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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.hebron.com (English)
      www.hebron.org.il (Hebrew)
      www.ohrshlomo.org (Hebrew)
      www.ohrshalom.net (Hebrew)
      (others to be added)

      Cheshvan 11, 5769, 11/9/2008

      Owner of Beit HaShalom in Hebron threatens to sue State

      I love Israel and especially Hebron
      Owner of disputed house in Hebron threatens to sue State

      American-Jewish businessman whose disputed purchase of property inflamed conflict in Hebron claims he will sue government, prevent his community members from investing in Israel if court evicts Jewish settlers living there
      by Ynet: Zvi Zinger

      "If the Jewish settlers are evicted from the 'peace house', I will file legal suits against the Israeli government and anyone involved in the eviction," said the Jewish businessman whose purchase of a building in Hebron inflamed rigorous conflict between the city's Jewish and Palestinian residents.

       Morris Abraham, 40, is a member of the Syrian-Jewish community in New York. His great-grandfather  was a resident of Hebron during the 1929 riots, and Abraham claims his investment in various projects in the city is personal.

       "I love Israel and especially Hebron," he told Yedioth Ahronoth. He added that his parents were almost killed in the city when Hamas operatives attacked them with stones in 1990.

      Five years ago Abraham discovered that a Palestinian entrepreneur who had built a structure in Hebron was having financial difficulties, and seeking to sell it to an Israeli buyer. "I invested a million dollars in the 'peace house'," Abraham claimed.

      He said it was "intolerable" that the Israeli government was preventing Jews from purchasing property in the West Bank, something they could do "anywhere else in the free world".

       The Hebron house case erupted in May of 2007, when a Palestinian resident filed a petition against 20 Jewish families he claimed had seized the house illegally. The families claimed the property had been paid for, but the court ruled they were to be evicted.

      The families then submitted a tape to the court in which the plaintiff could be heard telling his friend he had sold the property to a Palestinian realtor, prompting the case's reexamination.

      Abraham claims the sale was legitimate. "We have all of the evidence," he claims. "Everything was documented, including the transfer of money."

      He said the State was executing a racist policy in its eviction of the residents, and threatened to sue the government. Abraham said he would also prevent other members of his community from donating funds and investing in Israel.

       The case is currently being examined by the High Court of Justice, which stated recently that even if the house had been purchased legally, the residents could still be evicted until the matter was resolved. The decision prompted settlers to begin preparing for a forced evacuation.