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Did Palestinian Media Fabricate ‘Israeli Attack’ on University?

Monday, December 2nd, 2013

In what threatened to become a public battle between two university presidents vying to prove each one’s constituency as the true victim, Sari Nusseibeh, president of Al Quds University, cited what appears to be a completely fabricated news report, one that he would have to know was fabricated. That article described the Israeli army’s “vicious incursion” on Nov. 17, during which Al-Quds students were shot.

Nusseibeh complained that the Brandeis University president “did not express sympathy” for the plight of his university. The president of Brandeis University refused to engage in such a media debate.

Al-Quds University has been the subject of many news articles recently.  Brandeis University, founded in 1948 as a refuge for Jews who were largely shunned elsewhere, began a sister university relationship in 2003 with Al-Quds University, the Palestinian Arab university located in eastern Jerusalem.

The relationship continued for many years, despite numerous examples of Al-Quds University being an institution that honors terrorists who murdered many Israelis, other Jews, and Americans.

However, when a large group of Arabs were photographed during a Nov. 5 demonstration at the Al-Quds campus in paramilitary gear, with arms raised in what resembled a Nazi salute, trampling on pictures of Israeli flags, and honoring suicide bombers, the Brandeis administration finally called for an explanation.

Brandeis’s relatively new president, Frederick Lawrence, contacted his counterpart, Al-Quds University president Sari Nusseibeh, whom he asked to denounce the demonstration, and to do so in both English and Arabic.  Instead, the response Nusseibeh posted on the Al-Quds website and sent to Lawrence, attacked “extremist Jews” for “exploiting” a situation and daring to criticize and delegitimize Al-Quds University.

That was the last straw for Lawrence and for Brandeis University.  The formal relationship between the two universities was suspended by Brandeis on Nov. 18 – not irrevocably, but certainly for the near future.

Because Nusseibeh was the one who issued the insulting statement – truly a slap in the face to President Lawrence as well as anyone else who had sought an explanation for a sister university publicly condoning Israel and Jew hatred – on Nov. 21, Brandeis also removed Nusseibeh from the board of advisors of the Brandeis International Center for Ethics, Justice and Public Life.

There were some who were highly critical of Brandeis for disrupting the relationship between the schools, especially those who believe with all their might that the relationship might blossom into closer relations and better understandings between Jews and other Americans and Arab Muslims.

But the president of Al-Quds seemed stunned by Brandeis’s strong-willed response.  An article appeared in the Times of Israel in which Nusseibeh suddenly claimed that he condemned the Nov. 5 demonstration.  But because the public response on the Al-Quds website and its translation which was provided to Brandeis’s Lawrence by Nusseibeh himself was so utterly lacking in contrition, and instead blamed “extremist Jews” for essentially overreacting to something that was unimportant, Lawrence stood firm and refused to undo the separation.

NUSSEIBEH THEN TURNS ON BRANDEIS PRESIDENT

Nusseibeh was not content to simply bide his time and wait until he would likely to be welcomed back into the bosom of Brandeis University, or to some other American universities eager to claim kinship with a real, live Palestinian Arab university.

Nope.

Instead, as reported in the Times of Israel, Nusseibeh then reached out again to its editor in a long email, arguing that Brandeis’s Lawrence had “gone overboard” in response to the Nov. 5 demonstration at Al-Quds.

In what way did Lawrence go overboard?

Well, in addition to suspending the relationship between the two schools and suspending Nusseibeh from the Center for Ethics board, Nusseibeh suggested Lawrence mischaracterized the letter Nusseibeh addressed to his students in response to the demonstration. He wrote that Lawrence “had chosen to read my letter to students as ‘inflammatory.’” In part, Nusseibeh went on, because Lawrence “will not accept that there are such people as ‘Jewish extremists.’”

Temple Mount Closed, 3 Jews Arrested for Saying Sh’ma Israel

Monday, October 14th, 2013

UPDATE: According to Ma’ariv, the Temple Mount compound has been closed to visitors, following the arrest of ten men who danced and waved Israeli flags at the site. The area is now clear for Arab kids to continue their soccer matches.

We previously reported that Jerusalem police on Monday morning detained for interrogation three Jewish visitors on the Temple Mount on suspicion of praying and bowing in the area which is designated for strictly Muslim worship.

According to Yehuda Glick, a Temple Mount Heritage Foundation official who has been detained last week and banned from setting foot on the holiest Jewish site, the three Jews, Mevo Horon Rabbi, Rav Micha Peled, and Rabbis Yaakov Heiman and Danny Simmon, were arrested after they had been caught saying the “Sh’ma Israel,” the twice-daily utterance of the covenant between God and the Jews.

Not a very popular document near the Al Aqsa…

The United States Dept. of State has deplored numerous times the unequal treatment of non-Muslims on Temple Mount. Jews, Christians and other non-Muslims who are spotted shutting their eyes meaningfully or moving their lips silently are immediately approached by police who usher them off the compound.

According to Glick, there appears to be anew campaign emerging on the part of the police, whereby they would be guaranteed a measure of peace by the Waqf, the Jordanian charity supervising the site, in exchange for banning anyone who manages to upset the Arab bosses of the place.

Several months ago, MK Moshe Feiglin, a frequent visitor to the holiest site for Jews, was banned indefinitely, backed with an order from Prime Minister Netanyahu.

Police Car Damaged, Haredim Arrested over Archeological Dig

Sunday, March 10th, 2013

Jerusalem police on Sunday detained at least seven ultra-Orthodox protesters at the Schneller Compound, opposite the Lubavitch yeshiva on Jeremiah Street, after they disturbed archaeological excavations taking place in the area.

The protesters were claiming that there are Jewish burial caves nearby, which may not be disturbed. Other protesters were dispersed, but not before a police car windshield was damaged.

The protesters belong to the Atra Kadisha (Aramaic for “holy site”) organization, whose goal is the protection and preservation of the tombs of Jews in Israel and around the world, based on the halachic value of respect for the dead.

The organization was founded in 1959, following the original battles waged between the Ultra-Orthodox and archaeologists over the excavation of ancient tombs for scientific study – which is prohibited by Jewish law, as it violates the dignity of the deceased.

Atra Kadisha is considered to be quite extremist, even compared to the Haredi public at as a whole, and he has been involved in violent clashes with police. One of the results of their activity, however, is that many archeological projects, as well as simple construction projects must budget for the possibility of a clash over Jewish graves within the sites in question.

Jerusalem Police to Permit ‘SlutWalk’ Marchers While Blocking Religious ‘Women in Green’

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

Nadia Matar and Yehudit Katzover of the “Women in Green” movement, also known as “Women for the Future of Israel,” have appealed on Thursday morning to Israel’s Supreme Court asking that the Jerusalem Police be made to permit them to conduct their walk around the walls of the old city of Jerusalem on the night of the 9th of Av, as they have done for the past 18 years.

The 9th of Av is a day of mourning and fasting for religious Jews, commemorating the  destruction of two temples, as well as many other catastrophes in Jewish history.

The appeal, submitted through the Dean of the Faculty of Law at Shaarei Mishpat College, Dr. Aviad Hacohen,  argues that the Police announcement that it would not permit the walk for security reasons constitutes a harsh and disproportionate assault on freedom of speech and freedom of movement in Israel.

The appeal of the Police rejection of the 9th of Av walk came, quite inadvertently, one day before the first Jerusalem Slutwalk, in which some 160 skimpily clad women will be marching in the holy city to protest sexual harassment.

The walk organizer Or Levi (22) said she had come up with the idea after a woman on King George Street in Jerusalem called her a whore for wearing a skimpy attire.

The original Slutwalk, in Toronto, Canada, began last year when a police constable said publicly that fewer women would be harassed and raped if they didn’t dress like sluts. Women’s response in several major Western cities has been to conduct marches in which they insist on dressing provocatively to make the point that no one has the right to assault them, no matter what they’re wearing.

Despite the fact that in Jerusalem the insult was not uttered by a man but rather by a woman critical of Levi’s choice of dress, she insisted, along with other women, on responding with a walk under the Hebrew banner “Tza’adat Ha’Sharmutot,” which actually means “Walk of the Hookers.”

According to Nadia Matar, the Police reason for changing the 9th of Av route which traditionally has circled the Old City wall had to do with the fact that this year Ramadan falls on the month of Av and the walk would therefore provoke an Arab hostile reaction.

“This is an affront to Israel’s sovereignty over Jerusalem,” Matar told the Jewish Press. She was not prepared to comment on the Slutwalk, but did mention that the attorney for the “Women in Green” told the court his clients were being discriminated against while so many other groups have no problem receiving permits.

She suggested the Slutwalk could be used by her attorney Friday as yet another example of police preferential treatment.

Mattar said Attorney Hacohen told the court that if Police are concerned about Arab reaction to his clients’ late night walk around the city walls, they should make sure no Arabs are permitted to go near the participants.

Mattar added that Police have prohibited the Flags Dance on Jerusalem Day next week in Jerusalem, also for security reasons.

“It just sheds light on who the Police are and who we’re dealing with,” Matar said. “Eighteen years ago, when we planned our first 9th of Av walk and the police immediately refused us, we went to the High Court with Dr. Aviad Hacohen, and now, 18 years later, we’re going again with him, and we hope to win again.”

The Jewish Press called the Jerusalem Police spokesperson for his comments on the apparent preferential treatment of slutty women over the Women in Green and we were requested to submit our inquiry by email. We did and are still waiting for their response.

Meanwhile, Police in Jerusalem has also prohibited a march that was scheduled for next Sunday, with some 200 of the Temple Mount Faithful who were planning to march with 20 sheep from the city’s central bus station to the top of Temple Mount in protest of Police collaboration with the Arab Waqf agency which controls access to the Temple Mount.

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