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Jordan Adds to Western Wall Mixed-Gender Prayer Controversy

Sunday, February 7th, 2016

Jordan is demanding that Israel “return jurisdiction” over part of the Western Wall to the Islamic Waqf controlled by Amman.

The demand followed the decision by the Israeli government last week to set aside the southernmost section of the Wall, known as Robinson’s Arch, as a place for mixed-gender prayer. Jordan refers to the same place as the “Umayyad Palaces.”

Jordan contends that the decision violates the jurisdiction of the Waqf Islamic Authority over Jerusalem’s holy places, an agreement made between the two countries in 1967.

On Saturday, Jordanian Minister of Communications and Media Affairs Muhammad Momani “urged Israel not to meddle with the Umayyad Palaces area and to ensure its return under the jurisdiction of the Jordanian Jerusalem Waqf Department, which is the entity responsible for administering and safeguarding the site,” the Jordan news agency Petra reported in the Jordan Times.

“Israeli occupation forces have recently settled internal differences among followers of different Jewish sects at the expense of the area of the Umayyad Palaces,” Petra said.

“Israeli occupation forces had decided to expand a platform to allow more Jewish worshippers into the area. The violation against the Umayyad Palaces is the latest in a long series of assaults and violations against the site. Occupation forces have carried out several excavation works there, destroying Arab and Islamic heritage,” Petra added on behalf of Jordan’s government.

Israel’s government approved plans last week to expand the Western Wall plaza in order to accommodate the increasing demands for non-Orthodox prayer at the site. A small wooden platform at Robinson’s Arch has already been set up for mixed-gender prayer.

Jordan’s lamentation over Israeli “occupation” is a bit spurious, given the Hashemite tenure itself as custodian over parts of Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria lasted only from 1948 to 1967 – a total of 31 years.

Jerusalem has long since been reunited and whole for a period much longer than that: June 2017 will mark half a century since the restoration of the Temple Mount, the Western Wall and elsewhere in Jerusalem and the Land to the Jewish State of Israel.

However, to be fair, the dismay of the Hashemite Kingdom over the compromise over non-Orthodox prayer allowed by the government is also reflected among some Muslims in Israel and ironically is shared with some observant Jews locally and globally as well.

Mixed-gender prayer has never been allowed at the Western Wall – in fact, historically it was not allowed in either Holy Temple. In Torah law, women are not counted among a minyan (quorum) of men.

Not that this grants validity to the Jordanian claim of authority and hopes to win Waqf control of the site, which is more of a simple attempt at another political territory grab.

The Umayyad Palaces were two buildings which archaeologists say were built by the Umayyads who ruled for a period of 100 years in the late seventh century. They were destroyed in an earthquake and lay buried until they were unearthed by Israeli archaeologists in a 1970s excavation, creating a public history park to educate all.

The Western Wall is part of Judaism’s most sacred site on the planet, the Temple Mount, located alongside. The site is also the third holiest in Islam. The Wall is part of the outer retaining wall of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, its sole material remnant that has survived throughout the centuries. In Islam, it is believed that the prophet Mohammed rose up to Heaven on his mighty steed el-Buraq from a site near the Western Wall.

In Judaism, it is believed that somewhere on the grounds of the Temple Mount lies the site of the “Holy of Holies” of the two Holy Temples of Jerusalem – the inner sanctum where the High Priest (Kohen Gadol) communed with G-d Himself during sacrifices and services. No one other than the Kohen Gadol was ever allowed to enter this place, and to this day countless rabbis forbid Jews to tread upon the Temple Mount grounds for fear of erroneously entering this area.

The Israeli government does not allow Jews to pray within the Temple Mount in accordance with a status quo agreement with the Jordanian Waqf. Within the Temple Mount grounds are built the Al Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock, where Muslims are allowed to pray.

Hana Levi Julian

Why Does Europe Embrace Islam While They Condemn Israel? [audio]

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

Get ready for a deeply spiritual and penetrating analysis from Rabbis Ari Abramowitz and Jeremy Gimpel into one of the most perplexing questions of our times.

Reports are now surfacing that Europe is systematically covering up the violent crimes Islamic immigrants are committing across the continent.

Only decades ago, these same European governments collaborated with Adolf Hitler and assisted him in deporting six million Jews to Nazi gas chambers.

Today, as they embrace Islam and cover up their crimes, Europeans consistently condemn Israel while seeking to isolate her politically and economically.

Can we glean from the millennia of wisdom and insight to make sense of this today?

Ari Abramowitz & Jeremy Gimpel

Temple Mount Visits Down in 2015

Friday, January 8th, 2016

The number of Jews and non-Jews, excluding Muslims, that visited the Temple Mount (Har Habyit in Hebrew) in 2015 dropped from previous years, according to a report in Makor Rishon.

In the case of Jewish visitors, mostly religious, their numbers dipped slightly in 2015, solely due to the police restricting the physical number of Jews allowed onto the Jewish holy site.

Many Jews wait in line for hours at the gates to the Temple Mount, only to be denied entrance by the Israeli police. In addition, All Jewish visitors must receive special instructions from the police and some even undergo body searches.

By the end of 2015, Israeli Police were only allowing 15 religious Jews onto the Temple Mount at any given time, and only during very limited visiting hours, restricting visits to 4 hours a day, 5 days a week.

Looking back to 2010, the number of Jews that went up in 2015 (10,766), was double the number that went up in 2010 (5,658). The demand is rising, but so are the restrictions.

Once on the Temple Mount, Jewish visitors are harassed and assaulted by the Muslims occupying the Jewish holy site, and often visits are forced to be cut short.

For non-Jewish, non-Islamic tourists, the numbers that visited the Temple Mount in 2015 severely dropped to less than half the amount that visited in 2010. This despite the fact that the number of tourists visiting Israel remained steady at around 3 million visitors a year.

In 2010, the number of non-Jewish (non-Muslim) tourists visiting the Temple Mount exceeded 400,000 visitors. In 2015, that number dropped to 193,000.

The reason the numbers of non-Jewish tourists dropped is due to the unpleasant and threatening atmosphere that is created by the Muslims and the Waqf on the Jewish holy site, towards the non-Islamic visitors.

Last year, the Waqf forced a group of Christian tourists off the Temple Mount, because they looked too Jewish.

There are virtually no numerical or time restriction on Muslim visits to Israel’s Temple Mount, except when the Arabs are rioting too much, and then the police may temporarily place age limits for a day.

The Temple Mount is the location of the two Jewish Temples, first built by King Solomon.

Shalom Bear

Rouhani: Muslims Must Improve Image’ but not Forget ‘Zionist Crimes’

Sunday, December 27th, 2015

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday that Muslims must improve the image of Islam in light of the evil of the Islamic State (ISIS) that has stained the religion as violent, according to foreign news agencies.

The report on Reuters omitted what was headlined in the Iranian regime-controlled Mehr News Agency, which headlined:

Ignoring Zionist crimes in Islamic world implausible – Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani slammed disappearance of addressing and broadcasting violence and crimes of Zionist regime in the Islamic world.

Rouhani was speaking at an international “unity” conference, which he said he hopes will help unify Muslims.

He called on Muslims “to follow a fair, moderate tone of discourse which is far from any kind of extremism, which he said results in violence.”

Iran is fearful of the Islamic State (ISIS), which has the same objective of the Tehran regime by wanting to create a Caliphate in the entire Middle East, for starters, before conquering the rest of the world.

The real difference between Iran and the ISIS is who calls the shots, or in their case, who swings the knife or tightens the noose.

Rouhani implied the rest of the world should have listened to him two years ago when Iran proposed the “World Against Violence and Extremism” to the United Nations. “Although seemingly passed unanimously by Muslim and non-Muslim countries, no measure of good faith was taken in practice,” he said.

Ignoring the “Zionist crimes,” which means the existence of Israel, the Iranian president referred to Islamic civil war and added:

If the world wants peace, all have to work together against extremism, violence and terrorism.

Why are we so silent in the face of all the killing and bloodshed? Do we help those who are the main cause of crimes? Is it not a disgrace to the Islamic world that innocent Muslims with their small children, with women, travel during the harsh winter, inside the river or sea with boats to seek refuge in non-Islamic countries?

We have to eliminate the negative interpretation of Islam in the virtual and real world; the great injustice is not only upon Muslims and the people of Libya, Syria, Iraq and Yemen; it is also the greatest injustice in the face of Islam.

His thesis tried to distance Islam in Iran from ISIS. Rouhani asked, “Did we ever think that, instead of enemies, an albeit small group from within the Islamic world using the language of Islam, would present it as the religion of killing, violence, whips, extortion and injustice?”

Reuters did not ask if “the religion of killing, violence, whips, extortion and injustice” also exists in Iran but took care to call Rouhani “a relative moderate” who supports Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who also is trying to defeat the ISIS.

Assad also continues to use chemical weapons and raid civilian population centers with barrel bombs.

“Rouhani the moderate” as secretary of Supreme National Security Council in 1999, stated in a pro-government rally during student protests, “At dusk yesterday we received a decisive revolutionary order to crush mercilessly and monumentally any move of these opportunist elements wherever it may occur. From today our people shall witness how in the arena our law enforcement force . . . shall deal with these opportunists and riotous elements, if they simply dare to show their faces.”

Since taking office as president, more than 600 people have been executed, usually by hanging, which for Rouhani may be a more moderate type of Islam than the ISIS practice of beheading.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Q: How Much Do You Hate Palestinians/Israelis?

Sunday, December 27th, 2015

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Arab-Israeli Sentenced to Two Years After Attempting to Join ISIS

Thursday, December 24th, 2015

By Alexander J. Apfel/TPS

This morning, Thursday December 24, a worker who had previously worked at the Israeli Ministry of Health was sentenced following a serious security-related trial which lasted seven month between June 2014 – January 2015.

The trial was concluded following a serious security related trial for his attempt to join the terrorist organization, ISIS.

According to the indictment, Halil Halil, a 25-years-old resident of Abu-Tur, a mixed Jewish-Arab neighborhood in Jerusalem sought to join the ranks of ISIS in Syria when he attempted to exit the country illegally to Turkey en route to Syria.

Halil was caught however, by chance misfortune, when he attempted to cross the border from Turkey to Syria. Moreover, Halil stood accused of establishing contact with a foreign agent in Turkey and also attempted to connect with activists and with illegal associations such as ISIS.

According to the indictment, Halil first made contact with ISIS members in Israel by way of social media videos and Facebook.

The official sentencing, by Judge David Minetz, read “In light of all the information and after weighing up of all considerations I sentenced the defendant to 24 months in prison on condition that if he commits any offence to the security of the state during the first three years following his release from prison he will be immediately reimprisoned.”

Following the sentencing Halil’s attorney, Wasim Darosher, told TPS that “The supreme court accepted the majority of defense team’s positions and concluded that the crimes were personally motivated rather than national.”

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Innocent Homework or Insidious Conversion Attempt?

Sunday, December 20th, 2015

(JNi.media) Rage over a homework assignment became so harsh and abusive, school officials in Augusta County, Virginia decided to keep all 10,000 county students at home this past week, and to suspend school sports activities over the weekend.

This WW3 battle began when Cheryl LaPorte, who teaches world geography at Riverheads High in Staunton, Virginia, gave her students a homework assignment: to copy by hand a line of Arabic script. The lovely arabesque calligraphy happened to be the shahada, an Islamic statement of faith bearing witness that “there is no god but Allah, and Mohammed is the messenger of Allah.” It has been established, incidentally, that LaPorte did not compose the assignment based on secret instructions she received from her operators in ISIS, but rather picked it from a workbook created by teachers called “World Religions.” The book also includes assignments about Christianity and Judaism.

It took only a few hours before some angry parents demanded LaPorte’s firing for “violating children’s religious beliefs,” but the Virginia Department of Education and Augusta County Superintendent Eric Bond announced they reviewed the material and they don’t believe it violated student rights.

Nevertheless, the county school system removed the offensive statement from the curriculum, replacing it with “a different, non-religious sample of Arabic calligraphy.” The county also issued a statement saying it was not leading a drive to convert students to Islam. Augusta County Schools official Eric Bond said in a statement that none of the “lessons in the world geography course are an attempt at indoctrination to Islam or any other religion or a request for students to renounce their own faith or profess any belief.”

That was too little, too late, as far as some parents were concerned. Kimberly Herndon told WHSV, “The sheet she gave out was pure doctrine in its origin,” adding, “I will not have my children sit under a woman who indoctrinates them with the Islam religion when I am a Christian.”

Megan Williams, reporting for the News Leader, noted that “increased police presence and national media attention have made for a weird week as Riverheads High School headed into winter break.” The decision to end the school week early was reached on Thursday, “after district offices were hit by a firestorm of phone calls and emails over the controversy.” Williams reported that “Augusta County Sheriff’s deputies were in all schools and the front doors were locked.”

A Facebook group calling itself SUPPORT LAPORTE was started and to date attracted 5,653 members. Most of the reactions on the social network are expressions of disbelief at the parents’ heightened sensitivity to other people’s religions and cultures.

Williams quoted Prof. Nancy Klancher of Bridgewater College, which serves Augusta County, who explained that county students come from the Shenandoah Valley, and “don’t know anything about any other religions besides their own.”

JNi.Media

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