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October 1, 2016 / 28 Elul, 5776

Posts Tagged ‘Har Nof’

Firefighters Battle Fire in Jerusalem Forest

Tuesday, September 13th, 2016

Five Israeli firefighting companies spent the afternoon battling a blaze in the pine woods of the Jerusalem Forest on Tuesday, west of Jerusalem in the Judean Mountains.

According to Fire and Rescue authorities, the fire was judged to be of medium intensity and posed no immediate threat to nearby residents despite the windy conditions.

On Sunday, firefighters battled a much larger forest fire in the same area.

In order to extinguish that blaze, fire officials needed 10 firefighting teams on the ground, supported by six firefighting planes in the skies working together for hours against the flames.

Nearly two dozen people were evacuated from the Zippori Center guesthouse, located between Jerusalem’s Har Nof neighborhood and the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial museum, due to the thick smoke.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation.

Hana Levi Julian

Municipality Expands Jewish Community in Eastern Jerusalem Despite Faint Leftist Outcry

Thursday, August 11th, 2016

The Jerusalem planning committee on Wednesday approved using a third of an acre of the Jabal Mukkaber neighborhood in eastern Jerusalem to build religious facilities for the Jewish neighborhood of Nof Zion, where about 90 families reside. Nof Zion overlooks the Old City, and the view encourages construction of luxury housing, despite the vicinity of the Arab neighborhood, from which several terror attacks have been launched this year. The Jewish land was purchased in the 1970s.

Councilwoman Laura Wharton (Meretz), speaking to Ha’aretz, said the land is designated for a synagogue and a mikvah (ritual bath).

The Jerusalem municipality released a statement saying, “The area in question is part of the Nof Zion neighborhood, intended for public buildings and a synagogue. The land is located in the center of the neighborhood surrounded by Jewish homes and isn’t [built] at the expense of Jabal Mukkaber. The city is working to find solutions for all its residents and to erect public buildings for the residents of both Nof Zion and Jabal Mukkaber.”

The city has already earmarked about $2.9 million a year ago, for building a mikvah in the Jewish neighborhood of Ma’aleh Zeitim in eastern Jerusalem, near the Arab neighborhood of A-Tur.

Wharton complained that “tens of thousands of Palestinians living near Nof Zion are short of classrooms, kindergartens, public parks, community centers and basic services. The city adds to its sins by advancing construction plans for new residents while failing to permit construction for the Palestinians.” She also suggested that “all Israeli citizens are paying for the expropriation of land for a small number of settlers, who move into Palestinian areas which none of the world recognizes as Israeli territory.”

Councilwoman Laura Wharton’s Meretz party only netted two seats on the Jerusalem City Council, the rest are religious and nationalist members, and not a single member is Arab. The reason is that Jerusalem Arabs habitually boycott the elections, some out of resentment of the Jewish takeover back in 1967, most because they fear retribution. No self-preserving Arab resident of eastern Jerusalem would dare run for the Zionist city council, because, win or lose, his life expectancy would be meager.

According to American analyst Nathan Thrall, in municipal plans 52% of the land in eastern Jerusalem is barred from development, 35% is designated for Jewish neighborhoods, and 13% is for Arab use, roughly comparable to the current ratio of Jewish (64%) and Arab (36%) residents of Jerusalem.

Arabs make up 20.7% of the Israeli population.

Recently, Israel approved hundreds of new homes designated for Jewish and Arab communities in Jerusalem.

JNi.Media

Dozens of Haredi Rabbis Call on Israel to Kill Every Terrorist ‘As Soon As He Leaves the House’

Monday, May 16th, 2016

Several dozen rabbis, many of them Haredi and Hasidic, on Sunday attended an emergency conference at the study hall of the Bostoner Rebbe, Rabbi Meir Alter Horowitz, in the neighborhood of Har Nof in Jerusalem, Kippa reported. Dubbed “emergency conference for the security of Israel in the Holy Land,” the assembly ended with a uniform call against a national unity government with the Zionist Camp (Labor) or with any other politicians who declare openly that they want to hand over areas of historic Israel.

Besides the host, the Bostoner Rebbe, the conference included Haredi “celebrities” such as the Chief Rabbi of Bnei Brak, Rabbi Moshe Landau, the Chief Rabbi of Tsfat, Rabbi Shmuel Eliyahu, and the head of the Temple Institute, Rabbi Yisrael Ariel.

The statement the assembled rabbis issued after their conference said in no uncertain terms that there must be no negotiations over territory across the “green line,” nor any mention of the “two state solution.” The announcement suggested that “the only way to uproot the wave of terror by Arab murderers in the Holy Land would by through a firm stand of the Israeli government that there will never be a negotiation over parts of the Holy Land, by expressing regret for past withdrawals and regret for the ‘miserable declaration’ of two states for two peoples.”

The assembled Haredi rabbis also said that “the areas of Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem are all part of the Land of Israel and we must continue to build there in accordance with the needs of the population without interruption. The rabbis have ruled according to Halakha that maintaining the security forces’ deterrence is more important than any holy object.”

The Haredi rabbis also mentioned what they called “stupid” statements by senior officials in government and the military which, they said, dishonor the nation of Israel and the IDF soldiers—referring to Deputy Chief of Staff General Yair Golan who compared the behavior of some IDF soldiers to that of German Nazis in the 1930s.

The rabbis added that every Arab terrorist must be executed. “Every Arab terrorist who leaves his house with the intent to hurt Jews has lost his right to live and must be shot without needless calculations,” they stated. They noted that whomever refuses to follow their directions should not be placed in charge of the security of Israel, citing Deut. 20:8 — “What man is there that is fearful and fainthearted? let him go and return unto his house, lest his brethren’s heart faint as well as his heart.”

JNi.Media

Arab Families Are Learning: Terrorists’ Glory Doesn’t Fill Their Bellies

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

Praises sung for the Palestinian Authority Arab murderers of four rabbis, a fifth Israeli worshipper and police officer who died in last year’s bloody massacre at the Har Nof synagogue in Jerusalem may create the illusion of Islamic family pride — but apparently the glory is filling no bellies, despite the best efforts of Arab media to pretend otherwise.

The independent Wattan news website dedicated a full article on November 18 to praising the two terrorists who carried out the hack-and-stab-and-shooting attack. The report referred to the horror as the “heroic Dir Yassin operation” and an “epos written by the heroes.” Dir Yassin is a reference to the Jerusalem neighborhood of Har Nof, where Ghassan and Uday Abu Jamal chose to carry out their butchery and end their own lives.

The Wattan news agency also praised Ala’a Abu Jamal, another terrorist and family member of the Har Nof butchers. Abu Jamal was the terrorist who last month carried out a ram-and-stab attack in the middle of Jerusalem on Malchei Yisroel Street, murdering one rabbi and wounding three other people before he was shot and killed by a security guard.

But in a translation by the Palestinian Media Watch organization (PMW), a longer segment of the Wattan article reflects the changing reality in Arab Jerusalem, and possibly in the Palestinian Authority as well. Reading between the lines tells a tale of aching loss and real need — possibly even actual hunger. Widowed women in Arab society are placed in a very complex position, often for the rest of their lives.

“Nadia Abu Jamal, Martyr Ghassan’s wife, said in her answer regarding the first moments after she received the news of her husband’s death as a Martyr: ‘The news shocked and surprised me. Afterward, these feelings began to be mixed with pride over the scope and quality of the operation he carried out. Of course I did not expect this, and I am still hurting over his parting.’

Muawiyah Abu Jamal, Ghassan’s brother, said: …’all of the steps carried out by the occupation forces were harsh, but the harshest was the blowing up of our house that took place on the 6th of this past October, and which was meant to harm our resolve.’ He clarified that the fact that the occupation forces blew up the house of Martyr Ghassan caused direct damage to the homes of his 4 brothers, out of clear, methodical policy to collectively punish the family… Likewise, he noted that the Jerusalem district announced in the past, in a news item published in the media, that it would stand by the Martyrs’ families, but that until now it had not given any services or aid to the families who were harmed!

I called Martyr Uday Abu Jamal’s mother, who answered us in a voice full of sorrow at the parting of her son: ‘How I miss Uday.’ She added chokingly: ‘They sealed the house with cement, and drove us from it. Today we live in a rented house. All of our lives have changed since the operation, in which we take great pride.'”

One wonders how much pride the Abu Jamal elders, women and children really take in the butchery of those who should have been the heads of their families, supporting those who depend upon them for their daily needs. Clearly, the promises of the “Jerusalem district” that vowed to “stand by the Martyrs’ families” have proven as empty as the evil souls of the leadership that has led them and recent Arab children into the useless jaws of a far too early death.

Meanwhile, the mother of a trained, bloodthirsty killer chokes back her tears as she is left to confess that she misses her son and her lost home from which she was “driven.” But even while lamenting, “All of our lives have changed since the operation,” she is forced to tack on the words: “in which we take great pride.”

Hana Levi Julian

Rabbi of Slain Teen’s Family Calls on Imams, Priests to Condemn Terror

Friday, November 20th, 2015

The Young Israel rabbi of the family of Palestinian Authority murder victim Ezra Schwartz called on all religious leaders to condemn terror.

Schwartz, 18 and from the Boston suburb of Sharon, was one of three people shot and killed when a Palestinian Authority terrorist went on a shooting spree Thursday afternoon at the entrance to Alon Shvut in Gush Etzion, using a Uzi sub-machine gun.

Having run out of ammunition, he then sped away and rammed into people at the Gush Etzion junction before he was apprehended.

The other two people murdered in the attack are Alon Shvut resident Yaakov Don, 49, and a Hebron Arab identified as Shadi Arafeh, 24.

Two women wounded in the ramming attack are in good condition, and one of them is scheduled to be released from Shaarei Tzedek Hospital in Jerusalem Friday morning.

Schwartz was killed when the terrorist opened fire on a line of cars. He and his fellow students from the Yeshivat Ashreinu in Beit Shemesh were in the area to distribute food to soldiers.

He graduated from Maimonides School in the Boston suburb of Brookline this year.

He and his family were members of the Young Israel of Sharon synagogue, where friends and members were overwhelmed by grief after hearing of the murder of Schwartz, who is to be buried on Sunday.

Rabbi Meir Sendor said:

I really think it’s well overdue that religious leaders step up,” Sendor said. “Rabbis, imams, priests. Recognize there is never, ever a justification for violence.

It has been silently accepted that virtually no religious leaders have categorically condemned Palestinian Authority and Israeli Arab attacks. Reform and Conservative rabbis are rarely heard, except to condemn settlements and sermonize on “two states.”

Muslim clergy are out of the picture completely. Priests can mention it without lecturing Israel for “causing” terror because it allows Jews to live in Judea and Samaria.

A haunting acceptance of Islamic terror, especially the murders of Jews, has sown seeds justifying it. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry has tried denying he excused terror this week by commenting in Paris that he could understand the “rationale” for the murders at the offices of the satirical Charlie Hebdo magazine last January. One of the victims was a Jewish cartoonist.

Kerry explained he was not defending terror or rationalizing it but simply saying he understands the reasoning of terrorists.

Hamas spokesman Hussan Badran praised Thursday’s attack calling it “an act of bravery” against “Zionist settlers.”

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Thursday that “blindness and hypocrisy” stops people from condemning attacks as vehemently as the Islamic State (ISIS) massacres in Paris a week ago.

The Maimonides School stated:

The community is profoundly saddened as we mourn the tragic loss of our recent graduate, Ezra Schwartz, Class of 2015, who was murdered in a terrorist attack today in Israel. Ezra was spending his gap year studying in Israel. Our thoughts and prayers are with Ezra’s family, classmates and friends.

“They miss him. They miss Ezra. We all miss him,” Rabbi Meir Sendor said.

Maimonides School teacher Lori Kipnes told the Boston television station WCVB:

The whole school went into shock. The middle school and the upper school immediately canceled classes, and everybody came together to pray. At first, we heard he was hurt and was in surgery in critical condition. We were praying for his safety and his recovery, but then we got the news that it was too late.

Schwartz is the second alumni of the Maimonides school to be murdered in the last 12 months. Rabbi Moshe Twersky, 59, was killed in the November 14 butchery of five men, four of them rabbis, at a synagogue in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Har Nof. The victims were praying when two Jerusalem Arab terrorists attacked them with butcher knives, axes and a gun.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

New Anti-Terror Barrier Blocks Jerusalem’s ‘Terror Central’ Neighborhood

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

A new anti-terror security barrier was built Wednesday to protect residents living and traveling in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Armon Hanatziv from the hostility of Arab residents in Jabel Mukabar.

The high barrier was built between Rehov Meir, the main street in Armon Hanatziv, and the hostile next-door Arab neighborhood in an attempt to prevent firebombing and stone-throwing attacks by Arab terrorists.

More than a few are residents of Jabel Mukabar, including the three who perpetrated two lethal attacks on Tuesday, the deadliest so far this year.

If the experiment proves successful, similar barriers will be built in other areas around the capital as well, according to the Hebrew-language 0404 website.

Israeli police began temporarily sealing the neighborhoods that have become incubators for terror within hours after receiving authorization from the Security Cabinet.

The first to be cut off was Jabel Mukabar, home to Ala Abu Jamal, 33, a Bezeq technician and one of Tuesday’s jihadists.

Until that morning, Jamal was simply known as the cousin of the Har Nof terrorists and an employee at an Israeli utility company. His relatives had shot and stabbed Jewish worshipers with axes, knives and a gun as they prayed in Kehillat Bnei Torah, a synagogue in the Har Nof neighborhood in Jerusalem. The dead included four anglo immigrant rabbis and a Druze Israeli police officer who responded to their desperate call for help. Seven others were badly wounded. It was to Jamal that the television cameras turned during the mourning period at the family home in Jabel Mukabar; he became a media star. Then everything quieted down.

On Tuesday, the Bezeq technician decided to join his cousins on the martyrs’ roll. Jamal rammed his Bezeq car into a crowd of people, many of them elderly, waiting at a bus stop on Malchei Yisrael Street in central Jerusalem. He then leaped out of the car and stabbed those who were still standing, butchering a 60-year-old rabbi in the process. At the end he was shot and killed.

A number of other terrorists have hailed from the same neighborhood. Now all the entrances to Jabel Mukabar have been blocked with concrete barriers.

By 11 pm Wednesday, Israeli security forces had also set up temporary road blocks at the entrances to the neighborhoods of Ras el Amud, and Sur Baher.

More than 4,500 police officers are currently patrolling Jerusalem, supplemented by nearly a thousand additional Border Guard Police officers and 300 IDF combat soldiers.

Security personnel and government leaders will reconvene to assess the situation as needed, officials said.

Hana Levi Julian

Israel Capitulates — Returns Bodies of Nar Nof Terrorists [video]

Thursday, December 25th, 2014

Israel has quietly reversed its stand and has handed over the bodies of the two Jerusalem-Arabs who carried out the brutal massacre in the Har Nof Synagogue last month. The families buried the terrorists in a ceremony replete with Palestinian Authority flags.

The massacre left four American-Israeli and British-Israeli rabbis dead, as well as a Druze policeman who came to their rescue. Seven more people were wounded.

Police remove casualties from a Har Nof synagogue after two Jerusalem Arabs butchered four Jews to death.

Police remove casualties from a Har Nof synagogue after two Jerusalem Arabs butchered four Jews to death.

The Bethlehem-based Ma’an News Agency reported that the families’ lawyer issued a statement after midnight confirming the release of the bodies, a month after Israel held them pending further consideration.

Chief Police Inspector Yigal Elmaliach told the Israeli court system, as reported here.

“The State of Israel is trying to cope with the recent wave of attacks. One possibility being considered is not to return the bodies to the families, but [for the state] to bury them. The issue is being examined at the highest levels.”

The families of the terrorists, Ghassan and Uday Abu al Jamal, who were cousins, went to court to demand the release of the bodies. Ma’an said that Israel agreed to return the bodies after ”the intervention of the lawyer.”

Israel’s reversal means either that it learned that it would lose the case in court, or that officials at the ”highest levels” now think that holding the bodies for five weeks was enough to help cope with the recent wave of attacks.”

The “wave” has subsided” if one follows Israel’s major media that play down or completely ignore attacks such as this week’s ambush of a vehicle that came under an attack of cinder blocks that nearly killed the driver, Jeff Seidel, and two passengers, as The Jewish Press first reported here.

The “wave” has subsided unless it washes ashore again with more murders and attempted murders of Jews. Then, if the terrorists are killed, perhaps the government will again decide to hold the bodies to help cope with the attacks.

The Har Nof savages were given an honorable burial before dawn Thursday in eastern Jerusalem in the presence of no more than 40 relatives, according to the lawyer who spoke with Ma’an.

A Palestinian Authority flag was held during the ceremony.

Below is the video of one of the funerals.

 

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

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