Video blog: With Sheikh Farid Ja'abari

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David Wilder
David Wilder was born in New Jersey in 1954, and graduated from Case Western Reserve University in 1976. He has been in Israel for over forty years. For over twenty years David Wilder worked with the Jewish Community of Hebron as English spokesman for the community, granting newspaper, television and radio interviews internationally. He has written hundreds of articles, appearing on Arutz Sheva, the Jerusalem Post and other publications. David is presently the Exec. Director of Eretz.Org. He conducts tours of Hebron's Jewish Community and meets with diverse groups, lecturing and answering questions. He occasionally travels abroad, speaking at various functions. He published, in English and Hebrew, Breaking the Lies, a booklet dealing with numerous issues concerning Hebron and Judea and Samaria. Additionally, David has published a number of ebooks of photographs and articles, available on Amazon or via David Wilder is married to Ora, a 'Sabra,' for 38...

Earlier this week, during a visit to Hebron with members of Stand With Us, I had another opportunity to meet Sheikh Ja'abari, whom I've known for many years.

By way of introduction to the video blog, several points:
1. A number of years ago, it was brought to the Sheikh's attention that a group of leftists and Arabs planned on setting fire to a synagogue outside the gates of Kiryat Arba. He objected, saying that a synagogue is a place of prayer, and with that, prevented its being burned down.

2. This past summer I called Sheikh Ja'abari to with him a 'Ramadan Karim' - that is, a 'Happy Ramadan.' This was following the kidnapping of the three youth, but prior to the discovery that they'd been murdered. When the Sheikh heard my voice on the phone, his first words were, "David, there are people who do not want peace."

3. In the following clip, Sheikh Ja'abari spoke in Arabic. His words were translated into Hebrew and then into English. The translator preferred not to be seen, so he was 'cropped out' of the video. His translation into Hebrew can be heard. The English subtitles are mine.