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Beit Hadassah in Hebron

Palestinian Authority terrorist Taysir Abu Vesnina, a member of Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah faction, was elected Mayor of Hebron Saturday night, according to

Abu Vesnina participated in an ambush of a group of Jews who were returning to Beit Hadassah from the Cave of the Patriarchs on May 2, 1980. He and his three partners slaughtered six yeshiva students and wounded 20 others in the group. They were tracked down and caught by Israeli security personnel, convicted and sentenced to life in prison. But they were later released in a prisoner swap just a few years later.


Following that attack, Prime Minister Menachem Begin’s Likud-led government agreed to refurbish Beit Hadassah, and to permit Jews to move into the adjacent Beit Chason and Beit Schneerson, in the old Jewish Quarter. An additional floor was built on to Beit Hadassah, and 11 families moved in during 1986.


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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, and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.