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Arabs Destroy Mount of Olive Graves Again [video]

Monday, June 29th, 2015

The Shayowitz family went up to the Mount of Olives on Monday morning to visit the graves of their father and brother, and were shocked to discover that the gravestones were destroyed.

The Mount of Olives is one of the oldest surviving Jewish cemeteries in the world, going back thousands of years.

Arabs have been repeatedly entering the cemetery, desecrating it and destroying and uprooting gravestones.

This is similar to what the Jordanians did after 1948, when Jordan occupied half of Jerusalem, including this ancient Jewish cemetery. The Jordanians destroyed hundreds of graves, including Jewish graves from around 2500 years ago, and they then used the headstones for construction, floor stones and even in latrines.

The Arabs of today have a strong tradition to keep up – trying to erase Jewish history from the land of Israel.

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בית הקברות בהר הזיתים מתפרש במדרונותיו של הר הזיתים ממרגלותיו שבנחל קדרון ועד פסגתו הצופה על העיר העתיקה והר הבית. קבורה יהודית החלה בו בתקופת בית ראשון. זהו בית הקברות היהודי הקדום בעולם, והגדול בעולם: מעל 100 אלף קברים מתקופות שונות. ובכל פעם מגיע אדם אל חלקה אחרת בהר הגדול והשקט הזה, ומוצא את מצבותיה מחוללות ומנותצות. בכל פעם אנחנו מוצאים כאן ברשת החברתית סרטון שצילם מישהו בפינה אחרת של ההר: דמנו הותר, וגם לשכב בשקט אחרי 120 כבר אי אפשר.והמתים היהודים האלה, שכבר לא יעשו דבר, לא יגיבו, דומים לחיים היהודים ששותקים כשפוגעים במתיהם. אין מי שירדוף אחר הפורעים או כבוד המת. כך כתבה Ortal Shayovitz. הבוקר אביה ואחיה עלו לקבר של סבתה ז״ל וזה מה שראו שם. נשבר הלב.Posted by ‎אמילי עמרוסי‎ on Sunday, June 28, 2015

Police Disinter PA Arabs Sleeping Peacefully in Herzliya Graves

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

For the past few weeks, police in central Israel have been searching for the locations where Palestinian Authority Arab are sleeping when illegally staying overnight in the Tel Aviv area, according to a Tazpit report.

Palestinian Authority citizens with work permits are required to return to the PA controlled areas at night, but many don’t — creating a security risk.

Others, illegally cross the Green Line for work, thievery or as we’ve unfortunately and repeatedly experienced lately, deadly terror attacks.

Following some leads, the police began to search the area’s cemeteries, but found no signs of illegal PA Arabs, or that anyone else for that matter was living in the cemeteries.

On Saturday night, once again following a citizen’s reports of having seen Arabs in the Herzliya cemetery, police set up a stakeout, but despite the hours they spent in the graveyard, they still couldn’t find any illegal PA Arabs.

At the end of the stakeout, the police decided to check the inside of the vertical cemetery section currently under construction.

Israel has been building vertically tiered cemeteries in recent years to save space. Vertical cemeteries are concrete graves vaults or niches that are stacked horizontally side by side, and then vertically one on top of the other.

They found the first few niches empty, but when they continued to look, they found indications that someone was using the grave vaults for storage.

To their surprise, they then discovered the rest of the tombs were being used by the PA Arabs as overnight sleeping quarters and storage units.

Not much different than the Japanese sleeping pods being considered in Tel Aviv – but without the amenities or hostel fees.

Japanes pod hotel

Seven PA Arabs without work or entry permits, and some of them with stolen goods on them, were found sleeping peacefully in their graves.

Needless to say, they were disinterred and arrested.

Mount of Olives

Sunday, October 26th, 2014

The oldest, active Jewish cemetery in the world, going back around 3000 years.

Holy Crisis Intervention From Beyond the Grave

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

A dynamic young man who left this world much earlier than anyone ever expected, still managed to reach from beyond the grave this week to help a fellow Jew.

David Antar, 26, was the youngest son in a Brooklyn-based Syrian Jewish family and least likely to be sick; but he passed away nearly a year ago. Heartbroken family and friends told the story of his life in the few words they could place on the stone cover for his grave.

“Humanitarian. He helped hundreds of people in their time of need… He lived a very short life spent in the service of others.”

There is a tradition among Jews to visit the resting place of departed loved ones during the ten “days of repentance” between Rosh HaShanah (Jewish New Year) and Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement).

In a Sephardic cemetery in Staten Island, New York, Eliot and Shlomit Belilos were visiting the graves of family members on Thursday when they suddenly remembered their friend David had also come to the cemetery this year.

Walking over to pay their respects, they spotted a group of nine men close to Antar’s grave who looked like they were searching for something, Shlomit Belilos related in an interview with JewishPress.com .

“Can we help you?” she asked the group.

“We need a tenth man,” one of the group replied, “and we’re running out of time. We need to say Kaddish (the Jewish prayer for the dead) for a relative here but it is getting late.”

The requirements for reciting Kaddish are specific, and unique. A quorum of ten Jewish males age 13 and up is required. Kaddish cannot be recited without these specific conditions having been met. In the loss of a parent, for the first 11 months the prayer is recited by the bereaved child three times a day, every day, supported by the quorum of ten. In other circumstances the requirements change.

Eliot Belilos had appeared just in time, and more to the point, he was sadly eligible, having lost his father just a couple of years ago. Being familiar with the need for recitation of the Kaddish, he quickly joined the group and Kaddish was recited.

Those in the quorum merited a ‘credit’ for having helped out a fellow Jew and the bereaved merited a credit for having met his obligation to recite Kaddish as he was supposed to. Belilos scored an extra credit for being the tenth man to complete the minyan (quorum).

Coincidence? Yes, of course. But David Antar always had a knack for being in the right place at the right time when something needed to get done fast. Now.

Antar was a drug counselor, a case manager and a crisis intervention specialist. He founded and ran an agency, “C.R.I. Out” in Los Angeles, California, that helped place drug addicts in treatment programs.

He knew what worked and what didn’t, first-hand, because he had already been there — like most really good drug counselors — trying to bury old business he’d spent a lifetime trying to forget. He knew the struggle from “working the program one day at a time,” every day.

On October 28, 2013, Antar didn’t work the program. No one knows why. It cost him his life, but not his soul. That part of him still burns brightly.

On September 3, 2014, somehow David Antar reached out and made sure Kaddish was said for a fellow Jew.

May the memories of all departed loved ones be for a blessing this Yom Kippur Sabbath.

Alternative Group Replaces Orthodox Society at Boston Funeral Home

Thursday, December 26th, 2013

A new non-denominational Jewish burial society has replaced an Orthodox one at a Boston-area Jewish funeral home.

Community Hevra Kadisha of Greater Boston, which launched this fall and is part of a growing movement of Jewish burial societies that include non-Orthodox volunteers, began performing tahara – the ritual preparation of bodies for burial – at Brezniak-Rodman Chapel in West Newton, Mass., last week.

Until this month, the Orthodox-run Chevrah Kadisha of Greater Boston, whose membership is by invitation only, had been the sole provider of tahara at Brezniak-Rodman and other area funeral homes.

After Brezniak-Rodman announced that it would provide space for the new group, which has more than 100 volunteers, Rabbi Naftali Horowitz, who is known as the Bostoner Rebbe, sent a letter stating that the Chevra Kadisha of Greater Boston would continue operating there only “if we are the only one using the facilities.” Allowing a nondenominational group to use the funeral home’s facilities would “add great confusion regarding the standards which will be administered,” the letter said.

Last week, Brezniak-Rodman confirmed that the Chevra Kadisha of Greater Boston had stopped working with the funeral home.

David Brezniak, owner of Brezniak-Rodman, said of Horowitz, “I respect his decision, and he needs to respect mine. I thank him for whatever he’s done over the years, and that’s it.”

Officials from the Chevra Kadisha of Greater Boston, including Horowitz, did not respond to inquiries from JTA.

Brezniak said the new group employs the same standards in conducting tahara as the Orthodox one, and that he has been pleased so far with their work.

“The people doing this are very dedicated,” he said. “They’re not cutting any corners.”

Damaged Torahs Found in Iraq Buried in New York

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

Damaged Torah scrolls found by U.S. troops in Iraq’s intelligence headquarters were buried in a cemetery in New York on Sunday, according to Jewish law for disposing of unusable religious objects and texts.

More than 100 people, including Lukman Faily, the Iraqi ambassador to the U.S., attended the ceremony at the New Montefiore Cemetery in West Babylon, Long Island. “This is a statement by the government and people of Iraq that we are here to respect the heritage of the Jews,” Faily said.

Thousands of Jewish ritual items were discovered by U.S. troops in 2003, after the U.S. ouster of Saddam Hussein. U.S. troops found the items in the waterlogged basement of Iraq’s intelligence headquarters, and they were shipped to the National Archives, where experts set about restoring them.

An exhibit there on display through Jan. 5, is the first opportunity to see them.

Radical Haredim Riot against Construction over Alleged Tombs

Monday, August 12th, 2013

Radical Haredim rioted in Jerusalem and in Beit Shemesh, west of Jerusalem, on Monday because of construction at sites that they said contain Jewish graves. Police took into custody at least 14 rioters.

The Haredim in Jerusalem’s Mea Shearim and Geula neighborhoods set garbage containers on fire following a rabbinical ruled against claims of the developer that the site was over grain and oil warehouses. The rabbis said they investigated and concluded that there are Jewish burial caves underground, making it a holy area where it is forbidden to build.

Haredi rabbis are not unified in their opinion concerning the Beit Shemesh building site.

Construction work continued under police supervision.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/radical-haredim-riot-against-construction-over-alleged-tombs/2013/08/12/

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