A reaction to the column in the Jerusalem Post, July 2, 1996 Natshe's Nerve by Yosef Goell by David Wilder The Jewish Community of Hebron Goell's Nerve Yosef Goell, in his column `Natshe's nerve' (July 2) makes several major inexcusable errors. 1. Goell writes of `worship of stones, holy edifices' etc. and calls this a `throwback to ancient idol worship.' On this point he is correct. However, his comparison of idol worship to the rights of the Jewish People to pray at Ma'arat HaMachpela or at Temple Mount is a disgrace. Perhaps Goell should explain his willingness to serve in the Israeli army, and/or his desire to live here in the Land of Israel?! Perhaps he should explain why Jews should live anywhere in Israel?! If there is no sanctity connected to particular sites, why should we `bother' the Arabs in the Middle East? Perhaps he should reaffirm Hertzel's original plan and live in Uganda? But then he would `bother' the Africans. Perhaps he would like to return to the assimilation of European Jewry and live in Germany? But we know the results of such assimilation. Where then, would Yosef Goell like to live? The same importance that Goell will undoubtedly relate to Israel, Jews (religious and secular) acknowledge towards such sites as Ma'arat HaMachpela and Temple Mount. We do not worship these sites - we worship G-d at these sites. Their spiritual significance is an integral part of Jewish existence in Eretz Yisrael. If we are not allowed to be present as such sites, why should we be present in Israel at all? 2. Goell continues by attacking the Jewish Community of Hebron. He claims that we have a "history of racist anti- Arab provocation" and compares us to the Ku Klux Klan. His libelous accusations, repeated constantly by the Israeli left, are insidiously false. The Jewish Community of Hebron and the Jews living in Hebron are a continuation of a Jewish community that existed in Hebron for hundreds and thousands of years until its forces expulsion by the British in 1929, following a massacre which left 67 dead. We have never demanded the removal of all Arabs from Hebron. To the contrary, we are willing to live peacefully with them. They must, however, accept our rights to continue to live here, in age-old City of the Patriarchs. The racism Goell writes about can only be attributed to the Israeli left, which incites against its own people, in favor of terrorists who would prefer to see us, all of us, Goell included, dead. Hebron's residents are the pioneers of modern Israel, fulfilling an ideal originating thousands of years ago and relived one hundred years ago with the advent of the Zionist movement. Our presence is Hebron is no more a provocation than the very existence of the State of Israel: The Jewish Community of Hebron is a microcosm of Israel in the midst of a sea of Arab states. 3. Goell concludes by suggesting `forced evacuation' of Jews from Hebron. This is an example of racism at its worst. If I were to suggest forced evacuation of Arabs from Hebron, or from any other location of Israel, I would be defined as a fanatic and extremist. Who then, is the real fanatic racist?! Goell should face the reality that even Hebron's Arab population already accepts: Jews will never again leave Hebron. In conclusion, Goell's allegations against the Jewish Community of Hebron and his comparison of us with the Ku Klux Klan is, as we say in Hebrew `Goell nefesh' - disgusting.