This week, Israel and the Jewish people mourned the loss of a beautiful soul, gone far too soon. On Thursday February 7, a Palestinian terrorist left his home in Hebron carrying a knife with the intent to murder in the name of Palestinian ‘liberation.’
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced on Monday that he will not renew the mandate of the international observers in Hebron, leading a similar group to announce its departure as well. The Israeli government claims the groups exacerbate the tensions in the city by advancing a pro-Palestinian biased image of the situation in the city.
Why is Hebron so often in the news? Hebron is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world yet it dominates the news cycle even today. Its chief attraction is the ancient burial complex of the Biblical Matriarchs & Patriarchs — including the founder of ethical monotheism the Forefather Abraham. At the same… Read more »
Hebron is an ancient city making its introduction to Jewish tradition in the Torah, which records Abraham’s purchase of the Tomb of Machpelah as a burial site for his wife, Sarah. Though control of the city exchanged hands over the millennia, Hebron featured an almost continuous Jewish presence until the present day.
UNESCO has passed several resolutions attacking the connection between Israel and the Jewish holy sites, but this week, the Executive Board passed two new resolutions aimed specifically at the Biblical matriarchs. One rabbi sees this as a continuation of the Biblical battle between Isaac and Ishmael and a closer look shows how this is nothing less than an after-the-fact attempt to block the Jews’ return from exile.
The Israeli Police recently announced the breaking up of a Hamas crime ring in the city of Hebron – comprised mostly of women. Finding a Hamas terrorist cell is not an unusual occurrence, but the size of the cell and its composition were. Hamas and other extremist Islamist organizations do not usually recruit women to… Read more »
An estimated 6,000 Jews visited the Tomb of Joseph adjacent to the Biblical city of Shechem (Nablus) on Monday night, accompanied by a strong IDF contingent. Worshippers arrived in a convoy of heavily guarded armored buses, risking the danger to petition the tzaddik (holy man) buried there. The security precautions proved justified when a Palestinian attempted to ram his car into the crowd.