Thursday, September 29, 2005

The case of the stolen goat

September 29, 2005

Late this afternoon a Hebron boy, in sixth grade, was walking on the main road between the Avraham Avinu and Beit Hadassah neighborhoods He had with him a goat, one of several the family owns. When passing by the 'tarnigolim street' where there are concrete barriers and barbed wire, preventing Arabs from reaching the road from the Kasba, a group of Arab youth, who had cut the wire, attacked the Hebron boy, hitting him, throwing rocks, and stealing his goat.
The boy complained to nearby soldiers, who did nothing.

In reaction, a group of Hebron youth entered the Kasba to search for the goat. Others arrived, as well as security forces. A short time later one of the Arab youth who had participated in the initial attack was identified and apprehended by soldiers. A little while later, as police and riot police arrived, an Israeli army officer told the Arab youth to leave, and go home. He took off just as the police arrived. With that, Arabs started throwing rocks at the group of Israelis. Hebron youth and others tried to run after suspect, but were stopped by the police and soldiers. The police then declared the gathering as 'illegal' and ordered everyone to leave within 5 minutes. Four people were arrested, including a 7th grader who was injured when a rock was thrown at him, a sixth grader and two women.

So, it winds up that the Arab attacker and thief was freed, the Jews were arrested and the goat is still missing. Totally absurd!

Monday, September 26, 2005


On Motzei Shabbat, hundreds of men, women, youth and children gathered at Ma'arat HaMachpela for the first selichot services, in preparation for Rosh HaShana. Rabbi Hillel Horowitz led the emotional services, pleading for forgiveness from HaShem.

Yomim Noraim and Succot in Hebron

Rosh HaShana
Tefilat Vatikin - 5:50
Ohel Yitzhak open

Aseret Yami Tshuva
Monday and Tuesday, 7-8 Tishri
Ohel Yitzhak open

Tuesday night
Selichot with Rav Mordechai Eliyahu shlita
Ohel Yitzhak open

Yom Kippur
Tefilat Vatikin - 5:00
Ohel Yitzhak open

Chol HaMoed Succot
Wednesday and Thursday, 16-17 Tishri
Ohel Yitzhak open

Hebron Music Festival at Ma'arat HaMachpela
Thursday - 17 Tishri

Please note: Ma'arat HaMachpela will be closed to Jewish visitors all day Friday, 18 Tishri, Chol HaMoed Succot (due to Ramadan).

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Friday, September 23, 2005

Jewish Cemetery stolen by Arabs in Hebron

Earlier this week, Hebrew residents discovered that two 'caravan' structures had been placed on property belonging to the ancient Jewish Ashkenazi cemetery in the city.

The cemetery plot lies adjacent to the plot where Menucha Rachel Shneerson Slonim, granddaughter of the "Baal HaTanya" and daughter of the "Mittler Rebbi" is interred. The land was purchased by Chabad in the early 1900s and it is unclear whether or not any Jews were actually buried there. The plot has remained vacant for decades.

According to sources close to Hebron, Arabs plan on 'building a school' on the land where the caravans were placed.

When Hebron leaders notified military and civil administration officials, they were told, "There is nothing we can do - this land was transferred to the 'Palestinian Authority" (the terrorists) as part of the 'Hebron Accords' and it is under their jurisidiction. They can do there whatever they want."

Hebron resident, Rabbi Danny Cohen, a Chabad 'shaliach' in Hebron, pointed out the security danger, being that every afternoon a group of men study in a small room above the cemetery. However, this plea was also ignored.

A Hebron spokesman issued the following reaction: This is absurd. Both the Ashkenazi and Sepharadi cemeteries were destroyed by Arabs following the massacre and expulsion in 1929. Now, the Arabs are stealing Jewish property, 100% ours, right under our noses and we can't do anything about it? We demand that the caravans be removed immediately and that the land be returned to the Jewish Community of Hebron.

Friends and supporteres are asked to call and fax:
The Defense Ministry: Tel: 03-6975436 Fax: 03-6976218
The Deputy Defense Minister: Tel: 03-6977155 Cell: 0544479787
The Civil Administration: Tel: 02-9967215 Fax: 02-9962254
The Hebron military commander, Col Baruch: Tel: 02-9967300 Fax: 02-9967424