'How can you turn a synagogue into a supermarket?'

Residents of Tel Aviv neighborhood protest, say 'such a thing would never happen to a mosque or church.'

Hezki Baruch,

The synagogue which became a supermarket
The synagogue which became a supermarket
Hezki Baruch

Long-time residents of southern Tel Aviv's Shapira neighborhood spoke to Arutz Sheva about how their local synagogue became a supermarket for infiltrators.

One of the residents, Eliyahu, has lived in the neighborhood for over seventy years.

"It really hurts," he said. "How can you turn a synagogue into a supermarket? I've been living here since I immigrated to Israel, back when the British were here. Why don't they put the infiltrators in northern Tel Aviv?"

"I want to open a cafe on the site of a mosque or church. What would happen if I did that? The entire world would be up in arms. What will happen in the end? We don't have that much longer to live. We're going to go soon. The new generation will have to wake up. The infiltrators are advancing, and we're receding."

Meir, who has lived in Shapira for 20 years, said the city doesn't even try to help the local residents.

"They scorn the residents, and those who keep Jewish traditions," Meir said. "This is a public place which is important to the residents. What will this supermarket give the residents? There are lots of supermarkets here. The municipality took the synagogue away because of money, and that's a shame. For a country club, they invest millions."

"Here, how much money will a synagogue make? For the past few years, life has been really hard here, especially for those of us who are traditional."

A. prayed in the synagogue with his children before it became a supermarket.

"My children and I would pray here," A. said. "It hurts me to pass here every morning and see that the synagogue I prayed in with my children, is now a supermarket. Help us."

Israel's Supreme Court has allowed the vast majority of infiltrators to obtain visas allowing them to remain in Israel, and ruled infiltrators cannot be imprisoned for refusing deportation.

Meanwhile, over 39,000 African infiltrators - not including children - are flooding the Tel Aviv. For every infiltrator who leaves voluntarily, another two children are born. These "anchor babies" flood south Tel Aviv's kindergartens and receive state-of-the-art preschools at local, legal, Jewish children's expense.


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