The response of Women in Green to the destruction and uprooting of Amona:
The government of Israel has evacuated Amona – Does the Left or the world like us any better? Do they respect us more? Isn’t it better to apply the law in Judea and Samaria, to absorb exactly the same condemnations that we get in any case, but to do it to rescue the Land of Israel and Amona as part of it?
The Haaretz newspaper saw the destruction and uprooting of Amona as no less than a “last ray of light before the heavens darken forever”. In their view Amona symbolizes Israel’s loss of morality and the destruction of Amona as nothing but the bottom line. In an arrogant and patronizing expression they added that “the residents of Amona display their Judaism like a diplomatic passport. The laws of Israel do not apply to them because they are G-d’s consuls on Earth”.
And outside of Israel, the world behaves as always – the uprooting, the tears and the crisis in Amona evoked not even one sympathetic line. All of them, the BBC, the British Guardian, CNN, the French Le Monde and their European friends all focus on Israel’s bold approval to build another 3000 housing units in Judea and Samaria as if it were a crime on top of another crime. In their jaded eyes, the destruction of Amona is nothing but proof that Israel admits the “Arabness” of the grounds of Judea and Samaria, and that logic obviously dictates that justice is on their side. The High Court in Israel affirmed the world’s claim – we are guilty of occupation, dispossession and colonialism.
On the other hand, if Israel would apply sovereignty and it laws in Judea and Samaria we might bring about the expected reactions of fierce controversy in the entire world: Is that ethical? To whom does the Land of Israel really belong? Does the resolution of the League of Nations in 1920 still apply? Is the Bible relevant? Would the Arabs settle for only Judea and Samaria? This is our role, to be consuls of G-d on the Earth (you can even ask Haaretz) – to stimulate thinking in the world about the essence of justice and ethics.
Let us come to our senses – let’s apply sovereignty in Judea and Samaria and leave the defendant’s stand with no guilt on our hands and become guides, first for ourselves and our Land, but not only – also for the entire world.
And all of this for the same political price of needless destruction, suffering and injustice.
Yehudit Katsover and Nadia Matar
Women For Israel’s Tomorrow (Women in Green)
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