Rav Aviner in the News...Don’t Protest Expulsion from Beit El Homes

[The Ulpana neighborhood in Beit El has been inhabited for 13 years. The Residents purchased their homes legally, with government-subsidized bank mortgages. Government agencies funded the construction and infrastructure of the community. But now the neighborhood has been declared illegal by the Bagatz - the High Court of Justice - for being on private Arab land, and there is a chance that it will be destroyed.]

Rav Shlomo Aviner Shlita, a posek in the Dati Leumi community and resident of Beit El is quoted as telling the Tzibur that he will not take part in any protests against such a move should it be actualized, Chas Ve-Shalom. The plan calls for expelling families from five apartment buildings, each home to six families.

News1 quotes the Rav, who during a Friday night Drashha said that if security forces are sent to remove the families from their homes, he would not take part in a protest. Rav Aviner did not - Chas Ve-Shalom - side with such a plan, but explains that even if the government moves ahead with this “evil act”, we are compelled “to lose with honor”. He cites three reasons for his Hashkafah: 1. A protest is designed to influence others, primarily decision-makers and this is not relevant in this case. 2. Another reason for a protest is to instill fear in the other side, and this too is not applicable, as demonstrated by past expulsions. “The IDF is not afraid of tens of thousands of Jews or 30 million Arabs.” 3. A protest is to express one’s dissent, and this picture, one of Jews opposing Jews is not the sight we wish to send to the international media.