JERUSALEM (Jul. 17)
The Minister for Religious Affairs announced today that a special quarter will be built in Hebron for a group of Orthodox Jews who went there last Passover and announced their intention of remaining. Dr. Zerah Warhaftig said the plans included family housing, dormitories for yeshiva students, a dining hall, clinics and a children’s house.
The settlers said they were determined to revive the Jewish community in Hebron which Is the site of the Patriarchs’ tombs and is considered holy by Orthodox Jews- But no Jews have lived there since the Arab riots of 1936 and the present Arab community objected vehemently to the 80-odd religious Jews moving in. Mayor Mouhammad Jaabari and the town elders protested to Prime Minister Levi Eshkol but to no avail.