Beit HaHerut building purchased in Hebron

New building purchased in Hebron near Tomb of the Patriarchs.

28.7.22, 17:29
The Jewish community of Hebron and the Harhivi Makom Ohalech organization announced the purchase of a building called Beit HaHerut on Thursday.
The acquisition is located along the road from the Cave of Machpela (Tomb of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs) to the Avraham Avinu neighborhood and part of efforts to buy old homes, renovate them and repopulate what once was the Jewish quarter of the city.
Member of Knesset Orit Strook praised the purchase and noted it took place during the Three Weeks mourning period leading up to Tisha B'Av. "Even in the days of mourning for the destruction [of the Temple], we hear and also see times of redemption,” she said.
Hagit Ofran of Settlement Watch, a project of Peace Now which is opposed to Jews living in Judea and Samaria, condemned the purchase stating, “it doesn't matter if they bought the house or not, this is an illegal settlement.” She called upon Prime Minister Yair Lapid and the Israeli government to forcibly evict the residents.
Since 1997, Israelis have been restricted to only the Israeli neighborhoods of Hebron, with 80% of the city being under the Palestinian Authority. The PA has ruled it a crime punishable by death to sell property to Jews. Muhammad Abu Shahala, who helped facilitate the transaction of the Beit HaMachpela property was sentenced to death in 2012. The new purchasers were banned from entering the building until the Israeli Defense Ministry approved the purchase.
The Jewish community of Hebron sees the newly purchased Beit HaHerut as one more step in the normalization of Hebron and the redemption of neighborhoods lost after the 1929 riots and during Jordanian rule which lasted from 1948 – 1967.
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