Hevron Jews Fight Multiple Expulsions

As they continue to combat the Disengagement Plan, the Jewish community in Hevron fears they will be the next target for expulsion.

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Ezra HaLevi, | updated: 14:41

Though Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said Monday that, "Because of Jewish settlements, we can pray at the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hevron," the Sharon regime plans to expel fifteen of Hevron's Jewish families from their homes in the coming weeks.

The Israeli government has authorized the removal of 15 Jewish families who took up residence in Hevron's marketplace two years ago, following the murder of infant Shalhevet Pass by Arab terrorists. The marketplace was built on top of Jewish-owned land that was seized by Arabs after the 1929 riots, in which Hevron's Jewish community was massacred and expelled from the city.

"It is not surprising that this government is capable of implementing the goals of the 1929 rioters," said Hevron spokesperson Noam Arnon, "to expel Jews from Jewish property in the Jewish Quarter, where so much Jewish blood was spilled. We merited that Jews returned to this property and the government is now plotting to ensure Jews are thrown out of here for a second time."

Monday morning, Hevron's youth staged a spontaneous demonstration outside the local army base on King David Street against the planned departure of the paratrooper unit stationed there to take part in the expulsion of Jews from northern Samaria.

The children blocked the IDF vehicles from leaving the base by sitting in the road, placing rocks in the way, and stretching barbed wire across the width of the street. A large police force arrived, and 10-year-old Tair Cohen was violently taken into custody. Police lifted her by her arms, twisted them, carried her to a waiting police van and pushed her inside.

Hebron spokesman David Wilder was also arrested while taking pictures of the scene. He was later accused of taking part in a riot and released, together with the young girl, on $1,000 bail.

Wilder's photos can be viewed by clicking here.