This report was received just before Shabbat:
Shilo fired its arab builder and they desperately need 2-3 Jews to work in building now for the next few weeks, full time...anyone interested or know anyone interested....
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By the way, what is it that these workers building?
What is interesting is that Shilo's rabbi, Rabbi Elhanan Bin-Nun was ask about Arab labor four years ago. He said that the official policy of the yishuv was that Arabs were not allowed into the yishuv.
At this same time there was an incident of a Jewish contractor using Arabs to build a new walkway. The resident who had hired the contractor admitted that he was in error, and committed to being more thorough in his investigations in the future.
One or two Palestinian Authority tags could still be seen parked at the new yishuv entrance. The owner of the vineyard and the hen house next to the yishuv, now inside the moved, main gate had been using Arab labor.
He complained that he could not find Jews willing to work for him in the vineyard. et the vineyard across the main road (#60), uses only Jewish labor.
Will he now finally stop using Arab labor?
The truth is that Shilo is one of the best yishuvim in this area. Very few yishuvim in Judea and Samaria forbid Arab workers.
We at the Avodah Ivrit Blog believe this is a matter of life and death. This is not a religious issue nor a political issue. It is a practical issue.
Will Ofra follow suit, and fire their Arabs finally? What about Sha'ar Binyamin and its main business, Rami Levy? Will it continue to keep its Arab workers? Is concerned with offending its Arab clientele from Ramallah?
Whether the Arab terrorist murderer of eight Merkaz Harav Yeshivah and Yeshivah High School students worked there or not is irrelevant. There is an increase of terror attacks perpetrated by Arabs with Israeli ID cards. The Hebrew University bombing of five and a half years ago and the attempting poisoning of customers at Cafe Rimon in Jerusalem are only two examples.
Why must we wait for more Arabs from within Israel's pre-1967 boundaries to strike? Why not prevent these attacks before they happen?
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