Daily Israel Report

Police Stamp Out Menorah

Just 30 minutes after Jewish residents completed a huge menorah from sandbags and candles, police snuffed it out.
By Gil Ronen
First Publish: 12/3/2013, 2:11 PM

Just 30 minutes after Jewish residents of Judea and Samaria completed a huge menorah from sandbags and candles at Mevaseret Adumim, also known as E1, police snuffed it out.

The candles were arranged in the shape of a menorah, on a hill in the area. It was several dozen meters in width.

 

The creators of the menorah say it had no political significance and was created as part of the “pirsumei nisa” tradition of Hanukkah, which involves publicizing the miracle that the holiday celebrates. However, E1 is disputed territory, with Israel insisting on its right to build homes there, even as Arabs try to occupy the location too. Under US pressure, Israel has been postponing construction at the location, which connects northeastern Jerusalem and Maaleh Adumim.

A similar menorah was built at Mevaseret Adumim in 2011.