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June 26, 2016 / 20 Sivan, 5776

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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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Jerusalem Arabs Attack Bus Passengers near Gilo

Friday, July 17th, 2015

Jerusalem Arabs celebrated Ramadan Thursday night by pelting an Egged passenger bus with rocks.

No injuries were reported after the rock-throwing assault on the No. 33 bus below the Gilo neighborhood n southern Jerusalem, according to The Muqata blog site.

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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.

Moshe Phillips and Benyamin Korn

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