The Jewish Community of Hebron
March 31, 2008
1. Arab attacks woman in Hebron
This morning a 65 year old woman from Kiryat Arba was attacked by an Arab in Hebron. The woman was walking near Ma'arat HaMachpela when an Arab on a bicycle rode past her and grabbed her hat, leaving her hair uncovered. (Many observant Jewish woman always keep their hair covered, as required by Jewish law.)
The Arab drove away into a nearby entrance into the Kasba. A border policeman and a policewoman witnessed the attack, but were 'unable' to react fast enough to immediately apprehend the attacker.
A number of Hebron residents, angered at the attack and the lack of action by Israeli security forces, demanded that Arab stores across from Ma'arat HaMachpela be immediately closed. "If you close their stores, they will bring you the attacker." Another person added, "this time they stole her hat; next time they will come with a knife or a gun or a bomb. Then what will the results be?" Over two dozen border police arrived at the scene almost immediately to 'protect' the Arab stores from the seething Jewish residents, who, a short time later, dispersed.
Later in the afternoon police notified that that attacker had been apprehended. It is not clear how long he will actually be held in custody before he is released.
2. Yesterday afternoon the Arnon family had a surprise visitor: a large rock flew through the window of a door into their Beit Hadassah apartment. Their apartment is only meters away from the building's synagogue, where children study during the day at the Hebron Talmud Torah.
Noam Arnon said that this is the third time that their apartment has been hit by rocks flying through their windows. Miraculously, no one was in the room at the time and no one was hurt.