Friday, October 28, 2005

Jewish holy books desecrated

Pictures: http://www.hebron.com/news/desecratebooks.htm

Hebron Arabs, celebrating the impending conclusion of the month of Ramadan, today desecrated dozens of Jewish holy books, at Ma'arat HaMachpela, the Tomb of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs. Hebron residents discovered the remains of the books, torn to pieces, in the garden behind the "Gutnick Center," which is in front of Ma'arat HaMachpela. Ripped-up books were discovered on the ground, spread out throughout the garden, and in a garbage pail.

Today and tomorrow Ma'arat HaMachpela is closed to Jewish visitors and open only to Muslims. Every Friday, for the past month, when the Ma'ara has been closed to Jewish worshipers, Arabs have vandalized Jewish property in the area. However, today's desecration of holy books is the most serious damage yet.
Hebron leaders demanded that the site be immediately closed to Arab worshipers, in response to the desecration. However, as of yet, this demand hasn't been fulfilled.

A Hebron spokesman issued the following statement: It seems that military and political leaders are more concerned with "Arab sensitivity" as opposed to desecration of Jewish holy books. One can only imagine the response had Arabs discovered 'desecrated Korans' in the vicinity of Ma'arat HaMachpela. It should be remembered that an Israeli woman, Tatiana Soskin, was jailed for two years for 'desecrating' a Koran. It is unheard of that such a desecration should be left unpunished. We demand that Ma'arat HaMachpela be closed to Muslim worship until the culprits responsible for this crime are apprehended, tried and punished.

Leftists demonstrate in Hebron and are evicted

A group of over 50 Israeli leftists, led by Yehuda Shaul and Hillel Cohen, attempted to reach Hebron late this morning, in order to protest "Israeli occupation' of the city. The group reached the Hebron Heroes Neighborhood, between Hebron and Kiryat Arba, where community youth have reestablished a presence at that site. The group planned on continuing to march to Ma'arat HaMachpela and through the city's Jewish neighborhoods, but was stopped by police and military officials. The entire area was declared a 'closed military zone' and the leftists were ordered to leave. Amidst yelling and physical resistance, Police and soldiers pushed them back, about two hundred meters, past the southern entrance to Kiryat Arba. Several members of the group were arrested, including Shaul, and another group leader, Asaf. At one point, when the group sat down in the street and refused to leave, police forcibly pulled them away.

Pictures: http://www.hebron.com/news/leftdemonstration.htm

Likud Central Committee visits Hebron

Members of the Likud Central Committee today visited Hebron, on an educational, fact-finding tour. They were escorted by Noam Arnon and Orit Struk, who provided historical and present-day information about Hebron and its growing Jewish community.

Pictures: http://www.hebron.com/news/likud1.htm

Attempted Murder in Hebron

Yesterday afternoon a female Arab terrorist attempted to kill a Hebron youth, Simcha Shmuelevitz. The woman, holding a knife, walked toward the boy across from Beit Hadassah. Others, seeing her, pushed her away. An Israeli soldier spoke to the woman for a few minutes and then, for reasons still being investigated, allowed her to leave, escorted by a group of leftists, arriving to protect her. Hebron residents prevented the terrorist from escaping until police arrived, arresting her and the leftists, who, in the mean time, had attacked the Israeli soldier. It was reported that several hours later the terrorist and the leftists were released from custody.

Monday, October 24, 2005

Tens of thousands visit Hebron during Succot

Tens of thousands of people, Jews and non-Jews, visited Hebron during the Succot holiday, worshiping at Ma'arat HaMachpela, touring the Jewish neighborhoods, and participating in the Hebron Music Festival. Pictures of Succot in Hebron can be viewed at: http://www.hebron.com/holidays/succot/2005/succot2005.htm

Pictures of hundreds participating in "Hoshana Rabba" at Ma'arat HaMachpela can be seen at:
http://www.hebron.com/holidays/succot/2005/hoshrab/hoshrab-hebron.htm

Succot in Hebron

Tens of thousands of people, Jews and non-Jews, visited Hebron during Succot, worshiping at Ma'arat HaMachpela, touring the Jewish neighborhoods, and participating in the Hebron Music Festival. Pictures of Succot in Hebron at: http://www.hebron.com/holidays/succot/2005/succot2005.htm

Succot in Hebron

Tens of thousands visited Hebron during Succot, worshiping at Ma'arat Ha'Machpela, touring Hebron's Jewish neighborhoods and participating in the Hebron Music Festival.
Pictures of Succot in Hebron: http://www.hebron.com/holidays/succot/2005/succot2005.htm

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Caparot in Hebron








Tuesday, October 11, 2005

Selichot in Hebron

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On Monday night, 10.10, thousands gathered at Ma'arat HaMachpela for traditional selichot prayers with Rabbis Mordechai Eliyahu, Haim Druckman, Yona Metzger, Ya'akov Yosef, Avraham Schreiber, and Yitzhak Levi. The services included a special prayer for "Prisoner of Zion" Yonatan Pollard and his wife Esther, who has been fighting for his freedom for many years. [www.hebron.com/holidays/tishrei/selichot2005.htm]

Sunday, October 09, 2005

Succot in Hebron