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Hundreds of rabbis slam Olmert After destruction of synagogues, yeshiva, removal of Jews near holiest sites

Posted: August 10, 2007
1:00 a.m. Eastern
By Aaron Klein
© 2007 WorldNetDaily.com
JERUSALEM –A group of hundreds of prominent Israeli rabbis today issued a statement calling Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s recent actions “anti-Jewish” and “hostile to Judaism.” The rabbis were referring to a series of moves the past week in which the prime minister directed his security forces to bulldoze a synagogue near Judaism’s third holiest site, destroy another synagogue near Judaism’s second holiest site, boot a rabbi and his mobile yeshiva from Hebron – the world’s oldest Jewish city – and forcibly remove two Jewish families from a Hebron Jewish market. Olmert’s actions are “anti-Jewish and hostile to Judaism in spite of the fact that he speaks Hebrew and dwells in the Land of the Patriarchs,” read a statement by the Rabbinical Congress for Peace, a coalition of more than 350 Israeli rabbinic leaders and pulpit rabbis. One of the synagogues destroyed this week was constructed so Jews can pray at Joseph’s Tomb, Judaism’s third holiest site, believed to be the burial place of the biblical patriarch Joseph – the son of Jacob who was sold by his brothers into slavery and later became the viceroy of Egypt. The other synagogue, the mobile yeshiva and the two Jewish families were located near Hebron’s Tomb of the Patriarchs, the second holiest site in Judaism and the believed resting place of the biblical patriarchs and matriarchs Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Sarah, Rebecca and Leah. The rabbis commented: “Our Sages tell us that there are three places in Israel that absolutely no one can contest its legal Jewish ownership because the Bible clearly records the sale and purchase of these places by Jews.

One is the area around the Cave of the Patriarchs as written in Genesis 23:16-18: “And Abraham weighed out to Ephron the money that he had mentioned … four hundred silver shekalim in negotiable currency. And Ephron’s field … and the cave within it and all the trees in the field, within all its surrounding boundaries, was confirmed as Abraham’s purchase.”

The second place is Joseph’s Tomb; as written in Genesis 33:19, “For one hundred kesitah. … And Jacob bought the parcel of the field … from the children of Hamor.”

The third is the Temple Mount; as recorded in Chronicles 1: 21:25, “David gave Ornan for the place gold shekels weighing six hundred.”

“How ironic and painful it is that precisely these three places that the nations of the world never thought of wresting from Jews, the Jews by their own volition give it up and say it belongs to the Arabs,” the rabbis said.

The rabbis reference to the Temple Mount was in response to rules imposed by the Israeli government that restrict non-Muslim visits to the site to certain hours on weekdays and deem illegal any Jewish or Christian prayer on the site. Muslims visits to the Temple Mount are largely unrestricted, and they can pray in any of the site’s major mosques.

Olmert’s government earlier this week mobilized 3,000 soldiers who forcibly evicted two Jewish families from a Jewish market in Hebron.

The government maintains the families’ residency in Hebron was illegal, since their arrival wasn’t coordinated with the Israeli military. The families say they moved in after the military reneged on an agreement.

The families’ eviction was widely regarded in Israel as the opening salvo of more planned major evacuations of Jews living in the West Bank’s biblical Jewish communities.

The structure, now converted to small, two-story apartments, was built in 1929 after Arab riots temporarily forced Jews from Hebron – the first time the city was without a Jewish presence in over 2,500 years. For more than 30 years, a sign was posted on the market boasting in Arabic that the structure was built on stolen Jewish property.

Arab merchants illegally set up shop at the market but were asked by the Israel Defense Forces to leave after a series of clashes broke out in the mid-1990s. Even though the market was stolen by the Arabs, Hebron’s Jewish community purchased the market from its original Arab occupants in 2001.

In January 2006, Jewish families took up occupancy to strengthen Jewish ties to the area following the murder of an infant by a Palestinian sniper, yards away from the market.

The market, integrated within the Hebron Jewish community, is adjacent to several Jewish apartments and Jewish municipal buildings. It is not located in an Arab neighborhood. It doesn’t require any additional protection from IDF soldiers already patrolling the area.

Despite the original property owners’ recent signing over of the market to Hebron’s Jewish community, as well as Israel’s Supreme Court ruling that the structure was Jewish-owned, the government considers the occupancy of the marketplace illegal, saying families living inside did not negotiate their arrival with the IDF.

Following a standoff with the army last year, the Jews who had moved into the market decided to leave, reportedly after receiving promises from military officials they could return a few months later, after the court systems – which deemed the property Jewish – worked with the IDF to verify the legality of the Jewish residence.

But Israel’s attorney general overturned the Supreme Court decision and declared the residents cannot move in.

Still, two Jewish families recently moved back. Israeli security forces removed them Monday.

Aside from evicting the two Jewish families, Israeli forces, acting on orders from the government, destroyed a synagogue in the area, since the structure was not built with a government permit. Israel also ordered a rabbi out of Hebron because his mobile yeshiva was not

Last week, Israeli forces also destroyed a synagogue near Joseph’s Tomb, Judaism’s third holiest site, since that synagogue, like the one in Hebron, was built without a government permit.

While rampant illegal construction in Arab sections of Hebron remains largely unregulated, the Israeli government strictly enforces construction regulations in the city’s Jewish sections, which are cordoned off to about 25 percent of Hebron’s territory; the rest of Hebron is Arab.

Olmert’s decision to single out for evacuation two Jewish families living in Jewish sections of Hebron has been called into question by religious leaders here.

WND previously revealed the Israeli government has allowed Palestinians and the United Nations to build illegally on hundreds of acres of Jewish-owned lands in Jerusalem purchased by the Jewish National Fund, a U.S.-based Jewish organization, using Jewish donors funds solicited for the purpose of Jewish settlement. Tens of thousands of Palestinians live on the Jewish-owned Jerusalem land, which was recently isolated from Jewish sections of Jerusalem by Israel’s security barrier.

WND also previously reported the city of Jerusalem, under orders from Olmert, deleted files documenting hundreds of illegal Arab building projects throughout eastern sections of Jerusalem housing tens of thousands of Palestinians, according to a report by the Jerusalem Forum, which promotes Jewish construction in the city.


Erev Rav

After Paroah sent the people (ha-umm) away… (Shemos 13:17)

At first glance, the above verse is talking about the Jewish people. But, as the Ohr HaChaim points out, when the Torah refers to “the people,” it means the “Mixed Multitude”–the Erev Rav— that left with the Jewish people.

Who was the Erev Rav? According to the Ohr HaChaim, they were spies sent along by Paroah to sow seeds of dissension among the ranks of Jews. They were the rabble-rousers, and, though, they may not have been successful at making the Jewish people return to Egypt (which, they came close to doing), they were the cause of Moshe’s failure to enter Eretz Yisroel, and the delaying of the Final Redemption. To make a long, painful story short, they represent one of the biggest stumbling blocks in the path of the Jewish nation.

That’s right, “represent”–present tense.

This is because the Erev Rav did not die off in the desert, at least not spiritually. “Erev Rav” is a concept, and is a title that can be given to any Jew that tries to dissuade other Jews from belief in Sinaitic Torah, and the Final Redemption. That’s what the Erev Rav did in the desert, and that is what the Erev Rav has done in every generation.

The Jewish people have had many enemies from within– we are a nation with as many splinter groups over the millennia as there have been peoples. (Well, at least it seems that way.) However, what makes the Erev Rav stand out is their motto:

“These are your gods, O Israel, which brought you up out of Egypt!” (Shemos 32:4)

Right, and the next thing you’ll want me to do is buy some swamp land in Florida!

Who did the Erev Rav expect to convince with that lie? The answer: Anyone looking for a way out of Torah and mitzvos. When a person wants to turn his back on Torah, all he has to do is call the Erev Rav. It is the Erev Rav that will provide the means and justification–in the name of truth. They’ll create whole new branches of Judaism, and then claim that theirs is the true way to serve the Jewish G-d. That’s what the Erev Rav of the Jewish people have always done.

For, it is one thing to become secular and leave behind Torah-Judaism (especially out of ignorance). However, it is another thing altogether to turn against Torah and those who uphold Torah, and literally go to war against them. That’s what the Erev Rav was sent by Paroah to accomplish, and that’s what they declared to do when they entered the religious arena and challenged the Torah’s notion of service of G-d.

This is why the verse says that Paroah sent them, and not G-d, as it should have. After all, it was G-d who coerced Paroah into sending out the Jewish people through the Ten Plagues. However, it was not G-d who sent out the Erev Rav–that was Paroah’s doing, the posuk is telling us.

The only question is, does the Erev Rav know that they are indeed the Erev Rav of that generation? Probably not–they usually become that way as a result of faulty education, poor decisions, and often, a desire to adapt to the host culture more than the Torah permits.

However, we have to be aware of their presence and the potential damage they can cause in every generation. After all, they are Jewish; they are one of us. But, we part roads with that part of the Jewish people the moment they “attack” Torah Judaism and its adherents, no matter in what name they declare their war.

RABBI WINSTON’S WEEKLY PARSHA PAGE: http://www.neveh.org/winston/parsha59/bshalach.html


FROM www.thetrumpet.com

Israeli Soldiers Evict Jewish Settlers, Violence Erupts

By Mark Jenkins

An ominous sign for Prime Minister Olmert’s planned handover of the West Bank.A conflict in Hebron has revealed deep-seated ideological differences between the Israeli government and some of its religious-minded military personnel. The Israeli-on-Israeli violence gives an ominous forecast of things to come in future desettlements.

Israeli security personnel dragged more than 200 Jewish settlers out of houses in the central marketplace in Hebron on Tuesday. In the incident, 12 soldiers, including two squad commanders, refused to participate and were consequently removed from their combat units and jailed for 28 days.

Hebron contains a site where some believe the patriarchs Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and three of their wives are buried. Both Jews and Muslims consider the site holy. Israel controls the holy site, and the Palestinians control the rest of the city.

Israel evacuated 80 percent of Hebron in 1997 in a failed attempt at land for peace. That move left the Old City as the only remaining area with Jews; there about 500 Jewish settlers live under heavy guard in the middle of 170,000 Palestinians.

The families living in the marketplace claimed, “This land was given to us by the owners, the owners of this land, belonging to the ancient Jewish community of Hebron. They gave us permission, they gave us the deeds and the documents, and they asked us to come here to renew the Jewish community, and this is what we’ll do in the future.”

But the Israeli Supreme Court ruled against them, and on Tuesday about 3,000 security personnel arrived to remove the settlers, who threw rocks, eggs, concrete powder, water and paint. Some had barricaded themselves inside buildings. In the ensuing clash, 14 officers and 12 settlers were injured.

The Israeli government’s stance on illegal settlements and structures has been heavily biased in favor of Arab residents. The Arab populace regularly erects illegal structures on land they do not own. One senior Palestinian official said that, of more than 6,000 homes built without permits in recent years, Israel demolished fewer than 200 of them. Most of the illegal structures demolished in past years have been in the Jewish sector.

The government has shown little interest in the problem with illegal Palestinian structures. The enforcement of law in Israel clearly favors Palestinians over Jews, and many of its citizens are fed up.

The father of one of the soldiers said he forbade his son to carry out the order: “My son was trained to fight enemies, to wait in ambushes, to sharpshoot. He was not trained to expel his brothers from their homes.”

Originally, about 40 soldiers threatened to refuse the order to remove the settlers. Just two weeks ago, the chief rabbi of Hebron-Kiryat Arba, Dov Lior, unequivocally ordered the soldiers not to help evacuate Jewish settlers from another community: “Military activities aimed at preventing Jewish settlement go against the teaching of our holy Torah. … Every human being who cares about the Jewish people and the land of Israel is commanded not to take part in these activities.”

A spokesman for the Council of Yesha Rabbis said that instruction applied here as well. The Jerusalem Post called the soldiers’ refusal to participate “the largest act of military insubordination since 2005’s disengagement from the Gaza Strip” (August 6).

Israel Defense Forces Central Command Maj. Gen. Gadi Shamni said the military insubordination of the 12 “undermined the basic foundations” of the idf.

On Monday, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert met with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to work out his plan to hand the West Bank over to the Palestinians. Because the Israelis can’t evacuate a few hundred settlers from Hebron without an eruption of violence, Major General Shamni is concerned about the stability of those future plans. “If such a large number refuse orders over the Hebron marketplace, then we can only imagine what it will be like during a larger-scale evacuation,” one senior official said.

The head of a religious pre-military academy told the Jerusalem Postidf.” Prime Minister Olmert may find out how true that statement is as he proceeds with his plans for the West Bank. that “if the government were to try disengagement today [as in Gaza], there would be mass insubordination that would totally paralyze the

Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry has called the so-called peace process a “wound” for Israel. Land for peace has been a deadly delusion for the Israelis, causing the Jewish government to give up land and resources even while terrorism continues to escalate. The government’s desperation for peace is so great that it would rather oppose its own people in its own ancient cities than those squatting illegally on its land.

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