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Supreme Court President on Demolishing Illegal Mosque: ‘Must Kill Them when They’re Young’

A miracle of sorts took place today at the Israeli Supreme court, which could be the sign of good things to come.

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The illegal mosque on the slope of Mt. Hebron which the state has been refusing to take down.

The illegal mosque on the slope of Mt. Hebron which the state has been refusing to take down.
Photo Credit: Regavim

A miracle of sorts took place today at the Israeli Supreme court, which could be the sign of good things to come. It was during part of an ongoing discussion of Illegal Arab construction in Judea and Samaria, and this time the issue at hand was a mosque built illegally in Al-Mofkra (Regavim), on the southern slope of Mt. Hebron.

According to The Jewish Voice, the panel of judges headed by Supreme Court President Supreme Court President Grunis, with Justices Miriam Naor and Edna Arbel, opened the discussion by saying that illegal construction cannot be allowed to go on at all, especially in Judea and Samaria. The panel added that enforcement activity should be performed efficiently.

In this context, Justice Grunis said that “we must kill them when they’re young” (the literal translation from Hebrew would be “We must destroy them when they’re little”). The quip was made in front of representatives of the State Attorney’s Office, who told the court they intend to destroy the illegal mosque in the coming weeks.

Supreme Court chief justice Asher Gronis. Photo: Yoav Ari Dudkevitch/Flash 90

Supreme Court Chief Justice Asher Gronis. Photo: Yoav Ari Dudkevitch/Flash 90

The reason this can be considered a minor miracle is that both of Grunis’s predecessors, chief justices Aharon Barak and Dorit Beinish, would not have been caught dead saying something so un-PC about a Muslim house of worship. The fact that Justice Grunis was able to joke about it – and then do the right thing and force the state to take down the ugly thing – is very much a step in the right direction for the court.

Following an appeal by the Regavim movement, the Attorney General made a commitment to destroy the mosque once it was determined to be illegal. But while the civil administration was dragging its feet and not getting around to demolishing the mosque, the Regavim movement reported that mosque owner, one Mahmud Hamemda, continued to live there and had said that no matter how many times the mosque is destroyed, he would keep rebuilding it.

Following the Attorney General’s commitment to give a high priority to destroying the mosque, Attorney Boaz Arzi, representing Regavim, expressed his satisfaction. “Given the fact that the justices accepted our appeal, and gave us the relief we asked for, our petition has become moot and there is no reason not to delete it,” he stated, adding that,”if the civil administration does not do its job and we’ll see the mosque was not destroyed, we’ll have no problem submitting another appeal, until justice is done.”

The Regavim movement announced that the decision to demolish the illegal mosque should serve as a warning to the Palestinians in Al-Mofkra village. “Every illegal construction will be documented and an appeal will be submitted to the Supreme court as needed,” a movement spokesperson said. “The state’s decision to demolish the illegal mosque is proof that nearby structure are equally illegal and their fate will be the same.”

Yori Yanover

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.

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  1. Sean Winkler says:

    Unbelievable… Israel goes around stealing and destroying the homes of Palestinians every day, and then has the audacity to claim a Mosque is illegal! http://www.ifamericaknew.com Have a great day!

  2. Anonymous says:

    Like anywhere else in the world, you cannot just build anywhere you like and thumb your nose at the state, telling them that you'll "rebuild it every time they tear it down".

  3. Yori Yanover says:

    What do you mean by "Claim"? You send a cop, he or she ask for a construction permit, if the owner produces one they say, So sorry and drive off, if not, they call up the city and schedule the structure for demolition. How do they do this on your planet?

  4. Sean Winkler says:

    Yori, my friend, on my planet Zionists never stole Palestine from the Palestinians to begin with. On my planet, Yori, you could answer me these 10 questions: http://www.jewsnotzionists.org/tenquestions.htm

  5. Bob Baisden says:

    Sean, you are either really stupid or lie. Israel sits there attempting to live their lives in freedom and Hamas and any other Muslim/Islamist country just bombs them. But to take it another step forward, what you are saying is that Israel is at fault for defending themselves? You must hate George Bush too?

  6. First, I suspect Mr. Winkler has done ZERO research into the establishment of Palestine. They are arabs from Pakistan and neighboring countries. Squatters. They have absolutely no claim to Israel.. Sadly, Sean, ISLAM will not stand too much longer if the Holy Bible is accurate, and sadly for the muslims, its the most accurate and tested word on the planet.

  7. Anonymous says:

    A great decision BUT I still think Chief Justice Gronis should try to restrain himself from being deliberately provocative, i.e. by quipping "we must kill them when they're young". He was talking about a building, a mosque, but you know how propagandists are! They'll quote Justice Gronis out of context and soon the world will be led to believe that he said that the Palestinian people must be killed when young.

  8. Mildred Bilt says:

    The statement will resound all over the world and be used over and over again to prove the Jews are murderers and particularly, baby murderers. That a Chief Justice, President of the Israeli Supreme court would be so oblivious of the effect of his statement is outrageous. He has harmed world Jewry for decades to come.

  9. Yeasin Ahmed says:

    Arabs from Pakistan! The mind boggles!!

  10. Yeasin Ahmed says:

    I suggest you buy yourself an atlas or better still finish high school.

  11. Yeasin Ahmed says:

    I suppose the earth is just 6000 years old as well?

  12. If in fact you did one hour of homework, you would see that Christ is the only way to heaven, and Mohammed will burn in hell with the rest of people who did not accept the free gift of salvation. The whole ideology of ISLAM is foolish and regrettably a burdensome stone to all those who were born into that cult. With Christ, there

  13. Yeasin, do you even know what an Arab is? Do you know their origin? Do you have a clue about where the term "Palestine" is originated? Fellow, please do your due diligence and understand your comments before attempting to start one. Im not against you, I'm for Christ the King. And ISLAM is another BAAL.

  14. Yeasin Ahmed says:

    Dear oh dear. I should follow my due diligence you say! The man who confuses Arabs with Pakistanis. Can you find Pakistan on a map? For that matter can you find Jerusalem on a map? By the way, I'm not one to disparage someone else's beliefs. As Muslims we revere Jesus as one the greatest prophets. The Arabs are descended from the prophet Ismail, the brother of the prophet Isaac and the son of the prophet Abraham. Arabs, whether they are Christian or Muslim (you do know that there are Arab Christians don't you? Just checking…) are the indigenous people of the region as are the Semitic Jews. But go on lets hear what they're teaching you in the land of enlightenment called Texas?

  15. Yeasin Ahmed says:

    Short lesson in History – Between 3000 and 1100 B.C., Canaanite civilization covered what is today Israel, the West Bank, Lebanon and much of Syria and Jordan…Those who remained in the Jerusalem hills after the Romans expelled the Jews (in the second century A.D.) were a potpourri of farmers and vineyard growers, pagans and converts to Christianity, descendants of the Arabs, Persians, Samaritans, Greeks and old Canaanite tribes.

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