What was, what will be, and Torah thoughts
The holiday of Hanukkah is one of demanding recognition; specifically in a time of diplomatic inertia and expulsion plans we mention that it’s a Jewish human obligation to recognize the rights of the Palestinian “other” living right beside us. Would that miraculous days come closer. Happy Hanukkah!
Pharaoh, king of Egypt, dreamt two dreams and the story of his dreams is told twice in our parasha. The first time they are described by the biblical narrator and the second time by Pharaoh himself, when we hear him relate the dreams that had troubled his spirit to Joseph, the Hebrew youth. A comparison between the two versions of the dreams opens up a rare window for us into the mind of the dreamer. D’var Torah for Parashat ‘Miketz’ 5773 by Rabbi Dr. Dalia Marx.
The week that will be
- 14.12.2012 – Demonstration at the entrance to the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood, Jerusalem, 15:00.
- 16.12.2012 – Lehavim junction – Weekly vigil of Negev Bedouin residents of “unrecognized villages, 15:30.
The week that was
On Sunday we participated in a demonstration against the uprooting of Negev Bedouin. The demonstration at the Lehavim junction took place against the backdrop of serious concern for the fate of El Araqib residents fighting against a government and JNF plan to plant a forest on the ruins of their village. The Supreme Court petition they submitted speaks to a core issue: the State’ contention that the proof of ownership prior to the date the State expropriated the land from the El Araqib residents is no longer relevant, and that the District Court is not competent to reopen the question of the expropriation’s legality. Attorney Michael Sefarad writes that the petition is an important act – if we lose, there will be no way to reach an arrangement for plots of land seized under the Property Acquisition Law – they will automatically be registered as State-owned.
The weekly vigil of unrecognized villages at the Lahavim Junction took place on Sunday.
On Monday there was a high court discussion that could determine the fate of the residents of El-Arakib who are fighting the plans by the Government and the JNF to plant a forest on the ruins of their village. The High Court will also grapple with the principled question of whether or not to accept the Government’s contention that proofs of ownership before land was expropriated are moot, and that the District Court has no authority to reopen the legality of the expropriating.
Attorney Michael Sfard writes, “This case is very important because if we lose, that means that there is no possibility of trying to adjudicate any plots expropriated by the Expropriation Law, and they will be automatically registered as State land.
In Hebrew, “Lahavim” means “Flames.” And we hope that on Sunday, at the weekly vigil we have been the “Shamash” at the Lahavim Junction to light the light of justice.
Rights in the Occupied Territories
Rabbi Yechiel Greineman is looking for English teachers to volunteer for instruction of the children of the Jahalin tribe in Kahn Al Ahmar. For more details, call Jonathan Sheff: firstname.lastname@example.org
We are pleased to present a new initiative in which we are participating: “Get to the Bottom Line – Exposing the Budget before Elections” (Hebrew).
Our protest against the closure of cisterns in South Mt. Hebron was mentioned in a report by Amira Hess in Haaretz .
Great achievement – Our activism reached the editorial article on Haaretz: “Drying out the Palestinians“.
Rabbi Arik Asherman published an op-ed on the Channel 2 website Mako, asserting that the confinement of Palestinian borders did not begin with eh construction in Mevasseret Adummim, and that its ramifications are not limited to the political realm – they are human, as well. That must also be the State of Israel’s interest.
Our request to the volunteers at the Rights Center in Hadera was published on the main protest website.