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July 23, 2016 / 17 Tammuz, 5776

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Israeli Officials Call for Prime Minister To Approve Jewish Construction in Israel’s Capital

Monday, July 4th, 2016

By Jonathan Benedek/TPS

Israeli officials emphasized the importance of maintaining a clear and undivided Jerusalem this morning at the annual conference held by the Yesha Council, an organization representing the Jewish communities of Judea and Samaria.

“Givat Hamatos is a strategic point for the future of Jerusalem,” said Education Minister and Jewish Home Party Chairman Naftali Bennett. “It is where the fate of the unity of Jerusalem will be set.”

Minister Bennett made the remarks following the approval of 600 new housing units for Arabs in the neighborhood of Beit Safafa, located on land in southern Jerusalem territories annexed by Israel after the Six Day War in 1967. The new housing units will further connect the Arab neighborhood to Givat Hamatos, also located on southern Jerusalem lands gained by Israel in 1967.

“The goal of the world and the Palestinians is to create Palestinian territorial continuity through Givat Hamatos from Beit Jala to Malha,” continued Minister Bennett.

Beit Jala is a Palestinian town located next to Bethlehem and south of Givat Hamatos. Malha is another neighborhood in southern Jerusalem to the west of Givat Hamatos.

“We are opposed to such a goal,” Bennett stressed. “We want continuity between Talpiot and Gilo and to preserve the unity of Jerusalem.”

Talpiot is a neighborhood located southwest of Jerusalem’s Old City and Gilo, like Givat Hamatos, is another neighborhood in southern Jerusalem located in territories taken over by Israel in the Six Day War.

Although Israel maintains that Givat Hamatos and Gilo are part of its capital city, many in the international community refuse to accept Israel’s annexation of those neighborhoods or Jerusalem’s status as Israel’s capital city.

Minister Bennett asserted that authorization for Palestinian construction without Israeli construction in such areas would only serve to further divide Jerusalem.

“Arab construction without Israeli construction in Givat Hamatos will create [Palestinian] territorial continuity up to the Malha mall,” Bennett noted. “It will create a de-facto divide of the city and create a Palestinian buffer in Jerusalem. I urge the prime minister not to only allow Palestinian construction and I trust that he will permit Israeli construction as well.”

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has often cancelled or postponed plans to build additional Jewish housing units in neighborhoods like Givat Hamatos and Gilo due to intense pressure from the international community. Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, who also spoke at the conference, insisted that Netanyahu not abide by such a standard, which he implied to be prejudiced against the city’s Jewish residents.

“Building in Jerusalem should not be stopped for no reason,” Barkat asserted. “We need to allow construction within the framework of the work plans of the city of Jerusalem without prejudice.”

“I would argue that it would be a mistake not to allow construction and that it is a mistake to only authorize it after an attack,” continued Barkat.

Israel has often announced construction plans near the site of a terror attack shortly after its occurrence. Netanyahu announced over the weekend that 42 new homes would be built in the Harsina neighborhood of Kiryat Arba, where 13-year-old Hallel Yaffa Ariel was stabbed to death by a Palestinian Arab last Thursday. Critics countered that such a plan was already in the works.

Barkat contended that Israel should insist upon continuing to build sans any discriminatory standards. “The message is to allow construction without prejudice in the city of Jerusalem,” the mayor reiterated.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Firebomb Attack in Jerusalem’s Gilo Neighborhood

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016

An unidentified attacker or attackers hurled firebombs in the southern Jerusalem neighborhood of Gilo on Wednesday night.

The incendiary bottles (Molotov cocktails) were thrown in the area of Dov Yosef Street. No one was physically injured in the attack, according to Jerusalem police.

Update: Police have determined that the fire was not started by Molotov cocktails as originally thought. Youths from the nearby neighborhood of Sharfat ignited a couch, and then threw parts of it down the hill.

The firebombing did, however, ignite a brush fire and no details were available regarding property damage as a result of the attack.

Large security forces were deployed to search for the perpetrators as fire and rescue services extinguished the blaze.

No details were released about the extent of property damage.

Hana Levi Julian

Stone Thrower Caught Near Jerusalem’s Gush Etzion Tunnel Road

Sunday, February 28th, 2016

Police caught an Arab minor in the act of throwing stones at buses driving along Rosemarine (Rosemary) street in Gilo.

Rosemarine street is the Jerusalem road that connects Gilo and Talpiot to the Tunnel Road which lead from Jerusalem to Gush Etzion. It is located next to the Arab neighborhood of Beit Tsafafa.

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Second Light Rail Line Serving Eastern Jerusalem Approved

Thursday, January 28th, 2016

(JNi.media) The Jerusalem Building and Planning Committee on Wednesday approved construction of a second Light Rail line that will run from Gilo in the south to Ramot in the northwest and serve 250,000 residents.

Approval of the new “Blue Line” comes four years after the current “Red Line” was launched, running from Pisgat Ze’ev in northern Jerusalem, through the center of the capital to Mount Herzl.

Wednesday’s decision carries a huge political significance because like the Red Line, the new section will run through neighborhoods claimed by the Palestinian Authority. Connecting the entire city with a Light Rail physically unites the capital and establishes a de facto veto of any idea of dividing it wherever the trains are running.

The Blue Line’s is 12.5 miles long, including a half-mile long tunnel. It will run on Hebron Road, the main artery connecting Gilo and Talpiot. A branch of the Blue Line will serve the Emek Refa’im area and Malkha, which features a high-tech center, an upscale mall, the Teddy sports stadium and a new culture center.

Long-range plans for the Jerusalem Light Rail include a third, “Green Line,” connecting Gilo with Mount Scopus. In addition, work is underway to extend the current Red Line to Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center.

Jerusalem residents are hoping that construction of the Blue Line will be less of a horror show than the building the Red Line, which was plagued with long delays and caused massive inconvenience to shop keepers and pedestrians.

Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz said after the Jerusalem committee’s decision, “We are witnessing a transportation revolution in Jerusalem. The Red Line has proven that a light rail system operating alongside buses is the most efficient way for the capital’s transportation.”

Katz noted that the widening of Highway 1 west of Jerusalem and the construction of a high-speed Tel Aviv-Jerusalem rail will also help the city’s growing transportation needs.

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat commented, “Jerusalem residents will be able to enjoy shorter travel times, fewer traffic jams, cleaner air and a rejuvenated city.”

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Grave Watching

Monday, January 4th, 2016

Some fifty Hareidi men stand in protest at a construction site in Gilo where ancient grave were found while digging.

They believe the bodies found are of Jews, and do not want them moved for the construction of new housing units that were planned for the site.

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Runaway Ostrich Roams Jerusalem Streets Attacking No One (Video)

Monday, December 28th, 2015

(JNi.media) An ostrich who was running free in the streets of Jerusalem was seized on Sunday afternoon after sowing panic in the Jewish neighborhood of Gilo in eastern Jerusalem.

Many residents reported seeing the large (flightless) bird running away from teams of the municipal veterinary service. The ostrich’s owner, who lives in the neighborhood, told a veterinary service inspector that he had purchased it illegally as a chick in the marketplace of Kafr Qasim—an Israeli Arab city some 12 miles east of Tel Aviv—and raised it since, without the knowledge or approval of the municipality or the Veterinary Services.

The ostrich (Struthio camelus), native to Africa, is the largest living bird species and lays the largest eggs of any living bird. It is capable of reaching 45 mph, which is the speed limit on local roads in Israel.

The Jerusalem municipality said that “out of deep concern for the well-being of the ostrich,” it was transferred to the Biblical Zoo, where it is being treated by professional staff.

Leah Abolof, a resident of Gilo, told Walla: “I sat on the bus when traffic suddenly stopped and we saw the ostrich standing in the middle of the street.” She added, “It wasn’t letting traffic move and I was afraid it might hurt the children who at that time were just being released from schools and kindergartens.” Abolof also said she feared for the ostrich’s well being, standing like that in traffic.

Dr. Asaf Brill, head of the Veterinary Service of the Jerusalem municipality, told Ynet: “I’ve been on the job 11 years, and never encountered anything like this. We experience fleeing animals like parrots and iguanas, but these are animals people usually raise. The ostrich is a wild, dangerous, and endangered bird. It can reach the weight of many hundreds of pounds — a kick from it can kill a man.” He said he believed the ostrich is one- to two-years old.

Dr. Brill noted that the owner is being investigated by his staff and the Nature Reserves Authority and action would be taken against him accordingly. Raising an animal of this size without a permit is a criminal offense.

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Arab Terrorists Who Attacked IDF Post in August Arrested

Monday, October 12th, 2015

(JNi.media) On August 19, the IDF, Shin Bet and Israeli police arrested three assailants for hurling an Improvised explosive device (IED) at the “Panorama” Army post near Beit Jala and the Israeli community of Har Gilo. One soldier was moderately injured as a result of the attack. The IDF spokesperson’s office today released this information.

One perpetrator, Asad Ibrahim Salah Asad, 18, is a resident of the Aida refugee camp, near Bethlehem. Two minors, also residents of the refugee camp, were arrested as well.

During their investigation, the perpetrators confessed to committing the attack. They also admitted to participating in additional terror activities, including manufacturing and hurling IEDs. The findings of the investigation have been submitted to the Military Prosecutor in Judea, in order to issue indictments against the three perpetrators.

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