Court to rule on disputed Hebron house

Right-wing activist Marzel warns if state tries to evacuate by force, he and his men won't go down without a fight.

hebron house 224.88 (photo credit: Tovah Lazaroff)
hebron house 224.88
(photo credit: Tovah Lazaroff)
Dozens of right-wing activists began mobilizing in Hebron Thursday morning in a preemptive attempt to prevent the state from making any decisive moves on Beit Hashalom, a house in Hebron that has been at the center of controversy since March 2006. According to Israel Radio, the activists were bracing for a Supreme Court decision deeming the purchase of the $1-million house to be illegal. The property has been purchased via a Palestinian front-man who has since fled to Jordan. The original owner, Faez Jabri, at first claimed that no sale had ever been made, but has since changed his version of events after being confronted with CCTV video footage clearly showing him receiving large wads of cash from the front-man acting on behalf of the Jewish buyers. The footage, reproduced in Channel 2 on Tuesday, clearly shows Jabri's face. But while the state did not deny that a transaction had indeed transpired, it expressed skepticism as to the whether the sum agreed between the sides had been paid in full, and also whether all technical aspects pertaining to the sale met protocol. While Hebron activists Orit Struck and Noam Arnon chose to petition the court, hardline activist Baruch Marzel called on the petitioners to withdraw the appeal and "prepare for a war on our houses and our lives - a war that would make [the evacuation of] Amona look like a walk in the park." Marzel told Israel Radio that Supreme Court President Dorit Beinisch was unreliable, because "she obviously has her own agenda." If the court rules against the buyers, the occupants of the building on Worshipers' Way will have to evacuate it, and Marzel promised that he and his supporters would "stand fast like Matityahu and his sons, who fought with devotion and self-sacrifice against those who tried to usurp what was theirs."