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Arabs Continue to Destroy Jewish Graves on Mount of Olives [video]

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

Yochanan Gol looks at his uncle’s tombstone in dismay. A huge black burnt circle marks his grave, remnants of a torching that has blacked out the date of his birth and passing. “This is the new tombstone that I had just purchased to replace the original that they smashed into bits,” he explained in an interview with Tazpit News Agency last week.

Gol’s uncle’s grave is among the dozen or so that have been defaced – either shattered or blackened by fire – in attacks on the Afghan Jewish section of the Mount of Olives cemetery by Palestinians from local neighborhoods nearby.  Plastic bags full of garbage and baby diapers can also be seen on the tombstones.

Broken tombstones

“Despite the attacks on the cemetery, my 89-year-old uncle wanted to be buried here,” said Gol. Gol’s uncle, Yitzhak made aliyah with the rest of the Gol family to Israel from Herat, Afghanistan in 1957.  “He wanted to be near his grandparents and his sister, who are also buried here.”

Less than a month after Gol’s uncle was buried on the Mount of Olives in April, his tombstone had been demolished.

After the vandalism occurred, Gol figured that the next tombstone had to be built in a way that would adapt to the circumstances. “We had the second tombstone built much closer to the ground and made sure that there weren’t any hollow areas between the marble stone and the ground. We also used thicker marble –  that way it couldn’t be smashed,” he explains.  “But they found another way to destroy the new one – by burning it.”

“I’ve been living here for 19 years on the Mount of Olives and these attacks are ongoing,” said Jerusalem city council member, Aryeh King to Tazpit News Agency. “This current attack is one of the worst that I’ve seen on this cemetery,” he said.

The Afghanistan Jewish section is the most heavily targeted burial ground in of all the Mount of Olives, according to King. “If anything like this happened to a Jewish cemetery elsewhere in the world, in Poland, Rome, or Paris, that would make headlines – but here it has become something regular, usual.”

The Mount of Olives is the oldest Jewish cemetery in the world, with 150,000 to 200,000 graves that include ancient prophets, state leaders, revered rabbis, among other important figures and simple folk. They are buried in the different plots according to different origins that include Yemenite, North African, Persian, Babylonian, Georgian, Galicia, Ashkenazi, Hassidic, and others. For 3,000 years, the Mount of Olives has been the preferred site for burial because Jewish tradition dictates that the resurrection process during the Messianic days will take place on the mount.

King David’s son, Absalom is buried there as well as the prophets, Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi from Biblical times.

Jewish organizations bought the Afghan plot before 1948 according to Yochanan Gol, who is also a licensed tour guide. But the burial of Afghanistan Jews in the section owned by the Afghan Jewish Committee only took place after the Six Day War in 1967. “Since then, there’s been a history of destruction here,” Gol said. “It’s unbelievable that this happens in our own capital and country.”

However, under Jordanian rule, the destruction was much worse – massive and systematic desecration of the tombstones took place from 1948-1967.  The Jordanians erected a gas station on the ancient graves and also attempted to pave a road through the cemeteries. Some of the tombstones were used as paving stones for  Jordanian army camps and a new hotel. By 1967, around 38,000 tombstones had been smashed or damaged. Under Israeli rule, large sections of the cemetery have been rehabilitated and restored.

Moreover, Gol has not only had to deal with his uncle’s tombstone defacement but also with threats to his own security when travelling to the Mount of Olives. “Two weeks after the first visit to the tomb, we came again and some Arabs attacked me and my nephew. My vehicle was hit with stones and bottles and my car destroyed completely. We were lucky that we weren’t in the car at the time. I called the police and they chased after the perpetrators but couldn’t catch them.”

Indeed, visitors coming to pay respects to their loved ones often request security escorts provided by Israel’s Ministry of Housing and Construction during visits to the Mount of Olives. In addition to the tombstone vandalism, stone-throwing at cars and other attacks during funerals have been frequent occurrences over the years.

Following the continued tombstone vandalism and rock-throwing incidents, members of Israel’s Knesset last week called for stronger security measures throughout the mount.

“There is no law, no police,” said King. “This is the Wild West, or the Wild East and it has to stop.”

Arabs Terrorize Worshipers in Jerusalem’s Ancient Shiloach Yemenite Synagogue

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

Worshipers at an ancient synagogue in the Yemenite village in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Shiloach (Silwan) came under attack by terrorists over the Sabbath and Shavuot holiday.

Arabs from the nearby Abu Tor neighborhood hurled rocks and bottles at the synagogue, Jewish residents told the Hebrew-language “0404” website.

“It was an outright miracle that no one was hurt,” one worshiper said. “They threw rocks and bottles all during the Sabbath and the holiday.”

The Arab terrorists also set fire to an area close to the Jewish neighborhood, local Jews said.

At 8:30 p.m. Saturday night, just as the Sabbath was coming to an end and the holiday of Shavuot was getting underway, flames rose into the air in an area between Abu Tor and the Jewish neighborhood.

Firefighters fought the blaze for two hours before they were able to bring the fire under control. Investigators told 0404 that initial findings have confirmed evidence of arson at the site.

Cheering Arab Crowds Greet Return of Vehicular Terrorist’s Body [video]

Thursday, May 21st, 2015

Last night, at midnight, the police returned the body of vehicular terrorist Amraan abu Dahim to his family in Jerusalem’s A-Tor neighborhood for burial.

Amraan ran over two policemen yesterday, and was then shot and killed by another policeman.

The family was only be allowed to have 20 people attend the funeral.

To ensure the funeral didn’t turn in another Martyr’s Day Parade, the police collected a NIS 20,000 collateral from the Arab terrorist’s family.

But that didn’t stop their terrorist-supporting neighbors from greeting the ambulance on the way.

Here’s a video from the body was returned.

Caught in the Act in A-Tur

Tuesday, May 19th, 2015

Police caught 3 Arabs youths, ages 13-15, as they were throwing rocks on cars driving near the A-Tur neighborhood in Jerusalem.

They were caught throwing the rocks next to a school.

No one was injured in the attack.

Arabs Attack Jewish Hikers on Jerusalem Day

Sunday, May 17th, 2015

A Jewish hiking club came under attack by Arabs in Jerusalem’s Shiloach (Silwan) neighborhood.

The club, Amitim L’tiyulim, one of the largest hiking clubs in Israel, with over 10,000 members, began their hike at Jerusalem’s Ammunition Hill, going through Mount Scopus and ending at Sultan’s Pool.

The club hikes all over the country.

Every week they pick a new trail, in which to discover and investigate the land of Israel.

But as the 240 hikers in this particular trek crossed through the Shiloach neighborhood, in the old Yemenite village, they were attacked by Arab stone throwers, and one hiker, Yaakov Lubeton (32) suffered a head injury.

The group called for a paramedic, who treated the injured man, and Border Police also arrived to secure the area.

Amit Ararat, one of the founders of the hiking club, told JewishPress.com that despite the attack, the group decided to carry on, and they continued with their hike to discover and investigate Jerusalem.

Medical Update on the Grandson of Rav Bina, Injured in Alon Shvut Terror Attack

Sunday, May 17th, 2015

The following update was released by the Bina family early Sunday morning, on the medical status of Aryeh ben Rina, the grandson of Rav Aharon Bina, the Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivat Netiv Aryeh.

Aryeh was injured in the Arab terror attack in Alon Shvut last week that injured four young boys, Aryeh was the most seriously injured.

Update on Aryeh ben Rina: Chasdei Hashem for the first time since coming to the hospital Aryeh has regained consciousness and is responsive! The doctors are predicting a slow and steady process ahead to B’ezrat Hashem a full recovery. We are certain that your ongoing prayers are playing a big part.

Thank you for all of your warm wishes, tefilot, and caring. You should all be zoche to Yeshuot and Hatzlacha, and have a wonderful Yom Yerushalayim!

Aharon and Malke Bina

Refuah Sheleimah.

Firebombs Thrown at Maaleh Zeitim

Wednesday, May 13th, 2015

Three firebombs were thrown last night at the Jewish community of Maaleh Zeitim in Jerusalem. There was some light damage done to the compound.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/firebombs-thrown-at-maaleh-zeitim/2015/05/13/

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