Why no building in Nachalat Shimon?!!

Ben Packer,

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Ben Packer
Originally from Petersburg, Virginia, Ben Packer moved to Israel in 1999, where he served in the IDF's Givati Brigade in the Gaza Strip. Ben served as a Rabbi on campus at Univ. of North Carolina and at Duke Univ. Ben now serves as Director of the Jerusalem Heritage House (www.heritagehouse.org.il) and Co-Director of Young Jewish Conservatives (www.youngjewishconservatives.org). He lives in the Old City of Jerusalem with his wife and 6 children....

I want to start by wishing all those injured in the recent wicked terrorist attacks throughout Israel a full recovery. They are true heroes, as are all of those that have killed the vile terrorists. 

Many of the recent terrorist attacks and some earlier ones have taken place along Road #1 in Jerusalem, also known as the Chaim Bar Lev Rd. Much of this road was previously the border between Israel and Jordan, the dividing point of Jerusalem into eastern and western sides from 1948, until Hashem blessed us with glorious victory and the reunification of the Holy City in 1967. I don't think the location is a coincidence. 

The Nachalat Shimon neighborhood - next to the Shimon HaTzadik neigborhood and tomb - runs along this main roadway. Hundreds of Jews historically lived in this area before 1948 until they were killed or expelled by the ancestors of those trying so hard to kill us today. (more background info here). The majority of properties in the area remain owned by Jews, but are inhabited by Arab squatters, including Synagogues. The Israeli Government has consistently refused the Jewish owners the rights to renovate their properties and remove the squatters! Evidence below: 

This is absurd! Why is the Israeli Government persecuting Jewish property owners simply because they are Jewish?!! Its is completely unacceptable! I urge anyone with any influence to do whatever they can to try and get justice and fair treatment for these Jewish individuals to be able to reclaim the use of their properties! 

I can't promise that this will end the attacks, but it will significantly strengthen the Jewish Presence in Jerusalem  and specifically in this problematic area and we know that "יְהוָה--עֹז, לְעַמּוֹ יִתֵּן; יְהוָה, יְבָרֵךְ אֶת-עַמּוֹ בַשָּׁלוֹם" - "The LORD will give strength unto His people; the LORD will bless his people with peace!" (Psalms 29:11)  B'Ezras Hashem Natzliach!! We shall overcome! 

Chodesh Tov,

Ben Packer

Old City, Jerusalem