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United in grief: President Shimon Peres eulogizes the three murdered Jewish boys, whose bodies were found in a field near Karmei Tzur., July 1, 2014.

They burned sacred books and other items belonging to the community, first taking the time to pile them in a rough pile outside before ripping them up and torching them.

The site where the synagogue was built is located on a strategic hill overlooking the location where the bodies of the three kidnaped Israeli teens were found in 2014.

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The synagogue itself has been a place where people would go to meditate and pray. It is a site the community residents have visited daily and consider a house of prayer, youth center and tour site.

As a result, the sense of violation and betrayal, hurt and outrage at the pre-dawn demolition is all the more intense.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.
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