Daily Israel Report

Arabs, Leftists Harass Shimon Hatzaddik Jews With Signs

Arab and leftist anarchists posted signs in Jerusalem's Shimon Hatzaddik neighborhood calling for Jews to be expelled from their homes
By David Lev
First Publish: 12/9/2012, 5:33 PM

Signs in the Shimon Hatzaddik neighborhood
Signs in the Shimon Hatzaddik neighborhood
Tazpit Shimon Hatzaddik

Arab and leftist anarchists were apparently busy overnight Saturday in Jerusalem's Shimon Hatzaddik neighborhood, posting signs and placards calling for Jews to be expelled from their homes. One of the signs was placed at the entrance of the tomb of Shimon Hatzaddik, a holy place for Jews.

The signs say that the area is “illegally occupied” by Jews, and that it belongs to the “State of Palestine.” The Hebrew text on the sign explains that the declaration is based on the UN General Assembly's decision from several weeks ago, upgrading the Palestinian Authority's status to that of a “non-member observer.”

A spokesperson for area residents, Yoni Yosef, told Arutz Sheva that “the signs, in English, Hebrew, and Arabic, declare this area as part of the Palestinian Authority state. We will come with a large group today to ceremoniously remove these signs,” making it clear that the area belongs to Israel.

“Shimon Hatzaddik, the High Priest and grandfather of the Maccabees, the heroes of Hanukka, has been buried here for 2,300 years, and a group of people who do not even know how to pronounce his name are going to be able to change that,” Yosef said.

Yosef added that the Jewish population of the area was stable, and growing slowly. “A little light is able to repel much darkness,” he said. “The community here is small, but we expect to be able to get more homes for Jews to live in. What's important is not what the 'nations' say, but what the Jews do,” he added.