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A large group of Hebron Jews on Thursday afternoon entered two empty buildings on King David Street, near the Cave of the Patriarchs, which they say they purchased legally. Apparently, they opted to take over the buildings without a formal arrangement with the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), possibly because such contacts in the past ended up with the Defense Ministry evacuating Jewish residents from their legally bought homes.

The new residents named the two buildings “Rachel House” and “Leah House,” after our two matriarchs, one of whom, Leah, is buried in the nearby cave, according to Jewish tradition. Police forces missed the opportunity to block the Jewish newcomers from entering their homes, arriving after they had already taken possession of the properties. Now the Defense Minister, who is the highest authority in Judea and Samaria—which have been under martial law since June of 1967—must decide whether the Jews get to stay in their homes which would mean extending the Jewish enclave in Hebron.

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The announcement of the purchase sparked immediate riots, which the IDF brought under control, TPS reported. Shortly after the outbreak, medical teams treated an Israeli civilian who sustained light head injuries from a rock thrown by an Arab.

Throwing his lot with the Jewish side, Absorption and Jerusalem Minsiter Ze’ev Elkin congratulated the new homeowners, saying, “I bless the Hebron settlers for their determined action to expand Jewish presence in the city of our patriarchs.” Elkin added, “The homes the settlers have entered were purchased fully and legally. I call on the Defense Minster to do everything he can to help the settlers and to not capitulate to the pressure coming from the Palestinian rioters. The right response to the murderous Palestinian terror all along Jewish history has been to expand the Jewish settlement.”

Back in 2012, when the Hebron Jews last announced the legal purchase of a building, a military appeals committee determined that the purchase had not be legally completed. The building was evacuated by the IDF a short while after it had been settled. However, back in 2007, Jewish settlers legally purchased the Brown House in Hebron, and the purchase was eventually approved by the Supreme Court, after a very long legal process. It is now cheerfully populated by Jews.

Malachi Levinger, head of the Kiryat Arba Municipal Council, said, “We are privileged to be able to salvage two additional buildings in Hebron, the city of our forefathers. By doing so we join the long chain of redeemers of the land of Israel which Abraham purchased at a high price.”

Levinger called on the Israeli government to “stand strong” and enable Jewish people to purchase and live in homes anywhere in Israel and particularly in Hebron.

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David writes news at JewishPress.com.

14 COMMENTS

  1. I’M CONFUSED.

    “Now the Defense Minister, the highest authority in Judea and Samaria, must decide whether the Jews get to stay in their homes, extending the Jewish enclave in Hebron.”

    Are they “extending the Jewish enclave in Hebron” or restoring the Jewish presence?

    “I bless the Hebron settlers for their determined action to expand Jewish presence in the city of our patriarchs.”

    Are these people “Hebron settlers” or Jewish Israeli citizens?

    Do any of these homes have old mezuzah marks on the doorways, say from 1929? Are there any property records or family histories from before the current "owners" who just sold the homes?

    So, let me get this straight. After murdering the long-time Jewish residents (since basically the time of the Cave of the Patriarchs or before) and confiscating their homes and property, then a generation or so later after 1929 they are selling the homes back to we Jews.

    Did I get that right?

  2. Check back to 1928 when Jews lived in Hebron before the 1929 Slaughter of more than 100 and the expulsion of several 100 more. Some of the old houses still have the star over the door where Jews lived. The British did not protect Jews in 1929 from the riots "for Islam and Temple Mount" that were the like todays suff. Islam wants Cave of Partiarchs and Hebron. It was not 'theirs'. the Jewish presence should be restored and new settlements bravely set back expanded. Even in the Ottoman Rule there was not this problem.

  3. Julea Bacall I'M STILL CONFUSED. But thank you for your comment, to some degree.

    I guess you let the cat out of the bag on 1929. It sounds like too much to stomach.

    You mentioned before that, at the time of the Ottoman Rule where I guess we were “in check” as what was left of us were living in our homeland and everywhere else Islam took over as “protected people”, something called a “dhimmi”, whatever that is. It seems Bat Ye’or has something to say about that. Search for the following. "Myths and Politics: Origin of the Myth of a Tolerant Pluralistic Islamic Society".

    Maybe it has to do with Islam not being able to coexist with civilization. From the perspective of Islam, any instance of rational civilized thought must be eradicated. That is because any instance of the “good” acts as a mirror, a standard by which evil can be recognized and called out. Thus the hatred of the good, the hatred of western civilization and of we Jews in particular.

    Its like Jewish values seem to be annoying to many people but also seem to do no harm to any of those same people. Maybe they don’t like the pressure of having to live up to those same standards.

    I think I need to add the following quote then.

    Search for the following: "Learn about Islam. That is the most important thing for people to do. Learn who it is that you are not." – Samuel Lurie

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