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Jerusalem Sober House Aiming for Early Intervention

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

Jerusalem Sober House is launching an English-language early intervention program geared to students struggling with substance abuse issues, JSH director Big Mike Gondelman announced Tuesday. The program will be “the first English-language outpatient addiction treatment program in the State of Israel,” Gondelman told JewishPress.com.

Although JSH is a male-only residential facility, the new program will feature two separate tracts, one for males and one for females.

“We want to start the program in the next school year,” said Gondelman, who explained he’s under some pressure: “We are participating in the ‘Spark’ program on the ‘Jewcer’ platform to fund the central project, and we only have till the end of this month to get that done.”

The “up” side to the high-pressure campaign, however, is an $1,800 matching grant for the top three campaigns who manage to reach their goal in time. An addictions counselor who knows the deal “from the inside out,” Gondelman said he is no stranger to pressure; moreover, it’s part of his job to teach that coping skill to others.

“Joe* is one of six children from Long Island who grew up in an observant family,” Gondelman said. “A traumatic experience as a young child and two older brothers who were addicts eventually led him to full-blown addiction as well.

“He used any drug he could get his hands on,” he said. “He just wanted to ‘escape’ and getting high was the way he did it. He got kicked out of different programs for using and dealing before he came to JSH.

“By the time he came to Jerusalem he was hurting really bad,” Gondelman went on. “After only a few weeks in the program he couldn’t stay sober so we had to kick him out. He stayed clean for three days – that is our requirement – but then he would relapse over and over again. That happened three times in the early stages of his recovery.

“We never gave up on him though – the longer he was in the House, getting intensive therapy to treat the underlying trauma, the longer he was able to stay clean.

“Joe put in a lot of effort to work through his issues during his time at JSH, and got a lot of support at the House. He learned some valuable life skills from our staff that he is now using.

“He left JSH after having eight months of sobriety, and we have continued our relationship with him through after-care support.

“Today Joe works as a dorm counselor in another Sober House in the United States, where he is paying forward the help that he received at Jerusalem Sober House.”

To help JSH reach its funding goal for the new project, click here.

*Joe is a pseudonym, chosen in order to protect the identity of the individual who has begun his new life of sobriety.

US Policy: Passports of Americans Born on Israeli Golan Heights List ‘Syria’

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015

The U.S. passport of an Americans born on the Israeli side of the Golan Heights must state the birthplace as Syria, according to U.S. State Department. policy.

The JewishPress.com raised several questions with the U.S. Embassy following the recent Supreme Court ruling that ruled against Congress being able to overturn Executive Branch policy concerning the stated birthplace of an American born in Jerusalem.

The policy was and continues to be that the birthplace on the passport is “Jerusalem,” without a country, regardless of whether he was born in “West” Jerusalem or in the rest of the city that was reunited in the war.

But what would happen if there were a hospital on the Israeli side of the Golan Heights and an American birth were registered there?

It may not even be a theoretical question in the near future. The NRG website reported last week that Druze in the Israeli side of the Golan Heights want to establish and maintain a hospital to treat their brethren wounded on the Syrian side of the border.

Regardless, this is American policy, updated in 2008 and stated under the bureaucratic section “M 1360 APPENDIX D  BIRTH IN ISRAEL, JERUSALEM, AND ISRAELI-OCCUPIED AREAS

(CT:CON-254)”:

  1. Background. As a result of the June 1967 Arab-Israeli War, the Government of Israel currently occupies and administers the Golan Heights, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip. U.S. policy recognizes that the Golan Heights is Syrian territory [bold-face added} and that the West Bank and the Gaza Strip are territories whose final status must be determined by negotiations.

  1. Birth in the Golan Heights: The birthplace that should appear on passports whose bearers were born in the Golan Heights is SYRIA [capital letters appear in the original text].

Perhaps the State Department is not aware of it, but there are questions whether Syria even exists today. There is a “Syrian government” that controls a shrinking part of the country.

The Islamic State (ISIS) controls a good portion of Syria. Rebels control a healthy (or unhealthy) part. Al Qaeda also has claims.

But for now, Syria is Syria, including the Golan Heights, even if Israel annexed the strategic area 34 years ago, and even if half the population of the Golan Heights is Jewish.

Policy is policy, and if an American wants to test the unreal reality, it is only a matter of time before there really will be a need for a hospital there. By that time, perhaps Syria not longer will exist.  Since Foggy Bottom cannot possibly come up with the conclusion that the Golan Heights is in Israel, it would have to accept facts on the ground across the border. Perhaps an American born will see his passport stating, “Golan Heights, Islamic State.”

Who knows? Anything is possible with the State Department, anything except Jerusalem being recognized as Israel’s capital and the Golan Heights being considered part of the Jewish country.

The State Department regulations offer some other fascinating tidbits.

What if you were an American born before 1948, before Israel became an independent country, but in parts of Jerusalem that were only reunited in 1967? For example, let’s say you were an American born in 1947 in the Old City, which at that time was the home of Misgav Ladach Hospital.

Guess what would be written on the passport?

The policy states:

For persons born before May 14, 1948 in a location that was outside Jerusalem’s municipal limits and later was annexed by the city, enter either PALESTINE or the name of the location (area/city) as it was known prior to annexation.

“Palestine” was what all of the British Mandate was called, but the Palestinian Authority has adopted the name, which is on many of its official documents and which its schools teach means all of the Land of Israel. “All” means “all,” including Tel Aviv, Haifa, and Eilat.

There is a lesson here about the formulation of American policy. Once it is established, it is written in stone, and even a Congressional act cannot change it. This is what was learned from the Supreme Court decision that said that the Congressional Act in 1998 recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel does not mean that the State Department has to agree to it.

The State Department formulated its policy long ago that the Golan Heights belongs to Syria. No negotiations, No compromise. No nothing. It is Syria, period, and if tomorrow it is the Islamic State, we’ll see.

The other side of the policy is that Judea, Gaza, Samaria and “eastern, southern and northern” Jerusalem “are territories whose final status must be determined by negotiations.”

The folks at the State Department cannot be that stupid to realize that there will be no negotiations. It must know there is no one with whom to negotiate. It must know that in the eyes of the Palestinian Authority, there is nothing to negotiate except what color ink Israel uses to sign over the store, while the Palestinian Authority uses invisible ink.

Now we know why the Obama administration is so stubbornly fixed on the “peace process.’ It knows it has no chance, but policy is policy.

The State Department stated ages ago that the final status of the “territories” will be decided by negotiations, and that’s that. The world may change, but policy is a different story, especially if a change might help Israel.

The State Department decided way back when that the Golan Heights belongs to Syria, and that is why an American born there would have a passport stating “Golan Heights, Syria.”

And what if an American were born in the State Department? Is that part of the United States or is it territory occupied by policy-makers who cannot see past yesterday?

UN Releases The Schabes Report: Israeli Self-Defense a ‘War Crime’

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

A wave of disapproval, and perhaps resigned expectation rolled across most of Jewish Israel on Monday afternoon with the release of The Schabes Report (183 pages) by the “Independent Commission of Inquiry on the 2014 Gaza Conflict.” Professor William Schabes led the Commission, which included Mary McGowan Davis and Doudou Diène.

(The complete 34-page advance executive summary of the report can be viewed by clicking here.)

A Canadian professor of international criminal and human rights law, Schabes has been called “the world expert on the law of genocide and international law.” But Schabes was forced to resign in February 2015 after Israel publicly revealed that he had once been a legal adviser to the Palestine Liberation Organization – a clear conflict of interest. Justice Davis took up the mantle of leadership for the time remaining to the Commission.

Everywhere Israeli soldiers fought in the summer of 2014 was Occupied Palestinian Territory according to the United Nations. But even the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) was forced to admit in The Schabes Report that Hamas controls the Gaza region.

As such, even the UN Commission was inspired to refer to the region’s terrorist rulers as a separate governing entity (see item five, page three of the 34-page advance executive summary of the report.) However, the Commission failed to note that it was the population of Gaza who in 2006 democratically elected Hamas* – a terror group whose charter still documents its vow to annihilate the State of Israel — to rule the enclave.

Instead, according to The Schabes Report, anything the Israel Defense Forces did in Gaza to conduct their counter terror military campaign against “Palestinian armed groups” was considered illegal.

There was no mention of the term “human shields,” nor was there any reference to the military activities by Hamas that had provoked the war. Oddly, the Commission blamed the “Occupation” by Israel on page five in item 14: “The hostilities of 2014 erupted in the context of the protracted occupation of the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip, and of the increasing number of rocket attacks on Israel.”

The Commission continued its rant against Israel in a similar vein on page seven, in item six:

“The most important characteristics of the hostilities of 2014 … [were those] that reflect new patterns, notably attacks by Israel on residential buildings resulting in the death of entire families; Israel’s ground operations, which leveled urban neighborhoods; and violations by Palestinian armed groups and authorities in Gaza, including their reliance on attack tunnels.”

The Commission flatly implied that Israel had deliberately set out to murder Gaza civilians and destroy as many civilian residential structures as possible; thereby swallowing terrorist propaganda hook, line and sinker if not in fact actually helping to write the script.

This, despite numerous, concrete satellite imagery and other photographic evidence to the contrary made public during the war by the IDF – all disregarded.

Here’s a snippet from page 12, items 50-52, from the executive summary of the report:

1. The extensive use by the Israel Defense Forces of explosive weapons with wide-area effects, and their probable indiscriminate effects in the built-up neighborhoods of Gaza, are highly likely to constitute a violation of the prohibition of indiscriminate attacks. Such use may, depending on the circumstances, qualify as a direct attack against civilians, and may therefore amount to a war crime. 2. In addition, the fact that the Israel Defense Forces did not modify the manner in which they conducted their operations after initial episodes of shelling resulted in a large number of civilian deaths indicates that their policies governing the use of artillery in densely populated areas may not be in conformity with international humanitarian law. 3. The commission examined several additional incidents, including attacks on shelters, hospitals and critical infrastructure, in which artillery was used. The use of weapons with wide-area effects against targets in the vicinity of specifically protected objects (such as medical facilities and shelters) is highly likely to constitute a violation of the prohibition of indiscriminate attacks. Depending on the circumstances, indiscriminate attacks may qualify as a direct attack against civilians, and may therefore amount to a war crime.

For the record, according to international law, residential buildings become legitimate military targets when used for military purposes.

Jerusalem Jews Launch Vigilante Police Force against Arab Terror

Monday, June 22nd, 2015

Jews in eastern Jerusalem began defending themselves against Arab terror Sunday night and patrolled the streets of the Maaleh Zeitim after a barrage of firebomb and rock-throwing attacks.

Jerusalem City Councilman Aryeh King, who lives in Maaleh Zeitim, said:

The police continue to abandon me and my neighbors. In light of the inability of the police to stop attacks against us, a neighborhood police force began operating tonight.

He said four Molotov cocktails and dozens of rocks were hurled at his house last night in another round of Arab attacks that seems to escalate with each day in the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

A firebomb also was thrown at a bus on its way to the Binyamin region in Samaria, and the driver was slightly injured by glass in his eye from a smashed windshield.

A hail of rocks was thrown at police at Damascus Gate, where a terrorist from Hebron stabbed and critically wounded a Border Police officer in the morning. The policeman managed to shoot and wound the terrorist and his condition remains serious to critical.

In Ramleh, near Ben Gurion Airport, yeshiva student Elad Ben Dayan said Arab youth threw firecrackers at the yeshiva courtyard and tried to assault yeshiva students.

“It was a miracle no one was hurt,” he said.

The situation in Maaleh Zeitim and in other Jewish neighborhoods in eastern and northern Jerusalem has grown from bad to worse the past year, and King has complained to the police several times of inadequate protection.

Rock-throwing ambushes, with Arab cars blocking roads to trap Jewish motorists, are common.

The vigilante force could be a huge contribution to security of the police and the Jewish residents were to follow the example of similar forces outside of Israel and cooperate.

In Baltimore, the Northwest Citizens Patrol has won praise from police for preventing crime, and the police coordinate action with the local force.

In Israel, the police and Jewish residents of eastern Jerusalem as well as in most of Judea and Samaria see each other as enemies. Every Jewish community in Judea and Samaria has its own first-response team to beef up security because the IDF cannot deploy soldiers in every town, but police generally are negative towards “settlers.” Hundreds of incidents have been reported of the police releasing Jews after arbitrarily charges them with violations that did not occur.

The same is true in Jerusalem, where the police would prefer not have to deal with thousands of Arab rioters protesting the presence of Jews.

The local force does not have powers of arrest, but a constant patrol can be a deterrent, although Arabs bent on violence undoubtedly will test them in the beginning with attacks.

If King and the police can get on the same page, they might discover that they are allies and not foes.

Palestinian Authority Terrorist Critically Stabs Policeman in Old City [video]

Sunday, June 21st, 2015

An Arab terrorist from Hebron critically wounded a Border Police officer at the Damascus Gate area in the Old City of Jerusalem around 10:30 Sunday morning

The wounded policeman shot and critically wounded the terrorist. Early reports that the terrorist died have not been confirmed.

Magen David Adom medics treated the policeman and the terrorist before evacuating them to Shaarei Tzedek and Hadassah Ein Kerem hospitals, respectively.

Several posts of incitement on Arab media told readers that Israel left the terrorist to die.

The condition of the Border Police officer, described to be around 20 years old, is life-threatening. Doctors have operated on him.

Police estimate that the terrorist was a “lone wolf,” an increasingly meaningless term given the constant incitement from the Palestinian Authority and Muslim clerics preaching martyrdom.

Police clashed with Arabs in the same area Saturday night as the Muslim holy month of Ramadan gets off to a bloody start.

One person was slightly injured in a rock-throwing attack on his car and was rushed to Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital.

فيديو من مكان العمليه

Posted by Basheer Alnatsheh on Sunday, June 21, 2015

 

الفيديو الثاني من مكان العمليه

Posted by Basheer Alnatsheh on Sunday, June 21, 2015

On Friday, Palestinian Authority terrorists murdered 25-year-old Daniel Gonen at point-blank range after asking him and his hiking companion for water.

The friend was suffered moderate wounds, and the terrorist still is at-large, along with a suspected accomplice who apparently drove him to and from the scene of the attack.

 

The terrorist was shot by his victim and later died.

The terrorist was shot by his victim.

 

Moments after the terrorist stabbed Border Police officer.

Moments after the terrorist stabbed Border Police officer.

Police on the scene.

Police on the scene.

Jerusalem Arabs Clash with Police in Old City after Jew Stabbed

Sunday, June 21st, 2015

A terrorist stabbed one person near Damascus Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem Saturday night, and other terrorists threw a firebomb at a bus near Nevi Yaakov in northern Jerusalem and a pipe bomb at Rachel’s Tomb.

Police clashed with rioters after the stabbing, according to Israel News Feed. Arabs hurled rocks at cars, wounding at least one person, and police carried out one arrest as of midnight Saturday.

The condition of the stabbing victim is not known, but he is believed not to have suffered serous wounds.

There are no known injuries in the firebombing of the bus and from the pipe bomb that was thrown towards Jews visting Rachel’s Tomb (Kever Rachel) near Bethlehem.

In Judea and Samaria, Palestinian Authority terrorists hurled rocks at passing Jewish motorists near Dolev and in the same region where one or more terrorists murdered Daniel Gonen and wounded a companion while they were hiking. Gonen was buried in his home city of Lod, near Ben Gurion Airport, Saturday night.

The terrorist fled on foot but is believed to have been whisked away from the area in a car, leading police and the IDF to believe he did not act alone.

They also estimate that the attack was planned and was not a spur of the minute attack.

Palestinian Authority terrorists usually are more motivated during the Muslim month of Ramadan, which began Thursday. They have an added incentive because this month is the anniversary of the kidnap-murders of three yeshiva youth, whose attackers were located and killed in a shoot-out with the IDF last September.

PA’s Saeb Erekat Calls for Withdrawing Recognition of Israel [video]

Thursday, June 18th, 2015

Saeb Erekat, the chief negotiator for the Palestinian Authority, has issued a length report to the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) that calls for withdrawing recognition of Israel unless Jerusalem recognizes the PA.

The Ma’an News Agency, based n Bethlehem and with close ties to the Palestinian Authority, reported Thursday:

In a report entitled ‘Determining Palestinian-Israeli relations: Changing, not merely improving, the situation’ the PLO official recommends that the Palestinian leadership consider retracting its recognition of Israel until the Israeli government issues a reciprocal recognition of a Palestinian state.

As seen in the video below, Yasser Arafat in 1988 explicitly said at a Stockholm press conference:

We accept two states, the Palestine state and the Jewish state of Israel.’

The declaration helped succeed in advancing the “peace process” by which the PLO,  which is the superior body to what now is the Palestinian Authority, wrangled hundreds of concessions from Israel without any compromise on its part.

Arafat’s declaration fell short of satisfying American demands that it recognize Israel’s right to exist under U.N. resolutions 242 and 348 that were the basis for a negotiated peace agreement that never happened.

Arafat also renounced terrorism.

Then-Foreign Minister Shimon Peres recognized Arafat’s remarks for what they were and called them a ”cunning exercise in public relations” while lacking “a commitment in reality.”

Plenty of blood has been spilled since then, as is well-known by relatives of thousands of victims of Palestinian Authority terror.

Mahmoud Abbas, who succeeded Arafat after his death, brilliantly brought the Palestinian Authority to the brink of achieving its stated aim, but he has refused to recognize Israel as a “Jewish” state because doing so would make it almost impossible to force Israel into accepting millions of foreign Arabs into the country, leaving Jews as a minority.

Erekat now has gone even further with his report that urges the PLO not to recognize Israel at all, Jewish or not, unless the same recognition is given to the Ramallah regime.

The chief negotiator went off the face of the Earth and said, according to Ma’an:

Efforts [should] be made for Hamas and Islamic Jihad to join the PLO’s Executive Committee and [he] urged the PLO and Palestinian factions to support popular resistance and the boycott of Israeli settlement products.

The PLO official also recommended that the Palestinian leadership play a better role in assisting the Palestinian diaspora in Lebanon and Syria.

At first glance, it seems that Erekat has lost his marbles.

He knows very wall that Israel will not recognize the Palestinian Authority because doing so would be an implicit agreement to turn over the country to Ramallah.

Erekat knows very well that inviting Hamas and Islamic Jihad into the PLO executive would rip the cover off the Palestinian Authority as sponsor of terror.

He probably does not understand that the Boycott Israel movement has reached its peak and is going the way of the Palestinian Authority, a moribund entity.

So what could be going in his mind?

Considering the mayhem in the Palestinian Authority government, which this week dissolve or did not dissolve depending on which official  was the last to speak, Erekat could be jockeying to replace Abbas, who is 80 years old and in the eight year of a four-year term to which he was elected.

Erekat fits the bill to take over the reins because the ambition of any Palestinian Authority leader is exactly the opposite of what the world thinks it wants.

Neither Abbas nor Erekat want to see it become a state because it would collapse like a house of cards, all of which are jokers.

Below is Arafat’s declaration in 1988.

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