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February 9, 2016 3:58 pm

Israeli Organization Donates New Prayer Books to Karmei Tzur Synagogue Following Palestinian Arson Attack

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Prayer books donated by the Jerusalem Heritage House to the synagogue at Karmei Tzur, which had been targeted by arsonists. Photo: Natan Epstein.

Prayer books donated by the Jerusalem Heritage House to the synagogue at Karmei Tzur, which had been targeted by arsonists. Photo: Natan Epstein.

An Israeli non-profit donated new prayer books to the Givat Sorek synagogue, which was burned by Palestinian arsonists on Friday night, Hebrew news site 0404 reported.

Beit Hayehus Hayerushalmi (the Jerusalem Heritage House) – an organization that aids lone soldiers and pre-army youth, but also raises funds to supply and refurbish synagogues – delivered the books to the now-severely damaged structure in the settlement community of Karmei Tzur in the southern West Bank on Tuesday.

As The Algemeiner reported on Sunday, the synagogue in question was dedicated to Naftali Frenkel, Gilad Shaer and Eyal Yifrah — the three teenage boys kidnapped and killed by Hamas terrorists in June, 2014. Givat Sorek, the outpost where it is located, was named after 23-year-old Eyal and his pregnant wife, Yael, killed when terrorists infiltrated Karmei Tzur in June 2002.

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Yehuda Vald, a spokesman for Karmei Tzur, told The Algemeiner that the arsonists – suspected of hailing from the Palestinian city of Halhul, south of Hebron – “knew exactly what they were targeting and why. They were perfectly aware of the ceremony held to dedicate the synagogue to the three murdered boys; they knew that on Friday night, we would all be at home with our families celebrating Shabbat; and they specifically chose to remove the Torahs from the ark, stack them in a pile and set them on fire; they weren’t indiscriminate in their arson. It was purposeful and meaningful.”

The perpetrators of the attack have not yet been apprehended.

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  • Rosa

    Beit Hayehus Hayerushalmi (the “Jerusalem Benchmark”), an organization that helpes different causes, donated the Torahs burned by terrorist!!! G d bless you!!!!
    I hope those terrorists are found, and punished appropriately!!! ✡✡??

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