Daily Israel Report

Shavei Hevron Yeshiva's Invitation of General Draws Ire

Nationalist hardliners are upset that the yeshiva invited Maj. Gen. Avi Mizrachi to its 32nd anniversary celebration.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 11/20/2011, 8:39 PM

Mizrachi addresses a yeshiva (file)
Mizrachi addresses a yeshiva (file)
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Nationalist hardliners are upset with the fact that the Shavei Hevron Yeshiva invited Judea and Samaria Commander, Major General Avi Mizrachi, to the celebration marking its 32nd anniversary. The ceremony is being held at Binyanei HaUma in Jerusalem.
 
Some activists asked Yeshiva Head Rav Hananel Etrog to cancel the invitation, but he refused to do so. The activists noted that Mizrachi has been responsible for extrajudicial administrative orders distancing certain residents of Judea and Samaria from their homes.

Following this, a poster was pasted in the streets of Jerusalem with the headline "Major General Mizrachi expels Jews." The poster, or "pashkvil" – a hareidi-religious means of expressing opinions on public affairs through posters – says that "of course the general has many points in his favor but unfortunately in his present post he is also directly responsible for grievous acts. How can we ignore these evil deeds?"

It is signed by "the administrative expellees."

The yeshiva responded by stating that it "is pained, along with the families, by the distancing of their loved ones. It is clear to us that no establishment is free of criticism, if it is constructive criticism – and this includes the security forces… Naturally, the army's representative was invited to the event as part of the warm connection and full cooperation between the IDF and the yeshiva in Hevron."

The press has been asked to stay away from the event, out of concern that some people might try to disrupt it.