Dear Media and Rabbonim, amv"sh
Ron Jager of the Shomron Liason office will be in New York tomorrow, Tuesday February 28th and is leaving to Israel on Wednesday iyH . He can be reached at "Ron Jager" <firstname.lastname@example.org> and he will be happy to speak with you about Chavat Gilad and how you can partner with them to help build the Yeshuv in answer to this terrible provocation by the Israeli Police at 4:30am this morning. Please call or email me me, Robin Ticker email@example.com 718-338-3822 or Shmuel Koenig "Shmuel Koenig" <firstname.lastname@example.org>,as well and we will be happy to put you in touch with him or with Oshri David or David HaIvri.
Dear Friends, amv"sh
This is a followup letter to the one posted on http://shemittahrediscovered.blogspot.com/2011/02/horaat-shaah-emergency-appeal-for.html. There you can find background information about Chavat Gilad. Here you can find out details on how to contribute. (paypal, money transfer, snail mail etc.)
Donations for this cause can be made online via paypal at this link
Oshri David writes: Please let me know what and how the donation was sent so
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Please pass this email along to your shuls and Rabbonim. Send it to your friends, If you are media, write about it and talk about it. We have contacted and continue to contact many Rabbonim such as Rav Shmuel Kamenetsky, Rabbi Michel Twerski of Milwaukee, Rabbi Levin of Chicago, Rabbi Zolty of Mirrer, Rabby Yisroel Reisman of the Agudah of Madison, Rabbi Feivel Cohen, Rabbi Yedid and Rav Tsafrani of Shaarei Tzion, Rabbi Abady of the Safra Synagogue, Rabbi Tokayer of Kingsway etc. and they are in the process of reviewing the material. Our impressions are they are indeed supportive of our fundraising efforts and we are hoping that they will add their names to this Recommendation.
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From: David Ha'ivri <email@example.com>
Date: Mon, Feb 21, 2011 at 2:53 PM
It is 9:50PM in Israel. I just received a text message from Ilana Shimon in Havat Gilad. Their fuel has run out again. The generator stopped working and the are in the dark.
Dear Friends, amv"sh
Please read HaRav Yitchok HaLevi, Rav of Karnei Shomron,letter (translated into English) pleading from the depths of his heart to help this community.
"Et Achai Anochi Mevakesh". They are counting on us. Please let us respond affirmatively with funds for this Outpost in the Shomron and to support Yeshuv in Yehuda and Shomron in general. (Women in Green, Nadia Matar and Yehudit Katzover are also working feverishly to stop the Arab Land grab in Yehuda but that is for a different email)
For additional references re: the Gilad Farm Outpost you can call the Afsi Office and ask to speak to Helen Freedman Executive Director 1212-828-2424 who visited Chavat Gilad on their Chizuk trip for Parashat Chayei Sara or you can call Melonie Marmer Esq. 718-338-3119 who visited there as well. They can testify to the harsh conditions this community is enduring as per the letter written by HaRav Yitzchok Halevi.
Local Rabbanut Karnei Shomron
HaRav Yitzchok Halevi
Rav Hamekomi (The Rav of the Community)
Yom Revii, (Wednesday) Parshath Ki Tisa (Where is written (Exodus 33:17) "Ki Matzatha Chein BeEynai" ( "Because You Found Favor in My Eyes")).
12 Adar Aleph 5771
To Whom It May Concern:
Re: Our Praiseworthy Heroes, the Residents of Chavat Gilad
I hereby request that you highly recommend pioneers in the Shomron , the residents of Chavat Gilad of the Shomron. These residents are building Eretz Yisroel with their 10 fingers, literally! To our great disappointment, they are not receiving any help or support from the establishment. And sometimes ----- the opposite. (and for the wise the rest is implicit)
The residents cope with difficult daily challenges. They are still not connected to electricity or to the national water supply. In this location, in the winter time they need heat. This is even more so when we are talking about young couples blessed with little babies. In spite of the obstacles piled along their path, these residents are holding on to this place with their fingernails.
There is agriculture, working and building of the Land. Young couples, already married are investing their wedding money, (at risk of being demolished by the gov't robin) to build their homes. In all honesty, we are talking about true pioneers without exaggeration.
And now, the water is up to their necks. There is not enough fuel to supply heat and lighting. There is real distress because of the weather conditions on the farm.
Therefore, I am calling for Hashem's help for these heroes. "Et Achai Anochi Mevakesh", my brothers I am seeking, to come to pioneer for our brethren in Israel who are fulfilling, with their physical beings, they, their wives and their children, the Mitzva of Yeshuv Haaretz with all 248 of their limbs. And, in this way, we will partner with them, to some extent, with the building of our beloved Land.
HaRav Yitzchok Halevi
The Rav of Karnei Shomron
Rabbanim Chashuvim shllita,
Isn't this a matter of Pekuach Nefesh not only for Judea and Samaria,but also for population centers within shooting range and by extension all of Israel, all of world Jewry and humanity?
Isn't this a battle between the forces of evil, which is the unity of Fatah and Hamas vs. Torah and Jewish Claim for Yehuda and Shomron and for all of Eretz Yisroel within the Torah designated delineated boundar? Surely this is what the first Rashi of Breishit is all about.
Now a few more words about the delegitimization going on in the UN.
This past Friday, February 18, 2011the UN Security Council voted 13 to 14 against Jewish Settlement in Judea and Samaria. The 14th vote, a United States veto, was by no means pro Jewish Settlement and even so a day of rage is scheduled in Judea and Samaria against this US Veto. We can not rely on the US as a solid friend.
As the courageous young mother Ilana Shimon resident of Gilad Farm Outpost stated with conviction "There is no freeze...We are building as usual. Continuing to expand... We believe in building and continuing to act. Not only to build homes but to build a community." Arabs tried to burn down the Gilad Farm successfully destroying one home. The community refrained from reprisal. As Ilana put it, "the answer, the revenge is construction. To build one home and another. That is the best and correct response". http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UHv8m-9c_Cg&feature=player_embedded
Thank you for caring and for reviewing this material. Building Gilad Farm Outpost and making sure they have electric power and water is the best response to Arab or US deligitimization. Please read the latest Arlene Kushner post which brings light on the "US/Obama's administration recent veto in the UN Security Council to condemn Israel." It is clear that only our unwavering faith in Hashem's Promise and Covenant with Am Yisroel regarding Israel's rightful settlement in Judea and Samaria and the entire Land of Israel, will protect and save us.
Any followup on this matter leading to funds is greatly appreciated.
Robin Ticker 718-338-3822
Shmuel Koenig 718-375-7056
New Post by Arlene Kushner--February 20, 2011"What the Hell Is Going On?"On Friday the US vetoed the resolution that had been advanced in the UN Security Council by Lebanon, on behalf of Palestinian Authority, that would have condemned the Israeli "settlements" as illegal; the other 14 members of the SC voted for this -- which, according to Abbas made his venture a success.OK. Good. Better that it was vetoed. Prime Minister Netanyahu expressed appreciation to President Obama. Certain members of Congress, who had called on the president to cast that vote, did the same.But from me Obama gets no thanks. He wasn't doing this to support us. The US government has made it clear that it is opposed in principle to the "settlements." It's just that it is still committed to getting parties to return to the negotiating table.As US Ambassador to the UN, Susan Rice, put it, "This draft resolution risks hardening the positions of both sides. It could encourage the parties to stay out of negotiations, and, if and when they did resume, to return to the Security Council whenever they reach an impasse."~~~~~~~~~~Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and the very best friend we have in Congress, put it most aptly:"The administration's display of angst and its hesitation to use its veto is a major victory for those extremists elements who relish in demonizing Israel. And for the administration to go as far as calling the choice to veto regrettable is simply shameful."Oh, right on, Ileana!~~~~~~~~~~What I want to examine is that American "angst" and the fallout that has ensued.Obama had begun by making an alternative offer to the Palestinian Arabs. He had his reasons for not wanting to declare the "settlements" illegal in the Security Council, but his alternative proposal contained a good number of items that would have been troublesome: A statement by the Quartet, a statement by the President of the Security Council, an official visit to Judea and Samaria by the Security Council.~~~~~~~~~~Definitely not a position that was friendly to us. And with regard to Obama's relation to Israel, this is what must be kept in mind:In a time of severe unrest in the area, with Obama professing support for the people in the street who are ostensibly seeking democracy, Israel, the only genuine and stable democracy in the Middle East, is being undercut by America.~~~~~~~~~~When the alternative offer was rejected by the PA, with the backing of the PLO, Obama placed a phone call to Abbas, which, I have read, lasted the better part of an hour. Reportedly, he told Abbas that he had done more for the PA than any other American president. Sounds about right.But what we're seeing is that even this didn't carry the day with Abbas. So little is Obama's influence.~~~~~~~~~~The PA news agency Sama has additionally carried a report from a senior member of Fatah saying that Secretary of State Clinton threatened to cancel aid to the PA if Abbas didn't withdraw the resolution.Didn't make a dent with Abbas, either. He simply said he had to act for the good of his people.~~~~~~~~~~What we are seeing, my friends, is a US that has lost all clout, an America that is going, going down.It's a painful, pathetic sight, with manifold implications and repercussions -- none positive.But it is hardly unexpected. Being "nice" does not work with the Arabs. Remember how Obama called Abbas first after becoming president?All of it is for naught, if you're not tough. The more you give, the more they expect, and ultimately, the more disappointed they are.~~~~~~~~~~Israeli MK Ibrahim Sarsour, a member of the United Arab List, wrote a letter to Abbas yesterday. It gives us an idea of what the Arabs are thinking:"After the exposure of lies from the US, we must say frankly to Obama,'You no longer scare us and you can go to hell.' Obama cannot be trusted...The time has come to spit in the face of Americans...."[The veto] proves for the thousandth time that Obama is worse than his predecessor Bush in his loyalty to Israel, his bias...and in ignoring the ongoing crimes against the Palestinian people, land and holy places."Incredible! Bush never demanded that settlements be frozen, and Bush, whatever his failings, was certainly more supportive of Israel and tougher with the PA than Obama. There's the lesson.~~~~~~~~~~Nor is this the end of it:The PA has threatened to reconsider its position on negotiations. Abbas is saying he may bring a similar resolution to the General Assembly.While yesterday Palestinian Arabs were calling for a "Day of Rage," to take place next Friday, to express anger at the US for the veto. This was proposed by Tawfik Tirawi, a member of the Fatah Central Committee.A PA "Day of Rage" against the US. Imagine...~~~~~~~~~~And then, in news just out, we have this further wrinkle: PA Prime Minister Salam Fayyad has approached Hamas with a unity deal. Don't know that it's much of a deal, actually. What he proposes is that the PA continue to rule in Judea and Samaria, with Hamas -- pledged to maintaining a cease fire with Israel -- continuing to rule in Gaza. The two parties would then work out a way to place both areas under one governing body.But the devil really is in the details. Hamas demands for control have been such that there has been no understanding with the PA forthcoming despite multiple efforts towards unity. Until this were to be worked out, there would be no "unity," no matter what the parties might choose to call it.~~~~~~~~~~So far, there has been no comment from Hamas. And it is far too soon to speculate on the obviously negative impact some unity deal would have on "the peace process."The PA is constantly doing a dance between the two poles of the US and Hamas. On this occasion, as I see it, Fayyad is thumbing his nose at the US, by demonstrating intention to waltz towards Hamas. Likely more gesture than reality. But we'll see...~~~~~~~~~~We'll never hear about it, but could it be that Obama is so furious at the conduct of the PA that he has smoke coming out of his ears? Or is he thinking about how he can offer more concessions to appease them and bring them around?Does it dawn on him at all that a party as intransigent as the PA is not going to sit at a negotiating table and make the compromises requisite for peace? Is he planning to keep on pushing for the impossible? Or has he silently thrown up his hands in resignation?~~~~~~~~~~The only thing that makes sense at all is a tough stance with the PA now -- which, in any event, is what we are least likely to see from Obama.~~~~~~~~~~Closer to home, what matters most is that Israel should stand tough:No making concessions to Obama, to show "gratitude" for his veto.No backing off on our rights to live and build in Judea and Samaria in order to "help" jumpstart negotiations.I understand that Netanyahu felt it necessary to thank Obama. And I even understand that he has resorted to his role-playing: his efforts to show the world how eager Israel is to make peace, while the PA remains a stumbling block.But did he have to say this: "We seek a solution that will reconcile the Palestinians' legitimate aspirations for statehood with Israel's need for security..."Ouch! There is nothing legitimate about Palestinian Arab aspirations.~~~~~~~~~~But there is another approach that brings with it the comforting prospect that Israel will stand strong:The Ministerial Committee for Legislation is considering a bill that would apply Israeli civil law to all communities in Judea and Samaria, where military law now applies. (This is not annexation.)It should have been done many years ago, for as matters stand, Jewish residents of Judea and Samaria have all the obligations and responsibilities of citizenship without the full benefit of the civic system. This would make clear that all people who are Israeli citizens are to be treated the same, and would send a powerful message.Most significantly, the authority to approve, or fail to approve, construction would no longer fall to Defense Minister Ehud Barak -- this would be within the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Housing and Construction and would pretty much preclude a freeze on building.The bill is being sponsored by National Union; the 27 MKs who support it come, as well, from Likud and Yisrael Beitenu.~~~~~~~~~~I'm not terribly optimistic that this will pass. As I understand it, the sponsors of the bill are realistic about its slim chances of succeeding.But it is an important beginning: putting issues on the table and demonstrating a position of strength.~~~~~~~~~~Tomorrow is another day...~~~~~~~~~~
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This email is L'Ilui Nishmat Yisrael ben David Aryeh ob"m (Izzy - Kaplan) a great activist and lover of Eretz Yisroel, Am Yisroel and the Torah. Yehi Zichrono Baruch.
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