Migron – No Protest
The struggle to save the Jewish
began in 2006 when Peace Now
filed a petition to village of
High Court of Justice.
The home to 50 families, with some 200 children, Migron has fought back in the courts, in the Knesset and in the media.
The battle in the courts has continued up until this past week, when the High Court once again rejected Migron's final appeal.
The claims that seventeen families from Migron had recently purchased the properties from the local Arab owner, were rejected.
Factions in the Knesset endeavoured to pass legislation which would have legalised the village (and other Jewish settlements which have also not yet been authorized).However, these initiatives did not achieve the Knesset majority vote, and fizzled out.
"Settler leaders" have also actively promoted Migron's cause in the media.
However, at no point has anyone been encouraged by these leaders to take the protest to the streets.
Some 'orange' pro-settlement folks have scorned the effectiveness of public protest, since the Gush Katif tragedy, yet last summer's left-wing social protest movement proved that people in the streets of Israel can impact the ruling Government.
So why has the right wing leadership showed no initiative whatsoever to popularize the struggle for Migron (and previously for the Ulpana neighborhood of Bet El), and bring the faithful out on the streets?
In 1983, Menachem Begin + Arik Sharon (Likud) evacuated the 4500 Jewish residents from the Jewish towns in the Sinai, as part of the
However, in 1992 the nationalists camp toppled the Shamir Government in reaction to his participation in the Madrid Conference - only to see Likud replaced by Labour and the murderous Oslo Accords.
In 2005, Arik Sharon (Likud) evacuated 9000 Jewish residents of Gush Katif (which led to Hamas taking over the Gaza Strip) – while the nationalists were shown incapable of effectively opposing it.
The one-foot-in-one-foot-out predicament of protesting Government policy, or court rulings, from within the Government itself, means that the Eretz Yisrael camp will never go all-out against a Likud led Government.
The fact is, paradoxically, that right wing Governments have always been able to weaken the 'Eretz Ysrael' camp.
Migron, Bet El/Ulpana, and many other Jewish towns and villages are once again on the Likud chopping-block.
Destroyed with barely a squeak or a whimper.