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 33 years. They lived in Kiryat Arba for 17 years and have resided at Beit Hadassah in Hebron for the past 14 years. They have seven children and many grandchildren.
Back in February, 2008, speaking to my friend and colleague Baruch Gordon, I mentioned thinking about writing a blog.
Previously I'd worked extensively with Arutz 7, Israel National News. A while back I'd hosted a weekly radio show, and had sent them articles and commentaries, posted on their site for years. I felt like we were two arms of one body.
As soon as I said the word blog, Baruch exclaimed, "You've got one." And so, on 5 Adar 5768, that being February 11, 2008, my first INN blog appeared.
I have no idea how many postings I've pasted into my "New Message" blog box since then, but yesterday, or maybe on Sunday, this blog went over 300,000 pageviews. As far as I'm concerned, that's amazing.
I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you for showing such interest, not only in Hebron, and my postings, but for taking the time to read the news and articles and other blogs appearing on this wonderful and important web site.
Additionally, of course, gratitude to Arutz 7 - INN for providing me this space. Without them, this blog would not exist.
However, a blog without some other content is not sufficient.
A few days ago friends of mine from Norway visited Hebron. Mr. Leif Wellerop, the Nowegian director of ICEJ has been a friend of mine, and of Hebron, for many years. Recently an article appeared in a Norwegian newspaper about 'apartheid in Hebron." He came in to investigate the allegations and discover the truth. I spent time with him and several of his friends, including the ICEJ director from Sri Lanka, showing them the real apartheid in Hebron.
Following our tour, I conducted a short interview with Leif, which I post here for your viewing.