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August 30, 2015 / 15 Elul, 5775
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Jews Return to City of David Complex after 77 Years

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

Jewish families and yeshiva students moved into a large complex in the old Yemenite community in the Silwan Valley in the pre-dawn hours Thursday morning, reclining another Jewish-owned property that was abandoned when the British expelled Jews in the 1930s.

The move, backed by the court that ordered eviction notices to Arab squatters, was made during the middle of the night in order not provoke friction with Arab neighbors.

The building, near the City of David across the street from the Western Wall plaza and located near other structures that have been bought by Jews in the old Yemenite Village, now is called Beit Rachel. It is a few minutes by foot from the recently redeemed sections of the original Yemenite Beit Knesset- Ohel Shlomo-Heichal Yonatan, named for Jonathan Pollard.

The original synagogue is one of the few buildings that remains in its entirety. It was one of the first buildings established in the Village by Yemenite Jews in 1885, who arrived in Jerusalem three years earlier before nay Arabs were living in the Silwan neighborhood.

Following Arab pogroms of 1936-37, the synagogue was defiled, desecrated and many holy books were burnt despite British promises to protect the holy Jewish site.

Arabs squatted in the old synagogue and in other buildings, including privately owned Yemenite homes.

In August 1938, the British Authorities removed the last remaining 35-40 Yemenite Jewish families who had managed to survive many years of attacks by Arabs in riots and pogroms.

The British High Commissioner on behalf of the British Government gave written assurances that the Jews would be able to return “shortly” to their homes but by the early 1940s,  Arabs had literally taken apart buildings and had stolen floor tiles, roof tiles, taps, building stones, window and door frames.

 

 

 

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New Jerusalem Street Honors Savior of 40,000 Jews During Holocaust

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

Mayor Nir Barkat inaugurated a new street in Jerusalem in an official ceremony this week to honor Moshe (Miklós) Krausz, a little-known Hungarian Jew who saved about 40,000 Jews during the Holocaust

The street-naming publicly recognizes and honors Krausz’s work in a rare instance of recognition.

“This commemoration only begins to correct a historic injustice,” said Nachi Eyal, CEO of The Legal Forum for Israel and one of the people behind this initiative.

Eyal told Tazpit:

Krausz was a man of the World Zionist movement and the Mizrachi movement who saved tens of thousands of Jews and yet his name has been left out of the public knowledge. Krausz died alone and almost forgotten in Jerusalem after having immigrated here with the end of World War II.

Krausz served as the director of the Palestine Office for the World Zionist Movement in Budapest and was responsible for obtaining emigration permits for Jews to the British Mandate of Palestine.

Following the Nazi invasion of Hungary in 1944, Krausz, aided by his connections with Swiss Vice-Consul Carl Lutz, began producing diplomatic patronage certificates to thousands of Hungarian Jews and their entire families, effectively granting them diplomatic immunity from the Nazis.

Through his Swiss connection, Krausz also obtained extraterritorial status under the auspices of the Swiss government to many private buildings where Jews would hide from Nazi extermination.

Most prominent among these “safe houses” was a disused glass factory in Budapest. Dubbed “The Glass House” by survivors, over 3,000 Jews used the building as a hiding place and survived the Holocaust.

“Jews from all walks of life and different backgrounds huddled together in the crowded cellars,” Mordechai Newmann, a Glass House survivor who attended the ceremony told TPS. “Orthodox rabbis, socialist youth activists, Zionist Organization workers, and their families all had their place in the Glass House.”

“At night, members of Zionist Youth organizations would dress up in Nazi uniform and sneak out of the cellars to find more Jews and smuggle them into the glass house,” recounts Newmann, who was 14 at the time.

This elaborate scheme that saved such a staggering number of lives from the Nazi extermination machine went unnoticed and did not receive much public attention in Israel until now.

According to Dr. Ayala Nadivi, a historian of Hungarian Jewry, the reasons for Krausz’s hitherto anonymity might have been political. She told Tazpit:

There was quite a lot of infighting and political ego struggles between the various Jewish and Zionist bodies of the time. Krausz was a member of the Mizrachi movement, while the Jewish leadership in British Mandate Palestine was predominantly of the Mapai movement (Worker’s Party of The Land of Israel). Independently of Krausz and Lutz’s rescue efforts, Mapai established the Budapest Rescue Committee and appointed Israel Kasztner to head it.

Later, with the end of the British Mandate and the founding of the State of Israel, the same Mapai became the governing party in Israel. When Kasztner was accused of collaboration with the Nazis during his rescue activities, Krausz gave unfavorable testimony against him on trial. From that point on and despite the evident existence of records of Krausz’s rescue efforts, not a single national organization or newspaper acknowledges him.

According Eyal, it was Dr. Nadivi’s book “Between Krausz and Kasztner: The Battle to Save Hungarian Jewry” published in 2014, that was the catalyst to the reemergence of Krausz’ name on public record.

“After being told about the book by my assistant and reading it, I felt compelled to petition Mayor Barkat,” Eyal told Tazpit. “After filing a request and all the necessary paperwork, including the historic records assembled by Dr. Nedivi, the Mayor acquiesced and named a Jerusalem street after this man who saved more Jews than Schindler and Kasztner combined and was a Jew himself.”

Damascus Gate Stabber Was Convicted Killer From Hebron

Thursday, August 27th, 2015

Hebron resident Muammar Ata Mahmoud, 56, should not have been in Jerusalem Wednesday night.

Had he obeyed the conditions of his release from prison in 2013, he would not have been able to stab a Border Guard Police officer at the Damascus Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem.

Mahmoud, a Palestinian Authority Arab resident of Hebron had no permit to enter pre-1967 Israel.

He and Salah Khalil Ahmad Ibrahim were both convicted of murdering Professor Menachem Stern, age 64, an Israel Prize-winning historian. They also murdered Palestinian Arab Hassin Zaid, a suspected collaborator with Israel.

They were freed in 2013 as part of the caravan of “good will gestures” to Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas aimed at keeping him in peace talks that ultimately led nowhere.

Stern was an internationally-acclaimed historian on the Second Temple period. When his murderers were freed, his daughter Meira Stern-Glick protested, saying “A person who murdered in cold blood should sit for life.” As with all other family members who have seen the murderers of their loved ones freed in the cause of “peace with the Palestinian Authority,” her protest was ignored.

Stern was stabbed to death on June 22, 1989 while walking to the Jewish National and University Library at Hebrew University in Givat Ram. The murder took place against the backdrop of the first intifada, led by the Palestine Liberation Organization from 1987 to 1993. It began with false charges of Israeli “atrocities” and incessant instigation from the mosques.

In one week, an Israeli was stabbed, a traffic accident in which four Arabs were killed was transformed by lightning rumors into a “deliberate” provocation, there was mass rioting by Palestinian Arabs and a teen rioter was killed by an Israeli soldier when he hurled a firebomb at an army patrol.

In the four years of the violence, the IDF reported more than 3,600 firebombing attacks, 100 hand grenade attacks and 600 shootings and bombings by Palestinian Arabs. Within that time, 16 Israeli civilians and 11 soldiers were killed; more than 1,400 civilians and 1,700 soldiers were wounded. Approximately 1,100 Palestinian Arabs were killed in clashes with IDF soldiers.

By that criteria, Israel is now well into its third intifada. How many injured and dead will it take before Israel takes steps to end this one?

 

 

Palestinian Authority Arab Terrorist Stabs Police Officer at Damascus Gate

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

On the heels of a report detailing the rise in terror attacks in the Old City of Jerusalem, a Palestinian Authority Arab terrorist attacks a group of Border Guard Police officers Wednesday evening as they were standing guard at the Damascus Gate entrance to the Old City of Jerusalem.

According to Deputy Police Commander Niso Guetta, the terrorist approached the officers, shouting “Allahu Akbar!” (the jihadist war cry, God is Great!)and then attempted to attack them. During the struggle the terrorist pulled out a knife and stabbed one of the officers in the leg.

The wounded officer, age 19, was treated at the scene for the injury and then taken to Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center in Jerusalem for further treatment.

The terrorist was described by Jerusalem District Police Commander Moshe “Chico” Adari as a resident of the Palestinian Authority who is in his fifties. He was arrested at the scene and turned over the security forces for interrogation.

Deputy Police Commander Niso Guetta praised the swift action of the officers, noting, “Just a little over two months ago we were witness to another terror attack close to this exact same spot. “The alertness and preparation of our warriors is the main reason that these incidents are brought to an end before terrorists succeed in harming innocent people,” Guetta said.

Adari also had words of praise for the officers, pointing out that “the alertness of the fighters, their swiftness and the decisiveness with which they took control over the situation enabled them to prevent what could have been a much worse attack that would have endangered both civilians and security personnel.”

Rock-Throwing Resumes on Highway 443 to Jerusalem

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

Palestinian Authority rock-throwing terrorists returned to action Wednesday morning and threw stone and rocks at passing Israeli cars on Highway 443, which connects Jerusalem with Modi’in.

No injuries were reported, so most media source have ignored the attacks.

After all, they were harmless.

Minister Erdan Shocks Police by Naming Former IDF Officer as New Chief

Wednesday, August 26th, 2015

The nomination of former senior IDF officer Gal Hirsch to head the police force is sending shock waves through the police who will have to deal with a commander untainted by corruption or sex scandals. Hirsch even thinks terrorists should be shot.

Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan of the Likud nominated Hirsch last night, one day after the minister wrote a letter to Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon calling on him to bar two radical Muslim groups from entering the Temple Mount, where they are paid to harass and attack Jews.

The two moves are related. Both of them reflect Erdan’s no-nonsense approach to the police allowing anarchy at Judaism’s most holy site and to a moral decaying police force that is viewed with disgust by most of the public. Hirsch is to replace Yohanan Danino, whose weeks-long farewell extravaganza were the tasteless icing on an unsavory cake of egocentricity.

Hirsch, whose nomination must be approved by the government and a non-governmental committee before he can take over as police chief, brings with him a far from perfect past, particularly because of his alleged failure at the beginning of the Second Lebanon War in 2006.

The 51-year-old general left the IDF three years ago and now is chairman of an educational NGO and a consulting company. The Winograd Committee that investigated the IDF’s management of the war concluded that Hirsch was not to blame for events that set off the war, the kidnapping and murder of reservists Ehud Goldwasser and Eldad Regev by Hezbollah

Erdan candidly explained that he could not find someone within the police force who satisfied his requirements to head the law enforcement agency.

He referred to corruption scandals and sexual harassment by several senior police officers, but he had no need to clarify his reasons.

The image of the police is filthy, and the most recent blunder was the police allowing a known maniac with hate for homosexuals to walk freely at a homosexual parade in Jerusalem earlier this month, even though he was fresh out of jail and was an obvious suspect to attack people at the parade.

He now faces a charge of murdering a teenage girl whom he stabbed to death. He also knifed several other people at the parade.

Erdan, in a gross understatement, said that the public’s trust in the police has suffered “much damage.”

Top police officers, including at least one who thought he should be appointed as new commander, are furious at Erdan for naming someone from outside the clubhouse.

The police may have to get used to a new kind of policy, one that has zero tolerance for sexual harassment, brutality, especially against Arabs and right-wing Jews, and corruption.

Perhaps Hirsch might even be able to improve the traffic police, who know how to set radar traps and then set the wrong example for motorists by speeding when they are finished handing out tickets.

Record Number of Israelis Take the Train

Tuesday, August 25th, 2015

Israel Railways reported a 6% increase in passenger traffic in the first half of 2015, according to Globes.

A record number of 25.9 million passengers rode the trains from January through June, compared with 23.7 million in the same period last year.

For the first time ever, more than 200,000 Israelis take the train every day, except for Shabbat, an 11% jump from last year’s 180,000.

Cargo traffic increased by 3% to 3.7 million tons.

Traffic will grower even more starting next month, when Israel Railways launches the Be’er Sheva-Sderot-Netivot-Ashkelon line.

The new high-speed Tel Aviv-Jerusalem line is scheduled to begin operation by the beginning of 2018. The project costs nearly $2 billion, and the trains are to whisk passengers from city to city in 28 minutes, less than half the time by car or bus.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/record-number-of-israelis-take-the-train/2015/08/25/

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