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Christiane Amanpour on Mount of Olives Plus Nachum Segal on Kosher Hot Dogs and Israel

Wednesday, August 1st, 2012

Christiane Amanpour (CNN and ABC) vists Yishai Fleisher  on the Mount of Olives.  Listen in as Yishai and Christiane discuss Jewish life in eastern Jerusalem, why many Jews feel it is important to return to Israel, and more.  Then Yishai talks with Nachum Segal on JM in the AM (New Jersey)  kosher hot dogs in major league ballparks versus struggling to support Israel.

National Union MKs Demand Defense of Jews on Mount of Olives

Monday, June 11th, 2012

National Union MKs Aryeh Eldad and Michael Ben-Ari toured eastern Jerusalem’s A-Tur neighborhood on Sunday afternoon in an attempt to highlight the need for security in the area, famous for housing the millennia-old Mount of Olives cemetery.

Ben Ari and Eldad called on police to provide better protection for Jews in the area, which is part of the municipality of Israel’s capital.

The Mount of Olives has been the site of several recent rock attacks against Jews by Arab residents.  Attacks have been launched against young children, as well as US congressmen in the area on tour.

No violence was reported during the National Union MKs’ tour.  However, 50 police officers were positioned along their travel route, to thwart attacks.

EU Foreign Ministers Condemn Israeli Settlements for Threatening Two-State Solution

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

European Union foreign ministers at a meeting in Brussels slammed Israel for threatening the viability of a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict.

Their three-page statement released Monday condemned the increased growth of settlement building, and the eviction of Palestinians and demolition of their homes in eastern Jerusalem. It also expressed concern over settler violence.

“The viability of a two-state-solution must be maintained,” the statement said. “The EU expresses deep concern about developments on the ground which threaten to make a two-state solution impossible.”

The statement also indicated that the EU reiterates its “fundamental commitment to the security of Israel, including with regard to vital threats in the region. The EU is appalled by recurring rocket attacks from Gaza and condemns in the strongest terms violence deliberately targeting civilians.” It also called for the prevention of arms smuggling into Gaza.

It also expressed concern about recent reports of the arrests of journalists by the Palestinian Authority and for “recent incidents of incitement in Palestinian media and elsewhere.”

In its response to the statement, Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said that “The conclusions of the EU Foreign Affairs Council on the Middle East Peace Process do not contribute to advancing the peace process.”

The statement’s accusations, the ministry said, “include a long list of claims and criticism that are based on a partial, biased and one-sided depiction of realities on the ground. Such a public presentation does not contribute to advancing the process.

Video: Sa’ar’s Leadership in Education Bringing a New Generation to Jerusalem

Thursday, March 22nd, 2012

Member of Knesset Gideon Sa’ar was appointed Minister of Education in the Netanyahu administration in March 2009.  Since that time he has built a dynamic program requiring schoolchildren to visit Jerusalem three times spread across their 12 years in the Israeli school system.  The program has more than doubled the annual number of schoolchildren visiting Israel’s capital from 200,000 to 500,000 under Sa’ar’s leadership.  JewishPress.com brings you an exclusive interview with Minister Sa’ar speaking about bringing students to Jerusalem’s Mount of Olives.

 

Congressmen In Jerusalem: ‘Capital Must Remain United, Israeli’

Thursday, November 24th, 2011

JERUSALEM – Four U.S. congressmen took a Friday tour of eastern Jerusalem earlier this month and received a strategic briefing, courtesy of the Im Eshkachech-Keep Jerusalem organization.

The lawmakers, all Republicans, also visited Hebron and other areas in Judea and Samaria, in a visit that was kept publicly quiet until it was over. As Chaim Silberstein, head of Im Eshkachech, later said, “These representatives do not need to be lectured about being pro-Israel, but they did request tools to help them defend a united Jerusalem in Congress and in the American public.”

The four were Reps. Doug Lamborn of Colorado, co-chair of the Republican Israel Caucus; Louie Gohmert of Texas; John Fleming of Louisiana; and Randy Forbes of Virginia.

“Jerusalem must remain the undivided and eternal capital of the State of Israel,” Lamborn declared. Gohmert went even further, asserting that the “Land of Israel and Jerusalem were given by God to the Jewish People, and giving them up would be both immoral and nonsensical.”

Their Jerusalem tour began at Ammunition Hill, site of a Six-Day War battle that helped secure Jerusalem for Israel. The multimedia presentation put the cease-fire lines in military, geographic and historic perspective.

Next on the itinerary was the gravesite of Shmuel HaNavi (Nebi Samuel). Silberstein provided the visitors with maps and aerial photos to give them a “solid understanding of the geographic and legal realities of eastern Jerusalem.”

The high altitude site of Nebi Samuel, used by Jordan to attack Israeli positions in the 1948 and 1967 wars, provided the congressmen with “a commanding view of the security fence, the growing Arab population, and the chokehold that Jews in the capital would suffer if the city were to be divided,” said Silberstein.

From Nebi Samuel they traveled farther north, taking clear note of the high standard of living in Arab neighborhoods. “When I mentioned polls showing that the majority of eastern Jerusalem Arabs want to continue living under Israeli rule rather than in a Palestinian Authority state,” said Silberstein, “they said they could understand why.”

They then proceeded to the site of the biblical Givat Sha’ul. In 1967, the late King Hussein of Jordan was serenely building himself a summer palace on this scenic hilltop when his workers were abruptly interrupted by the Six-Day War, during which Israel liberated the area in mid-construction. Ever since, the partially completed and instantly recognizable skeleton of the almost-palace has stood untouched on the hill.

Originally a lone structure amid pristine mountaintops, it now provides a breathtaking view of the many surrounding Jewish and Arab neighborhoods – and, noted Silberstein, an appropriate background for Im Eshkachech’s presentation on the strategic and security ramifications of dividing Jerusalem.

The Americans were also treated to a panoramic view of Jerusalem from the Mt. of Olives, overlooking the Old City and the Temple Mount.

 

Quick Takes: News From Israel You May Have Missed

Wednesday, June 18th, 2008

The Palestinian Authority held the latest in a series of official meetings in Jerusalem to discuss dealing with expected Palestinian sovereignty over key sections of the city.

Dmitri Ziliani, a spokesman for the Jerusalem section of PA President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fatah party, told WorldNetDaily that this week’s meeting was related to the activities and structure of Fatah’s local command in eastern neighborhoods of Jerusalem.

“We were covering the best ways to improve our performance on the street and how we can be of service to the community,” Ziliani said.

Ziliani said the regular PA meetings in Jerusalem are, in part, held in anticipation of a future Palestinian state encompassing all of eastern Jerusalem.

“Our political program as Fatah dictates [is that] there will be no Palestinian state if these areas – all of east Jerusalem – are not included,” Ziliani said.

This week’s meeting was the latest in a series of official PA gatherings in Israel’s capital since last November’s U.S.-backed Annapolis summit, which aimed to create a Palestinian state before the end of this year.

According to previous accords, the PA cannot open official institutions in Jerusalem. While Israel has not officially approved the PA’s presence in Jerusalem, Palestinian diplomatic sources claimed there was an unwritten agreement in which Prime Minister Ehud Olmert’s office pledged not to interfere with some PA activities in the city.

Rice In Solidarity With PA On Jerusalem

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice this week pledged to study a Palestinian proposal for the U.S. to guarantee that eastern sections of Jerusalem will become part of a future Palestinian state.

“[Rice] was in total solidarity with us on the issue of stopping Israeli building in [eastern] Jerusalem,” said a senior Palestinian Authority official who met with Rice.

The official said Rice promised to seriously look into the offering of a formal U.S. letter guaranteeing that new Israeli construction in eastern Jerusalem would be disregarded and that the areas of construction would be included in the final borders of a Palestinian state.

As Rice met with Israeli and Palestinian officials, Jerusalem Mayor Uri Lupolianski announced the approval of 40,000 new residential units to be built in various Jewish neighborhoods, including about 1,300 new units in eastern Jerusalem. Rice later harshly criticized the proposed new construction.

Israel recaptured eastern Jerusalem, including the Temple Mount, during the 1967 Six Day War. The Palestinians have claimed eastern Jerusalem as the future capital of a Palestinian state. While the area has large Arab neighborhoods, it also has a significant Jewish population as well as sites holy to Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

About 231,000 Arabs live in Jerusalem, mostly in eastern neighborhoods. Many reside in illegally constructed complexes on property owned by the Jewish National Fund, a Jewish nonprofit agency that purchases land for the stated goal of Jewish settlement. Jerusalem has an estimated total population of 724,000.

Hamas Says Israel In Retreat

Hamas has been operating under the working assumption that Prime Minister Olmert will reject a proposed large-scale military ground operation that was debated in the Knesset last week, said top Hamas sources.

The Hamas sources said they expect Israel to agree to a truce with the Gaza-based militants. They said they consider Israel to be engaged in a policy of retreat with regard to the Gaza Strip, the Golan Heights and the West Bank.

“We are sure the Zionists will not dare any operation in Gaza,” said one top Hamas official. “To show this, in recent weeks, the Israeli military forces have been lowering their level of troops operating near Gaza.

“If there was going to be any major operation, Israel would be sending in reinforcements, not evacuating its forces.

“Of course we prepare for anything, but what we see is that Israel is in retreat. They are pulling their troops back,” said the Hamas official.

The official was referring to an Israeli decision two weeks ago to evacuate troops stationed at the Erez crossing, a major Gaza-Israel border crossing, following repeated Palestinian attacks against Israel’s side of the border station.

Aaron Klein is Jerusalem bureau chief for WorldNetDaily.com. He appears throughout the week on leading U.S. radio programs and is the author of the recently published book “Schmoozing with Terrorists.”

Quick Takes: News From Israel You May Have Missed

Wednesday, March 16th, 2005

The United States has quietly approved a plan to relocate its consulate from the eastern section of Jerusalem to a western Jerusalem neighborhood, with construction of the new facility already beginning and some in Israel are worried the move may be related to the Jewish state withdrawing from eastern Jerusalem and giving the area to the Palestinians.

The U.S. is maintaining that the approved consular move is related to rising concerns over security threats in the eastern Jerusalem neighborhood. But some in Israel worry the change may be politically motivated. Prime Minister Ariel Sharon is forging ahead with his plan to remove Jewish settlers from Gaza and parts of the West Bank this summer, and there has been talk, mostly by Deputy Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, of future withdrawals from other areas, including eastern Jerusalem.

Knesset Member Uzi Landau, one of the leading anti-disengagement forces within Sharon’s Likud party, said, “It is quite clear the disengagement policy will lead to the division of Jerusalem. This will be done under the auspices of Sharon.”

But Mitchell Barak, a former aide to Sharon, said he believes the U.S. explanation.

“The current offices in the Arab neighborhood are too small to accommodate demand,” said Barak. “People have to wait in line outside. It’s just not safe.”

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The father of an American-born Israeli soldier who disappeared in Lebanon 23 years ago recently obtained evidence he says indicates his son is being held in a Syrian prison. Yona Baumel is applying this week for a visa to visit Syrian president Bashar Assad and demand the missing soldier’s release.

“I have been waiting all these years, but now I have concrete evidence my son is alive and the timing is ripe for Syria to return him,” said Baumel, whose son Zachary was captured by Syrian forces in Lebanon in 1982.

“I am going to ask Syria for a visa and will take my case straight to Assad.”

Baumel says sources he has cultivated in Syria told him they have visited his son in the past two months at a Syrian military installation just north of the border with Iraq. And Baumel was recently given a book from a confidante of a family in Syria that has coded messages he says could have only been written by his son.

“It’s been a long and painful 23 years. I am going to Syria, and I am bringing back my son,” said Baumel.

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Syria has published an updated version of the “Protocols of the Elders of Zion,” adding to it Islamic extremist ideology, including claims Israelis use hot pokers to gouge out Arab eyes, and dedicating the work to Palestinian suicide bombers.

The work contains several sections that claim Jews control the world, the Holocaust was a Zionist creation, and Israelis seek to kill Arab children. Chapters include “Judaism is a Closed Religion,” “The Jews are Treacherous,” and “The Laws of Humanity and Humanistic Behavior Among Jews are only Valid for Themselves.”

The book opens with a “history” of the Jewish people that claims Jews invented the idea of their nation being “chosen” and later created a false connection to the land of Israel. The first section also tells readers Jews “from time immortal” have dominated the fields of prostitution and drug dealing. The new Syrian edition was dedicated to “the shaheeds of the blessed Al Aqsa [Mosque] and all those who died the deaths of martyrs for the sake of Allah in Palestine. May Allah grant me the privilege of dying the death of a martyr for the sake of Allah in Palestine.”

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World Pride 2005, an international homosexual event planned for Jerusalem this summer, is morally outrageous and highly offensive to religious sensibilities, said a Christian group that is seeking 1 million signatures on a petition to stop the event.

The mass gathering is scheduled to take place in August in Jerusalem with the theme “Love without borders.” A brochure says the event’s goal is to bring a “new focus to an ancient city through a massive demonstration of LGBT dignity, pride and boundary-crossing celebration.”

The global gathering was last held in 2000 in Rome, where it attracted about a quarter of a million participants. Images of the Rome festivities show throngs of shirtless men in shorts and bikini briefs congregating in the streets, some of them holding hands.

But the Jerusalem Prayer Team, a national group that asks members to pray for and encourage the people of Israel, has called World Pride an abomination, with its followers asking the Jerusalem mayor and the city’s municipality to cancel the event.

“Jerusalem is where heaven and earth met and will meet again,” Prayer Team founder Mike Evans told WorldNetDaily. “This event will bring to the streets homosexuals in immodest dress, in G-strings, with all kinds of pornographic images. They plan to fill the hotels and restaurants and party like Sodomites, while the world press takes pictures. It is a disgrace to the eternal holiness of Jerusalem and to its people.”

Aaron Klein is Jerusalem bureau chief for WorldNetDaily.com. He can also be heard regularly on ABC Radio’s nationally syndicated John Batchelor Show.

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