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April 19, 2015 / 30 Nisan, 5775
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Raising the Star

Friday, April 17th, 2015

Israeli workers raise a large Star of David (Magen David) onto the “Harp Bridge” at the entrance of Jerusalem on April 17, 2015, in honor of Israel’s upcoming Israel’s Memorial Day and the 67th Independence Day.

Israel will mark its 67th Independence Day on April 22, 2015.

Police Allow Muslim Officials to Damage Holy Floor of Temple Mount Rock [video]

Friday, April 17th, 2015

Archaeologists are furious at the police for allowing the Muslim Waqf on the Temple Mount earlier this week to damage the ancient mosaic floor that covers the Foundation Rock of the Temple Mount.

Known in Hebrew as Even HaShetiya, it is the rock from which the world was created, according to the Kabbalistic literature known as the Zohar, which states:

The world was not created until God took a stone called Even HaShetiya and threw it into the depths where it was fixed from above till below, and from it the world expanded. It is the center point of the world and on this spot stood the Holy of Holies.

Adam and Eve were created there, according to tradition, which also teaches that Cain, Abel, Noah and Abraham offered sacrifices there. It also is the foundation of the two destroyed Holy Temples. The Palestinian Authority has methodically been trying to destroy all evidence of the existence of the Temples that Muslim clerics increasing teach never existed,

This week’s destruction robbed archaeologists of a rare opportunity to photograph the mosaic floor over the rock as well as the cave underneath, archaeologist Tzachi Devira told the Kipa website.

Devira, director of the project to sift debris from the Temple Mount, directly blamed the police for illegally allowing the Waqf to carry out work without supervision.

He recently learned that the Muslims were preparing to change the carpets that cover the floor and the cave, giving Devira a “rare historic opportunity” to photograph the mosaic.

He said “stubbornness of the police” prevented his entry while the Muslims carried out their work behind closed doors earlier this week.

Devira said that the Waqf was laying down new carpets purchased with funds donated by the Kingdom of Jordan.

However, Temple Mount activists who try to observe Muslim activity on the Temple Mount discovered that the Waqf exploited the changing of the carpets to damage the floor without legally required police presence.. Pictures that were taken by Muslims inside the holy site were leaked, and parts of the floor were seen, exposing mosaics from different periods.

Devira and others urgently appealed to Cabinet ministers, including Housing Minister Uri Ariel, who in turn asked Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu to intervene because of fears that the Muslims would destroy more evidence of the existence of the Temples.

The Yisrael HaYom newspaper quoted Ariel having written to the Prime Minister:

The Waqf began a renovation project at the Dome of the Rock, the site of the Temple, and this includes re-flooring and potentially additional activities whose nature are unknown, all the while using heavy equipment.

These works are unprecedented and warrant the review of the Ministerial Committee on Archeological Digs at Holy Sites, and the fact that there is heavy machinery involved makes this all the more pressing.

Police finally ordered the work to stop immediately, and Kipa reported that an Israel Antiquities Authority spokesman said “work had not been coordinated.”

Devira asserts that the Waqf is forbidden to carry out any work without the presence of a policeman and an archaeologist.

Below is video of Arabs dumping Temple Mount debris. Click on CC in bottom right corner for English captions.

Thousands Attend Funeral of Israeli Killed on Holocaust Remembrance Day

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

By Anav Silverman and Matti Bernhardt

Thousands paid their respects to Shalom Yochai Sherki, 25, who succumbed on Thursday morning to grave injuries he received when a car that slammed into a bus stop that he was standing by on Wednesday night, April 15 on French Hill.

Police in Jerusalem have indicated that there is a strong case that the motive for the driver who struck Sherki and a 20-year-old woman may have been nationalistic. Israel’s Chief of Police Yohanan Danino said on the Thursday, April 16, that first suspicions indicate that the car slamming was a terror attack, “especially in light of the fact that the incident took place on the eve of Holocaust Remembrance Day.”

The driver of the car is a 37-year-old Arab man from the Anata village near Jerusalem. He was also injured and following medical treatment will be questioned by the Shin Bet. At the funeral, Shalom’s father, Rabbi Uri Sherki, said that his son saved the woman standing next to him. “Go dear son, it is not difficult because your noble soul is ascending straight to the King of Peace.”

Sherki is the brother of Israeli Channel 2 News reporter, Yair Sherki, and the son of a prominent Orthodox Rabbi Uri Sherki. Shalom Sherki worked as a tour guide in ‘Masa Israel’, a program that strengthens Jewish, Zionist and Israeli identity among Israeli teenagers and soldiers. He was also a counselor at the Bnei-Zvi Yeshiva in Beit-El.

Representatives of the Bnei-Zvi Yeshiva told Tazpit News Agency that “Sherki was a wonderful man, full of life, with a constant smile on his face. He always wanted to help. He taught his students the importance of giving and loving God. We have yet to grasp the death of this special man”.

After standing during the siren in honor of Holocaust Memorial Day, the head of the Bnei-Zvi Yeshiva said that “Sherki has joined the millions of Jews who died in the Holocaust only because they were Jewish”.

The Beit-El Regional Council also spoke with Tazpit News Agency, saying: “Beit-El is in mourning together with the Sherki family over the murder of Shalom Sherki in a terrorist attack in Jerusalem yesterday. We send our condolences to his father, Rabbi Uri Sherki and brother Yair, and to the entire family”.

Shalom Sherki’s funeral took place today at 17:00 in Jerusalem’s Givat Shaul Har Hamenuchot Cemetery.

The mother, Ada, of the 20-year-old girl who was hit in the car ramming last night has asked the public to pray for her daughter, Shira, who is in serious but stable condition at Hadassah Ein Karem hospital. She also said that her family offers their condolences to the Sherki family.

If the police conclude that this was indeed a terrorist attack, it will be the eighth such car-ramming incident within the past seven months where Palestinians have run over both soldiers and civilians.

On October 22, 2014 a terrorist ran over 8 people in a Light Rail station in the Giv’at Hatachmoshet neighborhood of Jerusalem, injuring six and killing two. Two weeks later, 14 people were injured in a similar attack, including 3 soldiers of the Border Patrol, in the Shimon Hatzadik neighborhood in Jerusalem. In November, an Arab tried to run over two children in the Neve Zuf community in the Benjamin area. On December 3, an Arab stole a car from a Jewish citizen near the Migdalim junction in Samaria, running him over and killing him. A week later, a terrorist tried to run over civilians in the Old City of Jerusalem.

In 2015, a terrorist tried to run over soldiers in the Al-Hader junction in Gush Etzion on January 8. On March 6, 7 people were injured, including 4 soldiers from the Border Patrol, when an Arab from east Jerusalem ran them over at a Light Rail station in northern Jerusalem.

Police Finally ‘Suspect’ Terror as Motive for Running over Pedestrians

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

Jerusalem police Thursday afternoon finally stopped being politically correct and said that they “suspect” the driver who ran into and killed a pedestrian in on Wednesday acted as a terrorist.

The Jewish Press reported here this morning that Shalom Yochai Cherki died of his injuries Thursday morning after the Arab driver plowed his car into pedestrians at a bus stop at French Hill.

Two others, one a 20-year-old woman who is in serious condition, were injured.

The driver claimed the incident was an accident, and police said they were investigating if terror was a motive. Eyewitness reports left little doubt that the driver intentionally ran into the people, and police finally told a Jerusalem court early this afternoon they “suspect” the driver is a terrorist.

The 37-year-old Arab from New Anata in eastern Jerusalem was placed under house arrest by a Jerusalem court.

Shirki, a tour guide, is to be buried early Thursday evening. His family stated he was murdered.

 

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Victim Dies in Suspected Jerusalem Vehicular Terror Attack

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

The 25-year-old man who was hit by a car last night in Jerusalem, in what is suspected to have been a terror attack has succumbed to his wounds early Thursday morning, according to Hadassah Hospital.

The victimn has been identified as Shalom Yochai Cherki.

Cherki worked as a tour guide during the day, and was a counselor at Yeshiva Ben-Tzvi in the evenings.

Cherki’s father, Uri, is a well-known Rabbi at Machon Meir, and his brother, Yair, is a Channel 2 reporter on Hareidi and religious affairs.

The funeral will be held on Thursday.

The second victim, a 20 year old woman, is still in serious condition. Prayers can be said for Shira bat Adel Ada.

The two were injured when an Arab driver drove into them as they waited at a bus stop in French Hill, Jerusalem.

Eye witnesses claim the driver aimed for the people in the bus stop.

The driver, 37 from New Anata in Jerusalem, who was lightly injured, claims it was an accident. He is currently also recovering in the hospital.

The Shabak are investigating the incident and considering all possibilities, though at this point they highly suspect it was a vehicular terror attack.

Kim Kardashian Lands in Israel and Tries to Hide

Monday, April 13th, 2015

Reality television star Kim Kardashian, her rapper husband Kanye West and their 22-month-old child named “North West” landed in Israel Monday and immediately had to change hotel destinations because of leaks to the media.

Kim’s sister Chloe Kardashian is traveling with the couple and child.

Jerusalem’s Waldorf-Astoria apparently has at least one empty suite thanks to the sudden change of plans, and another unknown hotel won the privilege and fat check for hosting the couple, who flew in from Armenia.

A private security firm is trying to keep the media out of their hair, but that will be a bit difficult if they go through plans to visit the Western Wall.

They hope to film themselves for their reality show “Keeping Up with the Kardashians.”

Their next stop is Jordan.

Kardashian three years ago tweeted to her millions of followers that she was “praying for everyone in Israel” during one of Hamas’ chapters of bombing the country with missiles.

After an instant barrage of hate messages and death threats, she tweeted five minutes later, “praying for everyone in Palestine and across the world!”

Later, she deleted both tweets.

She then posted on her blog:

I want to own up to and explain that earlier today I sent out two tweets about saying prayers for the people in Palestine and Israel and after hearing from my followers, I decided to take down the tweets because I realized that some people were offended and hurt by what I said, and for that I apologize.

If she is smart, she won’t comment on Hillary Clinton, Prime Minister Netanyahu or Iran on her visit and will restrict her comments to more worldly matters, such as herself.

Report: PA Police to Operate Near Jerusalem

Thursday, April 9th, 2015

The Palestinian Authority police claim that Israel has given them permission to operate in Abu Dis, A-Ram and Biddu, which are on the outskirts of Jerusalem, according to a Reuters report.

A-Ram specifically is in Area B, which is under PA civil control, but Israeli security control, according to the Oslo Accords.

Until now, Israel has not permitted PA police to operate in these villages.

If the report is accurate, 90 armed policemen will be deployed in the towns.

Since releasing the PA’s frozen tax revenue after the elections, there is speculation that Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has a secret back-channel with the Palestinian Authority.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/report-pa-police-to-operate-near-jerusalem/2015/04/09/

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