Rabbi Dov Lior: Beit HaMachpela in Hevron Legally Purchased (INN) ISRAEL NATIONAL NEWS) By Chana Ya´ar 03/29/12)
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Although Jews moved quietly into their new home next to Hevron´s Cave
of the Patriarchs late last night, Thursday was anything but quiet.
IDF soldiers arrived shortly after the new residents entered their
apartments. They immediately surrounded the building and effectively
sealed it off, declaring the area a “restricted military zone.”
“They´re not letting anyone in,” Hevron Jewish community spokesman
David Wilder told Arutz Sheva late Thursday morning. “But I was told
the purchase documents are all good. The question now is whether
Defense Minister Ehud Barak will allow the residents to stay there,
regardless of whether the purchase was legal.”
By midday, IDF soldiers were scuffling with media who wanted to cover
events at the site. Reporters expressed anger at military officials
for declaring the area a closed military zone.
Scattered violence was reported, but tempers soon calmed.
Rabbi Dov Lior, the Chief Rabbi of Kiryat Arba-Hevron, arrived
shortly after, and spoke with Arutz Sheva about the transaction in
which the Jews had purchased the new home.
“The building was purchased legally, with no property infringement,”
said the rabbi. “We expect to retain full ownership and purchase
rights,” he added.
Meanwhile, an IDF source slammed Jewish residents for having moved
into the building so close to “Land Day” – the annual
event ´celebrated´ with violence by Palestinian Authority Arabs
complaining about the presence of Israel in the Middle East.
(IsraelNationalNews © 2012 03/29/12)
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