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Fatah to Netanyahu: Stay Away from Jewish Holy Site

Sunday, February 15th, 2015

The Fatah and Hamas terrorist groups have threatened Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu with an escalation in terrorism. The threats were issued over Netanyahu’s plans to visit a Jewish holy site in Hevron.

Netanyahu is planning to visit the Tomb of the Patriarchs (Maarat Hamachpelah), the resting place of the Biblical patriarchs and matriarchs and one of Judaism’s most holy sites.

Fatah spokesman Osama Qawasmi issued a statement reiterating Fatah’s traditional claim that the Tomb is a Muslim, not Jewish, holy place. The site “is solely a mosque,” he claimed.

Fatah similarly claims that the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, the Kotel (Western Wall), and the tomb of the biblical matriarch Rachel in Bethlehem are exclusively Muslim holy places.

Qawasmi warned that if Netanyahu follows through with his planned visit, “we will defend our holy places.”

A Hamas spokesman similarly threatened violence if Netanyahu followed through with the “crime” of visiting the Tomb of the Patriarchs.

Fatah is headed by Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas. Abbas has previously termed Jewish visits to the Temple Mount a “desecration,” and has accused Israel posing a threat to the holy site.

‘Observer’ Vehicle Used as Cover in Hebron Stone Throwing

Sunday, January 5th, 2014

This report was compiled with information from Tazpit News Agency and Tzipi Shlisel.

Jews driving through Hebron on Sunday morning were surprised to be hit by a barrage of rocks. Many private cars as well as a bus were hit at the Erez junction, near the Tomb of the Patriarchs.

One of the vehicles had its windshield shattered. No one was injured, thank God.

The drivers were surprised to realize the rocks were being thrown at them from behind a TIPH vehicle, which was being used for cover.

TIPH monitors in Hebron.

TIPH monitors in Hebron.

Temporary International Presence in Hebron (TIPH) is an international civilian observer mission stationed in the city of Hebron. It was first established in Hebron in 1994, and then shut down a few months later. After multiple attempts, the temporary presence was more permanently reestablished  in 1997 and continues operating until today, with a temporary break in 2006 during the Palestinian riots and attack on TIPH headquarters.

The stated mandate of the mission is “to promote by their presence a feeling of security to the Palestinians of Hebron and to help to promote stability in the city.”

It appears that TIPH is doing their job very well, as these Palestinian Authority citizens felt very secure in using a TIPH vehicle as cover for attacking Jews.

Following the attack, a number of the Jewish citizens began to chase after the stone throwers, but the latter managed to escape into Palestinian Authority controlled Hebron (H1) which makes up more than 80% of this ancient Jewish city, and where Jews are forbidden to enter under Palestinian Authority Apartheid laws.

According to its mission statement, TIPH monitors the situation in Hebron and reports on breaches of the agreements on Hebron between the Israeli and the Palestinian side, as well as international humanitarian law and international recognized human rights standards.

Please inquire at +970-2-222-4445 for general information, and to report this incident (24/7) try +970-1-800-100 600. Their email is info@tiph.org.

Netanyahu Orders Return of Jews to “Patriarch House” in Hebron

Monday, September 23rd, 2013

In response to the murder of IDF soldier Gabriel Kobi on Sunday, in Hebron, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has given orders to act immediately and permit the return of Jewish residents to the “Patriarch House” in Hebron.

Netanyahu said, “Whoever tries to uproot us from the city of our forefathers will achieve the opposite. With one hand we will fight terror, and hurt the terrorists, and we will continue with the other hand to strengthen the settlements.”

Under the previous government, former Defense Minister Ehud Barak evicted the Jewish residents of the “Patriarch House”, with Prime Minister Netanyahu’s tacit approval. A court determined that the sale of the “Patriarch House” to the Jews of Hebron was legal, but they required the Defense Minister’s signature, which wasn’t forthcoming.

The Hebron Jewish community blessed the Prime Minister’s decision to restore Jewish residency in the legally purchased property. The community added that the government is fulfilling their historical and moral duty to return Jews to the city of our forefathers, and should take all necessary steps. Security should be increased so that Sgt. Gabriel Kobi is the last victim.

If and when Jewish residents are actually allowed back into “Patriarch House”, we’ll let you know.

Only one question remains, why did a soldier need to be killed for Netanyahu to finally correct this injustice he permitted in his previous government?

Hebron Packed with Jews On Tuesday for Tours and Prayers

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013

It’s estimated that 13,000 Jews visited Ma’arat HaMachpelah (the Tomb of the Patriachs) today for tours and the evening Selichot prayers ahead of Yom Kippur.

Among those that will be at this evening’s Selichot prayers are the Chief Rabbis of Israel, city rabbis, MKs and government ministers.

There have been reports of Arabs stoning buses transporting Jews to and from Hebron.

Jewish Access to Ma’arat HaMachpelah to be Limited During Ramadan

Monday, July 8th, 2013

The Ma’arat HaMachpela (Tomb of the Patriarchs) in Hebron will be closed to Jews over the next 4 Fridays, due to the Muslim celebration of Ramadan that began today.

Jewish prayers on Friday and on Friday night will instead be held on the seventh step. Before Israel retook control of the Tomb, the Muslims forbade Jews to go up to the building beyond the seventh step.

On Shabbat day, Ma’arat HaMachpelah will be open to Jewish access as normal.

We remind our readers to be careful when walking near or in the Old City of Jerusalem, as Ramadan has become a time when Arab attacks on Jews have traditionally increased in that part of the city.

Hebron Advocate Shares Hundreds of Articles on Real Life, Love of Gritty Biblical City

Sunday, December 23rd, 2012

Hundreds of articles detailing the real life and passionate fight of the Jewish community of Hebron to maintain their historic and modern claims to the city purchased by the Jewish patriarch Abraham have been published online.

David Wilder, the spokesperson for The Committee of the Jewish Community of Hebron, has made available almost 20 years worth of writings, revealing the personal, local, and national struggle to preserve the Jewish presence in the hotly contested city, sharing the setbacks, successes, heartbreak and hope – and most of all, the unswerving determination of the Hebron faithful.

Wilder, who has lived for the past 30 years in Hebron and neighboring Kiryat Arba, was born in New Jersey, and speaks around the world on behalf of Hebron, raising funds to develop the community and welcome guests who come to visit the Tomb of the Patriarchs – resting place of Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebecca, Jacob and Leah – and the Tomb of Ruth and Jesse.

20,000 Jews in Hebron for Chayei Sarah

Sunday, November 11th, 2012

At least 20,000 Jews from all across Israel, and some coming in from around the world, converged on the biblical city of Hebron this shabbat to honor the memory of the Matriarch Sarah, whose burial in the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hebron – Maarat HaMachpela – was chronicled in this week’s Torah portion.

Considered the first piece of land purchased by the Patriarch Abraham in the land of Israel, Sarah’s burial place later became the final resting place of her son Isaac and his wife Rivka, and her grandson Jacob and his wife Leah.  Jewish tradition teaches that the Tomb of the Patriarchs is also the burial place of Adam and Chava (Eve), and even Moshe and Tzipporah.  It is also believed to be situated at the entrance to the Garden of Eden.

Despite threats of inclement weather, today’s descendants of Sarah arrived en masse in Hebron and Kiryat Arba, and were hosted by local residents.  They also participated in tours, two political panels, open houses, and the dedication of a community hall.  Videos from the events can be viewed at www.hebronvideo.com.

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