all news from last week:
1) Pinhas Valerstein, head of regional council of yesha wrote a public letter on Sunday, condemning the new law of "pinui pitzui" (evacuation and compensation) that passed in its first vote in the knesset. The law gives regulations on compensations for those who will be evacuated as part of the disengagement plan. the law also sets a time limit for compensations (May 2005) after which there will be no compensation for those who will leave or be evacuated. The law also states that no compensation will be given for those who forcefully resist the evacuation.
In the letter, Vaerstein declares the "transfer law" immoral, the unity gov't "illegitimate" and calls for all settlers to break the law, resist the evacuation and be prepared to pay the price in prison time.
The letter was endorsed by the Yesha council, effectively making the council support massive law breaking. As can be expected, this step caused a great turmoil in the political and public systems. The PM, the president, the minister of defense, the military chief of staff - all strongly condemned Yesha council and warned of the chance of bloodshed and civil war, if the situation further deteriorated.
2) In their struggle against the disengagement, the settlers launched a new campaign: wearing orange magen david cloth badges on their cloths. These badges (with yellow color) were used by the Nazis since 1936 to mark Jews in public. The badges became one of the symbols of the Holocaust.
Yet again, this campaign caused great controversy in the public system in Israel. The campaign was strongly rejected by Holocaust survivors as well as by Yad Vashem institute as offensive and degrading to the memory of the Holocaust. the PM, the president and also Efi Eitam from mafdal party - all called the settlers to stop the campaign and remove the badges.