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February 14, 2016 / 5 Adar I, 5776

Posts Tagged ‘Jerusalem’

Howling Winter Storm Drops Snow, Sleet, Hail and Rain

Monday, January 25th, 2016

The wind is still howling through the Negev and the snow has piled up in the ski resort of Mount Hermon, where operators already had closed down the access road before the first flakes fell.

By 9 am some 50 centimeters (20 inches) of snow had fallen at the ski resort.

Snow has continued to fall in the Golan Heights and the Galilee, with some gusts of up to 80 kilometer-per-hour (50 mph) winds.

By 10:30 am, the white stuff was drifting down on to the holy city of Jerusalem. At midday, a shopper in the capital told em>JewishPress.com that the supermarket he was in was flooding from “who knows where.”

A Jerusalem supermarket is flooded by a winter storm.

A Jerusalem supermarket is flooded by a winter storm.

“J.R.” reported it was “freezing, just freezing” in Jerusalem and that “everything – you name it – is coming down from the skies.”

Hail pelts a car parked in Jerusalem.

Hail pelts a car parked in Jerusalem.

Snow was continuing to fall in Jerusalem, Gush Etzion and Kiryat Arba at 1:30 pm Monday. Rain, sleet, and some hail mixed with snow were spotted in the northern Negev as well.

Roads around the Dead Sea region – in particular, Highway 90 – closed down due to flooding.

Freezing and close to freezing temperatures are expected to continue in Jerusalem and points north.

Temperatures are expected to be a bit warmer in Tel Aviv and Be’er Sheva.

Arab Media Report Israeli Proposed Autonomy Plan to Quiet Jerusalem Violence

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

While the Palestinian Authority rails at Israel over its “settlement expanionist policies” a quiet move may be in process to grant a measure of autonomy in Jerusalem’s Arab neighborhoods.

The Kuwait-based Al Jaridi newspaper quoted “private sources” on Wednesday who said Israel has proposed security forces of the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) police — and prevent attacks on Israelis — from the Arab neighborhoods in Jerusalem’s post-1967 areas.

Among the neighborhoods to be included in the PLO security force catchment area would be the northern “hot spot” neighborhoods of Shuafat and Anata.

Under the proposed agreement, the PLO police force would secure the neighborhoods without the need for prior coordination with Israel, thus granting the area a form of autonomy within the capital.

The proposal is being studied by PLO officials, who have said they will raise the matter with Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas and other government leaders. (Of course, the PA chairman is also the de facto leader of the PLO, and was its official leader until late last year, when he turned over the reins to chief negotiator Saeb Erekat.)

According to the report, “observers” see the proposal “as an attempt by Israel to “shirk their responsibilities towards the Arab population of Jerusalem and the camps surrounding the city.” The Arabs who live in those communities there hold blue Israeli identity cards, denoting they are Israeli residents; yet when traveling abroad, temporary Jordanian passports. They could, if they chose, turn to Israel’s Interior Ministry and apply to become actual citizens of Israel since they are technically residents of Jerusalem. But for many reasons, they don’t.

An Israeli security source pointed out that if carried out, the proposed move “could be interpreted as de facto partitioning of the capital into east and west. This could lead to major embarrassment for the right-wing government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu,” he said.

Since October, Israelis have been targeted by Arab terrorists in 108 stabbings, 37 shootings and 22 vehicular ramming attacks. In the past four months, 27 Israelis, one foreign citizen and a Palestinian Authority citizen have been murdered in terror attacks; 289 more wounded, many seriously.

Statements by Fatah, Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad spokespersons have described the attacks as “heroic actions” and “the natural response to Israel’s crimes.”

The attacks are motivated for the most part by the lie spread by the Palestinian Authority media that Israel allegedly threatened Al-Aqsa mosque, as well as by the frustration, desperation and anger of the younger generation.

Most of the attackers have not been operatives of any established terrorist organization, and the current wave of terrorism has not been directed by any organization. Rather, it is being directly inspired by the intensive and sometimes subliminal incitement that has for decades been the driving force behind it.

Jewish Teen Arrested for Church Vandalism

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

A Jerusalem teenager has been arrested in connection with the vandalism of the Dormition Abbey in the Old City of the capital.

A 16-year-old Jewish boy was scheduled to appear before a judge in the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court Wednesday to face accusations relating to the case.

The Dormition Abbey is located next to the site known to Jews as the Tomb of the Biblical King David, author of the Book of Psalms. It is known to Christians as the Cenacle, and the room of the Last Supper, and is outside Zion Gate.

New American-Style Community Underway in Ramat Givat Zeev

Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

Rav Bezalel Rudinsky, rabbi of Congregation Ahavas Yitzchok, and Rosh Yeshiva of Yeshivas Ohr Reuven and Yeshivas Darchei Noam of Monsey, has joined in the development of a brand-new, American-style community in Ramat Givat Zeev, located minutes from Jerusalem.

“The idea, bezras Hashem, is to help members of our community here in the States have everything that we have here but with the zechus of being in Eretz Yisrael, with a unique emphasis on building an all-inclusive community where everyone feels connected,” said Rav Rudinsky. While the community is still in the preliminary stages of construction and development, some 200 English-speaking families already have purchased private homes and luxury apartments in the neighborhood. Select apartments remain.

“The concept is basically to create a unified communal lifestyle in Eretz Yisrael,” Rav Rudinsky explained. “And for the families with younger children, to have in place an educational system similar to what we have in the U.S.” After fully functioning, the neighborhood will include an American-style yeshiva.

Under the planning and management of Chish Nofei Israel, Ramat Givat Zeev will be an upscale, Torani community built to include high standards of construction and infrastructure, only minutes outside of Jerusalem. The neighborhood will blend Torah living with modern recreational and commercial centers, complete with all necessary services and amenities, including schools, yeshivas, shuls, shops, and parks.

Ramat Givat Zeev is bound to be a magnificent, dream-come-true community for those looking to invest in a future in Eretz Yisrael.

Terrorists Attack Jerusalem Light Rail, Riot Around Capital

Monday, January 18th, 2016

Jerusalem Arabs have again attacked the Light Rail as it passed through the northern neighborhood of Shuafat.

The “travel terrorists” threw stones at the rail cars, and also at Israeli public buses and cars as they traveled on the highway passing the neighborhood.

During the night Arab attackers riots at numerous locations in and around the capital.

Among the sites recorded were: the Qalandia and Ras el Amud neighborhoods on the outskirts of Jerusalem, near Rachel’s Tomb; Al Favar in Mount Hebron; El Hader in Gush Etzion; Havara and Azoun in Samaria; and others.

Arson Attack on Home in Ma’alot David

Monday, January 18th, 2016

Arab terrorists hurled five firebombs (Molotov cocktails) Monday night at a home in the Jerusalem suburb of Ma’alot David, near Ma’ale Adumim. The community is located northeast of the capital.

Although the home was damaged, by a miracle no one inside was injured. Security personnel launched a search for the attackers.

Funeral Begins for Daphna Meir, z”l, Travels From Otniel to Jerusalem

Monday, January 18th, 2016

The woman who fought to protect her children from a blood-thirsty Arab terrorist at her home in Otniel is being laid to rest this morning.

Daphna Meir, 38, knew well the value of life: she worked as a nurse at Soroka Medical Center in Be’er Sheva. When an Arab construction worker from within her own community of Otniel showed up Sunday evening at her doorstep, intent on murder, she fought with everything she had.

Three of her children came running, just in time to see their mother on the ground with the stab wounds from the murderer. The oldest daughter related to security officials that the terrorist had fled when he realized he could not pull out the knife he used to stab her mother over and over, in places on her body, and even on her head.

Meir was mother to four children and two foster children, wife to a husband who is now bereft.

The terrorist succeeded in escaping, but security forces are hunting for him and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed they will find him.

But for now, this moment in time, Daphna Meir is being accompanied by her weeping family and friends, as she leaves the place that she loved, Otniel, in the south Hebron Hills. The funeral began there in the community at 9:30 a.m. Her mutilated body will gently be laid to rest, by those who love her best, in the Jerusalem cemetery in Givat Shaul, at 11 a.m.

May her memory be for a blessing, and may God avenge her blood.

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