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February 10, 2016 / 1 Adar I, 5776

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Teen Terrorist Killed After Firebombing Israeli Vehicles on Highway 60 in Judea

Saturday, February 6th, 2016

One of two teen terrorists was killed Saturday night by an IDF unit while attacking Israeli drivers on Highway 60 in Judea.

The soldiers opened fire while the young terrorists were throwing firebombs (Molotov cocktails) Saturday night at passing Israeli vehicles.

The attacks took place near the Judean town of Halhul, north of Hebron and Kiryat Arba.

One of the two teen terrorists, a 14-year-old, was hit by the gunfire, according to a report broadcast by Israel Radio, and the Bethlehem-based Ma’an news agency.

“During routine activity to secure route 60, the IDF spotted two suspects attempting to throw Molotov cocktails at vehicles” on the highway,” an IDF spokesperson told Ma’an.

The second suspect was arrested and taken into custody, according to the report.

Evicted Hebron Jews Protest ‘Selective Enforcement’

Monday, February 1st, 2016

By Michael Zeff/TPS

Hebron (TPS) – Dozens of members of the Hebron Jewish community returned on Sunday, January 31 to the site of the buildings dubbed “The House of Rachel” and “The House of Leah.”

The gathering quickly escalated into a spontaneous demonstration as IDF soldiers barred their entry to the apartment buildings located on King David Street, adjacent to the Tomb of the Patriarchs.

The two apartment buildings were purchased by Hebron’s Jewish residents through the Harchivi Mekom Ohalech organization several years ago, and residents began inhabiting the buildings on Thursday, January 21.

Palestinians rioted violently in protest of the Jewish purchase of property in Hebron shortly after the Jewish residents moved into the apartments .

The riots propelled Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon to issue an order to evict the residents of the apartments and to bar the entry of Jews to the buildings “pending a thorough inspection of the purchase documents as well as an inspection of the political and security aspects of the matter.”

“The prime minister himself said last week that it would take a week to finish the inspection of our purchase documents,” a Harchivi Mekom Ohalech representative told Tazpit Press Service (TPS) during the demonstration today.

“It has been over a week and we have handed over all the documents and other materials requested by the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories [COGAT]. We had hoped that the COGAT officials would be true to their word yet here we stand today outside our houses,” he said.

According to the legal system in Judea and Samaria, any real estate deal in those territories must first be submitted to COGAT and receive the defense minister’s approval.

“In the case of the Hebron houses, the law was broken plain and simple. In order to legally enter a house in Hebron, one must first go through several legal procedures. That did not happen in this case and therefore these squatters were evicted,” stated the defense minister.

Minister Yaalon added that the transaction was never presented to his office for approval despite the fact that the houses were purchased legally.

“At the end of the day, Arabs make hundreds if not thousands of transactions in Judea and Samaria and no one bothers submitting them for approval. However, when Jews purchase property, we are subjected to selective enforcement, and it smacks of racism,” the Harchivi Mekom Ohalech representative told TPS.

Hebron Struggles: 5 Years, 2 New Buildings, 1 Endangered Family

Sunday, January 31st, 2016

An Arab businessman is being forced to decide between certain torture and death, or the lives of his son and brothers, as 17 Jewish families prepared Sunday to move into new homes in Hebron.

The two renovated apartment buildings were purchased from the businessman, once a resident of Hebron, near the Cave of the Patriarchs in Judea’s ancient city where the Biblical patriarch Avraham himself “paid silver” to buy the cave as a burial site for his wife and family, for eternity.

They even have keys, which they received after purchasing the homes, signing the proper documents and receiving original contracts.

But  as the government slowly digs its way through the tangled red tape of Israeli bureaucracy, the world waits to see whether Jews will really be allowed to move into the buildings in Hebron.

International voices are clamoring to prevent this from happening, calling it more “provocation” and “settlement expansion” that upsets Arab residents of the city that has become a nesting place for agitators and a safe haven for terrorist organizations who set up regional headquarters there.

Meanwhile, “Enlarge the Place of Thy Tent,” a local Jewish NGO, continues its work to seek out as many properties for sale as possible and set about purchasing them legally. The group maintains the sale documents to these House of Rachel and House of Leah are 100 percent “clean.”

The former property owner and seller certainly hopes so. He has given up his future in the city and that of his family for the deal. He, his wife and several children are staying in central Israel in a safe house, since he faces the death penalty in the Palestinian Authority for having sold property to Jews.

His 17-year-old son, who refused to leave Hebron with the rest of the family when he was warned to do so, and several brothers are being held by PA security as hostages to pressure him into returning to face death. “They will never see the light of day again,” he’s been told, if he does not return to take their place, Ynet reported Sunday.

It’s Hobson’s choice: this man is a wealthy business owner and for five years he has made careful plans to leave this place with all of his family, to start a new life abroad. Because of his stubborn teenage son, he now faces the choice of accepting torture and a death sentence, or sending his son and guiltless brothers to life in a Palestinian Authority prison.

This all began five years ago, after a Gentile representative of the NGO approached the property owner to see if he might be willing to sell two buildings to Jews. At that time, both were for sale but were dilapidated and had stood empty for years near the Cave of the Patriarchs. The owner was willing to talk about it, and the conversation began.

It’s not the first time such a deal has been considered by an Arab resident – there are more ready to sell than one might imagine – but the process is not simple. Documents might not be valid, the seller might not actually be the legitimate owner; any number of factors can torpedo a transaction.

Rabbi Shlomo Levinger, son of the late Hebron Jewish community leader Rabbi Moshe Levinger, z’l, is a member of the NGO, which works to purchase property in Hebron, an ancient Biblical city. Levinger lives in the Hebron Jewish neighborhood of Tel Rumeida. The conversations between Jews and Arabs in Hebron

In addition to gently checking with property owners about their willingness to sell, the NGO nowadays is also approached by Arab residents who have reached the point where they too are willing. It is no secret that the Jews will pay more for a home in Hebron than might a fellow Arab. Many want to leave, fearing what the future might bring.

Rabbi Soloveitchik on the Settlers of Hebron

Tuesday, January 26th, 2016

You Can Take the Jew Out of the Ghetto- Taking the Ghetto Out of the Jew Is Tougher

Monday, January 25th, 2016

This op-ed is a response to a blog post by Emes v’Emuna.

There’s an apocryphal story about the Reform movement’s summer program for its high school students, which used to fly them to Israel to tour and work on a kibbutz, etc., then, on the way home, they would stop in Poland and participate in the March of the Living in Auschwitz. But in 2000, during the second intifada, many parents were concerned about their children’s safety in Israel — so they only took them to Auschwitz.

Modern Hebrew has a word — “galutiut” (ga-lu-tee-yoot) — which defies translation. It describes the essence of exile, the very depth of ghetto thinking, as in the Der Stürmer-like image of Israelis moving to Berlin, or a Neturei Karta guy holding up an anti-Zionist poster at a rally in downtown Tehran. If you’re Jewish and emotionally stable, you’ll recognize the essence of galutiut in the words and actions of so many Jews, starting with the meraglim (spies) of 1247 BCE and leading up to left-wing Jews who merrily turn in Arab land dealers to the Palestinian police to be tortured and even executed.

You’ll note that God in His mercy forgave the Israelites in the wilderness a lot of mischief, from forging a gold calf to dating those Moabite and Midianite gals at Ba’al Pe’or — sure, He treated those problems locally with LRP (Limited-Range Plague), but the only time He became so angry, He decided to give up on the whole bunch of them, let them die off in the desert and start afresh with their children, was when, from the bottom of their festering, slave’s galutiut, they spoke ill of the very idea of living in the Land of Israel because they feared the Promised Land wasn’t safe.

Galutiut uses the safety argument more often than any other. I knew personally a woman, now long dead, who in 1938 left Haifa, where she had settled a decade before, to visit all her family members who were still living in Germany to convince them to sell everything and follow her to Haifa. Without an exception, every one of them told her to calm down, Chancellor Hitler is an animal, of course, but his day will come, and meanwhile it’s still a lot safer living in Hamburg than in Palestina…

Galutiut often uses values like ‘love and pity,’ as in the case of the 2005 brute eviction of some 8,000 Jews from their homes in Gush Katif, the Gaza Strip, when there was an outcry from some on the left that the children of those stubborn settlers must be forcibly removed from their parents who are placing their welfare in jeopardy.

Galutiut uses exalted notions like ‘justice and truth’ to destroy Jewish homes on land that was legally purchased or acquired, giving instead absolute credence to Arab claims of dubious origin. The same galutiut forbids Jewish families from expanding their homes or enclosing a porch in Judea and Samaria communities, because this would harm the chances of the two-state-solution.

Galutiut uses all the above concerns, mixed and matched with examples of individual Jewish failure (Baruch Goldstein & Yigal Amir); divine decrees (I beseech you, daughters of Jerusalem, do not stir up or awaken the love until it is sought); self-righteousness (Why can’t you get along with the Arabs?).

Galutiut can be practiced just as easily in downtown Tel Aviv as in Chicago. Galutiut resides in the runaway slaves asking Moses, “Is it because there were no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away to die in the wilderness?” and in these callously woven lines, care of Rabbi Harry Maryles’ Emes Ve-Emuna blog entry The Settlers of Chevron:

“Those settlers are there for only one reason – to assure that not a single inch of Eretz Yisroel is ever turned over to the Palestinians. Especially not Chevron. So wrapped up are they in this goal that they are not beneath committing criminal acts. And in one of the more extreme cases, mass murder was committed by one of their more esteemed members, Dr. Baurch Goldstein.”

Air of superiority? Check. Presumption? Check. Unfounded accusation? Check. Guilt by association? Check. Misspelling the name of a biblical city so it reads like the name of a gas station? Also check.

The title of Rabbi Maryles’ piece, which is so dripping with galutiut you could drown your pintele Yid in it, says it all: “The Settlers of Chevron.” It’s not going to be a critique of something specific those settlers have done which offended the author’s sensibilities — it is the very concept of settlers who are in the city of the patriarchs, purchased for four hundred silver shekels (roughly 100 silver dollars) by an old Iraqi Jew looking to bury his beloved wife.

In Bereshit Rabbah 79:7, Rav Yudan bar Simon says: “There are three places the nations of the world cannot mislead the Jews by saying You’ve stolen them: the Cave of the Patriarchs, the Temple Mount, and Joseph’s Tomb.” And he brings verse citations showing how each one of these were legally bought at the full price. Have you asked yourselves, those who are familiar with the midrash, how come these three locations are the most hotly contested Jewish purchases in our time? Can it be that the other side knows better than we, how crucial they are to our very claim to the land? Isn’t it why they shoot our babies with sniper rifles in Hebron, firebomb us on Temple Mount, and burn down Joseph’s Tomb?

Writes Emes Ve-Emuna (which in this instance appears to possess neither):

“I don’t know if those settlers did or didn’t have a legal right to occupy those buildings. But in my view they endanger the welfare of their people. Their presence in or near that city is an incitement that is unnecessary and a source of anger to Palestinians. Which increases the chances of more Jews being harmed of killed.”

Or, as the meraglim put it (Num. 13:33), reporting on their experience in Kiryat Arba-Hebron: “We even saw giants there, the descendants of Anak. Next to them we felt like grasshoppers, and that’s what they thought, too!”

Rabbi Maryles doesn’t know if his fellow Jews are right or wrong, all he knows is that they’re wrong. And in almost the very language as the meraglim, he is certain their insolence will anger the Palestinian giants who view them as “grasshoppers.” If you’re not a mystic, you can surely see the parallels between those two texts; if you are a mystic you probably need help getting off the floor right about now (especially the hefty mystics).

The author now drags a great rosh yeshiva into the fray, whom he cites as having said “he would even give up the Kotel if it would bring genuine peace.” But, you know, with all due respect, we in Israel have already given up the entire Temple Mount and still there’s no fake peace, never mind genuine. Incidentally, was there peace in the land before we had a Kotel to trade for it, in say, 1929? No? 1936? 1948?

Finally, without a doubt the most galuti of galutiut elements in this mix of national and religious alienation and sheer rish’us (meanness), is this part: Pikuach Nefesh. The author justifies maligning fellow Jews, libeling them, dubbing them murderers and thieves, because he cares for their safety. Exactly like the sweet women from Tel Aviv who urged police to tear the children of Gush Katif from their mothers’ arms — for their own good.

A Jew sits in Chicago, around him the campuses are rife with live, burning anti-Semitism, 800 miles from his home a bunch of Arabs ran two passenger planes into a major city’s tallest buildings, his children are punched in the face by passing gentiles because it seems like a good idea, his country is infiltrated by anti-Semitic zealots, he can see how, across the Atlantic, hundreds of thousands of fellow Jews are preparing to flee their homes for fear of ethnic persecution — and he worries about the Pikuach Nefesh of the largest Jewish community on the planet, with the strongest army in its region and then some, with a robust economy and a vivacious, multicolored society. He worries that the Hebron settlers’ “presence in or near that city is an incitement that is unnecessary and a source of anger to Palestinians.”

There’s only one solution to this ultimate galutiut, the galutiut of an educated man who knows his Torah and yet concocts from it a poisonous potion: stay. That’s the worst divine punishment. Stay where you are, in Chicago, Illinois. Don’t come over, don’t embrace the biblical promise, don’t get excited over the gifts from God the rest of us are sharing. Just spend the next 40 years exactly where you are, next to Lake Michigan, in a wilderness of your own making.

Terror Attack Foiled Near Kiryat Arba

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

An Arab terrorist attempted to attack an Israeli soldier in Judea on Thursday.

The incident took place at the Beit Anoun junction, northeast of Hebron and near Kiryat Arba.

The terrorist tried to stab the soldier, but was immediately shot by other soldiers who were on site.

No Israelis were hurt in the attack. The terrorist was killed.

Terrorist Stabbing Foiled Near Hebron

Tuesday, January 12th, 2016

An Arab terrorist attempted to stab Israelis at the Beit Anoun junction near Hebron early Tuesday afternoon.

According to reports from the scene, no Israelis were injured in the attack.

Armed with a knife, the attacker “attempted to stab a soldier security the Beit Anoun Junction near Hebron,” an IDF spokesperson said.

“Responding to the imminent threat, forces at the scene fired towards the assailant, resulting in his death.”

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