web analytics
August 27, 2014 / 1 Elul, 5774
At a Glance

Posts Tagged ‘Jerusalem’

Aharonovitz: Tractor Terrorist was Known to Police

Monday, August 4th, 2014

Interior Security Minister Aharonovitz told Channel 2 that the tractor terrorist, Muhammad Naif Jabis from Jabel Mukhaber, was known to police.

The terrorist is reportedly related to one of the terrorists in the 2008 Mercaz HaRav terror attack.

1 Dead in Jerusalem Tractor Terror Attack [photos] [video]

Monday, August 4th, 2014

2:57pm A pedestrian, a rabbi, was killed when an Arab tractor terrorist flipped a Jerusalem bus. The rabbi (29) was a Chassid from Toldot Avrhama Yitzchak. The terrorist was killed by a policeman.

The terrorist has been identified as Muhammad Naif Jabis from Jabel Mukhbar.

1:46pm Jerusalem: 5 minutes ago….reports of a tractor intentionally ramming a bus in a possible terror attack. A policeman shot and killed the tractor driver….

The attack happened on Shmuel HaNavi street. The bus is an Ilit company bus on its way to Beitar Ilit.

Three people injured. One critically – the bus flipped on him, two lightly injured.

Tractor Terrorist. Photo by Eli Ran

Tractor Terrorist.
Photo by Eli Ran

Bus flipped in terror attack, Photo by Rotter.net - nbcfg

Bus flipped in terror attack,
Photo by Rotter.net – nbcfg

Video of the policeman neutralizing the terrorist:

The Battle for Jewish Jerusalem

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

There’s a battle going on for the soul of Jerusalem.

On one side of the battle is First Station, the refurbished, formerly abandoned, old Jerusalem train station, which was converted into an open mall and cultural center.

When First Station first opened it had only one kosher restaurant, and it still promotes itself as being open 7 days a week for food, entertainment and culture.

Interestingly enough, since its opening, and despite efforts to be the bastion of secular culture in Jerusalem, Jerusalem economics have had their say, and I’d estimate that by now, at least half the restaurants have gone kosher, and some even Mehadrin. Personally, I recommend you try Station 9, a Chinese restaurant which serves egg rolls that rivals even those of Forest Hills’ Chosen Garden.

On the other side of the battle is Jerusalem’s Cinema City.

I had the opportunity to visit it for the first time two months ago, and without a doubt, aesthetically it far surpasses anything Tel Aviv of the central region has to offer.

And to top it all off, all the restaurants and food are kosher, and the stores and theaters are all closed on Shabbat. Who could ask for more?

There are some who are fighting to force Cinema City to be open on Shabbat. Secular protesters even went as far as taking it to the Supreme Court, which eventually ruled Cinema City must be closed on Shabbat, as it is built on public land, leased from the city.

With the hustle and bustle I saw going on in the movies and the restaurants, they clearly aren’t hurting for taking off the Day of Rest. Kol HaKavod, as they say. I personally hope it stays that way.

Cinema City combines some 18 theaters with a capacity of around 2500 seats, including 2 VIP theaters and lounges. Each theater is designed with its own movie theme.

Cinema City - Iron Man Theater

The mall inside is simply astounding. It’s spacious and decorated with movie themes everywhere, there’s plenty of parking, and even the parking lot has movie theme decorations.

Cinema City Lounge

I went in and checked out every single restaurant. They’re clean, they’re gorgeous. Even branches that aren’t kosher anywhere else, are kosher here. And they have some very high end restaurants hidden away on the upper floors. Its worth it to walk around. And while they probably aren’t going to the movies, there are plenty of Hareidi Jews eating in the restaurants.

A few weeks ago, I received a phone call from Simmy Allen, Cinema City’s International Marketing and Events Coordinator. He offered to take my family and me on a private tour of the new “Bible City” on the top floor of the center.

Cinema City - Noahs Ark

Taking the elevator up past the huge mural of Moses, you arrive in an outdoor museum with life-size replications of 60 different scenes from the Tanach (Bible), along with a full-size Noah’s ark, which will eventually double as another movie theater and hall for a Torah related film they are putting together.

Cinema CIty Bibile City

It’s very impressive.

The kids loved it. It kept them busy all afternoon, which was great for me.

SAMSUNG

Simi was telling me (since that was the real purpose of his invitation and tour) that Cinema City actually doubles as a party, conference and convention center.

All the different themed movie theaters can be rented out for seminars, conferences or parties, and if you want, you can select whatever movie you want to see. The largest theater holds almost 500 people, and you can project the podium speakers onto screens in the other theaters to handle the spillover.

There’s kosher catering for events (Mehadrin is an option too), from movie theater popcorn and soda to gourmet meals.

One of the big draws of “Bible City” is for Bar/Bat Mitzvahs, especially from overseas guests looking for the right venue.

Not only can the party or meal be held in one of the theaters or lounges, but Bible City then adds a Jewish theme to the whole event.Noah's Ark

As I started this article off, it’s important to see in Jerusalem and Israel, fun, cultural and entertainment centers that respect Shabbat and Kashrut, despite the various unrelenting pressures on them violate those basic Jewish principles and traditions. Cinema City proves you don’t need to work on Shabbat to be a success.

Cinema City

If you want to find out more about holding a Bar/Bat Mitzva or private family event at Cinema City, I recommend you contact Simmy at Simmy@NLC.co.il or call him at (Israel) 074-752-6717 or (US) 1-917-728-1343.

Cinema City is located near the Foreign Ministry and opposite the Israeli Supreme Court.

Enjoy the show.

Palestinian Authority Arabs Rampage IDF Guard Tower in Gush Etzion

Saturday, July 26th, 2014

At least five Palestinian Authority Arabs were killed on Friday and Saturday in widespread protests and riots throughout Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria, where a Jewish resident has been accused of killing one Arab near Shechem.

Unofficial military sources told The Jewish Press that Arabs near Gush Etzion, south of Jerusalem, set fire to a guard tower. The soldiers fled for safety, and three of the rioters were killed.

IDF spokesmen said that Arabs opened live fire on soldiers and police in several protests Friday and Saturday, including the riot near Gush Etzion.

Muslim rioters also burned the Jerusalem police station near the Temple Mount in the Old City.

The Fatah movement, headed by Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas, joined Hamas on Friday to call for a “Day of Rage” following a 10,000-strong rally and ensuing riot Thursday night form near Ramallah to the Kalandiya crossing in northern Jerusalem.

Friday’s and Saturday’s protests were widespread but did not draw huge numbers. However, the use of live gunfire by protesters on Israeli security forces was rare and reminiscent of the 1990s when Palestinian Authority “police” used rifles given to them by the Israel government to maintain security and instead used them to stage terrorist attacks on Israeli soldiers, police and civilians.

Muslims are celebrating the end of Ramadan, the holy month that ends with a three-day feast concluding on Sunday, and police are on high alert to prevent large-scale riots.

Thousands of leftists Israelis, Arabs and Jews, protested against the IDF’s war on terror Saturday night in Tel Aviv.

 

Fatah Movement Joins Hamas to Call for ‘Day of Rage’ in Jerusalem

Friday, July 25th, 2014

Israeli security officials are bracing for a massive Arab “Day of Rage” today, the last Friday of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, and have restricted entry to the Temple Mount to men over the age of 50 and without an age limit on women.

Hamas leaders in Israel and outside the country have called for the renewal of the intifada, and leaders of the rival Fatah movement, headed by Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas, led the march and violent riots to the outskirts of Jerusalem late Thursday night.

Rioters challenged police at the Kalandia checkpoint in northern Jerusalem and at Rachel’s Tomb in Bethlehem, south of the city, as seen in the video below.

At least one Arab was killed, and 27 police officers were injured. Arab officials accused of the police of using live fire to break up the riots, but some of the protesters fired gunshots at police from within the crowd. Police arrested 39 rioters, of whom an estimated 200 were injured.

Abbas has failed several times in the past three years to convince Arabs to stage peaceful protests, and at least two “million-man” marches drew less than 1,000 supporters.
The “Arab Spring” has not spread to the Arab street in Judea and Samaria for the simple reason, rejected by foreign and even local media, that they have more to lose than to gain with violent protests.

The Palestinian Authority is unquestionably corrupt from top to bottom and has promised its followers the moon while delivering nothing because of its refusal to compromise and even recognizing Israel, whatever its borders, as a Jewish state.

Organizers of Friday’s protest are using social media, including the Twitter hashtag #48kMarch
Hamas television has aired songs encouraging a renewal of the intifada, and Abbas has called on Arabs to donate blood at Arab hospitals while rejecting donations from Jews.

A huge protest Friday would provide Hamas with a glimmer of hope for boosting its morale, which has been decimated not only by the IDF’s spectacular intelligence and combat maneuvers to foil terrorist attacks and destroy terror tunnel but also by day-by-day exposure of its policy of committing war crimes by using civilians as human shields to attack Israel.

The war in Gaza broke out shortly after Abbas and Hamas agreed to a unity government. After initially condemn including Hamas for its wild rocket attacks on Israel, Abbas did an about-face and backed Hamas.

The more he is identified with Hamas, the less respect he has in the international community. If he distances himself from Hamas, the more he places his life in danger in the face of Hamas and anti-Abbas elements who want him out of power after serving as chairman for nine years after being elected four a four-year term.

Democracy doesn’t work for Palestinian Authority Arabs. Riots so far have now worked. The “peace process” did not work because it never was anything more than a process of rejection.

The only thing that has worked for Arabs in Judea Gaza and Samaria has been the relative freedom they enjoyed after the end of the Egyptian rule and Jordanian occupation in the Six-Day War in 1967.

After Israel took de facto control of the areas and limited its rule to maintaining security, the economy flourished and standard of living rose sharply until Yasser Arafat came on the scene.

The Palestinian Authority has incited an entire generation that never knew the pre-intifada years, to hate Israel and to believe that they have a right to all of “Palestine,” from the Lebanese border to the Egyptian border and form the Jordan River to the Mediterranean Sea.

Abbas’s incitement and victories in diplomatic battles but a total loss in the diplomatic war to reach his goals have left him in a lose-lose situation, no matter the success or failure of Friday’s planned “day of rage.”

Update: One Palestinian Authority Arab Killed in Violent Riot

Friday, July 25th, 2014

At least one Palestinian Authority Arab  was killed late Thursday night and more than 100 were wounded in a violent march and riot in unprecedented numbers of more than 10,000 protesting Israel’s counter-terrorist war in Gaza.

Unconfirmed reports said that two or possibly three were killed, but Israeli security officials said that that at least one rioter opened fire on police, who responded with rifle shots.

Various organizations and terrorist groups, including Hamas, organized the protest march that began from a U.N.-run village near Ramallah and was met with Israeli police forces near the Kalandia checkpoint in northern Israel

Rioters threw firebombs and rolled burning tires at police, who responded with tear gas and rubber bullets. Arab sources said live bullets also were used in an effort to break disperse the rioters.

Tensions will be high tomorrow, the last Friday in Ramadan and when tens of thousands of Muslims will try to arrive at the Temple Mount.

The Palestinian Authority previously has failed to mount a massive protest, peaceful or violent, against Israel during the nine-month attempt by  U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to resurrect the “peace process.”

The war in Gaza may be the spark that ignites the renewal of the intifada.

Shots Fired Outside Jerusalem Mall

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

Shots were fired outside the Hadar Mall in Talpiot, Jerusalem Wednesday. One individuals opened fire from a moped outside the mall this evening. No injuries or property damage was reported.

Police said Wednesday night that a man suspected of having staged the attack was arrested in the Gilo section of south Jerusalem.

Police have determined the act was criminally related, and not terrorism.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/shots-fired-outside-jerusalem-mall/2014/07/23/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: