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Freedom of Worship on Temple Mount: Gazan Arabs, 190; Jews, 0

Sunday, June 7th, 2015

The score was 190-0 for freedom of worship for Arabs from Gaza and zero for Jews on Friday.

Israel allowed nearly 200 Gazans, all over the age of 60, to pray at the mosque on the Temple Mount, eight months after 500 Arabs from Gaza prayed there for the first time since 2007, according to the Ma’an News Agency, based in Bethlehem.

The last time Israel allowed Jews to pray regularly at the Temple Mount was nearly 2,000 years ago, during the time of the Second Temple, which a growing number of Muslim clerics like to pretend never existed.

Permission for Arabs from Gaza to travel to Jerusalem and pray at the Al Aqsa mosque is part of the last year’s ceasefire between Hamas and Israel that was supposed to end the most recent barrage of missile attacks on Israel.

Hamas again broke the ceasefire on Saturday with rocket launches against Israel but blamed them on rival terrorist groups.

Israel continues to honor its end of the ceasefire and allows Gazans to pray at the Temple Mount mosque, where Hamas banners and even Islamic State (ISIS) banners frequently fly amid sermons that preach jihad against Jews, all in the name of freedom of worship, if you are not Jewish.

 

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Bethlehem May Charge a Fee for Tourists to Enter

Sunday, May 3rd, 2015

Bethlehem wants every tourist entering the city to pay approximately, the Bethlehem-based Ma’an News Agency reported.

Ramallah also is considering a tourist fee.

Deputy Mayor of Bethlehem Issam Juha told Ma’an, “Tourists have so far been receiving services for free, and now we are considering a mechanism to make them pay a fee which would help us improve public services, including wireless internet, maps and tour signs.

Tourism expert Dr. Hamdan Taha warned that a fee could boomerang, according to Ma’an, because it night drive tourists away.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Soldier Lightly Injured, Terrorist Killed in Bethlehem

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

An IDF soldier was injured during operations in Beit Lechem (Bethlehem) overnight.

The soldiers were confronted the the in Daheisha neighborhood by a large group of Arabs throwing firebombs and blocks at them.

IDF troops returned fire at one of them, a 20-year old terrorist who threw a firebomb, killing the terrorist.

Arab sources have identified the dead terrorist as Jihad al-Jaafari. al-Jaafari’s family claim he wasn’t involved in the clash and didn’t throw anything at the soldiers. They claim he he was merely watching the fighting from the roof of a building.

The injured soldier was listed as lightly to moderately injured, with a head injury, and was evacuated to the hospital.

The Arabs have now called for a general strike in Daheisha.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Rachel’s Tomb Hijacked

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

On the 11th of Heshvan, which this year falls on November 4, Jews observe the “yaarzeit” memorial for Rachel, the Biblical matriarch who bore Joseph and died in child birth as Benjamin was born.

As part of our agency’s continuing reportage of the PA school books now used in the UNRWA educational facilities, funded by the US, the EU and other western nations, we have come across a newsworthy phenomenon: UNRWA schools now teach that Rachel’s tomb is a shrine to a Muslim.

This is consistent with PA educational policy, which does not recognize any area in any part of Palestine, between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River, as Holy to Jews. UNRWA students learn that the Western Wall, the Temple Mount in Jerusalem and the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron are exclusively holy and special to Moslems, and devoid of anything Jewish.

However, after the founding of the PA in 1994, the initial Palestinian Authority textbook recognized Rachel’s tomb, described as “Qabr Rahil” in a chapter about Bethlehem (pp. 87-90) in a paragraph titled “the most important historical and religious sites” (pp. 88-89), second to the Church of the Nativity. That text, on top of p. 89 is translated as: “Rachel’s Tomb: The mother of our lord Joseph and the wife of Jacob, peace be upon them both”. The textbook in which this sentence appears is titled “Palestinian National Education” for grade 6 and it was published by the Ministry of Education of the Palestinian National Authority in 1996.

However, The Palestinian Authority Ministry of Education has now transformed the “Tomb of Rachel” into “The Mosque of Bilal bin Rabbah” in the “National Education” textbook which is used by the 492,000 students in the UNRWA camps for grade 7.

In the chapter titled “Attempts at Obliterating the Palestinian Heritage” (pp. 54-57) there are features on p. 54 – photos of four places of which one is Rachel’s Tomb which the PA subtitled as “the Mosque of Bill bin Raba (Bethlehem)”. On p. 55, in a sub-chapter titled “The attempts at obliterating the Palestinian heritage include the following manifestations:” one can find the following: “The attempt to Judaize [tahwid] some of the Muslim religious places such as the Ibrahimi Mosque [the Cave of the Patriarchs] and the Mosque of Bilal bin Rabbah (near Bethlehem)”.

On p. 56, there is a tendentious paragraph which declares that: “Several Palestinian, Arab and Islamic centers and associations were established and they work to revive the Arab-Palestinian heritage in order to keep Palestine, and Jerusalem specifically, Arab”.

The Palestinian Ministry of Education has also issued educational pamphlets about Palestine and its “heritage”, such as: the Al-Buraq Wall – the Western Wall, the Mosque of Bilal bin Rabbah – Rachel’s Dome [Qubbat Rahil]”. At the bottom of the same page there are four questions for all students to answer. No. 2 reads: “Give the names of mosques and [other] Muslim and Christian religious sites of which the features the Israelis have tried to change”.

On p. 57 there is an assignment in which the student is requested to write “Yes” or “No” next to various statements.

No. 3 in this assignment reads: “The holy site of Bilal bin Rabbah is located near Bethlehem”.

As for Bilal bin Rabbah, he was an Ethiopian (male, not a female) slave in Mecca who heard Muhammad preaching there and became a Muslim. He was then severely tortured by his master but stayed a devoted Muslim. One of Muhammad’s companions, Abu Bakr, bought and freed him and Muhammad made him the first muadhin (caller to prayer).

Some sources say that he accompanied Caliph Omar on the latter’s trip to Jerusalem following its conquest in 636 and on their way back the time of prayer came and he called to prayer at the place that was always known as Rachel’s Tomb – until the Palestinian Authority arrived on the scene.

David Bedein

The Story of Rachel

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

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Rachel’s Tomb – Before

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

The great work by israeldailypicture.com has made this rare collection of Rachel’s Tomb photos available to the general public.

Tonight is the Yartzheit of Rachel Imeinu, the Matriarch Rachel.

Visitors to Rachel's Tomb (circa 1910). Note the carriages in the background and Jewish pilgrims under the tree. (Oregon State University collection) israeldailypicture.com

Visitors to Rachel’s Tomb (circa 1910). Note the carriages in
the background and Jewish pilgrims under the tree. (Oregon State University collection)
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Rachels's Tomb (1895). israeldailypicture.com

Rachels’s Tomb (1895).
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Rachel's Tomb israeldailypicture.com

Rachel’s Tomb
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Border Police Foil Arab Axe Attack

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Border Police officers blocked an axe-toting Arab from carrying out a terror attack near Jerusalem early Thursday morning.

Officers operating near the Palestinian Authority village of Beit Jala, close to Jerusalem, noticed an Arab man trying to hide an unusual object underneath his clothing, a spokesperson said.

The suspect, a 29-year-old resident of Bethlehem, was ordered to drop to the ground. When he did, an axe dropped to the ground along with him.

“The alertness and preparedness of the soldiers as well as their determination and readiness to engage [with the suspect] prevented a terrorist attack,” said the Border Police spokesperson.

Security personnel immediately arrested the suspect. During questioning he told investigators he was planning to travel to Jerusalem to attack an IDF soldier.

Hana Levi Julian

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