web analytics
August 20, 2014 / 24 Av, 5774
Israel at War: Operation Protective Edge
 
 
At a Glance
News & Views
Sponsored Post
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat (L) visits the JewishPress.com booth at The Event. And the Winners of the JewishPress.com Raffle Are…

Congratulations to all the winners of the JewishPress.com raffle at The Event



Home » News & Views
HE GAVE AWAY HEBRON TO ARAFAT

Netanyahu Expelling Hebron Jews from their Homes

For election purposes, the expulsion was scheduled for next April, because the PM fears losing even more votes to the right.
Netanyahu shaking Arafat's hand upon handing the Palestinians most of Hebron.

Netanyahu shaking Arafat's hand upon handing the Palestinians most of Hebron. Without a vision, strategy is impossible. Tactics become farcical.

On Monday, the State informed the Israeli Supreme Court of their decision to expel the two Jewish families living in Beit Ezra. The expulsion is due to occur towards the end of April. That is, after the elections. Bibi Netanyahu isn’t interested in photos and videos of Jews being expelled from their homes in Hebron before the elections. It wouldn’t win him any mandates.

Following the 1967Six-Day War, past residents of the Old City in Jerusalem who had been expelled during the 1948War of Independence asked for, and were granted a meeting with then Defense Minister Moshe Dayan, to request permission to return to their homes and property in the Old City, confiscated and occupied by Jordan. Dayan consented, and, as a result, Jerusalem’s Jewish Quarter today flourishes.

Simultaneously, past Hebron inhabitants, who had been expelled in 1929, and again in 1936, requested a similar meeting with Dayan, in order to return to their homes in the recently liberated city of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs. Dayan refused to meet with them.

So I heard, years ago, from Hebron residents, some of whom no longer alive.

The story of Hebron’s Jewish property is a reason for heartache and chagrin. Hebron Jews lost most of their assets in their expulsion by the British following the 1929 riots. As I was told by a survivor of those riots: “My father wrote to the British High Commissioner and asked why the victims had been punished – why the Jews were expelled after being slaughtered. His answer: ‘I knew you couldn’t continue living together and being that there were more Arabs than Jews it was easier to expel the Jews.’”

The untainted authenticity of Jewish land ownership in Hebron is indisputable. The “Jewish Quarter,” presently known as the Avraham Avinu neighborhood, was originally populated by Karites some 1,000 years ago. This land was purchased from them by Rabbi Malchiel Ashkenazi, himself exiled to Turkey from Spain in 1492. In 1540 he bought that area from the Karites and moved, with a small community, to Hebron. This neighborhood existed until the 1929 riots, massacre and exile.

Five dunam (1.235 acres) of land adjacent to this place was purchased by Rabbi Chaim Bajaiyo for the community in 1807, from the Kashkol family in Hebron. This, too, remained in Jewish hands until 1929. In the early 1960s, this property was taken over and occupied by Hebron merchants, who built a retail and wholesale market at the site.

Yosef Ezra is a ninth generation Hebronite. He and his father, Ya’akov Ezra, were the last Jews to leave Hebron, after the Nov. 29, 1947 UN decision to partition Eretz Israel. His father, who worked closely with Arabs, produced cheese and other dairy products. He worked in Hebron during the week and spent Shabbat with his family in Jerusalem, until November, 1947, when Hebron’s Arabs told him not to return to this holy city.

The Ezra property, within the boundaries of these two areas, was stolen, according to Yossi Ezra, by the Awawi family, who had worked with his father. Then 15, Yosef Ezra still remembers this family, who worked for his father, grazing sheep.

Presently, there is no doubt whatsoever that this is Jewish land, and that there are no real, justifiable, legal Arab claims on this property. However, the State Attorney General’s office has decided that Arabs who lived on this land which they had stolen from Jews have “protected resident status” and refuses to allow Hebron’s Jewish community to utilize the property. This despite a ruling by an Israeli military judicial panel of three judges which concluded that there is a firm legal basis to allow the Hebron Jewish Community to use the land.

The state’s decision expressed the possibility that the property will be made available to Hebron’s Jewish community, after the families have been expelled.

We’ve been through this before. Back in January, 2006 the Israeli government made a similar promise, whereby, after the voluntary exit of homes in “Mitzpe Shalhevet,” other families would be allowed back in, with full permission and government permits. This offer was made with the knowledge and consent of the defense and prime ministers. After all the families had moved out, Attorney General Manny Mazuz killed the deal. We were left with nothing.

Mitzpe Shalhevet before the voluntary evacuation.

Mitzpe Shalhevet before the voluntary evacuation…

...and after

…and after

In January, 1997, when the Hebron Accords handing most of the city to the Palestinian Authority were signed and implemented by Bibi Netanyahu, another government decision was passed, calling for, and promising, the continued growth and wellbeing of Hebron’s Jewish community.

It’s hard to understand how a Prime Minister, whose actions brought upon this community two and a half years of shooting attacks, murders, and other terror acts, who promised to ensure the expansion of Hebron’s Jewish Community, can allow continued shrinkage of Hebron’s Jewish neighborhoods. Beit HaMachpela, Beit HaShalom, now Beit Ezra, not to mention the government’s refusal of any permits to plan or build new homes.

These are not examples of good will, growth, and well-being. To the contrary, they seem to be examples of how to bring about the deletion of Hebron’s Jewish community from the map.

What’s with you, Bibi? Perhaps the time has arrived to come clean. Will the property really be returned to us, or is this another political spin, designed to prevent more votes being drained away from the Likud to the right wing parties? Let the electorate know exactly where you stand concerning Hebron, before January 22, 2013.

And for a start, give us back Beit Ezra.

About the Author: David Wilder is the spokesperson for the Hebron Community.


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

6 Responses to “Netanyahu Expelling Hebron Jews from their Homes”

  1. I'll be voting for Habayit Hayehudi…….

  2. Anonymous says:

    The head of Habayit Hayehudi, Naftali Bennett, went on CNN during the recent war and said that he hoped that the Arabs would make Gaza into Singapore.

  3. Roc Diaz says:

    sounds like we were set up and knocked down by our own people. the reformed jews are our own worst enemy.

  4. It is a natural thing to expect from someone like him…

  5. Israeli Jews (real ones) should vote for Naftali Bennett.

  6. Rc Fowler says:

    Netanyahu is an evil man–the only people who should be expelled from God given Jewish land–are the murdering Arab squatters!

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
The Gaza Region
Live Updates: Hamas Rockets Land Along Coast, In Border Towns (13:57pm)
Latest News Stories
House in Sderot struck by Qassam rocket fired from Gaza on Friday, August 8, 2014. Israel Police.

Sapir College in southern Israel has canceled classes and exams for the day due to resumption of rocket fire from Gaza.

IAF fighter jet heads back to  Gaza.

Israeli pilots attacked a terror cell in Zeitoun, Gaza on Wednesday morning. One terrorist was killed and five were injured.

The Gaza Region

13:57 pm Ashkelon 13:57 pm Kibbutz Sufa, Gaza Belt communities and surrounds 13:49 pm Sapir College, Sderot, Gaza Belt communities 13:43 pm Multiples: Ashkelon, Gaza Belt communities 13:27 pm Ashdod 13:26 pm Ashdod (again!) and surrounding communities (in case they miss) 13:25 pm Multiples: Gaza Belt communities, Ashdod, Ashkelon coastal region 13:15 pm Multiples: Ashkelon […]

ZIM ship near Oakland, Ca port.

Longshoremen pulled a fast on anti-Israel picketers and are unloading the Zim ship that was blocked from unloading last week.

Deif may, or may not, have escaped the bombing raid. His wife, at least one of them, was killed. Is Haniyeh next?

One by one, slowly but surely, the State Dept.is waking up.

Islamic State allegedly beheaded one American journalist, has threatened another with the same fate.

PRESS [F5] to refresh this page: 1:38am IDF Homefront Command directs Haifa and Carmel regions to also open public bomb shelters. Nahariya (Northern Israel) opened their public shelters as well, as per their mayor’s request, not the IDF.. 1:29am Ashkelon, Ashkelon Coast, Yad Mordechai, Zikim… (multiples all) 12:47am Reports that IDF has been targeting over […]

“Seeing the Bible come to life is quite remarkable” – Rick Santorum

The United States holds Hamas accountable for all rocket attacks on Israel, U.S. State Dept. spokeswoman Marie Harf told reporters at the daily oppress briefing Tuesday. Asked if the rockets that broke the cease-fire were launched from Gaza, she said, “It came from Gaza, and Hamas has responsibility for Gaza.” Harf also that there has […]

The body of a 21-year-old Ohio native serving as a lone soldier in the IDF was found on Tuesday, two days after he was reported missing, military spokesmen announced. Corporal David Menachem Gordon of the Givati Brigade was found with his personal Tabor rifle beside him. He had last been at the Tzrifin army base […]

The U.S. State Department has declared the Mujahedeen Shura Council in the Environs of Jerusalem (MSC) a foreign terror group.

Fatah launched a diplomatic assault as Hamas terrorists renewed a military assault against the Jewish State late Tuesday.

Hezbollah has lowered the minimum age to join the terrorist organization from 18 to 16.

Gaza terrorists returned to ‘business as usual’ launching rocket and missile barrages against Israel late Tuesday afternoon.

Israel officials say a report that Gaza terrorists fired a Grad missile at the Eshkol Regional Council district was a ‘false alarm.’

More Articles from David Wilder
He was my friend. He was also a doctor. A very good one. He treated both Arabs and Jews. His trauma treatment was legendary in Israeli medical circles. His on-the-spot diagnoses were, after weeks of hospital tests, found to be 100% on the mark.

The agenda of articles appearing 20 years after the Goldstein episode has nothing to do with human rights or suffering.

Netanyahu shaking hands with Arafat in Hebron.

Seventeen years ago today, the ‘Hebron Accords were implemented.

A few days ago Hebron joyfully greeted back the archaeologists.

Ariel Sharon. He had many positions, and many titles. I will remember him as a monster.

Tomorrow, together with literally tens of thousands here in Hebron and Kiryat Arba, we will read in the Torah how Abraham, almost 4,000 years ago, purchased the Caves of Machpela for us, his children.

A few hours after the murder, the Prime Minister issued a directive to allow Jews back into Beit HaMachpela immediately.

People here develop “antennas” which pick up vibrations in the air, and the vibes were definitely there.

The first time was many years ago. I had just concluded explanations about Yeshivat Knesset Yisrael” which arrived in Hebron from Slobodka, in Lithuania in 1924. The Hebron Heritage Museum at Beit Hadassah features an exhibit about this illustrious Torah-learning academy, nicknamed the ‘Hebron Yeshiva,’ which includes a ‘class picture’ from 1928. As I finished […]

    Latest Poll

    Do you think the FAA ban on US flights to Israel is political?






    View Results

    Loading ... Loading ...

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/netanyahu-expelling-hebron-jews-from-their-homes/2012/12/18/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: