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Jerusalem’s Best Kept Secret

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Welcome to Lifta spring. One of Jerusalem’s best kept secrets.

Green, water and swimming near the entrance to Jerusalem… if you know where to look.

Great for a hot summer day.

 

Lifta spring is first mentioned in the Bible in the Book of Joshua, as the water of Niphtoach.

15:8 And the border went up by the valley of the son of Hinnom unto the south side of the Jebusite; the same is Jerusalem: and the border went up to the top of the mountain that lieth before the valley of Hinnom westward, which is at the end of the valley of the giants northward.

15:9 And the border was drawn from the top of the hill unto the fountain of the water of Nephtoah, and went out to the cities of mount Ephron; and the border was drawn to Baalah, which is Kiryat Yearim.

4 Terror Attacks in 12 Hrs – Jerusalem Light Rail to Avoid Shuafat

Monday, August 25th, 2014

Security officials have decided enough is enough: four terror attacks on the Jerusalem Light Rail in 12 hours has ended the route through the capital’s northern neighborhood of Shuafat, at least for now.

Jerusalem Arab terrorists hurled firebombs and rocks at the Jerusalem Light Rail in two separate attacks in less than an hour on Monday night as the train passed through the capital’s Arab neighborhood of Shuafat. Two other attacks occurred earlier in the day.

Passengers instinctively ducked, and mothers with babies threw themselves down on to the floor of the train, some of them bursting into tears, according to witnesses quoted by the Hebrew-language 0404 website.

Miraculously, no one on the train was physically injured, although passengers were traumatized and the train itself was damaged in each of the attacks.

One of the passengers in the second attack of the day told 0404, “Suddenly the train was hit by two flaming firebombs… there was great panic and mothers laid down with their babies on the floor of the train. It is absolutely surreal, what we are going through here. Just unbelievable.”

The website noted that three masked Arab terrorists  hurled rocks at another Light Rail train during the first attack of the day.

Depending on size, the CityPass firm that runs the Light Rail must pay NIS 3,000 to NIS 5,000 to replace each window smashed by terrorists hurling rocks and firebombs at the train. Insurance does not cover the cost of replacing equipment damaged in terrorist attacks.

Arab rioters in Shuafat completely destroyed the infrastructure three Jerusalem Light Rail stations in the area at the start of Operation Protective Edge, preventing the train from passing through the neighborhood for a number of days. As it did then, the line will operate — at least temporarily — between Mount Herzl and Ammunition Hill, with the route ending at Ammunition Hill.

The northern Jerusalem neighborhoods of Shuafat, Beit Hanina, Pisgat Ze’ev and Neve Yaakov will thus be deprived of service due to Arab terrorism in Shuafat.  Jews live in at least two of the four neighborhoods, with a Jewish section recently having started in a third neighborhood as well.

IDF Eliminates Launcher That Fired at Jerusalem

Sunday, August 24th, 2014

A short while after Gaza terrorists attacked the holy city of Jerusalem on Sunday night, the IDF targeted the rocket launcher that fired the missiles.

“A hit was confirmed,” the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit announced.

Arab Terrorist from Jerusalem Shoots at Jewish Homes

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

Border Police shot and wounded Saturday an Arab terrorist from Jerusalem who shot at homes in a community in Samaria during the Sabbath, putting bullet holes in houses but causing no injuries.

The 20-year-old terrorist who constantly fired at the Pisgat Ze’ev community in northern Jerusalem was finally shot in the Shuafat neighborhood and is in serious condition in Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital.

Police sharpshooters ambushed the terrorist, who was whisked away in a Red Crescent ambulance after being shot. Security personnel caught up with the ambulance at a checkpoint and escorted to the hospital.

Police suspect that the terrorist did not act along and are investigating the possibility that others are involved.

Last week, Palestinian Authority official Jibril Rajoub, who once headed Yasser Arafat’s Preventive Security forces and now directs the PA Soccer Federation, said last week that the Palestinian Authority supports Arab terrorists who attack Jews living in Judea and Samaria.

Elsewhere in Jerusalem, Arabs in the Muslim Quarter of the Old City used their rooftops to as launching points for hurling rocks at Jews passing by, an infant suffered light head wounds. He was treated at the same hospital where the Shuafat terrorist is being cared for.

More than 360 incidents of violence have been reported in Jerusalem this month. Police have arrested more than 600 terror suspects, most of them young people from eastern Jerusalem, and 200 indictments have been filed.

Yehuda Glick Barred from Temple Mount

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Police blocked Rabbi Yehuda Glick, a licenced tour guide and the founder of the Haliba movement which calls for Jewish civil rights on the Temple Mount, from entering the holy compound Thursday.  Glick has been banned repeatedly from the site for having prayed at the Mount, a move police say has sparked unrest. Police have also sought a permanent ban against Glick, but the High Court of Justice has rejected that request.

Israel Radio reported that Glick accused the police of making him a scapegoat for their failure to prevent repeated Muslim rioting at the site. He also noted that the decision to bar him from the Mount contradicted a court order instructing police to allow him to visit the Temple Mount.

State Dept. Terms Gaza-Based ‘Jerusalem Council’ a Terrorist Group

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

The U.S. State Department has designated a Gaza-based jihadist umbrella group as a terrorist organization.

Known as the Mujahidin Shura Council in the Environs of Jerusalem, it has claimed responsibility for numerous attacks on Israel since the group’s founding in 2012.

Its designation as a terrorist group means that American individuals and organizations are barred from any transactions with the council and that any assets it holds in the United States will be frozen.

The council was designated a “foreign terrorist organization” and a “specially designated global terrorist” entity.”

It claimed responsibility for an August 2013 rocket attack on Eilat and an April 2013 attack on the city. It also claimed responsibility for a Gaza-Israel cross-border bomb attack in June 2012 that targeted an Israeli construction site, killing one civilian.

In February, the council released a statement declaring support for the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, or ISIL, according to the State Department, which now has termed sic groups this year foreign terrorist organizations.

The Shura Council was known as far back as 2012 and has posted videos and online messages proclaiming that “there is no place in the Arab and Muslim world for liberal and secular democratic values.

Congratulations to the State Dept. for waking up after two years. Perhaps the fatal blow that prompted to State Dept. to act was the Council’s public claim that it is against the peace process and that the Fatah-Hamas unity government is an attack on all Muslims.

JTA contributed to this report.

Former Presidential Candidate Rick Santorum Visits City of David

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

“Former senator and 2012 presidential candidate Rick Santorum began a three-day trip to Israel on Monday “to show solidarity with the State of Israel…and to reaffirm the moral and strategic imperative of maintaining a strong, close, enduring U.S.-Israeli alliance,” according to his Conservative group ‘Patriot Voices.”

The first stop on Santorum’s itinerary was a visit to the City of David. “Walking through the City of David, seeing the excavations and seeing the Bible come to life, is really quite remarkable… It’s a great start to the understanding of Jerusalem, not just for Jews, but for all of us,” he said.

Santorum connected his visit to Operation Protective Edge as he made his way through the drainage channel beneath the Herodian road, leading from the Shiloach Pool up to the Western Wall Plaza.

“Walking through the tunnel, where the last 2,000 Jews were killed by the Romans, when they sacked Jerusalem [and] to be walking through those tunnels, at a time when tunnels are being built to kill Jews, was a striking contrast, and one which will stick with me for a long time,” he explained.

Santorum’s itinerary also includes visiting an Iron Dome battery and meetings with Israeli government and IDF officials, Israeli soldiers, and residents of the south directly impacted by the war with Hamas.

 

 

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