Daily Israel Report

New Outpost Named “Obama Hilltop”

Youths in Judea and Samaria, refusing to accept Obama’s “no Jews” decree, have built yet another neighborhood outpost – naming it “Obama Hilltop.”
By Hillel Fendel
First Publish: 6/5/2009, 12:34 PM

Matanel Rachamim

Jewish youths in Judea and Samaria, refusing to accept Obama’s “no Jews” decree, have built yet another neighborhood outpost – and named it “Obama Hilltop.”

The few against the mighty? With U.S. President Barack Obama having told billions of people across the world that a Palestinian state will happen, and that Jews have few if any rights in Judea and Samaria, several dozen Jewish youths in Israel continue to build more outpost neighborhoods in those very areas.

Segment of Obama's Cairo speech on Israel-Arab conflict denying Jewish rights to Judea & Samaria

When Israel’s armed forces come to raze the structures, the youths rebuild them once more.

Ramat Migron, Pnei Shilo
This pattern has repeated itself several times just this week. On Tuesday, youths who had been thrown out of Ramat Migron – outside Migron, north of Jerusalem – set up camp in an abandoned army base near Shilo. Army forces arrived the next day on the scene, named Pnei Shilo, and destroyed the lone wooden hut. The youths say they will return – or rebuild somewhere else.       

Shvut Ami, Maoz Esther
In Shvut Ami, just west of Kedumim, young pioneers have rebuilt two structures, which had been destroyed a few days earlier by Border Guard police forces. 

In Maoz Esther, outside Kokhav HaShachar in eastern Binyamin (north of Jerusalem), some 250 people gathered to celebrate the re-dedication of a synagogue in memory of Merkaz HaRav terrorist victim Yehonadav Hirschfeld. The synagogue had been destroyed just the day before, as well as the week before, by security forces, and was rebuilt each time.             

The hundreds of singing and dancing celebrants were joined by Rabbi Dov Lior, the Chief Rabbi of Kiryat Arba-Hevron, and MK Dr. Michael Ben-Ari (National Union).  Rabbi Lior blessed the participants, saying, “Thank G-d, you are healthy in soul and spirit, and are not affected by the weaknesses around us.”

Ben-Ari said, “We can see here yet another healthy expression of the Jewish People’s return to our Land, and we are not planning to leave. We have no other land; the Arabs have 22 countries, and it’s too bad that Obama did not mention that in his speech. Giving them another country means an attempt to destroy the Jewish People in Israel – and we have no intention of being destroyed. The Jewish People are holding on tight to their Land.”                     

Obama Hilltop
Near Kokhav Yaakov, between Jerusalem and Beit El, a new outpost was formed on Friday morning, tentatively called Givat Obama, or Obama Hilltop. The builders say the name is “in recognition of the president’s actions, which have led to a dramatic increase in the number of outposts being built throughout Judea and Samaria.”

Oz Yehonatan
Yet another new outpost was formed on Friday near Kochav HaShachar. The outpost, named Oz Yehonatan, consists, so far, of one wooden building.