What Passover means to Jews who loathe Arabs

Today is the beginning of the Jewish holiday Passover, so here’s fundamentalist West Bank Jews Women in Green making a statement to the world:

Dear Friends,

As we prepare for Pessach, the People of Israel put to rest Eliraz Peretz and Ilan Saviatovsky, two soldiers who fell in battle with Arab terrorists. As the mother of Eliraz, who 12 years ago lost another son in battle, said: … “My son didn’t go in order to die, but he went so that the people of Israel could live in their land. Our sons died so that we could live here and walk here proudly.”

The battle for the freedom of the Jewish People, as a people in their Biblical homeland, started when Israel left Egypt, from slavery to freedom, and continues until today.

Tomorrow, Monday night, millions of Jews worldwide will certainly upset people like president Obama and other anti-Israeli leaders, when we will declare, loud and clear, at the end of the seder, what Jews have been saying for thousands of years:


Let it be clear to all: when we say “Jerusalem”, we mean not only united, undivided Jerusalem, east and west, but we also mean all of Judea and Samaria. Jerusalem is the heart. A heart cannot beat without the main arteries providing the heart all it needs. These arteries are Judea and Samaria, Israel’s G-d given Biblical Heartland.

Women in Green want to wish all friends of Israel, in Israel and abroad, a happy Pessach. May we all merit to live and expand in rebuilt Jerusalem and Erets Israel and witness the Geula shleima.

We must add that the holiday can only be complete when our brother Jonathan Pollard and the soldiers missing in action will return home from their captivity. At the seder table we will put a chair for Jonathan and pledge to continue to demand his immediate release.

The People of Israel are blessed with the most beautiful land in the world. Especially at this time of the year, with the blossoming of the flowers and the trees, one of the ways to claim the land is with our feet, by walking and hiking everywhere, and especially in Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria, making a clear statement: The land of Israel belongs to the People of Israel for eternity.

Chag Kasher veSameah, a happy and kosher Pessach to all,

With love for Israel,

Nadia Matar and Yehudit Katsover

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