Migron as a metaphor
By Shoshi Greenfeld
The attempt to expel the residents of Migron is nothing less than a dry run.
Is the evacuation of Migron, as a metaphor, a crime or just a change of address? Is this a case of evacuation or expulsion?
The attempt to expel the residents of Migron is nothing less than a dry run for the planned great expulsion. Fenced-in border crossings and tread markings in the sand clearly bear witness to a border in the process of being built and the frantic preparations underway for the great expulsion. The expulsion of Gush Katif also started with the destruction of a magnificent outpost and the violent evacuation of the occupants of the Nevei Dekalim Hotel.
Success in preventing the eviction of the residents of Migron, the ensuing violation of the civil rights of the residents, and the expulsion of women and children from their homes will create a moral barrier capable of stopping the great expulsion.
The members of the Yesha council proposed that the state relocate the settlement to an alternative location, and they support its voluntary evacuation.
It has already been proven in the past that the members of the council have more than once played the role of subcontractors for the expulsion forces. An unpleasant reminder of this was their agreement to allow an undercover policeman to attend the meetings of the council in Kfar Maimon, and their deceitfulness when they called on the loudspeakers for the public to begin marching in the direction of Gush Katif, having already decided that the group would not march. In the height of absurdity, the representatives of the council themselves stopped the crowd and prevented them from exiting the fences of Kfar Maimon. Many other examples of the Yesha Council's emasculation of the struggle that might have prevented the destruction of Gush Katif have already been published and are well known.
The expulsion forces used members of the council. In documents and in investigations which were made known after the expulsion, they admitted that they used Rabbis, public figures, and others in the "orange" camp in carrying out the expulsion.
Without cooperation from within the national camp, the expulsion could not have taken place. Thus it is imperative to cease all such cooperation. The greatest criminals throughout history used spies from within the circle of the victim to carry out their plots. Without such a degree of cooperation, the chances of success for the criminal deed become nil.
And just as the destruction of a beach-side hotel, which served as a magnificent outpost, paved the way, in the end of the day, for the destruction of the entire group of settlements, so too would the destruction of Migron create in its wake the victory of the expulsion forces, and bring about the total destruction of the settlements, and with them Migron in its new location as well. On such an occasion, it is certain that the council's hacks would arrive and convince the residents to move the settlement to little Israel, perhaps to join their brothers in the Nitzan refugee camp.
The shocking announcements of the continued unemployment and fragile mental state of some of the refugees of Nitzan should set off warning lights and cause a unified effort at preventing the authorities from carrying out further crimes and abuse against the civilian population.
It is possible to stop the expulsion. Two factors, besides a miracle, are certain to prevent the expulsion: mass gatherings and the refusal of soldiers to carry out the expulsion orders, but every struggle begins with the correct attitude. When the people will catch on that the authorities are committing criminal acts, the chance of mass gatherings and the mass refusal of soldiers to expel Jews from their homes increases.
The expulsion forces, which are accompanied by their own psychologists as part of the staff, understand this quite well. Thus they try to create, using methods of psychological warfare, the impression that what we observe is not a crime, but merely the relocation or evacuation of an illegal outpost.
The members of the Yesha council, whether out of naiveté or knowingly, aid them. When members of the council speak of relocating a settlement, they send the message that the planned expulsion is not criminal, but a simple change of address or the evacuation of an illegal outpost. From this starting point, the way to carrying out the crime is simple and quick. This precisely recapitulates the psychological warfare against the Gush-Katif expellees. We should recall that in Gush-Katif, all
building was legal and, despite that, the entire settlement was destroyed.
Someone who has learned the lessons of Gush-Katif, realizes that any talk of legality or illegality is nothing more than psychological conditioning in order to enable the execution of the crime. And he who hasn't learned anything from Gush-Katif is not suitable to lead.
In international treaties, it is written that "removal of a man from his place of residence and forced transfer to another place severely violates his honor, his freedom, and his property. A man's house is not just a roof over his head, but a means for defining his physical and social position, his private life, and his social relationships. A number of basic human rights are violated by involuntarily uprooting a man from his home and moving him to another place, even if the move is not across the border of the state."
At the foundation of a balanced, moral, army is the obligation of a soldier to refrain from committing a completely illegal act, but refusal to serve is not just avoiding committing a crime, but also creating the awareness that a crime is being committed. I refuse because it is a crime, and therefore I cannot carry out the order. The moral meaning of following an order is that the order is legitimate and a crime is not being committed.
Refusal to serve does not destroy the army; that is just a slogan which is intended, through simple psychological warfare, to shut down the strategy that is most likely to stop the expulsion.
Refusal to serve returns the army to sanity, and helps the crazed horses to return from the slough to the true path.
Automatically following orders has been and remains the refuge of the greatest of criminals in all times. Refusal to carry out criminal deeds will prevent needless, absurd photo-op wars, like that we experienced two summers ago, a war which regretfully brought us unnecessary casualties.
Soldiers who will declare that from now on, their moral principles will not permit them to violate human and civil rights will create an awareness that expulsion is criminal, and this awareness is likely to prevent the day of expulsion from arriving. The expulsion forces, which work hand-in-hand with psychologists, understand quite well that refusal can prevent the expulsion, and when they will sense that the prevailing impression will be that it is a crime and small are the chances to succeed in their mission, they will be unable to carry it out. This already occurred, for example, when Olmert announced that the war is a “lever for the convergence” and waves of refusal began, he immediately retracted his previous statement. Actually he only pretended to retract it, but the method will work quite well if we will be wise enough to continue with the protest until the government will change, and the government’s tendency to trifle with human lives will have been uprooted.
In addition, a mass-assembly at the site of an intended expulsion will likely prevent it. There is no army in the world which can expel masses of people without firing at them. Unless, G-d forbid, the security forces should fire at us, there would be no “civil war.” Again, this is just a hollow slogan intended as psychological warfare to prevent mass assembly which might thwart the expulsion. When the government fires at passive citizens, defending their houses and their rights, that is not “civil war,” but a wicked, corrupt regime that murders its own citizens.
All of Israel saw the lynch, which took place at Amona, broadcast live. There were there defenders and destroyers, one side which rained down blows and the other side which tried to defend themselves against them. There were present the wicked and the upright. One cannot evade this fact. All of us saw the well-planned attempt to “crack some skulls.” The criminal undertaking which occurred there appeared to all clear as day. The expulsion forces and their psychologists understand this all too well. Thus, in future expulsions, they will refrain from pummeling the other side in such a manner. If not, they risk the fall of their crumbling regime.
If it is permitted to travel on the roads of Judea and Samaria, and to endanger one’s life, despite the risk of being fired at by murderers, who are unfortunately being armed by the state of Israel, then it is certainly permissible to assemble the masses in order to defend our lives, our houses, our children, and our human and civil rights. And to end the needless death caused by the perverse, criminal regime