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Jews visit Ma'arat Hamachpela during Pesach. Not all visits are this peaceful.

Two Jews who were attacked by an Arab mob on Shabbat were rescued, treated by doctors… and promptly arrested.

According to a statement released by the Honenu legal aid organization, the detainees, one of whom is an IDF veteran who was recently discharged, were surrounded and attacked by about 20 Arabs next to the Cave of the Patriarchs on Shabbat. IDF forces reacted quickly and rescued the men. Eventually, they were evacuated by the IDF to a Jerusalem hospital for medical treatment. One man was treated for injuries to his leg, the other for a dislocated shoulder.

Attorney Itamar Ben Gvir

But once removed from the scene of the attack, police detained the men and detained them for questioning after local Arabs complained that they had started the fight.

This morning (Wednesday) the men appeared in the Jerusalem Magistrates Court. Police asked to extend their remand.

One police official said that while three members of the Arab mob were also arrested, they also claimed that the Jews should also be held in custody while police investigate the veracity of their claims.

Itamar Ben Gvir, a Honenu-appointed attorney who is representing the defendants, said police did not complete even minimal investigative work, such as review footage from security cameras at the site, to clarify what happened on Shabbat. Ben Gvir also called the arrest of the Jewish men “illegal,”

Justice Yael Yitav accepted the defense claim that there is little danger that the men will commit a crime if released, and she ordered them released to house arrest. The men were also banned from entering Hebron for 30 days.

“The Hebron police must look at themselves very carefully,” said Ben-Gvir. “Jews are attacked and hurt, but they are ones arrested. During the hearing I had the distinct feel that the police have a very short memory and failed to take into account that just a week-and-a-half ago three boys were abducted, not far from Hebron.  “Police actions in this case give important moral support for the kidnappers. “



  1. Look what this Reform Rabbi wrote: We must all speak out against Jewish terror
    Rabbi Dow Marmur
    anatics are eerily similar, irrespec-
    tive of which side they’re on. Thus
    Jews in Europe and elsewhere who’ve
    experienced the daubing of synagogues
    and vandalism of Jewish property relive
    their nightmares these days when Jewish
    extremists in Israel deface mosques and
    churches, destroy olive trees and slash
    tires of cars that belong to Arabs. In their
    zeal, they even attack Israeli army posts.
    In the graffiti they leave behind, they
    justify their crimes as
    tag mechir
    tag). They want us to believe their vandal

    ism is the legitimate price to be paid for
    real or imagined curbs on Jewish expan

    sion in the West Bank and east Jerusalem.
    Some are equal opportunity offenders.
    The recent daubings of a Reform syna-
    gogue in Ra’anana and the centre for
    Conservative Judaism in Jerusalem are of
    the same ilk.
    Many perpetrators are said to come
    from the settlements. Their spray-paint-
    ed messages include, “Death to the
    Arabs” and “Kahane was right.”
    Meir Kahane was a rabbi in the United
    States before coming to Israel to form
    the Kach party, which closely resem-
    bled fascist groups in other countries.
    He gained a seat in the Knesset, but the
    government banned him in 1988 as racist
    and anti-democratic. Two years later, he
    was assassinated by an Arab gunman in
    New York. His ghost lives on.
    As reported recently in this paper, un-
    like fellow travellers in Israel and abroad,
    responsible Israeli politicians have
    publicly condemned the attacks. Defence
    Minister Moshe Ya’lon said that “a state
    that must fight with an iron fist against
    the terror which is wrongly called ‘price
    tag’ – an ugly phenomenon that has no
    connection to Jewish values and morals,
    and whose aim is to harm Arabs only
    because they are Arabs.”
    Justice Minister Tzipi Livni added that
    Israel must erect a “strong public and pol

    itical Zionist fence” against all who seek to
    torpedo a peace deal with the Palestinians
    and thus hurt Israel’s image abroad.
    But Carmi Gillon, the mayor of Mevas-
    seret Zion and a former head of Israel’s
    internal security organization (Shin Bet),
    pointed to the original seeming reluc-
    tance by law enforcement agencies in
    Israel to apprehend the culprits.
    In a similar vein, the U.S. State Depart

    ment has said Israel hasn’t adequately
    prosecuted the perpetrators. Echoing this,
    the Conference of Presidents of Major
    American Jewish Organizations, the rep

    resentative body of American Jewry, sent a
    message to Israeli security agencies urging
    them to take the necessary steps to uproot
    the activities of Jewish terrorists.
    Cabinet minister Gilad Erdan, whose
    portfolio includes internal security and
    who is known for having close ties to the
    settler movement, originally rejected
    Gillon’s assessment. Later, however, likely
    in deference to public opinion, it was an

    nounced that his department would seek
    to curb Jewish as well as Arab violence.
    Since then, some arrests have been made.
    As there’s nowadays no representative
    body of Canadian Jewry, it’s up to indi

    viduals and organizations that care about
    Israel to endorse initiatives that condemn
    every manifestation of Jewish terrorism.
    We can do so by showing tangible support
    for the coalition of human rights organiz

    ations in Israel, Tag Meir (Light Tag), that
    exposes Jewish terror, demanding swift
    and decisive action by the authorities.
    ne of the coalition members, Rabbi
    Ron Kronish, head of the Interreligious
    Co-ordinating Council in Israel, has
    written that “if it were the other way –
    Palestinians vandalizing synagogues
    and Jewish institutions – the culprits
    would be apprehended the same day.” He
    warned against “moral duplicity.” He and
    other interfaith activists were particularly
    worried about possible attacks on the
    Pope during his recent visit to Israel.
    This should concern us all. Our voices
    must be heard not only because we
    ourselves have been victims of such
    harassment as preludes to worse things,
    but also because these acts, ostensibly
    committed in the name of Judaism, fly in
    the face of the very basis of our faith and
    tradition. They undermine the founda-
    tions on which Israel has been built.

  2. What a moron this so called Rabbi is. There something called evidence that you need to convict someone of a crime. Unlike the Obama administration that ignores laws it doesn’t like, the Israeli system needs evidence and thank god there are judges that keep a higher standard unlike this Rabbi and his like minded enemies. How is spray painting terrorism like his friends the Arabs perpetrate?

  3. jennifer, I don’t get the connection between the long tirade on graffiti & the story about men attacked coming out of synagogue on Shabbat. the story said nothing about graffiti. It’s extremely doubtful the men were involved in graffiti on Shabbat. It just wouldn’t be done. The rabbi’s rant failed to prove why graffiti should be equated with terrorism. if graffiti saves lives because it releases pent-up rage (which many Israelis share during these horrific times), then let it be.

  4. Many times, due to too many headlines, ie; Temple Mount, the above story etc., I wonder who the Israeli police actually work for. A little bias is to be expected, it’s human nature to do so for your own side, not for the opposition. To be in a Israeli/Arab confrontation generally means that the Israeli rights are ignored and the Arab protected, right or wrong.

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