On Saturday night, in the middle of the reading of Eicha, the Book of Lamentation, that is read on the night of Tisha B’Av, the Arab muezzin began blasting out Islamic prayers on the microphone in the mosque the Arabs built on top of the Jewish holy site of the Tomb of the Patriarchs.
Access to the Tomb of the Patriarchs is shared by the Muslims and Jews, each getting separate hours and days, depending on the holidays and day of the week.
It was not the time for Islamic prayers, and the muezzin put the volume on maximum, which put a complete stop to Jewish nighttime reading of Lamentations, which is read in remembrance of the destruction of the two Jewish Temples in Jerusalem.
Jewish worshipers called the police, who did nothing, until Jewish youths then locked the muezzin in his room, so he couldn’t leave.
At which point police arrived and clashed began between the Israeli police and… the Jewish worshipers.
A member of the leftist Machsom Watch distinguished herself in Hebron this week in an odd display of insensitivity to the very needs of those for whom she claimed to advocate.
As a result, Leah Shakdiel embarrassed herself rather than the IDF soldiers she had set out to harass.
Shakdiel appeared at the IDF checkpoint with several other members of the organization, but when the group began harassing the soldiers, a call was made to Arutz Sheva TV, and a camera crew was sent out to film the women at “work.”
The man confronting the women on camera is the person who received the call from the soldiers. Following is the video of the encounter with an English-language transcript of what transpired.
LS: Of course, because you are a frightening person.
A7: Right, thank G-d.
A7: Here, these sweet Arabs don’t scare you.
A7: A Jew like me frightens you.
LS: Right. Totally, yes. Because you are violent. Violent. They are not violent. They seek peace.
A7: I forget the name of your organization; I only remember your address. The Street of the Traitors, Number 6, right? Hah? You came to give a little ….
LS: See you later …
A7: No, not ‘see you.’ Good bye, but not ‘see you.’
LS: We will keep coming. Don’t worry.
A7: I am also here, you see. Thank G-d, it’s not empty. You come here once in a while when they pay you money. Ofer Ohana. You come here once in a long while, when you are paid money. You see? You see?
LS: The opposite. You are the one who is paid. You get a salary from the Jewish community in Hebron.
A7: You see the difference between me and you? Guys, hello. Do you see the difference between me and you? Look at you.
LS: You see. You receive a salary, that’s clear.
A7: Hanan, shalom. Look. Look at how she is drinking, right in front of Arabs who are fasting on Ramadan. Tell me, aren’t you ashamed? A little consideration. Even I am considerate of their feelings. Look at what a disgrace. Right? She has no shame. Look! You see? There you go.
Arab bystanders: Shame on you! Shame on you. We are fasting. This is Ramadan.
A7: There you go. You see? You’ve made my movie. Good for you. Thank you very much. Shame on you, really. A disgrace. You see? Even your friends…
LS: I understand that you like Ofer Ohana. So you help Ofer.
A7: Lady, I have enough friends here.
LS: You like him?
Arab bystanders: You should not have lifted the water.
A7: You see? You see?
LS: Okay, I really apologize. Him, you like?
A7: Thank you, friend (in Arabic, to Arab bystander)
LS: Him, you like? Him, you like? (incredulous, to Arab bystander)
Arab bystander: Yes. )
A7: You see?
LS: You don’t know him.
A7: You see what this is? You see what you’re doing here? You come and shame yourself. You should be ashamed of yourselves. You came to give ammunition to the enemy. You see? You came to aid the enemy and you emerged degraded, even in the eyes of the enemy.
A7: See how the Holy One, Blessed Be He is good and beneficent to everyone, and He Knows how to get rid of you. He knows how to humiliate you; He has brought you down to the dust. Get into the car and go. Stand before the IDF soldiers and tell them that you are shaming them.
A Palestinian Authority gunman shot bullet holes in the door of the car of a Jewish motorist on Highway 60 near Hebron Thursday, but the driver, Israel Zaeera, escaped injury.
“A tremendous miracle happened here,” he said.
It was the second attempt by Arab terrorists to shoot and kill Jews in two days. As reported here yesterday, an Arab gunman took potshots at Jewish drivers in Samaria, and bullet shells were found in the area. No one was injured.
In both cases, the attackers fled.
The shootings represent a serious escalation in the motivation of “lone wolves” to kill Jews. The IDF is beefing up patrols, but soldiers cannot be on every mile of highways in Judea and Samaria.
Friday morning, a 17-year-old Arab girl was caught with a knife that she was planning to use to stab a security guard at the Patriarchs’ Cave in Hebron.
As usual, the Cave of the Patriarchs will be open to Jewish worshipers only on Thursday and Friday, the two days of Rosh Hashana, which are the first two days of the Hebrew month of Tishrei.
The closure of the Ibrahimi Mosque at the site, however, has apparently upset editors at the Bethlehem-based Ma’an news agency, a Palestinian Authority-backed media outlet which reported the news as follows:
“The Ibrahimi Mosque in Hebron will be closed to Muslim worshipers on Thursday and Friday, an official at the mosque told Ma’an Sunday. Hijazi Abu Sneina told Ma’an the mosque would be open to Israeli settlers during the two days of Rosh Hashanah, or Jewish New Year, but closed to Muslims. The Ibrahimi Mosque, believed to be the burial place of the prophet Abraham, is located in central Hebron, a frequent site of tensions due to the presence of 500 Israeli settlers in the Old City. “
Ma’an fails to note that Jews are banned from entering the site on Islamic holidays. Nor does the news agency accurately report the fact that the site is open to all Jews, not just “settlers.” Moreover, the “tensions” referred to in the coverage are hardly due to the presence of Israelis in the city, but rather to the murderous Arab attacks on Jews who have made their homes in Hebron for the past decades.
Hebron is mentioned in the Bible as one of the four holy cities in Judaism; the capital is Jerusalem, and the others are Tzfat and Tiberias.
The Ibrahimi Mosque is the only intact Second Temple period structure in existence, located directly over the burial place of the patriarchs Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The structure pre-dates Islam and Muslim conquest of the area.
The cave itself, known in Hebrew as the Cave of Machpelah, and the adjoining field were purchased literally thousands of years ago from Ephron by the patriarch Abraham specifically for the purpose of using it as a burial site for his wife Sarah, who had just died.
One can find the reference in the Book of Genesis. (23:1-20) Later in the same Book of Genesis it is written how the rest of the patriarchs and matriarchs were also buried there, with the exception of Rachel, who died in childbirth on the road near Bethlehem.
In Israel, very few locations are free of Jewish historical reference; most link back way before the time of the founding of the Palestinian Authority or Islamic existence — a fact that appears to irk the entity to this day.
Israel Border Police arrested on Tuesday another Palestinian Authority Arab planning to stab Jews at the Patriarchs’ Cave in Hevron, where attempted knife attacks have become routine.
The 21-year-old terrorist from the Hevron area admitted to police, who discovered he was hiding a sharpened tool behind his back, he was planning to stab a soldier in revenge for previously having been arrested in Beit Shemesh.
The official Palestinian Authority WAFA website continued on Tuesday to incite Arabs against a Jewish presence in and near the Patriarchs’ Cave. It reported that Jews tried to turn a nearby building “into a Jewish temple.” Their proof was that “Jewish settlers brought chairs and other furniture,…which indicates they want to turn it into a prayer area for Jews.”
Tens of thousands of Jews are visiting Rachel’s Tomb Tuesday, the anniversary of her death as described in the Torah, to pray for Rachel to cry for them that their prayers be answered.
No tears need be shed for the Palestinian Authority, which can mourn for itself for not being able to hoodwink the world to believe Rachel’s Tomb is a Muslim holy site.
The Torah states in Genesis (B’reisheit’), “And Rachel died, and was buried on the way to Efrat, which is Bethlehem. And Jacob set a pillar upon her grave: that is the pillar of Rachel’s grave unto this day.”
Before the Palestinian Authority campaign to rewrite the Bible and ancient history, Muslim authorities for centuries had acknowledged that Rachel’s Tomb is Jewish.
Excited by their blood-letting suicide bombings, firebomb and shooting attacks on Jews in the 1990s, the Palestinian Authority suddenly stopped referring to the site as “Rachel’s Dome” and called it the Mosque of Bilal ibn Rabah.
The manufactured tradition became more popular as Muslim clerics in the Arab world pounded the pulpit that the binding of Isaac (Yitzchak) actually is the binding of Ishmael, that the Holy Temples never existed and that the Western Wall really was the hitching post for the Muslim prophet Mohammed’s horse, may his and it memories be forgotten.
More amazing than the fibs that the Palestinian Authority invented was the acceptance of them by the anti-Israel crowd, especially UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization). Last year won UNESCO support that the ancient site also belongs to Muslims even though the Tomb, “Kever Rochel” in Hebrew, existed long before Islam came into existence.
In December 2012, UNESCO director Irina Bokova accepted the view of its chief critic of Israel, Robert Serry, who also serves as UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process. He warned that Israel’s defining Rachel’s Tomb and the Patriarchs’ Cave in Hevron as holy sites would be bad for the sacred ghost known as the peace process.
UNESCO said Rachel’s Tomb also belongs to Christians and Muslim, which at one time built over the Tomb. That is like saying that JFK airport is a Jewish site because there is a synagogue there.
Two years before UNESCO’s sentence to the Jewish site, Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas warned that there would be a “holy war” over Rachel’s Tomb if Israel did not accept the Muslim claim that that is was an ancient mosque.
Iran went one step further with its foreign ministry declaring that Israel’s decision to make Rachel’s Tomb a national heritage site “rises from the regime’s strategy for cleaning all the sanctities of the Muslims and Christians in the occupied Palestine to give them a Zionist identity.”
The Palestinian Authority succeeded 13 years ago in taking over Joseph’s Tomb in Shechem, a direct violation of the Oslo Accords, but the efforts of Jewish leaders in the Shomron (Samaria) the past two years have enabled Jews to worship there under IDF guard.
The Oslo Accords interim agreement in 1995 states that security arrangements must “ensure free, unimpeded and secure access to the relevant Jewish holy sites.”
The Palestinian Authority has no problem with that. All it has to do is drive out the Jews with terrorist attacks and then convince UNESCO that Rachel’s Tomb is not a Jewish holy site.
That is the impetus for the Palestinian Authority to call Kever Rachel the Bilal ibn Rabah mosque.
Jews traveling to pray at Rachel’s Tomb on her yahrzheit Tuesday can thank none other than former Haredi Knesset Member Menachem Porush that they are able to do so.
During the height of the Oslo mirage in 1995, Chief Rabbi Israel Meir Lau and MK Porush appealed to Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin not to go through with his plan to turn Rachel’s Tomb over to the Palestinian Authority.
Rabbi Lau told the Prime Minister, “One does not part from one’s mother, and MK Porush broke down in tears, crying on Rabin’s shoulders.
Rabin surrendered, and today, the Palestinian Authority can mourn to Mohammed that truth has triumphed over at least one of its lies.
Thousands of Jews at Rachel’s tomb on the even of the anniversary of her death.
I’m not there – I wish I was… but today, there are over 30,000 Jews in our ancient and modern city of Hebron, beside the Cave of the Patriarchs. It is documented in the Bible, perhaps the longest living real estate transaction in history.
Abraham bought the cave as a burial place for his wife; there he was buried. His son Isaac is buried there, as his wife Rebecca. Their son, Yaakov, is buried there… and his wife, Leah. Most years, going to Hebron on the joyous holiday of Sukkot. We have so many holidays that are serious, that brings us to tears…this is one of fun and joy and most Jews just love this holiday.
And each year, tens of thousands of Jews take one of these days and go to Hebron… it is an incredible journey to our forefathers – and they are there waiting for us.
This year, there were tears as Shwekey, a popular and incredibly talented singer came to perform. He dedicated this song, Tateh, Tateh – Father… to Gal Koby, who was murdered in Hebron just two days ago.
Here’s the video from Hebron – where Shwekey changed some of the words and it was accompanied by pictures of Gal…below this video – another video with the English translation…
Just part of this amazing song….
This is my home, my request
Where our forefathers rest
For our father, Avraham
Answer us, in the credit or Yitzchak (Isaac) and Yaakov
I beg of You
And in the credit of our mothers
He pours out his soul
To our Father in Heaven,
The anguish of your children knows no end
Reach out to us with Your helping hand
How much more can the people of Israel take
Remember the compassion of our fathers, for our sake
May the memory of Gal Koby be blessed. He was, according to so many, a precious and pure soul. Gal died protecting his people…and the resting place of our forefathers. Today, 30,000 people were there – so many with tears in their eyes…but more, today Avraham and Sarah, Yitzchak and Rivka, Yaakov and Leah and Rachel…all cry for Gal and for our people.
May his blood be avenged and may his killer never have a day of peace for the rest of his miserable life.