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Jerusalem Mayor to Fire Ancient Ramadan Cannon Ending Islamic Fast

Monday, June 27th, 2016

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat is set to fire the ancient Ramadan cannon on Tuesday signaling the end of the Islamic holy month’s daily fasts.

The cannon will be fired at the ancient cemetery on Salah a Din Street near the Old City police station together with the Haj Yahya Sandouka family.

The Sandouka hamullah (clan) has been responsible for firing the cannon during the month of Ramadan and on Eid al-Fitr, the holiday ending the fast, since the Ottoman period 200 years ago.

The cannon is fired twice each day of the holy Islamic month of Ramadan, at sunrise and sunset, marking the beginning and the end of the fast each day.

Following the ceremony, the mayor will join the dignitaries of the neighborhood for the Iftar meal.

Ramadan, which began on June 6, ends this year on July 5, when Muslims celebrate the Islamic holiday of Eid al-Fitr to mark the end of the fast, and which lasts in countries for up to three days.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Pres. Rivlin Warns Israeli Arabs, Druze at Iftar Meal, ‘Beware Efforts to Destroy Coexistence’

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

President Reuven Rivlin warned participants at an Iftar meal (Ramadan fast breaking feast) Monday in the northern Israeli city of Sakhnin to beware those trying to undermine ‘the remnants of trust… between two peoples.’

The event was attended by municipal and faith community leaders from Muslim and Druze communities.

“Yesterday we were all shocked by the massacre in Orlando, and I want to send my condolences to the families, and to the American nation, following this cowardly and criminal act of terrorism,” the president said.

“We too are still in the shadow of the terror attack against us just last week, terrorism which is unrelenting toward us.”

Rivlin stressed the need to stand united against terrorists. “It is hard not to see that the terrorists are acting in every way possible to undermine the remnants of trust and the fragmented remaining bridges between the two peoples,” he said.

“We must stand together, Jews, Christians and Muslims, against evil which sometimes claims to speak in God’s name. And we must insist on fighting for the message of religion as one of ‘choosing life.’”

Rivlin said Israelis must insist that murder and violence are the result of intellectual distortion which has nothing to do with a healthy religion.

“We cannot be silent,” he said. “We cannot let those violating religion by committing atrocities in its name, to cast a stain on those of faith, or to destroy the fabric of our lives here together.

“As believers, we must not let our children, Jews and Arabs, grow up with a distorted understanding that religion equals terror and death, that religion means extremism.”

The president concluded by thanking his hosts, and expressed his hope for coexistence between the different communities of Israel.

“Our lives and your lives here in this country are intertwined,” he reminded his hosts.

Mayor of Sakhnin Mazen Ghanaim thanked the president, saying, “You are a sensitive and caring person. We all condemn in the strongest terms all acts of violence. The distance from Ramallah to Jerusalem is just 15 minutes.” He made clear, “We are working to promote employment, equal education, and peace.”

The mayor took the opportunity to note, “Today in the Knesset it was announced by the Finance Minister that the five-year economic plan for the Arab community has been held up.

“We ask of you Mr. President to continue to work to see the program come into being.”

Rivlin assured Ghanaim that he would speak with Kahlon about the matter.

Hana Levi Julian

Israeli Druze Adviser Mendi Safadi: ‘Real Peace Starts With The People’

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

As Muslims enter the final segment of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, the millions who listend to the words of an Israeli American rabbi and his political Israeli Druze companion last week on A9TV television will have much to think about — as will more than a thousand others who met them in person at Iftar celebrations in Istanbul.

Druze Likud member Mendi Safadi, a senior advisor to Israel’s Deputy Minister for Regional Cooperation, Ayoub Kara, was honored at Iftar in Turkey with Temple Mount activist Rabbi Yehuda Glick, both at the invitation of Islamic scholar and peace activist Adnan Oktar.

Participants at the celebrated Iftar, held at the Ciragan Palace Ballroom, included representatives of the Orthodox, Protestant, Assyrian and Armenian churches, Mormons and members of various Islamic communities in addition to academics, artists, media figures and famous names from the business and sports world, as well as those from various Middle Eastern embassies.

Mendi Safadi, Israeli Druze Likud adviser to Minister Ayoub Kara, with religious officials at an Iftar celebration in Turkey.

Mendi Safadi, Israeli Druze Likud adviser to Minister Ayoub Kara, with religious officials at an Iftar celebration in Turkey.

Safadi emphasized during an interview with Oktar on his A9TV satellite television talk show that the reason for his visit to Turkey was his ongoing mission to help build peace between Israel and others. He met with political figures from a number of other Muslim majority nations as well, including a number from the Middle East with whom Israel has no current diplomatic ties.

As an adviser to Kara, who has also served for years as a Likud minister, it is Safadi’s job to report to the minister on comprehensive efforts to develop regional cooperation. “Peace does not start with agreement between governments,” he pointed out. “The real peace starts between the people.”

Safadi also noted that although relations between Jerusalem and Ankara are still troubled, “the people in Israel and the people in Turkey, they love each other… The politicians can fight against one another as they like, but we are the people: we are the ones to make the peace,” he said.

That is certainly true when it comes to trade relations: mutual trade volume between the two nations reached more than $5.6 billion in 2014, despite diplomatic friction.

Data from the Turkish Statistics Institute (TurkStat) quoted by Today’s Zaman earlier this year shows that mutual trade volume between Turkey and Israel in 2009 was only $2.6 billion. Turkish exports to Israel that year were only $1.5 billion, and imports from Israel were $1.1 billion. That was the year then-Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan stormed out of a panel discussion at the World Economic Forum in Davos after shouting at Israeli President Shimon Peres. One year later, Erdogan yanked his ambassador out of Tel Aviv and severed ties with Israel in response to an incident in which eight armed Turkish terror activists, and one Turkish-American were killed after attacking Israeli soldiers who boarded a Turkish-owned flotilla vessel that illegally attempted to breach Israel’s maritime blockade of Gaza.

Nevertheless, by 2014, mutual trade volume between the two nations had reached more than $5.6 billion – a jump of nearly 50 percent. Turkish exports to Israel were $2.92 billion, and imports from Israel had increased to $2.7 billion in the same period.

The stores in Israel are filled with goods and clothes manufactured in Turkey, which are highly valued by Israelis and tourists alike. For shoppers in either country, there has never been a break in economic ties.

Hana Levi Julian

Food Poisoning Kills 45 ISIS Fighters

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015

45 ISIS fighters died on Monday night after eating poisoned food at a group Iftar meal in Mosul, Iraq. The report was released by Al Sumaria News, a Kurdish paper.

The Iftar meal is the one Muslims consume after the day’s Ramadan fasting is over.

While the source of this poisoning is unknown, in November, the Times of Iraq reported that Syrian Free Army Rebels and the local cooks had poisoned the food of ISIS fighters in the Fath El-Sahel camp, killing dozens of them.

Allahu Achbar.

Jewish Press News Briefs

Temple Mount Activist Rabbi Yehuda Glick Talks Peace in Turkey

Sunday, July 5th, 2015

While Palestinian Authority Arabs have been working hard to keep Jews and others off the Temple Mount with violence and riots, a U.S.-born Israeli rabbi and Israeli Druze Likud member have just returned from a trip abroad to discuss peaceful co-existence.

Temple Mount activist and Heritage Foundation head Rabbi Yehudah Glick traveled to Turkey last week to talk about peace. Glick, who traveled to Istanbul with Likud party Druze member Mendi Safadi, met for discussions with Islamic officials and those of several other faiths.

The two men were hosted by Islamic scholar and peace activist Adnan Oktar, who has long been the quiet “matchmaker” for numerous other such meetings with other Jewish and non-Jewish officials.

Among others, Glick and Safadi met with state official Aydin Yigman, Mufti of the Beyoglu District on the European side in Istanbul. During their conversation, Yigman firmly condemned the assassination attempt that nearly cost Glick his life after a speaking engagement in Jerusalem last year.

“Any religion would condemn this attack,” the mufti stated. “It’s unacceptable.”

Local sources told JewishPress.com the conversation between Glick and the mufti was “very friendly” and described the atmosphere as “cordial.” Glick’s views on peace, particularly important during Ramadan in an Islamic nation whose bond with Israel has faltered in recent years, were “well received,” the source said.

The two Israelis also joined Oktar and others at a large festive Iftar meal to break the daily Ramadan fast on Thursday evening, held annually by Turkey’s A9TV, which is owned by Oktar’s organization. In addition to Islamic clerics and adherents, other participants included representatives from the Protestant, Assyrian, Armenian and Mormon churches as well as politicians, artists, academics and sports figures from Turkey.

Rabbi Yehuda Glick and Likud member Mendi Safadi, an Israeli Druze citizen, join two associates of their host, Islamic scholar and peace activist Adnan Oktar in Istanbul prior to an Iftar meal to break the daily Ramadan fast.

Rabbi Yehuda Glick and Likud member Mendi Safadi, an Israeli Druze citizen, join two associates of their host, Islamic scholar and peace activist Adnan Oktar in Istanbul prior to an Iftar meal to break the daily Ramadan fast.

In an interview with Glick on A9TV earlier in the week, Oktar recounted for his viewers in Turkish the tale of Glick’s brush with death last October and his miraculous survival, describing his role in fighting for Jewish access to the Temple Mount.

(The entire interview with English-language subtitles may be accessed by clicking here.)

During the interview, Glick remarked in English, “The worst thing about terrorism and violence is when people do it in the name of God… This makes it ten times worse… In a civilized society when two people are arguing and one gets up and beats the other one up, it does not mean he is right. It means he needs help and this help is calling to God’s name peace, Islam, Shalom – this is God’s name.

“They tried to kill me because I represent the people of Israel coming to Israel,” Glick added. “And this they tried to harm. And the situation today is, I am alive and he (the assassin) is dead. So we have to thank God for this.”

In response, Oktar commented, “It is the most despicable, lowest, outrageous thing to shoot a person who works for God’s pleasure all the time…

“According to Islam [R. Glick] is a person of the People of the Book and he is a very religious person… insha’Allah (God willing), God will show this beautiful person the King Moshiach – in other words, the Mahdi (Messiah) – and we will rebuild the masjid (ed. – mosque) of the Prophet Solomon, pbuh (peace be upon him), and the palace of Prophet Solmon, pbuh, and God will show him very beautiful days.

Hana Levi Julian

Turkey’s Jewish Community in Edirne Hosts Public Iftar Meal

Monday, June 29th, 2015

Led by Jewish community leader Ishak Ibrahimzadeh, the Jews in the northwestern province of Edirne hosted a public Iftar meal for their neighbors last week.

The meal which breaks the daily Ramadan fast was held in order to “express appreciation for the recent restoration of the historical Edirne Synagoge by the General Directorate of Foundations,” Turkey’s Hurriyet Daily News reported. The synagogue was reopened on March 26.

Some 700 people showed up for the meal on June 21, according to the newspaper, which quoted the chief rabbi as saying, “We thought that the most convenient way to thank people in Edirne was to share an iftar meal with them.

“We thank them all very much,” Ibrahimzadeh was quoted as saying. “We returned to Edirne and found a more beautiful home than our own.”

According to the report, “Leading figures of the country’s Jewish community personally served guests at the Ramadan fast-breaking dinner in a tent set up by the Social Solidarity Foundation.”

The head of the Edirne office of the General Directorate for Foundations, Osman Güneren, attended the event.

The Grand Synagogue of Edirne was the second-largest synagogue in Europe, built in 1907 after a massive 1905 inferno in the city destroyed 13 separate Jewish houses of worship.

Allegedly “abandoned in 1983 due to a lack of worshipers,” Hurriyet reported, The synagogue was transferred for use as a museum to the local Thrace University after its restoration by the General Directorate of Foundations. Sharp criticism from the Turkish Jewish community put a stop to that plan, however.

Nevertheless, last year Edirne Governor Dursun Ali Sahin decided to punish the local Jewish population for Israeli government measures that were necessary to stop Palestinian Authority Arab violence on the Temple Mount.

In retaliation, Sahin announced the synagogue would be turned into a museum, rather than be returned to the Jewish community for worship following its restoration.

The Edirne governor later claimed his suggestion had “no connection” to Turkish Jews and apologized for the proposal. Four months later, a government ceremony was held to herald the reopening of the synagogue for use by the Jewish community.

Hana Levi Julian

Erdogan Has His Ticket to Gaza Pulled by Egypt

Monday, August 5th, 2013

Due to the very close relationship between Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan and ousted Egyptian President and Muslim Brotherhood member Mohamad Morsi, the Egyptian authorities have apparently canceled a long-planned visit to Gaza by the Turkish Prime Minister.

Erdogan announced he would be visiting the Gaza Strip shortly after President Barack Obama traveled to Israel and persuaded Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to apologize for the deaths of nine Turks who were aboard the Turkish ship the Mavi Marmara which attempted to break Israel’s blockade of the Gaza Strip on May 31, 2010.

When those aboard the Mavi Marmara refused to listen to Israeli warnings and turn back, Israelis boarded the Turkish ship armed only with paint guns.  The Turks attacked the Israeli soldiers with lead pipes and other weapons and in response Israeli soldiers eventually shot and killed the aggressors.

Last week the Egyptian Deputy Foreign Minister for European Affairs Hatem Seif Al-Nasr called on Turkish Ambassador Huseyin Avni Botsali to object to his country’s stance towards recent events in Egypt.

Since the most recent uprisings in Egypt and the ouster of Morsi, the Turkish government has been extremely critical of Egypt’s activities.  Erdogan gave a speech during an iftar dinner in Ankara expressing his discontent with recent events in Egypt and criticising Defence Minister Abdel Fatah Al-Sisi, blaming him for violence and political unrest.

And in a widely reported interview given on July 14, Erdogan said that Morsi was the only legitimate president of Egypt.

In addition to the current Egyptian leadership’s hostility towards Erdogan, the Turkish prime minister is also saddled with ongoing political unrest in his own country.

Lori Lowenthal Marcus

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