The Jewish Community of Hebron
March 19, 2007
Residents of Hebron's Jewish community tonight moved into a recently purchased building located above the main road leading from Kiryat Arba to Hebron.
The building was purchased from its previous owner via an office in Jordan for an approximate price of $700,000. The previous owner transferred all his legal rights to the building to the Hebron Jewish community.
The building, tentatively called "Beit HaShalom," the house of peace, is a four-story structure, about 3,500 sq. meters large. Hundreds of Hebron and Kiryat Arba residents, including yeshiva students, youth and adults, moved into the building at about 6:30 this evening. Almost immediately festive dancing began, and shortly afterwards Rabbi Dov Lior, Chief Rabbi of Hebron-Kiryat Arba arrived to view the building and give his blessings to the venture.
Israeli security forces, including Col. Yehuda Fuchs, commander of the Hebron regions, arrived and were given copies of the necessary documentation, for their perusal. Other forces provided security for the hundreds of Jews who arrived at the scene.
Hebron spokesmen stressed the importance of this building: "The house of peace, on the main road between Hebron and Kiryat Arba is an additional link in the growth of the City of the Patriarchs and Matriarchs. Bonding Hebron and Kiryat Arba, this building will provide homes for dozens, if not hundreds of Israelis, waiting to live in Hebron. It is a tremendous asset which marks another step in the renewal of the Jewish community of Hebron. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the return to Hebron, during the 1967 Six Day war. What could be a better way to celebrate the return to Hebron than by dedicating a new building! It is our hope that this will truly be a place of peace, and that our new neighbors will finally accept that Jews have returned home, to the first Jewish city in the Land of Israel, never ever to leave again."