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      by David Wilder
      Personal Reflections on Hebron, Eretz Yisrael, Friends, Family and anything else that comes to mind.
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      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.

      Links to sites David recommends:
      www.hebron.com (English)
      www.hebron.org.il (Hebrew)
      www.ohrshlomo.org (Hebrew)
      www.ohrshalom.net (Hebrew)
      (others to be added)

      Tevet 9, 5771, 12/16/2010

      Crucible of a Hero by Richard Kantro

      The military court is not likely to risk uncovering an inconvenient truth about the acting president if there be one
      Crucible of a Hero by Richard Kantro
      Printed in "American Thinker"
      December 15, 2010
      When Lt. Col. Terry Lakin, M.D. walks out of the chamber where he has faced a court-martial this week, he will emerge -- regardless of the verdict -- a towering American hero.

      Nothing like the stupendous display which he has mounted -- of principled, sustained self-sacrifice and fearless defiance -- has been seen in decades on the American political stage.  Together with the peril of actual battlefield engagement, it ranks alongside the greatest courageous stances even of the American Revolution itself.  Patrick Henry, Nathan Hale -- those kinds of stances.

      This case is of shatteringly great significance, and if you don't know about it, well, you can thank the cowards, commies, and crooks at your favorite mainstream media Bureau of Disinformation, National Desk.  Lt. Col. Lakin has been abandoned by the establishment press, dastards and lackeys almost to a one.  In a just post-Obama world, there is hope that one day, there will come the destruction of a thousand shameful careers in what was once journalism -- via abdication by the press of its vital role as Fourth Estate; desertion of its watch as the protector of American liberty; and its own unforced, alacritous auto-castration.

      For historical background and the underpinnings, foundations, and history of this case, see Lt. Col. Lakin himself and Thomas Lifson, both in April 2010; see also www.safeguardourconstitution.com.

      Briefly summarized, the issue is this: Earlier this year, Dr. Lakin refused an order -- an agonizing and drastic step for a loyal military man -- to deploy for a second time to Afghanistan, where, in addition to in Bosnia, he has already served in dangerous combat areas.  Indeed, he announced his refusal to obey any orders from his commanding officers, men he admires and respects, and the contravention of whose directives has caused him significant personal anguish.  The reason is the overwhelming doubts and suspicions -- national doubts and suspicions, not just personal ones -- about the egregious likelihood of Barack Hussein Obama's ineligibility to serve as commander-in-chief.

      The genesis of these doubts: the failure and probable inability of said Barack Hussein Obama -- he of the reclusive records, wagging forefinger, and sibilant esses -- to release for public delectation a valid Hawaii birth certificate.  Despite a lengthy series of gas-lighting blandishments on the part of a cadre of partisan sycophants in government and media that such documentation has been shown and that it has long been time to move on, it is an inarguable fact that no such birth certificate has ever seen the light of day.  The wan attempts to substitute such signal evidence of citizenship (a simple document, which millions of Americans routinely must produce) -- the so called "certification of live birth," issued in 1961 by the State of Hawaii -- is a smokescreen, and a wispy one.

      This is all the more outrageous in view of the fact that John McCain, scion of a family of naval officers -- if he were any more American, he'd be a bald eagle -- was made the subject of consideration by the august U.S. Senate, which felt it had to take up and pass judgment on the satisfactoriness of McCain's own natal bona fides.

      Yet no reciprocal imprimatur was made of His Oneness -- not by the marshmallow press, not by the Senate, not by the voters, not by the various boards of election, not by any statutes -- which don't exist to begin with -- to enforce natural-bornness, and certainly not by the inscrutably reticent Mr. McCain himself, who threw that fight as surely as would any over-the-hill boxer who knows his legs aren't what they used to be and who needs cafeteria money and a hotel room for the week.

      In fact, there is more than a certified, long-form birth certificate -- a lot more -- about Barack "Barry Soetoro" Hussein Obama that no one outside the hermetic world of sworn-to-silence hospital personnel, state vital records workers, and college bursar-level functionaries has ever seen.  A partial list would include, in addition, Neolani kindergarten records, the Obama-Dunham marriage license, the Obama-Dunham divorce records, the Soetoro-Dunham marriage license, Soetoro adoption records, the Punahou School application and records, Noelami Elementary School records, the Soetoro-Dunham divorce records, consistent selective service registration info, SAT scores, LSAT scores, Occidental College records, financial aid records, passports, Columbia University records, putative Columbia thesis on "Soviet Nuclear Disarmament," Harvard University records, Harvard Law Review records, any writings as president of the Harvard Law Review beyond one tough anti-fetus fragment, Illinois bar records, certificates of baptism or adoption, medical records, Illinois State Senate records from 1997-2004, Illinois State Senate schedule, law practice client list while at Davis, Miner, Barnhill and Gallard, University of Chicago scholarly articles, and more.  Oh, but we do have a document from the Fransiskus Assisi School in Jakarta, a Catholic institution, which shows him enrolled as Barry Soetoro -- as a Muslim and an Indonesian.

      I stated at the outset is that Lakin's stature is assured despite the verdict.  Here's why.  The charges are (i) that he missed his deployment flight and (ii) conduct unbecoming an officer.  He has, in the early stages of his trial, been denied discovery and the presentation of witnesses, evidence, or argument in defense of his position.  That position necessarily goes to the heart of whether Obama should hold the White House keys.  Conviction on the charges seems inescapable.  The military court is not likely to risk uncovering an inconvenient truth about the acting president if there be one.  Were Lakin to be exonerated -- which seems all but impossible -- then the tribunal would be staring in the face the propriety of all things Obama -- a task far too sensitive for it.  And the question of his provenance would fairly beg itself into being before the court could adjourn.  And on the other hand, if Lakin is convicted, well, society will be no closer to probing the mystery of the guarded origins and persona of the Commander-in-Thief.  This will make doubly urgent Lakin's reach for the grail of truth and the case for others to take up his cause.

      Among all the comfortable, set-for-life politicos, officials, appointees, careerists, officeholders, aides-de-camp, campaigners, supporters, friends, and hangers-on in and during the Obama era, there has not been a single high-level, principled resignation.  No stand in protest of what, if Obama's position is the usurpation it could be, is the most devious high crime ever perpetrated by and against American government.  Lakin's honorable course is a rebuke to today's so-called leaders, who, cowering in suspense, would not all taken together approach the equal of this man.

      Terry Lakin is putting at risk his own life, his own fortune, and his own sacred honor.  He has invited his own court-martial, scorn, possible conviction, and disapprobation; loss of rank, position, and pension; loss of the future; danger to family and impoverishment; and possible hard jail time at Leavenworth.  All this for the exalted goal of fealty to a Constitution his every step of the way towards protecting which is blocked by the government that administered the oath he took, and which oath he must contravene only to be able to honor it in the extreme.  The greatness of battlefield valor stands elsewhere; this is bravery of another order.

      This is the kind of courage -- after the crawling, burrowing, light-averse invertebrates of the political landscape have long since slithered away and vanished -- that gets statues of a man built in public squares.  This kind of courage gets folk songs and laureate poems written for a man, and they will be written for this one.  This kind of courage guarantees -- even a hundred years from now -- that parents will still be proud to give their little boys names like Terrence Lakin Jones.

      Kislev 7, 5771, 11/14/2010

      Wonder Woman


      Years ago I discovered the bible. No, not the one that starts ‘In the beginning…’. Well, almost, but a little different.

      This bible begins, “It was not until this book was well under way that I reluctantly confronted the historical factors underlying the “Palestinian problem.’ The book was originally meant to be solely an investigation of the current plight of the “Arab refugees,” as that subject was then still generally known.” The first chapter ends with the words that title the last chapter, (This book is) “in essence, about flight from fact.”

      The book, four hundred pages later, concludes, Today (1984) the explicitly stated Arab goals appear to be gaining credence once again through the medium of propaganda and twisted rhetoric, unquestioned by those of us who haven’t known the questions to ask, and unhindered by many who have guessed. Those who understand the reality ought to demand more.”

      So it was that the twentieth century bible of those seeking truth about Israel and the Middle East was born, called “From Time Immemorial,” authored by Joan Peters.

      A few weeks ago, while still in the United States, a friend from Chicago called me about a couple wanting to visit Hebron. I get such requests frequently and offered to place them on one of our regular tours. Then he told me their names: Dr. William Caro, (yes, related to Rabbi Yosef Caro, author of the Shulchan Aruch, the most important codification of Jewish Law ever written, who lived in Tzfat some 500 years ago), and his wife, Mrs. Joan Peters.

      I froze.” Joan Peters – From Time Immemorial,”  I asked? Of course the response was positive. A little while later, speaking to her on the phone, I told her that as I relate to her magnum opus  as a bible, she could easily understand how I relate to her.

      This week Joan, together with her husband Bill, came to visit in Hebron. We didn’t have a lot of time, but managed to visit the community’s neighborhoods, Ma’arat HaMachpela, and meet some people.  While introducing her to one of my friends, his wife walked by, looked at my guests and blurted, “Joan Peters?! You’re here, in Hebron?”  She recognized Joan from a small photo of her, taken about 30 years ago, on the back of the book cover.

      Driving from Tel Rumeida to Beit Hadassah, we gave Hebron resident and activist Baruch Marzel a ride down the hill. Baruch told Joan, “I didn’t just read your book. I studied it and learned it.”

      During a short interview outside Machpela, I asked Joan what struck her about Hebron? She answered, “The history, the history is awesome.  The archeological dig, that’s awesome.  The 97 percent, being surrounded by Arabs is also awesome; it’s terrifying that Israel’s government has put Hebron in this situation.

      Her husband, Dr. Bill Caro: “I find this a remarkable place.  One of the remarkable things about Hebron is the continuity of the Jewish community, going way way back, to Biblical times. And as American citizens we don’t know much about it, we don’t learn much about it, we take it for granted. We know about Israel, we’re here with a group that strongly supports Israel (Honest Reporting), but Hebron we read about, but being here is really important, and it’s so gratifying to be here.

      I asked Joan Peters the million dollar question – what brought about the writing of ‘From Time Immemorial?’

      “That’s a tough question to answer. The short answer is, I think it was a dibbuk (inner spirit – ed.) because I don’t know how I could have done it now by myself. But it went from pillar to pillar and one question begot another and the research was fascinating to me – I love research – and I found all sorts of things I didn’t expect to find, and in the process I had no idea what I was up against when I started. And when I finished I had no idea what it was going to inspire and I’m terribly humbled and gratified by the fact that people care so much about what I found. It was there, it was all there. I just found it.”

      One of the fascinating chapters in this classic is titled, “’Muftism’ and Britain’s contribution to the “Final Solution.” Here the connection between Nazi Germany and the Grand Mufti Haj Amin el-Husseini is examined. Recently this subject has been the source of more than one book, but a few decades ago it was almost untouched. Also studied is the British refusal to allow Jews into their homeland.

      “The Jews had nowhere to go. The irony was that the very loss of their nation had become the source of much of the anti-Jewish antagonism. The Jews could be pushed around or held suspect, because they weren’t “from” anyplace and no place totally accept them.  The more they clung to their beliefs, the more they seemed to stand out…”

      “From Time Immemorial” is a permanent fixture on my office table. Despite the seemly everlasting mess which continues to grow, I can always find this book, and, as a rule, show it to just about every reporter who interviews me. The message is quite clear: If you really want to understand the Israeli-Arab conflict, this literature is a must-read. I don’t know how many of them actually follow through, but surely anyone who takes the plunge and examines the book must realize that common preconceptions are usually close to 100% wrong.

      When I asked Joan if she’d continue writing she responded positively, but preferred not to go into details. I would be thrilled to receive a new Joan Peters expose, continuing to deal with Israel and present day issues. But even if she should never write another word, Joan’s place in history is assured. She is truly a modern-day wonder woman. She put it plainly, ‘the material was all there – I just found it.’ So simple and so true. But the fact is that nobody else cared enough to search for, and reveal the truth.  I can only but take my hat off to Joan, while hoping and praying that she is not the last of her kind.


      Cheshvan 26, 5771, 11/3/2010

      Back to the Flotilla: Interview with Captain Stabbing


      “WE’RE ALL IN THE SAME BOAT NOW!” The outpouring of hate against Israel and the Jews after the flotilla incident was absolutely unprecedented. Jews around the world and other Lovers of Israel suddenly felt just like the Jews of Hebron – the Jews the media loves most to hate. We therefore decided to hold our annual fundraiser as a unique, united Zionist response to this situation. We must bring together the various groups that work for Israel in a show of confidence in the future of a united, large and strong Israel!
      The whole world is concerned with the supposed suffering of the Arabs of the Gaza strip.

      Yet while the Arabs build and open luxury hotels and state-of the-art shopping malls, the Jews of Hebron live in impossible conditions – with families with 6, 7 or more children living in 2-3 room apartments.

      While the Arabs of Gaza are free to build wherever and whatever they like, our children are arrested for planting gardens and installing park benches in violation of the “building freeze”.
      Our gardener – Yitzchak Imes, who tenderly cared for the Machpela Gardens – was brutally  gunned down together with his wife and two neighbors in a recent terrorist attack.
      While investors are free to invest in and develop the Gaza strip, Hebron properties purchased by Jews – whether in 1809 or in 2005 – are not free to be used by their legal owners.
      While the Arabs of Gaza, their incessant construction and their terror regime are all subsidized by many  "civilized" countries and NGO’s to the tune of billions of dollars per year, the tax deductible status of the meager donations to Hebron’s Jews comes under repeated scrutiny - for no good reason except for racism and Anti-Semitism.
      Here's why our opponents are wrong:
      1)        Settlements are legal. When the US signed the 1924 San Remo accords, they became co-signers of the British Mandate in Palestine which calls for “close settlement of Jews upon their land.” The area in question included the West Bank!
      2)        Support for settlements is tax deductible! The fact that this administration may decide to fly in the face of US law and commitment does not negate the tax deduction on donations to Jewish causes on the West Bank.  Even the NY Times wrote: “…the tax code encourages citizens to support nonprofit groups that may diverge from official policy, as long as their missions are educational, religious or charitable.”  
      In a series of events – in both Hebron and in New York – we raise our voices and take out our checkbooks in protest against the evil discrimination against the Jews of Hebron and Eretz Yisrael.
      In Hebron on the Succot holiday, we celebrated the end of the building freeze – as promised by the Israeli government. Our Hebron Music Festival on Sept. 27th was attended by over 35,000 guests including hundreds of US donors and Israeli political leaders.
      Now the time has come to do the same in New York City.

      On November 16, join us in launching the Hebron Aid Flotilla!
      Our event will be honoring some very special people:
      “Gevurat Ha’Imahot” (Bravery of the Matriarchs) Awardee IDF Capt. Caroline Glick (ret.), who will also be our keynote speaker was named by “Maariv” as “the most prominent woman in Israel”. As chief diplomatic correspondent for Makor Rishon newspaper, deputy editor of the Jerusalem Post, editor of the political satire website “Latma TV” and a senior Middle East Fellow at Washington’s Center for Security Policy, Glick made history with her “We Con the World” video clip exposing the hypocrisy behind the Gaza Flotilla.
      “Bonei Hevron” (Builders of Hebron) Awardees David & Jane Seidemann of Lawrence, NY.  David is a longtime Hebron Fund Board member and former Fund President who is a very popular attorney, columnist and Long Island community leader.
      "Chasdei Avot" (Charity of the Patriarchs) Awardees David & Joclyn Stern of Brooklyn, NY.  David is the President of Brooklyn’s Young Israel of Midwood and has led a number of missions to Hebron. Both of them are beloved local activists and  former repeat guests in Hebron for the special “Chayei Sarah” weekends attended by tens of thousands every year.
      Magen Avraham (Abraham’s Shield) Awardees Fred & Carole Samuel of Fairlawn, New Jersey come and go to Hebron as if they live there and have made close personal ties with some of the local residents. Fred’s firm is currently spearheading an important security project for Hebron.
      Aishet Chayil (Woman of Valor) Awardee Ester Arieh-Hatanian, is the mainstay of the Hebron Fund office in Brooklyn, NY. She is receiving the recognition she so justly deserves for over a decade of dedicated service above and beyond the call of duty.
      Every single one of us must work together to fill the ship with 1000 people who will not only come out in support of Hebron, but will also have a  fantastic time doing so!
      If there ever was a time when you just have to stand up for the Jews of Hebron – Now is the time!



      The Hebron Aid Flotilla

      Tuesday Evening, November 16, 2010

      Leaving from Pier 59,  Chelsea Piers, 12th Avenue & West 23rd St.


      Caroline Glick  Gevurat Ha’Imahot Awardee & Keynote Speaker

      In salute to “We Con the World” (Special Guest: Captain Stubbing!)


                David & Jane Seidemann    Bonei Hebron Awardees

                David & Joclyn Stern            Chasdei Avot Awardees

             Fred & Carole Samuel         Magen  Avraham Awardees

      Ester Arieh –Hatanian         Aishet Chayil Awardee 

         Benjamin Brafman, Esq.   Master of Ceremonies


      Boarding: 6 PM * Departure: 7 PM  *  Return 9 PM
      Reception * Buffet Dinner  * Viennese Table * Couvert $300 * RSVP

      THE HEBRON FUND  1760 OCEAN AVE. BROOKLYN, NY 11230    TEL. 718-677-6886 FAX 718-677-6886         HEBRONFUND@AOL.COM         WWW.HEBRONFUND.COM