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How Could Homesh and Passover Possibly be Significant to America? Part I March 29, 2007

Posted by Daniel Downs in Arab states, freedom, Islam, Israel, Judaism, liberals, Middle East, news, peace, politics, religion, United States, violence.

What is Homesh

No, Homesh is not something you eat.

Homesh is a ghost town. No, a better description is it was a town of productive and happy Jews living out the promise of a good life. Homesh was a thriving community in the West Bank. That was before the great expulsion of 2005. As in Gaza, mother, fathers, children, grandparents, friends, employers, and employees were all were forced to abandon their homes, synagogues, businesses, their way of life. Today, Homesh is a land without its people, homes, businesses, or justice.

According to Cybercast News Service, over 2500 Jews returned to Homesh, the land of their expulsion on the 26th of March. Most were young people on a pilgrimage of protest against their experience of past injustice. Maybe it was only coincidence that Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice was in Israel on that day. Nevertheless, the protest was not a violent one. According to an a Israel National News report, the protesters sang, danced, and enjoyed fireworks Monday night. One family planned a Brit Milah (ritual circumcision) for Tuesday afternoon. This too was symbolic of the intention of many exiles to return and rebuild their community.

Yesterday, IDF soldiers removed all men who remained at Homesh. They also razed all make-shift buildings and tents. Only women and children were left untouched. While IDF were expelling settlers, young were still singing and dancing. My guess is those young people were worshiping God, and waiting for God’s intervention.

As they saying goes: if not this year, then next year in Jerusalem and Homesh.

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