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December 3, 2016 / 3 Kislev, 5777

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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.

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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.”

Wow.

David Israel

Israel Gay Pride Police Arrest Nursery School Teacher to Protect Parade

Friday, June 3rd, 2016

After their abysmal failure to stop ultra-Orthodox murderer Yishai Schlissel, who in 2015 stabbed to death an Israeli teenage girl at the Jerusalem gay pride parade, police have gone several shades of crazy on the eve of the Tel Aviv Friday parade. According to the legal aid society Honenu, police have been raiding the homes of rightwing activists, warning them against attending and protesting the parade.

According to attorney Itamar Ben Gvir, despite the fact that an Israeli court refused to sign restraining orders without the shred of a proof against individuals, police nevertheless showed up in their homes and demanded that they sign an agreement to stay away from the parade.

“The police have forgotten that the right of free speech also includes the right to protest the gay pride parade,” Ben Gvir said, noting that “although the activist who was made to sign had no intention of going there, and certainly had not planned to, the very notion of knocking on people’s doors and asking them to sign such a prohibition is contrary to the laws of the State of Israel.”

At 2 AM Friday, police officers and detectives raided the home of a family in Samaria and detained for interrogation the mother, a nursery school teacher and mother of four. The forces came equipped with a search order signed by Tel Aviv Magistrate Court Judge Shlomit Ben-Itzhak, woke up the family and confiscated the woman’s smartphone and computer. Then they took the woman for an interrogation without any court order, with her husband and baby tagging along.

In her interrogation, the woman shared that she had no idea there was going to be a gay pride parade, and that she has no connection to any related activity.

It is obvious that police are terrified of a repeat of the Jerusalem parade murder, where they allowed near the parade a known violent attacker of gays, who had just been released from a long prison term for attacking marchers in the 2005 Jerusalem gay pride parade. It’s bewildering to think what the police might do in preparation for the Jerusalem gay pride parade in two months. Rightwing activists are encouraged to give interviews and publish blog entries in favor of acceptance, embracing the other, and respecting people’s right to experiment with their sexuality — or face jail.

David Israel

Terror Attack Foiled Near Jericho

Saturday, May 7th, 2016

A potential terror attack was foiled at a checkpoint near Jericho on Saturday evening, when security forces arrested a 23-year-old man with a knife in his possession.

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Jew Expelled From Temple Mount for Holding Tzizit

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

A Jewish man was expelled from the Temple Mount on Tuesday morning after he was seen holding the strings of his Tzizit, according to Arnon Segel.

Tzizit are ritual fringes worn by religious men.

Israeli police regularly arrest and expel Jews from the Temple Mount if the Islamic Waqf decides that the Jew is in anyway expressing his Jewishness while on the Temple Mount.

Prime Minister Netanyahu supports this position by stating he will maintain the so-called “status quo” that doesn’t allow Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount.

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8 Jews Ejected from Temple Mount, Passover Day 4

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

For the third day in a row, Israel Police removed eight Jews from the Temple Mount, five of them by 10 am Tuesday, the fourth day of Passover. Every day so far this week, Jews have been thrown out of the grounds of the Temple Mount by Israeli security forces. On Tuesday, eight were arrested by midday.

Two were removed and arrested for bowing during their tour of the grounds in a manner that resembled the ancient prayers of the holy Temple times, according to a statement by the Honenu legal aid group.

“During visits to the Temple Mount groups the security forces removed three Jewish visitors who violated the rules for visiting the site,” an Israel Police spokesperson said in a statement shortly after 9:30 am. “Visitation hours will continue as planned.” The next two Jews were arrested shortly after.

There have been numerous summary detentions and ejections so far this holiday. Occasionally, a police spokesperson has told media that one or more of the Jews was caught “praying.”

Some Jews actually have been seen dramatically covering their eyes and reciting the “Sh’ma” prayer to the heavens and earth. It is an unusual occurrence these days, and one that is a real act of utter defiance.

The “Sh’ma” is Judaism’s call to the faithful, and a warning to those who are not: “Hear O Israel, the Lord Our God, the Lord is One. Blessed Be His Name Whose glorious Kingdom is forever.”

To a Muslim Arab, it is tantamount to the jihadist’s “Allahu Akbar!” – The Arabic shout of ‘God is Great!’ – yelled just prior to holy war. But most of the time, a Jew recites the Sh’ma prayer as part of routine services three times a day, in addition to every night just before retiring to bed.

However, the Sh’ma is also said on one’s deathbed – and in life-threatening situations, including war – so it is in this respect the prayer parallels the “Allahu Akbar.”

Clearly the Muslims on the Temple Mount are well aware of this, although some of the hapless Jewish tourists who ascend to the site may themselves not be aware of the prayer’s deepest ramifications.

Some of the Jewish tourists are so moved by their experience they murmur recite the only Hebrew prayer they have ever learned, the one passed down to them by their ancestors: the Sh’ma.

Imagine their shock when they are grabbed roughly by an Israeli police officer and dragged away off the grounds and into a precinct, all the while either in silence or with a scolding in Hebrew which they often don’t even speak or understand … Israeli hasbara at its best.

Hana Levi Julian

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