‘Netanyahu has to decide if he’s with us or with our enemies,’ Jewish
activist says as Jews are barred from Hevron home.
Jews who purchased a home in Hevron have been forbidden to enter it
as the army has declared the area a closed military zone. Activists
in Hevron expressed frustration at the “racist” decision.
Local activist Baruch Marzel explained that those who bought the home
have every necessary document proving ownership – but lack government
authorization. “Everything is in the hands of Netanyahu,” he
said. “Netanyahu must decide if he’s with us or with our enemies."
There was symbolism in the last seven words of that sentence. Marzel
was quoting a verse from the Book of Joshua, chapter 5.13. Joshua,
the leader who conquers the land of Israel after Moses´ death meets a
strange, armed man outside Jericho before the battle for the city and
asks him that question. The man answers that he is G-d´s Minister of
War and has come to help the Jews conquer the Holy Land.
“It can’t be that a Jew cannot go into a house that he owns in
Hevron,” he added.