Dayan: PA ‘Terror Neighborhood’ a Proven Threat
The mob attack on Jews in Hevron on Saturday night proves that the Palestinian Authority’s “terror neighborhood” in the city is a threat, Yesha Council head Danny Dayan said Sunday in a letter to IDF Central Command Head Maj. Gen. Nitzan Alon.
Dayan noted that he had warned Alon’s predecessor, Maj. Gen. Avi Mizrachi, about the threat, but that nothing had been done.
“It is late, but not too late to take action,” he stated.
The PA began building the new neighborhood in question two years ago. The neighborhood, adjacent to the Tomb of the Patriarchs (Cave of Machpelah), was designated in advance to house freed terrorists and their families.
The IDF must prevent the creation of a new security threat in the area, Dayan said. “The fact that Jews can pray at the Tomb of the Patriarchs in Hevron – and flock there in great numbers – is one of the clearest signs of Israeli independence,” he said.
Hevron’s Jewish community published a response terming the attack “very predictable.”
“We warned about this in endless letters, meetings, and protests,” community leaders said. “This is the direct, inevitable result of the Palestinian Authority’s project to take over the Tomb of the Patriarchs, with the stated goal of ‘choking’ Jewish presence in the area.”
Hevron's Jewish community was driven from the city by murderous Arab violence in 1929. Jews returned to the city after the Six Day War, and have remained despite frequent attempts by terrorists to drive them out.
On Saturday night, dozens of Hevron Arabs went on a rampage during a funeral for four Palestinian Authority men killed in a traffic accident earlier in the day. One Israeli man was wounded.