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Jerusalem Challenges US with Building Freeze on Arabs as Well as Jews

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

A Jerusalem municipal committee has temporarily frozen all building construction permits in eastern Jerusalem, not only for Jews but also for Arabs, Army Radio reported Monday afternoon.

The office of the Prime Minister insists that it had nothing to do with the Jerusalem City Building and Planning Committee’s decision to freeze construction.

The halt in construction comes just before Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is to visit President Barack Obama to try to mend fences. It also comes shortly after the Obama administration denounced a near-final bureaucratic advancement in plans for building 900 new residential units in the Hareidi Ramat Shlomo neighborhood, adjacent to the Arab Shuafat area.

A source in the municipality said the decision to freeze all building construction permits was made so there will be no question of discrimination.

The freeze puts Washington in a bit of a bind.  

It frequently has opposed building for Jews in eastern Jerusalem, a tacit approval of discrimination in favor of Arabs. This time, any criticism from the White House or the State Dept. would have to explicitly state that its policy discriminates in favors of Arabs.

Eastern, southern and northern Jerusalem, unlike Judea and Samaria, are not ruled by the military and instead have full legal status as any other city in Israel. The  United States and virtually the rest of the world continue to define half the capital as “occupied,” even though more than 250,000 Jews live in areas that were restored to Israel in the Six-Dar in 1967, including the Kotel.

The decision was made during a discussion on the approval of the units for the Ramat Shlomo neighborhood. The same apartments were approved in an earlier bureaucratic five years ago on the same day Vice President Joe Biden step foot in Israel for a visit.

The timing infuriated Biden, and the project has caused consternation in Washington every time another step is approved.

Arab Attacks Jerusalem Tour Guide with Bottle [video]

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

Jerusalem police are questioning a young Arab man who attacked a female Jewish tour guideת hitting her on the head with a glass bottle near the Jaffa Gate at the Old City. After hitting her on the head, he continued to try to attack her.

The tour guide was evacuated to Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital, where she was treated for light injuries.

Police arrested and are questioning the attacker, 22, from Jabel Mukahber, adjacent to the Jewish neighborhood of Armon HaNatziv.

Israel Indicts 13-Year-Old Terrorist Whom Abbas Said Was ‘Executed’

Friday, October 30th, 2015


Indictments were filed Friday morning against the 13-year-old terrorist who stabbed and wounded a Jew his own age and a 21-year-old in the northern Jerusalem neighborhood of Pisgat Ze’ev October 12.

The minor, identified as Ahmed Mansara, wanted to murder Jews and become a martyr. He failed on both counts although Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas had declared that Israel “executed” the boy, who was shot and wounded during the stabbing attacks.

Mansara was wounded when he was hit by a car during a chase after him and an accomplice, his 15-year-old cousin Hassan Mansara who was shot and killed.

The bald-faced lie of the “execution” cost Abbas immense damage in the foreign media that like to show him as a “peace partner” who preaches peace but is supposedly blocked by the government in Israel.

Abbas looked even dumber when photographs showed that the 13-year-old would-be martyr was receiving medical care in Hadassah Hospital

Even that was more than Palestinian Authority media could accept, and they quoted the lad as saying as he was abused in the hospital.

Now Mansara has his day in court, which he could forget about in the Palestinian Authority if he had tried to murder an Arab.

The indictment stated that the 13-year-old met his cousin after coming home from school.

They decided to become martyrs after having discussed the political situation, having learned their lessons if not from school then from official Palestinian Authority media that encourages children to let themselves be killed so long as they can murder a Jew first.

The 13-year-old victim was critically wounded but has recovered enough to be released from the hospital. The 21-year-old victim suffered moderate wounds.



Arab Terror Attacks Popping Up in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria

Thursday, October 29th, 2015

Arab terror attacks continued Thursday night on the roads in and around Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria, continuing the wave of Arab violence against Israeli Jews.

So far, Israel’s government and security establishment still intend to permit Arabs of all ages free access to the Al Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount Friday, despite the week-long festival of internet incitement to violence by radical Islamist preachers calling for the murder of Jews on the altar of “rescuing Al Aqsa.”

On Route 60 in Samaria north of Jerusalem, Israelis escaped injury when Arabs opened fire at people standing at a hitchhiking station. The attack took place next to the Jewish community of Ofra in the Binyamin region. The terrorists shot at four soldiers who were guarding the hitchhiking post, firing three bullets from a handgun, according to security sources. No injuries were reported. IDF soldiers at the stop returned fire at the terrorists, who drove away in a white Skoda, heading in the direction of the Arab village of Yabrud.

At around the same time, four Arabs in a car disguised themselves as Israeli police officers and tried to stop an Israeli vehicle on the highway in Judea Thursday afternoon.

Shortly thereafter, an Israeli motorist was forced to take evasive action while driving on the road near Ofra when Arab terrorists hurled a firebomb at his vehicle. No one was injured in that attack and there was no damage to the vehicle. IDF forces are searching for the perpetrators in all of the above attacks.

Arabs in eastern Jerusalem this evening also hurled an improvised explosive device at Border Guard Police officers patrolling near the Mount of Olives cemetery. The pipe bomb was aimed at the officers stationed next to the ancient Jewish cemetery.

Rioters are throwing firebombs (Molotov cocktails and stones at Israeli vehicles as they drive near Hebron, and on the road close to the village of Husan, south of Jerusalem. Husan is the village located opposite Beitar along Highway 60. “There were stones on the road, and army jeeps in the village,” a Jewish resident of Efrat told JewishPress.com .

In the Jerusalem neighborhood of A-Tur, police searched for Arabs who hurled an IED at a patrol vehicle making the rounds earlier this evening. The explosive device was hurled from one of the houses in the neighborhood and missed the patrol vehicle. Instead, it hit a parked car and exploded. Two people received treatment for severe trauma in the attack.

In a separate attack, two IEDs (makeshift bombs) were hurled at the Tomb of the Biblical matriarch Rachel, where the IDF has posted a permanent security presence. No injuries were reported.

Netanyahu Says Police Removed Arab MK from Temple Mount

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu stated Wednesday afternoon that police removed Arab Knesset Member Basel Ghattas from the Temple Mount this morning in line with his order barring legislators from visiting the holy site.

Ghattas, a Christian Arab from Nazareth, sneaked past guards who did not notice he was an MK. After he sat foot near the Al Aqsa mosque compound, cameras were whipped out to film him stating that Netanyahu and the government of Israel have no sovereignty over the Temple Mount and stop him from visiting.

Police later were seen removing him.

Ghattas is a Christian, but that has not prevented him from trying to show off to Muslims constituents how concerned he is that Jews are allowed to visit.

Netanyahu said after Ghattas’ visit:

The Temple Mount has been quiet for two weeks. We are making every effort to maintain this quiet, but it would seem that someone is disturbed by this.

MK Ghattas went up to the Temple Mount, went to the Al-Aqsa Mosque. I assure you he did not do it in order to pray, he did it solely for the purpose of provocation, only to inflame the situation.

In accordance with my general directive, the police moved him away. I will not let any Knesset member or minister ignite the Temple Mount.

American-Israeli Dies from Armon HaNatziv Terror Attack

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

A 76-year-old American-Israel died Tuesday morning from knife and bullet wounds in the deadly attack on a bus in Jerusalem’s Armon HaNatziv neighborhood near Talpiot two weeks ago. One of the terrorists was killed, and the second one was arrested. Both were from the adjacent Jabel Mukhaber neighborhood. The latest victim is former Connecticut school principal Richard Lakin, who was being treated Hadassah Ein Kerem. His death brings to the death from the attack to three. Lakin was principal at Hopewell School for 15 years before making Aliyah with his wife and two children. He will be buried on Wednesday. His sons posted on Facebook Tuesday morning:

Dad passed away this morning. He was 76 years old, and had eight grandchildren. He was butchered by Muslim terrorists who shot him in the head and stabbed him multiple times during an attack on Bus 78 in Jerusalem’s Armon HaNatziv neighborhood. After the attack Dad was rushed to Hadassah Ein Karem Hospital in Jerusalem where the incredible medical staff worked diligently around the clock for two weeks trying to save his life, but, alas, his injuries were too severe. ‘We love you Dad and will do our best to live respectful, loving lives and pass along ‘acts of kindness.’

Other victims of the stabbing and shooting attack are Haviv Chaim, 78, and Alon Goldberg, 51. Chaim’s wife Shoshana was one of 15 others who were wounded in the attack. She suffered serious wounds but is recovering.

Jerusalem Arabs May Lose Israeli Residency Rights

Monday, October 26th, 2015

Arabs living in post-1967 Jerusalem neighborhoods may lose their Israeli social benefits – and their residency permits – as a result of the current wave of terror.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu raised the possibility at a security cabinet meeting as far back as two weeks ago, according to a report Sunday on Israel’s Channel 2 television news.

Approximately 80,000 people would be affected by the move, according to the report.

Sources in the Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee confirmed the report on Monday.

“It is impossible to give them all of the rights without having them fulfill all of their responsibilities,” the prime minister was quoted as saying at the meeting.

Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz warned at the same meeting that such a decision would have far-reaching consequences, and thus would require “a referendum, because it would involve giving up territory.”

Many Arabs who live in Jerusalem neighborhoods are not Israeli citizens – by choice – but they do possess the blue Israeli ID card called a “teudat zehut” which grants them full residency status, and social benefits such as extremely low cost medical insurance, social services such as Bituach Leumi (National Insurance Institute) monthly support stipends and other benefits.

Last week the prime minister stopped construction of a dividing security barrier intended to protect residents of Jewish neighborhoods from terror attacks by residents of Arab neighborhoods in Jerusalem. The move followed criticism by Knesset members who warned the wall would become the first step in dividing the capital all over again.

The prime minister was scheduled to address the Knesset committee today on the issue (Monday, Oct. 26).

There has been no further official discussion on any plan to revoke the residency status of the entire Jerusalem Arab population. Nevertheless, 19 suspects accused of carrying out deadly terror attacks are indeed being considered as possible candidates for losing their residency status in the capital, according to Interior Minister Silvan Shalom.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/jerusalem-arabs-may-lose-israeli-residency-rights/2015/10/26/

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