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August 26, 2016 / 22 Av, 5776

Posts Tagged ‘Jerusalem’

Basketball in Jerusalem

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

Hapoel Jerusalem basketball player Amare Stoudemire attends a special basketball Workshop with Israeli kids in Jerusalem on August 8, 2016.

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Dozens of Road Terror Attacks in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

Dozens of stoning and firebomb attacks were aimed at Israelis over the course of the day, with another day of terror having passed in Israel.

Since the morning hours, at least 33 incidents involving stoning and Molotov cocktails in firebombing attacks took place in various regions throughout the country.

Among the events: stones hurled at passing motor vehicles near the town of Migdalim, stones thrown at Bus No. 143 as it was traveling on Highway 437 – on the Adam-Hizme road.

An incendiary bottle was thrown at a car as it passed near the town of Yitzhar. Stones and incendiary bottles were also thrown at vehicles passing the Amos junction (the T-junction).

Stonings took place near Tekoa, Atarot, eastern Jerusalem, the City of David, A-Rahm, in the area of Jelazoun and in other places as well.

Hana Levi Julian

Tisha B’Av of Days Past: Temple Mount Police Hit Man, Man Bites Police

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

A year ago, Honenu legal aid society attorney Menasheh Yado filed a complaint with the Police Investigation Unit regarding an incident in which police assaulted a Jewish man, illegally detained him and tried to prevent the recording of the event.

The man, a Jerusalem resident in his 20s, arrived at the entrance to the Temple Mount on Tisha B’Av 5775 (July 26, 2015) wearing tefillin, and requested permission to ascend. The man reported that a policeman approached him and told him that he could not ascend the Temple Mount wearing tefillin, and added that he wanted to speak to the man.

At this point the man asked to remove his tefillin, to comply with the policeman’s instruction and be allowed to ascend, but the policeman forcibly grabbed his arm instead and began to push him to the exit.

“My client stood against the railing and told the policeman to stop pushing him,” Yado wrote in the complaint, continuing: “Three policemen approached my client and without informing him that he was being detained began to shove my client and hit and kick him.”

The complaint also mentions that police prevented bystanders from documenting the incident. Two Jews who were at the scene began to tape the incident on their cell phones, but a policeman named Moti Gabai ordered them to stop taping and swatted one of the cell phones.

“The policemen continued to beat my client after he was handcuffed, and broke his glasses. After the cell phones were turned off and the documentation of the incident stopped, the policemen continued to punch my client,” Yado reported.

“The incident included assault and unreasonable use of force, as well as deliberate use of violence by the policemen while carrying out an illegal detention with excessive aggressiveness. My client made no move, and was forced to instinctively react to the violence used against him which, as stated above, did not stop even after he was handcuffed,” Yado complained to the Police Investigation Unit.

“I direct your attention to the wide-ranging public ramifications of policemen illegally using their authority in interfering with the ability of citizens to document incidents of assault and use of violence by police,” Yado reiterated.

Following the Tisha B’Av incident, police brought the man to court and demanded that he be barred from ascending the Temple Mount for 60 days. After watching the video clip of the incident the court accepted the opinion of Honenu Attorney Avichai Hajbi, who represented the man at the hearing, and released him. After his release the man was served with an indictment accusing him of biting one of the policemen who beat him during the course of the incident.

At the July 2015 deliberation a police representative admitted that there is no written ordinance prohibiting a Jew from ascending the Temple Mount while wearing tefillin. Although the police claimed that the man bit a policeman as he was being detained, the video clip presented to the court shows that the man did not commit any violation of the law before the policemen started to beat him.

“A video clip was presented to me… in which one sees that the defendant did not do anything before the security forces evacuated him, and it should be noted that they evacuated him aggressively,” wrote Jerusalem Magistrate Court Judge Mirit Fohrer. She ruled that even though afterwards apparently the man did bite one of the policemen who had seized him, there is no cause to ban him from the Temple Mount and he was released unconditionally.

David Israel

Jews are Helping Arab Hero Fired for Rescuing Rabbi Mark’s Family

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

Mt. Hebron Council Head Yochai Damari posted on his Facebook page a call to help two Judea and Samaria Arabs who were directly involved in rescuing the late Rabbi Miki Mark from Otniel, who was murdered in a terrorist drive-by shooting on Route 60 in Mt. Hebron. The two Arabs were able to save the lives of Mark’s wife and two of their children who were in the car.

“Inside the darkness of the terrorist attack, two Arab residents acted and supported the rescue of the family until the arrival of Israeli forces (about ten minutes), and these actions contributed significantly to prevent an even more tragic harm,” Damari wrote.

According to Damari’s account, the first rescuer arrived seconds after the attack and started prying the doors open with a jack, releasing and bringing out the children, and freeing the mother from the stranglehold of her safety belt. He then stood guard to make sure no one hurt or kidnap them, despite the dozens of drivers who stopped, threatened him, and demanded that he stop caring for the Jews.

Damari noted that this Arab rescuer was later fired from his job as a reprimand for saving Jews.

Moments later, an Arab doctor who was on his way to Jerusalem stopped at the attack site and provided first aid to the injured. He left only after the EMT units had arrived.

“I met with [the first rescuer] and he asked me to help remove the rejection of his work permit request,” Damari wrote. “I sent a letter this week to the Defense Minister, asking for his assistance in providing work permits to both men. I’ve met them, and I’m familiar with the objective difficulties [in issuing them the work permits], but I believe that it is our duty as a Jewish nation to show our gratitude to people who behave like human beings as expected of them in such cases.”

“This time, more than any other, we must boost the positive forces and deliver a clear message that a positive and normative behavior will result in a positive and normative reward on our part,” Damari added.

JNi.Media

Why I Cry on the 9th of Av

Tuesday, August 9th, 2016

I have not been up to Har Habayit. I have not gone up out of total awe and respect for the Kedusha that resides up on Mount Moriah and the fact that Israel will not allow me to pray where the two Temples stood and where Avraham almost sacrificed his son, Yitzchak. I know that according to Jewish law there are areas that one can go after immersing in a ritual bath (Mikveh) and I am beginning to change my mind about going up to Har Habayit should I go up.

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I have not gone up although I yearn to walk, pray and worship on the holiest place on Earth for the Jewish people and it is emotionally depressing to see what is happening up there.

אוי מה היה לנו! מה עשינו אוי!

I watch as Jewish history is wiped out of existence by a radical Islamic brute squad as they uncover and then destroy two thousand year old artifacts as they attempt to erase Jewish existence in Israel, In Jerusalem and on Har Habit and that’s why I fast on the 9th of Av. ,! אוי מה היה לנו, מה עשינו אוי I hear reports of Israeli policemen arresting Jews who dared to utter a prayer on the Temple Mount and I wonder, what are we doing?! That’s why I fast on the 9th of Av.

אוי מה היה לנו! מה עשינו אוי!

For the past 25 years my father and I spent Yom Kippur praying in a shul on top of the Kotel overlooking Har Habayit. This shul was originally set up by Rav Goren and is open for prayer only twice a year; the 9th of Av and Yom Kippur. For the past decade, my son Yakir has joined me and recently so has my youngest, Natan. Several years ago my youngest looked out the window and as he starred down at the Temple Mount, he said with anger in his voice, “Abba! Why are they (Arabs) playing soccer where the Bet Hamikdash stood?” I have no answer and I wanted to cry…

אוי מה היה לנו! מה עשינו אוי!

In 1967 we heard the miraculous call from our brave IDF soldiers as they liberated the Temple Mount; “Har Habayit Biyadeinu!” The ‘Temple Mount is in our hands!’ For the first time in 2,00 long and painful years, God has brought us back and with the courage and sacrifice of our soldiers, we were back! We could have built the Temple and instead…..we handed the keys back to those who play soccer on the holy of Holies….how can we not cry!

אוי מה היה לנו! מה עשינו אוי!

People ask where was God during Holocaust, I ask where was man! We were given Har Habit in 67 and we gave it away!

אוי מה היה לנו!

It is for this reason that I am contemplating going up to Har Habayit…If we do not show Jewish presence there, how can we call it ours? Avraham was commanded to walk the land in order to claim it is his, shall we not do the same?

If the Temple is not built and we are once again forced to fast on the 9th of Av, I will cry, but it will crying over our own lack of faith and not aimed at asking God why. He gave us Har Habayit, we refused to take it! When we were originally commanded to go up to the land of Israel, we cried in vain. We ignored all that God did for us in Egypt and the miracles we witnessed as He took us out of Egypt. We ignored the miraculous victories over the strongest dynasties and we went to our tents to cry because we had no faith in God. We decided to say ‘we couldn’t’ when God clearly proved with HIS help ‘we could.’

Ari Fuld

Complying with Ottoman Law, IDF Panel Revokes Jewish Community’s Land Ownership

Monday, August 8th, 2016

The IDF Appeals Committee in Judea and Samaria has ruled recently that the 2013 declaration of an area of some 55 acres in the vicinity of Kokhav Ya’akov, between Jerusalem and Ramallah, as state land is null and void, because the process of making the acquisition was improper, Ha’aretz reported Monday. The military panel was also critical of the lack of transparency in making the declaration public — meaning that it was being kept out of PA Arabs’ earshot.

The panel’s ruling on an appeal by NGO Yesh Din on behalf of alleged Arab land owners, is more a judicial recommendation to the IDF in the area than a compelling decision, but should the declaration of state land be appealed in the Israeli Supreme court — as it surely will be — the panel’s decision would influence the justices’ ruling.

The grounds for dismissing the government acquisition of the land has to do with its failure to adequately comply with Ottoman Law — a remnant of the Turkish government’s rule over these lands before 1918, which continues to be the law of the land; and will continue to be so as long as Israel fails to impose Israeli law on Area C, where Jews live.

Ottoman law says that a man can establish claim to his land if he can show that he has been tilling it for the previous ten years. The state tried to comply with the law by providing aerial photographs of the area from 1969, showing clearly that the land was not being cultivated.

However, the dissemination of lands to local Arabs by King Hussein, who ruled the area from 1949 to 1967, took place in 1961. So the panel ruled that the aerial photos proving the land was not being cultivated had to be from before 1961, and, according to the state, such photographs could not be found.

There are photographs from 1944 showing that some of the land was being tilled then.

The judges wrote that they were not convinced the state had made the full effort to discover those 1956 aerial photographs, and that without them the panel must rule that the situation back in 1944 continued uninterrupted through 1961. Of course, the decision to require a photograph from before 1961 assumes that when King Hussein handed over lands to the heads of local Arab clans (whom he viewed as a source of potential rebellion) — he had the right to give those lands away. But Hussein was never recognized universally as the sovereign of the “West Bank,” which was considered an occupied territory, along the 1949 armistice border with Israel.

Local residents of Kokhav Ya’akov say they have also purchased the land, but regardless of the ownership papers they would present to the high court, organizations like Yesh Din will rustle up a group of Arab claimants to the land, with papers freshly minted by the Palestinian Authority in Ramallah showing the land belongs to them.

According to NGO Monitor, Yesh Din operates on an annual budget of $1.58 million, provided by the EU, UK, Sweden, Switzerland, Denmark, the Netherlands, Norwegian Refugee Council, Catholic Agency for Overseas Development, HEKS (Switzerland), Norway, Ireland, Germany, and Oxfam-Novib (Netherlands).

David Israel

Pres. Rivlin Urges Israeli Arabs to Enlist for National Service

Sunday, August 7th, 2016

President Reuven Rivlin urged the Arab citizens of Israel on Sunday to enlist for National Service, a civilian arm that recruits young adults for a year or more service to the country, instead of doing military service.

Many of Israel’s observant Jewish girls volunteer for National Service, and according to director-general Sar-Shalom Jerbi, some 4,500 Israeli Arab citizens are also participating in the program.

National Service volunteers are found in nearly every agency, school, and hospital throughout the country. They act as tutors, counselors, mentors and assistants in any place they are needed. During times of high tension in particular, their presence is especially important.

There are precious few volunteers that speak Arabic fluently, who can provide qualified assistance in schools and clinics in the Israeli Arab sector; an increase in National Service volunteers for this sector would be invaluable.

But Rivlin would like to see those numbers increase, and this weekend urged the country’s Israeli Arab population to allow its young high school graduates to sign up, despite political disagreements.

The president said at a ceremony in the presidential residence in Jerusalem held to recognize outstanding national service volunteers, “We are one society, and we all live in one country; we are mutually responsible for one another.”

Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel is also responsible for the program. At the ceremony he underlined the importance of those serving in National Service, saying their contribution is no less than that of the soldiers serving in the IDF and other security forces.

Those who serve in National Service are deemed eligible for most of the benefits granted to veterans of the military upon completion of their service.

Hana Levi Julian

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/pres-rivlin-urges-israeli-arabs-to-enlist-for-national-service/2016/08/07/

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