Text: Leftist Leaders Warn Won't Honor IDF Orders To Temporarily Move Arabs
This is the Red Line - 1990
by Yosse Sarid and Yair Tzaban
Op-Ed column - Yediot Achronot 27 June 1990
In light of the suggestion of Geula Cohen to uproot complete villages from
their place until the completion of the harvest, we want to tell all of the
transfer supporters - it is our obligation to say and we call on you to read
our lips. We are speaking slowly and clearly, and not only in our name.
We have a question: who hates this land more - those who burn its forests
and fields or those who destroy houses and empty villages and exile, and
when does the land cry out for more?
And we have an answer: those who send a fire in one field are liable to burn
the entire country, and those who would exile one village - men, women and
children - is liable to carry out a complete transfer.
In order to remove a bride from the wedding canopy, an old man from the
shade of the fig tree and a baby from his cradle and to exile them to the
Jericho desert, someone has to carry it out.
So that there will be no misunderstandings between us and it is not said
that we did not warn you in advance: we will not obey the order to transfer,
and our children and pupils will not obey them. Geulah Cohen, Rehavan Zeevi
and Meir Kahane will have to somehow carry out the work of the exile by
themselves, while we stand in their way and lie in the roads.
We oppose the refusal to serve in the territories, and even the nationalist
right knows that without us there is no other dam holding back a flood of
conscientious objectors. But the day that the transfer order is given, which
is a totally illegal order, will be the day that orders are refused.
To everyone interested in knowing what our red line is - with this we mark
one point on this line, and from now on it cannot be mistaken. This is where
it passes, by villages which are not silent."
Yosse Sarid and Yair Tzaban
Dr. Aaron Lerner IMRA (Independent Media Review & Analysis)