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Aug 17, 2022

Haredi Nationalists

I found it interesting and surprising to see in the news that a group of Haredim in Gush Etzion established an illegal outpost with 11 temporary structures and a water tower of some sort. They named the outpost Derech Emuna in memory of Rav Chaim Kanievsky (though I wonder if he would consider this act a merit for his memory or not). They said that the purpose was to ensure Jewish continuity in the area in the face of increasing Muslim takeover of areas in the region. They also wanted to show the public that the housing crisis can be easily resolved by establishing new communities outside of the typical cities.

When I first saw the notice my first thought was to wonder how quickly the government will dismantle it. It turns out just a few hours later I saw in the news it had been dismantled, though it also seems it has been up for four days already though I just saw it now.

Haredim usually dont take part in these types of nationalist events and ideas, so this was a bit of a surprise. Good on them.

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