Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Brief Note: Israeli Forces Destroy Synagogue Near Hebron

Mike L.

Arutz Sheva reports:
The Civil Administration on Monday night evicted and demolished the Hazon David synagogue, located near Kiryat Arba.

Hazon David was built in 2001, in memory of David Hacohen and Chezi Muallem, who were killed by terrorists. Hacohen was killed when terrorists fired at his vehicle near the entrance to Kiryat Arba.

Muallem, who arrived at the scene soon after the attack to assist Hacohen, was also was shot by terrorists. Muallem was wounded and was taken for treatment at the Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem where he died of his injuries.

Hazon David was declared by the government an illegal outpost, and was destroyed and rebuilt as many as 33 times, the 33rd time coming in 2008.
Kiryat Arba is just outside Hebron with a population of around 7,500 people all of whom, or almost all of whom, are probably Jewish.

This is one of those evil "settlements" that we so often hear about.  Those 7,500 Jews?  It is they who we are supposed to believe are the "bad guys."

If you look at the comments beneath the article there is much complaining that if the synagogue were a mosque the government would leave it alone.

I find this kind of thing to be deeply unjust to the Jewish minority in the Middle East.

I understand, of course, that the Arab governments represent a far larger, hostile majority population with a traditional, Koranically-based dislike of Jews.  I understand that this traditional Arab bigotry inclines the government of Israel to make concessions that are intrinsically unjust toward the Jewish people, but I do not have to like it and I do not.

Just as Israeli government policy toward Jews on the Temple Mount is, ultimately, a reflection of Arab bigotry against Jews, so its policy concerning Kiryat Arba is likewise bigoted against Jews.

Those people, such as my friends Yosef and Melody, are trying to build decent lives for themselves and their families on land where Jewish people have lived since time immemorial.

It is bad enough that the surrounding Arab community is hostile, and often murderously violent, toward these folks, but to have the government of Israel demolish their synagogue is a disgrace.

If anyone thinks that I do not have criticism of the State of Israel, they should think again, because the truth is that Israel is very often unjust toward the Jewish people and I, for one, do not appreciate it.


  1. Hevron and Kiryat Arba are often conflated and confused. In fact when Jew haters scream about Hevron they mean Kiryat Arba. And that town is about 15km away from Hevron out in the brown hills of nothing. It 'displaced' no one, it built on nothing and has nothing to do with Hevron. On the other hand when the real hard core Jew haters refer to Hevron specifically, they're talking about 500 Jews in a city of 250,000 Arabs. That makes the oppressed peaceful peaceloving palestinians of peace 99.8% of the population there.

    The horror, the horror.

  2. I don't like it either. That Arabs are bothered by their mere presence tells you all you need to know.