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September 28, 2016 / 25 Elul, 5776

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Soldier Wounded, Terrorist Killed in Hebron Late Friday Afternoon Stabbing

Friday, September 16th, 2016

A IDF force killed an Arab terrorist who stabbed an IDF soldier, wounding him lightly in his face. The attack took place an hour before candle lighting time, at the Gilbert Junction below Tel Rumeida in Hebron.

This was the third terrorist attack this Friday, Sept. 16, after a long period of relative quiet.

An EMT unit gave the soldier first aid.

David Israel

On Jerusalem Day, Hebron Residents Recall Historic Return to Ancient City

Friday, June 3rd, 2016

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

IDF Hebron Soldier Pleads ‘Not Guilty’ to Manslaughter in Terrorist Death

Tuesday, May 24th, 2016

The attorneys for IDF Sgt. Elor Azariya submitted a plea of “not guilty” Monday on the charge of manslaughter for shooting to death a wounded terrorist in Hebron.

The case revolves around a March 24 stabbing attack on an IDF soldier by two Arab terrorists. One was shot and killed immediately. The second, Fatah a-Sharif, was shot and disabled, but did not die immediately. Instead, he lay on the ground, wearing a bulky, zipped up jacket that appeared to hide a possible explosives vest. Because he was still moving it was unclear whether or not he presented a current threat.

Attorneys Ilan Katz, Eyal Beserglick, Binyamin Malcha and Karmit Scheiber listed a number of points in the Jaffa Military Court in their rebuttal to the indictment against their client.

“The defendant acted in a fraction of a second to neutralize the terrorist to prevent an attack on himself and his friends who were standing close to the terrorist. He did not see any other way to save their lives or his own. The defendant admits that the gun fire may have killed the terrorist but that it definitely neutralized him,” the attorneys responded in their plea.

“The defendant saw a situation in which, given the circumstances, the terrorist was wearing an explosive belt and carrying a knife as part of a combined attack and his movements indicated that he intended to detonate the belt on his body which could have had serious consequences,” the plea continued. This was said to the defendant “during a briefing – he thought that a real and immediate danger was being posed to him and his friends,” the attorneys went on, Ynet reported.

The terrorist had already been shot in the lung and the groin. The attorneys said the autopsy report did not rule out the question of whether his death might have been caused by those shots, given the amount of time that elapsed between those first shots and the shot to the head by Azariya.

Hana Levi Julian

Israel’s President Rivlin Adds His Two Sheckels to Hebron Terrorist Aftermath

Monday, March 28th, 2016

Israel’s President Ruvy Rivlin entered the fray on Sunday evening. He addressed the incident in Hebron that has been foremost in the news since Friday.

Two Arab Palestinian terrorists stabbed a soldier in the Tel Rumeida section of Hebron on Friday. Both terrorists were shot, but while paramedics were evacuating the wounded soldier, an Israeli corporal shot one of the terrorists in the head. That terrorist was wearing a long-sleeved, buttoned, black jacket, although the temperature was in the high 80s. On the audiotape, you could hear the people in the area yelling, believing the terrorist to have on an explosives belt.

A videotape of the incident was released by the leftist NGO B’tselem and went ’round the world, accompanied by the claim that the Israeli soldier shot the terrorist lying on the ground, “even though he was no longer a threat.”

The soldier has been placed in prison and the IDF is conducting an investigation.

Rivlin addressed the matter at his residence, before a session of the 929 Bible Study initiative (there are 929 chapters of Tanach), which promotes regular Torah study with a focus on social issues.

The Israeli President said that there was currently an investigation into the incident by the Israeli Defense Forces.

Rivlin began his remarks by reminding everyone of the current wave of terror directed at Israel.

He said, “We must manage this campaign with composure, determination and consistency. I am able to rest much better at night with the knowledge that Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot is the bearer of Israel’s security. I have full faith in him and in the IDF, in its officers and soldiers. I trust in the military’s ability to investigate, and attentively and swiftly draw operational and individual lessons wherever needed.”

Given the acrimonious charges being leveled at one another by various members of the Israeli government over the incident, it appears Pres. Rivlin has decided not to take a position until the investigation is concluded. Good move.

Lori Lowenthal Marcus

New Dig in Hebron Aimed at Uncovering King David’s Palace

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) has started digging for evidence of the Kingdom of David in Hebron, but leftists have charged it is just an excuse for another outpost.

The archaeological site is located in the Jewish neighborhood at Tel Rumeida, although the Haaretz English version headlined it was “Palestinian Hebron,” which is par for the course for the newspaper that is relied on by most foreign journalists for information to belittle Israel as a Jewish country.

Peace Now’s director Yariv Oppenheimer chimed in, “This is settlement expansion under the guise of archaeology. He told Haaretz , “Under US Secretary of State John Kerry’s nose, Defense Minister [Moshe Ya’alon] is enabling the settlers to expand and change the status quo in the most sensitive part of the West Bank.”

The Jewish Press decided not to embarrass Oppenheimer by interviewing him about what would be the significance if archeologists find the remains of the palace of King David during his reign 3,000 years ago.

Tel Rumeida is on one of the higher hills in Hebron, a site where it is logical that a king would build his palace.

The two lots of ground where the dig is taking place are owned by Jews. It is next to a site that already has been dug and has revealed ancient artifacts, including walls from the Biblical period.

Hebron Jewish community spokesman David Wilder told The Jewish Press Thursday that the Jewish community in the city has been trying for years to convince government authorities to provide the money and archaeologists to dig there. He said one wall has been identified as dating back to the time of the forefather Avraham.

Wilder dismissed as nonsense the claim that the site will be for a new outpost but added that plans for building for Jews elsewhere in Hebron are on the table, awaiting the approval of Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon. Don’t hold your breath, at least not until U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry goes back to the U.S. State Dept. to find another area in the world to make worse.

The importance of Hebron for finding the roots of monotheism and Jewish history was expressed years ago by an archaeologist, who also was a key member of Peace Now. Wilder said the archaeologist, whom he did not want to name, told him, “Hebron is the most archeological site in Israel, after Jerusalem – and it all belongs to Arafat.”

Of course, Yasser Arafat is long gone, but the uncovered history of Hebron remains underground.

Wilder admitted that no one ever knows what will be found until after digging is completed, but given the location of Tel Rumeida, it is hoped that remnants of King David’s palace will be found.

If that happens, the whole Muslim lie that the kingdoms never existed crumbles, which might be one reason why Peace Now and Haaretz are so aghast at the new dig.

Many Israeli archaeologists have turned down the opportunity to supervise digging at Tel Rumeida, despite its probable rich historical treasure.

Finally, with  financial and political help from Likud Minister of Sport and Culture Limor Livnat and from the Antiquities Authority,  Ariel University and IAA archaeologists will take on the task.

The Palestinian Authority’s interest in the dig can been assumed from its destruction of history on the Temple Mount, where Israeli authorities four years have closed their eyes to Muslim authorities hauling away tons of debris that might include evidence of the First and Second Holy Temples.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Thousands to Celebrate Shabbat Chayei Sarah in Hebron

Friday, October 25th, 2013

A few days ago, speaking to a group of young adults, one of the people asked me what’s my motivation to live in Hebron. My answer contained a few elements.

Usually my first stop on tours is Tel Rumeida, a great place to start. Because this neighborhood is actually ancient Tel Hebron. If Ma’arat HaMachpela is where the Patriarchs and Matriarchs are buried, this is where they lived. Two walls, one 4,500 years old, dated to the era of Noah, and another, 3,700 years old, from the times of Abraham and Sarah, ensconce a stairwell, over 4,000 years old. We are almost 100% sure that our Forefathers walked these stairs.

Today, the stairs reach the only road accessing this neighborhood. Archeologists have explained to us that under that road, at the end of the stone stairs, are probably the Gates to the ancient city of Hebron.

This site is, for me, probably one of the most important places, not only in Hebron, but in all of Israel, and in the world. Why? 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. TheTorah states twice, specifically, exactly where this transaction occurred, when he paid 400 silver shekels (today valued at $700,000) to Efron the Hittite. That place is, the gates to the city.

Standing with groups, looking at this spot, I tell them that it is very possible, even likely, that this is where Abraham purchased Machpela. And what I always find amazing isn’t so much that Abraham was there then, but that we are still here today. How many people can say, after 4,000 years, this is where they began, and where they continue to live today?

A tent city is erected for the overflow of visitors who couldn't find indoor lodging.

A tent city is erected for the overflow of visitors who couldn’t find indoor lodging.

This is our roots, the roots of Judaism, the roots of Monotheism. Any person, any group of people, any religion that professes a belief in one G-d, this is where it all began. Quite literally, this is the beginning of humanity as we know it today, the beginning of the end of human sacrifice, of a belief in the one and only Creator of the Universe, our G-d. It is difficult to get closer to our roots than at this very place.

Later we visit the actual site of those caves, known as Ma’art HaMachpela. Here groups hear the stories, legends, Biblical and Rabbinic accounts of this place’s sanctity. It is difficult perhaps, to comprehend this is the tomb, not only of Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebecca, Jacob and Leah, but also of Adam and Eve, the first man and woman. Abraham, it is written, upon discovering these tombs, was able to inhale and smell the unique fragrances of the Garden of Eden.

Here, so it is written, our souls ascend to the world above, after they depart our physical body.

Not the seventh wonder of the world, rather the first wonder of the world.

But perhaps, the most incredible part of the story, again, isn’t then, but today. For this singular place was inaccessible to Jews and Christians for hundreds of years, seven centuries. For seven hundred years no one, not of Moslem faith, was allowed inside the 2,000 year old Herodian monument built on top of the caves.

Only in 1967, following the six-day war and our return home, home to Hebron, were we once again able to visit, pray, identify with our holy relatives, at this very exceptional site.

How many peoples of the world remember what they lost, centuries ago? How many peoples strive, pray, and even die, to return to their roots, their holy sites, the core of their essence? And how many succeed?

But it doesn’t end there. Not too many years ago, January, 1997, most of Hebron was taken from us, abandoned to our enemy. During negotiations, leading to the signing and implementation of the Hebron accords, the Arabs demanded control of Machpela. They have stated, time and again, that should they retain power here, it will again be off-limits to anyone not of the Islamic faith.

David Wilder

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