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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)

      Nisan 6, 5772, 3/29/2012

      Beit HaMachpela

      Interview with Shlomo Levinger at Beit HaMachpela

      The Jewish Community of Hebron
      March 29, 2012

      Interview with Shlomo Levinger at Beit HaMachpela
      See photos at: http://goo.gl/c0DGE

      Q. Shomo Levinger, we are on the roof of Beit Hamachpela, here in Hebron. What’s going on?
      A. Last nite 15 families moved in here. Now those families live here in this building. The children are playing. Thank G-d.

      Q. The media is quoting the IDF as saying that this is a provocation, and is dangerous, that this isn’t the time. What’s your opinion?
      A. I don’t know why this isn’t ‘the time.’ We purchased this building and as soon as the deal was finished we moved in. We came to live here.

      Q. What are your plans here? Is this a solitary purchase, are there more?
      A. With G-d’s help, this is one in a series of buildings and hopefully, in the near future, we’ll hear more good news, about more new buildings purchased here in Hebron.

      Q. What do you say to those who claim this is a provocation? That Jews move into a newly purchased building here in Hebron?
      A. Can it be imagined that the only place in the world that Jews cannot buy a building is here in Hebron, next to Ma’arat HaMachpela, the first Jewish national heritage site, Jews, cannot buy a house? I don’t understand the question.

      Shlomo, thank you very much.



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