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Two US Congressmen Caught in Arab Rock Throwing Near Temple Mount


(l. to r.) EVC Malcolm Hoenlein, Rabbi Abraham Lubinsky, and Congressmen Eliot Engel and Jerald Nadler looking at desecrated gravestones.

(l. to r.) EVC Malcolm Hoenlein, Rabbi Abraham Lubinsky, and Congressmen Eliot Engel and Jerald Nadler looking at desecrated gravestones.
Photo Credit: Yishai Fleisher, JewishPress.com

Two US congressman were attacked by rock-throwers on Friday in front of a mosque in the Ras Al-Amud neighborhood of Jerusalem. Congressmen Eliot Engel and Jerrold Nadler from New York State were on a tour of the Mount of Olives Cemetery, along with Executive Vice Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations Malcolm Hoenlein, and Rabbis Abraham and Menachem Lubinsky, founders of the International Committee for the Preservation of Har HaZeitim. Their tour, which included some 40 Jewish American leaders, was guided by JewishPress.com Managing Editor Yishai Fleisher.

Earlier, following Friday prayers, hundreds of worshipers hurled rocks at the Mughrabi Bridge entrance to the Temple Mount, and dozens gathered inside the Al-Aqsa mosque. Israeli police forces entered the plaza and attempted to stop the violent protest. Several policemen were injured.

Jerusalem District chief Nisso Shaham blamed the ongoing Friday riots on a poster announcing a Temple Mount visit by Likud member Moshe Feiglin, which was originally scheduled for ten days ago. The poster itself was a fake.

Muslim leaders have been actively inciting their followers over the past month to “protect Al-Asqa”.

Prior to the attack, Hoenlein announced the launching of a campaign to “retake the Mount of Olives cemetery for the Jewish people.”

The oldest and largest Jewish cemetery in the world, the Mt. of Olives is subjected to non-stop violence against visitors, grave desecrations, an unlawful mosque expansion, illegal building – all part of a concerted Arab effort to assert control over the burial site used by Jews for 3,000 years.

The focused aim of the International Committee for the Preservation of Har Hazeitim (www.saveharhazeitim.org) is the sustained improvement of the current conditions at the Mount of Olives Cemetery. The ICPHH is driven to react to and ameliorate the rampant and systematic violence, destruction, and incitement taking place on the Mount of Olives, as well as the general, widespread neglect and the current illegal expansion of a mosque situated just meters away from the grave of Prime Minister Menachem Begin.

JewishPress.com’s Managing Editor Yishai Fleisher, who led the tour, lives with his wife and children in the community of Maale HaZetim on the Mount of Olives, a few steps away from where the attack took place.

Fleisher said, “The attack the congressmen faced is part of the day-in day-out reality of Jewish communities who live in proximity to the ancient Jewish cemetery at the Mount of Olives and that is what we need to fight. However, when people ask me whether we are scared to live here, I tell them that while there is danger, it does not have to translate into fear. The enemies of Jewish rights in Jerusalem use terror as a tactic to keep us away. But we will not bow to the bullying. One day soon, Maale HaZeitim will be a quiet, gentrified, normal Jerusalem neighborhood.”

On Saturday night there will be an emergency meeting to save Har HaZeitim. Details can be found here.

About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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One Response to “Two US Congressmen Caught in Arab Rock Throwing Near Temple Mount”

  1. Morris Katz says:

    This is what that self-hating Jewish anti-Semite Richard Silverstein, who publishes his wildly inappropriately-named Tikun Olam blog, has to say about this attack. He seems to believe it was all Israel’s fault.

    Pro-Settler House Members Engel, Nadler, and Hoenlein Provoke Muslim Violence Touring Disputed Jerusalem Holy Places

    Nadler, Engel and Hoenlein inspect Jewish gravestones allegedly desecrated by Muslims on Mt of Olives (Jewish Press)

    Not to be outdone by Ariel Sharon, who provoked an entire Intifada by forcing his way onto the Temple Mount, nor by Moshe Feiglin, who provoked wholesale Muslim riots in the past two weeks with provocative flyers calling for destruction of the Muslim sacred mosques there, Congressmembers Jerrod Nadler and Elliot Engel, and Conference of Presidents head Malcolm Hoenlein toured the Mount of Olives (here’s the news story). They did so under the direction of the Kahanist NY Jewish Press managing editor, Yishay Fleisher, who lives as a settler in the disputed East Jerusalem neighborhood.

    Wonder of wonders, the settler supporters were shocked, I say SHOCKED that Muslim worshippers at a nearby East Jerusalem mosque met them with a hail of rocks. Naturally, Israeli police drew their weapons. Why not escalate the tensions with a few maimed or killed Muslims? Or think of the alternative, we could’ve had a few knucklehead members of Congress with concussions and started an international incident that could’ve made the political climate even worse than it already is. In order to show which side his settler bread is buttered on, Hoenlein has announced his plan to retake Har Ha-Zeytim (Mount of Olives) for the Jewish people. Hey, if we’re going to have a holy war, why not have one over a cemetery and a bunch of gravestones?

    The Jewish Press’ Kahanist editor announced his plan to complete the Judaization of the Mount of Olives in the same way Elad and other settlers groups are de-Arabizing Silwan and Sheikh Jarrah:

    “One day soon, Maale HaZeitim will be a quiet, gentrified, normal Jerusalem neighborhood.”

    The only thing he neglected to say was that to be “quiet, gentrified and normal” it would have to be, God willing, Arab-rein.

    Engel and Nadler have now earned pro-settler combat pay, which will come in handy in their next elections when they face their Chabad, Haredi and ultra-Israel Brooklyn supporters who expect nothing less. You can be sure when Feiglin and Ateret Cohanim hold their first photo-op at the newly rebuilt Holy Temple, built on the ruins of the Dome of the Rock and Al Aqsa Mosque, that Nadler, Engel and Hoenlein will be there to have their pictures taken. With any luck, perhaps there can be a few bodies of the Muslim worshippers they had to kill in order to attain this august achievement. That would put the victory in the proper context of a Jewish Jihad-holy war.

    Let it not be said that Israelis and Palestinians are fighting this war solely amongst themselves. For right-wing American Jews are doing their best to fan the flames as well. A schandeh.

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