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Netanyahu’s pre-election visit to Hebron sparks protest

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Published on September 08, 2019 with No Comments

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has made a visit to the occupied West Bank city of Hebron, a move condemned by the Palestinians and widely perceived as his bid to garner support from ultra-nationalists in the run-up to elections in less than two weeks.

The embattled prime minister delivered a speech outside a contested holy site known to Jews as the Tomb of the Patriarchs, and to Muslims as the Ibrahimi Mosque. Netanyahu said that Hebron would not become “Judenrein”, a term used during Nazi Germany for “free of Jews”.

“We’re not seeking to disinherit anyone, but nobody will disinherit us,” Netanyahu said at the ceremony. “We are not strangers in Hebron, we will remain here forever.”

Around 800 Jewish settlers live in Hebron under hefty Israeli army security in the city, surrounded by around 200,000 Palestinians. The city has long been a flashpoint between Israeli occupation forces and the Palestinians.

 

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