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October 24, 2016 / 22 Tishri, 5777

Posts Tagged ‘Israel Police’

Holiday Blessing by the Kohanim From the Western Wall in Jerusalem [video]

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

This week the Western Wall Plaza was filled with the sound of blessing — the benediction of the Kohanim – by the descendants of the priests of the Holy Temple of Jerusalem.

They prayed for the Nation of Israel from the heart of the holy city of Jerusalem on the second intermediate day of the Festival of Sukkot, the Feast of Tabernacles.

Hundreds of Israeli police and Border Guard police officers were also there to take their places among the worshipers, not only to secure the thousands who participated in the ceremony as Kohanim and those who received the blessings, but also as worshipers themselves.

Thousands also watched the ceremony from around the world via the Kotelcam webcam that is installed across from and above the Western Wall, enabling viewers to watch the activities at the sacred site 24 hours a day.

NOTE: Please be aware that the above YouTube footage contains a recording of the sacred prayers and thus should be treated with appropriate respect.

Hana Levi Julian

Terror Stabbing Averted in Old City of Jerusalem

Sunday, October 16th, 2016

Jerusalem police arrested an Arab terrorist on the Sabbath before he could carry out a lethal stabbing attack on unwary victims in the Old City of Jerusalem.

Knife confiscated from Arab terrorist.

Knife confiscated from Arab terrorist.

The knife was discovered after police stopped and searched the suspect, and found the weapon under his clothes. He admitted during questioning that he had intended to carry out a terror attack.

Police have raised security throughout the capital for the duration of the Jewish holidays. Jerusalem is packed with tourists from Israel as well as visitors from around the world. Security teams are deployed in different areas, according to Israel Police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld.

During Yom Kippur, thousands of people visited the ancient remnant of the retaining wall of the Second Holy Temple of Jerusalem, the Western Wall. Police were also busy with less pleasant activities as well: “During the fast police dealt with riots by Arabs in Silwan, Issawiya, and Jabel Mukabar,” Rosenfeld said in a tweet.

Hana Levi Julian

Rabbi Rachamim Barchiyahu Appointed Israel Police Chaplain

Monday, October 10th, 2016

Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan has appointed Rabbi Rachamim Barchiyahu as Israel Police Chaplain.

The appointment, recommended by Police Commissioner Roni Alsheikh, was announced Monday. Barchiyahu will be awarded the rank of Commander. Deputy Police Commissioner, Major Zohar Dvir headed the search committee that was established this past May.

Barchiyahu currently serves as Chief Rabbi in the Jewish community of Talmon, and Rosh Yeshiva (dean) of Yeshiva Ma’aminim B’Mishtara.

For the past several years, the yeshiva has served as a place in which to discuss the application of Torah law in police work. Discussions and learning in the yeshiva also focus on developing policies that can enable observant Jews to serve in the force.

Hana Levi Julian

Weapons Seized, Terror Suspect Arrested Near El Khader

Saturday, October 8th, 2016

A weapons cache was seized and a terror operation was averted over the Sabbath by the alert response of police and military personnel at the security checkpoint near El Khader, which is north of the town of Efrat in Gush Etzion.

Israeli police and IDF Etzion Regional Brigade forces confiscated the arms after the haul was discovered during a routine search of a vehicle driven by an Arab resident of the Palestinian Authority.

The suspect was allegedly on his way to transfer the cache to a hiding place, IDF officials said.

Among the arms seized were three assault rifles, two ammunition magazines and a large quantity of bullets.

“This was a successful continuation of an operation that began in Dehaishe this morning,” the IDF said. “The suspect was arrested on charges of weapons possession and was transferred to security personnel for further questioning.

“This activity is part of the campaign against illegal weapons in Judea and Samaria. Since the beginning of 2016, more than 350 weapons have been seized, and 32 arms manufacturing facilities have been shut down.”

Hana Levi Julian

Israeli Security Force Captures Arab Weapons Dealer [video]

Thursday, October 6th, 2016

Israeli security forces captured an Arab weapons dealer Thursday night in a joint operation near the Palestinian Authority city of Halhul, in Judea.

The suspect was arrested while allegedly on his way to carry out a weapons deal.

He was pulled over by Israeli security forces, who then conducted a body search as well as a search of his vehicle, confiscating a Carlo Gustav submachine gun in the process.

Hana Levi Julian

US Flags Fly at Half-Staff Worldwide for Israel’s 9th President, Shimon Peres

Friday, September 30th, 2016

As the sun begins to rise on Friday, Sept. 30, 2016 at its appointed hour in the various time zones around the world, the American flag will begin to move up the flag pole at United State installations, establishments and government institutions around the world — and will stop when it reaches the half-way mark up the flagpole.

The flags of the United States of America — in all public buildings in the continental USA and at American embassies, consulates, military and naval posts, stations, bases and vessels, and any U.S. territory or possession around the world will fly at half-staff Friday until sunset, in honor of the passing of Israel’s ninth President, Shimon Peres.

President Barack Obama issued the order in a White House proclamation, “Death of Shimon Peres,” which was sent out late Wednesday night. Only five other people around the world have earned this honor: among them, the Israeli leader who partnered with Peres and PLO terror chief Yasser Arafat to produce the Oslo Accords in the early 1990s, thereby launching the Palestinian Authority — former Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, who was assassinated by an extremist not long after the document went into effect.

Obama issued a statement on Wednesday, saying Peres was “the essence of Israel itself — the courage of Israel’s fight for independence, the optimism he shared with his wife Sonya as they helped make the desert bloom, and the perseverance that led him to serve his nation in virtually every position in government across the entire life of the State of Israel.”

“A light has gone out, but the hope he gave us will burn forever…. For the gift of his friendship and the example of his leadership, todah rabah, Shimon.”

Obama is expected to arrive early Friday with a large delegation, but will stay only for the funeral and will depart shortly thereafter. No talks are scheduled between him and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, nor with Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas, though all three will be in the same place at the same time, with their top aides, in Jerusalem. Security is tightened to an unprecedented level. Israel Police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld said the Peres family ultimately decided together with the Knesset to close the proceedings to the public, due to the complexity of the security situation.

The Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) and Israel Police face an unprecedented challenge in simultaneously protecting some 60 dignitaries and heads of state, from the time they arrive until the time they leave Israel. Approximately 8,000 police officers are involved in the effort.

The operation is considered one of the largest in Israeli history. Police Commissioner Roni Alsheikh told reporters Thursday that police have already “detained” a number of suspects — both Muslims and Jews — who are believed to pose a threat to the funeral or to visiting dignitaries.

Hana Levi Julian

Peres Funeral Closed to Public, Security Tightened, Streets Closed in Central Jerusalem

Thursday, September 29th, 2016

A decision has been made to close the funeral of Israel’s ninth President, Shimon Peres to the public due to the attendance by Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas and his delegation.

The source of the decision was not revealed to media.

Israel Police Commissioner Roni Alsheikh indicated police made several “preventive” arrests on suspicion that several people planned to disrupt the funeral proceedings at Mount Herzl cemetery, Channel 10 reported.

Meanwhile the Israel Security Agency / Shin Bet domestic intelligence agency completed its preparations Thursday for the protection of more than 60 world leaders and other dignitaries who will attend the event.

The intelligence agency was tasked with protecting 20 presidents, 15 foreign ministers, five heads of state and numerous other dignitaries as they arrived in Israel for the Peres funeral, beginning Thursday.

A statement from the agency said its units are providing an intelligence and technological envelope that includes the use of advanced technology.

The operation is unprecedented in Israeli history — it is being led by the VIP Protection Unit — and the coverage is to continue until all of the dignitaries have left the country. The agency is coordinating its movements with its counterparts from around the world.

Street closings and transportation to the Knesset

On Thursday, September 29, all routes leading to the Knesset plaza were closed to traffic: Eliezer Kaplan Street, Yoel Zusman Street and Road #16 which encompasses the Knesset. These routes will remain be closed until after the funeral procession has left for Mt. Herzl Friday morning.

Mt. Herzl area street closings

From 07:00 am Friday, September 30, all routes leading to Mount Herzl will be closed to traffic: Derech Mordechai Ish Shalom, Yehoshua Farbstein Street, Herzl Boulevard from Chords Bridge junction to Holland Square, Shmuel Beyth Street in the direction toward Mt. Herzl, Bayit Vagan Street and HaZikaron Street. Streets from the hotels to Mt. Herzl: Gershon Agron Street, Ramban Street, Hecht, Herzl.

Vehicles parked on these routes will be towed.

The roads will be opened following the conclusion of the funeral and the dispersal of those in attendance.

Important Note for Travelers to and From Jerusalem:

From 7:30 am to 9:00 am, and again from 12:30 pm to 2:00 pm on Friday, Highway 1 will be shut down in both directions.

Roads leading to Highway 1 will be closed as well. Also expect heavy traffic on Highways 6, 431, 38, and 443 during those hours.

Hana Levi Julian

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/peres-funeral-closed-to-public-security-tightened-streets-closed-in-central-jerusalem/2016/09/29/

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