Sunday, September 26, 2010

Jewish Communities Celebrate End Of Building Freeze

Proof again that the world belongs to stubborn people...

Jewish communities all across Judea and Samaria (AKA the West Bank) celebrated the end of Israel's 10 month unilateral building freeze today by doing what they do best...building and improving their communities.

The Jews of Kiryat Netafim marked the end of the construction moratorium by laying a cornerstone for a badly needed kindergarten.

They brought trucks to the area, poured cement and broke into applause.

Shomron Regional Council head Gershon Mesika called the freeze "a racist decision which only forbids Jews to build their home in their country."

"We're laying a cornerstone to protest the injustice caused to 35 babies born here this year in Kiryat Netafim. Due to the whims of (Defense Minister) Ehud Barak, who has failed to sign the project outline, we cannot build kindergartens, children's homes and synagogues."

"From this stage I turn to Hussein Obama and tell him, 'The Land of Israel belongs to the people of Israel.'

"Throughout history leaders have conspired against the people of Israel, but they live on, while (the leaders) have disappeared off the history pages. So we will continue to build and develop the communities, in spite of the opposition of all the oppressors, inside and outside."

That's actually a pretty impressive birth rate, 35 kids born in one year - since there are only 620 residents in Kiryat Netafim! Must be the water...or maybe that enhanced fertility rate is a statement of commitment. People tend not to have children at that pace unless they feel rooted.

It might just be me, but I have a feeling they're not planning on going anywhere.

Another ceremony was held in the community of Revava, where Likud activists arrived on 80 buses.

The ceremony, pictured above, was attended by a fairly decent crowd of people, and the celebration featured attendees waving the flags of Israel,the US, Canada and Finland. (Unlike their Arab counterparts, Israelis don't burn American flags). A number of Chinese citizens arrived at the event as well, waving the flag of China.

I particularly liked what Revava's Druze Deputy Minister Ayoob Kara said in his speech about Israel's security being linked to the continuation of Jewish communities on Israel's borders. "When Jews were expelled from Gush Katif, we though we would reach the international border and 'the redeemer will come to Zion.' They continued hitting us and throwing Qassams at Ashkelon and Ashdod".

"The game in the Middle East is strong. Kill or be killed," he said, stating that he was a Jew and a Zionist "more than all other Jews and Zionists."

For those of you unsure about what he was talking about, Druze are non-Muslim Arabs who have their own religion but are Israeli citizens who proudly serve in the IDF..just like the Muslim Circassians and Bedouins. And of course, Kara is correct - retreat and making fresh areas of the Holy Land judenrein has not brought peace, just further aggression.

Yesha Council leaders also gathered near in the sukkah of Coalition Chairman Zeev Elkin, near his home in the community of Kfar Eldad in the Gush Etzion area.

"We gather here today both in honor of the Sukkot holiday and to discuss the end of the freeze," Elkin said at the start of the meeting. "This is a symbolic gathering place, in one of the frozen communities. Kfar Eldad has people who have been living in caravans (Israel-speak for trailers) and have not been able to build their homes. This reality is about to end tonight, and life in Judea and Samaria will return to normal."

Netanyahu had asked the Jewish residents of Judea and Samaria to observe restraint.But after ten months of doing just that, they've decided that they're through cooperating with de facto apartheid aimed at Jews, and enough is enough.

Note to Bibi Netanyahu and Ehud Barack - the tribe has spoken, and they're done with making any more one-way concessions to Abbas and getting nothing but hatred, bluster and violence in return.

Jabotinsky was right.

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