Issue 3 – February 2, 2006
Thoughts on Ancient Times & Current Events by Ashirah Yosefah
“Close to 6,000 policeman and soldiers entered Amona, near
Ofra, Wednesday morning after receiving orders to ‘arrest activists without
In a scene hauntingly evocative of the Crusades, Israeli police moved in
on horseback against unarmed Jews gathered to protest the demolition
of nine homes in Amona on
(Yediot Acharot Newsphoto)
In a response to an earlier Shuvoo newsletter this week on the topic of Hevron, one of our subscribers offered an appreciated comment. He noted that the spirit of the Hevron article was one that would have touched the heart of The Lubavitcher Rebbe, but at the same time, he cautioned me that as Jews we must also take care to love our fellow Jews. With this I agree and each morning as I begin to daven the morning prayers, I take upon myself the commitment “ahavta l’rayacha kamocha” … to love my fellowmen as myself. However, the Torah also says that “you shall surely rebuke your fellow” when there is a matter that contravenes Torah and justice. It is in the spirit of this commandment that this article is written.
On Wednesday, February 1st, Israeli television stations broadcast live the heartbreaking footage of the destruction of Amona and the officially sanctioned attack on its residents and those who had gathered in solidarity with them. Waiting in line at a bank, I watched in horror at the scenes playing before my eyes, until the bank manager intervened and shut off the courtesy television. Tragically, the real horrors were playing out off-camera in the worse demonstration of police and military violence of Jews against Jews that this country has every witnessed. It is unbelievable that these black-garbed and helmeted beings can be Jews. There must be some cruel mistake. It simply fails logic. Erev Rav, yes … mercenaries brought in to perform a horrific mission, perhaps … but, Jews doing this to Jews? Worse yet, Jews doing this to teenagers, children and Knesset Members? Words fail me.
There have been many of late
who have criticized the passion and the efforts of the religious youth of
Lest anyone should be aghast
at Jews and
Israeli MK Ettie Eitam being treated at the Amona field infirmary for a head wound
received during his efforts to show solidarity with the residents of Amona.
(Jerusalem Post photo)
The destruction of Amona is not an isolated incident. First there was Gush Katif with 10,000 people turned into refugees in their own land, then Sanur in the Shomron, now the looming threat over residents of Hevron, and this week Amona. Next on the chopping block? Six permanent homes in Haresha and twelve in Hayovel, according to a front page article in the Jerusalem Post on Thursday. Both communities are in the Shomron. What does it take for decent human beings to respond in outrage, or have we lost all sense of decency?
The Jerusalem Post, in a front page article by Rafael D. Frankel on Thursday, February 2nd, reported that the well-known activist group Peace Now had “successfully petitioned the court to force the [Israeli] government to enforce its own demolition orders in Amona” and “is asking the court to do the same” in respect of the communities of Haresha and Hayovel. Why is the Israeli justice system acquiescing foreign activists and turning frozen hearts, blind eyes and deaf ears on the people of the State of Israel … well, at least if you happen to be “an extremist Jewish settler”? Haven’t we enough to deal with combating suicide bombers, Kassam rockets and the recent election of Hamas as the ruling political party of the Palestinians?
They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but there are also times when words truly convey the gravity of a situation. The following paragraph is a quote from an article written by Shlomo Wollins as he was reporting live from Amona at on Wednesday. Shlomo, himself, suffered multiple injuries during yesterday’s event, by withstood his own discomfort to maintain his coverage of what he terms “a black day in Jewish history”:
“There are no words to transmit the horror and tragedy that my eyes have witnessed over the last 24 hours in Amona. It was clearly a staged and intensely violent attack on the child-protestors, that at times became complete chaos with settler deaths not out of realm of reality. 250 of the children have been hospitalized (roughly 1 out of 10 of the protestors), with one young boy in a self-induced coma having suffered a fractured skull. Although this was the most severe injury, I personally witnessed and filmed dozens of young man being carried out on stretchers with severely-bleeding, multiple head wounds from the riot batons. It was a scene out of Dante’s Inferno, and radically exceeded the Gush Katif situation in intensity, injury, and violence. Not only children, but Member of Knesset Effie Eitam was kicked in head by horse as soldiers pushed forward, and was carried out on stretcher with profuse head bleeding.” – Shlomo Wallins, in Amona.
Yeicham Eyal, on right, with brothers. Yeicham Eyal today.
Yeicham Eyal (Yeicham ben
Rachel) is fifteen years old. He lies in
hospital today in a coma, unable to breathe without a respirator. The coma was medically induced in an effort
to combat pressure in his brain that can cause permanent brain damage, even
death. His inability to breathe is a
frightening symptom. He received these
injuries standing up for justice and human compassion in Amona. Today he cannot stand at all. Hundreds of others were injured. Outside of