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Has The IDF Moved Into Hebron With Orders To Fire On Jews?

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The body of this report comes from Israel Resource News Agency of David Bedein. It reports that

Acting Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has deployed top counter-insurgency units to demolish a small Jewish neighborhood in Hebron known as “The Shalhevet Neighborhood”.

Israeli security sources said military and police commanders have been given permission to use live fire to repel attacks by Jewish residents and their supporters in the West Bank city of Hebron.

Olmert’s office would not affirm or deny that permission was granted to use live weapons against the Jewish community of Hebron. Likewise, Defence Minister Mofaz’s office would not affirm or deny that such an order, referring, instead to the IDF spokesperson, who “denied knowing of such an order” – hardly a denial.

Hebron has recently been the scene of confrontations between police – charged with evicting residents from their homes – and the residents, aided by others living in Judaea and Samaria who are determined not to see another expulsion similar to that of Gush Katif last summer.

However in Gush Katif, the police and military went in unarmed, albeit covered head to toe in protective armor and gear. The situation in Hebron appears to be different.

The last time that live fire was directed upon Jews by other Jews in Israel was the Altalena Incident in 1948, where Yitzhak Rabin directed soldiers of the newly formed IDF to fire upon crew jumping from the Altalena, a ship bearing arms for the Etzel, a Jewish resistance group commonly known in America as “the Irgun”. The Altalena was sunk by the crew when a dispute over whom the arms would go to broke out. In spite of the shooting incident, civil war was averted by pleas from the leader of the Etzel, Menahem Begin, that Jews not shed the blood of other Jews. Twenty-nine years later, Menahem Begin became prime minister of Israel, succeeding Yitzhak Rabin.

A representative of the Jewish community in Hebron issued the following statement.

“Hebron, the first Jewish city in Eretz Yisrael, the roots of the Jewish people, site of Ma’arat HaMachpela, the Caves of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs, was closed to the Jewish people for 19 years, between 1948 and 1967, when under Jordanian occupation following the War of Independence. Entrance to Ma’arat HaMachpela was off-limits to Jews for 700 years, from 1267, following the Mameluk victory over the Crusaders, until the Six-Day War in 1967. Now, the State of Israel… is again closing Ma’arat HaMachpela to Jews”.

The Israeli mainstream media has taken a different approach to the news out of Hebron. For example, Y-Net News reports that

Security forces crackdown on settlers who rioted against police, army forces; defense minister says ‘masked criminals’ won’t dictate agenda.

According to this article, checkpoints have been placed around Hebron and the target is stopping youths from entering the city to inflame the situation. Some 15 to 20 individuals have been arrested, according to Y-Net News. No mention of the possibility of using live fire has been made.

According to the semi-official newspaper Haaretz Uzi Benziman, the leader of the Yesha Council, which claims to represent residents of Judaea and Samaria, has told Hebron residents to “cast out” the protesters who have taken up their cause. It should be noted that the members of the Yesha Council draw State of Israel salaries and are government employees. In its own coverage of this story, Haaretz indicates that

Fifteen settlers were arrested over suspected involvement in rioting Monday, and additional arrests are expected in the next few days, after police analyze photographs of the rioters.

It also did not mention the possibility of using live fire. In the article, it is implied, but not stated, that the property belongs to Arabs rather than Jews.

As of 14:48 Israel Time, the following came into my inbox from Shlomo Wollins.

PLACES (sounds like germany) TO AVOID VIOLENT ARREST…

We may shortly see the second of a series of expulsions of Jews from their homes ordered by the Israeli government.

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Hi!! Thanks for coming to my article! I was raised in Brooklyn, was graduated from the City University of New York in 1978 with a BA in political science and public administration there. I lived in Minnesota for a number of years. There I managed restaurants and wrote stories. We moved with our children family to Israel where we now reside. My work can be found at Ruvy's Roost, Jewish Indy,, and on Facebook under my full name, Reuven Kossover
  • sr

    Ruven, Not sure what to say. If I said Jews against Jews would I be correct? This is not acceptable. Im sure you may think from my comments I may be a little short in the lofter. Thats OK. You are always respectful my friend. Will pray for you and Israel. sr.

  • sr,

    What you see is the apotheosis of the concept of pitting “Israelis” against Jews. The secular Israeli construct has its roots in Judaism, but only seeks to be a nation like all the others.

    And this secular Israeli construct is now being used to destroy Judaism in its very roots.

    You are seeing prophecy beginning to come true – “and even Judah shall come up against Jerusalem.”

  • Breaking News from Y-Net News. Olmert orders settlers removed immediately from Hebron market.

    We see the puppet dance on the strings of his masters in America and Europe. A modern day Herod and his successor have brought evil on this land and continue unabated. The pathetic puppet show of a state goes on attacking Jewish values in the land.

  • Let’s try this one more time. This time, I’m NOT going to make the link live. [You forgot the second quotation mark, Ruvy. Careful with that code, cowboy! Comments Editor]

    Breaking news from Y-net News

    “Olmert: Clear Hebron market of settlers

    Acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert orders security officials to immediately act to clear Hebron market of illegal Jewish residents; High Court rules that edicts calling for clearing of West Bank outpost Amona will come into effect within a week.”

    So we see the puppet dance on the strings of his masters in the US and Europe. A modern day Herod and his successor has brought evil upon this land. We will soon see other efforts to remove Jews from our ancestral homelznd so that we can consort with the whores of Tel Aviv.

  • This is a nightmare that won’t go away. Haaretz reports that Olmert orders plan to evacuate 20 illegal outposts

    “Acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert on Wednesday ordered Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz to devise a plan for the complete evacuation of 20 illegal settlement outposts in the West Bank, and warned that violations of law by settlers would not be tolerated.

    In a special debate on the issue, Olmert described illegal acts by settlers as ‘the undermining of the rule of law… that has become a way of life.’

    ‘Until now, we have not used the necessary force to deal with this show of violence,’ he said.”

    There are about 10,000 illegal Arab buildings in Israel and the government has not lifted a finger. When Arab parliament members call for the destruction of the state the government does not lift a finger. But it is clear that the govdernment must move on Jewish oned propperty in Hebron and wreck Jewish attempts to settle the land.

    In a different story, the Army proposed to the ownrs of the land thazt thy leave asnd the asrmy would make a commitment that they could return. But we have seen how the Israeli government breaks its word – and the legal residents and owners of the buildings aren’t buying the cowplop being offered by the IDF.

    In essence, the Jews living in Judea and Samaria have finally woken up. They have decided that the government has declared war on them.