Hevron Jewish Religious Items Desecrated For 3rd Time This Month

The third incident this month of desecration of sacred Jewish objects by Arabs and left-wing activists took place in Hevron over the Sabbath.

Ezra HaLevi,

For the third time this month alone, sacred Jewish objects were vandalized and desecrated by Arabs and left-wing activists in Hevron over the Sabbath.

Sunday morning, residents discovered dozens of pages of Psalm books that had been torn apart and scattered on the road near the Sephardic Jewish cemetery near Hevron’s Tel Rumeida neighborhood. Tel Rumeida has been targeted by left-wing groups for removal and is the site of frequent provocations.

Last week, the Tomb of Ruth and Jesse (King David’s great-grandmother and father) was vandalized. The Eternal Light was destroyed, the Holy Ark was damaged by vandals in an attempt to reach the Torah scrolls contained therein, and charity boxes were stolen.

Earlier this month, graves in the same Jewish cemetery were desecrated, with gravestones strewn about and paint spilled on some of them.

“The police and army have yet to apprehend anyone for any of these crimes,” said a community statement. “This is another incident in a continuing pattern of desecrations of holy sites and articles in Hevron over the past few weeks. Hevron's Jewish community is gravely concerned at the police negligence in dealing with such criminal acts of violence and desecration of Jewish holy sites. Especially noticeable is the disparity between the police action against Jews and their lack of response at Arab crime.”

The subject of discrimination and law enforcement in Hevron - over-enforcement against the Jews and lack of enforcement against the Arabs - was discussed in the Knesset committee for law and legislation last week.