David Wilder was born in New Jersey in the USA in 1954, and graduated from Case Western Reserve University with a BA in History and teacher certification in 1976. He spent 1974-75 in Jerusalem at the Hebrew University and returned to Israel upon graduation.
For over eighteen years David Wilder has worked with the Jewish Community of Hebron. He is the English spokesman for the community, granting newspaper, television and radio interviews internationally. He initiated the Hebron internet project, including email lists of over 15,000 subscribers who receive regular news and commentaries from Hebron in English and Hebrew. David is responsible and continues to update the Hebron web sites, portraying various facets of Hebron, utilizing text, audio, video and pictures. He conducts tours of Hebron's Jewish Community and occasionally travels abroad, speaking at Hebron functions.
David Wilder is married to Ora, a 'Sabra,' for 35 years. They lived in Kiryat Arba for 17 years and have resided at Beit Hadassah in Hebron for the past 15 years. They have seven children and many grandchildren.
Pharaoh Bibi will fizzle and fail: The expulsion from Beit HaMachpela
I had just wrapped up a pleasant visit with my good friend Jack from the US. As he pulled away the beeper beeped, with something of a blood-chilling message: ‘Police have broken into Beit HaMachpela and are expelling its residents.’
Over the past few days, a number of important politicians had visited Beit HaMachpela, including Ministers Yuli Edelstein, Yisrael Katz, Moshe Kachlon, Deputy Minister Gila Gamliel, and MKs Uri Ariel and Tzippy Hotoveli. And there may others that I’ve forgotten.
When Barak insisted on expelling the families from the building, others, including Gideon Saar and Limur Livnat protested, publicly.
Last night, as we were conducting a small dedication in Beit HaMachpela, Bibi was meeting with a group of ministers to discuss the ‘crisis.’ Unofficial results consisted of ‘no decision yet’ and no change in status, at least until of end of April.
So when the storm-troopers crashed the party early this afternoon, very few people were home. Most were at their ‘other homes’ getting ready for Passover. It only took a few minutes for the hundreds of police, border police, soldiers and riot squad to round up a few women and kids, and see them to the door. Quiet, peaceful, almost pastoral. Almost. But not quite. Watching a group of about twenty Border-police women surrounding and escorting a young women with her two very small children isn’t really tranquility-in-action. Actually, it’s rather sickening.
So what happened? Yesterday Bibi said that we’d have some time to prove our case. And today?
It seems that our Prime Minister, as we get close to the holiday celebrating our exodus from Egypt, decided to dress up as Pharaoh and assist with another exodus. This one from Hebron. Of course, his original great great granddaddy tried to keep us in Egypt. His great great grandson, the new version of Pharaoh is doing the opposite, which is, expelling us: from our homes, our property, our land.
Good ol Bibi is the same Prime Minister whose actions took Hebron into Hell. The decision to split the city, leaving most of Hebron with Arafat, including the hills surrounding the Jewish community, led to massive gunfire directed at us for two and a half years. Leading to the killing of Shalhevet Pass, and others injured, physically and otherwise. Bibi promised us we’d be safe. He lied.
In the government decision of January, 1997, Bibi promised to assist Hebron, building and developing its Jewish community. He lied.
A day ago Bibi promised that Beit HaMachpela’s residents would have a chance to prove that they really own the building. He lied.
A true Pharaoh at heart.
Bibi’s coalition is fairly right-wing. The people in his cabinet certainly lean right. Likud’s MKs, for the most part, certainly lean right. His coalition partners certainly lean right.
Except for one: Ehud Barak. Barak is, for all intents and purposes, partyless. He left Labor, and doesn’t place it the polls. He’s a nothing, a political nobody. Yet he is Defense Minister of the State of Israel and as such, wields tremendous authority. So much so that his lone opinion outweighs that of Netanyahu’s party, MKs, Ministers and coalition. So if Ehud says…, Bibi does.
What a mighty, powerful Pharaoh!
It’s clear that this is not an isolated incident. It fits, hand –in-hand, with Barak’s plans to expel Jews from Migron, Beit El, and who knows where else. This is just the beginning of the rolling of the snowball, whose true goal is the deletion of all Jewish presence in Judea and Samaria.
Other Prime Ministers have expelled Jews from their homes: Menachem Begin, Ehud Olmert, Ariel Sharon. What happened to them?
That’s were Pharaoh Bibi is headed. In the same direction.
However, not to despair. We know that following Moses’ appointment as leader of the Jews in Egypt, by G-d Himself, the conditions of the Jews worsened. Rather than see an improvement, they had to work harder. Their situation deteriorated.
But then, almost bingo-presto, things started to turn around. One plague after another led to the exodus from Egypt, to the figurative birth of the Jewish people, reception of Torah, and entering into the Promised Land, the Land of Israel, Eretz Yisrael.
Despite the evil Pharaoh, despite the seeming hopelessness of it all, the ancient Israelites overcame all odds.
So too, have the Jewish people, over the millennium, triumphed over all those against us, wishing to do us in, to bring us back to the Egypt of Pharaoh, to enslave us in the bounds of depravity, immorality, and all that is sacrilegious. But it never did work. Not in the days of Pharaoh, not in the days of Hamen, not in the days of Hitler
And they are not going to succeed today. There are still Pharaohs in the world, some from without, some from within. But they will fail. They are doomed to fail. Because our true destiny is that of a Jewish people as those who left Egypt, and came into Israel. That is our essence. That has not changed in the past 3,500 years. . We continue to live within the realm of holiness and sanctity; the antithesis of Egypt and its Pharaoh.
So, despite Pharaoh Bibi’s efforts, he will fizzle and fail. And Beit HaMachpela, as ensconced in the name (Machpela means ‘double’), will double, triple and quadruple itself, many times over.
Tens of thousands will celebrate with us, next week, here in Hebron. And together we will reject the Pharaohism of Bibi, Barak and their cohorts, and rejoice in the true exodus, which is the return to our land, our city, to ourselves.
The Beit HaMachpela Expulsion Orders: Hypocrisy at its worst
David Wilder April 02, 2012
The Beit HaMachpela Expulsion Orders: Hypocrisy at its worst
A little while ago leaders of Beit HaMachpela received notification from high official sources within the Civil Administration that, following extensive examination of the sales documents, it is clear that the purchase of Beit HaMachpela is 100% legal.
Simultaneously, they received an eviction order from the Civil Administration, that being the extended arm of the Defense Minister in Hebron, ordering that the building be abandoned by three o’clock tomorrow afternoon. The only reason enumerated in the eviction order is that of ‘public order.’
Since moving into the building last Wednesday night, the area around the house has been calm and quiet, without any security issues whatsoever.
It is imperative to understand the workings of Israeli decision-makers and the wheels of justice. Two short episodes will make this crystal clear:
First, an example from Beit HaShalom, a huge building purchased for over a million dollars. Jewish families were forcibly expelled from this site after living there for almost two years, by Ehud Barak.
That case is presently in court, where recently testimony was given by those involved, including the original owner, Fais Rajabi. During questioning, Rajabi was asked if he had sold the building, to which he replied, ‘yes.’ He was then asked if he’d received money for the building, to which he also replied yes. Then he added, ‘but I changed my mind and gave the money back.’
The judge then asked Rajabi if he had any receipt or proof of his returning the money. Rajabi replied, ‘no,’ to which the judge then asked, ‘you returned such a large amount of money without receiving a receipt?’ Rajabi replied, ‘We, Arabs, everything we do is based on faith.’ At that point, everyone in the courtroom started rolling on the floor, laughing, including the public officials there.
If it wasn’t so sad, it really would be funny. Because Rajabi’s claim, without any documentation or witnesses, seemingly brought about the Jews’ expulsion from the building, and is costing us hundreds of thousands of dollars in legal fees. Not to mention the fact that our building is left empty, desolate, for years.
A second example from Beit HaMachpela: A few days ago, during a meeting with senior military officials, representatives from the house were told that ‘there is a problem with the documents.’ Later, a lawyer for the residents spoke to officials in the Civil administration to clarify ‘the problem.’ The official told the lawyer that he hadn’t yet had a chance to examine the documents. “But, we were told that you said that there’s a problem with the documents,’ exclaimed the attorney. “Yes, the Arab seller told us that there’s a problem with the documents,” answered the official. And if the Arab says so, must be so, no?
Well, now we know. There’s no problem with the documents. They are Kosher. There also isn’t any problem with ‘public order.’ That is a total lie. The real problem lies with people, in the highest leadership positions in Israel, who believe that Jews should not be living in Hebron. That’s the short of it. Can Jews live in the first Jewish city in Israel, or not?
The view from the roof of Beit HaMachpela is amazing. It overlooks Ma'rat HaMachpela, the tomb of the Forefathers. The question seems clear: does this belong to the Jewish people? Is Machpela part of our national heritage? Can we continue to reside in the city of Abraham and Sarah?
Ehud Barak’s obvious ideology exudes a raucous, reeking odor, opposing a Jewish presence, a Jewish community, in the city of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs. His actions, ordering expulsion from Beit HaShalom in December, 2008, and the present expulsion orders, are expressions of his personal beliefs, which do not, in any way, shape or form, represent the will of the Israeli public, or of this government. He doesn’t want Jews in Hebron. Period.
The question is now: what’s with Bibi and his cabinet. Do they have a differing opinion? Do they want Jews in Hebron? A minister and MK have already visited the house. Others have offered support. That is not enough.
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu owes Hebron. His government, in January, 1997, passed and executed the Hebron Accords, which divided the city, leaving most of Hebron, and the hills surrounding the Jewish community, in the hands of Arafat. This, leading to shooting attacks against the community for two and a half years, from those hills. Leading to the murder of 10 month old Shalhevet Pass, eleven years ago.
The government decision of January 1997 specifically calls for the continued development of Jewish Hebron. Why is Bibi’s government doing the opposite, stunting the community’s growth?
A government decision from the Begin era, in 1980, states that, concerning Hebron, decisions will be made by the entire cabinet and not by one minister alone. Why did Bibi allow Barak to issue the expulsion orders prior to a discussion in the cabinet, a discussion which is scheduled for tomorrow?
The Israeli left, led by such people as Barak, love to live with contradictions. They oppose communities such as Migron and others, saying, ‘why live on ‘palestinian land’ when there are so many other places where you can live?!’ Yet when Jews purchase property in Hebron, they declare that this disturbs ‘the public order.’
It should be noted that buying from an Arab in Hebron is not a simple task. This purchase was accomplished over a period of years, at great expense. And of course, the Arab seller has committed, according to ‘palestinian authority’ law, a capital crime for which the punishment is death.
Israeli ministers who support Hebron, who support continued Jewish presence in Hebron, as well as growth and development of this holy city, must do more that talk. Moral support, at this point in time, is worthless. They must present Netanyahu with an ultimatum that leaves no room for doubt. That must be a demand that the Prime Minister intervene, void the expulsion order, and officially recognize the legality and legitimacy of Beit HaMachpela. That’s why this government was elected. Not to support the extreme left. Rather to provide continued sustenance to places such as Hebron.
Otherwise we are witness to hypocrisy at its worst.
Q. Shomo Levinger, we are on the roof of Beit Hamachpela, here in Hebron. What’s going on? A. Last nite 15 families moved in here. Now those families live here in this building. The children are playing. Thank G-d.
Q. The media is quoting the IDF as saying that this is a provocation, and is dangerous, that this isn’t the time. What’s your opinion? A. I don’t know why this isn’t ‘the time.’ We purchased this building and as soon as the deal was finished we moved in. We came to live here.
Q. What are your plans here? Is this a solitary purchase, are there more? A. With G-d’s help, this is one in a series of buildings and hopefully, in the near future, we’ll hear more good news, about more new buildings purchased here in Hebron.
Q. What do you say to those who claim this is a provocation? That Jews move into a newly purchased building here in Hebron? A. Can it be imagined that the only place in the world that Jews cannot buy a building is here in Hebron, next to Ma’arat HaMachpela, the first Jewish national heritage site, Jews, cannot buy a house? I don’t understand the question.
Late yesterday, seeing the court decision about Migron, I don’t remember if choice words passed my lips, but they certainly entered my mind. But the judgment wasn’t overly surprising given the judges’ comments during oral arguments. Additionally, any other verdict by these three justices would have been shocking. After all, what could one expect from Salim Joubran, the only Arab on the court, (who, incidentally, or perhaps not so incidentally ruled to allow Jews to be evicted from Beit HaShalom in Hebron)? Would an Israeli justice who refuses to sing the Israeli national anthem rule that Jews can live anywhere in Israel?
Miriam Naor was in line to be president of the supreme court following the blessed exit of Dorit Beinish. That appointment was torpedoed by a Knesset law, sponsored by nationalist leader Yaakov ‘Katzela’ Katz, paving the way for the appointment of Asher Grunis as head of the court. She certainly wasn’t going to support a ‘nationalistic’ community comprised of a population that prevented her from attaining this prestigious position.
And as for Grunis, his vote really didn’t make any difference, being outnumbered with two votes already recorded. Therefore, by voting against the compromise he notified the Israeli right that he’s ‘not in their pocket’ so to speak.
As with the original Migron court decision, (as with other such rulings, such as permitting the expulsion from Gush Katif in 2005) this had nothing to do with justice or law. The facts of the case prove that, without any doubt. Had the truth been otherwise, the government never would have negotiated a ‘compromise’ with the community’s residents; they already would have been brutally expelled and their homes razed.
There are many disturbing facets to this issue. As has already been written, this decision is intended to initiate a snowball proposed to roll over and delete all Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria. And that is a real problem. But I think it’s the least of our problems.
(Click CC to see english subtitles)
Earlier today I found an interesting article on a web site called Middle East Monitor – MEM. Thearticleis called ‘the Judaisation of Jerusalem’ by Dr. Abdel Sattar Qassem.
The first paragraph:The Judaisation of Jerusalem has occupied a prominent place in the Arab and Muslim media recently, and is the focus of many statements made by officials and heads of state on the grounds that the city's future concerns those who care about Islamic and Christian holy sites there. Recent conferences in Doha and Beirut released statements confirming Jerusalem's Arab identity and the need to protect the holy places as well as cultural and historical monuments which characterise the city.
The second to last paragraph:Jerusalem cannot be saved by money alone; it needs the people. If they are patriotically, psychologically and ideologically sound, then funds will strengthen their position. But if they are incapable, then all the funds in the world will not help them; only people can keep a cause alive. It is no secret to most Palestinians that the goal of the Israelis, and those Arabs and Palestinians who collaborate with them, is to conquer Palestine and transform Palestinians into consumers without any real human existence.
Here is one facet of the real issue. The Arabs want Israel. They believe Israel is Palestine. Jerusalem and Israel are synonyms. One does not exist without the other.
The connection between Jerusalem and Migron?
For a moment, let’s play a game, called make-believe. Let’s make believe that all the Arab claims for Migron are valid and legitimate. (They’re not. But ‘make-believe.) And let’s pretend that the Israeli government, realizes the stated Arab aim is the destruction of the state of Israel (they don’t realize this, but again, let’s make-believe). As a result, the government takes a strategic decision to ensure that the Arabs understand that we understand, and that we have no plans to allow them to reach their goals.
The next step is a practical, tactical pronouncement. In our make-believe game, that assertion takes the form of a no-nonsense declaration, whereby Israel says, ‘the hell with ‘right and justice.’ A point must be made. That point, includes not only the continued existence of Migron, despite its seeming illegalities, but also massive expansion of the community, proclaiming loud and clear: Israel belongs to Israel; and if you (the Arabs) don’t comprehend – here, we’ll show you! After all is fair in love and war. And this war is about love – the love of our land.
Ah, but this is all make-believe. Because Migron is legal, because the Israeli government refuses to acknowledge our enemy’s intended goal, and G-d forbid, that we should ever take a proactive national position, affirming our allegiance to our homeland.
Our neighbors watch their televisions; they see the state of Israel decree, time and time again: this land really doesn’t belong to us. So why then, shouldn’t Dr. Abdel Sattar Qassem write about the Judaisation of Jerusalem. If this hypothesis is repeated often enough, he knows, we will eventually believe it, and act accordingly. As he writes, this subject is being widely discussed in Arab media.
One would think, that any normal government, seeing, hearing and grasping Arab intent, (not make-believe’ rather ‘real) would not ‘compromise’ over a place such as Migron. The national, elected leadership would, in no uncertain terms, ensure that this community continues to exist, expand, thrive.
That, of course, brings us to the second major problem: who is running our country? A court of pseudo-justice, without any care for the continued existence of Israel as a country and without any authority to make strategic or tactical decisions necessary to ensure our survival?
I can only thank G-d that such a court did not exist when David ben Gurion pushed through the historic decision to create the State of Israel in May, 1948. For if this outcome had had to go through Salim Joubran, Miriam Naor and Asher Grunis, we would not be here today.
Migron is today, for Binayamin Netanyahu, a throbbing migraine. The only way to rid himself of this headache is not to destroy Migron , which is tantamount to cutting off his head. Rather the real medicine is to allow this wonderful community to blossom, and to build others, by the dozens, throughout Judea and Samaria, letting Dr. Qassem and others like him know that after a 2,000 year exile, we, the Jewish people, have come home and we’re not going anywhere. We are here to stay.