Wednesday, June 14, 2006


Thank You Nadia! By Sara Layah Shomron

Thank You Nadia!

By Sara Layah Shomron

Formerly of Neve Dekalim

18 Sivan 5766 (14 June 2006)

In a show of solidarity and support for "Women in Green" leader Nadia Matar, a group of Gush Katif evacuees traveled up to the Shalom Court in the Russian Compound of the Jerusalem Court house today where Nadia is standing trial. This is a precedent setting case.

This outspoken leader who promotes Jewish settlement throughout the Land of Israel is charged with the crime of insulting a public official. Yonaton Bassi, head of the Disengagement compensation committee known as SELA, was likened to the Judenrat (Jewish elders who represented the Jewish ghetto to the Nazis and followed their orders); yet unlike those who sat on the Judenrat committee, Yonaton Bassi had a choice.

The State of Israel claims to be a democracy thereby affording its citizens certain inalienable rights. Among these is Freedom of Speech. If we don't protect and use this basic right – we will lose it, and ever so gradually our so called democracy will slip away and demagoguery may take hold.

Neither I nor any other Gush Katif evacuee was allowed entry into the court room. We stood at the front of the line and were told by the two security guards to wait. Others were allowed in – but we were to wait and see if there was room for us. We countered to the security guards to allow one Gush Katif representative into the court house. After all, Nadia stood hand in hand with our struggle to live in and not be expelled from any part of the Land of Israel. The security guards again told us to wait. A reporter inquired of the guards as to why former Gush Katif residents weren't allowed entry. They wouldn't answer. He then asked to speak with a supervisor who explained that only 25 people were allowed into the court room and it was full. But we countered that we had been at the front of the line from the onset. It was with deliberate, callous, and wanton disregard that the disenfranchised Gush Katif evacuees were denied access to a public Israeli court room.

The case against Nadia Matar has been postponed until September. This may be due to the governmental hierarchal fear of her growing support further fueled by the media attention to this case. Regardless, all citizens of the State of Israel are Nadia. We all hang in the precipice of losing our fundamental and precious Freedom of Speech.

The issue is beyond "freedom of speech". We do have the freedom to declare that the World is flat, or that the Moon is made of cheese.
Israel claims to be "the Middle East's only democracy", yet opposing the almighty government's policies is a crime.
Moshe Feiglin's "Where There Are No Men" is a clear exposition on this truth.
If Nadia ends up behind bars, it will work against the Olmert regime. I think that in such event, we should use that to rally up a stronger grass-roots effort to bring Olmert down.
Rafi I'm sorry you are so idealistic! This is a regime that incarcerates minors for months on end when the maximum penalty if found guilty would be a fine.

There is no justice in sodom my friend. Until this political SYSTEM is destroyed a true democracy established in its place, we will continue to suffer, and suffer and suffer ...
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