Communities Plan To Unite In Non-Stop Protest
Thursday, the 26th of Sivan, there was a gathering of Anash,
the first of its kind, to discuss what action to take regarding
the perilous situation in Eretz Yisroel. The meeting was organized
by Matteh Shleimus HaAretz in Tzfas. Its goal: to unite all the
Lubavitcher communities in non-stop protesting against the
terrible decree to give Yehuda, Shomron, and Yerushalayim to our
enemies. The meeting took place in the Chabad shul in
Petach Tikva, led by the eminent Chassid, Rabbi Dovid Chanzin.
thirty activists from various cities around the country
participated. In addition to Rabbi Chanzin, Rabbi Yosef Shmuel
Gerlitzky, shaliach in Tel Aviv, Rabbi Shlomo Yitzchok
Frank, member of the rabbanus in Acco, and R’ Baruch
Marzel of Chevron were present.
Chanzin opened the meeting with praise and encouragement for those
who work on behalf of shleimus ha’Aretz, and said that he
made the effort to come in order to spur them on. He spoke about
the obligation to protest, and quoted the Gemara in Bava Basra
which says that when a person squats on somebody’s else’s
field and remains there for three years, it becomes his – unless
the owner protested, in which case it does not belong to the
squatter. What does the owner’s protest consist of? Answers the
Gemara, screaming, “So and so is a thief!”
the Rebbe first began talking about not giving back land, people
didn’t believe how far things would go, but what’s going on
today goes against all logic. How can we, in our right minds, arm
our enemies from head to toe!?” asked Rabbi Chanzin. “They are
cruel people who have no compassion.”
remember how in Chevron in 1929, there lived a Jewish doctor who
was consulted by everyone, Jew and Arab alike, and never wronged
anyone. Yet during the pogrom, they grabbed him and hung him
Rebbe explained, based on the halacha in siman 329,
that when gentiles approach a border city you must go out to wage
war with them. Even if you simply see them approaching, you must
immediately go out to war.
came here in order to be with you, since I esteem those who take
an interest, those who care. Even if we are weaker, we are
actually stronger than they are, since Hashem is with us. It says
‘Hashem your G-d will bless you in everything you do.’
Although they appear to be successful, we will win! We just have
to take action and not sleep.”
Marzel said to Rabbi Chanzin, “I live in Chevron and the threat
is a bit more real than what you feel in Tel Aviv. Naturally, we
look towards the commandos of the Jewish people – the Chabad
Chassidim and the Chabad Houses in Eretz Yisroel – who have such
a tremendous influence on public opinion. But they claim they are
waiting for a directive from the rabbanei Chabad.”
Chanzin, “Waiting for direction from the rabbanim is just
an excuse. When they go eat, they don’t ask the rabbanim.
When it comes to matters of pikuach nefesh, you take
Shlomo Yitzchok Frank spoke about the awakening of the public,
which seems to be increasing. He said that in his city of Acco, a
city with both Jews and l’havdil Arabs, lately the
Israeli Arabs have begun acting up in the most depraved manner.
“Today Yesha is within our cities,” he concluded.
suggestions were proposed. The bottom line: every Lubavitcher must
make the Rebbe’s view known, whether at events, through the
media, or by sending letters to the appropriate parties.
Gavriel Marzel, director of the Chabad House in Tzfas and one of
the organizers of this event, announced the resolutions of the
of them would hang up signs in their city. The signs will proclaim
that the Lubavitcher Rebbe warns that withdrawal from territories
endangers the lives of millions of Jews. Every Lubavitcher Chassid
should have a sign with this message hanging on his house. Each of
them should post up the new psak din of the rabbanei
Yisroel, entitled, “Absolute Danger to Life,” in all shuls.
Each would distribute the new brochure entitled “Don’t stand
by your brother’s blood.”
participants were given many signs, ads, and brochures and agreed
to consult with the other participants as necessary.