Sunday, October 25, 2009


Dear Friends,


Women in Green would like to congratulate and strengthen the hands of the Shimshon Battalion soldiers who, at their swearing in ceremony at the Kotel this past Thursday, raised a banner that stated clearly: "Shimshon Battalion does not carry out evictions at Homesh".

As Gil Ronen writes in his report on Israel National news:

"An unprecedented mutiny took place at the swearing-in ceremony of Shimshon Battalion soldiers at the Kotel Thursday evening. Immediately after being sworn in, some of the soldiers raised large signs which said “Shimshon Battalion does not carry out evictions at Homesh.”

Parents of soldiers also raised similar signs at the same moment.

The anger and frustration within the ranks of the Shimshon soldiers and their families reached a boiling point after the battalion was ordered to carry out numerous evictions at Homesh ­ a Shomron (Samaria) community that was razed in the “Disengagement”.

Just as the Kfir Regiment Commander began his speech at the ceremony, soldiers from the battalion raised two large signs against the evictions. Similar signs were raised by the soldiers' relatives in the audience. The “Disengagement” carried out in 2005 by the government of now-comatose Ariel Sharon included the destruction of all Jewish communities in Gaza. It was carried out in the hope of bringing about peace with the Arabs. However, no peace has materialized, and Jewish activists have been persistent in their attempts to return to Homesh. The military, on its side, has been evicting these Jews from the ruins time and time again ­ sometimes in a violent manner, and often on the Jewish Sabbath" (see link to Gil Ronen's article with a short video clip at bottom of this item).

This act by the Shimshon soldiers and the support by their parents will, please G-d, pass on a clear message to the government: never again will we allow you to use our sons and husbands to commit crimes against the Land of Israel and the People of Israel. We send our children to the army in order for them to fight the Arab enemy and to defend the land and the People of Israel. For this purpose they are willing to sacrifice their lives. Uprooting Jews from the Land of Israel and destroying Jewish homes in the Land of Israel is not part of what the IDF soldiers are meant to do and this is what the Shimshon brigade soldiers passed as a clear message.

Women in Green are proud to know that we have such wonderful youth who know that soldiers are not meant to be robots who blindly listen to any order and who, specifically at the Kotel, close to the Temple Mount, pledged allegiance to the Land of Israel and the people of Israel. These youth are our future leaders.

For the story on Israel National News:

2) TUESDAY, OCTOBER 27th, 2009 at 4:00pm


Some five years ago the Hacohen family understood that the way to safeguard the Land of Israel is by settling its hills. They decided to go up on one of Kiryat Arba's still empty hills, a hill within Kiryat Arba's municipal boundaries. They went up, with their children, to the Gal hill, turned an old bus into a 'house', and little by little, as the amount of children grew in the family, thank G-d, they expanded the bus and called upon more couples to join them. Today, thank G-d, the Hacohen family have 11 children and live on the Gal hill with another four families.

A few months ago the residents of the Gal hill built a goat pen and started producing goat cheese and milk. Last week they received a destruction order from the civil Administration stating that two containers belonging to the goat pen must be evacuated from the hill or else they will de destroyed.

The residents of Gal, understanding that such orders are just a prelude to destruction orders for entire homes, decided to react with a clear statement; not only are we not taking down our containers but we will lay the cornerstone for a synagogue.

Women in Green call upon all to come and participate in this joyous occasion, this coming TUESDAY, OCTOBER 27th, at 4:00pm.

For transportation: Women in Green will drive together to Kiryat Arba in a car convoy, leaving the Gush Etzion intersection at 4:00pm.

For those wondering why we need to make a fuss about two simple containers we would like to remind the story Elyakim Haetzni told us two weeks ago in Shdema, when he recounted the story of the renewal of Jewish life in Judea and Samaria after the Six day war.

Haetzni told us, in great detail, about all the little struggles they had to fight in order to advance and achieve things. For instance, in the early seventies, Jews were not allowed to bring chairs to the tomb of Patriarchs. Haetzni showed us tens of legal documents and fights they had to fight for months until Jews were allowed to bring in chairs. For an outsider, those little battles seem strange, but as Haetzni said, it is those little struggles that pave the way for the bigger victories. If we show steadfastness for the smaller issues, with the help of G-d, we succeed in the larger battles.

Likewise when we are told that they want to destroy two containers. The authorities are testing us. If they see that we are determined and will not stay quiet even for two containers, the message will be clear: don't even think about ever again removing us from the Land of Israel. We will fight for every inch.

The struggle about the containers is not a private struggle of the Kiryat Arba residents. It is a national struggle and thus it is very important we all come this coming Tuesday for the laying of the cornerstone to the building of a synagogue.

Loud and clear we will proclaim: No to destruction! Yes to expansion in the Land of Israel!


This past Friday in Shdema, Col in res. Yehuda Duvdevani told us moving stories about his connection to Rehavam Zeevi Gandhi with whom he was in the army for many years. His lecture strengthened us in our determination to continue Gandhi's legacy: a total love and loyalty to the Land of Israel.

Duvdevani told us how for the past few years he has spent most of his time and energy investing in the youth. He was therefore very happy to hear that the committee for a Jewish Shdema had created a sub-group, "the Shdema youth", who are an integral part of the struggle for Shdema. In addition, Duvdevani was very moved to see that not only adults came to listen to his lecture but also youth from the Nokdim pre-military academy who came to hear and be inspired by the stories about Gandhi.

Thank you to Abigail Browning for filming our lecturers. Lectures will be posted on the web soon.

Thank you to Rivka Ryback for her weekly photographing of our Shdema events and for posting it on her website:

This coming FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30 at 9:00am, Rabbi Chanan Porat will, please G-d, talk in Hebrew about Rachel Imeinu.

Be a partner in the struggle for Erets Israel. Join us on Friday mornings in Shdema.

4) Lastly, a must see 2 minute videoclip of a British military standing up for Israel and the IDF

With love for Israel,

Nadia Matar, Women in Green
Yehudit Katzover, the committee for a Jewish Shdema

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