He­bron’s Jewish com­mu­nity granted of­fi­cial mu­nic­i­pal sta­tus

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(JNS.org) The IDF is­sued an or­der on Thurs­day giv­ing He­bron’s Jewish com­mu­nity of­fi­cial mu­nic­i­pal stand­ing.

“By force of the or­der, an ad­min­is­tra­tion will be es­tab­lished to rep­re­sent the res­i­dents of the Jewish neigh­bor­hood in He­bron and to pro­vide them with mu­nic­i­pal ser­vices in a va­ri­ety of fields,” the IDF said.

Is­raeli Deputy De­fense Min­is­ter Eli Ben-Da­han said the move will give the new mu­nic­i­pal ad­min­is­tra­tion the abil­ity to pro­vide lo­cal ser­vices to the ap­prox­i­mately 1,000 Jews who live in He­bron, which has 220,000 Pales­tinian res­i­dents.

Lo­cated south of Jerusalem in the Judean hills, He­bron is the site of the old­est Jewish com­mu­nity in the world and is home to the Cave of the Pa­tri­archs, one of Ju­daism’s holi­est sites, where sev­eral bi­b­li­cal pa­tri­archs and ma­tri­archs are en­tombed.

As part of the 1997 Wye Agree­ment, He­bron was split up be­tween Is­raeli and Pales­tinian ju­ris­dic­tions. Un­der the agree­ment, 80 per­cent of the city was placed un­der Pales­tinian Au­thor­ity con­trol, with 20 per­cent un­der IDF con­trol.

“It is very im­por­tant to strengthen He­bron’s Jewish com­mu­nity, which for many years has fallen be­tween the cracks when it comes to re­ceiv­ing mu­nic­i­pal ser­vices,” Is­rael De­fense Min­is­ter Avig­dor Lieberman said.

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