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May 3, 2016 / 25 Nisan, 5776

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Pro-Israeli Danish Journalist Ejected from Temple Mount

Thursday, April 28th, 2016

Pro-Israeli journalist Jane Kyle was ejected from the Temple Mount in Jerusalem on Thursday morning by the Jordanian Islamic Waqf with the assistance of the Israel Police.

The Waqf complained that she was not allowed to be present on the grounds because she has published articles against them on the Internet, according to the Tazpit Press Service (TPS).

Arab men under the age of thirty are being allowed to enter the compound at the end of the day, TPS reported, in spite of prior regulations prohibiting their entry.

Less than two weeks ago, Jordan decided not to make good on its promise to install cameras on the grounds of the Temple Mount.

The agreement was reached in October last year together between Jordan and Israel with the encouragement of the United States after countless Arab riots and terrorist acts on the site due to Islamic incitement in the mosques, claiming Israel was “changing the status quo.”

The so-called “status quo” forbids Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount – the holiest site on earth in Judaism – but allows complete freedom of worship for Muslims, who have built not one, but two mosques on the site.

Jordan’s Minister of State Information, Mohamed al-Moumani, declared Amman would install cameras inside the mosques and out on the grounds to “document Israeli trespasses.”

Radical Islamists fear Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount because it contradicts the belief in the supremacy of Islam.

But after incessant screams by the Arab faithful the project was rolled back to an installation of cameras only around the grounds, to ensure the Arab worshipers would not have their “privacy” violated.

Naturally, the preparations of Arab terrorists within the mosques would not be seen either.

It is within the mosques that Arab attackers stockpile the rocks, bottles, fireworks, explosives and other items needed for preparing firebombs (Molotov cocktails) and similar IEDs (improvised explosive devices) hurled at Israeli police and others during riots.

Nevertheless, outdoor cameras might still detect Arab operatives sneaking the needed supplies into the grounds – and therefore the protests continued unabated until Jordan was dissuaded from installing cameras altogether.

Amman said it would work to attain the goals of the cameras through “other means.” Foreign news sources reported the decision.

Hana Levi Julian

8 Jews Ejected from Temple Mount, Passover Day 4

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

For the third day in a row, Israel Police removed eight Jews from the Temple Mount, five of them by 10 am Tuesday, the fourth day of Passover. Every day so far this week, Jews have been thrown out of the grounds of the Temple Mount by Israeli security forces. On Tuesday, eight were arrested by midday.

Two were removed and arrested for bowing during their tour of the grounds in a manner that resembled the ancient prayers of the holy Temple times, according to a statement by the Honenu legal aid group.

“During visits to the Temple Mount groups the security forces removed three Jewish visitors who violated the rules for visiting the site,” an Israel Police spokesperson said in a statement shortly after 9:30 am. “Visitation hours will continue as planned.” The next two Jews were arrested shortly after.

There have been numerous summary detentions and ejections so far this holiday. Occasionally, a police spokesperson has told media that one or more of the Jews was caught “praying.”

Some Jews actually have been seen dramatically covering their eyes and reciting the “Sh’ma” prayer to the heavens and earth. It is an unusual occurrence these days, and one that is a real act of utter defiance.

The “Sh’ma” is Judaism’s call to the faithful, and a warning to those who are not: “Hear O Israel, the Lord Our God, the Lord is One. Blessed Be His Name Whose glorious Kingdom is forever.”

To a Muslim Arab, it is tantamount to the jihadist’s “Allahu Akbar!” – The Arabic shout of ‘God is Great!’ – yelled just prior to holy war. But most of the time, a Jew recites the Sh’ma prayer as part of routine services three times a day, in addition to every night just before retiring to bed.

However, the Sh’ma is also said on one’s deathbed – and in life-threatening situations, including war – so it is in this respect the prayer parallels the “Allahu Akbar.”

Clearly the Muslims on the Temple Mount are well aware of this, although some of the hapless Jewish tourists who ascend to the site may themselves not be aware of the prayer’s deepest ramifications.

Some of the Jewish tourists are so moved by their experience they murmur recite the only Hebrew prayer they have ever learned, the one passed down to them by their ancestors: the Sh’ma.

Imagine their shock when they are grabbed roughly by an Israeli police officer and dragged away off the grounds and into a precinct, all the while either in silence or with a scolding in Hebrew which they often don’t even speak or understand … Israeli hasbara at its best.

Hana Levi Julian

Armenian Genocide

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

Armenians protest with flags and signs in front of the Turkish Consulate in Sheikh Jarach, Jerusalem, as they mark the 101st anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, on April 24, 2016.

The massacres, were carried out by Turkey, began in April 1915.

Armenian communities around the world mark the killing of up to 1.5 million Armenians, on April 24 each year with marches, vigils and rallies to demand recognition from the world community, and reparations from Turkey.

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Riot on Temple Mount Over 2 Jews Who Bowed before God [video]

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

On Tuesday morning it looked as if, at long last, the moment everyone had been waiting for came, igniting Arab anger like a lit fuse reaching the dynamite stick: two young religious Jews in white, knitted yarmulkes dared to bow on the stone floor of the Temple Mount, the way Jews had done it there from around 1,000 BCE until 70 CE, with a few interruptions.

Of the 90-second video, only the first 10 or so show the Jews bowing. The rest is about the rush of police to meet Arab rioters who are going hoarse with a level of screaming reserved for special occasions. They shout Allahu Akbar, which is close to what we used to cry out on Yom Kippur when we bowed there, on the stone floor, as the high priest sounded the explicit, 72-letter name of God.

The two Jewish offenders were arrested on the spot, and the Arabs, who, frankly, seemed way more offensive, were left to clash and scream and beat on the cops to their hearts’ content.

This was the third day in a row in which Israeli Police removed Jews from the Temple Mount, and so, every day so far this week Jews have been kicked out and arrested on and off the grounds of the Temple Mount by the security forces of the Jewish State, often instructed by the Jordanian Waqf, which runs the show.

For a complete report of police action against Jews on God’s mountain, go to 8 Jews Ejected from Temple Mount by 10 am, Passover Day 4.

David Israel

Jerusalem Terror Cell Captured

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

Three residents from the Jabal Mukaber neighborhood of Jerusalem were arrested last night by security forces, according to a TPS report.

Shabak security forces said the three were planning an imminent terror attack in Jerusalem.

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Robots, Drones, Bionic Men Descend on Jerusalem During International Tech Fair

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

By Michael Zeff/TPS

Jerusalem (TPS) – Geek Picnic, the largest pop-science, tech, and arts festival in Eastern Europe, opened its gates to the Israeli public on Monday, molding science, fantasy, and entertainment together for the first time outside Europe.

As soon as visitors entered the open-air venue at Jerusalem’s Sacher Park, they were greeted by a towering robotic dragon breathing fire, flailing its tale, and attempting to take flight. The only thing perhaps more surprising than the outlandish greeting was the fact that the dragon was operated by a small child.

“Our dragon has been featured in the American and English robotic-fight shows; he is quite popular and friendly. Children always line up for a chance to ‘drive’ it with our help,” Anastasia Shamina, a student from the Moscow Art-Industrial Institute told Tazpit Press Service (TPS).

The Students of the Moscow Art-Industrial Institute have built the robotic dragon using machinery, scrap metal, and parts from a Soviet era Sukhoi fighter jet.

The mechanical dragon was just one of over 150 attractions offered by the festival and appealing to children and adults alike. “While my teenage son is hanging out at the gaming tent, my wife is with the younger ones chasing robots around the park and I am heading to the next drone race,” David Ezra from Haifa told TPS.

Other attractions included high speed drone races, Steampunk art workshops, a Makers’ Market, and off course exhibitions showcasing the latest innovations in the world of technology and applied science. Anything that is geek chic – from robotics to space, science and science fiction, 3d printing, VR, tech breakthroughs, scientific research and the latest and innovations – was open for all to see.

“The Picnic started out in Russia in 2011 as a small gathering of friends just sitting around drinking beer and talking about technology and science-fiction experiments,” Alex Tomkevic, one of the Russian founders of the festival recounted to TPS. “By 2013, it became a big festival and we started selling tickets. It became a major summer event and now we are taking it to an international level.”

Two of the major attractions by the Russian originators were an outdoor man-made lightning show produced from large tesla coils and a giant mechanical arm capable of picking up and crushing a large car. The mechanical arm was operated by attendees of the show with a glove worn on their hand.

Tomkevich explained that Israel and Jerusalem in particular were chosen for the event because “Israel is a startup nation and you can see it here. Jerusalem is a mix of spirituality, history, and technology. In Tel Aviv it would have just been ‘okay,’ but having the festival in Jerusalem has a ‘Wow’ effect.”

The founders of the Geek Picnic found Israel to be not only a unique venue but also to be the source of much of the festival’s talent and attractions. According to Uri Aviv, the festival’s content manager, almost two thirds of the technology featured at the festival is made in Israel by Israelis.

“The Russian producers were very impressed by Israelinology, participants their creativity, and innovation. After this edition of the festival is over, Israelis taking part in the Geek Picnic will go on to Russia in July and present at other places around the world where the Geek Picnic is held,” Carmi Wurtman, the Israeli entrepreneur responsible for bringing behind the Geek Picnic to Jerusalem, told TPS.

“We have a lot of presenters here carefully selected from Israel’s many startups. The picnic features 3D printing, virtual reality and wearable technology all created by young Israeli minds. Our chief academic partner is the Hebrew University of Jerusalem,” Aviv explained.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Birkat Cohanim

Monday, April 25th, 2016

Birkat Cohanim

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