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      by David Wilder
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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.davidwilder.net
      www.hebron.com (English)
      www.hebron.org.il (Hebrew)
      www.machpela.com
      www.ohrshlomo.org (Hebrew)
      www.ohrshalom.net (Hebrew)
      www.womeningreen.org
      www.zoa.org
      (others to be added)

      Sivan 24, 5768, 6/27/2008

      The Left attempt to destroy Jewish Hebron


      A quick note before Shabbat here in Hebron:

      Again this morning, extreme leftists, led by Yehuda Shaul, founder of "Breaking the Silence," invaded Hebron. They were joined by a busload of Israelis and foreigners, armed with digital cameras, snapping away.

      They were greeted by the exit from Kiryat Arba, where they tried to visit the grave of Baruch Goldstein. A few dozen residents from Hebron and Kiryat Arba refused to let them through, and eventually they returned to their bus, which wasn't able to move due to people blocking the way. Finally it traveled a few meters to the actual gate leading to Hebron, where again it got stuck for the previous reason.

      After a while a deal was struck: they could come into Hebron but had to stay on the bus. When they arrived in Hebron though they stopped by Ma'arat HaMachpela and all left the bus, attempting to walk from there into the Jewish neighborhoods, in order to incite Arabs against the Hebron community, while slandering the city's residents. However, this too they were unable to accomplish, as dozens prevented them from any forward progress.

      At last, at twelve o'clock, the police sent them off.

      These people have been classified by the police as 'more dangerous the the extreme Israeli right' because they are trying to cause the fragile peace in Hebron to explode by provocations against Hebron's Jews, waiting for us to react. They also incite against the community, adding fuel the fire. However the Israeli Supreme Court, as they are wont to do, preferring 'human rights' to human lives, resulting in pressure from the court, forcing the police to lift a ban on the group and provide them with security whenever they arrive in Hebron.

      Photos from today's adventures can be seen on the Hebron web site at:
      http://www.hebron.com/english/gallery.php?id=254 (photo gallery)
      or at:
      http://www.hebron.com/english/gallery.php?id=254&thumbs=1 (photo page)

      To be continued.....

      Shabbat Shalom.