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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)

      Tishrei 8, 5769, 10/7/2008

      Don't again abandon Hebron to Fatah terrorists

      Don't again abandon Hebron to Fatah terrorists

      We were astounded and stunned to learn of plans to transfer security of the city of Hebron to the Fatah and Tanzim terrorists, a.k.a. 'the Palestinian authority.'

      We warn: similar actions in the past always led to terrible bloodshed. These terrorists are notoriously known as criminal and terror gangs, whose nature has already been proven from previous murderous terror activity.

      The infant Shalhavet Pass HY'D, was murdered by a terrorist identified with the Palestinian authority, and was trained by them as a sniper.

      Twelve warriors, among them the Commander of the Hebron Brigade, Col Dror Weinberg, HY"D, fell as a result of transfer of security of Hebron to the PA in 2002. Another eleven Jews were murdered a week later when Bus 20 exploded in Jerusalem as a result of the reckless plan called 'Judea first.' A wave of terror swept through all of Israel, as terrorists from Hebron reached as far away as Haifa, all as a result of removal of IDF troops from Hebron and transfer of security authority to the PA.

      The most recent victims of Arab terror from our vicinity, David Rubin and Achikam Amichai HY"D, were killed less than a year ago by PA policemen.

      Transfer of security responsibility into the hands of Fatah terrorists will endanger the lives of thousands in the Hebron region, of hundreds of thousands who arrive to visit the holy sites in the city of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs, and the lives of all the citizens of Israel wherever they are.

      Anyone and everyone who participate in this derelict, irresponsible act will not be able to say, "Our hands have not spilled this blood."

      Rabbi Dov Lior – Chief Rabbi, Kiryat Arba-Hebron
      Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, Chief Rabbi, Efrat
      Rabbi Gideon Pearl, Chief Rabbi, Alon Shvut
      Rabbi Eliezer Waldman, Former MK, Rosh Yeshivat Nir
      Rabbi Yisrael Rozen, Rosh Machon Tzomet
      Rav Re'em HaKohen, Rosh Yeshivat Otniel
      Rabbi Hananel Etrog, M"M Rosh Yeshivat Shavei Hevron
      Rabbi Moshe Hager, Colonel (Res), Rosh Torah Academy, Yatir
      Rabbi Uzi Sharbaf, Rosh Kollel Shalhevet Techiat HaAretz
      Tzvi Katover, Mayor, Kiryat Arba
      Tzviki Bar-Chai, Mayor, Southern Hebron Hills
      Avraham Ben Yosef, Mayor, Hebron
      Attorney Eliyakim HaEtzni, former MK
      Ron Shechner, Colonel (Res)
      Noam Arnon, Baruch Marzel, David Wilder, Boaz HaEtzni
      Nadia Matar, Orit Struk, Yehudit Katzover,
      Ya'akov Sharvit, Malachi Levinger, Meir Lapid