Posts Tagged ‘Givat Zeev’
An Arab terrorist stabbed one person next to the D-Burger restaurant at the gas station outside of the Givat Ze’ev community, north-east of Jerusalem. The attack happened after 11 PM.
A Chabad man, age 36, was seriously wounded in the attack. He was stabbed multiple times and was transported to Sharei Tzedeq hospital. He was rushed to the operating room, and is not yet stable.
The victim, a father of 4, was waiting for his wife at the time, and she witnessed the attack on her husband.
The terrorist was captured by civilians, who overpowered him. One of the civilians was lightly injured during the capture, and was treated on site.
The 17-year-old terrorist was from the village of Bir Nabala – which is the same village where IDF soldier Nachshon Wachsman HY”D was held hostage in 1994.
Police and army are looking for a possible second suspect who may have helped the terrorist.Jewish Press News Briefs
UPDATE 10:50 PM There are reports of trucks carrying bulldozers coming up Route 443 to Jerusalem. This could mean that police will try to position the machinery in place before local residents organize to block them.
UPDATE: The Supreme Court will hear from the State’s Attorney Wednesday at 8:30 AM, regarding the decision to demolish the Ayelet Hashachar synagogue in Givat Ze’ev. So far Chief Justice Miriam Na’or has not indicated that she intends to postpone the demolition order, and so the deadline for razing the synagogue is still Thursday.
The campaign against the demolition has been calling the public to arrive at the synagogue in order to protect it with their bodies, to prevent the demolition. One of the leading activists in the fight told Srugim that there is concern the police would arrive late at night and block access to the synagogue, to prevent attempts at civil disobedience. Residents are afraid police will also take over the place Tuesday tonight, as they have done countless times in such cases in the past, and will await the instructions of the court, to halt the demolition or to go ahead with it. In the past, on such occasions, police have been known to “jump the gun” and demolish the contested property during the night, even before receiving the final court order.
Following an evaluation by the police, the High Court decided to delay the demolition of the Ayelet Hashachar synagogue by three weeks. It was slated for destruction tonight.
The High Court decided that the synagogue must be destroyed as the Jewish owners couldn’t prove to the court’s satisfaction that their land purchase was from the rightful owner.
The son of the Arab they bought the land from claimed his father bought it from the original Arab owner and then resold it. The son of the original owner claims his father never sold the land.
One of the Arabs is lying, but no one knows which, and the High Court has decided in favor of the original owner, but originally delayed the destruction to see if a compromise could be reached or more documentation could be found.
Despite paying for the land once and in full, the synagogue has offered to also pay the original owner’s son in full, including back rent, just to end the controversy, but the original owner’s son has rejected the offer, and has demanded the synagogue’s destruction. The original owner is being assisted by the “Yesh Din” NGO.
It is not clear, if that would be sufficient anyway, as additional heirs could still come forward and claim that first son did not have the exclusive right to sell it.
The synagogue has several hundred members.Jewish Press News Briefs
A seven-year legal battle ended in the High Court of Justice on Monday night with an order to demolish a synagogue in Givat Ze’ev within one week.
Givat Ze’ev, located close to Jerusalem, is home to nearly 15,000 Jews and is the fifth-largest community in Judea and Samaria.
The appeal to save the Ayelet Hashachar Synagogue where worshipers have prayed for more than 20 years was rejected.
The building is located on property owned by Amana, the construction arm of the settlement movement.
In 2014, the court ordered the government to raze the synagogue in response to a petition by the far-right NGO Yesh Din claiming the purchase documents for the property were forged.
The court ruled in a 12-page decision on Monday that the synagogue was built on “occupied territory” and on private Palestinian Arab property, and thus not protected under international law under such circumstances.
This same problem takes place in numerous other locations where land has been purchased from Palestinian Arab owners as well, particularly in third-party transactions that are designed to protect the life of the seller.
Palestinian Authority Arab citizens risk their lives to sell their property: the PA imposes a death sentence upon any Arab who sells land to Jews or Israelis, regardless of location.Hana Levi Julian
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Development work for the brand new Ramat Givat Zeev neighborhood, located in the outskirts of Jerusalem, is in the final stages of completion. The upscale project is well underway, as buyers will be able to move into their dream homes in this great community within 24 months.
The project, which has already been dubbed the “Orthodox Caesarea”, has seen rapid development and acclaim. Hundreds of families in Israel and from abroad who have already purchased apartments are waiting with anticipation as they watch their dream home being built.
Building the project situated above the new Givat Zeev neighborhood to provide maximum views, Nofei Israel has invested 40 million NIS in the development and plans to invest a total of 750 NIS in the project.
The neighborhood boasts 370 housing units of different styles to fit the diverse needs of this new community. There will be 130 private homes ranging in size from 250 to 450 square meters. There will be 240 apartments in 13 luxury apartment buildings that include 3, 4, 5 and 6 room apartments, garden apartments and penthouses.
The project’s 234 large and luxurious units mostly sold out during the preliminary development stage. Anyone who has already purchased, or is planning to do so in the near future, is taking advantage of the opportunity before the expected rise in prices. According to real estate industry experts, unit prices will rise at least 30 percent in the coming months because of the project’s demand and building specifications. All building permits have been issues and the work on the project is moving ahead quickly.
Ramat Givat Zeev will be an upscale, Torani community built to include high standards of construction and infrastructure. Modeled after homes in affluent Orthodox communities abroad, the homes and apartments in Ramat Givat Zeev will be beautifully finished. The gated community will include shuls with frequent Torah shiurim for men and women, mikvaot and chinuch institutions. Joining the community are several families making Aliyah together from North America.
In addition, the neighborhood will feature wide streets, walking paths and LED street lighting. There will several expansive green spaces, parks, gardens and playgrounds, as well as fountains and sports clubs. A shopping center and country club are being planned.
The neighborhood will blend Torah living, with modern recreational and commercial centers, complete with all communal services and amenities. Ramat Givat Zeev is bound to be a magnificent, dream-come-true community.Daniela Berkowitz
The contents of the “Ayelet Hashachar” synagogue in Givat Zeev were evacuated by the government’s Civil Administration workers on Sunday night.
The Israeli High Court had previously ruled that the land the synagogue was built on may be privately owned Arab land and the synagogue was to be destroyed.
The case was brought to the High Court by the Yesh Din NGO, claiming an Arab, Rabah Mohamed Asaf Abd al-Latif, a resident of the village of al-Jib, owned the land, after inheriting it from his father.
The leaders of the synagogue say they paid for the land, in full, but the court ruled the documentation failed to sufficiently prove they purchased it from al-Latif’s father via an Arab intermediary.
Abed Karim Mohammed Odeh claims his father, the intermediary, purchased the land, from the father of Rabah Mohamed Asaf Abd al-Latif, and then sold it to Arieh Benjamin. The synagogue already began preparing the land for construction in 1998.
According to the original petition in 2008, al-Latif claimed that Odeh’s power of attorney document was forged, and the land wasn’t sold to him, and therefore wasn’t his to resell.
Currently the building will be sealed, and the congregation will be given additional time, at least until August 17th, to prove they properly purchased the land from the original Arab owner.
In the meantime, the congregation had hoped to reach some sort of financial accommodation with the Arab plaintiff, be it buying the land again, or paying rent, but the Arab plaintiff and his lawyers are demanding the synagogue be destroyed.
The synagogue serves hundreds of congregants.
A final farewell prayer session will be held in the synagogue on Monday morning.Jewish Press News Briefs
Now that the elections in Jerusalem are over, and with murderous Palestinian terrorists having been freed from prison, there seems to be an across-the-board desire to resume Jewish construction in the capital. The question is: Will this new enthusiasm last long enough for tractors to actually start work?
Prime Minister Netanyahu, under whose watch Jewish construction in the outlying areas of the Holy City has ground to a resounding halt, let it be known that together with last week’s release of killers from prison, he will initiate construction in eastern Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria (Yesha). And in fact, the Housing Ministry announced this week plans for 1,000 new housing units in large Yesha towns – though not in the smaller ones that need it most – and 700 more in Jerusalem.
Specifically, Gilo, Har Homa and Ramat Shlomo – among the Jerusalem neighborhoods liberated from Jordanian control during the Six-Day War – are scheduled to gain hundreds of apartments. In Yesha, the 1,030 new units will be distributed among Elkanah, Beitar Illit, Karnei Shomron, Maaleh Adumim, Givat Ze’ev, Adam, and Ariel (in descending order).
It is said that Netanyahu’s sudden benevolence is an attempt to offset the popular resentment and anger at his government’s release of terrorist murderers. Fifty-two such killers have already been freed in the framework of the ongoing negotiations with the Palestinian Authority – half the total set to be freed as the talks proceed.
This could be a case of getting hit with the fish, paying for it, and having to eat it in any event. For one thing, the Bayit Yehudi (Jewish Home) party doesn’t accept the gesture. “Don’t do us any favors,” party officials told Netanyahu. “Don’t release terrorists and don’t build.”
The Yesha Council of Jewish Communities responded similarly: “Releasing terrorists is a terrible mistake both morally and politically. We object even if it is bound up with decisions to build.”
In addition, the PA used the occasion to attack Israel for “sabotaging” the talks and violating their pre-conditions, and its top negotiator even announced his resignation. Though their accusations are totally false – Israel agreed beforehand with U.S. Secretary of State Kerry that no restrictions would apply to Israeli construction during the talks – the international damage to Israel’s reputation has been done.
And in the end, who says the construction will actually ever happen? In the face of international condemnation, it could very well be that the building plans – so necessary for the vitality of Israel’s economy, both inside and outside of Yesha – will go the way of last month’s Hebron announcement: Following a murderous terrorist attack, Netanyahu announced that Jews would be allowed to populate the Jewish-owned Beit HaMachpelah building – and the next day the decision was reversed.
On the municipal level, newly reelected mayor Nir Barkat gave a nod towards the nationalist camp when he said, “I believe we must build [in Jerusalem]; we dare not hesitate. If it were up to us [in the municipality], we would run with it.” He specifically mentioned Gilo, Har Homa, Pisgat Ze’ev – all liberated in 1967 – and other neighborhoods.
Barkat’s political opponents don’t take his pledge very seriously, however. Housing Minister Uri Ariel blames him not for not building, but for not protesting: “It’s the fault of my boss,” he told a crowd of supporters, referring to the prime minister’s construction halt, “but why don’t we see Barkat making an outcry?”
Ariel and Barkat actually agree that there must be no linkage between building in the capital and a possible diplomatic agreement with the PA. “The very attempt to [make an agreement dependent on not building] is the true obstacle,” Barkat said. Ariel was even more pointed, saying:
“Can you imagine any other country forbidding Jews to build houses? We would all run out to the streets to cry out and protest – but here it passes quietly… Netanyahu is not even allowing us to make zoning plans. The construction permits of today are from two years ago. The few hundred new units we obtained are far from enough! We need a minimum of 4,000 new units in Jerusalem each year.”
According to the PA-sympathetic Ir Amim organization, last year saw a record number of tenders issued for housing units in post-1967 neighborhoods – a grand total of 2,386. Keep in mind that this brings up the average number for the past 11 years to the grand total of 877 – quite a bit less than the 4,000 Minister Ariel demands.Hillel Fendel and Chaim Silberstein / KeepJerusalem.org