“Jews are owners not occupiers”. Mark Vandermaas, founder Israel Truth Week.
A new, ground-breaking documentary, The Awakening of Judea and Samaria, celebrating and tracing the renewal of Jewish life in Judea and Samaria, will premier at Shaarei Shomayim Synagogue, Sunday November 29th.
Daniella Weiss, General Secretary of the Nachal Movement and former Mayor of Kedumim, the driving force from the beginning till now, of the Jewish re -settlement movement, will be speaking. Days before the election, she organized a rally in Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square and brought Netanyahu to speak to a crowd of 100,00000,. That became the turning point in the election and brought him to victory. Speaking also will be Malchi Levinger, Mayor of Hebron and Kiryat Araba, the son of Rabbi Moshe Levinger, a powerful figure behind the settlement movement since l967.
“All the stories from the Tanach and the Torah, for the most part, were lived out in Judea and Samaria. It is the heartland where we became a people,” said the film’s creator, Ezra Ridgley. “Yet we became vilified by the world for settling our ancient land. It’s bizarre.”
He went on to explain that the governments of the day capitulated to international pressures and disconnected themselves from this historical and legal ownership. In an attempt to de-Judaism the area, which they occupied till l967, the Jordanians re named it the West Bank which became common usage even in Israel.
Only today is this error being rectified. For the first time foreign ministry cadets in Israel will tour Judea and Samaria and learn how to defend their legality. The League of Nations recognized the ancient historical presence of the Jewish nation and in l920 declared “the right to reconstitute the NATION”. This became international law valid to this day. American Congress supported it in a unanimous vote. it is imbedded in the UN Charter, Article 80.
A movement began in l974 to re settle Judea and Samaria, called Gush Emunim. In l975, Ofra, Maale Adomim and Kedumin were born. All of them today are flourishing cities with thousands of people, a mix of Askenazim and Sfardim, religious and non religious. In addition, there are over 120 major communities and 60 smaller ones. All in all, well over 400,000 Jews live in the area today.
“I made the movie because the Jewish world doesn’t really understand or appreciate the significance of the area to us as a nation . Nor do they appreciate the great sacrifices made by those who settled there. Hundreds were murdered by terrorists, Including Daniella’s young son-in=law, shot sitting at his kitchen table in his own house. But you never see these atrocities reported on by the media.”
Ezra’s zeal to connect every Jew to their homeland manifests itself in filmmaking. If you go to his website The Jewish Heritage Project.com,. you will find many of his short films on this topic.
Ezra: “The building up of the communities of Judea and Samaria should be a project of the Jews of the whole world. If you can’t take the Jew to Judea and Samaria, I will take Judea and Samaria to the Jews.”
Shaarei Shomayim Synagogue, 470 Glencairn Ave., Sunday November 29th at 7:pm. Tickets $5.00 for students and $10.00 for adults. A dessert reception will follow. For information and registration: thejewishheritage [email protected] A presentation of The Jewish Heritage Project.