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March 30, 2015 / 10 Nisan, 5775
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Saudi Arabia Opposes Hebrew Names for Jerusalem Gates

Friday, March 27th, 2015

Saudi Arabia has asked the Arab League to discusses what it said was a move by “Israeli authorities” to change the names of the gates of Jerusalem to Hebrew, according to the Palestinian Authority’s official WAFA website.

The Arab League is scheduled to meet on Saturday at Sharm el-Sheikh.

Saudi Arabia presumably is referring to the locked gates around the Temple Mount, where Jews are barred from entering the Temple Mouton site.

Groups varying from several hundred to 3,000 people march and pray at the gates in the monthly “Sivuv Shay’arim” event, except when police decide they cannot do so because it would be considered as “incitement” for Muslims to riot, especially when the march coincides with the beginning of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

French Firm Pulls Out of Jerusalem Cable Car Project after PA Pressure

Thursday, March 26th, 2015

(JNS.org) The French consortium SAFEGE has decided to end its participation in a Jerusalem cable car transportation project over what the firm called “political” concerns.

According to a report in the French daily newspaper Le Figaro, the move by SAFEGE came after a meeting with France’s foreign and economic ministries. The firm said that its decision was made “to avoid any political interpretation,” said a representative of Suez Environment, SAFEGE’s parent company.

Saeb Erekat, the Palestinian Authority’s chief negotiator, had contacted French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius to complain about the project, which includes a cable car in eastern Jerusalem.

“The plan will lead to the illegal expropriation of private property, some of which belongs to the Waqf (Islamic religious endowment),” Erekat wrote to Fabius, Le Figaro reported.

In addition to pressure from the Palestinians, the $31.7 million cable car project has also been met with strong opposition from environmental and religious groups in Jerusalem. Project planners hope that the cable car will reduce traffic congestion in Jerusalem by easing transportation through the Israeli capital, including to holy sites in the Old City and the Mount of Olives.

Jerusalem Light Rail Damaged in Hail of Rocks at Shuafat Station

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

The Jerusalem Light Rail was damaged this morning (Wed. March 25) after it came under an attack by Arab terrorists hurling a hail of rocks.

The barrage began at around 8 am, as the train moved through the northern Jerusalem neighborhood of Shuafat, where the line services Arab commuters who work at jobs in the capital.

No passengers were physically hurt in the attack, although a number were traumatized, as often happens. Arab attackers have “doubled down” on the Light Rail as an easy target to go after and it is not yet clear which authority should be making the final decision about which steps to take for its protection.

Several of the cars were damaged, with windows having been damaged along with some other hey elements of the equipment. Thousands of shekels’ worth of damage was added to the millions of shekels’ worth that has already been caused by the intifada this past year alone.

Security forces were summoned to the area to search for the attackers, who remain at large thus far.

“This has become an ongoing nightmare,” one of the passengers told the Hebrew-language 0404 website. “It’s beyond me to see how we can stop it. But in Tel Aviv, this would not have happened.”

Jerusalem to Open ‘Gazelle Valley’ Park Before Passover

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

Just in time for families searching for a healthy and low-cost Passover vacation day out with the kids, the city of Jerusalem this week will dedicate and open an urban nature park, to be named “Gazelle Valley.”

The park features a couple of dozen gazelles – survivors of what was once a much larger herd, who finally shrank to a group of just five (for whom it is named.) Also gracing the landscape are ponds, bicycle paths and the kind of flora and fauna that makes one want to lie in the grass for the day.

Enjoy the ambiance on a borrowed mat or deck chair, using borrowed binoculars if you wish: the park offers them to guided group tours; for that matter, the park also offers tours to nature lovers. Visitors are asked to please not touch the baby deer who are nestling in the brush because this might lead their mothers to abandon them, leaving them to die.

It has taken 20 years for the Jerusalem municipality to fight for this project, notes Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat in comments released to media. “The park’s guiding principle is revolutionary in terms of Israeli urban public spaces. It is a nature reserve in the middle of Jerusalem. Gazelle Valley is one of the biggest and most important Jerusalem projects in recent years, representing above all community involvement in the city and the power of joint brainstorming and planning by City Hall and residents.”

The public is inviting to next Monday’s opening ceremony at 4pm, which is free and will feature a day of activities to include a bird-watching workshop, children’s choirs, a music and theater show, giant puppets, information stations operated by the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel and a performance by the Jordan Valley Mandolin Orchestra.

So far the project has cost the municipality some NIS 22 million, with another NIS 70 million expected to be spent in the coming years, both from the municipal coffers and donations to be raised via the Jerusalem Foundation.

Similar in setup to New York City’s Central Park, Gazelle Valley stretches over 60 acres (250 dunam) and is centrally located between the Begin Highway and the Katamon and Givat Mordechai neighborhoods. The area once was home to a field of fruit orchards which by the 1980s had been abandoned – leaving the area ripe for the picking by real estate developers. That was when the fight began by city residents – who were ultimately joined by Mayor Barkat – to save the site for a green space instead.

One can walk to Jerusalem’s new Gazelle Valley park from the Malha Mall, Bayit Ve’Gan, and other area neighborhoods.

Yehuda Avner (86), Advisor, Ambassador and Author

Tuesday, March 24th, 2015

Yehuda Avner, former adviser to Israeli Prime Ministers Menachem Begin, Shimon Peres and Yitzchak Rabin passed away on Tuesday at his home in Jerusalem. He was 86.

Born in the Manchester, England in 1928, Avner made Aliyah in 1947. He joined Israel’s Foreign Service in 1958.

Avner served as Israel’s ambassador to Australia and the UK. He also worked as a speechwriter for Golda Meir and Levi Eshkol.

He was the author of the book, The Prime Ministers, that described his experiences with Israel’s Prime Ministers.

Toby Press is set to release, in a few months, a new novel he wrote called, The Ambassador.

His son-in-law, David Sable, released the following very touching statement:

Dear Friends,

It is with deep sadness that I share with you the passing of Ambassador Yehuda Avner, Begin’s Shakespeare…an articulate champion of the Jewish people and the State, who took his last breaths, at home, in his beloved Jerusalem.

There is so much to say and so much to share and such a rich life to celebrate. Suffice it for now that he always saw himself as a Yerushalmi – a person of Jerusalem…not just from Jerusalem…and to him Jerusalem was a crazy mosaic that encompassed all of its inhabitants.

He was a true servant of the Jewish people…in his role as advisor to the Generation of Legendary Leaders of Israel he was never political, never took personal gain, never shied from conflict…with his bag always packed.. he went; listened, advised and wrote giving voice to the Prime Ministers he served and voice to our cause and our people.

The consummate Ambassador he represented Israel during tumultuous times and was respected by friend and foe alike as he brought his skills to the corridors of power and the backrooms of deals.

He was passionate about art, music, literature and theater and loved nothing better than getting seats to see the latest Opera at the Met or a private tour of the newest exhibition at MOMA.

His legacy is Medinat Yisrael, the State of Israel, to which he dedicated his life to building. His gift to us…his words… which will live on and continue to inspire future generations around the world.

So much more to share….a lifetime in fact.

With deep respect and love for my friend, and in celebration of a life well lived…

David Sable

New EU Report Calls For Tougher Sanctions Against Israel Over Construction

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015

A report that is being prepared by the European Union (EU) calls for tougher sanctions against Israel over the Jewish state’s continued construction in eastern Jerusalem, which the EU said is threatening the “viability of the two-state solution.”

The report, which has yet to be released, states that a “vicious cycle of violence” in Jerusalem last year “occurred against the background of the systematic increase in settlement activity, tensions over the Haram al-Sharif (Temple Mount), and rising levels of tensions and acts of violence on both sides.”

“The expansion of settlements has continued, including in highly sensitive areas… and [has] been followed in force by waves of demolitions and evictions,” the report says, The Guardian reported.

Additionally, the report recommends new restrictions against “known violent settlers,” steps to inform EU consumers about products from Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria, and “efforts to raise awareness” among European businesses about the risks of working with those Jewish communities.

According to The Guardian, the report reflects a “strong desire” by European governments for additional sanctions against Israel for “continued settlement building.”

An Israeli government spokesman on Friday said the report “is so extremely one-sided a report that it distorts reality beyond comprehension.”

Arab Teens Nabbed in Horseback Robbery

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015

Sometimes the good guys win. A Jewish couple hiking in the woods near Jerusalem over the weekend had their idyllic interlude interrupted by three Arab teens on horseback.

The gang, ages 15 to 17, allegedly robbed the couple, grabbing a laptop computer and a mobile phone from the hikers and then escaping on horseback.

They didn’t get far, however — the teens were noticed by Israeli Border Police, who stopped the youths to see what they were up to — uncovering the stolen goods and leading to their arrest.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/arab-teens-nabbed-in-horseback-robbery/2015/03/22/

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