‘Their Agenda? Expelling Arabs’: The Contentious Movement Taking Root Across Israel

Armed with highly structured organization, a clear religious ideology and considerable resources, they move into neighborhoods around Israel and integrate into community activity, convinced that they're doing a good deed. So why is there such strong opposition to the 'Torah nucleus' groups among the public?

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The Neve Eliahu neighborhood in Acre is one of the city’s newest sections, whose first residents moved in in 2017. A Garin Torani group (literally “Torah nucleus,” part of a religious Zionist movement that sets up communities in underdeveloped areas) that had arrived in the city a decade earlier was heavily involved in the neighborhood’s establishment. Neve Eliahu was earmarked for the religious Zionist public – an interview with a rabbi was a precondition for being accepted as a resident.

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