ביום שישי: קביעת מזוזה למרכז התרבות שבשדמה
אחרי חמש שנות מאבק מול אנרכיסטים וארגוני שמאל יתקיים ביום שישי הקרוב אירוע קביעת מזוזה במרכז התרבות בשדמה שבמזרח גוש עציון.
At the abandoned army base at Shdema, a mezuzah will be affixed this
Friday to an army structure that has been turned into an Eretz Israel
After a lengthy, five-year struggle by the Women in Green movement and
the Committee for a Jewish Shdema against anarchists and local Arabs,
the abandoned army structure in the Shdema camp has been renovated.
From now on, cultural events for the residents of the region will be
held at the site under more favorable conditions.
This Friday, October 4, 2013, the Women in Green movement, the
Committee for a Jewish Shdema and many activists will inaugurate the
abandoned military camp at Shdema that has recently been partially
renovated, thanks to contributions from donors. The camp that had been
abandoned guards the Jewish continuity between Har Homah in Jerusalem
and Gush Etzion, and is a strategically important location. After the
IDF left the camp in 2006, anarchists and Arabs came to the site,
destroyed and looted the structures, and tried to take over the camp.
In response, members of Women in Green and the Committee for a Jewish
Shdema, which includes activists from the Judea region and Har Homah,
came to demonstrate a presence.
In 2008, the journalist Hagai Huberman revealed that the Shdema camp,
despite its being in Israel-controlled Area C, was to be given to the
Palestinian Authority. The many activists immediately began to take
action, in three areas: a weekly presence on the ground, the
mobilizing of public support from important individuals and elected
officials, and the organizing of a political lobby of Members of
Knesset and government ministers.
From 2008 to 2010, hundreds of activists came every week to struggle
against those anarchists and local Arabs, with IDF soldiers in the
middle. Women in Green organized cultural events in the structure of
the abandoned and ruined army camp: lectures, happenings, and concerts
that were attended by hundreds of people, government ministers,
Members of Knesset, and other public figures. All the events were held
in buildings without windows or doors, without a floor, without
electricity, water, or toilets. Additionally, groups came from
throughout Israel; and there were visits by MKs from the Foreign
Affairs and Defense subcommittee.
In 2010, the IDF understood the essential and strategic nature of the
site and returned to Shdema, and erected a pillbox for close guarding
by IDF soldiers.
At that time, it became clear that Â Arabs had taken over the lower
part of the camp where, aided by monies from anti-Israeli
organizations from abroad (including USAID), they had established a
huge unauthorized compound. A demolition order was issued for this
compound, but was never implemented.
Activists from Women in Green and the Committee for a Jewish Shdema
understood that a civilian presence was important, in addition to the
IDF presence. They continued to conduct weekly cultural activity at
the site, such as seminars, lectures, concerts, and exhibitions, that
were attended by government ministers, MKs, and hundreds of
individuals, residents of the area and those from the rest of the
country. After receiving a monetary donation, it was decided to
renovate the abandoned structure that had been destroyed and looted by
the local Arabs. This past summer, partial renovations were carried
out and this Friday a mezuzah will be affixed to the building, with
MKs, rabbis, and additional public figures in attendance.
This is the short film that we made at the height of the struggle for Shdema:
Link to invitation: http://www.womeningreen.org/sdema-mezuzot.php
Link to the Arutz 7 Hebrew article with video in Hebrew:
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