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Ashdod Joins Ashkelon to Impose Racism to Stop Terrorism

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

Ashdod and at least one moshav farming community joined Ashkelon Thursday to declare that Arabs will not be allowed to work in the area of kindergartens despite widespread condemnation from political leaders.

Ashkelon Mayor Itamar Shimoni got the ball rolling with his public announcement Wednesday that no Arabs are welcome, as reported here. He not only refused to back down on Thursday but also stood his ground that his decision is legal because of the need for security.

Justice Minister Tzipi Livni said she has asked the Attorney General to enforce the law against discrimination and stop Shimoni in his tracks. Yesh Atid chairman Yair Lapid called Mayor Shimoni’s policy a surrender to terror and a denial of co-existence.

Jewish Home party Naftali Bennett took the opportunity to show a liberal face of the national religious community and went off the edge to declare that “99.9 percent of Israeli Arabs are loyal to the country.”

Everyone is racing, no pun intended, to show he is the most democratic politician since ancient Greece, even if it was not so democratic.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said, “There can be no discrimination against Israeli Arabs. We must not generalize about an entire public due to a small and violent minority. The vast majority of Israel’s Arab citizens are law-abiding and whoever breaks the law – we will take determined and vigorous action against him.”

Lest anyone think Netanyahu is flying on a left wing, he added that “in the framework of the draft nationality law that I will submit to the Cabinet on Sunday, we will enshrine the full equality before the law of every citizen regardless of religion, race or sex alongside ensuring Israel’s identity as the national state of the Jewish People.”

Mayor Shimoni’s declaration brought out the gut feeling of Israelis who reacted to Tuesday’s massacre of Jews praying in a Jerusalem synagogue exactly the way future murderers want – fear.

His ban on Arab workers in the vicinity of kindergartens comes on the background of trauma in the city from more than a decade of rocket and missile attacks on the port cities of Ashdod and Ashkelon.

It took the mayor’s statements to arouse Israel’s yellow journalist media to take a break from its own racism the past week that has tried to demonstrate that Israeli Arabs as a whole are at war against Israel.

Bennett grossly exaggerated to say that 99.9 percent of Israeli Arabs are loyal to the country. Netanyahu was more on the mark when he said a majority, without measuring it, are “law-abiding.”

Mayor Shimoni hit a raw nerve

Placing all Arabs in one basket of terror is racist, illegal and immoral.

It also expresses a frustration that the police must heed so that Israelis can be safe.

PFLP Terror Group Claims Responsibility for Har Nof Massacre

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine terrorist organization (PFLP) has claimed responsibility for Tuesday’s horrific attack on a Jerusalem synagogue.

The group made its statement to international media during the day Wednesday.

Four rabbis and an Israeli Druze police officer were murdered and at least six others were seriously wounded in the bloodbath.

Uday Abu Jamal and Ghassan Abu Jamal, the two murderers were Jerusalem Arab cousins from the neighborhood of Jabel Mukabar. But despite their membership in an extended family network that had connections with terror, they were not known to their family to be members of the PFLP terrorist organization, said another relative.

Sufyan Abu Jamal told The Independent newspaper based in the UK that the behavior of one of the two, Ghassan, had been “normal in recent weeks.”

A fourth cousin in the family, Jamal Abu Jamal, is a known member of the PFLP and was arrested by Israeli security forces two weeks ago, Sufyan Abu Jamal said.

Haredim Join Druze Mourners at Funeral for Slain Policeman [video]

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

Hundreds of Haredim from Har Nof and elsewhere joined Israeli leaders and the Druze community at the funeral in the Galilee for hero Druze police officer Sergeant-Major Zidan Saif, who lost his life in a gun battle that ended in the death of the two eastern Jerusalem Arabs who murdered four Jews praying in a synagogue Tuesday morning.

Jewish, Christian, and Muslim religious leaders joined the Druze community to mourn the death of Saif.

Haredim provided buses free charge for people to show their respects and thanks for Saif’s courage.

An unusual decision in Jewish law pronounced by the late Sephardi Chief Rabbi Ovadia Yosef and reported here earlier today was widely publicized by Haredim to support reciting the Jewish memorial prayer for non-Jews.

Rabbi Yosef ruled that the prayer may be recited at the funeral and also in synagogue for a “Druze soldier who is killed “defending Israel against enemies.”

Part of the Druze creed is to be loyal to the country in which they live, and serving in the IDF has been a long-standing tradition for the Druze since the re-establishment of the State of Israel in 1948.

Druze leader Mouafiq Tarif eulogized Saif and said his community would continue to fight for the country but also pleaded for the government to “lower the tensions” in Jerusalem.

Among the Israeli dignitaries at the funeral were President Reuven Rivlin, Public Security Minister Yitzchak Aharonovitch and National Police Commissioner Yohanan Danino.

 

Bennett Wants Jerusalem to Be ‘Occupied’ with IDF Soldiers

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

Jewish Home chairman Naftali Bennett said Wednesday that the IDF should deploy soldiers throughout eastern Jerusalem and weed out terrorists.

The Jerusalem police commissioner rejected the idea and said that his forces can do very well without soldiers turning the capital into an armed camp.

Bennett, feeding on fear, said the military should duplicate its 2002 Operation Defensive Shield, when soldiers struck into nests of terror in Jenin and other beds of terror throughout Judea and Samaria.

“Go in with Border Police forces, carry out arrests, set up intelligence channels and stay there on a permanent basis, not just when there’s a terror attack,” the Minister of Economy added.

Bennett said that guards at shopping centers, synagogues and schools are aimed at a specific would-be killers but that the army could “go to the source.”

Police Operations Chief Aharon Aksol rejected Bennett’s shoot-from-the-hip idea.

“The police can deal with the situation with its own forces,” he told Israel Radio.

So far, the police have shown themselves far from able to do so, but that has partly been due to a policy of virtually abandoning hotspots in Arab neighborhoods unless the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) is involved. Murders and attempted murders of Jews by Arabs the past several weeks have forced the police to start working they way they should.

Aksol still is looking for an easy way out by blaming Knesset Members for “inciting” Arabs by visiting the Temple Mount, but Bennett’s brainstorm would inflame Arabs even more by making eastern Jerusalem Arabs stare in the faces of soldiers.

Bennett would be doing the Palestinian Authority a big favor by showing the world that Jerusalem is under “occupation?”

It would show that eastern Jerusalem, which has been under Israeli sovereignty for more than three decades, is just like Judea and Samaria, which legally is under military rule.

Deploying troops in Jerusalem would expose Israel as not being able to govern. It is not like Missouri calling in the national Guard to quell riots.

And what if troops marching through the capital would eliminate terror? Who cares if it boils Arab blood?

Bennett should know very well that sending in the troops would weaken Israel.

Israel has the Shin Bet to root out terror. It needs to do a better job and probably could have prevented Tuesday’s barbarism if it had placed the murderers, cousins with a record of terror, under surveillance.

But deploying soldiers in the streets of Jerusalem also would weaken Israel on the fronts where soldiers are mostly needed – Gaza, Egypt, Lebanon and Syria.

Bennett’s scheme grabbed headlines. Maybe it won him a few more supporters.

It did not win him any points for common sense.

Update: IDF Officer Lost Fingers in Shooting Attack

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

On November 17th, JewishPress.com reported on an IDF officer who lost part of his finger in a fireworks attack, during an Arab riot in A-Ram, which is just north-east of Jerusalem.

The IDF now reports that following an investigation of the incident, they discovered that the officer was in fact shot at 3 or 4 times with live bullets, and he lost part of his finger as a result of being hit by one of the bullets and not by fireworks as they originally thought.

 

 

Har Nof Community Organizing Buses to Druze Policeman’s Funeral

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

Jerusalem’s Chareidi/Ultra-Orthodox community in Har Nof are arranging buses to the funeral of hero Druze police officer Zidan Saif — who was killed in the line of duty yesterday while engaged in a gun battle with the Arab terrorists at the Har Nof shul.

A grassroots initiative of hundreds of Chareidim from Har Nof is underway to attend the funeral of Zidan Saif and to pay their respects to the fallen policeman and to the Druze community in the village of Yanuch-Jat in Northern Israel.

Upon publication of the initiative, many have come forward to help — including retired IDF officer, Erez Eshel, who was so impressed with the idea and unity behind it, that he offered to fund as many buses as necessary.

Saif’s funeral is scheduled for 2PM today in his village.


A quote from the late Chief Rabbi, Rav Ovadia Yosef’s Jewish law question and answer book, “Hazon Ovadia” — in response to a question if prayers should be said in the synagogue for a Druze IDF soldier who fell in the line of duty.

“A Druze IDF Solider who stood to protect Israel from the enemy, and was killed by an Ishmalite [Arab], and was protecting Israel’s security, it is fitting and proper to pray for his soul in the synagogue, as is appropriate [to pray] for righteous gentiles.”

Jameel adds: Is is our responsibility to honor this policeman’s memory, and express our feelings of gratitude and unity with the Druze community. They are fighting with us shoulder to shoulder for the security of Israel — and are putting their lives on the line.

US Says Har Nof Murders Were Well-Planned and not ‘Lone Terrorism’

Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

The United States stated that Tuesday’s barbaric murders of four Jews praying in a Jerusalem synagogue “differs from recent attacks, potentially demonstrating low-level coordination to attack a pre-identified soft target as opposed to an opportunistic random act of violence.”

A Druze policeman who helped kill the Arab murderers and prevent a worse tragedy also was killed.

A statement from the U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem added that it cannot confirm the claim of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) that it organized and carried out the brutal killings.

It also said there has been no information indicating that the Arab murderers intentionally targeted Americans. Three of the worshippers who were killed were native Americans, and the fourth man was originally from Britain.

The U.S, statement contradicted a claim Tuesday by Israel Police Commissioner Yochanan Danino said the attack appeared to be carried out “lone terrorists,” but he added the police have not completed their investigation.

“Lone wolves” have carried out several murderous attacks on Israelis the past two or three years, leaving Israelis in increasing panic that anyone can wake up one day and decide the time has come for him to kill Jews while shouting “Allahu Akba” on his way to the Land of 72 Virgins.

Israel’s establishment media, which for years has campaigned for the “Two-State” illusion and for releasing thousands of Palestinian Authority terrorists, now are scaring the wits out of everyone by screaming that the Netanyahu government is not providing citizens with security.

Israelis must not let the medias establishment, which partially caused the breakdown of Israeli security and now is pointing fingers elsewhere, get away with it.

For once, the United States has it right. The primitive murders in the Har Nof synagogue were not a spontaneous attack. The timing may have had something to do with the blood libel that Israeli “settlers” supposedly “executed” an eastern Jerusalem Arab bus driver who, according to pathology reports prepared by an Arab as well as by Jews, committed suicide.

Whether or not the attack itself was well-planned, as the Consulate said it was, the killers escaped Israel intelligence. The Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) may have goofed by not following the cousins who carried out the attack and whose families have a record of involvement in terror, but count on officials to widen a dragnet over potential murderers.

The government is not going to abandon Jerusalem.

During the Oslo War days of suicide bombings, before the security fence reduced them to almost zero, Israelis bounced back immediately to populate the same areas where the murderers struck. Likewise, Jewish Home chairman Naftali Bennett and Yesh Atid Knesset Member Dov Lipman were among dozens of Jews who rushed on Wednesday to pray at the Kehillat Bnei Torah synagogue where the killers struck during prayer service yesterday.

“The terrorists accomplished nothing by their horrific murders” because although four Jews were murdered, the Jewish People live, said Lipman. “I was inspired by the intensity of this morning’s prayers and was touched deeply by the cries and tears of those who publicly gave thanks to God for surviving yesterday’s attack,” he said.

Israel obviously cannot defend citizens against every “lone terrorist,” but the death that Tuesday’s killers met and the government decision to deport to Judea and Samaria the wife of one of the terrorists are the first steps to strike fear back into the hearts of would-be murderers.

Israel must not show fear. It must make the enemy afraid.

 

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