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They need your help.
Children should not be afraid. They should not be afraid
to walk to school, ride the bus or go out and play. Children
like David and Avi should be allowed to be children.
But it is hard to be a child in Israel when lives are
being shattered by terrorist acts. With your help, there
is hope. Through your generosity, Jewish National Fund
will continue to construct security roads along Israel's
northern border with Lebanon, so children and their
parents can travel safely to school and to work. JNF will

continue building playgrounds, parks and green spaces
where families can gather safely and enjoy simple
pleasures. With your help, we can give children like
David and Avi hope for a safer world. We can give them
a chance to be children again.
Over 100 years ago, JNF made a promise to be the
caretaker of the land of Israel on behalf of the Jewish
people. Please make your contribution today so JNF can
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erupted in Palestine in 1929, 67 mem-
bers of the Hebron Jewish community
were murdered and the rest ordered to
leave by British officials.
In 1968, a group of 10 families
received permission to hold a Passover
seder in a Hebron hotel. They arrived
but never left. Soon after, they found-
ed the adjacent township of Kiryat
Arba, now home to some 5,000 peo-
ple.
The Israeli government eventually
acquiesced to the move to resettle
Hebron. In 1970, David Ben-Gurion,
Israel's first prime minister, spoke of the
importance of re-establishing a Jewish
presence there.
"We will be making a tremendous
and terrible mistake if we do not settle
Hebron — the neighbor and predeces-
sor of Jerusalem — with a large and
growing community of Jews, in the
shortest possible time," he said.
Interestingly, Ben-Gurion's remarks
followed a short discourse on the histor-
ical importance of Hebron to • the Jewish
people — not only as the site of the
Machpelah, but also as the city where
David was anointed King of Israel.
"Hebron, then, is the site of the
establishment of the greatest kingdom
that the Nation of Israel has ever
known," Ben-Gurion said.
Immediately after the Nov. 15 mas-
sacre, several government ministers
spoke of plans to expand settlement in
Hebron. Israeli Housing Minister Natan
Sharansky said that the government is
considering expropriating land and pay-
ing reparations to some 15-20 Arab
homeowners in order to construct a
new Jewish neighborhood of hundreds
of units. Other plans call for a secure
walkway to connect the Machpelah to
Kiryat Arba.
So why, then, must Jews remain in
Hebron?
Today it is illegal for Israelis to visit
Rirnallah or Bethlehem or Jenin, for
fear that the army might have to place
its troops at risk rescuing a wayward
tourist. Jews are not permitted to set
foot on the Temple Mount. But
Hebron, for the simple reason that Jews
remain as permanent residents there,
remains open to anyone wishing to
visit.
The bullets and grenades launched at
a crowd of Sabbath observers on Nov.
15 are part of the heavy price we con-
tinue to pay to maintain a link with our
past.
The extensive and costly security
measures, which, sadly, sometimes fail
us, not only protect those who venture
to Hebron today, but safeguard our
Jewish future as well. A people cut off
from its past has no chance of building
a future.

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