Settlers Plan Race through Hebron to Celebrate 40th Anniversary of Kiryat Arba Colony

In early February a “City of Ancestors Race” will take place in Hebron with hundreds of runners from throughout Israel, according to the Hebrew-language news site


Colony of Kiryat Arba

The 10 kilometer competitive race, conducted to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the nearby colony of Kiryat Arba, will pass by sites such as the Ibrahimi Mosque, the Palestinian market, the Avram Avinu colony in the heart of Hebron and the “House of Contention,” a Palestinian home that was taken over by settlers who were subsequently evicted from the home by a court order.

Initial settlers came to Kiryat Arba in 1968, although building on an abandoned military base began in 1971. With over 7,200 residents, Kiryat Arba features the Kahane Memorial Park, named for the racist Meir Kahane of the outlawed Israeli political party Kach that advocates expelling Palestinians from the areas under Israeli control. It is also home to the grave of Baruch Goldstein, who killed 29 Palestinians and injured 125 when he opened fire on those praying in the Ibrahim Mosque on 25 February 1994.

The race is sponsored by the Hebron-Kiryat Arba Local Council, the Ministry of Culture and Sport and the commercial site Shvoong, a site that caters to Israeli fans of bicycling, racing and triathlons.

Settlers Plan Race through Hebron to Celebrate 40th Anniversary of Kiryat Arba Colony.

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