The CTO told me that a certain political party was paying 40 seniors from his yeshiva to attend some sort of rally and “clap” (in his words). The party paid for their bus and is also giving them a significant amount of money, which they’re using toward their upcoming hachtarah (literally, coronation – refers to the traditional and elaborate Purim schpiel staged by 12th graders around the country).
Something about this bothers me, and I’m not sure what it is.
These are boys who know what it means to be active for important causes. For instance, they went to rallies and protests before the Expulsion. (I think they’re slightly too young to have been in either Gush Katif itself or, subsequently, Amona, but I could be wrong.) More recently, some of them were in Chevron, and others continue to participate in assorted political events. In short, when it comes to something they believe in, they get involved.
But at the same time, a number of our illustrious politicians have conspired to teach these kids a horrible lesson – namely, that their efforts don’t necessarily count. After all, despite the unprecedented human chain, the massive prayer rally at the Kotel, and all the other grassroots initiatives (Panim El Panim, Kfar Maimon, Ofakim, Kikar Rabin, etc.), the Expulsion happened.
Paying these same boys to now attend a rally seems to me to be the height of cynicism.