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May 5, 2016 / 27 Nisan, 5776

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5 Jews Arrested by 9 am at Temple Mount, Passover Day 2

Sunday, April 24th, 2016

It’s “that time of year” again at the Temple Mount, when thousands of Jews flock to the holiest site on earth in Judaism – and Israel Police are especially vigilant in making arrests.

By 9:00 am Sunday morning, the second day of the Passover holiday, three adult Jews and two minors had already been removed from the site where the two Holy Temples of Jerusalem once stood.

No information was released to media on why the little group was pulled out of the compound, over which the Jordanian Islamic Waqf exerts control. The Dome of the Rock and Al Aqsa Mosque are both built on the site.

By the end of non-Muslim visiting hours, 13 tourists had been removed from the site.

“The police are working and will continue to work with determination against any attempt to disturb the public peace and security, with favoritism,” Israel Police spokesperson Luba Samri said in a statement Sunday. “We will not allow disturbances of public order or security and we will act decisively against anyone who tries to do so.”

But according to Yehuda Glick, head of the Temple Mount Heritage Foundation, Jews are not coming to the site to create “disturbances.” They are coming out of instinct, to connect with the sanctity of their ancient birthright. “People want to come to connect to the Temple Mount” said Glick. “No one has the desire to create any disturbance. People want to come to connect … I would like everyone to come and that the Temple Mount will be as it should – a center of world peace.”

Passover is one of three mandatory festivals requiring Jews to make a pilgrimage to Jerusalem. Tens of thousands of Jews do indeed stream into the ancient holy city, including many who feel compelled to ascend the Temple Mount.

Muslim Arabs who pray in the mosque on the site are especially incensed by this.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced prior to the holiday that extra security forces would be deployed in the area to prevent “all sorts of extremists [from spreading] lies about our policy concerning the Temple Mount.”

In Biblical times, special animal sacrifices were made in the Holy Temples at this time. The sacrifices ceased with the destruction of the Second Temple by the occupying Romans and the Diaspora.

There are small groups of Jews who now are determined to renew the practice in preparation for the coming of the Messiah and the rebuilding of the Third Holy Temple. Police usually arrest a handful of men and sometimes boys who are being taught the sacrificial ways of the ancients.

On Friday, at first three and then eventually 10 men were detained for bringing goats to a location in the Old City for the purpose of carrying out a Pascal sacrifice. It is forbidden by Torah law to carry out an actual bona fide Pascal sacrifice without the existence of the Holy Temple of Jerusalem.

Hana Levi Julian

Israel Trying to ‘Conquer’ Al Aqsa on Passover, Islamic Agitators Warn. Again.

Sunday, April 24th, 2016

As predicted last week by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, “extremist groups” are trying to incite the Arab population to renewed violence by making wild claims about violations of the status quo on the Temple Mount over the Passover holiday.

At the forefront of this effort is the outlawed Islamic Movement, which is accusing Israel of trying to take over the Al Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mosque during the holiday.

The deputy director of the organization, Sheikh Kamel al-Hatib, told Quds Press “extremist Jewish groups” led by the prime minister “and eight other ministers” (read: Israel’s government cabinet) are working to “break into” the mosque (read: allow Jews to visit the Temple Mount grounds) during the holiday.

According to Hatib, the Israeli government and IDF are facilitating the “intended conquest.”

Such claims are not new, and the same old tired retreads are yanked out of mothballs for every Jewish festival. Nevertheless, there are those in the Arab population who are vulnerable and still somehow believe the fantasies no matter how silly, how embroidered, outrageous or how often the lie is retold.

The Islamic Movement in Israel was outlawed in November 2015 for incitement to racism and violence. The leader of the movement’s northern branch, Sheikh Raed Salah, has been convicted of funding Hamas, and of contact with an Iranian intelligence agent.

He also served time in an Israeli prison from 2003 to 2005, and a five-month term in 2010. Salah is known for repeatedly exhorting his followers as well as Israeli Arab students at universities to “keep fighting until we remove the Israeli occupation and free the holy Jerusalem.”

Hana Levi Julian

Jerusalem Bus Bomber Dead, Other Arrests Made

Thursday, April 21st, 2016

By Jesse Lempel/TPS

Jerusalem (TPS) – The Hamas operative who detonated a bomb on a Jerusalem bus this week has died in an Israeli hospital, the Israeli police confirmed on Thursday, partially lifting a gag order on the investigation. A police spokesperson further revealed that several other suspects have been arrested.

Abdel Hamid Abu Srour, a 19-year-old Hamas operative from the town of Beit Jala near Bethlehem, detonated an explosive device on the number 12 public bus in Jerusalem on Monday, injuring 20 people, including one seriously. Abu Srour died of his wounds on Wednesday in Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem. The Shin Bet (Israeli Security Agency) characterized the bombing as a “suicide attack.”

The police, Shin Bet, and IDF conducted extensive raids in Bethlehem on Tuesday, arresting multiple Hamas activists who are suspected of helping Abu Srour plan and carry out the terror attack.

Further details of the investigation remain under a gag order.

Following Abu Srour’s death on Wednesday evening, the Hamas terror organization claimed responsibility for the attack and called him a “martyr.” Spontaneous celebrations erupted in Bethlehem and Gaza, with people passing out candy in the streets to celebrate the bus bombing.

Four victims of the terror attack are being treated at Jerusalem’s Hadassah Medical Center. Three are in the intensive care unit on respirators, said Hadassah spokeswoman Hadar Elboim on Thursday.

“We will locate the men who created this bomb, we will reach the men who sent the bomber as well as the ones behind them,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said after Monday’s terror attack. “We will settle the account with these terrorists.”

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Hamas Confirms Jerusalem Bomber ‘One of Its Members In The City’

Thursday, April 21st, 2016

The Hamas terrorist group confirmed Thursday the 19-year-old Arab who died in a Jerusalem hospital after bombing a bus Monday in the capital was a bona fide member of the Gaza entity.

He was identified by the Palestinian Authority Ministry of Health as Abdul Hamid Abu Srour, according to the Al Qassam website.

“Hamas movement in Bethlehem mourned the martyr and said that he is one of its members in the city,” according to Arab media and the website of the Izz a-Din al-Qassam military wing of the Hamas terrorist group.

Al Qassam.ps website reported the bomber “lost his legs in the bombing and was severely burnt” before he died of his wounds.

Twenty-one people were injured Monday (April 18, 2016) when a terrorist bomb exploded on an Egged bus on Moshe Bar’am Street near Hebron Road in Jerusalem. Two of the victims, a man, 30, and a woman, 28, were critically injured. Six people were seriously wounded and the rest sustained minor injuries, including two children ages 10 and 12.

As a result of the initial explosion on the empty bus, a second bus nearly — which carried passengers — and a private car caught fire. Eight victims were evacuated to Sha’are Zedek Medical Center and the rest to Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center. Magen David Adom emergency response teams said the victims suffered burns, smoke inhalation and cuts.

Hana Levi Julian

Security Forces Seize Weapons Cache near Eastern Jerusalem

Thursday, April 21st, 2016

Security forces early Thursday morning discovered a weapons cache in Abu Dis, an Arab town in the PA, bordering Jerusalem, Israel Radio reported. The weapons included a Carl Gustav sub-machine gun, ammunition, pipe bombs, Molotov cocktails, and commando knives. Two lathes used to produce improvised explosive devices (IED). A local resident was arrested.

Israel Radio also reported that security forces arrested in Judea and Samaria overnight eight Arabs suspected of terrorism and membership in terrorist groups.

Also on Thursday morning, a search for weapons and ammunition in an Arab casba revealed knives, a weapons strip, gunpowder, four Molotov cocktails, improvised weapons, and knee protectors. One man was arrested. Military sappers detonated the explosives.

David Israel

2 IDF Soldiers Wounded While Demolishing Home of Shlomit Krigman’s Killer

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

Two IDF soldiers were wounded in an Arab bombing attack aimed directly at their unit Wednesday morning as they defended engineers involved in demolishing the home of the terrorist who took the life of 23-year-old Shlomit Krigman, hy’d. The attack occurred in a “riot” at the Qalandiya “refugee camp” north of Jerusalem.

The soldiers were demolishing the family home of 17-year-old Hussein Abu Ghosh, the Hamas terrorist who murdered Krigman when Arabs in the area began “rioting.” That is, they began attacking the soldiers, hurling everything they could get their hands on at the IDF soldiers — including a homemade bomb.

One of the “rioters” protesting the demolition hurled a bomb at the forces, wounding two soldiers. Other security personnel used riot control measures until the demolition of the terrorist’s home was completed.

Both of the wounded soldiers were taken to Hadassah Mt. Scopus Medical Center with minor injuries and are currently listed in stable condition. Both were conscious when they were evacuated from the scene.

The murderous terrorist whose family home was demolished Wednesday was joined in his attack on the Beit Horon supermarket by 22-year-old Ibrahim Ala’an of Beit ur al-Tahta. The two reached the store via a nearby wadi, jumping the town’s security fence.

The two killers had planned for a bigger operation: they planted three IEDs (improvised explosive devices – homemade bombs) around the store prior to their attack. But they failed to injure more shoppers inside because they were shoved away by workers with shopping carts.

Hana Levi Julian

Israeli-Arab Would-Be ISIS Recruit Sentenced in Jerusalem

Tuesday, April 19th, 2016

By Michael Zeff/TPS

Jerusalem (TPS) – A young Israeli Arab who attempted to join the Islamic State terror organisation was sentenced to a fifteen-month prison term on Tuesday.

Fares Saritah, a 19-year-old resident of the Jerusalem neighborhood Kfar Akeb, pleaded guilty to the charges of “attempting to join an illegal organization and attempting to defect to an enemy state,” referring to the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq (ISIS) and Syria, respectively.

In addition to the fifteen month prison term, Saritah was sentenced to a suspended prison term and a large fine.

“Based on the accused’s own plea and full admission I find him guilty of attempting to join an illegal organization,” said Judge Aharon Farkash in his sentencing.

The joint investigation by the ISA and Israel police revealed that Saritah allegedly convinced his two brothers to join the Islamic State as well, one of whom managed to leave Israel and join the terrorist group in Syria.

According to bill of indictment, in April 2015 Saritah left Israel with his brother and cousin and arrived in Istanbul planning to reach Syria through Turkey, a common pathway for radicalized Muslims attempting to join with the Islamic State.

However Saritah never got past the Istanbul airport, as his passport was expired. He then had to fly to Israel to fix his papers, where upon arrival he was snatched by the Israeli Security Agency (ISA).

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

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