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Firebombs Thrown at Dance Club near Hebrew U.

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Jerusalem Arabs hurled several firebombs were thrown at a dance club next to Hebrew University’s Mount Scopus campus in French Hill , injuring one person.

Three Arab youths from the adjoining neighborhood of Isawiya were arrested.

Kerry Hosts ‘Peace Process Partner’ Livni to Advance PA Demands

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, who is Prime Minister Netanyahu’s de facto “peace process minister,” is in Washington for talks with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who is fresh from winning a supposed “concession” from the Arab League for the American-sponsored peace process.

Kerry has come up with a proposal to adopt most of the Saudi 2002 Peace Initiative, which is virtually everything that Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas has demanded.

Kerry’s mission is to make a deal. Getting Israel and the Palestinian Authority to agree on the final status of an independent Arab country under the aegis of the Palestinian Authority would be a glorious triumph for Kerry, possibly the stepping stone to the White House in  2016.

To get there, he is taking the course of least resistance, meaning the Israeli government.

Enter his real peace partner, Tzipi Livni.

Prime Minister Netanyahu holds the portfolio of Foreign Minister until there is a court decision on whether Avigdor Lieberman is guilty of fraud or can return to his former post. In the meantime, Netanyahu hurriedly bought Livni’s tiny party of six Knesset Members into the government by granting her the responsibility for handling the American effort for Palestinian Authority peace talks, one of Livni’s pet hobbies.

She and Kerry have the same goal, a deal at any cost with the prize of international admiration.

He came away from a meeting with the Arab League last week and tried to sell Israel a bill of goods of the Great Concession: The Arab supposedly are prepared to amend the Saudi 2002 Peace Initiative and back “land swaps,” meaning Israel would have their approval for sovereignty over a small amount of the land that was restored to the country in the Six-Day War in 1967.

In return, Israel would fork over an equal amount of land that has been part of the country since 1948.

Qatari Prime Minister Sheik al-Thani, whose kingdom has been unusually aggressive in handing out fat checks to Hamas and is pouring money into Arab areas of Jerusalem as well as the Palestinian Authority, led the Arab League delegation.

He agreed that perhaps – maybe if this and maybe if that, and if Israel behaves – the League could agree to “minor” land swaps.

For Kerry, this was a big concession. He “broke” the back of the Arabs and all that is left for him to do is tell Israel it is the best thing for the country since felafel.

“The Arab League delegation affirmed … the two-state solution on the basis of the 4th of June 1967 line, with the (possibility) of comparable and mutual agreed minor swap of the land,” he declared.

Of course, no one has any idea of what “minor” land swaps could mean, but you can rest your bottom dinar it does not mean that Israel would retain Gush Etzion. Maaleh Adumim? Maybe. Maybe not.

Perhaps the Jerusalem neighborhoods of Ramot, French Hill, Pisgat Ze’ev and Talpiot, among others? Could be.

And Gilo? Probably not.

It does not matter now. The most important thing for Kerry and Livni, his one-woman Israeli government fan club, is to talk it up. It does not matter to them that Hamas leader Khaled Mashaal already has rejected the idea. But they can take of him later and drop Hamas from the list of outlawed terrorist organizations, make it a legal terrorist group, and everything will be just fine.

Livni said the Qatari prime minister’s grand concession of possibly, just maybe, agreeing to a  minor land swap was “very positive news.”

And what would land would Israel give up in this “minor” swap. Most likely, enough land to link Gaza with Judea and Samaria.

Of course there is one not so minor point that Kerry has forgotten. Actually, he has not forgotten because the State Dept. does not know any better.

What Israeli Arab in his right mind would give up all the benefits and security he gets from the Israeli government and become subjects of the Palestinian Authority in order to help Kerry’s political career?

Respected Poll: Large Majority Favor Sovereignty in West Bank

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

A surprising 80 percent of Israelis support the idea of Israeli sovereignty over all or part of Judea and Samaria, according to a new poll released by the respected Geocartography research institute.

The survey was commissioned by the University of Ariel, located in central Samaria, in advance of its annual Conference for Law and Mass Media.

The idea of Israeli sovereignty began to win popularity last year when a government-commissioned report by three legal experts, headed by retired Supreme Court Justice Edmund Levy, concluded that Israelis have the right under international law to live anywhere they want in Judea and Samaria.

The “Levy Committee” also debunked the popular concept, adopted by the United States and almost all of the international community, that Israel “occupies” Judea and Samaria.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu quickly shelved the report for “further study,” obviously not wanting to upset the Obama administration’s continuation of the long-buried “peace process” that it still promotes to an audience of none.

The most surprising results in the Geocartography poll related to the views of those who have left-wing views. More than a majority, in fact 60 percent, stated that Israel has to take sovereignty over at least part of Judea and Samaria.

Even among those who consider themselves thoroughly left wing, 42 percent agreed that international law must recognize Israeli sovereignty in part of the areas that the Palestinian Authority demands for itself, if it ever becomes an independent country

Overall, more than one-third of Israelis support Israeli sovereignty over all of Judea and Samaria, and 25 percent think that it should apply to part of the area.

Most support for sovereignty undoubtedly is for Maaleh Adumim, a city of more than 40,000 located only 10 minutes away from Jerusalem, and the Gush Etzion communities, the largest of which is Efrat, heavily populated by Americans.

The nationalist Women in Green movement applauded the data that emerged from the poll.

“These figures might be surprising for a part of the Israeli public, but this comes as no surprise to us,” said Women in Green leaders  Yehudit Katsover and Nadia Matar.

“ In recent years we have been traveling throughout Israel  and wherever the question of sovereignty is raised, the idea is received favorably, with extensive support,” they added.

Asked by the Jewish Press if proposing sovereignty makes any sense in the wake of the American insistence to continue with its peace process plan, they said, “The Americans know that ‘two states for two peoples’ is, thank God, not a reality.”

Matar and Katsover also argued that with the failure of the peace process, there is no other alternative on the table, making Israeli sovereignty more of a viable option.

They dismissed many problems with sovereignty leaving Israel with a large Arab minority that could wreck the country’s Jewish identity.

The Women in Green leaders explained that there are several solutions to the problem but “first of all, let’s implement sovereignty and then we will deal with the arguments.”

Four different  proposals on coping with the demographics have been proposed, they said.

One idea is to offer all Arabs citizenship on the condition that they pledge loyalty to Israel as a Jewish state.

Another idea to the opposite extreme is to pay Palestinian Authority Arabs to leave Israel.

A third proposed solution is to grant them the status of residents without citizenship.

The fourth idea is to recognize that Palestine is Jordan, where the Arabs in Judea and Samaria could move.

European Union and American officials would be aghast at any of the suggestions, but after 22 years of failed diplomatic attempts to build up a Palestinian Authority that can self-govern and guarantee security for Israel as a neighbor, the peace process in retrospect seems even more far-fetched than Israeli sovereignty.

Rock Beats Muezzin: Offensive Mosque Speakers Removed after Threat of Reprisal

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

That’s all it took – a well coordinated campaign that delivered a simple message to the Muezzin and the local leaders in the village of Al Issawiya, near the French Hill neighborhood of Jerusalem: If you don’t stop waking us up at 5 in the morning and disturbing us with unbelievably high Allah-inspired decibels four more times during the day, we’ll hire a special events company with four giant speakers that normally accompany the likes of Madonna and Mick Jagger, and blast you back.

According to Mynet, the residents of French Hill, Har Choma and Pisgat Ze’ev scored a decisive victory in the battle against the muezzin speakers of the mosque without actually having to ever make good on their threat.

The stupendous response their plight and their battle plan was receiving online, and most emphatically right here, at the Jewish Press (some sites were undecided, but we don’t harbor much liberalism when it comes to Muezzin wakeup calls), encouraged the Jewish residents of those three neighborhoods to keep up their threats.

This led to a meeting between the sound-warring sides, a meeting that included the commanding officer of the local police station, the Mukhtar (chief) of Al-Issawiya Darwish Darwish, the Imam of the local mosque, Sami Muchsein, the director of the French Hill Community Administration, Yochanan Bechler, and the Jerusalem municipality’s director of Emergency and Security section Itzik Nidam.

Our understanding is that during the meeting the guy from French Hill went into specific detail regarding the amazing rock concerts his neighbors were going to be treated to starting, say, at 2 every morning. There may have been talk of the effect of the late Jimmy Hendrix could have on a picturesque little village in the mountains.

The last time rock music was used in anger was when President Bill Clinton’s FBI laid a siege on the Branch Davidian compound west of Waco, Texas, in 1993, using loudspeakers to generate high decibel sounds of laughter, birds squawking, sirens, rabbits being slaughtered, rock music, and Tibetan chants.

We have no idea whether or not the above alternatives were used to illustrate what some angry Jewish neighbors who’ve had enough can do with four really big speakers. We do know that in the end Mukhtar Darwish Darwish blinked and promised to remove the speakers that were trained at the Jewish neighborhood.

“We were very afraid that they would direct speakers with noisy music at the neighborhood homes, and also we want to be good neighbors,” he said. “We decided that four speakers are enough.”

If this incident doesn’t teach you everything you need to know about living in peace in the Middle East, nothing will. Over here, the late great President Teddy Roosevelt no doubt would have advised: “Speak Loudly and carry two big sticks.”

Mosque’s Loud Prayer Generates Mega-Decibel ‘Battle of the Bands’

Monday, July 16th, 2012

After the French Hill neighborhood of Jerusalem has decided to play very loud music, in defiance of the volume and disturbance of the sound of the muezzin at the mosque in nearby Al-Issawiya, two additional Jewish neighborhoods, Pisgat Ze’ev and Har Choma, have announced that they, too, will take up a similar approach. French Hill also decided to go with hard rock, and not Mediterranean tunes, as had originally been planned, because, as they put it, hard rock is more likely to deliver the message.

According to Yediot Jerusalem, the French Hill neighborhood has recently approached an amplification company with an order for four huge speakers to be directed at Al-Isawiya. As soon as the village muezzin will start his exceedingly loud prayer, it will be responded to with ear shattering Rock n’ Roll, letting local Arabs understand how disturbing the loud prayers have been to their Jewish neighbors.

Har Choma and Pisgat Ze’ev residents are waiting to see the results from the French Hill “pilot.” If the protest via rock blasts succeeds, the other two neighborhoods, situated on the border of the Jerusalem municipality, will follow suit.

Har Choma residents are coping with the sound of the muezzin from the villages of Umm Tuba and Sur Baher. Pisgat Ze’ev residents receive their 5 daily Muslim inspiration calls from Beit Hanina, Shuafat and Anata.

Jerusalem’s city hall has attempted to negotiated between Al-Issawiya village head Darwish Darwish and the residents of French Hill. Darwish promised to regulate the noise level, but the French Hill residents are saying nothing has changed, and the muezzin call continue to reach unbearable decibels.

Arab Youth Harasses Jewish Girl; Police Arrest Girl’s Father

Tuesday, May 1st, 2012

The website “Hakol Ha’Yehudi” reports that after a teenage boy on Monday afternoon had been harassing a Jewish girl in a playground at Jerusalem’s French Hill neighborhood, the girl escaped from the playground and called her father, who called the police. But the arriving cops ended up arresting the girl’s father on suspicion of attacking the Arab boy.

A neighborhood resident said that “one of the girls from the neighborhood, from a religious family, was watching over her younger siblings in the playground, when suddenly an Arab boy came and sat down close to her.” The neighbor reported that “the girl said that the boy was clinging to her, while harassing her with inappropriate questions and winking at her. The frightened Girl began to walk away, but the Arab boy continued to cling to her and bother her.”

“The girl ran home and called her father, who arrived at the scene while already calling the police. The Arab boy was hiding inside one of the slides and so the girl’s father brought him over to the policemen who had just arrived in the playground,” says the neighbor.

“Two Jewish policemen and an Arab volunteer were in the arriving patrol car,” says the neighbor. “The father told the cops that the youth had been harassing his daughter, but instead of listening to him, the Arab volunteer began to examine the boy’s body until he found a red spot.”

“Quickly thereafter, the father became the accused, and the officers informed him he will be detained in the police station on suspicion of attacking the youth,” says the neighbor.

The Arab youth was also arrested.

“I asked the volunteer if the Arab boy had pressed charges that man had hit him, but the volunteer said it did not matter, because he himself saw a red mark on the boy’s back,” says the neighbor.

A spokesman for the Hanenu organization, told the Jewish Press that the father has been released from detention but it is not yet known if the release was unconditional.

Hanenu advocates for Jews, often religious, who get in trouble with the authorities over failed Israeli government policies, as well as soldiers who end up facing charges for carrying out their missions.

Gan HaShalom, the “Garden of Peace,” a playgroud in Jerusalem’s French Hill neighborhood, has been anything but peaceful for a long time, as a struggle between Jewish residents and dozens of Arabs who arrive each day from nearby villages have been brewing regularly.

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