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.
Friday, October 28, 2005