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August 29, 2016 / 25 Av, 5776

Posts Tagged ‘Bethlehem’

Serious Damage to Solomon’s Pools Still Neglected by Palestinian Authority

Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

One of the largest and most impressive architectural projects ever built by King Herod in the Second Temple era — the reservoir that fed water to the Second Jewish Holy Temple of Jerusalem — is falling apart.

But because it is under the control of the Palestinian Authority, making repairs to the archaeological wonder called “Solomon’s Pools” is not as simple as it seems.

The site comprises a three-part water reservoir located in the southern section of what is known today as the Arab village of Al Khader, just south of Bethlehem.

The site is therefore located in “Area A” of the Palestinian Authority and completely under its control; as a result, one must coordinate a visit there with the Israeli army.

The main pool is 16 meters deep and 170 meters long, and it was barely half a century ago when local residents stopped using the pool for agricultural irrigation. Before the 1967 Six Day War, residents of eastern Jerusalem were drawing water from the pools as well.

The three large reservoirs, partly hewn into the bedrock and partly built, have a total capacity of well over a quarter of a million cubic meters of water.

They were part of a complex ancient water system built more than 2,000 years ago by the Romans and King Herod. The system provided water to the city and the Second Jewish Holy Temple of Jerusalem – as well as to the desert fortress and town of Herodium.

The pools at that time were fed by two aqueducts, and by several springs in the surrounding countryside, in addition to rain water. Three other aqueducts brought the water from the reservoirs out to Jerusalem and to the Herodium. Remnants of all five aqueducts have been found by archaeologists.

Tour guide Ben Tropper told the Ynet news site that it was unclear whether the initial damage to the pool – a badly damaged wall – had resulted from the harsh weather or neglect.

However, if the damage is not fixed, soon, the reservoir may soon be beyond repair, because the main pool may collapse from the force of the water. The broken section of the wall is approximately 20 meters wide, Tropper explained. This means there is a strong possibility an avalanche could destroy the site.

Concerned citizens have asked the Palestinian Authority to repair and restore the site – or to allow Israel to do it instead.

Hana Levi Julian

ISIS Threatens to Attack Palestinian Authority during Xmas Holiday

Friday, December 25th, 2015

The Palestinian Authority is under a threat of Islamic State (ISIS) terrorists planning to carry out terrorist attacks against during the Christmas holiday season, Israel radio (Voice of Israel) reported Friday.

PA security forces have arrested dozens of extremists.Massive PA forces have been deployed throughout Bethlehem, where Christmas Eve prayers and festivities passed without major incidents

ISIS-linked terrorists are plotting to murder tourists with rifles and bombs.

However, the ISIS threat against the Arab citizens and the Palestinian Authority regime exists through Judea and Samaria. Threats including those in the name of ISIS< have been posted on social media.

The Abbas regime is not Islamic, leaving it ripe for attacks by fundamentalists.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

In Bethlehem, ‘Silent Night’ Over Terrorist Murders of Israeli Civilians

Thursday, December 24th, 2015

City officials in ancient Bethlehem geared up Thursday to welcome Christians to the birth site of the founder of the faith – but hate was there way ahead of them.

Nearly every international journalist arriving in the Palestinian Authority-controlled biblical city for Christmas Eve has written newly twisted descriptions of the violence that has sent rivers of blood flowing in the streets of Israel and the roads of Judea and Samaria. One of the silliest is also as damaging as it is subtle, in that its writing style is held to a passive voice. And since the journalist works for a wire service, the article is flashed around the world to a readership of millions.

The Associated Press article penned by Daniella Cheslow was posted on the Yahoo! news website Thursday evening, and bore numerous references to Israelis killing Arabs, with the implication that the deaths were unwarranted, beginning with the headline, “Christians in Bethlehem mark Christmas amid violence.”

Example: “an outburst of Israeli-Palestinian violence dampened the typically festive mood” – as if Israelis deliberately went out hunting Arabs, rather than the other way around.

Example: “Before the celebrations began, Israeli authorities said three Palestinians involved in attacks against Israelis were killed in violence across the West Bank. Another Palestinian was killed in clashes with Israeli troops, a Palestinian hospital official said.” The aforementioned “Palestinians” were not just “involved” parties in those killings; three were the actual murderers and a fourth was directly attacking; all were killed in self-defense. The spurious passivity in which the paragraph is written appears to be a deliberate attempt to mask the mindless hatred that has been whipped up among so many of the Arab youths by their leadership.

Example: “Bethlehem has been a focal point for clashes between Israeli troops and Palestinian protesters during the three month-long wave of violence that has gripped the region. While the annual festivities in the city’s Manger Square were set to go on, other celebrations in the city were cancelled or toned down because of the violence.”

Hardly. First of all, the so-called “Palestinian protesters” have been attackers, hurling rocks, boulders, and firebombs (Molotov cocktails) at Israeli soldiers guarding the entrance to Rachel’s Tomb, the gravesite of the biblical matriarch Rachel, which under the Oslo Accords is to remain accessible to Israelis and Jews regardless of who controls the territory.

But in terms of which area has been the focal point of terror, the holy city of Jerusalem claims that dubious honor due to the countless efforts by Arab agitators both in and out of the mosques to ignite riots in the city’s Arab neighborhoods.

As for celebrations ‘cancelled or toned down’ in Bethlehem because of violence: it is very convenient to lay the blame at Israel’s doorstep, but the excuse does not wash well, given the facts. If Arab residents of Bethlehem insist on rioting and attacking Israelis one cannot expect people to feel safe on the street. Tourists don’t want to come to a place that is scary, though a few hardy souls might come to prove their loyalty. One such British citizen went to Beit Sahour — but he quickly regretted that decision.

Still, blaming Israel is always the mainstream media’s first fallback position. Nice try. Better to look at reality: celebrations are indeed ‘cancelled or toned down’ because tourism is down, due to the violence. Tourists don’t like violence.

“We’re in Bethlehem celebrating Christmas … This is the birthplace of the king of peace so what we want is peace,” Rula Ma’ayah, Palestinian Authority Tourism Minister told the Associated Press on Thursday. Yes. “This is a ‘peaceful’ uprising,” Ma’ayah’s boss, PA leader Mahmoud Abbas said on November 16.

Actually, the Palestinian Authority government pays high monthly stipends to convicted terrorists incarcerated in Israeli prisons after they murder Israelis. The more victims wounded and murdered in an attack, the higher the salary. An entire department is devoted to the care and support of convicted Arab terrorists in the PA government, in fact. Don’t believe me? Check it out for yourself.

“Since mid-September, Palestinian attacks have killed 20 Israelis, while Israeli fire has killed 124 Palestinians, among them 85 said by Israel to be attackers. The rest were killed in clashes with Israeli forces,” wrote Cheslow.

Again, a very slick way of depersonalizing the murderous attacks on Israelis by Arab terrorists, by assigning the blame to “Palestinian attacks.” We won’t talk about the actual Arab killers who are dirtying their hands with the sharp knives that are cutting into the human flesh of their victims, mind you. Let’s not talk about that.

Well, it was actually Arabs from the Palestinian Authority who deliberately murdered those 20 Israelis. Frankly, had other Israelis not been as vigilant and as well-armed as they were, there could have been many, many more dead. Funny how Ms. Cheslow neglected to write about the hundreds of wounded.

According to the Israel Security Agency, in the past three months there have been more than 120 stabbings, 75 grenade and petrol bomb attacks, 46 shootings and 30 vehicular terror attacks, to be precise. Arab terrorists have murdered 21 people and wounded 272 others in the past three months.

While we’re on the subject, it is even more interesting that these statistics are rarely — if ever — mentioned on any site other than JewishPress.com or that of the State of Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Isn’t it odd that so many mainstream news agencies who pride themselves on quality news coverage never manage to find both sides of the story when it comes to the Arab-Israeli conflict?

Hana Levi Julian

Arab Mugger Attacks British Tourist in Beit Sahour

Sunday, December 20th, 2015

An unwary British tourist was stabbed by an Arab mugger after he ventured into the Palestinian Authority town of Beit Sahour on Sunday.

The town is located south of Jerusalem’s Har Homa neighborhood, close to the Gush Etzion community of Tekoa, near the PA town of Bethlehem.

The British victim sustained moderate neck wounds.

IDF sources said the attack “was of criminal intent.”

Hana Levi Julian

Female Arab Terrorist Attacks Israeli Soldier in Hebron

Sunday, December 20th, 2015

An Arab terrorist attempted to stab an Israeli soldier at a security checkpoint early Sunday afternoon in the ancient Judean city of Hebron.

The terrorist, a female, was immediately shot by other IDF soldiers standing nearby. The attacker was “arrested and evacuated for medical treatment,” according to the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit.

No Israeli injuries were reported in the second attack.

Hana Levi Julian

Arab Assailant Dead in Clash with IDF South of Bethlehem

Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

A Palestinian Authority Arab was killed in an attack on Israeli soldiers during clashes Tuesday morning outside Dehaishe, south of Bethlehem.

Malik Akram Shaheen, 20, was participating in a day of mob violence that followed an Arab terror attack Monday on a Jewish man in Hebron.

The Israeli victim, an Israeli in his 40s, was near the Cave of the Patriarchs when he was stabbed. He was seriously wounded; his Arab attacker — 21-year-old Ihab Fathi Miswadi — was shot and killed by security personnel.

Shaheen was shot during the riot, according to a report by the Bethlehem-based Ma’an news agency, which serves as a mouthpiece for the Palestinian Authority.

The news agency reported that Shaheen sustained a gunshot wound to the head and was bleeding heavily when he was evacuated to a hospital in Beit Jala. He succumbed to his injuries, Ma’an reported.

A local, unnamed group announced a Day of Mourning for Shaheen on Wednesday, according to the Arab news agency — but as it has in similar coverage, Ma’an did not attribute its source, nor did it name the group that was behind the so-called ‘Day of Mourning,’ an event that often becomes a ‘day of rage’ with more violence.

Marches are also reportedly planned for Daheishe and Bethlehem as part of the day’s events, according to the report, with no information about who is organizing them. Often it is terrorist groups.

Hana Levi Julian

UNESCO Decides Rachel’s Tomb and Patriarchs’ Cave Are – Muslim Sites!

Wednesday, October 21st, 2015

UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization decided on Wednesday that Rachel’s Tomb (Kever Rachel) and the Patriarchs Cave (MaHarat HaMachpelah) are Muslim sites.

Yes, that is what UNESCO says, contradicting the Bible that states that the forefather Avraham bought the Cave in Hebron and denying history that shows the tomb was built before Islam existed.

UNESCO refrained from listing the Western Wall as a Muslim site, but still managed to get in its anti-Israel licks by accusing Israel, and not Arab terrorists, of “aggression and illegal measures taken against the freedom of worship,” referring to the rights of Muslims and not to Jews.

It also repeated what the Israeli government has documented as a lie by alleging “Israel’s attempts to break the status quo since 1967.”

The vote on the UNESCO Executive Committee was 26-6.

There were 25 countries that were too cowardly to vote one way or the other.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

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