Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Beilin Calls Hebron Jews Deluded

Today is Day 14,260 of the Maintenance of the Immoral (and Illegal) West Bank Settlements and almost the 40th anniversary of the start of the immoral (and illegal) occupation of the West Bank and Gaza.

Micah.6:8 “He has told you, O man, Only to do justice and to love goodness, and to walk humbly with your God

Within the borders of Hebron, one of the biggest Arab cities in the West Bank, are 120,000 Palestinians. In the old city of Hebron, there are 650 Jewish Israeli squatters and 30,000 Palestinians while around Kiryat Arba the squatterment founded by Rabbi Levinger near Hebron, there are an additional 9,200 squatters.

It is indeed heartening to read that Yossi Deilin is going to introduce this bill. I have likely been too charitable referring to the JISH as "squatters'. Beilin probably knows them well enough to be able to label them more accurately as "Deluded" and "Crazies".

Beilin calls Hebron Jews ‘deluded’
Meretz chairman visits disputed Hebron building, says he intends to submit ‘bill calling for evacuation of all Jews from Hebron’

Tal Rabinovsky
Published: 04.17.07, 20:43 / Israel News

Meretz-Yahad Chairman MK Yossi Beilin received a not-so-warm welcome by extreme right-wing activist Baruch Marzel upon his arrival at the Jewish area of Hebron on Tuesday.

“Spy, foreign agent! You’re pals with Bishara!” Marzel shouted, in an attempt to disrupt Beilin’s visit.

The MK arrived at the town with the purpose of learning more about the daily lives of the Jewish population and the Palestinian residents, following the purchase of the disputed Hebron building.

“I intend on submitting a bill calling for the evacuation of all Jews from Hebron after the summer break. This is a new settlement, and I have been working to evacuate this deluded group since the night they invaded.

“The only question is whether the Olmert government wants to establish a new settlement in Israel today, in 2007" despite its promise not to allow new settlements, Beilin asked.

Beilin began his tour under tight security in Tel Rumeida, where he met Hani Abu Aisha, who told him about the ill treatment, as he called it, his family suffered at the hands of the Jewish residents.

Beilin also visited a grocery store nearby the disputed building, where he tried to evaluate the way the new residents behaved towards the locals. The owner of the store told Beilin about the “cruelty and violence” of the Jewish residents of the building.

There was much disorder at the entrance of the building itself, lead by Noam Arnon, spokesperson for the Jewish settlement in Hebron.

“It was you who brought us the Oslo agreement, you who brought most of the suicide bombers, and you are responsible for all of this suffering,” Arnon said.

Beilin firmly replied, “Go home crazies!”

Palestinian insists he owns Hebron house
Fais Rajabi claims he bought disputed house 15 years ago for his three wives and 22 children. 'I will go to the highest court in the world, this will not go on in silence,' he says

Ali Waked
Published: 03.20.07, 18:56 / Israel News

The strife over the disputed house in Hebron continues to pick up steam and Fais Rajabi – who claims ownership of the structure – fails to understand how the situation deteriorated so far.

Rajabi claimed he purchased the house some 15 years ago and planned to begin inhabiting it next week with his three wives and 22 children. Rajabi said he bought the house from four brothers who inherited it and he has been renovating it since he made the purchase. It's his life's work, he says.

Settlers claim they bought the disputed house

Rajabi estimates he has invested over $1 million in the project. "I bought this house with my hard-earned money, no one ever made any claims in the past, but apparently the settlers saw that all I had left to do was finish tiling and they decided that this is the right moment for them to steal the house," he said.

When asked how he felt about loosing his investment Rajabi said: "May Allah help me. Something that you nurture for years, invest enormous funds in, invest so much work and energy into, a dream that was the center of your life – that's robbed from you with empty claims and lies."

Rajabi vehemently rejects the settler's claim that they purchased the house and own the deed to it. There is no chance he was deceived by the original owner, he said, no chance it was also sold to the settlers.

"I cannot believe there is a man who can sell-out his faith like that, his conscious and his religion. The house is mine and mine alone. The documents I showed the police prove my ownership. The documents the settlers have, fake or not, purchased for money or not – that's not of interest to me. I am the sole owner of the house, and I sold nothing to anyone."

Rajabi claims that the settlers have recently begun observing the house. "I never imagined that it was towards stealing it. I will take this to the Israeli High Court – and if justice is not found there then I will go to the highest court in the world. This will not go on in silence. The house is mine, all of it is mine and only mine, and I will never give it up. This house is my entire life," he said.

The IDF, the Civil Administration and the police said they were looking into documents provided by Rajabi and the settlers, who both claim to be the rightful owners of the house.


The conclusion from a recent post is worth repeating daily: B’Tselem urges the government of Israel to dismantle the Jewish settlement in Hebron.

Deutoronomy 16:20 – “Justice, justice shall you pursue that you may live and inherit the land which God gave you” and the footnote in the 1980 Hertz Edition “(T)here is international justice, which demands respect for the personality of every national group, and proclaims that no people can of right be robbed of its national life or territory, its language or spiritual heritage.

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