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July 2, 2015 / 15 Tammuz, 5775
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Israel’s Latest ‘War Crime’ and Human Rights Violation: Uprooting Trees

Friday, June 19th, 2015

Israel uprooted approximately 1,000 almond and olive trees that were planted illegally in a land grab on the western edge of Gush Etzion on Thursday, an action that Arabs are calling a “war crime” and even a human rights violation.”

The office of the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) stated:

[We] carried out the eviction of an illegal invasion of around 1,000 olive trees planted illegally without permits on state land in Wadi Fukin.

The area is located between the security fence and the Hareidi city of Beitar Illit, west of Efrat.

The Palestinian Authority’s official WAFA website claimed that the land is owned by Arabs.

The London Independent reported:

Palestinians have accused Israel of a war crime after military tractors destroyed around a thousand olive and almond trees belonging to local farmers on the grounds that they were illegally planted on state land….. Three years ago, Israeli authorities posted signs saying that the land belongs to the state, farmers said.

Wasel Abu Yusuf, a member of the executive committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization, told the newspaper: This is occupied territory and international humanitarian law and the Geneva Convention apply. This is the land of the Palestinian state and any colonialist settler building or expropriation of land or cutting trees is a war crime against the Palestinian people.

If they are going to claim it is a “war came,” why not go even farther and charge Israel with violating human rights?

That may sound absurd, but read what an unidentified journalist, whom we can assume to be Al Quds correspondent Sayid Erikat, told the State Dept. at yesterday’s daily briefing:

Yesterday the Israelis pulled out something like 1,800 trees in the West Bank; they uprooted trees and so on. I mean, we talked about the commission of inquiry and human rights abuses and so on. Is that something that you would like to see the Israelis stop doing?

State Dept. spokesman John Kirby answered, “I haven’t seen the report on the trees being uprooted. You’re going to have to let me go back and look at that. I just don’t have anything on that.

What is amazing is that there was no laughter from Kirby or fellow journalists.

Hit-and-Run Palestinian Authority Terrorist Arrested

Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

Cleared for release: The IDF, Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) and Israeli Police arrested Palestinian Authority Mohammed Yosuf Arfaya. for running over pedestrians at the Alon Shvut junction last month.

Three people were injured, and Arfaya escaped. He later was caught and initially claimed it was accident. Under questioning, he admitted to intentionally targeting Israeli civilians.

Arfaya also confessed to have previously attempted executing several terror attacks, all of them unsuccessful. An indictment will be submitted to the military court in Judea and Samaria charging him with the terrorist attack at Alon Shvut.

The terror attack that Arfaya executed is an example of “lone wolf” attacks. There have been many similar attacks over recent months, in which a singular attacker was involved and claimed credit.

In the upcoming days, an indictment will be submitted to the military court in Judea and Samaria incriminating Arfaya for the terror attack.

Rabbi Riskin on Tension with the Chief Rabbinate, and Rabbi Feuer on the Priestly Blessing

Friday, May 29th, 2015

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Shlomo Riskin, chief rabbi and co-founder of the Judean settlement of Efrat, rubs Israel’s Chief Rabbinate the wrong way. His liberal stance on conversion, women’s involvement in religious rites and other issues is now causing the rabbinate to threaten not to renew his contract, as he has turned 75. A slew of rabbis and public officials have come out in support of his continued tenure. Riskin joins Yishai to discuss his relations with the Chief Rabbinate and his positions on Jewish law.

Then, in this week’s Torah portion in the Book of Numbers, “Naso,” God gives direction to the Jewish priests on how to bless the Jewish people: “May God light His face unto you.” But does God really have a face? In preparation for Shabbat, Rabbi Mike Feuer joins Yishai to discuss the Priestly blessing, the Nazarite and the seemingly repetitive offerings of the tribe leaders.

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Medical Update on Rav Bina’s Grandson [video]

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

Aryeh Bina, the grandson of Rav Aharon Bina, the Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivat Netiv Aryeh, was struck by the terrorists car just after pushing his friend out of the way on May 14th, 2015.

Aryeh was thrown 7 meters and was the only one that was seriously injured. He was rushed to Hadassah Ein Kerem where they immediately operated on him to stop internal bleeding in his head.

Following that operation, they then operated on his hip with the hope to enable him to walk again.

The doctors recently deemed a second hip surgery necessary, and everyone is asked to daven for Aryeh ben Rina B’toch Shar Cholei Yisrael for the next few weeks as he goes through a difficult period.

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Jewish Agency’s Natan Sharansky Speaks Up for Efrat Chief Rabbi Shlomo Riskin

Wednesday, May 27th, 2015

A groundswell of support for Efrat Chief Rabbi Shlomo Riskin is growing around the country, with the latest outcry coming from Jewish Agency for Israel Chairman Natan Sharansky.

Forces in the Israeli Chief Rabbinate are reportedly attempting to pressure Riskin into an early retirement from his long-time position. The rabbi is one of the founders of the Judean city of Efrat, which was built in Gush Etzion in the early 1980s, about ten minutes’ drive south of Jerusalem. Riskin is deeply popular with the city’s residents.

“The Jewish People, and particularly the people of Efrat, deserve the continued service of Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, a Jewish leader and Israeli patriot,” Sharansky said in a statement released Wednesday.

“Rabbi Riskin’s contributions to Aliyah, to building the State and Land of Israel, to connecting the Jews of the Diaspora to their homeland, and to connecting all Jews to the Torah, are of historic proportions.

“In view of these outstanding and unparalleled achievements, there should be no questions about his qualifications for his continued service,” Sharansky said.

The agency leader is known throughout the Jewish world for his history of maintaining his intention to move to Israel, despite major government persecutions by the Soviet Union.

Once freed from prison, Sharansky immediately made good on his public claim and moved to the Jewish State.

Vehicle Terror Attack Foiled at Gush Etzion Junction

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

An attempted vehicle terror attack was foiled at the Gush Etzion junction at around 8:30 pmTuesday evening.

A police spokesperson said the terrorist, driving a white Subaru, attempted to hit several police officers sitting in their patrol car at the Gush Etzion traffic circle.

The incident took place near the turnoff for the Arab village of Beit Fajar.

The terrorist then fled in his vehicle towards Beit Fajar, officials said. A district spokesperson added that a traffic patrol vehicle attempted to block the terrorist’s vehicle but he escaped nevertheless.

The targeted officers were not injured, although their vehicle was slightly damaged in the attack.

Police have thrown a dragnet around the area and were searching for the terrorist along with IDF personnel.

TZOHAR Condemns Efforts to Depose Rabbi Riskin

Monday, May 25th, 2015

The TZOHAR Rabbinical Organization released the following statement in response to a report that forces in the Chief Rabbinate are working to have Efrat Chief Rabbi, Rabbi Shlomo Riskin deposed from his position:

“Above any effort to depose Rabbi Riskin flies a clear red flag of revenge directed against his positions and halachic decisions.

Rabbi Riskin, who has led the community of Efrat with love and dedication and is beloved by so many, is a true symbol of spiritual leadership. And instead of exalting his accomplishments, figures in the Rabbanut are choosing to force the Rabbi into early retirement because of their political considerations or apparently so that they can appoint insiders in his place.

Rabbi Riskin has served on the TZOHAR Rabbinical Council and has been a visionary leader in advancing the cause of halachic conversion and other issues critical to Israel’s Jewish identity.

TZOHAR will do everything possible to combat the hostility emerging from charedi leaders who seem intent on exerting control over Israel’s halachic and rabbinic discourse.”

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