Hebron Settler Leader Moshe Levinger Hospitalized in Serious Condition

Levinger was instrumental in establishing the first Jewish settlements in Hebron and Sebastia and the establishment of the Yesha Council.

Rabbi Moshe Levinger and Hanan Porat celebrating the establishment of the first West Bank settlement in 1975.
Moshe Milner

Settlement leader Rabbi Moshe Levinger, one of the founders of the Gush Emunim movement and the spiritual leader of the Jewish community in Hebron, is in serious condition in Jerusalem's Shaare Tzedek Hospital, Arutz Sheva reported on Friday.

Levinger's son Shlomo Levinger told Arutz Sheva that his father was hospitalized this week after suffering an epileptic seizure and is also suffering from pneumonia.

Levinger, 79, first became known to the general public when he led a group of Jews that held a Passover seder at the Park Hotel in Hebron in 1968.

The group refused to leave he city after the holiday, living for three years in the military administration building in Hebron until Kiryat Arba was established adjacent to the ancient city.

After the 1973 Yom Kippur War, he represented the Jews who moved into Sebastia in Samaria in opposition to the government of then-Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.

He was also one of the founders and a former leader of the Yesha Council, which represents the Jewish settlers in the West Bank.