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October 26, 2016 / 24 Tishri, 5777

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Holiday News: Police Arrest Jew on Temple Mount

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

An 18-year-old Jewish man was arrested Wednesday morning on the Temple Mount on suspicion of bowing before the King of the Universe, Honenu reported. The young man was taken for police interrogation, and Honenu, a legal aid society, is pursuing his release. Rumor has it that the same man also broke the law by reciting the Shema Israel, a radical text introduced in 1248 BCE.

David Israel

3 Wanted Terror Fugitives Captured Overnight

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

Israeli security forces captured three wanted Arab fugitives late Monday night in operations carried out in Judea and Samaria.

Two of the arrested suspects were taken into custody in connection with terrorist activities and violence against civilians and security personnel.

One suspect was detained in Jenin, and two more were arrested in Hebron, including one member of the Gaza-based Hamas terrorist organization.

All of the suspects were transferred to security personnel for interrogation.

Hana Levi Julian

Police Raid Arab Party’s Offices, Arrest 20, Multi-million Shekel Fraud Suspected

Sunday, September 18th, 2016

The Israel Police National Unit along with additional forces on Sunday morning raided several locations and detained more than 20 suspects, among them senior Balad party officials, attorneys and accountants, in connection with suspicion of committing fraud in relation to funds accepted by the party and used in its budget.

Balad, whose name is an Hebrew acronym meaning National Democratic Union, is an Israeli Arab political party led by MK Jamal Zahalka. In 2015, following the raising of the prerequisite threshold for entering the Knesset, Balad, which counts MK Haneen Zoabi among its members, joined the Arab Joint List, which currently has 13 MKs.

The current investigation is being carried out with approval from the AG, according to the recommendations of the State Attorney, in light of findings of the State Comptroller. The police is being aided by the Authority for the Prohibition of Money Laundering and Financing of Terrorism, as well as by the Ministry of Finance Inspection Unit on Currency Service Providers.

The findings of the State Comptroller and a police covert investigation have given rise to the suspicion that Balad senior officials and activists, in collusion with several attorneys and accountants, have been running a systematic operation misrepresenting the source of millions of dollars contributed to the party coffers. According to police allegations, the funds, which were reported as coming from party members inside Israel, were, in effect, contributed illegally from abroad.

The detainees are facing allegations of aggravated fraud, falsifying corporate documents, forgery, use of forged documents, money laundering, and violations of the party funding law and the local municipalities law.

Police on Sunday morning seized documents and other incriminating materials, including bank account records, for the purpose of future confiscation requests.


Border Guard Arrest Suspect Armed with Knife at Shuafat Check Post

Sunday, August 28th, 2016

A suspect, 18, who arrived at the Shuafat refugee camp check post on his way to enter eastern Jerusalem was arrested after a search through his bag revealed a knife that had been wrapped in order to conceal it. Border Guard police who were alerted neutralized the suspect, took his knife and arrested him for interrogation.

The Shuafat refugee camp was established by king Hussein of Jordan in 1965 to house Arabs whose families had come from Jerusalem, Lydda, Jaffa and Ramleh areas, after the Mascar refugee camp in the Jewish quarter of the Old City had been closed. Coming into Jerusalem from the Shufat refugee camp the terrorist could find targets for stabbing in the nearby Jewish neighborhoods of Pisgat Ze’ev, French Hill, and Ramat Shlomo.

David Israel

The Minor from Yitzhar Visits the Knesset

Thursday, July 7th, 2016

For those who have been following the bizarre story of certain IDF officers’ campaign against a 15-year-old minor from Yitzhar, the story takes on a new and ironic twist.

The 15-year-old boy was expelled, via a non-democratic administrative distancing order, from his parent’s home in Yitzhar and all of Judea and Samaria by certain senior IDF officers, based on secret evidence, which they claim proves the boy is violent and a danger to the state, but so secret that they can’t show the evidence to the boy’s lawyer or parents.

In fact, he’s so dangerous and the evidence is so secret that instead of being given a trial and jail time for his crimes, he had to be expelled to pre-67 Israel to roam free, except as night, when he has to be in someone’s home.

After ignoring the order and not leaving his parents’ home, having no place to go,  the other week, the 15-year-old was arrested and jailed at 3 in the morning, and then freed and then jailed and then freed  – and that was over just one weekend.

Since then he has been sleeping in different homes nearly every night, because the police keep harassing the families that host (or hosted) the boy, at all times of the night sometimes even more than once per night, and the hosts don’t want to go through that experience more than one night in a row.

But all that secret evidence against the boy apparently didn’t reach the ears of the Knesset guards who had no problem letting the dangerous minor in to freely walk around the Knesset halls with the country’s political elite.

On Wednesday, the minor from Yitzhar and his father went to the Knesset, where they sat and spoke with the leadership of the country from both sides of the political spectrum.

It certainly makes you wonder how dangerous the boy can be when he was literally able to stand next to, shake hands and talk face-to-face with the ministers and legislatures of this country.

The boy met with MKs Nachman Shai (Labor), Miki Zohar (Likud), Shuli Mualam (Bayit Yehudi), David Amsalem (Likud), Moti Yegev (Bayit Yehudi), Yehuda Glick (Likud), and Deputy Minister Eli Ben-Dahan (Bayit Yehudi).

The father and son talked about the bizarre situation and abuse, and described how the police were brutally harassing people in the middle of the night who hosted the boy, as the court ordered.

Some of the MKs promised to work to cancel the IDF administrative order, and MK Yegev said he would bring the matter up in the Committee for Child Welfare.

The boy’s lawyer, Chai Haber from the Honenu legal aid society, is currently in court trying to cancel the evening house arrest order.

Perhaps tonight he’ll sleep in an MK’s office.

The bizarre saga continues.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Police Arrest 16 Violent Islamists on Temple Mount

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

The police arrested 16 Arab rioters on the Temple Mount on Tuesday morning, according to the police spokesperson.

The 16 were were part of the group of violent Islamists that were rioting this morning on the Jewish holy site and threw stones down onto the Kotel below, injuring a 73-year-old woman.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Police Arrest Women of the Wall Director for Torah Scroll Violation and Catch 22

Tuesday, June 7th, 2016

Police arrested Lesley Sachs, Executive Director of Women of the Wall, as she was exiting the Western Wall plaza with a Torah scroll Tuesday morning. Sachs was detained for “disturbing the public order,” although, according to the WOW’s own report, the prayer service of about 80 women at the Kotel was “relatively quiet and uneventful” on Rosh Chodesh Sivan. Apparently, Police accused Sachs of smuggling a Torah scroll into the women’s section.

According to the WOW email, the incriminating Torah scroll was lent to WOW executive board chair Anat Hoffman by Peter and Lawrence Michaels from Congregation B’nai Israel in Sacramento, California, in memory of their parents, Ann and Rudy Michaels. Hoffman, who flew from Sacramento to Israel with the Torah scroll in her arms, related that on her journey she ran into her flight’s all-female team of pilots, Captain Wendi Shaffner and First Officer Katrina Mittelstadt, who were moved by the small Torah. The email did not specify what or where they were moved to.

“Though we believe that the Torah was handed down to women and men equally at Mt. Sinai, and though women and men both sacrificed their lives and loved ones for the reunification of Jerusalem, in 2016 Women of the Wall struggle for access to Torah scrolls at the Kotel,” the WOW statement lamented. Of course, these dear women could access as many Torah scrolls as they wished anywhere else, including at the Reform section of the Kotel a few yards away, but over at the Women’s section of the Kotel it was No Torah for you, ladies, which, apparently, defied the equality promised to women at Mt. Sinai. Not the one on Fifth Ave., the one in Sinai.

The email also accused Rabbi Shmuel Rabinowitz, the state-appointed administrator of the Kotel, of creating a “Catch 22” for women: “he prohibits entrance with private Torah scrolls and refuses women access to the 100 scrolls he holds at the Kotel for public use in the men’s section.” But that’s not a catch 22, which was described by Joseph Heller in his 1961 novel by the same title via the character Doc Daneeka, an army psychiatrist who invokes “Catch 22” to explain why any pilot requesting mental evaluation for insanity—hoping to be found not sane enough to fly and thereby escape dangerous missions—demonstrates his own sanity in making the request and thus cannot be declared insane.

Rabbi Rabinowitz simply doesn’t want women to read out loud from the Torah at the Kotel because he interprets this as a desecration of halakha. As the WOW email confirms, he has the right to interpret it this way because he is the state appointed official in charge of interpreting Kotel-related issues.

The real question, not asked by WOW, is how come Sachs was picked up at the end of the Rosh Chodesh prayer session in which she openly defied the law, and not while she smuggled it in, or while the women were reading from it?

In a final episode of Heller’s book, the Catch-22 rule is described to Yossarian, the main protagonist, by an old woman recounting an act of violence by soldiers: “Catch-22 says they have a right to do anything we can’t stop them from doing.”


David Israel

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