Blood Libel November 12, 1996 The last few days have brought forth very interesting news articles concerning Hebron. 1. There was a television report disclosing plans by two Jewish women in Hebron to immolate themselves to prevent the Israeli army from abandoning Hebron. 2. It was also revealed that a Hebron `extremist' might attempt to assassinate either PM Netanyahu or Defense Minister Yitzhak Mordechai. 3. Hebron's Jewish residents, it was reported, are hoarding illegal weapons and ammunition. 4. In addition, a list of some thirty names of Hebron-Kiryat Arba `fanatics' was discovered by press sources. These people are to be placed under immediate administrative detention preceding `redeployment'. (Hebron's Noam Federman was already arrested for two months by administrative order.) 5. And finally, anonymous sources within the military divulged that quiet will never come to Hebron as long as there are Jews in the city, leading to the conclusion that the Jews should be evicted. 1. Yesterday, police commissioner Asaf Hefetz, reacting to the press accounts concerning immolation, publicly announced that this report was a figment of the imagination of a particular police officer. In reality, there was never any truth to the report. 2,3, and 4. Hebron police are not bashful. If they know, or even suspect illegal activities, they know what to do. In most democratic countries, when a person is suspected of illegal activities, he is arrested, indicted and tried for his crimes. If there really is stockpiling of illegal weapons, or if there are plans to kill anyone, not only political leaders, why are the perpetrators not arrested and officially charged with breaking the law? Why aren't the illegal weapons confiscated? Who are some of the BIG 30? Anat Cohen, mother of eight and pregnant, together with her husband Ronen, Orit Struk, mother of eight, Rav Moshe Bleicher, Dean of the Shavei Hebron Yeshiva, Rabbi Hillel Horowitz, Executive Director of the Association for the Renewal of the Jewish Community of Hebron, Rabbi Moshe Levinger, Father of Hebron's Jewish community and Noam Arnon, Spokesman for the Jewish Community of Hebron. These are some of the dangerous fanatic extremists who must be incarcerated using military administrative orders to ensure successful implementation of the Oslo abandonment accords in Hebron. 5. The "peace accords" were drawn up and are being implemented in order to usher in a new era of peace. Why then, can't Jews and Arabs live together in Hebron? The answer is, of course, because the Arabs aren't interested in peace. They are interested in `piece' - taking Israel apart, piece by piece. That includes, initially, eradication of the Jewish Community of Hebron and any Jewish presence in Hebron. In future Arafat plans, it includes annihilation of the State of Israel. Why must Hebron's Jews pay the price of a cowardly accord, which is already a failure? Rather than introducing peace and coexistence, it is paving the road to extermination. However the real issue that must be faced is WHAT IS GOING ON? Who is behind this concerted, intentional campaign to continue on the path of the previous administration to delegitimize Hebron Jewish Community and its residents. Who are the `anonymous' high-ranking officers who have decided, and taken it upon themselves to notify the press, that the Jewish Community of Hebron must be uprooted. Does the military create political policy, or does it follow orders given by the political establishment, led by the Prime Minister and Defense Minister? There is a group of people with the military, as well as in positions of authority throughout the government, who may be classified as "The Oslo Group." These are people who assisted in initiating Oslo and furthering it over the past few years. They are still in positions which allow them to circumvent present administration policy, and at the very least, continue to throw mud at the Jewish Community of Hebron. The Israeli media is an instrumental tool in this blood libel, which is attempting to paint a picture of fanatic crazies who will do absolutely anything - the ends justify the means. This is, of course, total nonsense. The events undertaken by Hebron's Jewish Community prove the point. We have undertaken numerous legal activities, both in Israel and throughout the world, to influence public and political opinion. This is a legitimate right in any democratic country. It should be noted that we have been successful in our efforts. The New York Solidarity Concert was attended by 1,500 people. Last Shabbat, 10,000 people from all over Israel came to Hebron to celebrate Abraham's purchase of Ma'arat HaMachpela 3,700 years ago, as read in the weekly Torah portion. Yesterday about 2,500 Jews came into Hebron for special prayers and to show solidarity with the Jewish Community of Hebron. Unfortunately, there are those who attempt to undermine this right and obligation, by using any means at their disposal. The result is the smear campaign presently being waged against us, with the cooperation of the press and tools such as administrative detention. ------------------------------
--------------------------- ---------------------- Yesterday I participated in a meeting that included Hebron and Yesha leaders with Likud MKs and the Minister of Defense. The details of the meeting were released by Arutz 7 news. However, one point must be stressed. There are Likud MKs who, in spite of their lack of public expression, are very torn by the continued implementation of Oslo, especially concerning Hebron. They know and admit the tremendous error being made, deeply regret it. This may be illustrated by the following answer by MK Michael Eitan, the Likud Coalition Leader in the Knesset to Dr. Aaron Lerner's question: IMRA: It sounds like you are talking to a cancer patient who is terminally ill. Eitan: That is a good example. A doctor can have a cancer patient and he cuts an arm and a leg and he tells the patient that that will heal him yet he knows that cutting the arms and leg won't suffice. There is not today a serious person who can say "gentlemen there is today a position to stop the process at such and such a stage" - even Jerusalem. There are no red lines. And I am well aware of what people in the government are saying and doing. (The entire interview is available from firstname.lastname@example.org). He, with others, understands the problem, but is seemingly unaware of the solution. However, Eitan later speaks of the lack of leadership within the right. That leadership vacuum doesn't necessarily have to exist. He, along with the others who, by definition, are `crying', must not only speak up - they must scream out for all to hear. They must speak the truth, as they see and feel it - that is their responsibility and obligation as elected leaders. They must proceed without any consideration of their personal political future because at the moment the destiny and fate of all our futures- the future of the State of Israel and the Jewish People is at stake.