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July 31, 2015 / 15 Av, 5775
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Palestinian Authority Arabs Trying to Burn Down Israel

Monday, July 6th, 2015

Palestinian Authority Arabs lit the matches to set three fires that blazed through 300 acres of Jerusalem area forest and threatened to reach the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo, according to police.

The third fire broke out on Saturday near Kibbutz Maaleh HaHamisha, west of Jerusalem, after Arabs from a nearby village in Samaria threw firebombs at a forest.

Seventeen firefighting crews battled the blaze to keep it from reaching the kibbutz.

Beit Shemesh fire chief Reuven Yitzchak told JNS news service:

In the past week, around 300 acres of natural forest have gone up in smoke. In many cases, the fires were intentionally set with firebombs or various other various means.

Burning down Israel was a favorite tactic of Palestinian Authority Arabs in the Intifada that began in the last 1980s and early 1990s.

So much for the Palestinian Authority’s love of the land.

Terror by arson can be a very profitable operation, with the cooperation of Israel.

The Jewish National Fund (Keren Kayemet L’Yisrael) pays Arabs to plant trees, many of them donated by Jews in the Diaspora.

The Palestinian Authority often pays Arabs to set the fires.

Then the JNF pays the Arabs to put out the blaze.

Maybe that is why Mahmoud Abbas does not want an agreement.

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.

Danish Buses Burned in Anti-Israel Attack

Saturday, May 9th, 2015

Four buses in Copenhagen were found on fire on Friday morning, and a fifth bus was covered with anti-Israel graffiti, according to a BBC report.

Last week the city’s transit authority ordered ads calling for the boycott of Israel removed from its buses, angering the anti-Semites.

The ads were deemed “too offensive” by the transit authority..

A few months ago, an Arab terrorist killed two people in a Copenhagen cafe and outside a local synagogue.

Arsonists Attacks Christian Seminary in Jerusalem

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

Arsonists damaged a Greek Orthodox seminary in Jerusalem’s Old City in the pre-dawn hours Thursday, and spray-painted anti-Christian graffiti.

No one was injured, and damage was minimal.

A Greek Church archbishop said two people who hid their faces three a flammable liquid at a bathroom in the seminary, located on Mt. Zion (Hat Tzion).

He said there have been previous threats from people whom he described as religious Jews.

Newspapers in the United States carried a report of the fire, which further blackens the image of Israel and of Orthodox Jews.

Another attack, this time on a mosque in Judea and Samaria, was reported Wednesday.

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat vigorously condemned the apparent arson attack and said, “There is no room for such deplorable activity in Jerusalem. We must eradicate this behavior and bring those responsible to justice.”

 

 

 

Synagogue Arson in Germany ‘Not Anti-Semitism’ Says Judge

Saturday, February 7th, 2015

Three German Palestinians convicted of arson after hurling firebombs at a synagogue in Germany were motivated by trying to bring “attention to the Gaza conflict,” according to the judge who convicted them on Thursday, Jerusalem Post journalist Benjamin Weinthal reported.

The judge in the case did not believe the men were guilty of anti-Semitism, according to outraged Green Party deputy Volker Beck, who told media he wrote to the prosecutor in the case to file a legal objection, reported.

Several days prior to the firebombing, “Free Palestine” had been sprayed in paint on to the wall of the synagogue as well.

The rebuilt synagogue in Wuppertal, North Rhine-Westphalia was undamaged in the July 29, 2014 attack, which sparked a solidarity rally outside the building that same night. Dieter Graumann, then-president of the German Central Council of Jews, condemned the attack as did Germany’s Central Council of Muslims.

The two older attackers, ages 29 and 24, were given suspended sentences of 15 months in prison – which means they served no time – and together with their 18-year-old accomplice were ordered to perform 200 hours of community service.

“This is a mistaken decision as far as the motives of the perpetrators are concerned,” Beck told international media in a statement. “Therefore, I have written the prosecutor and called for the filing of a legal objection.“ Burning a synagogue in Germany because of a conflict in the Middle East can be attributed only to anti-Semitism, Beck contended.

“What do Jews in Germany have to do with the Middle East conflict? Every bit as much as Christians, non-religious people or Muslims in Germany, namely, absolutely nothing. The ignorance of the judiciary toward anti-Semitism is for many Jews in Germany especially alarming, he said.”

The original Wuppertal synagogue was burned down by Germans during the pogrom of Kristallnacht in 1938, but the echoes of the past seem to be growing louder. The German state has seen an upswing in anti-Semitism, as has the country in general.

Anti-Semitism in Germany is on the rise, according to the Central Council of Jews in Germany, as it is in other countries across Europe.

Graumann offered a sobering comment on the situation just before leaving his post in an interview with BILD newspaper in November 2014: “For a while I noticed that anti-Semitism is becoming increasingly public and is no longer hidden. We often receive anti-Semitic messages sent according to name and address. Some people are no longer ashamed and no longer hide their hostility to Jews.

“We have seen … during the war in Gaza, demonstrations of pure primitive hatred against the Jews that broke out again. It is very hard for me to talk about it but, when there are calls in the streets of Germany, ‘Jews to the gas,’ it hurts us greatly,” he added.

Two weeks prior to the publication of Graumann’s interview, the neo-Nazi ‘Die Rechte’ party (The Right) demanded to know where all the Jews live in the city of Dortmund.

‘Die Rechte’ wrote to Mayor Ullrich Sierau through one of its city council members, Dennis Giemsch, seeking to know how many Jews live in the city and in which districts, and their addresses, according to a post on the Coordination Forum for Countering Anti-Semitism (CFCA).

Giemsch, a full-time computer student, wrote that the information was ‘relevant for our political work.’

The demand was refused and the letter was passed to the Interior Ministry of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia – the same state in which the torched synagogue is located – and which is “looking at ways to legally ban the party.”

The political party is the smallest of the far-right groups in Germany, but its numbers are growing, particularly among the young, according to the CFCA.

Police Arrest Leader of Right-Wing ‘Lehava’ Group for ‘Terror’

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014

Israeli police Monday night arrested Bentzi Gopstein, chairman of the right-wing Lehava group, and nine other Lehava members in a nighttime raid and charged them with incitement and encouraging violence and terror.

Three members of the group already have been indicted for allegedly setting on fire a Jerusalem school promoting coexistence between Arabs and Jews.

Gopstein lives in Kiryat Arba, adjacent to Hebron, and other Lehava members were arrested in Petach Tikva, Jerusalem and Netivot, in the Western Negev.

Gopstein’s lawyer and right-wing activists Itamar Ben-Gvir charged that the police and the office of the Attorney General succumbed to pressure form extreme left-wingers by arresting Gopstein while ignoring complaints about leftists stating that “soldiers should be shot at checkpoints.”

Ben-Gvir also told Israel Radio that the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) tried to frame Gopstein on phony charges during questioning of the suspected arsonist.

“They told one of the suspects to make a deal and say that Gopstein sent them to set the school on fire, but the suspect replied that Gopstein had nothing to do with the arson and also told his group to work within the law.”

Ben-Gvir also complained that if police want to close down Lehava because three of its members committed a crime, the life-wing Hadash party also should be banned because the son of Hadash MK Dov Khenin was arrested for attacking a security guard.

Regardless of discrimination, hard-core nationalists who are not associated with incitement may be pleased that Gopstein has been arrested because Israel’s establishment media usually lumps all right-wingers with any extremists.

He appeared recently on a television show with an Arab-Israel journalist who has constantly condemned Hamas and told her she “doesn’t belong” in the State of Israel.”

3 Arrested in Arson at Jerusalem’s Mixed Jewish-Arab School

Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Three members of the extremist Lehava organization, ages 18 to 22, were arrested Wednesday in connection with the torching of a mixed Jewish-Arab school in Jerusalem on November 29. Brothers Nachman and Shlomo Twitto, and Yitzchak Gabai were arrested in joint operation by Israel Police and the Shin Bet (Israel Security Agency.)

A playground and two first-grade classrooms at the Max Rayne Hand in Hand School were set ablaze in the attack. Grafitti spray-painted on the wall of the Jerusalem school in glaring scarlet read, “Down with assimilation,” “Death to the Arabs,” and “There is no co-existence with cancer.”

Details of the case were first made available to the public in part this week, after the Tel Aviv Petah Tikva Magistrate’s Court partially lifted a gag order.

Under interrogation the three suspects confessed to having set fire to the building and said they were motivated by the fact that both Jews and Arabs attend the school. In addition, they said they were attempting to raise social awareness via the media regarding Jewish assimilation in Israel.

Their attorneys, Itamar Ben Gvir and Avichai Hajbi, said however that the confessions were coerced and could not be used as evidence in a trial.

Lehava is a group that works to prevent intermarriage and opposes Jewish co-existence with Arabs. The group is known for its involvement in a number of racist incidents.

Politicians across the spectrum condemned the attack.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/3-arrested-in-arson-at-jerusalems-mixed-jewish-arab-school/2014/12/11/

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