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In Hebron, Victory at Last!
Algemeiner ^ | 3-17-14 | Jerold Auerbach

Posted on 03/17/2014 5:48:34 AM PDT by SJackson


Cave of the Patriarchs, Hebron.

The ancient city of Hebron, twenty miles south of Jerusalem, has long been a source of seething conflict between Arabs and Jews. According to the biblical narrative (Gen. 23), Abraham purchased the Cave of Machpelah for four hundred silver shekels as the burial place for Sarah. It was the first parcel of land owned by the Jewish people in their promised land.

It has been a Jewish holy site ever since. King David reigned from Hebron before relocating his throne to Jerusalem to unify his kingdom. But just as Muslims claimed the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, so they wrested Machpelah from Jews, who were forbidden entry to their sacred shrine for seven hundred years after 1267. The centuries-old Hebron community was destroyed in 1929 when rampaging Arabs murdered sixty-seven Jews.

For more than a decade after the Six-Day War restored Hebron to Israeli authority, Jews were not permitted to reclaim abandoned and stolen property in their ancient city. A hesitant Israeli government was unwilling to allow Jews to inhabit Hebron, lest their presence rile local Arabs – and Israeli politicians who wanted nothing to do with holy sites or religious Zionists.

In 1979 a group of women led by Miriam Levinger and Sarah Nachshon, accompanied by several dozen young children, made a surprise nighttime return to Beit Hadassah, the former medical clinic. Hebron, asserted Mrs. Levinger, “will no longer be Judenrein.” A fledgling community sought to restore the “duality of nation and religion” that had been entwined in Judaism before Jews were forcibly exiled from their homeland nearly two thousand years earlier.

As difficult as it was to persuade Israeli courts to permit Jews to return to abandoned Jewish property, the government made it all but impossible to purchase property even from willing Arab sellers. Nearly a decade ago Morris Abraham, a New York businessman whose great-grandfather had lived in Hebron until the 1929 pogrom, purchased a large four-story building through an intermediary after prolonged negotiations with its Palestinian Arab owner.

On the road connecting Kiryat Arba to Hebron, it was located near the site where twelve Israelis had been murdered in a deadly terrorist attack three years earlier. After extensive renovations, Hebron Jews took possession of their new home in March 2007, naming it “Beit HaShalom,” house of peace. Eight families moved in, and Israeli soldiers promptly claimed the roof as a superb lookout post.

Then began a legal struggle that resembled Jarndyce v. Jarndyce in Charles Dickens’ Bleak House. The Supreme Court ordered an investigation of the transaction. Police concluded that it was a legal sale. A local Hebron Arab told a reporter: “We will find the seller and chop him up into tiny pieces.” To protect his own life, the middleman for the seller denied the validity of the sale but the seller had been filmed receiving and counting his million dollar proceeds.

More than a year later the Attorney General initiated legal proceedings to expel the new residents – eight families who had endured a miserably cold winter in their unheated apartments – until a lower court determined the legality of the purchase. The Israeli Municipal Court ruled in favor of the Jewish owners, but Arabs appealed. Dismayed by the endless delays, Morris Abraham despaired of “Israeli democracy.”

Pending a final ruling, the government authorized the evacuation of Beit HaShalom. As protests mounted, Defense Minister Ehud Barak warned against “attempts by small groups of radicals to undermine the authority of the state.” That December Israeli security forces stormed Beit HaShalom and, with the aid of stun grenades and tear gas, forcibly evicted its residents. Barak announced: “The building will be under IDF and state control until the court decides to whom it belongs.”

Now, five years later, the Supreme Court has finally decided, rejecting Arab appeals and upholding the legitimacy of the purchase. The responses were predictable. Housing Minister Uri Ariel celebrated the decision that Beit HaShalom “belongs to Jews.” Left-wing Knesset member Nitzan Horowitz, joined by Peace Now, urged that Jews not be allowed to live in the building. But David Wilder, spokesman for the Hebron Jewish community, exulted “Victory at last!”


TOPICS: Israel; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: godsgravesglyphs; hebron; israel; letshavejerusalem

1 posted on 03/17/2014 5:48:34 AM PDT by SJackson
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2 posted on 03/17/2014 5:48:51 AM PDT by SJackson (the Democrats take back control, we don’t make (this) kind of naked power grab, J Biden)
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To: SJackson

Great read. Thanks for this post.


3 posted on 03/17/2014 8:48:05 AM PDT by houeto (We intend to liberate Democrats from the dreaded Job-Lock this November!)
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...just as Muslims claimed the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, so they wrested Machpelah from Jews, who were forbidden entry to their sacred shrine for seven hundred years after 1267. The centuries-old Hebron community was destroyed in 1929 when rampaging Arabs murdered sixty-seven Jews. For more than a decade after the Six-Day War restored Hebron to Israeli authority, Jews were not permitted to reclaim abandoned and stolen property... the Supreme Court has finally decided, rejecting Arab appeals and upholding the legitimacy of the purchase. The responses were predictable. Housing Minister Uri Ariel celebrated the decision that Beit HaShalom “belongs to Jews.” Left-wing Knesset member Nitzan Horowitz, joined by Peace Now, urged that Jews not be allowed to live in the building. But David Wilder, spokesman for the Hebron Jewish community, exulted “Victory at last!”
Thanks SJackson.

4 posted on 03/17/2014 9:27:21 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: SunkenCiv

The idea of ‘legitimacy’ in ownership of this area of the Middle East is laughable.

This crossroads has been ‘owned’ by innumerable empires and kingdoms, going back before recorded history.

Talking about ownership of what we know as Palestine or Israel or Syria or Lebanon always reminds me of the poem, Get Off This Estate by Carl Sandberg:

‘Get Off This Estate

‘Get off this estate.’
‘What for?’
‘Because it’s mine.’
‘Where did you get it?’
‘From my father.’
‘Where did he get it?’
‘From his father.’
‘And where did he get it?’
‘He fought for it.’
‘Well, I’ll fight you for it’
- Carl Sandburg


5 posted on 03/17/2014 5:05:01 PM PDT by wildbill
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To: SJackson

How sweet it is. In the month of Adar, no less. This is a conflict that happened before my eyes, with barricades placed in front of the building that one passed entering and leaving Hebron, at least one attempt to physically reclaim the building while I was living within view of it in nearby Remat Mamre. Now it remains to be seen if they’ll let the families live there in peace.

Nothing riles the Arab Street so much as bending over for them does.


6 posted on 03/17/2014 5:19:07 PM PDT by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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To: Eleutheria5

The muslims will never allow that. They must be forced to abide by the fact of Jews living there or be removed..


7 posted on 03/17/2014 7:07:54 PM PDT by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: sheik yerbouty

Before we even get to the Muslims, the question is whether the IDF will allow them to live there in peace. This is not the only video-taped real estate transaction in Hebron that resulted in Jews being tossed out of their newly-acquired homes by the IDF’s Civilian Authority.


8 posted on 03/17/2014 7:17:46 PM PDT by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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To: wildbill
Love the connection to Get Off This Estate. Thanks.
9 posted on 03/17/2014 7:20:08 PM PDT by aposiopetic
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To: aposiopetic

Ran across that short poem years ago and it has stuck with me as particularly prescient whenever I think about geo-politics.

It all comes down to whoever is willing to fight for territory and then to defend it.


10 posted on 03/18/2014 1:51:26 PM PDT by wildbill
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To: Eleutheria5

Yes, that is really the biggest obstacle right now!


11 posted on 03/19/2014 2:50:11 PM PDT by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: sheik yerbouty

Love the handle. Zappa was a genius.


12 posted on 03/19/2014 2:57:54 PM PDT by RinaseaofDs
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To: RinaseaofDs

Many thanks! Now let’s offend the effendis!


13 posted on 03/20/2014 3:52:32 AM PDT by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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