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Car-Ramming Attack near Jerusalem, Two Policemen Wounded

Thursday, October 13th, 2016

By Michael Bachner/TPS

Jerusalem (TPS) – A suspected car-ramming attack occurred around 1 p.m. at the A-Zaim checkpoint between Jerusalem and Maale Adumim.

Jerusalem Police said that a car traveling from the Jerusalem neighborhood of A-Tur approached the checkpoint, in violation of traffic regulations. When the driver noticed a Border Police jeep blocking his path, he accelerated towards the village of A-Zaim and hit the jeep and a police vehicle before fleeing the scene.

Two border policemen in their 40s sustained light injuries to their limbs. They were treated at the scene by Magen David Adom and taken to Hadassah Mount Scopus hospital.

Police said that forces were searching the area to locate the suspected assailants and their vehicle, stressing that all possible motives were being investigated.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Jerusalem Arabs Congratulate Each Other On Deaths of Jews

Monday, October 10th, 2016

Can co-existence ever flourish in an environment where those who once were neighbors now celebrate their savage murders instead?

Arabs in Jerusalem and the Palestinian Authority together celebrated the Jewish blood spilled by a Hamas terrorist on Sunday — including that which marked the death of a 60-year-old grandmother and a 30-year-old newly-married Yassam special operations police office — as well as physical injuries to six others and deep trauma wounds to a number who required medical help.

Jerusalem grandmother, 60, Levana Malachi, and First Sergeant Police Officer Yosef Kirama, 30, shot and killed by a convicted Arab terrorist in Jerusalem.

Jerusalem grandmother, 60, Levana Malachi, and First Sergeant Police Officer Yosef Kirama, 30, shot and killed by a convicted Arab terrorist in Jerusalem.

Many Jerusalem Arabs — who possess Israeli identity cards and who enjoy the rights and benefits those cards represent — were positively rejoicing in public places, despite the presence of Jews nearby.

Arab residents of Jerusalem were handing out sweets and candies to passersby, and others were shouting “Allahu Akbar!” — some until they were hoarse.

In one case, this took place in an Aroma cafe next to the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. An Israeli at the Cafe related to Arutz Sheva that Arab workers employed at Hadassah Mount Scopus Hospital came over to other Arabs at the cafe to wish them “Mabruk” (congratulations), just as the news of the deaths of the two victims were announced over media.

Together with cheers of ‘Allahu Akbar!’ (God is Great! in Arabic) and cheering of other Arabs in the street, those in the cafe began to sing and clap, with “joy on their faces.” It’s an extremely sobering reality check for Jews who believe in co-existence who suddenly are forced to confront the fearful truth that educated Arab fellow students with whom they spend time and drink coffee at university can suddenly, in a heartbeat, break out in joyous celebration at the violent bloody murder of a Jewish stranger.

For hours after the attack, Israel Police deployed throughout the capital to arrest those who were handing out candies. They blocked the terrorist’s family from setting up the traditional mourning tent for the killer — a move that would have served as a gathering place for further incitement and glorification of his murderous rampage, which Israel is determined to prevent.

Police also arrested those who pressured Israeli Arab business owners into closing their establishments in solidarity with the terrorist’s “martyrdom”.

Also arrested were the Arab bystanders who had used their cell phones to film and narrate the attack, while shouting Allahu Akbar! to cheer on the terrorist’s murderous efforts, until they were hoarse — which they then posted on social media sites to publicize the “happy event.”

Arab internet users also viciously attacked the Facebook page of Yosef Kirama, the police officer who died in the shootout with the terrorist. Arab cyber attackers posted abusive posts with anti-Semitic caricatures, a masked terrorist holding a knife, and even a death threat to another Jewish user. Some of the incitement was reported to police.

Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan reiterated the important role of social media sites — including Facebook — in spreading or preventing the spread of anti-Semitic incitement to murder. “We’ve said this before: the rise in the rate of internet incitement sparks lone wolf terrorism,” Erdan said in a statement.

The Gaza-based Hamas terrorist organization — which confirmed the killer as a member of its group — “proudly announced” that its “son” and “Mujahid” had “died a martyr.” In a statement the group described him as one of the “great figures of Jerusalem, and one of the city’s best people, who sacrificed his soul and his money defending Jerusalem,” according to a report by the Bethlehem-based Ma’an news agency.

On the Qassam website of the Izz a-Din al-Qassam military wing of Hamas, the group said in a statement that the attack was “a natural reaction to the continued crimes committed by the Israeli occupation against the Palestinians and the Holy al-Aqsa Mosque.”

The Palestinian Islamic Jihad terrorist organization also offered its own statement of praise, calling the attack “heroic.”

The Jerusalem branch of the Fatah faction led by Mahmoud Abbas issued a call via for a general strike, telling shop owners in the Old City of Jerusalem to shut their doors “in memory of the souls of the Martyrs of Palestine and this morning’s Martyr.”

It was Mahmoud Abbas who worked to ensure he could attend the funeral of Israel’s ninth president, former elder statesman Shimon Peres. When asked about the severe criticism he received at home for his attendance at the funeral in Jerusalem, Abbas told reporters he believed it was important to “show that he was a partner for peace.”

But it was the PA government’s leading Fatah faction, headed by Mahmoud Abbas, that posted an announcement on its Facebook page, translated by the Palestinian Media Watch (PMW) watchdog organization, praising, “The one who carried out the operation today in Jerusalem is a pilgrim [to Mecca] Martyr.”

Hana Levi Julian

Jerusalem Iranian Synagogue Defaced with Crosses

Monday, September 12th, 2016

Jerusalem Police received a report overnight Monday about crosses that were spray painted in black on the front wall and windows of the Koresh synagogue run by Iranian Jews at 34 Yossi Ben Yoezer Street in the Katamon section of Jerusalem. Police investigators and a forensic team arrived at the site.

The synagogue, named Koresh – Mishkan Shalom l’yotzei Iran (Cyrus – abode of peace for Iranian newcomers), is named after the Persian king who allowed Babylonian Jews to return to Israel after the first Exile.

The Iranian Jewish community maintains a close relationship with its brethren in Israel, as part of a tradition that began with the Babylonian exile, when the Jewish community of Iranian started to send a messenger to Israel, to check whether the Jews had started to return to the Land of Israel in order for them to also come back. Israeli Jews of Iranian descent also have a deep connection to Iran, and many continue to use Farsi.

According to a BBC report, Israel Radio broadcasts daily to Iran in Farsi. Twice a week Menashe Amir, a Persian Israeli, hosts a talk show with callers from Iran, the vast majority of whom are Muslim. The show attracts two to six million listeners every day from a country where the Jewish community is estimated at 20,000.

“I would say if 10 people are calling us from Iran, only one is talking about destroying Israel or death to Israel,” Amir told the BBC back in 2007. The Iranian callers aren’t allowed to call Israel directly, and they phone a number in Germany from which they are patched through to the Jerusalem studio.

David Israel

Court to Hear Police Request to Bar 6 Youths from Jerusalem

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

Seven young men and women who were detained by police on Monday on charges that their prayer outside the Temple Mount constituted a disturbance of the public peace, were released after police demanded that they sign a restraining order barring them from the Old City for 15 days, legal aid society Honenu reported.

Six of the detainees refused to sign the order and were released on the condition that they appear in Magistrate Court Tuesday, when police will be asking the court to bar them from the Old City.

Honenu attorneys have been complaining repeatedly that Jerusalem Police are so fearful of Arab rioting that they have begun to target Jews who are not attempting to disrupt the unholy status quo of the Temple Mount, but are merely engaging in action that might potentially anger the Arabs — regardless of the fact that the action is absolutely legal.

David Israel

Reports: Police Using Systematic Harassment of Jews Outside Temple Mount

Monday, August 29th, 2016

A Jewish woman, 18, was detained overnight Sunday, then brought before a judge and sent back to jail for the crime of praying outside the Cotton Gate leading into the Temple Mount, the Temple Organizations Headquarters reported. Several Jewish groups are accusing police of an ongoing campaign of harassment against Jews who stand in prayer outside the Temple Mount, despite the fact that the current status quo that permits Arabs to pray inside the sacred compound while forbidding Jews from doing the same does not cover the area outside.

The young woman, a resident of a Mt. Hebron community, was charged by police of disturbing the public order for walking around the Temple Mount and, police claim, even tried to enter the compound. The woman denied the charge of attempting to enter the Temple Mount, and insisted that walking around the site is not against the law.

The woman and a female minor were arrested Sunday afternoon. The minor was released and ordered to return to court Monday. Her friend refused to sign a restraining order that would keep her outside the Old City, and was therefore kept behind bars overnight.

Honenu legal aid society attorney Nati Rom filed an urgent appeal which was denied at 10 PM by Magistrate Court Judge Miriam Kaslasi, who said the woman will stay in jail overnight pending her signing the restraining order.

At the hearing on Monday morning Judge Kaslasi partially accepted police requests and issued a 7-day order restraining the minor from entering the Old City, and a 15-day order against her friend. But the two were not compelled to sign a personal bond in order to be released.

Later on Monday, Honenu reported that a Jewish man who wanted to pray outside the Iron Gate of the Temple Mount was detained, but released after only 20 minutes.

Honenu attorneys have been complaining repeatedly that Jerusalem Police are so fearful of Arab rioting that they have begun to target Jews who are not attempting to disrupt the unholy status quo of the Temple Mount, but are merely engaging in action that might potentially anger the Arabs — regardless of the fact that the action is absolutely legal.

Attorney Sinaia Harizi-Moses, who represented the two women Monday on behalf of Honenu, said “Police systematically abuse the power of their office to thwart the legal rights of citizens, creating a most problematic reality.”

Attorney Rom said his client, who has no criminal record, spent the night in jail for no reason at all. “The police on their own rescinded some of their claims the next day and released the two young women,” he noted, adding that this has become a common police tactic against Jews whose legal conduct might upset Arabs.

JNi.Media

Court Siding with Terrorist’s Families who Refuse Police Conditions for Releasing the Bodies

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016

Last week the Israeli Supreme Court issued a decree to show cause against the state prosecution, to explain why it would not release for burial the bodies of terrorists who committed violent crimes in Israel. Recently the Netanyahu government has adopted a policy whereby those bodies are not released automatically and are being kept at the Institute of Forensic Medicine in Abu Kabir.

This renewed demand by the high court came following an earlier ruling where the court had ordered the bodies of terrorists be released in exchange for families’ commitment to conduct quiet funerals, without anti-Israeli incitement. The judges approved of the requirement seeing as the hearing was held during the holy month of Ramadan, when Arabs have customarily expressed their religious feelings through rioting in the streets and throwing stones and firebombs at innocent civilians.

But the reality of those cases has been a complete reneging of every commitment made by the families in almost every instance. A funeral that was conducted for terrorist Ala Abu Jamal from Jabel Mukaber, who carried out a bloodthirsty attack on Malkhey Israel Street in downtown Jerusalem, quickly deteriorated into a massive riot. As Internal Security Minister Gilad Erdan later put it, “The terrorist families simply lied to the high court. It’s a shame that the court chose to believe them and pressured police to hand over the bodies before Ramadan.”

Interestingly enough, the terrorists’ families are using exactly that argument in their newest appeal to the high court, saying that since Ramadan is long over, there’s no more justification to release the bodies. Essentially, the Arab petitioners are saying that Arab funerals have always been huge and riotous, rife with incitements against israel, so why stop now?

According to NRG, Jerusalem Police this week approached the family of Baha Alyan, who carried out a murderous attack on a bus at the Armon Hanatziv neighborhood, to negotiate the body’s release. Police offered to hand over the body in exchange for a late night funeral, with only 15 people present. The family eventually refused those terms and police pulled back their offer.

David Israel

Islamic Guards Attack Archaeologists on Temple Mount “for Picking Up Olives”

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

by Michael Bachner/TPS on July 27, 2016 Jerusalem (TPS) – A group of six Israeli archaeologists visiting the Temple Mount compound in Jerusalem’s Old City were attacked by employees of the Jordanian Waqf on Wednesday morning. According to the archaeologists, the Waqf officials demanded that the group leave the site after they had thought one of them picked up several olives from the ground.

Two assailants were arrested by the police and taken for questioning, but the Jewish group claims that there were approximately eight assailants in total. They also claimed that the Waqf employees took one of their mobile phones and deleted photos of the incident that had been taken and that police forces only arrived 15 minutes after the incident took place.

While the Jewish group claimed that one of archaeologists was lightly wounded in the incident, the Jerusalem police said that nobody required medical treatment following the attack.

“At first, we were not accompanied by policemen or Waqf officials,” wrote Zachi Dvira, one of the archaeologists who also heads the Temple Mount Sifting Project, on his Facebook page after the incident. “At some point, one of the participants picked up a stone from the ground. A Waqf guard who was watching us from a distance shouted at her not to pick up olives from the ground.”

“Afterwards, they decided we must end our tour even though there was plenty of time left,” he added. “An argument broke out and they became violent. Four of them assaulted one of us (Yuval Markus), tackling him to the ground and hitting him.”

“I wasn’t able to contact the four policemen who were present at the site since they were busy escorting one religious Jew,” added Dvira. “I started filming the incident for deterrence and then they attacked me and grabbed my phone to delete the footage. Only when I threatened to complain to the Waqf director by name did they return the phone. The policemen then finally arrived and arrested two of the seven or eight guards who attacked us.”

The Waqf is an Islamic trust that manages the Temple Mount on behalf of Jordan in accordance with the peace agreement signed with Israel in 1994. Waqf employees closely monitor Jews visiting the holy site and prevent them from praying, bowing, or violating the strict visitation rules imposed upon religious Jews at the site.

“This is outrageous,” Temple Mount Activist Arnon Segal told Tazpit Press Service (TPS). “These attacks could eventually result in death. The Waqf employees are being permitted to act uninhibited, without anyone putting them in their place. Netanyahu even said last week that he wanted to strengthen the Waqf. I wonder when Israeli law enforcement authorities will start enforcing the law instead of preserving international agreements that will not help us.”

The Jerusalem District Police released a statement saying that “two Waqf guards approached a group of visitors and attacked one of them during visitation hours at the Temple Mount. A police force arrested the two Waqf members and took them for questioning. The man who was attacked did not require medical treatment.”

The Temple Mount is the holiest site in Judaism though Jewish access to the site is severely restricted. The site is also the third holiest to Muslims, who refer to it as Haram al-Sharif or as the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

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