Wednesday, June 15, 2005

Two recent editorials in Ha'Aretz tell us about the reluctance among supporters of an Israeli pullout from Gaza to express their support in an active way ( I have to admit I am one of those supporters ), and about the sometimes all too hysterical responses by settlers and their sympathizers to the disengagement plan:
"The State of Israel is a state of immigrants and displaced people. Anyone who came to Israel was uprooted from a home, a neighborhood, a synagogue or a cemetery in his place of birth - in Europe, Asia or Africa. These displaced people, immigrants and refugees, who today form the backbone of Israeli society, saw the very absorption in Israel as compensation for the evacuation, and they did this under harsh personal and economic conditions, without money, without knowing the language, and sometimes without a shred of sympathy from the veteran Israelis. Therefore, the evacuated settlers of Gush Katif need to keep things in proportion when they talk about trauma."
The latter editorial also points out something very important. Last week Supreme Court judge Edmond Levy was the only judge who did not turn down the petitions by the settler groups against the Evacuation Compensation Law. The Supreme Court ruling brought down the last possible legal hurdle on the way to implementation of the disengagement plan, and the settlers quoted from Edmond Levy's minority decision to show that there was still one righteous left in Sodom. What they forgot to mention was one sentence of that decision that is quoted in the Ha'Aretz editorial: "Now that the High Court of Justice has also ruled by a majority that there is no flaw that justifies cancelling the law entirely, all of us are obligated to obey the law, even if there are some who will be compelled to do so with gritted teeth."

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