Photo Credit: Hevron Jewish community
A mezuzah is missing from the entry to a Jewish prayer hall in the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hevron because Muslims stole it Friday night, when Jews were barred because of th Muslim month of Ramadan

Muslims took advantage of privileges during the month of Ramadan at the Ma’arat HaMachpelah (Patriarchs’ Cave) in Hevron on Friday to rip off mezuzahs from a Jewish prayer room and vandalize the site.

Jews were barred from the holy site this past Friday because of the Muslim’s holy month of Ramadan. Muslim vandals “celebrated” the opportunity of the absence of Jews on the eve of the Sabbath Friday night to rip mezuzahs off the doorposts of prayer halls and damage property.

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Israeli radio and print media routinely headline any “price tag” vandalism of Arab property or mosques, but when Deputy Minister of Religious Services Rabbi Eli Ben Dahan describe the desecration, the news broadcaster suggested, “Isn’t that just graffiti?”

Unlike the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, the Cave is used by Jews and Muslims with each religion having its own prayer halls. There are 10 days a year when “Olam Yitzchak” is barred to Muslims and is opened to Jews, and there are 10 days a year, such as last Friday, when Jews are prohibited from praying at the Patriarchs’ Cave.

Rabbi Ben Dahan visited the Patriarchs’ Cave on Sunday and said, “I cannot understand how Palestinians, who have come to pray, could commit such an ugly act. The Arab leaders should condemn these actions.”

The Muslims sabotaged irrigation systems, tore out plants and flowers, damaged furniture and left filth everywhere as reminder of their visit.

In another anti-Semitic incident, hikers who visited the “Avraham Spring” on Friday discovered that anti-Semites has scrawled swastikas in the area.

Harel Zehira, a youth group leader who discovered the vandalism, told Tazpit News Agency: “We were shocked by the spectacle. We immediately notified the security forces and worked to erase the vandalism.”
“There is no doubt that the collaboration between world Anti-Semitism and radical Islam is a dangerous phenomenon which should be eradicated,” Hevron Jewish community spokesman Noam Arnon told Tazpit.

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Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu is a graduate in journalism and economics from The George Washington University. He has worked as a cub reporter in rural Virginia and as senior copy editor for major Canadian metropolitan dailies. Tzvi wrote for Arutz Sheva for several years before joining the Jewish Press.

23 COMMENTS

  1. Rabbi Ben Dahan visited the Patriarchs’ Cave on Sunday and said, “I cannot understand how Palestinians, who have come to pray, could commit such an ugly act. The Arab leaders should condemn these actions.” Unbelievable how naive the rabbi is. And calling him naive is being nice.

  2. Anything these Monsters do does not surprise me. Naturally Abbas and his cronies will do nothing, furthermore this won't even get outside Israel, if the boot had been on the other foot there would have been a world wide outcry. Some one some day is going to be brave enough to desecrate Al Aqsa, which has always been Holy to Israel and later Christians. The Temple of the mount had nothing to do with Mohammed, who was merely a war mongering so called prophet who hated the civilizations around him and at the time of his life Israel and the rest of the Middle East were been established civilizations be they were Pagan Jewish of Christian, for thousands of years already. Tis a good thing I am not in Israel, I would act irrationally and fight these creeps to the death, which of course would be to no avail.

  3. It proves that the Moslems do not believe in the Patriachs and should be banned from this holy burial site belonging to the Jews as recored in the holy Bibe of all religions. They laugh at us that we gave them up as we did Yosef and you saw how they desecrated his remains like barbarians. We must stop and protect the remains of our holy Jewish forebearers in every country.

  4. I am not surprised that these animals did this or that their leaders failed to condem them.I am frustrated that our leaders do nothing and that there are Jews and Israelis who.think these animals want.peace.they want.us all dead

  5. Israel has allowed all this to occur simply because the Jews refuse to protect their own country the way most civilized nations would do. Instead, Israel allows the minority to control the majority, thus the lawlessness continued to fester like a growing cancer. The fact that Israel does not protect its people or religious sites tells the enemy (the Moslems) that it is OK to riot and destroy Jewish holy sites at will. As long as Israel caters to these savages, the savages will strike at will. Do you blame the Moslems for trying to oust the Jews from Israel, especially when the Israelis allow them to do so?

  6. Saying that islam is a religion of peace is quite a stretch of the imagination. It is tantamount to putting lipstick on a pig and declaring the pig beautiful..

  7. Thought I just read about the IDF instructing soldiers not to eat or drink in front of muslims during ramadan! This is how they show their appreciation! I called it! Israel's leaders are practicing policies of national suicide! For sure!

  8. Thought I just read about the IDF instructing soldiers not to eat or drink in front of muslims during ramadan! This is how they show their appreciation! I called it! Israel's leaders are practicing policies of national suicide! For sure!

  9. AFAIK, Muslim fast days don't require abstention from "work" like the Jewish ones do. They just have to do their vandalizing on an empty stomach.

  10. I don't THINK muslims would have done it as this cave is associated with Abraham who is most praised prophet in Quran it can be just the media propagating. How can anyone of us blame somebody if we have not seen them doing it. Guilty not charge is innocent. But if any muslim has done it I condemn it. I condemn harming feelings of people belonging to any religion. Its our personal faith and we will go alone in our grave so let everybody take charge of their own life.

  11. it is stupid and Racist to generalize the mistakes done by few Muslims and say that all Muslims do the same.. ok what about the Dozens of Mosques that had been burned by the Jews in the around the illegal Israelis settlement in West Bank?

  12. it is stupid and Racist to generalize the mistakes done by few Muslims and say that all Muslims do the same.. ok what about the Dozens of Mosques that had been burned by the Jews in the around the illegal Israelis settlement in West Bank?

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