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Psak 5766 Shevat 5

Informal translation from Hebrew of the 5 Shevat, 5766 (3 February, 2006) statement:

Special Court for Matters Concerning the Nation and the State
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Concerning the community of Amona


To the Residents of Amona - and to fighters for the Land of Israel Be Strong and of Good Courage! To the residents of Amona, whom are fulfilling the commandment of settling the Land of Israel with self sacrifice, and to all who climb the mountain to help G-d against the mighty (see Judges 5:23) - a blessing of strength and courage!

Facing the pogrom waged upon you by the government, lead by people who raise their hand against the Torah of Moses, we are hear to strengthen your hand. About you our sages have said (in Mechilta Shemot Yitro 6) "to those that love me and observe my commandments - these are Israel as they settle the Land of Israel and give of their souls for the commandments: Why are you put to death.. why do you get burned... why do you get beaten? - Because I have fulfilled the commandments of G-d!" The police destruction forces which took control of the settlement and put their astounding beatings upon children, women, and the elderly with their iron dressed horses and clubs in their hands, and destroyed your houses to the foundation - all the thousands of soldiers and police officers - have transgressed, and you that have sacrificed are called the beloved of G-d. This government, which sucks the blood of Jews who keep the Torah of G-d in the land of their forefathers, has no right to exist.

The place where you are dwelling is holy land! According to Jewish tradition, in this place Abraham, father of the Israeli nation, was given the divine command to hold on to the Land of Israel (Genesis 13), as it is written: "Raise, please, your eyes and see from the place that you are at, northward, southward, eastward, and westward... rise up and walk throughout the land, to its length and width, for to you I have given it". One that comes to uproot you from this place comes to uproot, together with the houses, the divine command which obligating to inherit the land and to dwell in it, and other additional commandments in the Torah of Moses.

The commandment to settle the Land of Israel is a great Mitswah, commandment, of the Torah, that we were commanded to fulfill through Mesirath Nephesh, the offering of our very soul. Happy (fulfilled) are you, and happy are all those that came to your aid, and offered their very being to prevent the destruction of the communities' homes through the force of arms. Our sages have already stated (Shabbat 130a,): "Every mitsvah that Israel offered her being towards its fulfill ... will be fulfilled through their hands." In the merit of your mesirath nephesh even Amona will be built up and blossom along with all the settlements of the Land of Israel throughout her borders.


Those who struggle for the wholeness of the Land, don't let your hearts falter! Do not fear and falter before the soldiers and police who beat with staves! Do not fear from the neighing of the police horses! Do not fear the "judges" who sit on lofty chairs whose decisions defy the Torah! Opposite the rulers who declare to uproot the Jews and their communities, and o uproot the Torah of Israel and her commandments - Arise and go out, to the help of HaShem against the mighty men! For in the end, the Torah of Israel will be victorious!

To the rulers and their agents that have declared war on the Nation of Israel, on the Torah of Israel and on the Land of Israel, it is said, "Those depend on chariots, and those on horses, but we call forth in the Name of HaShem, our G-d. They are bowed down and fallen, but we are uplifted and made to stand upright. HaShem saves, the King answers on the day we call." "Let us go up and inherit it, for we are well able to overcome it."

It is signed: Chief Justice R' Yisrael Ariel
Justice R' Yoel Schwartz
Justice R' Dov Meir Stein
Justice R' Dov Abraham Ben-Shorr
Justice R' Hillel Weiss
Justice R' Eleazor Seigel
Justice R' Yisai Bavad

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