A committee to rebuild a Samarian (Shomron) town that was destroyed during the 2005 expulsion of Jews has gone on a fundraising campaign for the rebuilding of the Homesh–Obama Hilltop. The Shomron Liaison Office, Homesh First, and the Chicago-based Land of Israel Committee teamed up for donations for the rebuilding of the hill, named in “honor” of U.S. President Barack Obama.
According to the Land of Israel Committee head, Yosef Rabin, about $1500 has so far been raised. Donors to the website can send a ready-made letter to President Obama. The letter states, “A donation has been made in your honor to strengthen the "Homesh-Obama Hilltop" located in Northern Samaria (West Bank), Israel.”
The letter continues, “Mr.President, your current foreign policy, which objects to any Jewish communal growth in the liberated territories of Judea, Samaria and eastern Jerusalem, contradicts the most sacred values of the Jewish Nation and friends of Israel. It is written in the holy Torah, "Then the Lord your G-d will restore your fortunes and have compassion on you, gathering you again from all the peoples among whom the Lord your G-d has scattered you …The Lord your G-d will bring you into the land that your ancestors possessed, and you will possess it; He will make you more prosperous and numerous than your ancestors." (Deuteronomy, 26:3-5).”
The letter concludes, “Good people throughout the world will continue to support Jewish building and growth in all parts of the sacred land of Israel.”
In early July, some 80 members of the "Homesh First" organization, along with activists and Israelis who were thrown out of their homes during the 2005 Disengagement, held a funeral for holy books that had been destroyed by Arab vandals in Homesh last month. Fragments of books, ashes, and, and other objects that had been vandalized and burned by Arabs in the area who invaded the study hall of the yeshiva in Homesh were buried in clay jugs.
Several attempts by pro-Land of Israel activists to repopulate Homesh have been thwarted by the IDF, though Jewish presence there continues on and off.