Feb 24, 2005
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You can help!!
As you know, I am a resident of Neve Dekalim
slated to be deported, homeless, and unemployed with my husband and five
children. I thought you might want to know that Israeli non Jewish soldiers
are now being trained to break womens' wrists (mine, for example) so that
their babies can be easily snatched from them during the evacuation - and
they are learning to do this in such a way that leaves no signs of laceration
on the skin so that the women will not be able to show it to the media.
Following is an open letter from Pastor Jim Vinyard (from Oklahoma) to Ariel Sharon regarding the illegal and immoral forcible expulsion of the Jews from Gush Katif and the Shomron.
Do you want to help? You can: 1) Get the following article published in your local newspaper. 2) Write or call Prime Minister Sharon: Office of the PM, 3 Kaplan Street, Jerusalem, Israel; firstname.lastname@example.org; 972-2-652-4040; 972-2-670-5527. Write: I strongly identify Pastor Jim Vinyard's open letter regarding the illegal and immoral forcible expulsion of the Jews from Gush Katif and the Shomron.
Cut and Paste the letter and sign your name
3) Send a copy of your letter to President George W. Bush, the White House, Washington, DC 20500; <mailto:email@example.com> firstname.lastname@example.org; 202-456-1414. 4) Distribute this letter as widely as possible, to your Congressional representative, your email list, and your religious leaders. Ask them to add their voices of outrage against the "black-days" planned for the Jewish people.
Open Letter from Pastor Jim Vineyard to Prime Minister Sharon:
Christian-Zionist greetings to you Sir on this "black-day" in the history of the nation of Israel! I call it a "black day" Sir, as an observer from Oklahoma, because of your arrogant and jubilant boast to your cabinet that "Gaza will be 'Judenrein' (my words Sir) by Rosh Hashanah." I call it a "black day" Sir, because your personal plan is a reversal of your "campaign platform" you had against Amram Mitzna. I call it a "black day" Sir because your concept of democracy now says "anyone who speaks or writes against the disengagement plan is guilty of incitement".
I call it a "black day" Sir, because your five thousand Druze, Bedouin and Jewish jerks, raised in a non-faithful environment, "storm-trooper deporters", will not have to wear name tags, hence no accountability. I call it a "black day" Sir, because a Hatzofe article noted that many of your storm troopers will be Druze and Bedouins, who are "looking forward" to manhandling Jews. I call it a "black day" Sir, because the entire storm trooper machine, which is now known as the "State of Israel" had reneged on its Abrahamic Covenant, to adopt a new, sick and macabre venture, all in an effort to secure the "silly approval" of the European Union and the Bush Administration. I call it a "black day" Sir, because your "storm trooper school for deportation", established in Beit-Govrin [Lak'hish area], now promises a cool $5,000 bonus to the "storm trooper" deporters. With five thousand storm trooper deporters receiving $5,000 each, that is a cool $25,000,000 (million) the American tax payers will be giving your storm troopers to deport Jews.
I call it a "black day" Sir, because of the fact that it would seem that the only true friends of those people whom you supposedly lead, the apple of God's eye, are the faithful Jews and Christian Zionists, who believe that God meant what he said, and said what he meant, to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.
I call it a "black day," Sir, because it is like that day, when Israel's first King, King Saul, as the Holy Bible tells us in 1 Samuel 13: 13-14, when Samuel said to Saul: "thou hast done foolishly, thou has not kept the commandment of the Lord thy God, which He commanded thee .... But now thy kingdom shall not continue. The Lord hath sought him, a man after his own heart, and the Lord hath commanded him to be captain over his people, because thou hast not kept that which the Lord commanded thee."
I call it a "black day," Sir, because it is like that day, when Israel's king, King Ahab, had Elijah tell him that King Ahab had acted immorally in deporting faithful Naboth from his home. God never changes His morality. You too, are acting illegally and immorally when you remove Jews in Gaza and Shomron in 2005 from their homes. As the Bible states: "has thou killed, and also taken possession ... in the place where dogs licked the blood of Naboth, shall dogs lick thy blood, even thine." [1 Kings 21:19]. I call it a "black day," Sir, because it is a day in which people in democracies worldwide need to know that Israel now has a fascist dictatorship endowing Israel in its ruling elite with legitimacy. I call it a "black day," Sir, because American Christians and Jews need to know that Israel's Prime Minister must presently be exposed as a dictator. I call it a "black day," Sir, because Americans need to know that you are utterly ruthless and will stop at nothing - not even bloodshed - to deport Jews from their homes in Gaza and northern Samaria.
I call it a "black day," Sir, because I am going to have to involve all the resources I can, in money and people, to let Americans know what you, Sir - a man who reminds me of Haman, mentioned in the Bible in Esther's day - are going to do to the innocent Jews in Israel.
I call it a "black day" because America is complicit with you in this endeavor.
A true yedid and haver to the Jews.
Jim Vineyard, Baptist pastor
Windsor Hills Baptist Church, 5517 Northwest 23rd St., Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73127. Email: email@example.com
Americans for a Safe
Israel/AFSI distributes this open letter from Pastor Jim Vineyard to Prime
Minister Sharon with a sense of anguish and anger. We agree with the sentiments
expressed in this letter regarding the illegal and immoral forcible expulsion
of the Jews from Gush Katif and the Shomron. After reading this letter, if
you too agree, please write or call Prime Minister Sharon at: Office of the
PM, 3 Kaplan Street, Jerusalem, Israel;
Please send a copy of your letter to President George W. Bush, the White House, Washington, DC 20500; firstname.lastname@example.org; 202-456-1414.
In addition, please distribute this letter as widely as possible, to your Congressional representative, your email list, your religious leaders, and your fellow worshippers. Ask them to add their voices of outrage against the "black-days" planned for the Jewish people.
Americans For a Safe Israel/AFSI; 1623 Third Ave., Suite 205, New York, N.Y. 10128; Tel: 212-828-2424; Fax: 212-828-1717; email@example.com; www.afsi.org http://www.afsi.org/ ; February 23, 2005
ARIK, YOU'VE LET ME
I once so admired you, Ariel Sharon. Now you,
along with your patched-up opportunist government, have joined the pathetic
ranks of those who have caved in to terror, all those "enlightened" people
who have, for reasons of overconfidence, corruption and conceit, given up
on the ideals this country was built on.
You have with your bulldozer style trampled on our rights as citizens; but even worse, you have virtually ripped the country in pieces.
You, who send our sons into the houses of terrorists, endangering their lives in order to try and save innocent lives, are now releasing those same terrorists and rewarding and encouraging those who have perpetrated and been involved in terror.
You plan to uproot Jewish homes, synagogues, shops and cemeteries for no justifiable reason using our sons, daughters, and husbands as tools of destruction. This will never be forgotten. You will never be forgiven.
We understand the enemy and his plans; it is obvious that you no longer do.
No matter how many embraces or promises you receive from any head of the Palestinian Authority or president of the United States you forget one important lesson:
Listen to what is said, not what you wish to hear, or imagine you are hearing. We have been through many signatures, many guarantees from US governments and Muslim leaders. We have paid for these in blood and tears.
You will be remembered in the annals of our history as a gambler, or worse. You will be remembered for your autocratic approach. You will be remembered also as a corrupt politician.
Do not weep crocodile tears for us; do not attempt to embrace us. We see through all of this. We will not be a part of your charade.
The threat of a criminal investigation hangs over your head. While we do not need to curry favor with anyone. At the same time, many, many members of our nation are disheartened, discouraged and have lost direction.
We, however, must live with ourselves and our God.
At the end of the day we will persevere despite the wrong-headed decisions railroaded through by you and your political partners.
We have a mandate to protect our Torah, our Land and our people.
Do not fool yourself. This Land does not belong to you. Many of us think you are attempting to erase your shady, arguably criminal activities by directing media attention toward the disengagement scheme.
I can only express my disdain at your decision to destroy the national fiber, and for what? For nothing.
Abraham Lincoln said: "A house divided against itself cannot stand." [Luke 11:17, Jesus said, - Zionsake Editor]
You are ripping apart the country, and callously using the Israeli Defense Forces, police and Border Police to tear Jews away from their homes. You are threatening to incarcerate citizens of Israel who will oppose your policies, much like the British did in the bitterly remembered days of the Mandate.
You were elected to protect us. Instead we feel you have stolen our votes. We feel betrayed. Still, we have faith in God that your plans will not be implemented.
We represent the covenant that the Jewish people have between our God and our Land. No prime minister or government decision can change that.
As our first prime minister, David Ben-Gurion, said: "No Jew has the right to give up parts of our heritage, the Land of Israel. The Land of Israel belongs to the Jewish people now and forever."
Some things, Mr. Sharon, do not change.
The Land of Israel belongs to the Jewish people now and forever. And we will continue to protect that heritage by being there, in Katif, Judea, and Samaria and building the Land.
The writer, who resides with her family in Samaria, is one of the veteran spokespersons of the settlement movement. _____
Copyright 1995-2005 The Jerusalem Post - <http://www.jpost.com/> http://www.jpost.com/
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"Do you think it is psychosomatic?"
I asked the doctor.
I have a persistent cough. Yes, I had a high fever, but now it's this cough.
"Your lungs are clear", the doctor said. "Take it easy. Drink hot lemonade with lots of honey".
My cough gets worse when I speak and speaking is what I do. I speak to reporters, and with television and radio crews from around the world. The message of Gush Katif must get through. I also speak to people who just call and need emotional support.
The government of Israel has signed the official expulsion orders and we are fighting for our lives.
Each of us volunteers in the battle for Gush Katif and I write and speak with passion about my home, and when I speak I cough and choke.
I cry, silently, at night. I try not to let my husband hear. He suffers, too.
I'm not alone. The people are in pain. One woman said: "I have nightmares of a bulldozer coming towards me and I cry out STOP? but it doesn't stop. It smashes into my home. I hear my children scream and I wake up shaking"
"I have a constant headache", a colleague at school told me.
I know what it is from.
"Why don't you pack and leave"? I ask.
"I can't. I have to be here with the people. But I suffer. If you believe in Eretz Yisrael and all the values I grew up with and teach my own pupils, then I can't just walk away. I even signed my daughter up for first grade at the Atzmona school for next year".
"Aren?t you being impractical"?
"I guess so. I know you're right. I'm the most practical person you ever met. This time I can't be practical. I have to believe that we will be here next year, and the year after that."
A friend from a community in Samaria called. "We're not slated for this expulsion, but I know we're next on the list. If they succeed in destroying you, there is no hope for us. I have severe stomach pains. I don't sleep. I find myself crying at all times of the day. I pray a lot. Surely the Almighty will have compassion on us".
Men don't cry as easily, but the pain in their heart is no less great. I'm over 50. I put my whole life into making my greenhouse farm successful. With the Lord's help we made these vegetables grow. Religious people around the world depend on us to provide insect-free kosher vegetables. My sons live here with their families. Three generations to be thrown out. They want to give this land to the Arabs. It will return to sand. Excuse me, I've got to get back to work. My heart is breaking. My pain is for me and Eretz Yisrael.
The pain is there, for me, for my people in Gush Katif, for the people of Israel, and for people all over the world. How often do journalists and radio and tv reporters ask, "Why is Sharon doing this to you"? The world media is here in Gush Katif listening to us and reporting this terrible shameful story of expulsion to listeners around the world.
And despite my personal pain I speak to the world and tell our story over and over again.
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