The Shiloach is finally back in Jewish hands.
"GREAT" NEWS FROM JERUSALEM Its finally happened.
A few months ago (See article below) , 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 for 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 simply leave the "Synagogue" - the Hekdesh still offered the illegal Arab squatters (Abu Nab family) money as a form of compensation for the move out of the "Synagogue".
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.