I Came accross this forum the other day, following many years spent in the Middle East. I am somewhat surprised at the comments made by people who have clearly never visited the region. Many of the 'illegal settlements', Ariel included, were built on otherwise barren land, where local Arabs had nothing. I can understand the problem with certain provocateurs in Hebron; they do indeed behave like football hooligans. But wanting Jews to leave just because they are Jewish? Hebron is a holy place for Jew & Moslem & must be respected as such.
Three Jews arrested in Damascus Gate in E. Jerusalem after attacking residents, police (Haaretz)
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