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GREAT SYNAGOGUE in the Shiloach, back in Jewish hands.
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It has finally happened. 
The old Yemenite Beit Knesset- known as the GREAT SYNAGOGUE in the Shiloach (Silwan) is finally back in Jewish hands.
 
A few months ago, Ateret Cohanim helped facilitate the return of a small section (Less than a third) of the original Beit Knesset (Ohel Shlomo) back to the rightful Yemenite heirs - the sanctified Yemenite communal property of Hekdesh Benvinisti.
 
It was a special occasion for Yemenite Jews and Am Yisrael alike. BUT most of the Synagogue complex was still in the hands of illegal Arab squatters.
 
Notwithstanding a lower court ruling that the Arabs should leave the holy site - the Hekdesh still offered the illegal Arab squatters money for them to leave. This offer was not required by law, but was an act of "chessed-righteousness" on the part of the Hekdesh.
 
THE ARABS REFUSED THE OFFER, AND PREFERRED A 7 YEAR PROTRACTED COURT BATTLE OVER THE RIGHTS.
 
It went all the way to the Supreme court, which also ruled that it was indeed a Yemenite Beit Knesset that must be returned to the owners- the Yemenite Hekdesh and
that the Arabs must leave. 

 
THE ARABS ONCE AGAIN REFUSED and so this morning  they were removed from the huge building complex by the official Israeli court appointed authorities,
who were backed up by the Israeli Police.
 
Given the sensitive nature of the move:

                             the fact that it was Silwan-Shiloach|
                             the fact that we under attack by hate-filled Arab terrorists wielding knives

there was alot of back up Border Patrol Police and special units.

The move went smoothly and the BEIT KNESSET IS BACK IN JEWISH HANDS.
Amen and Mazal Tov.
 
 
THE TIMELINE:
 
1882 - Yemenite Jews make the dangerous trek to Jerusalem.Village established with a peak of 144 Yemenite families.
1885 - First Yemenite Synagogue was established. (THE GREAT SYNAGOGUE- OHEL SHLOMO)
1936-37 - Yemenite Jews driven out by marauding Arabs in pogroms of the 1930's.
1938 - Last remaining Yemenite Jews removed from homes by pathetic British Authorities who wouldn't and couldn't protect the Jews. The British promise that the Jewish refugees can return to their homes and promise to guard the Synagogue and holy books with Torah scrolls.
1938/39 - Arabs desecrate and burn Torah scrolls and holy books in the Synagogue and then illegally squat in the whole Synagogue complex.
2015 - The Hekdesh win a long court battle against the illegal Arab squatters and Ateret Cohanim helps facilitate the return of the Beit Knesset to the Yemenite Hekdesh Benvinisti.
 
Note -the original Hekdesh was about 5000 sq mtrs and the Beit Knesset was only one part of the Hekdesh. The Hekdesh and Ateret Cohanim is hoping more progress will be made with the rest of the Hekdesh.
 
 !NOW WE NEED TO RESTORE THE YEMENITE SYNAGOGUE IN ITS ENTIRETY
 
BE PART OF THIS HUGE MONUMENTAL PROJECT.
The Jewel in the crown of Shiloach - Beit Knesset Ohel Shlomo -Heichal Yonatan (Dedicated for Jonathan Pollard)
 
 
For more info see www.yemenitesynagogue.com