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A group calling itself "No'ar Kiryat Arba" (Kiryat Arba Youth) decries the murder of 25 Israelis - citizens and soldiers - in the vicinity over the past few months - and says it will act to make the area Jewish, and safe.
First Publish: 5/4/2003, 8:28 PM

A group calling itself "No'ar Kiryat Arba" (Kiryat Arba Youth) decries the murder of 25 Israelis - citizens and soldiers - in the vicinity over the past few months. The group says that the government's lack of response to the situation is unacceptable, and promises to continue attempts to fortify the area by building a Jewish presence between Kiryat Arba and Hevron.

It will be recalled that after 12 soldiers and civilian fighters were killed in an ambush attack last November along the road leading from Kiryat Arba to Hevron, Prime Minister Sharon visited the site and said that there must be Jewish territorial contiguity between Hevron and Kiryat Arba. The group notes that a month after Sharon's above statement, however, the temporary neighborhood that was built there was dismantled.

In addition, the home of terrorist victim Netanel Ozeri was brutally destroyed in March only minutes after his widow and five children were transported from the area in the middle of the night, and the government did not respond at all after Rabbi Eli and Dina Horowitz were murdered by terrorists shortly before that. "Enough silence!" says the group. "Enough fortifications, fences, restraint, lack of pride! Enough freezing of settlement building in our land, and enough harassment of our youth by the police and justice system! We will continue, as we have for the past month, without rest and with tremendous dedication and self-sacrifice, working to build a neighborhood and Jewish contiguity between Kiryat Arba and Hevron. We will continue the struggle without stopping... until we are able to walk around freely in our country."

It was learned today that the destruction of 12 outposts in Yesha that have been categorized as "illegal" would be postponed until the defense establishment reviews each of them individually. In any event, Minister Gideon Ezra - who may or not be speaking for the entire government - said today that outposts "will not be dismantled as a gesture towards Abu Mazen." He said that the outposts should be examined only after true negotiations between Israel and the PA are underway.

Left-wing activists arrived at the Maon Farm south of Hevron yesterday, protesting against the Jewish presence. Security forces removed them.