Wednesday, January 11, 2006

1 Hebron Update

Hebron Update: Prayer rally -  Special Guest, Sheikh Palazzi - People pouring into Hebron
Israelis from around the country began pouring into Hebron today, in preparation for a possible attempt to expel families from their homes in the Mitzpe Shalhevet neighborhood next week. All those arriving were given a place to sleep and meals at a highly subsidized price. Large tents have been pitched around the threatened housing to protect those arriving from the cold, rainy wintry weather.As a result of the large influx of people into the Jewish neighborhoods, an increased police and security-forces presence can be felt throughout the community.[]
This morning Nadia Matar led a group of Women in Green to visit Hebron, including the wife of Prisoner of Zion Jonathan Pollard, Mrs. Esther Pollard. Esther Pollard conveyed her husband's support for Hebron's Jewish community and told community leaders to 'stay strong.'  They, in turn, voiced their hope that very soon community residents would be able to greet both Jonathan and Esther Pollard together in Hebron, celebrating his release from imprisonment and his aliyah to Israel.
Yesterday, an emergency prayer rally was conducted outside the Rinat Shalhevet Kollel Torah study center, in the Mitzpe Shalhevet neighborhood. [] Speaking were Rabbis Dov Lior and Moshe Levinger. Also  appearing was a special guest: Sheikh Professor Abdul Hadi Palazzi, the director of the Italian Muslim Association. An Imam, Sheikh Palazzi is no stranger to Hebron; he visited and toured the Jewish community five years ago. Accompanied by the founder and director of the Root and Branch Association, Aryeh Gallin, Sheikh Palazzi visited Hebron-Kiryat Arba Chief Rabbi Dov Lior at his Kiryat Arba home. Later, introducing the Sheikh to the listening audience in Hebron, Rabbi Lior praised his honesty, courage and sense of justice. []
Sheikh Palazzi, well-known for his "Pro-Israel-Zionist" opinions, said he came to Hebron due to the situation the community is now facing. He said that following the catastrophic expulsion from Gush Katif this past summer, which he opposed, he is very worried that the Israeli government will attempt to continue to expel Jews from their homeland. For this reason, he came to show support for a continued Jewish presence in Hebron, and at present, especially in the Mitzpe Shalhevet neighborhood.
Hebron residents and guests applauded Sheikh Palazzi's speech, and many people approached him to shake his hand and express their thanks for his remarks.
Following dinner at Hebron resident's home, the Sheikh toured the Tel Rumeida neighborhood and viewed the fascinating archaeological excavations at the site, before leaving back to Jerusalem.


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