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Posts Tagged ‘Al Aqsa Mosque’

Islamic Movement’s Raed Salah: ‘In Spirit and In Blood We Will Defend Al Aqsa’

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

Sheikh Raed Salah, head of the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel, appeared Wednesday in Jerusalem District Court for an appeals hearing on his conviction in March on charges of racism and incitement to violence.

He arrived for the hearing flanked by Israeli Arab Mks Ayman Odeh, Ahmed Tibi and Hanin Zoabi, as well as former MK Mohammad Barakeh.

“In spirit and in blood, we will defend Al Aqsa Mosque,” Salah declared to reporters at the court house. “We aren’t afraid of prison. We will continue on our way to defend Jerusalem and Al Aqsa Mosque.”

The government has recently begun steps to outlaw Salah’s organization, which has been responsible for repeatedly whipping up the Arab population into a frenzy of anti-Israel hatred that translates into rage-driven violence. It is the northern branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel that continues to spread lies about Israel’s intentions regarding the Temple Mount, with claims the government plans to change the status quo at the site, which it does not.

Salah’s conviction on incitement came following a sermon he delivered at Friday prayers in 2007.

Salah called for an Islamic intifada during the sermon. “We never allowed ourselves to knead the break of the fast-breaking meal in the month of blessed Ramadan with the blood of the children,” he said at that time.

“Those who want a more detailed explanation should ask: what happened to some of the [Christian] children of Europe, whose blood would be mixed in the holy bread [of Jews, on Pesach],” he suggested.

The high profile cleric was sentenced last March to a prison term of 11 months, a sentence that was extended from the original decision of eight months in jail originally handed down.

Hana Levi Julian

US Condemns Terror Attacks without ‘Balanced Blame’ [video]

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

The State Dept. Tuesday issued a rare condemnation of terror “against Israelis citizens’ without directly mentioning injuries to Palestinian Authority and Israeli Arab terrorists and rioters, who are called “civilians” by Western leaders and media.

Spokesman John Kirby said:

The United States condemns in the strongest terms today’s terrorist attacks against Israeli civilians, which resulted in the murder of three Israelis and left numerous others wounded.

He added, “We mourn any loss of innocent life, Israeli or Palestinian, but the statement was a clear change from the usual “balanced” statements that express sorrow for victims on “both sides.”

Kirby added the routine comments that the United States is “in regular contact with the Israeli government and the Palestinian Authority [and] remain[s] deeply concerned about escalating tensions and urge all sides to take affirmative steps to restore calm and prevent actions that would further escalate tensions.

More important is what Kirby did not say.

He did not call on “both sides” to prevent injuries, which would imply that Israel must tolerate rioters and use limited force against terrorists.

Even more significant was the omission of any reference to the Temple Mount and the Al Aqsa mosque, which is at the heart of the Arab campaign that accuses Israel of trying to prevent Muslims from praying there while supposedly encouraging “settlers” to destroy it.

Israel indeed has prevented Muslims from using the mosque as a launching pad for attacking police and Jews, as well as non-Jews, who visit the site. That is not exactly what the value of “freedom of worship” means.

The change in tone by the United States is a sign that the traditionally successful Arab lie of playing the victim is not going to work this time.

The Palestinian Authority already is churning out the same warped reports that Hamas previously has fabricated to suck the sympathy and anti-Zionist venom of the European Union and United Nations, if not to a lesser degree the State Dept. and the Obama administration.

Arab media are working overtime to tell the world that more than 1,000 Arabs have been wounded by Israelis forces, compared with only a few dozen Jews who have been stabbed or shot by terrorists,. It has headlined that more than 30 Arabs have been killed, compared with less than a dozen Israelis victims.

It wants to convince everyone that it is disproportionate when more terrorists are killed than Jews.

The official Palestinian Authority still calls the terrorists “martyrs”, and the Palestinian Authority’s official WAFA website today was full of reports with headlines such as:

Israeli Police Kills Teenager, Injures another near Jerusalem.

Israeli Police Fatally shoot 3 Palestinians, Critically Injure another in Jerusalem.

It also reported that Israeli officials “claimed” that Arabs had staged the attacks.

Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah has called on the European Union “to exert pressure on Israel to immediately end its military escalation against Palestinians in the occupied territories.”

He also “called for an end to settlers’ extremism and their daily violations in Jerusalem and the West Bank against vulnerable communities and sacred and holy sites.”

Hamdallah then urged “the United Nations Security Council to take immediate action to stop the grave Israeli escalations and provide international protection to the Palestinian people.”

UNRWA, as usual, has cooperated, and said that Israeli forces are using “excessive use of force [that] “may be contrary to international law enforcement standards.”

It made no mention of Palestinian Authority or Israeli Arab murders and attempted murders of Jews.

The United States is not buying it, and it is questionable how much the European Union will swallow it.

EU Federica Mogherini said earlier this week, “Far from preventing the resumption of a political dialogue, the latest tensions should push both parties to work together for the sake of their people.”

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Jerusalem Arabs Indicted for Plot to Bring Pipe Bombs to Temple Mount

Friday, October 9th, 2015

Indictments have been filed against three Jerusalem Arabs, including one minor, who were involved in making pipe bombs to attack police on the Al Aqsa mosque and compound on the Temple Mount during the recent High Holidays.

A gag order on the arrests of the gang was lifted Friday. Two adults from Jabel Mukaber, an Arab hotbed of terror and adjacent to the Jewish neighborhood of Talpiot, were charged with buying equipment and explosives for the bombs.

The two Arabs took materials to the home of a minor, who made 13 pipe bombs, 10 of which that were discovered during a police raid before last month’s Rosh HaShanah holiday.

The other three bombs were smuggled and later discovered on the Temple Mount, where Muslims forbid Jews from bringing any objects that are considered religious.

Muslims have accused Israel of violating their freedom of worship by preventing them from ascending to the holy site.

If “freedom of worship” means praying with pipe bombs, they are right.

Pipe bombs that were made to attack police on the Temple Mount during the High Holidays.

Pipe bombs that were made to attack police on the Temple Mount during the High Holidays.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

U.N. Officials on Way to ‘Rescue’ Israel and PA with ‘Peace Process’

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

There is no “Third Intifada” nor is there “war.” Plain and simple, Jerusalem and Palestinian Authority Arabs are on a murder spree.

The United Nations announced Thursday it will send high-ranking officials to Jerusalem and Ramallah next week to try to dig up the “peace process” and save Israel and the Palestinian Authority from themselves.

Or at least, that is how they see it.

This is an old scene, played hundreds of times. Whenever Israel does not give the Palestinian Authority what it wants, Mahmoud Abbas calls for “peaceful resistance” in English while his Fatah party call for the murder of Jews in Arabic.

For example, the official PA daily Al-Hayat Al-Jadida on Wednesday reported on a statement by Fatah Central Committee Member Jamal Muhaisen, according to a translation and posting by the Palestinian Media Watch (PMW):

Muhaisen stated that the Palestinian people has proven that its life and blood have little value [compared] to support for the Al-Aqsa Mosque and achieving freedom and independence… Muhaisen stressed that it is important that the popular uprising) increases, in order to deal with the occupation’s crimes and the settlers. He clarified that the settlers’ presence is illegal, and therefore every measure taken against them is legitimate and legal.

In plain Arabic, Arabs have a license to kill Jews.

But maybe Hamas terrorists and not Fatah terrorists or behind the murders of Rabbi Eitam and Naama Henkin?

A host on official Palestinian Authority TV asked PLO Executive Committee member Mahmoud Ismail, according to PMW:

Are they [killers of the Henkin couple] from the Al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades (Fatah’s military wing) or from Hamas?

He answered:

There is no need to return to the argument and dispute about who carried out the operation… There is no need to announce it and boast of having done it. One fulfills his national duty voluntarily, as best as one can.

In plain Arabic, that is more than license to kill. It is a “national duty.”

Abbas has the instincts of a hunting dog. He knows exactly when the time is ripe for the “international; community” to step in and save his neck from being slit by his political opponents, which is just about everyone.

He can count on the U.N. delegation to blame Israel for anything and everything at a time when the Obama administration and even most foreign media are having a hard time blaming the “occupation” for attempted murders in Tel Aviv, Petach Tikvah and Kiryat Gat, let alone the “occupied territory.”

Abbas also knows very well that if he breaks off security arrangements with Israel, he has to make sure his will is in order and that a burial plot is ready.

He also knows that Israel always deals from weakness when international leaders get involved.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu does not have many cards to play and that he also cannot make much more concessions.

He may have to promise that no new Jewish outposts will be built, even if it means preventing a new community near the location where the Henkins were murdered.

There are a lot of things the Prime Minister “should” do, such as reinstating roadblocks and checkpoints in Judea and Samaria, but like it or not, he cannot do it. Israel cannot roll back concessions, at least not now.

It has to wait until the Palestinian Authority regime totally disintegrates, and that is not going to happen before the United Nations fulfills Abbas wish and flies to his rescue next week.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Arab MKs Reject Netanyahu’s Order Keeping Ministers, MKs, Off Temple Mount

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

(JNi.media) Arab MK Ahmed Tibi said on Thursday that he and other Arab MKs would come tomorrow, Friday, to pray at the Al-Aqsa mosque on Temple Mount, despite Prime Minister Netanyahu’s decision to forbid it. “Not Netanyahu, and not the right-wing can keep us out of our Al-Aksa mosque,” Tibi said. He acknowledged that the Prime Minister decided to prevent “provocateurs” like Minister Uri Ariel (Bayit Yehudi) and Deputy Minister Tzipi Hotovely (Likud) from entering the Temple Mount, in an effort to maintain calm, but insisted that Netanyahu’s decision to prevent Arab Knesset members constitutes a “U-turn” that would likely escalate the situation. Tibi said that Netanyahu’s decision is both insane and illegal, and commented that the comparison between the Muslim Arab MKs and Ariely and Hotoveli is like comparing a home owner and a burglar.

Prime Minister Netanyahu instructed his government ministers and all coalition MKs to not go up to the Temple Mount in the near future, to prevent friction and confrontation with the Arabs. The Prime Minister’s office made it clear that Netanyahu has instructed police is to prevent Knesset members, including the Arab MKs, from ascending to the Al-Aqsa compound. The PM’s office told Israel Radio that in recent days Netanyahu also prevented Palestinian public figures from visiting the Temple Mount.

MK Tibi’s party chairman, MK Aimen Uda, said that “Netanyahu is beating around the bush, positionless and spineless. The Al-Aqsa compound is an occupied territory, which, according to the status quo, is under the management of the King of Jordan and the Muslim Waqf. Netanyahu has no legal or moral authority tr prevent Arab MKs from ascending to the mosque.”

Arab MK Jamal Zahalka, who on Thursday attempted to defy Netanyahu’s order and was blocked at the entrance to Temple Mount by police, told NRG: “We [spit on] the Prime Minister’s decisions, they are illegal according to international law and I do not recognize them.” Zahalka added that “Netanyahu has done well in preventing the ascent of extreme right MKs and ministers, because all they want is to cause provocation. In contrast with them, who come as occupiers, we go to the mosque because we belong to the place, because we want to keep its peace and protect it. Our right to ascend to the Temple Mount supercedes any prohibition imposed by Netanyahu.”

JNi.Media

Official PA Daily Reports that Murders of Jews Brings Joy

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

The official Palestinian Authority daily has been telling its readers how much their constituents are overjoyed at seeing photos of the bodies of murder victims of Rabbi Eitam and Naama Henkin.

Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) translated and published the report of the official Palestinian Authority daily, Al-Hayat Al-Jadida.

The article stated that the photos of the bodies of the couple, who were killed in front of their four children in the family vehicle, bring “joy” to Palestinians who see the killings as “heroic.”

The new wave of Arab terror has prompted American Jewish leaders to turn to President Barack Obama, who has held a stony silence in the wave of escalating violence.

The State Dept. has issued the usual stale expressions of “concern while urging “all parties” to try to restore calm, in effect placing Arab attacks and Israeli retaliation as equal weights on the administration’s scale of justice.

World Jewish Congress (WJC) President Ronald S. Lauder singled out Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas on Wednesday, and said:

We call on the Palestinian Authority and President Mahmoud Abbas to do everything in their power to rein in these extremists who are bent on wreaking havoc on the peace process.

The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations issued a statement reminding that the Obama administration “provides hundreds of millions of dollars of funding each year to the Palestinian Authority.”

The leaders of the organization added:

When Abbas declares that the Temple Mount is ‘ours’ and says the same of the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, he denies the existence of the two Temples and all the Judeo-Christian ties and heritage. Urging Palestinians to rise up to protect the Al-Aqsa Mosque leads to the inevitable consequence of confrontation and violence.

We know that President Abbas can impact the ‘Palestinian street’ when he wants to. His failure to do so should bring a cut in funding and the isolation of Abbas until he takes concrete steps….

No society would or should have to tolerate such acts against woman, children, and men attacked while driving, visiting malls, attending religious services, or going about their daily lives.

The Conference also criticized American media for dismissing rock terror with the description of the attackers as “stone-throwing youths” and explained:

These are deadly boulders that have killed and maimed many. In addition, weapons taken from soldiers and knives have been used in recent attacks that took lives and wounded many. At the same time, Israel’s restrained response is often described in exaggerated terms, with the media equating those trying to uphold law and order with those engaged in terror and violence.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

1 Police Officer Wounded, 5 Arrested in Arab Riot Over Temple Mount

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

A Lod police officer was wounded Wednesday evening after being struck in the head by a stone that was thrown by rioting Arabs.

The attackers were “demonstrating” their anger over the determined enforcement of laws by security personnel permitting visits by Jews to the grounds of the Temple Mount, in which the Al Aqsa mosque is located.

The “demonstration,” held in a central square of the city, quickly turned violent as the “protesters” had planned ahead by bringing their own ammunition (stones, etc.) to the event.

Five of the attackers were arrested by security forces in the central Israeli city, which is located close to Ben Gurion International Airport.

Hana Levi Julian

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