Lost rabbi rescued in West Bank

By Dana Gloger, July 4, 2008

A London rabbi took a wrong turn in the West Bank last Wednesday and had to be rescued by Palestinian police after entering a refugee camp.

Rabbi Zvi Lieberman, 48, of Edgware Adath Yisroel Synagogue, was slightly injured after his car was stoned by a mob in Qalandiya when he drove into the camp by mistake. He was on his way to officiate at the wedding of one of his congregants at Kibbutz Maaleh Hahamisha, near Jerusalem. Qalandiya  is six miles from the kibbutz.

Because the usual road was blocked, US-born Rabbi Lieberman chose an alternative route, but took a wrong turning. According to Commander Majid Faraj of the Palestinian Army, they received a call informing them that a car with Israeli plates was being attacked.

“We went to the location and pulled him out. We brought him back to our station and gave him coffee and juice and medical treatment. We calmed him down, as he was very shaken up, and contacted the Israeli liaison office.”

Rabbi Lieberman had called his brother, Rabbi Menahem Mendel Lieberman, in Ashkelon. He alerted the Israeli police who in turn contacted Palestinian military intelligence..

Rabbi Lieberman said: “I’m not interested in talking about this. Well, I am, but not to a newspaper.”

But his brother said: “He was almost killed by the Arabs, and with God’s help, he was saved.”

Last updated: 9:57am, July 29 2008