the details as to how to help followed by a few thoughts as to why this persecution is taking place.

With Love of Israel,
Ruth Matar - Nadia Matar - Anita Finkelstein
Women in Green

1) TOMMORROW, FRIDAY OCTOBER 31st at 10:00 am at the Federman-Tor neighborhood:

Festive laying of the cornerstone to the new homes with the participation of Rabbi Dov Lior, Kiryat Arba Mayor Zvi Katzover, the Federman-Tor families and other public figures

2) Motsaei Shabbat Lech Lecha, November 8th at 8:30pm:
Fundraising concert for the rebuilding of the Federman & Tor homes at the Kiryat Arba Matnas. Singers will be: UDI DAVIDI, founder of the farm - SINAI TOR - resident - AARON RAZEL
Tickets: 50NIS - Tel. to order tickets 02-9961666

3) Details of the Bank Account to donate for the rebuilding of the Federman-Tor homes:

Name of Bank Account:

Because this bank account is for different chesed causes, you MUST add a note that the money is meant for the FEDERMAN-TOR families


The harsher they beat us, the stronger we will get!
by Nadia Matar

The destruction of the Federman-Tor farm is not the first nor the last destruction this government is planning. DM Ehud Barak already announced yesterday that he will increase the persecution of national Jews by giving them mandatory expulsion orders.

Until the upcoming elections, the Olmert-Livni-Barak government has a "carte blanche" to persecute the national camp. They think it is in their political interest. The harsher the measures against the settlers, the more votes they think they will get from the Left and the Arabs in Israel.

The leftists in power basically are planning to work on two levels:

1) To delegitimize the settlers. Why? simple: The Left wants to create a PLO State in Judea and Samaria. In order to do so it must destroy and get rid of the entire settlement enterprise. The problem is that all polls show that the majority of the Jewish People in Israel oppose the creation of such a PLO state. The majority of the people in Israel understand that if the withdrawal from Gaza brought Kassams upon Sderot and Ashkelon, then a withdrawal from Judea and Samaria and the creation of a PLO state in its stead will bring kassams on Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Natanya and Hadera. The people of Israel thus understand that the settlement enterprise is what protects the entire Gush Dan area.

In order to change that situation and make the majority of the people despise the settlers, and make them agree to dismantle the settlement enterprise, the government must delegitimize them, spreading the word as if the settlers are dangerous lunatics who endanger the rule of law and must be crushed. It happened in the days of the Rabin-Peres regime when agent provocateurs working for the GSS like Avishai Raviv were told to do acts in the name of the settlers and thus blemish our good name.

This delegitimization campaign has started again with the so-called attack on Prof Sternhall, blaming "settlers" for it; continuing with distorted and false reports on settlers "attacking" "poor innocent" Arabs who want to pick olives when the truth is always the opposite. See for instance the case of the Arab who burned a house in Yitzhar and then stabbed a nine year old Jewish boy. The media did not relate to the Arab attack but rather to the healthy and normal reaction by the Jews who marched down to the Arab village and smashed a few windows. Be prepared for more stories that will make the headlines with the purpose to delegitimize us.

2) Secondly, parallel to the campaign to delegitimize the settlers, the government wants to crush those healthy minded Jews who are not scared of the authorities. Who are those Jews? Those Jews who live outside the fences in Judea and Samaria. Unfortunately, most communities in Judea and Samaria are surrounded by fences. As we already learned in the Bible, fences are a sign of weakness and fear. Those fences were forced upon the settlers by the security forces who told them the fences are needed "for our own protection". But that is not true. The real reason the fences were brought in was that they help the authorities to control the settlers. The settlers can live and walk only where the security forces and the authorities decided we can be. If we want to go somewhere else, we must do so with special permits.

This dangerous frame of mind has been crushed by all those hundreds of healthy Jews who decided, over the past few years and especially after Gush Katif, to settle the hills OUTSIDE the fences, outside the "ghettos" planned by the authorities and to march all over Judea and Samaria without asking for permits. Settling outside the fences is a clear sign of defiance and a message saying: the entire Land of Israel belongs to the People of Israel. Nobody will tell us where we can and cannot walk, live or build. We will walk everywhere. We will build everywhere. This spirit of Jewish pride and freedom is what scares the authorities most. With such spirits the left will never be able to destroy the settlement enterprise! And that is why the authorities are persecuting those Jews by banning them from their homes with administrative expulsion orders and by destroying their homes in a vicious barbaric anti-semitic way. Obviously, this will not help. The harsher the persecution, the stronger the Jews will get, please G-d.

Now is the time for all friends of Israel to rally around those loyal to the Land of Israel and strengthen them. Please G-d, we will succeed and in the upcoming elections the majority of the People of Israel will give expulsion orders from power to all members of the corrupt, criminal and anti-semitic Olmert-Livni-Barak government.
Women For Israel's Tomorrow (Women in Green)
POB 7352, Jerusalem 91072, Israel
Tel: 972-2-624-9887 Fax: 972-2-624-5380

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