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YNet: Chairman MK Yossi Beilin visits Tel Rumeida

Beilin calls Hebron Jews ‘deluded’
Tal Rabinovsky, 17 April 2007

Meretz chairman visits disputed Hebron building, says he intends to submit ‘bill calling for evacuation of all Jews from Hebron’

Meretz-Yahad Chairman MK Yossi Beilin received a not-so-warm welcome by extreme right-wing activist Baruch Marzel upon his arrival at the Jewish area of Hebron on Tuesday.

Photo: ISM Hebron

“Spy, foreign agent! You’re pals with Bishara!” Marzel shouted, in an attempt to disrupt Beilin’s visit.

“I intend on submitting a bill calling for the evacuation of all Jews from Hebron after the summer break. This is a new settlement, and I have been working to evacuate this deluded group since the night they invaded.

Photo: ISM Hebron

“The only question is whether the Olmert government wants to establish a new settlement in Israel today, in 2007″ despite its promise not to allow new settlements, Beilin asked.

Beilin began his tour under tight security in Tel Rumeida, where he met Hani Abu Aisha, who told him about the ill treatment, as he called it, his family suffered at the hands of the Jewish residents.

Beilin also visited a grocery store nearby the disputed building, where he tried to evaluate the way the new residents behaved towards the locals. The owner of the store told Beilin about the “cruelty and violence” of the Jewish residents of the building.

There was much disorder at the entrance of the building itself, lead by Noam Arnon, spokesperson for the Jewish settlement in Hebron.

“It was you who brought us the Oslo agreement, you who brought most of the suicide bombers, and you are responsible for all of this suffering,” Arnon said.

Beilin firmly replied, “Go home crazies!”