Jews in Hevron: We Want to be Treated Equally
An attorney for Hevron’s Jewish community has asked that the community be notified if the state decides not to let the community use an Israeli-owned building that is currently home to two Jewish families.
Attorney Nir Tzvi noted that Arab plaintiffs had been promised 30-day notice if the building were to be given to Israeli Jews to use, and said the city’s Israeli community would like similar notice.
The Arab plaintiffs would be given notice in order to allow them to file an appeal.
State Attorneys recently told the Supreme Court that the government agrees to the expulsion of the two Jewish families from the building, and will ensure that they are removed by April 24. However, the building may be made available to the Jewish community under government decisions to be made at a later date.
The building, Beit Ezra, belongs to a ninth-generation Hevron Jewish man who was expelled from his home in 1947. When Israel regained access to Judea and Samaria in the Six Day War Jews were able to return to Hevron. Israel allowed Arabs who had seized control of Jewish property in the city to remain where they were, but when Arab shopkeepers were evicted following a wave of terrorism targeting the Jewish community, Jews moved into the buildings.
A previous verdict favored allowing Jews to remain in the building, as the owner desired, but a subsequent Peace Now lawsuit has led government attorneys to agree to expel the families.