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November 30, 2015 / 18 Kislev, 5776
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Shira Klein Regains Consiousness

Saturday, April 25th, 2015

Shira Klein, the young woman who was seriously injured in the April 15th Jerusalem terror attack that killed Shalom Yochai Sherki has woken up.

Doctors at Hadassah hospital report that Klein has regained consciousness, is breathing on her own and is talking to her family.

The terror attack happened at French Hill, when an Arab drive drove his car into the tow as they waited at a bus stop.

Arab Who Killed Cherki with His Car Admits He ‘Was Looking for Jews’

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

The Jerusalem Arab who killed one Jew and critically injured another last week has admitted to investigators he was “looking for Jews’ and intentionally rammed his car into them.

Khaled Koutineh, 37, ran over and killed Shalom Cherki and critically injured Shira Klein, whose condition remains the same although it has stabilized.

Koutineh originally claimed he was involved in an accident, a story that Israel’s establishment left-wing media tried to believe, as did the police, although they added that terror had not been eliminated as a motive.

Despite eyewitness accounts that Koutineh aimed his car at a group of Jews at a French Hill bus stop, the idea that he was a terrorist remained on the back burner until last Saturday, when the police finally stated that it was a terrorist attack without a shadow of doubt.

The Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) and police on Tuesday revealed that Koutineh has confessed that he intentionally killed his victims for the reason that they were Jewish, as he assumed by their dress.

He had tried to convince police that he was “crazy,” noting that he had visited a psychiatrist because of emotional problems.

Koutineh was not a part of any terrorist cell. He told security officials that he thought of carrying out the hit-and-run terrorist attack a short time before he used his car as a murder weapon.

Thousands Attend Funeral of Israeli Killed on Holocaust Remembrance Day

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

By Anav Silverman and Matti Bernhardt

Thousands paid their respects to Shalom Yochai Sherki, 25, who succumbed on Thursday morning to grave injuries he received when a car that slammed into a bus stop that he was standing by on Wednesday night, April 15 on French Hill.

Police in Jerusalem have indicated that there is a strong case that the motive for the driver who struck Sherki and a 20-year-old woman may have been nationalistic. Israel’s Chief of Police Yohanan Danino said on the Thursday, April 16, that first suspicions indicate that the car slamming was a terror attack, “especially in light of the fact that the incident took place on the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day.”

The driver of the car is a 37-year-old Arab man from the Anata village near Jerusalem. He was also injured and following medical treatment will be questioned by the Shin Bet. At the funeral, Shalom’s father, Rabbi Uri Sherki, said that his son saved the woman standing next to him. “Go dear son, it is not difficult because your noble soul is ascending straight to the King of Peace.”

Sherki is the brother of Israeli Channel 2 News reporter, Yair Sherki, and the son of a prominent Orthodox Rabbi Uri Sherki. Shalom Sherki worked as a tour guide in ‘Masa Israel’, a program that strengthens Jewish, Zionist and Israeli identity among Israeli teenagers and soldiers. He was also a counselor at the Bnei-Zvi Yeshiva in Beit-El.

Representatives of the Bnei-Zvi Yeshiva told Tazpit News Agency that “Sherki was a wonderful man, full of life, with a constant smile on his face. He always wanted to help. He taught his students the importance of giving and loving God. We have yet to grasp the death of this special man”.

After standing during the siren in honor of Holocaust Memorial Day, the head of the Bnei-Zvi Yeshiva said that “Sherki has joined the millions of Jews who died in the Holocaust only because they were Jewish”.

The Beit-El Regional Council also spoke with Tazpit News Agency, saying: “Beit-El is in mourning together with the Sherki family over the murder of Shalom Sherki in a terrorist attack in Jerusalem yesterday. We send our condolences to his father, Rabbi Uri Sherki and brother Yair, and to the entire family”.

Shalom Sherki’s funeral took place today at 17:00 in Jerusalem’s Givat Shaul Har Hamenuchot Cemetery.

The mother, Ada, of the 20-year-old girl who was hit in the car ramming last night has asked the public to pray for her daughter, Shira, who is in serious but stable condition at Hadassah Ein Karem hospital. She also said that her family offers their condolences to the Sherki family.

If the police conclude that this was indeed a terrorist attack, it will be the eighth such car-ramming incident within the past seven months where Palestinians have run over both soldiers and civilians.

On October 22, 2014 a terrorist ran over 8 people in a Light Rail station in the Giv’at Hatachmoshet neighborhood of Jerusalem, injuring six and killing two. Two weeks later, 14 people were injured in a similar attack, including 3 soldiers of the Border Patrol, in the Shimon Hatzadik neighborhood in Jerusalem. In November, an Arab tried to run over two children in the Neve Zuf community in the Benjamin area. On December 3, an Arab stole a car from a Jewish citizen near the Migdalim junction in Samaria, running him over and killing him. A week later, a terrorist tried to run over civilians in the Old City of Jerusalem.

In 2015, a terrorist tried to run over soldiers in the Al-Hader junction in Gush Etzion on January 8. On March 6, 7 people were injured, including 4 soldiers from the Border Patrol, when an Arab from east Jerusalem ran them over at a Light Rail station in northern Jerusalem.

Victim Dies in Suspected Jerusalem Vehicular Terror Attack

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

The 25-year-old man who was hit by a car last night in Jerusalem, in what is suspected to have been a terror attack has succumbed to his wounds early Thursday morning, according to Hadassah Hospital.

The victimn has been identified as Shalom Yochai Cherki.

Cherki worked as a tour guide during the day, and was a counselor at Yeshiva Ben-Tzvi in the evenings.

Cherki’s father, Uri, is a well-known Rabbi at Machon Meir, and his brother, Yair, is a Channel 2 reporter on Hareidi and religious affairs.

The funeral will be held on Thursday.

The second victim, a 20 year old woman, is still in serious condition. Prayers can be said for Shira bat Adel Ada.

The two were injured when an Arab driver drove into them as they waited at a bus stop in French Hill, Jerusalem.

Eye witnesses claim the driver aimed for the people in the bus stop.

The driver, 37 from New Anata in Jerusalem, who was lightly injured, claims it was an accident. He is currently also recovering in the hospital.

The Shabak are investigating the incident and considering all possibilities, though at this point they highly suspect it was a vehicular terror attack.

Anarchy Fuels War over Jerusalem

Friday, November 7th, 2014

Jerusalem police found two stolen guns, 11 bullet cartridges and dozens of stolen IDF stun grenade in eastern Jerusalem Friday and arrested an Arab suspect in Jabal Mukaber, an Arab neighborhood next to the Jewish area of Armon HaNatziv.

The Israeli government has ordered a crackdown in Arab areas of the city in the wake of the new intifada, riots or Arab Spring uprising, depending on the mood of an editor.

The warning signs have been flashing for three years, but an Israeli blind eye and President Barack Obama’s overt backing for Palestinian Authority-claimed areas of Jerusalem have allowed terror to capture the fancy of an increasing number of Arabs in what is commonly referred to as “eastern Jerusalem.”

In fact, the Palestinian Authority also claims sovereignty over southern Jerusalem, home to tens of thousands of Jews in Gilo, Talpiot and Har Homa, and northern Jerusalem, where Pisgat Ze’ev and Nevei Yaakov are the homes of tens of thousands of other Jews. French Hill and much of Ramot also are in areas where President Obama has declared Jews to be “illegitimate” and “illegal.”

American ignorance of the Arab culture, especially when it comes to its attitude of a Jewish state of Israel, does not take into account that the president’s remarks, certainly not intended as incitement for violence, give the Arab world justification to ram cars into people, beat them with iron rods and throw rocks at them, at their cars and at the Jerusalem light rail trains system in order to defeat the “Zionists.”

Ambushes of Jews in “eastern “Jerusalem were reported as far back as three years ago. People were severely beaten and hospitalized, but the government ignored the incidents, encouraging the state of anarchy.

Police tried to stay out of Arab neighborhoods in order not to “escalate tensions,” a ghetto state of mind that is paralleled today by calls for Jews to stay away from the Temple Mount in order not to anger Arab Muslims.

It more or less reminds me of a little talk gave to a group of armchair Zionists in Baltimore more than 20 years ago during the Oslo idiocy. After I described the illegal hobbies of our Arab neighbors in the southern Hebron Hills, and after explaining the Jewish meaning of the word “Shalom,” one of the names of God, a very polite and stupid gentleman stood up and asked, “Well, if the Arabs don’t want leave you alone in peace, why don’t you just move to Tel Aviv?”

The Arab world has fed Arabs in Israel, and more worryingly an entire new generation, a steady diet of hatred and the notion that they are a “people” who are “stateless.” They believe Israeli is “occupying” them and would not believe how loathsome and pathetic were the lives of the grandparents and great-grandparents under the Jordanian occupation from 1948-1967.

That is part of history they never will learn. Instead, Hamas has done what Yasser Arafat did – exploit a vacuum and incite people to war.

There is war in Jerusalem, a war that Israel cannot afford to lose.

The violence may subdue tomorrow, or next week or next month, or not at all. Like most wars, there is no logic. Jerusalem Arabs received benefits from Israel that they could only dream of receiving under a Palestinian Authority regime.

They enjoy the light rail system, a cheap and efficient way of arriving to work.

But much of Arab Jerusalem is lawless. The city had allowed tens of thousands of Arab buildings to be constructed without permits. It also has discriminated against Arabs when it comes to funding for schools, parks and other municipal services.

Obama Officials’ Insults Are Vulgar, But Their Policies Are Far Worse

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

The Obama administration officials’ vulgar treatment of Israel’s prime minister is troubling. But the policies behind their vulgarity – and reckless – are far worse.

Two officials were involved: one who used the epithet to describe Israel’s leader, and a second who agreed with the obscene remark. The point they were both making is that they consider Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu a “coward” because he won’t make the concessions that they believe might lead to peace.

What concessions, exactly? President Obama, Secretary of State Kerry, and other senior administration officials have said time and again that they want Israel to retreat to the 1967 armistice lines and permit the establishment of an independent Palestinian state. That would, of course, reduce Israel to just nine miles wide at its vulnerable mid-section, near Netanya. It would also almost certainly lead to a hostile Arab state — whether nationalist or Islamist — in Israel’s heartland.

What about Jerusalem? The White House and the State Department are very careful to refrain from saying explicitly that they want to redivide Jerusalem. They don’t say that out loud because they know it would infuriate millions of pro-Israel Christian and Jewish voters (not to mention almost all Israelis).

But “redivide Jerusalem” is exactly what the Obama administration is implying every time it condemns Israel for building apartments in so-called “East Jerusalem” and claims that such construction endangers peace. But the only peace it would endanger is one in which that part of Jerusalem is expected to be given to the Palestinians.

Otherwise, why would the White House be so upset if apartments are built in Ramat Shlomo, an Orthodox neighborhood in northern Jerusalem, or Gilo, a section of southern Jerusalem? The problem with Ramat Shlomo and Gilo is they are situated slightly beyond the old 1967 line.

Israelis naturally find the Obama administration’s characterization of such areas as “illegal settlements” laughable. Gilo is not a collection of trailers on some wind-swept hill. It is a modern, urban locale with more than 30,000 residents. Anyone who has driven in Jerusalem knows that Ramat Shlomo, Gilo, and the other neighborhoods denounced by the U.S. administration are physically indistinguishable from the rest of the city.

But the White House and State Department refuse to accept this reality. They are locked into a rigid ideological formula, according to which the 1967 line is sacrosanct and anything beyond it is “illegal” and “occupied.” And anything that is illegal and occupied, is expected to be surrendered.

There is, of course, nothing sacred about the 1967 armistice line. It was never an official border. It was simply the furthest point to which Jordanian troops managed to advance in the 1948 war. The Jordanian aggression in 1948 was illegal. The Jordanian occupation of the eastern part of Jerusalem, including the Old City, from 1948 to 1967 was illegal. The Jordanian destruction of 57 synagogues in the Old City during the 1950s and 1960s was illegal. Jordan’s use of tombstones from the Mount of Olives cemetery as latrines in Jordanian Army barracks was illegal (not to mention repulsive).

When Israel won the 1967 war and reunited Jerusalem, it was correcting an outrageous historical injustice. Decent people everywhere should celebrate that the city has, since 1967, been ruled by a democratic government that respects the rights of all religions and safeguards the holy sites of all faiths.

And, indeed, the United States Congress has recognized it since 1992, when the House of Representatives and the Senate unanimously adopted Senate Concurrent Resolution 113, celebrating “the reunification of Jerusalem.” That resolution asserted that Jerusalem “must remain an undivided city.”

Perhaps the Obama administration should be more frank about its true aim of re-dividing Jerusalem. Perhaps it should honestly acknowledge that it regards all construction beyond the 1967 line as illegal because it wants to Israel to give those areas to the Palestinians. xxx Perhaps they should say it plainly, and then see how it plays out among Israel’s voters, and America’s.

US Bans Embassy Personnel from Part of Jerusalem Light Rail Route

Friday, October 24th, 2014

The U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv has prohibited its personnel from riding the Jerusalem light rail train from French Hill to Pisgat Ze’ev, in northern Jerusalem, for 30 days because of the terrorist attack this week that killed a three-year-old American-Israeli.

It was a typical U.S. Embassy reaction – every time there is a serious terrorist attack, it prohibits its staffs from the vicinity.

The policy is not restricted only to areas that the Obama administration wants Israel to turn over to the Palestinian Authority The U.S. Embassy previously has ordered workers not to ride the buses in Tel Aviv after a terrorist tried to blow up a local bus last year.

Israelis have suffered terrorist attacks for decades, long before the country was re-established in 1948. Whether there are terrorist attacks between a period of quiet or whether there are periods of quiet between terrorist attacks depends on whether the glass of water is half-full or half-empty.

It is reasonable that the Embassy does not want to see its workers injured or killed. It is not reasonable to worry about terrorist attacks after they happen and then suggest that after 30 days, the all-clear signal may be given.

It makes as much sense as the U.S. State Dept.’s foreign policy.


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