Occupational therapy

This afternoon, tens of thousands of people converged on Maale Adumim to march to the adjacent

A small view of the tens of thousands marching to Mevaseret Adumim
A small view of the tens of thousands marching to Mevaseret Adumim

area known as E-1 or Mevaseret Adumim. This area is a location that Israel wishes to build on and to populate with more Jews and the Arab world and the United States have said “no, you may not.” This has led to years of land laying empty… land that could be used to house thousands of Jews looking to live in the area just outside of Jerusalem and adjacent to Maale Adumim.

It was for this protest and to stand up for the right to build, that literally tens of thousands of people came from all over Israel to say: “This is our land… we will build here and please stay out of our business.”

The world cries “Occupation!” and says that if my neighbor wants to build on to their house that this is a major obstacle to peace. The missiles and rock attacks and homicide bombers and BDS and calls for the annihilation of Israel are in no way obstacles to peace. The world is concerned that building in E-1 will prevent a future second state alongside Israel.

Well, it is time for some “Occupational Therapy.” It is time the world understands that we, the Jewish people will build where we want to and when we want to and that E-1, Mevaeret Adumim WILL be built up, B’ezrat Hashem!

May we merit seeing thousands of homes built in Mevaseret Adumim in the NEAR future!

About the Author
After living in Chicago for 50 years, the last 10 of which Zev Shandalov served as a shul Rav and teacher in local Orthodox schools, his family made Aliya to Maale Adumim in July 2009. Shandalov currently works as a teacher, mostly interacting with individual students.