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December 3, 2016 / 3 Kislev, 5777

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Stone-Throwing Teen Terrorist Gets 9 Years in Jail

Monday, November 21st, 2016

A teen terrorist who murdered Alexander Levlovich in a stoning on the street of a Jerusalem neighborhood on Rosh HaShana last year has been sentenced to nine years in prison.

The decision was handed down after a plea deal was reached three weeks ago with the State Attorney’s Office, against the wishes of the victim’s family.

The murderer agreed to admit to the charges and serve his jail term in exchange for testimony against the other three perpetrators involved in the attack.

All four Arab attackers were indicted on charges of manslaughter, aggravated battery, endangering human life on the road, obstruction of justice by a police officer in the line of duty, arson and weapons manufacturing. Two were also accused of throwing firebombs (Molotov cocktails) and stoning security forces during riots in 2014.

The four attackers hurled the rocks at Levlovich’s vehicle as he drove home with his family from a holiday dinner, attacking the Israelis in “retaliation and in solidarity” following clashes on the Temple Mount, according to the indictment.

According to the statement by the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet), it was Abed Dawiat who hurled the stone that smashed Levlovich’s windshield, destroying his ability to control the vehicle and sending the car hurtling into a utility pole.

Earlier that year, four-year-old Adele Biton succumbed to the massive injuries she suffered months earlier when she and her family came under a stoning attack by Arab terrorists as they drove in a car on a road in Samaria.

Little Adele’s mother and sisters were also injured, but it was the smallest child who fought a lion-sized 18-months-long battle along with her doctors for life.

One of Adele Biton’s murderers was sentenced to 15 years in prison for the crime of murder by stoning.

There have been others.

Asher Palmer, 24, was the son of American immigrants to Israel when he and his baby son Yonatan were murdered in a September 2011 stoning near Kiryat Arba, by Arabs from the Palestinian Authority in Judea. Both of their murderers proudly confessed to their role when they were captured and charged with the attack.

That same month alone, 498 incidents of stoning attacks were recorded by the IDF.

It’s important to know that the leadership of the Palestinian Authority to this day glorifies those who maim and murder Jews and Israelis.

The PA government especially honors those who succeed in terrorist attacks against citizens of the Jewish State, and pays monthly salaries to those who are convicted and jailed in Israel on charges of terrorism. The longer the sentence, the higher the salaries, which are supported — perhaps inadvertently — by the international community via foreign aid to the coffers of the Palestinian Authority and the Palestine Liberation Organization.

Financial aid to the Palestinian Authority and to the Palestine Liberation Organization, via the United Nations, Russia, the European Union or the United States — the much-vaunted “Quartet of Nations” — or anyone else, for that matter, has translated into terrorist attacks against Israel.

Hana Levi Julian

Netanyahu Nixes MKs Return to Temple Mount

Monday, November 21st, 2016

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says it’s not yet time to allow Israeli lawmakers back on the Temple Mount.

Speaking at Monday’s meeting of the Likud faction, Netanyahu said, “The decision [not to allow MKs to ascend to the Temple Mount] will not change soon.

For nearly a year, Israeli lawmakers were banned from the site by an edict issued by the prime minister, in order to minimize tensions with Arab agitators. But the Jerusalem District Police commander recommended last month that Knesset members and Israeli ministers again be allowed to ascend to the Temple Mount.

At the time, Netanyahu said he would huddle with security officials to “listen to their position” and then make a decision.

During the faction meeting, however, Netanyahu said that police recommendation to relax the ban on lawmakers from the site “was not a recommendation, ” he said, “but rather, only an assessment of the situation.

“At the moment, you all understand that it is sensitive timing,” he added, noting that any change in the policy at this time would be “problematic.”

Temple Mount activists were outraged, and in response, said they “condemn the illegal and undemocratic conduct” of the prime minister regarding the Temple Mount.

“The continued damage to Jewish rights in general, as well as to the functioning of elected officials must stop immediately,” the activists said in a statement issued to media.

Hana Levi Julian

Crusaders

Monday, November 21st, 2016

People dressed in Crusader clothing take part at an event re-enacting the Crusaders’ journey to Jerusalem, in Lifta outside Jerusalem. They set off on a hike aiming to re-live the experience of Medieval times.

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Huckabee Denies Ambassador to Israel Offer, Moving Embassy to Jerusalem

Saturday, November 19th, 2016

Former Arkansas Governor and longtime Republican friend of Israel Mike Huckabee tweeted early Saturday morning: “Media buzz that I was named Amb to Israel is NOT true. Was never discussed with PE Trump; slot probably not picked until State Dept in place.”

Israeli and US media Reported Huckabee’s appointment Friday morning, noting that should the news be confirmed, the appointment would signal a sea change in US foreign policy under President Trump.

Huckabee was one of the guests invited to a sit down with President Elect Donald Trump on Friday, after which a presidential transition official told DailyMail.com that he would be “America’s top diplomat in the Jewish state.” The same official also said Huckabee would supervise moving the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. “That’s going to happen,” the transition official said on Friday morning, “Governor Huckabee is going to see it through.”

The author of several best-selling books, an ordained Southern Baptist evangelical minister, a musician, a public speaker, Huckabee, 60 was the 44th Governor of Arkansas from 1996 until 2007. He came third in the GOP presidential primaries in 2008, behind the nominee John McCain and Mitt Romney, and dropped out of the race early in 2016. He is a Christian Zionist, who organizes trips for the believers in the Holy Land.

Huckabee’s The Israel Experience website argues that “for believers, a visit to Israel is more than just a trip to a fascinating foreign country – it’s an opportunity to experience the complex and beautiful Holy Land that was the setting for the teachings, the battles, and the miracles of the Bible.” The website promises that “you’ll learn about Israel’s heritage from both a Biblical and a historical perspective.  You’ll hear from top Israeli officials about the strategic place Israel holds today and why America is such a valuable ally to her.”

From 2008 to 2015, Huckabee hosted the Fox News Channel talk show Huckabee. From April 2012 to December 2013, he hosted a daily radio program, The Mike Huckabee Show. He is. He is also a political commentator on The Huckabee Report.

JNi.Media

Hekdesh Benvenisti Suing to Evict 9 Arab Squatter Families from Eastern Jerusalem

Wednesday, November 16th, 2016

The Hekdesh Benvenisti submitted this week eviction suits against nine Arab families in the Kfar HaShiloah (Silwan) neighborhood in eastern Jerusalem. To date, the association has sued 72 Arab families it wants evicted, based on the fact that the entire neighborhood belongs to Yemenite residents who settled there in the early 1920s.

Kfar HaShiloah is located on the eastern slope of the Kidron Valley, above the outlet of the Gihon Spring opposite the City of David.

The Hekdesh Benvenisti is an association established in 1899 for the purpose of building the Yemenite neighborhood. According to Daniel Luria, the executive director of Ateret Cohanim-Israel, the Ateret Cohanim NGO assists the Hekdesh facilitate acquisitions in the area, which has been conducting a legal campaign against the Arab squatters who took over the Jewish-owned homes following the 1949 armistice, when the Jordanian Legion governed eastern Jerusalem. The bulk of these Arab families took over the properties in the 1950s and 60s, and today there are some 80 Arab families there.

The Hekdesh went to court after the squatters refused the offer of money to vacate the Jewish properties.

Currently there are more than 50 Jewish families living in the area, some in homes purchased from Arabs, some in Beit Yonatan, an apartment building in the neighborhood, owned by Ateret Cohanim. Last year an Arab family was evicted from what used to be the century-old Yemenite synagogue, and the building has undergone renovations, complete with a glow-at-night star of David on the rooftop. Two additional apartment buildings have been redeemed over the past year, and are also being renovated to accept future Jewish families.

The Jewish residents of the area are often attacked by the Arabs, in many cases requiring intervention by police and Jewish security personnel. The process of removing the Arab squatters promises to be lengthy, but the association expects big rewards in terms of establishing a major, thriving Jewish neighborhood in eastern Jerusalem.

In 2014, White House spokesman Josh Earnest described the new, legal occupants of Kfar HaShiloah as “individuals who are associated with an organization whose agenda, by definition, stokes tensions between Israelis and Palestinians.” Prime minister Netanyahu was “baffled” by the criticism, deeming it “un-American.”

Attorney Avraham Moshe Segal, noted that “various courts, led by the Supreme Court, have determined that the Hekdesh is the exclusive owner of these lands, and we expect that the courts’ rulings be honored precisely.”

JNi.Media

Cisco Fires Another 90 (Former NDS) Employees in Israel

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

Four years ago in 2012, US-based Cisco purchased the (British-) Israeli company NDS for 5 billion dollars. It was the largest hi-tech purchase in Israel.

Founded in 1988, with its headquarters in Jerusalem, NDS was a hi-tech company building encryption solutions for pay TV networks. Rupert Murdoch bought the company in 1988 for 15 million dollars. In 1999, the company was listed on NASDAQ.

What made NDS most notable was the sheer number of Olim that worked there from English-speaking countries, the former Soviet Union, and France. Olim made up the bulk of the company. It was a cornerstone company for the Anglo community in Israel.

When Cisco made the purchase, they absorbed 5000 NDS global employees, 1500 of them in Israel. Cisco soon afterwards shut down the NDS Korea offices and business units in Hong Kong.

In 2013, Cisco laid off dozens of their Jerusalem workers.

This week, Cisco laid off another 90 from the Jerusalem development center.

A former Cisco-NDS employee said there are now less than a 1000 employees in Israel.

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Global Mayors Meet in Jerusalem, Will Visit Yad Vashem

Monday, November 14th, 2016

Mayors and governors from more than two dozen cities around the world are visiting Israel this week as part of the 31st International Mayors Conference in Jerusalem.

The American Jewish Congress and American Council for World Jewry are acting as hosts for the mayors this year in Israel.

The delegation is set to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, officials at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and local Israeli municipalities that include Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and Nazareth.

Representatives from cities such as Beverly Hills, Miami Beach, Salzburg, Odessa and Lvov are scheduled to visit the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial Museum on Tuesday (Nov. 15).

The mayors will participate in a memorial ceremony in the Hall of Remembrance, visit the Children’s Memorial and sign the Yad Vashem Guest Book.

During their four-day trip they are set to visit hi-tech, energy and cyber firms, as well as urban development experts, in addition to the Jerusalem Innovation Center, ‘Bezeq Telecom’ and to enjoy a Tel Aviv start-up tour. The officials will meet with Israeli entrepreneurs working in the fields of health, security, water and the environment.

Hana Levi Julian

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