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September 4, 2015 / 20 Elul, 5775
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Israel Catches Palestinian Authority Firebomb Cell

Monday, August 24th, 2015

Israeli security officials cleared for publication Monday evening that they have arrested a Palestinian Authority terrorist cell that was behind several firebombing and rock-throwing attacks on Judea and Samaria.

The terrorists are from a village near Shechem, where the Palestinian Authority is committed to maintain security and tear down the terrorist infrastructure.

The Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet), police and the IDF participated in the investigation and arrest of the suspects.

The terrorists confessed to attacking Israeli cars with firebombs on Highway 60, the highway that connects Hebron, Jerusalem and northern Samurai communities.

Security Minister: Outlaw Muslim Radicals from Temple Mount

Monday, August 24th, 2015

Internal Security Minister Gilad Erdan dropped the other shoe Monday in a letter calling on Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon to outlaw two Muslim radical groups from the Temple Mount.

The Palestinian Authority called Edan’s proposal “racist.”

The right of Jews to ascend the Temple Mount, as stated in the Jordanian-Israeli Peace Treaty, has been under threat by increasingly violent Muslims who are paid to harass and attack Jews at the holy site.

Daily violence and the unprecedented action of Jerusalem policy facing off against Muslims who barricaded themselves inside the Al Aqsa mosque last year threatened to erupt into an all-out war until Jordanian King Abdullah and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu met in Amman and took measures to cool things down.

Access to Jews was allowed, but the government made it clear that Cabinet ministers may not visit the Temple Mount.

The unwritten agreement held ground for several months until radical Muslim re-asserted their presence with men and women paid by the Islamic Movement to visit the holy site with the sole purpose of chasing and attacking Jews.

A visiting Christian was attacked last week, and Palestinian Authority and Arab world media have escalated incitement with constant reports that police escort settlers to “storm” the Temple Mount.

Erdan decided enough is enough and wrote to Ya’alon letter, which he said is supported by the police and the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet), to outlaw the “Morabiton” and “Morabitat” radical Muslims groups.

He wrote:

These organizations follow Jewish visits to the Temple Mount and yell, incite and block them. Their aim is to use violence and intimidation to stop Jews from trying to visit the Temple Mount, and I will do everything I can to stop these dangerous organizations that violate the status quo.

The damage, partly irreversible, caused by the Israel’s government’s turning a blind eye to Muslim violence while limiting Jewish visitors is reflected in statements made by the Al Aqsa NGO, whose official told Reshet Bet (Voice of Israel) radio Monday:

We have seen an increase in visits to the Temple Mount by fanatics and criminal Jews who cause provocations.

Israel violates the status quo (by allowing Jews to visit]. Israel is not allowed to maintain security on the Temple Mount.

It is occupied territory under international law. Israel has occupied it since 1967.

Israeli sovereignty over the Temple Mount is within the “consensus” of almost all Israeli Jews, so much so that even the interviewer for the leftist and pluralistic Reshet Bet charged the Muslim official with lying. He also continuous questioned the Al Aqsa official about Muslims who attack Jews, but the only response was a repetition that the Temple Mount is not a part of Israel.

IDF Soldiers Foil Firebomb Attack Near Efrat

Monday, August 24th, 2015

IDF soldiers stopped a terrorist attack in Judea on Sunday night on Highway 60, just outside of the Jewish community of Efrat, about five minutes south of Jerusalem.

Two Palestinian Authority Arabs were caught by the soldiers as they were preparing to hurl firebombs (Molotov cocktails) at an IDF outpost located outside the Jewish community.

The suspects were turned over to security forces for interrogation.

State Issues Administrative Detention, Expulsion from Judea and Samaria Orders Against Jewish Activists

Sunday, August 23rd, 2015

(JNi.media) During the night and early Sunday morning, police and the Shin Bet have issued a large number of administrative distancing orders against young Jews, both adults and minors, expelling them from Judea and Samaria, and in some cases Jerusalem, and even from contacting their friends, on the ground that they endanger public safety and are the source of potential disturbances.

A Shin Bet official stated that “given the recent terrorist attacks [by Jews], including some that caused the loss of life, the General Security Service in recent days recommended issuing restraining [distancing] orders against 10 activists.”

But, according to settlers, as many as 16 administrative expulsion decrees have been issued against Jewish right-wing activists, over the past two weeks, as well as three administrative detentions, and the wave of warrants is not yet over.

“The system is under unprecedented pressure and is using illegal means against the residents who are engaged in settling the land,” the Honenu legal aid society said in a statement. “We are witnessing a dramatic rise in the volume and severity of administrative orders, which seriously violates the rights of the recipients of these orders.”

On Saturday night, two young men, one of Ramat Hasharon, the other of Ma’ale Adumim, received administrative detention orders, which included a ban from Judea and Samaria and the prohibition of contacting some of their friends.

During the night, police raided the Od Yosef Chai Yeshiva and the Givat Kumi Uri neighborhood in the Yitzhar outpost, and handed out administrative nighttime house arrest orders to two boys from the towns of Bat Ayin and Alon Shvut, for a period of six months. In addition, the two have been forbidden to stay in Judea and Samaria anywhere but inside their parents’ homes, while one of them has also been banned from Jerusalem. Both boys were forbidden to make contact with some of their friends.

On Sunday morning, police handed out administrative restraining orders to a resident of Ge’ulat Zion in the Shilo cluster—married with children, as well as two minors living in Yad Binyamin and Amona.

A young resident of Kiryat Arba on Sunday was handed a warrant prohibiting him from entering anywhere in Judea and Samaria outside his own home. The man, 21, told the website Kol Hazman that he intends to appeal the order through his attorney, Itamar Ben-Gvir, of the legal aid society Honenu.

Some legendary “Hilltop Youths” have told the same website that “the orders will not break us.”

Attorney Itamar Ben-Gvir said “the defense minister is conducting himself like an elephant in a china shop. With his actions, he sends the message to young people that there is no democracy, and, in effect, encouraging them to break the law, because there are no legal indictments and due process.”

9 Palestinian Arab Terror Suspects Indicted

Sunday, August 23rd, 2015

Nine Palestinian Arab — five adults and four minors — have been indicted on charges following their arrest two weeks ago in connection with a firebomb attack in northern Jerusalem.

News of the arrests was cleared for publication only this morning (Aug. 23) when the indictment was filed in court against the group. The suspects were taken into custody in a joint operation by the Israel Police Central Unit and the General Security Services (Shin Bet).

The suspected terrorists were indicted on accusations of firebombing a vehicle on August 3 as it traveled along Route 20 near Jerusalem’s Beit Hanina neighborhood. One woman was seriously wounded and her car was completely incinerated as a result of the three Molotov cocktails hurled at the vehicle in that attack.

Also mentioned in the indictment are four other attacks by the same group, including the firebombing of a Jewish home in Beit Hanina. Two people were hurt in that attack. The group allegedly firebombed that same house on three other occasions over the past six months, according to the indictment, although no one was physically injured in the other attacks.

In the indictment, the nine suspects are accused of forming a terrorist cell, and the Jerusalem District Attorney has requested they be held in remand until the end of legal proceedings.

UN, EU Argue Over Demolitions of Illegal Arab Structures

Thursday, August 20th, 2015

The issue of illegal construction in and around Jerusalem and the Jordan Valley is again making headlines, this time using Palestinian Arabs and Bedouin as the proxies.

The United Nations and European Union have both issued statements of concern over Israel’s demolition of illegally built structures belonging to Palestinian Arabs in the Jordan Valley and around Ma’ale Adumim.

More than a 100 people were allegedly displaced by the demolitions of the structures, none of which were built on private Palestinian Authority land.

According to the leftist NGO B’Tselem, the 17 temporary structures included 14 residential huts and 3 livestock barns. The Civil Administration said, however, it had demolished only eight – all of which were built on state land, without government approval. Nor had any of the people who built the structures even attempted to obtain construction permits.

B’Tselem claims that since August 5, the Civil Administration has demolished 57 illegal Palestinian Arab structures in the Jordan Valley and around Ma’ale Adumim. There were 167 people living in 31 of the structures – including 101 children – and the rest were used for sheltering livestock.

The Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee’s subcommittee on Judea and Samaria has urged the IDF Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT) Maj.-Gen. Yoav Mordechai to increase action against illegal Palestinian construction in the Jordan Valley and around Ma’ale Adumim.

The lawmakers warned such activity is intended to block expansion of Jewish settlement.

In the summer months Bedouin clans are often camped out and pasturing their flocks in the valleys and hills around Jerusalem and surrounds. To do so involves a move of up to several hundred head of sheep and goats.

These are usually herded by the older women of the clan who are assisted by their daughters and their children. The men – most of whom work at various occupations – come to visit or stay for short periods of time and then leave to return to their employment.

In past years, and in some cases up to today, the clans used several huge black goats-hair tents in which to shelter from the burning sun. Due to the changes in weather and other environmental conditions, as well as the socioeconomic conditions in Israel, many clans have now switched to using other materials.

The problem with the current rash of construction around Ma’ale Adumim and in the Jordan Valley has to do with the nature of the structures being built. These are not necessarily the type of temporary structures intended to be removed and transported with a Bedouin family upon completion of the pasturing cycle.

They are intended to be removed and replaced with more permanent Arab housing instead.

It is this type of mushrooming presence on the landscape that has the lawmakers so worried and one the international community appears to be racing to encourage.

While the United Nations and European Union have been so meticulous in their monitoring of Israel’s “unjust” enforcement of its law against illegal construction, the two entities often call on Israel to demolish Jewish structures, even when they are built within legal municipal lines.

On Tuesday, GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee waded right into the middle of the controversy, stating bluntly that the “land for peace” formula has simply “not worked for Israel.” He encouraged visitors to the Jewish State to visit “all of Israel,” saying “that includes Judea and Samaria.”

Jerusalem Mayor to Close Central Supermarkets on Sabbath

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat is planning to force at least eight supermarkets that currently operate on the Sabbath in the holy city to close on Saturdays, according to a report Wednesday on Galei Tzahal Army Radio.

All eight are centrally located.

The move reportedly comes as a peace-making gesture to the hareidi factions in Barkat’s coalition who represent a large population in the city.

Last week hareidi religious men protested violently against the opening of the new “YES Planet” cinema complex in the capital, even though the complex is located far from the hareidi-religious section of the city.

“I’m happy the mayor kept his word to take steps to bolster the status of Shabbat in the holy city,” Jerusalem city council member Aryeh King told Galei Tzahal in a separate interview.

“I really hope that this will be the start of a new era of keeping Jerusalem united in the truest sense of the term. That includes preserving the holiness of the city – and the holiness of the Sabbath.”

King added that Barkat had promised the move in exchange for his return to the coalition.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/jerusalem-mayor-to-close-central-supermarkets-on-sabbath/2015/08/19/

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