Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Destruction in Bat Ayin + Action Alert

Dear Friends,

As we were preparing the below email about the protest we must
organize against the decree to destroy a synagogue in Yitzhar, we got
a phone call at 5:30 am by our friends in Bat Ayin telling us that
over a 100 police and yassam troops had arrived to destroy two houses
in Bat Ayin. We, of course, immediately drove to Bat Ayin, with our
cameras. We came too late to stop the destruction. Clearly we must
make sure to rebuild the houses. Below is our reaction to what
happened followed by an action alert to save a synagogue in Yitzhar
from being destroyed in a few days.

Our photos of what happened were posted on the Arutz 7 Hebrew site and
can be seen by clicking on


Reaction by Women for Israel's Tomorrow (Women in Green) and the Judea
Action Committee to this morning's destruction of two houses in Bat
Ayin by tens of Yassam and police forces.

The murderers of policeman Yehoshua Sofer HY"D, who was murdered by
Arabs last week in the southern Hevron Hills, were not caught yet, but
that did not bother the police to allocate tens of troops to attack

This Wednesday morning at 5:30am, tens of police and yassam forces
arrived in "Mitzpe Erez", in the Jewish community of Bat Ayin, not
with paintball guns as in the terror flotilla, but rather with batons
and machine guns, and destroyed two houses that were built in the Bat
Ayin forest after and in reaction to  the murder of Erez Levanon HY"D.

In a letter that the families wrote a few days ago when they heard
that their houses were slated for destruction they say:

"Our settling in the forest is not an irresponsible picnic by young
couples who are looking to relax but rather a clear statement of
growth and expansion at a place where the life of Erez Levanon HY"D
was taken away cruelly and heinously, with the clear purpose of
scaring us and paralyzing us so we should not dare to go out and

Our settling Mitzpe Erez is the one and real answer to all those who
try to paralyze and silence us ­whether it is the external enemy or
the government, especially at a time of the "freeze" whose meaning is-
the destruction of the settlement enterprise and is very dangerous for
the future of the Jewish People".

We, members of Women for Israel's Tomorrow (Women in Green) and the
Judea Action Committee, strengthen the hands of our brothers in Bat
Ayin and call upon the People of Israel to help rebuild the houses
that were destroyed. That is exactly why we founded, a few months ago,
the YIBANEH fund for building and expansion in the hills of Judea. The
Yibaneh fund will donate, already this morning 5000NIS ($1250) for the
rebuilding of Mitzpe Erez and we hope many more will join.

With love for Israel,

Nadia Matar and Yehudit Katsover
050-5500834         050-7161818

Dear Friends,

Women for Israel's Tomorrow (Women in Green) applaud Rabbi Pessach
Lerner, executive vice President of Young Israel for protesting the
destruction orders against the Od Yosef Chai Yeshiva in Yitzhar.

We must all join!

Please read the letter below, send your protest letter to all
addresses mentioned at the bottom of the letter and forward this email
to all your lists.

Five years after the destruction of Gush katif and Northern Samaria,
we cannot, ever again,  let a yeshiva /synagogue  in Israel be

Nadia Matar and Yehudit Katsover

May 25, 2010

By Rabbi Pesach Lerner, Executive Vice President,
National Council of Young Israel,

Dear Fellow Jews:
We cannot let a yeshiva/shul in Israel be destroyed. Allow me to 

The following article appeared on Arutz Sheva news on Sunday, May 9, 

The IDF's Civilian Administration issued a demolition order Sunday
against the spacious building that houses Od Yosef Chai Yeshiva at
Yitzhar, in Samaria.

Local residents believe that authorities are purposely punishing the
yeshiva because of a confrontation with the IDF that took place on
Independence Day, and also because security forces hold the yeshiva's
students responsible for various attacks against Arabs in recent
months and years, including the burning of a carpet in a mosque at the
nearby village of Yassuf.

“It turns out that the authorities are making special efforts to hurt
the yeshiva in an unfair and vindictive way,” a yeshiva spokesman said
Sunday. “It should be noted that the building is an ornate permanent
structure, with an area of 1,300 square meters, which was built with
the aid of the Ministry of Housing and was approved by the various
authorities to serve as an educational institution.”

The destruction order, the residents said, cited an 11 year old
work-stoppage order ­ one that they had never heard of until now. The
building took years to build and cost over $1 million.

Dear friends, the yeshiva administration, the regional councils, etc.,
are all challenging this destructive order. Individuals within the
government are asking questions, but we have a responsibility to do
all that we can to ensure that this order gets overturned. We must
publicly urge Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to forcefully and
publically rescind this order. We cannot sit back and allow a yeshiva,
a beautiful center of Torah and Tefillah, to be destroyed.

Each of us must send daily emails, send daily faxes, and make daily
phone calls to the Prime Minister of Israel protesting this
inconceivable action. People need to send letters to the Israeli
Embassy in Washington, DC and to the Israeli Consulate in New York.

We must demand that our community organizations, our rabbis, our
entire community, speak out. We cannot allow this Chilul Hashem, this
desecration of G-d’s name, to take place. Please send an email, send a
fax, and make a call, now. Tell the Prime Minister to protect the
yeshiva building in Yitzhar and prevent it from being destroyed.

Contact Prime Minister
Benjamin Netanyahu at:

Telephone -
011-972-2-670-5532 (attention: Tzvi Hauser, Cabinet Secretary of the
Israel government)

Fax (send to all three numbers) ­

011-972-2-563-2580 (attention: Tzvi Hauser, Cabinet Secretary of the
Israel government)

Email (send to all three email addresses) ­ (attention: Tzvi Hauser, Cabinet Secretary of the
Israel government) (underscore after pm)

For the contact information of the Israeli Embassy in Washington, DC
or the consulate office nearest to you,

To see the order to raise the Yeshiva

Click to view this email in a browser

National Council of Young Israel
111 John Street
Suite 450
New York, New York 10038

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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