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October 1, 2016 / 28 Elul, 5776

Posts Tagged ‘Ben Gurion International Airport’

Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport Braces for 30,000 Travelers to Uman

Sunday, September 25th, 2016

Israel Airport Authorities and workers at Ben Gurion International Airport are bracing themselves for the onslaught this week when 160 flights will depart to Uman, in Ukraine.

Some 30,000 travelers are flying to the grave site of Rabbi Nachman of Breslov on what is for many an annual pilgrimage on Jewish high holy days, arriving at the tomb of the 19th century Chassidic rebbe just before Rosh Hashana, the holiday on which he deemed it most important for his Chassidim to gather with him during his lifetime.

Rebbe Nachman, who lived from 1772 to 1810, was a great-grandson of the Baal Shem Tov. He combined mystical teachings of Kabbalah with Torah scholarship in his teachings of the thousands of followers who were attracted to his movement, which was not dynastic, and not a traditional Chassidic court.

The concept of God taught by Rebbe Nachman, that one could speak to Him as a “best friend,” that He is someone with whom anyone could connect on the simplest of levels, made the Divine completely accessible, and God easily approachable to those who felt alienated by religion. To this day, the Breslov movement remains vibrant and continues to attract new followers.

Rebbe Nachman visited Israel from 1798 to 1799, spending time in Haifa, Tverya (Tiberias) and Tzefat.

In Israel, travelers to Uman are being asked to arrive at the airport four hours ahead of schedule in order to ease the processing due to the massive crowds that are expected.

Registration processing and passport control will take place both in Terminal 1 and in Terminal 3. Some 1.7 million travelers are expected to pass through the airport during this holiday season — about eight percent more than the number of travelers seen last year, officials said.

Hana Levi Julian

Israel to Accommodate Thousands of Arabs on Holiday of Abraham’s Sacrifice of Ishmael

Tuesday, September 6th, 2016

In preparations for Eid al-Adha, marking the Quran’s version of the Torah story of the Binding of Isaac, which this year falls on Sept. 11 (as well as on the 10th and the 12th, depending on local moon spotting), the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) Gen. Yoav Mordechai announced a long list of accommodations to be made by his unit to facilitate observing the festival in Judea and Samaria and in the Gaza Strip.

The accommodations below have all been approved by Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman (Yisrael Beiteinu), in the spirit of facilitating a life of religion and worship. This is particularly magnanimous, considering the fact that Eid al-Adha is a deceptive attempt to replace the story of Abraham’s binding of Isaac, which follows the story of the expulsion of the maidservant Hagar and her son Ishmael to the desert, with a revision which places Ishmael, father of the Arabs, on that altar on the Temple Mount.

1. Israel will coordinate 10,000 Arab family visits in Judea and Samaria

2. Israel will allow prayer of married men who are younger than 45, and women age 30 and up, for two festival days.

3. Israel will coordinate an increased number of flights via Ben Gurion International Airport for Judea and Samaria Arabs.

4. Israel will coordinate an increased number of visits of Arabs from abroad in Judea and Samaria.

5. Israel will coordinate permits for prayer on Temple Mount for Gaza Strip Arabs ages 60 and up.

6. Israel will coordinate family visits abroad for Gaza Strip families crossing Allenby Bridge into Jordan.

In addition, the Judea and Samaria border crossings will remain open longer and goods will be permitted to pass as late as 7 PM.

It should be noted that every one of the above easing of the regulations on behalf of the Arab civilian population in Judea and Samaria and in Gaza involves a nightmare of security operations, because Hamas, the PLO and all the other terrorist outfits in those enclaves are expected to take advantage of these softer rules and use the lull to push terror attacks as well as riots. In effect, the Israeli security forces will be doubling their efforts over this short period of time, to block potential attacks.

Gen. Mordechai informed PA senior officials and international organizations of the special festival efforts.

Good luck.

JNi.Media

Massive Traffic Jams Collateral Damage of Internal War in Likud

Sunday, September 4th, 2016

The normal start-of-the-week traffic jams have been more severe than usual Sunday morning, as a result of the limits on train service across the country. Police report severe traffic delays on route 1, connecting Tel Aviv and Jerusalem and both cities to Ben Gurion International Airport. Traffic on the coastal highway, Route 2, is unusually heavy from Caesarea to Tel Aviv. The inner highway, Route 4, is likewise jammed all the way from Holon to Bar Ilan University in Ramat Gan, to Ra’ana in both directions. Route 5 connecting the coastal highway with Ariel in Samaria is also jammed. Route 20, which cuts through downtown Tel Aviv is jammed, too. Route 65, connecting Hadera with Afula through Umm al-Fahm in the Arab Triangle is also at a standstill.

On Saturday, the Israel Railways Corporation announced that essential infrastructure works that were not carried out on Shabbat by decree of Prime Minister Netanyahu would be done Sunday, thus paralyzing most of the train service until 7 PM. The stoppage came against the background of Haredi party resistance to carrying out work on Shabbat, and the apparent capitulation of the prime minister, but judging by what the Haredi press had to say Sunday morning, this was more a provocation by Transport Minister Yisrael Katz (Likud) than an actual crisis.

The daily Yated Ne’eman cited MK Moshe Gafni (UTJ) who accused Katz of acting out of revenge rather than caring for the services of his ministry. “The abominable conduct of Yisrael Katz proves that he does not care about danger to life, and not about the train, only about politics and his need to take revenge against the prime minister,” Gafni said.

Train service has been greatly curtailed Sunday morning. The IDF has added buses to transport soldiers returning to base from their Shabbat break. IDF representatives will guide confused soldier to the right buses. Israel’s inter-city bus companies have increased their active fleets Sunday to help passengers, which, of course, contributes to the traffic jams on the highways.

Leftwing parties Meretz and Labor called for protest rallies at the dark train stations Saturday night, but only a few hundred protesters showed up at the Tel Aviv rally, and only a few dozens at the Haifa event. The real fight over the train works and train service is being waged inside the Likud Party, between Prime Minister Netanyahu and his rebellious Transport Minister and Likud Secretariat Chairman Yisral Katz. (See: Coalition Chair: No Coming back from Netanyahu Vs. Transport Minister Crisis)

JNi.Media

High-Speed Chase at Ben Gurion International Airport

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

Four suspicious-looking Arabs in what first appeared to be a stolen vehicle dodged the initial security checkpoint at the entrance to Ben Gurion International Airport on Tuesday headed for Terminal 3, with police in pursuit.

The car and its occupants came up against an obstacle, however, at the main entrance gate, where police were waiting.

According to a report on the Hebrew-language Rotter.net website, two of the passengers reportedly jumped out of the car and tried to climb over the gate — but were overpowered by Israeli security guards.

All four were arrested and transferred to security personnel for interrogation after initial questioning by Israel Police.

An Israel Police spokesperson at the airport said in a statement the four suspects “broke the first gate with a private vehicle.

“The driver ignored instructions by security personnel to halt and continued driving towards Terminal 3,” he continued.

“As a result, security personnel pursued the vehicle, which was stopped by the main gate. The passengers got out and fled on foot, but were quickly captured by Ben Gurion Airport security forces and detained by Israeli police.

“An initial investigation reveals the individuals are Israeli citizens and the vehicle was not stolen. The reasons behind the incident are under investigation.”

Hana Levi Julian

211 New Immigrants Flee to Israel From War-Torn Ukraine

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

With the increase of hostilities on the Russian-Ukrainian border in recent weeks, 211 new immigrants from Ukraine landed Tuesday at Ben Gurion Airport.

Most came from the embattled regions in the eastern part of Ukraine, arriving on the 19th flight sponsored by the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews (IFCJ) since hostilities broke out between the two countries.

“There has been a significant increase in calls from potential Olim to the IFCJ representatives in Ukraine and we are doing everything to give them the best possible service so that they can begin new and secure lives in Israel, which was and still is the home for any person who is part of the Jewish people,” noted Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, IFCJ president.

Approximately 4,000 immigrants have fled to Israel from Ukraine on flights sponsored by the organization since December 2014. Among those who arrived Tuesday were 37 children who are to begin their studies in Israeli schools in two days, including nine in the first grade.

Natalia S. arrived in Israel with her mother and son, and said that she was forced to leave the city of Marinka in the Donetsk region in Eastern Ukraine after the extensive bombing in the city that began in April 2014. The building where her family lived was bombed and some of their neighbors were killed.

Natalia explained that her family’s Jewishness was kept secret by her grandmother who had survived the Holocaust, while her husband, Natalia’s grandfather, was in a concentration camp. As a result, she says, “we knew we had Jewish roots but did not have the documents to prove it.”

According to Natalia, during one of the family’s visits to the Holocaust Museum an employee at the site advised her about which archive to search in order to find documents that would prove their Jewish roots.

“Because of the advice we were given, we went later to the archive and found my grandmother’s documents. In the documents, we read that she had changed her name and her father’s name, from “Alia” and “Avraham” to “Lisa” and “Peter,” she said. Natalia, her mother, and her son are planning to settle in Akko. Among Tuesday’s group of new olim there were seven babies, including two who were only six months old. The oldest person on the flight was age 82, and the average age of the group was 34. The preferred destination for the immigrants was Haifa, where 42 of the new arrivals elected to settle.

Most of the olim came from the Dniepropetrovsk region, which has become one of the preferred destinations for refugees escaping the embattled areas in Eastern Ukraine because of its proximity and the fact that it is still in Ukrainian hands.

The IFCJ assists the Olim to Israel with special grants of $1,000 for each adult oleh and $500 for each child, in addition to financing the flight to Israel. This support is provided by the organization in addition to the standard basket of benefits each immigrant receives from the Israel Ministry of Aliyah and Absorption. The organization also arranges the absorption of the new immigrant families with the various local authorities prior to their arrival in Israel, recruiting locals to accompany the new olim as they seek housing and employment and settle in to their new surroundings.

Hana Levi Julian

Engine Gone, Israir Pilot Safely Lands Disabled Jet at Ben Gurion Airport

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

While most Israelis were fast asleep late Monday night, dozens of first responders, medics and fire and rescue personnel were wide awake and watching tensely as they waited for a disabled plane to appear in the skies above Ben Gurion International Airport.

Ambulances, fire trucks, police vehicles and other equipment were immediately deployed to the tarmac after the air traffic controller received word that an Israeli passenger plane was in trouble, and would try to return home.

The pilot was able to land the aircraft, an Israir A320 passenger jet, safely with 118 passengers aboard in the wee hours of Tuesday morning after reporting that one of the plane’s engines had quit.

He managed to bring the aircraft home under its own power to the airport and carry out a successful emergency landing, despite the dicey conditions.

Upon its arrival, passengers and crew found numerous fire and rescue personnel, ambulances, medics and other first responders waiting to assist.

No injuries were reported. Its not yet clear what caused the engine to malfunction. An investigation has been launched.

Hana Levi Julian

Airport Union’s Unique Strike Threat: Shabbat Observance

Thursday, August 4th, 2016

The Airports Authority Employees’ Union announced Thursday that they intend to observe Shabbat laws at Ben Gurion International Airport from dusk Friday until dark Saturday night. The strike was declared in protest of the Finance Ministry’s plan to take about half a million dollars in royalties from the airport authority. The union declared that the airports authority is not the cash cow of the state of Israel, and if the authority has been sitting on money the workers had been unaware of, it should use it to absorb the thousands of contract employees who are currently working without benefits.

A senior union member told Walla Thursday that the workers were enraged by the Finance Ministry’s decision to pull the funds, because “it’s clear to us that withdrawing the money will result in budget deficits at the authority, leading to mass layoffs.” He added that it looks like “the Finance Ministry wants to pay the costs of the government’s coalition agreements out of the Airport Authority’s money.”

According to the union, the Shabbat protocol will permit landings of already scheduled flights from abroad, but no takeoffs. But should the Finance Ministry not change its plan, further disruptions will follow.

This unusual, albeit partial observance of Shabbat laws comes at one of the busiest seasons at Ben Gurion International, with tens of thousands of Israelis leaving on their vacations every day. Last August saw the breaking of all time records, with more than two million passengers on international flights going through the airport.

JNi.Media

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