Sunday, October 20, 2013

South Carolina and Yesha

Did you know there's a Shiloh in South Carolina?  A Hebron site?  Beth El, too?  Even a Samaria.

Well, then it may come as no surprise that we in Yesha have support in South Carolina.

From Women in Green:

A member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, Alan Clemmons, visited Shdema in East Gush Etzion on Friday (Oct. 18) to strengthen and show solidarity with the Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria.
Clemmons, accompanied by his wife Laura, toured the Shdema Camp...[and] were moved by the determination of the activists who weekly come from all over Israel to stay there and demonstrate a Jewish presence.
Clemmons spoke to the dozens of activists who were present and told them about the excitement that stirs him as he "walks the holy land that G-d gave to the Jewish people". He mentioned the fact that G-d formed a covenant with Abraham and gave the Land to him and his descendants, and added that the American people support Israel and the historic right of the Jewish people to the Land.
Heads of the Women in Green, Yehudit Katsover and Nadia Matar...thanked Clemmons for his warm words of support and called him "a true friend of Israel", a friend who recognizes the fact that G-d gave the Land of Israel to the Jewish people. Later on in the event, the two leaders of Women in Green gave Clemmons a gift of a woven rug, which shows a picture of Jerusalem with the passage "For Jerusalem I will not stay silent".
P.S.  I missed a dinner with him the previous Tuesday evening but he enjoyed the company of some of my friends and was taken on a tour of the Shomron, I understand.

P.P.S.   I think a very good idea would be an initiative of the Yesha Council to outreach to communities in the United States (and other countries as well) that are named for Biblical Land of Israel locations in Judea and Samaria and offer exchange of information, pen-palmanship, visits, even twinning.


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