Posts Tagged ‘Kiryat Arba’
Arabs stoned a vehicle on Sunday night, near Beit Anun, north of Kiryat Arba.
A woman and her son were lightly injured in the attack.
Arabs also threw stones at a vehicle near Tekoa. There were no injuries or damage in that attack.Jewish Press News Briefs
Hebron (TPS) – As Israel celebrates Jerusalem Day on Sunday, June 5, residents of Hebron are marking 49 years to the liberation of the Tomb of Patriarchs the following day, and recalling the leaders who led the re-establishment of the ancient Jewish community of Hebron.
Following the Six Day War that reunified Jerusalem and placed Judea, Samaria and Gaza under Israeli control, a newspaper advertisement in 1968 called for families and singles to resettle the ancient city of Hebron. The advertisement directed those interested to contact Rabbi M. Levinger, who later led several families to spend the Passover holiday in the Park Hotel in April 1968.
One of those families was Rabbi Yair Uriel and his wife Yocheved. At age 18, Yocheved, a St. Louis native, made aliyah to Israel, having grown up in a religious Zionistic home in the USA. A few years later she would find herself and her young family living in Hebron, a city that she had learned about as a child during Tanach class.
“To be in Hebron felt out of this world. When I was growing up, Hebron was not in our hands and to suddenly be part of this historical move was a miracle,” she told TPS.
There were 87 people including Rabbi Levinger and the Uriels with their two young children, who celebrated the Passover seder in the Hebron hotel, having paid the hard-up Arab owners with an envelope full of cash. Rabbi Levinger announced to the media two days later that the group would remain in the hotel in order to re-establish the Jewish community of Hebron, whose presence dated back to Biblical times through the Byzantines, Mamelukes, and Ottoman periods.
During Jordan’s rule of Hebron from 1948 – 1967, Jews were not allowed to live in the city or visit at the Jewish holy sites of the city including the Tomb of Patriarchs. The Jordanians razed the Jewish quarter and built an animal pen on the ruins of the Avraham Avinu synagogue, which had been built in 1540 by Jewish exiles from Spain.
“We were one of the four families that continued to stay at the hotel, after most of the people had left,” continued Uriel, the mother of 12 children. “We thought we could live in co-existence with the Arabs.”
The Labor-led government at the time, Levi Eshkol, decided to temporarily move the group to a nearby IDF compound. “We lived with the army for 3.5 years,” recalled Uriel. The Uriels eventually moved to the community, Kiryat Arba, which was built adjacent to Hebron on a bare hilltop. Hebron’s Jewish community was permanently reestablished in April 1979, when a group of Jewish women led by Rabbi Moshe Levinger’s wife, Miriam, entered Hebron’s Beit Hadassah, a building that had been built by North African Jews in 1893, and where later the Hadassah Organization opened a clinic, providing free medical care for Jews and Arabs.
“Rabbi Moshe Levinger changed history,” said Hebron’s spokesman of 23 years, Noam Arnon who has been living in Beit Hadassah with his family in Hebron and Kiryat Arba for over 40 years, and helped to renovate Hebron’s ancient Avraham Avinu synagogue.
“I remember the Six Day War and the powerful impression it left on me as a child. Hebron was a city beyond our imagination,” said Arnon who grew up outside of Kfar Saba.
“Every time an archeological piece of our history is discovered here, I feel even more firmly rooted in this city. Our history here goes back thousands of years,” said Arnon in reference to the excavations of the Israel Antiquities Authorities in Tel Hebron (Tel Rumeida) which have revealed remains of a home from the First Temple period, a seal inscribed in Hebrew with the word king and Hebron written on it and an ancient stone wall from the Bronze Age, and many other findings. “We cannot be conquerors or occupiers when this is our home.”
The grandson of Rabbi Moshe Levinger, Tzvi Elimelech Sharbaff, a father of four, who grew up in Hebron and today lives in Kiryat Arba, agrees. “Hebron has always been close to the heart of the Jewish people. It is the second holiest city to us.”
“After the Six Day War, my grandfather left everything he was doing, and came to this city. There is a story about my grandfather, how when he was a child, his older brother found him crying. When he asked him what was wrong, my grandfather said he was crying over Hebron.”
“For my grandfather, settling Hebron, and Judea and Samaria was his life mission. He saw it a great responsibility to watch over the Tomb of Patriarchs. He would always go there every morning and evening.”
Rabbi Moshe Levinger, the spiritual leader of the Jewish community in Hebron, passed away last year at the age of 80. Today, there are about 800 Jews who live in Hebron, including 75 families. The city has seven synagogues and several kindergartens, while residents do their grocery shopping, and get medical, bank, and postal services in Kiryat Arba.
As a father of four, Sharbaff said that he and his wife are educating their children to continue to live their grandfather’s legacy. “I see our children continuing to live in Hebron and Kiryat Arba even when they are grown up,” he told TPS.Anav Silverman, Tazpit News Agency
The Memorial Day for the Fallen in Israel’s Wars began Tuesday afternoon with a ceremony at the Yad LaBanim Memorial in Jerusalem, in honor of the 23,447 who have died in Israel’s wars since 1860. 2,576 Israeli civilians have perished in hostilities since 1948. Prime Minister Netanyahu opened the day saying, “The national reconciliation is born by our shared destiny, and there is no deeper and nobler expression of this shared destiny than this day.”
Hundreds, including Israeli President Reuven Rivlin and IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot, participated on Tuesday night in the ceremony in honor of Memorial Day and the lighting of the memorial candle at the Western Wall plaza. The ceremony commenced following a country-wide siren marking a minute of silence at 8 PM.
President Rivlin told the assembled at the Western Wall that “over the past year we didn’t get to be together much. We dug in, each in the righteousness of our path — we’ve had disagreements. Naturally they are hard and piercing and they have to do with the essence of our life here. But the IDF is not only everybody’s army, it is everybody. The cover of loss is over all of us with blood curdling accuracy — the same pain, the same longing, the same shared destiny. The red marks prick equally in Negba and in Tel Aviv, Kiryat Arba and Marar, Sderot, Jerusalem, Yeruham, and Shlomi. We have to remember: the IDF does not navigate the ship. The IDF is doing all it can, in the best and most professional possible way, to make sure the ship can navigate its own path safely and reach its destinations. Our faith in the IDF and its commanders is our faith in ourselves. It is our faith in our strength, in standing before our losses, your losses, in the righteousness of our way.”
Maj. Gen. Eizenkot said at the ceremony that the unity of the nation “is the foundation of the Israel Defense Forces, and it shapes it as the nation’s army, as a state army.” He added that the IDF commanders and soldiers must be certain “without the shadow of a doubt, that the entire nation supports them and stands behind them, even when there are disagreements. Unity does not necessarily mean agreement, but we mustn’t allow these gaps to damage the unity of our goal. The faith of the people in the IDF is crucial to the accomplishment of our task: protecting the state, securing its existence, and if needed — victory in war.”
At 9:15 PM, the Knesset held the event “Singing in their memory,” in the presence of the President, the Prime Minister, the Knesset Speaker, Minister of Defense, the Deputy Chief of Staff, and the chief of police.
On Wednesday morning a second, 2-minute siren will be sounded, at 11 AM, followed by the State Memorial Ceremony for Israel’s Fallen Soldiers at Mount Herzl, with the president, the prime minister and the chief of staff. At the same time many local ceremonies will be conducted in cemeteries throughout Israel, including the military cemetery in Kiryat Shaul, Tel Aviv, where Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon will speak. On Wednesday evening there will be a ceremony of lighting torches on Mt. Herzl, which will mark the end of Memorial Day and the start of the 68th Independence Day festivities.David Israel
An Arab terrorist armed with a hatchet attacked an IDF soldier in El Arub, which is between the Gush Etzion junction and Kiryat Arba. The attack happened early Thursday afternoon.
According to Hatzalah, the soldier was hit in the head, but was protected by his helmet and only lightly injured. The terrorist had been hiding in the bushes and attacked as the soldier passed by.
The terrorist was shot and killed by a second soldier who pumped 4 bullets into the terrorist.Jewish Press News Briefs
Israeli security forces and engineers destroyed the Hebron home of the Arab terrorist who murdered a Kiryat Arba resident on December 7, 2015.
Genady Kaufman, z’l, 40, was repeatedly stabbed in the chest by Abed al Rahman Masoudah, 20, as he carried out his vicious terror attack outside the Cave of the Patriarchs in Judea.
Kaufman was critically wounded barely a ten minute walk from his home in nearby Kiryat Arba. He died of his wounds three weeks later, after fighting for life in Jerusalem at Shaare Zedek Medical Center’s intensive care unit.
He was the 25th Israeli victim to fall under the current wave of terror.
The terrorist was immediately shot dead on site by security forces.
The question now is whether Iran will pay this terrorist’s family $30,000 for the destruction of its home, as recently promised. If so, how and when will that international sponsor of terror against Israel manage to channel the funds to the family?Hana Levi Julian
IDF soldiers from the elite Duvdevan unit and Israeli intelligence agents arrested the suspected killer of 55-year-old Avraham Hasno, z’l in a joint operation in the southern Hebron Hills.
They took the suspect into custody overnight from a location near the Arab village of Dahariya, near Yattir.
The suspect is accused of murdering Hasno in a terrorist vehicle hit-and-run attack on October 20, 2015 at the Fuar Junction near Hebron and Kiryat Arba, after he was ambushed in a rock-throwing roadblock at the site. He was run over twice by the Arab truck driver in mid-October.
Local Arab residents cheered and whistled while paramedics unsuccessfully tried to save his life.
The murderer was initially spared Israeli arrest by immediately turning to the Palestinian Authority, who took him into custody.
The suspect was detained (read: protected) until recently at the Palestinian Authority police station in Dahariya, according to a statement by the Shin Bet.
Subsequent to his release by the PA authorities several days ago, he was arrested by Israeli forces following much effort and intelligence work.
The detainee has been transferred to security personnel for further investigation and interrogation.Jewish Press News Briefs