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Breslov Chassidim Attacked and Arrested by PA Police

Sunday, November 13th, 2016

Five Breslov Chassidim, who endangered their lives by sneaking into Joseph’s Tomb in Shechem in the the middle of the night — without coordination with the IDF — were attacked and arrested by Palestinian Authority (PA) police.

During the night, four of the Chassidim left their car and walked to Joseph’s Tomb, while the fifth Breslov Chassid, the driver, stayed with their vehicle.

At around 4 AM, according to Hatzalah Yo”sh, the PA police tried to arrest the Breslov Chassid in the car, and he sped off back to Jerusalem, leaving his friends behind.

As he sped off, the PA police reportedly opened fire. There is a hole in the car’s windshield which may be from a bullet. The driver was not injured.

The other 4 were arrested by the PA police, and eventually handed over to the IDF.

Joseph’s Tomb, according to the Oslo Accords, is supposed to be under Israeli control, but entry requires coordination and a permit from the IDF who runs the occasional organized, guarded visit to the Jewish holy site.

Yossi Dagan, the head of the Shomron Municipal Council called on everyone who wants to visit Joseph’s Tomb to not do so, unless it is in coordination with the IDF, and to do so otherwise is a sin against the Torah commandment to guard your life.

Dagan also demanded the IDF protect Jewish rights and ensure more Jewish entry to the site.

According to the Honeinu Legal Aid Society, the four are now being interrogated by the Israeli police in the Shomron district.

Arabs have repeatedly vandalized and destroyed the site.

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IDF Rescues Dozens of Breslov Hassidim from Arab Mob at Joseph’s Tomb

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

The IDF on Monday night was sent to rescue a group of about 60 Breslov Hassidim from an Arab mob that was pelting them with stones outside Jospeph’s tomb, Walla reported. The Hassidim entered the tomb compound on a Bus with PA plates, without pre-arranging the visit with the IDF and without security guards. As soon as the bus entered the city of Shechem it was hit with a barrage of stones and the driver eventually escaped, deserting the Haredi Jews on the bus. Soldiers from the Granite Battalion of the Nahal Brigade stormed the area and chased away the attackers. Medical teams treated two Hassidim who had been injured by stones. One of the injured, age 17, was evacuated to hospital in Petach Tikvah.

This is not the first time Hassidim go on their own to pray at Joseph’s tomb without coordinating the visit with the IDF. Protocol calls for assembling a large force to secure the Jews at the tomb, which is located in Shechem, one of the most volatile Arab cities in Judea and Samaria.

More than 30 Hassidim were detained by the soldiers until police arrived to investigate. A few Hassidim tried to escape in the direction of Har Brakha, an Israeli community on the southern ridge of Mount Gerizim, but were captured and handed over to police.

The IDF Spokesperson said in a statement: “The IDF stresses that the entry of Israeli citizens into Area A is dangerous and constitutes a violation of the law.”

Israel Police said in a statement: “We consider tonight’s event very seriously. Uncoordinated visits without security are dangerous to the visitors as well as to the security forces who are sent to rescue them.”

David Israel

Rabbi Instructed Breslov Chassidim to go to Joseph’s Tomb

Sunday, October 18th, 2015

(JNi.media) A group of Thirty Breslov hasidim who on Saturday night entered Joseph’s Tomb in Shechem, on the orders of the leader of the Shuvu Banim spiritual leader, the fugitive Rabbi Eliezer Berland, were attacked by local Arabs and five of them were arrested, Kikar Hashabbat reported.

In a recording distributed among the hasidim, Rabbi Berland is saying:

“Everyone will take buckets of lime, will travel Saturday night to arrive there at two in the morning, fill the car up with buckets of lime, whitewash and water, and immediately will mix the lime with water and begin to paint the gravesite anew. Let four or five cars go out there and whitewashed the tomb, take gloves and everything.”

The assignment came following an attack on Joseph’s tomb Thursday night by Arabs who firebombed the site and set it ablaze.

The hasidim entered Shechem without coordination with the security forces, but Palestinian police spotted them and prevented their entry with cocked weapons.

IDF Nachshon Brigade soldiers, in coordination with Palestinian police, removed the hasidim and transferred them to the Israeli police. Five of them, including three minors, were detained by police in the city of Ariel in Samaria. Meanwhile, the Arabs set fire to one of the Breslov hasidim which had been left behind at the tomb.

Attorney Itamar Ben-Gvir representing the hasidim claims that two of the detainees sustained head injuries from beatings by Palestinian policemen. “Some of the detainees are bleeding profusely after being beaten by Palestinian police who tcocked their weapons at them and beat them,” Ben-Gvir reported. “Two of the detainees suffered head injuries.”

Ben-Gvir added: “I demand that police transfer my clients immediately for medical treatment. It is inconceivable that after the severe trauma they experienced, the police would hold them when they need care. They should arrest the terrorists in uniform otherwise known as Palestinian policemen. It has been proved once again that whoever gave them weapons was playing with the lives of the citizens of Israel.”

The name of one of the men wounded in Shechem is Samuel Nachum Ben Sheindel.


Breslovs Go In, But They Don’t Come Out… [video]

Sunday, October 18th, 2015

Breslov Chassidim have an affinity for Joseph’s Tomb in Shechem.

Regardless of prevailing security conditions they drive in there, into PA-controlled Area A, do their “Na-Nach” thing and leave.

Needless to say, they often do it without coordinating with the IDF, who might or might not let them go in at that time. The IDF regularly organizes fully-guarded, heavily armed Israeli visits to the tomb of Joseph.

Last night, an unescorted, unauthorized, and uncoordinated convoy of around 30 Breslovers drove into Shechem, to Joseph’s Tomb.

[Editor: Reportedly, they went in to clean up the site that the PA Arabs destroyed on Thursday, per their Rabbi’s orders.]

At some point the local barbarians found out they were there, and an Arab mob, including PA police, came out to violently greet them.

One car in the convoy wasn’t fast enough in the exit, and they got captured by the mob and the Palestinian Authority police.

The Breslov car and passengers were badly beaten up by the PA Police. The PA police even drew guns and cocked their weapons at the enthusiastic Chassidim.

Eventually, the PA police let the heavily-wounded Breslov Chassidim go, and as they exited Shechem, the Breslov chassidim were promptly arrested by the Israeli police for their stupid and illegal action (and taken to Beilinson hospital for treatment).

Now, I for one am all for Jews visiting EVERYWHERE in the Land of Israel, at any time – but be SMART about it – we’re not allowed to rely solely on miracle – tell the army you’re going, make sure everyone in the convoy is together, take guns or an armed escort with you. Be smart.

The following video is believed to be right after the Arabs discovered the Breslov visit to the tomb last night:


Missing Jew Found Dead in Uman

Saturday, September 19th, 2015

The body of missing 28-year-old Amir Shlomo Ohana, an Israeli husband and father of three from Holon, has been found in a lake in Uman, according to ZAKA. Ohana had gone to pray at the grave site of Rabbi Nachman of Uman in Ukraine, along with some 40,000 other Jewish pilgrims this year; including 30,000 from Israel.

ZAKA flew its personnel to Ukraine to help search for Ohana, who disappeared last week. He and his friend had separated in the forest, each to meditate, Rosh Hashana on Tuesday. When his friend could not find him, he reported him missing to local and Israeli police.

Volunteer searchers identified Ohana inside the lake. He was wearing Shabbat clothing, without shoes and socks. According to a report on the ZAKA website, it appeared that Ohana had been sitting on the pier, dipping his feet in the water, when he had what may have been a heart attack or epileptic seizure, and then fallen into the water.

Site where Amir Shlomo Ohana, z'l was located.

Site where body of Amir Shlomo Ohana, z’l was located in Uman, Ukraine.

Specially trained dogs, a drone and almost one hundred volunteers from among the Breslov Chassidic group searched the area for Ohana, as well as divers who searched the lake, 15 Israeli police officers, additional Israeli diplomatic personnel and security officers.

Ohana’s wife has been notified, Israel’s Foreign Ministry confirmed. Israeli authorities are now working to bring Ohana’s body back to Israel for burial as quickly as possible.


Jewish Press Staff

Update: Search Upgraded in Uman for Missing Israeli Husband, Father

Thursday, September 17th, 2015

Amir Ohana, a 28-year-old Israeli husband and father of three is still reported missing in Uman, ZAKA officials report, and efforts are being intensified on his behalf. His Hebrew name for prayers to be said on his behalf for a safe return is Amir Shlomo ben Orly.

More than 40,000 Breslov Chassidim traveled from around the world to the town this holiday to pray on Rosh Hashana at the grave of the movement’s founder, Rabbi Nachman. Ohana went missing after he entered the nearby Ukraine forest to meditate on Tuesday. He has not been seen since.

A team has been flown into the town from Israel and set up a search command center, according to ZAKA, which added that there is a “medical component” to the issue that is of great concern to those who are searching for Ohana. Specially trained dogs have been added now to the search as well.

Amir Ohana was together with a friend when he first entered the forest, but the two split up for “hitbodedut” – a Chassidic form of meditation – his family reported. When his friend was unable to find him later, however, he reported him missing to both local police and Israeli security personnel.

Police searched the forest and the nearby river but local forces reportedly have not been seen in the area since their intial efforts, Ichud Breslov reported.

Israel’s Foreign Ministry has been actively involved, and said “local authorities, local police and Israeli officials have been tasked with stepping up searches” for Ohana. “The Israeli diplomatic staff in Ukraine is being reinforced in order to meet the needs of all Israelis who come to observe Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur in Uman. They will help search. We are in contact with the family and hope for good results,” a spokesperson said.

“My husband loves traveling to Uman for Rosh Hashana meditation,” wrote Ohana’s wife, Meital Tohar, in a Facebook post asking for help in the search. “He disappeared into the forest… Amir my love, my heart goes out to you in prayer. Come back to me. To all who see this message, pray for my husband,” she added.

Those who have information about Ohana are asked to call 093-72-12-606 or 063-24-14-934

Hana Levi Julian

Uman Jews Fined $15K for Breslov Pilgrims’ Tent City

Sunday, September 28th, 2014

The city of Uman has fined its Jewish community $15,000 for the erecting an unlicensed tent city to greet pilgrims to the gravesite of Rebbe Nachman of Breslov for the Rosh HaShana holiday.

The sum was reached as a compromise with “quality of government” activists pushing to dismantle the tents, and city officials, by the Rabbi Nachman International Charitable Foundation.

“There were legal issues with a tent city for 2,500 people, which we operate on Rosh HaShana,” Rabbi Shimon Buskila of the World Breslov Center told JTA on Wednesday prior to the holiday.

Buskila oversees operations related to the annual pilgrimage and the permanent Jewish presence in Uman.

The Ukrainian city of Uman is still the focal point for the Breslov Chassidic group whose founder, Rebbe Nachman, died in 1810.

This year a record number of more than 30,000 of the Rebbe’s Chassidim from 25 different countries flocked to his tomb for the holiday despite the difficult situation in eastern Ukraine.

Boryspil International Airport was tasked with handling over 20,000 Hasidic Jews from all over the world, using 236 special flights, according to the International Business Times, which quoted airport statistics to reveal that most came from the U.S. and Israel.

Hana Levi Julian

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