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    • Cipora Julianna Kohn
    • 08.12.09 | 12:29 (IST)

    hevron is one of the oldest cities in the middle east. it is mentioned in the torah. by tradition, it is regarded as the city of the cave of the patriachs. hevron has been continually inhabited by jews for centuries. there is no doubt that jewish presence in hevron pre-dates muslim presence significantly. in the ninteenth century, there were 10,000 mulims living in the city of hevron. today, hevron is the largest city in the west bank, with an arab population of 166,000. the jewish poopulation is 500. this very small number is still a miracle given the repeated pogroms against jews in the last two centuries. yet, the arabs and their far left supporters seem to claim that no jews should live in hevron. they do not stop to consider that denying 500 jews the right to reside in the second holiest city for judaism is simply intolerable. these arab and leftist bigots would make us believe that the presence of 500 jews among 166,000 arabs, will lead to a regional war. shame.

    from the article: Trust the settlers to lose the West Bank
    First published 12:10 07.12.09 | Last updated 17:21 07.12.09
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