Recap of The Week that Was—Celebrations and Commemorations
THE ISRAELI PEOPLE HAVE SPOKEN…..
CILR’s Israeli partner organization, Im Tirtzu, took a lead role in organizing The Million Person March — attended — according to reports by 600,000.
Left-wing Progressives, now the opposition in Israel, have protested “judicial reform” for 4 months. They claim that Israelis are united against judicial reform. The Main Stream Media went out of its way to promote those views to the entire world.
And now, the real Israel has spoken. The majority stands with judicial reform, returning Israel to electoral democracy, no different than Britain & Canada, and away from what Thomas Jefferson himself referred to as “Judicial Tyranny” – where the Supreme Court becomes an elite oligarchy overriding the elected majority.
During the Million Person March, Justice Minister Yariv Levin reminded Israel, the media, and the world:
"Over two million Israelis voted six months ago in the real referendum: the election. They voted in favor of legal reform, Yair Levin declared. "We are here on this stage with 64 mandates to right an injustice. No more inequality, no one-sided judicial system, no court whose judges are above the Knesset and above the government."
We, the CILR team say that the Jewish people must remain steadfast and optimistic to survive and to thrive, while we must also remain flexible. Negotiations between the political parties in search of a compromise must continue until a consensus will be reached, within a reasonable time frame.
AS THE MARCHERS DECLARED “STOP BEING AFRAID.”
Im Tirtzu, an NGO and one of the rally organizers organized street theater highlighting the Supreme Court's power. It featured people lined up in orange prison jumpsuits, representing a nation imprisoned by the court's rulings. Each carried a sign with a different ruling: "The Supreme Court requires National Insurance payments to terrorists," "The Supreme Court rejected petitions against the building of illegal mosques on the Temple Mount," "The Supreme Court prevents the removal of illegal [aliens] even when they're violent."
For decades, left wing values have been promoted in Israel. Values that are big on being universal but sparing on the particular. The Jewish people, though, have survived for 3500 years and 2000 years of exile because of our particularity through our attachment to the Jewish Land of Israel.
Just as the Lord called unto the Jewish people to be the Light Unto the Nations, hundreds of thousands of Jews from all walks of life have stood up for Israel as that Light Unto the Nations.
AM YISRAEL CHAI!
TRIBUTE TO YOM HA’ATZMAUT April 25th Israel at 75
If I forget you, O Jerusalem, may my right hand forget its skill. May my tongue cling to my palate, if I do not remember you, if I do not bring up Jerusalem at the beginning of my joy. Psalm 137
There is no country in the world like Israel. Israel is not a miniature America, or a replica of any European country. Israel is unique. It is 3500 years old despite the fact that for millennia the Jews were spread far and wide across the land whose name changed at the whim of others. But all over the world, the remaining Jew always prayed - “Next Year in Jerusalem.” Read more here.
YOM HAZIKARON April 24th
Israelis joined bereaved families: mothers fathers, brothers, sisters, and friends of the young and brave fallen soldiers The numbers — 24,213 — fallen soldiers represent the total of those who gave their lives in service to the country since 1860. and victims of terror attacks, number 4,255.
President Isaac Herzog’s speech at the State Opening Ceremony for Memorial Day (Yom HaZikaron) 5783/2023 at the Western Wall Plaza in Jerusalem:
“The siren that pierced the silence right now, making its way from one end of the land to the next, rattles our souls and makes way for remembrance, which overwhelms us with silence. I ask myself and I ask all of us: what other country in the world has such a special sound? It is the sound of pain and of hope, of grief and of pride. It is the sound of the State of Israel -- a sound that calls on us to pause for a moment, to lock in the sanctity, to remember and to connect—together. Read more here.
YOM HASHOA April 17th
On April 17th, Israelis and World Jewry stood in silence commemorating YOM HASHOA, the 80th anniversary of the Ghetto Uprising, (April 19, 1943, and the 6 million Jewish men, women, and children murdered by the Nazi beasts.
When we say Never Forget, let us remember the LAST LETTER FROM GHETTO COMMENDER MORDECAI ANIELEWICZ written in his last letter from the Warsaw Ghetto, April 23, 1943.
"Jewish armed resistance and revenge are facts. I have been a witness to the magnificent, heroic fighting of Jewish men in battle."
We, the Jewish people come from a long line of heroic warriors, in both words and deeds. We are at our best when we stand together against those who wish to tear us apart.
"It is impossible to put into words what we have been through. One thing is clear, what happened exceeded our boldest dreams. The Germans ran twice from the ghetto. One of our companies held out for 40 minutes and another for more than 6 hours.… I feel that great things are happening and what we dared do is of great, enormous importance... Our losses in manpower are minimal. That is also an achievement."
"To those who fell, Peace go with you…Perhaps we may still meet again …"
"The dream of my life has risen to become a fact. Self-defense in the ghetto will have been a reality…..I have been a witness to the magnificent heroic fighting of Jewish men in battle….” Read the full letter here.
Wishing everyone peace and joy in all the coming days!
Goldi Steiner, Irving Weisdorf, Diane Weber Bederman