Israeli security forces in Jerusalem were attacked over the 26-hour period of Yom Kippur with every possible means of violence available to the rioting population in the Arab neighborhoods of Jerusalem.
Israeli Border Guard Police officers patrolling the neighborhood of Silwan (Shiloach) were attacked by terrorists hurling rocks, boulders, cement blocks, firebombs (Molotov cocktails) and lit fireworks directly at the soldiers.
Each of the different weapons used can be, and in a number of cases in the past has been, deadly.
During the day, rioters became extremely violent and in one came hurled lethal projectiles directly at the forces; when the officers’ lives became endangered, they opened fire at the mob and identified a hit.
The rioters fled, taking their injured terrorist with them. Israeli forces who subsequently searched for the suspect who hurled the deadly projectile did not find him, and residents in the area claimed he had died and was buried overnight.
Overnight, there was more rioting, this time with Arab terrorists hurling firebombs at Israeli forces in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabel Mukabar. The rioters were dispersed using routine methods.
In the Jerusalem neighborhood of Issawiya, masked terrorists hurled firebombs, stones and lit fireworks at Israeli forces. They also set fire to trash bins and blocked the entrance to the neighborhood.
Israeli forces responded to the violence with routine mob dispersal methods.
Anti-Semitism reared its ugly head at night in the heart of the holiest city in the world, on the most sacred day of the Jewish year.
Black crosses were spray-painted on the wall of the synagogue of Congregation Shlomo in the Katamon neighborhood of Jerusalem during the night of Yom Kippur, sometime after the end of evening prayers, the Hebrew-language 0404 website reported.
This is not the first time crosses have been slathered on the synagogue walls by hate-filled vandals who work hard to hurt Jewish worshipers, according to residents who spoke with 0404. A similar attack took place two weeks ago, according to the report.
“We are sick of these attacks on Jewish life and on our feelings,” shocked worshipers said in response to the attack. “We are living in the capital city of Israel and look at this.
“If this were to take place at a mosque and it was a Jewish Star of David that was painted on the wall of the mosque, the police would be out in force, the president would be apologizing and the media would be screaming with headlines.
“It’s a disgrace that no one has even reported it.”
The European Union reluctantly, belatedly joined the rest of its international colleagues and released a terse, openly political statement late in the evening, condemning Sunday’s terror attack in Jerusalem. A grandmother and a newly-married police officer both were murdered, and six other people were wounded in the attack.
“The death of two Israelis and injury of several others in a terrorist shooting incident in Jerusalem today illustrate once more the urgent need to bring new impetus to the peace process, as proposed in the recent report from the Quartet,” the EU statement read.
“The EU condemns all such acts of violence, as well as any praise or incitement for terrorist acts, and extends its sincere condolences to the families of the bereaved. “
A Border Guard police officer was wounded Monday in clashes with Arab rioters in the northern Jerusalem suburb of A-Ram.
The officer sustained a hand wound when an Arab attacker hurled a lit firecracker at him during the clashes in “Taxi Square.” He was evacuated to Jerusalem’s Shaare Zedek Medical Center, and is listed in good condition.
Two Israeli drivers who accidentally arrived at the square during the riots came under a hail of rocks hurled by the attackers. Both managed to escape the violence and fled the village.
A-Ram is located next to the northern Jerusalem neighborhood of Neve Yaakov, a Jewish neighborhood.
As we enter the final hours of the day before Yom Kippur, archaelogist Eli Shukrun posted news on Facebook of a unique, tiny power-packed find in Jerusalem five years ago to remind the Jewish People of our ancient heritage and the future still to come.
A golden bell that belonged on the garment of the Kohen Gadol who served in the Holy Temple of Jerusalem was discovered in an excavation near the Western Wall.
Shukrun, who notes the find is of tremendous significance to the Jewish world, returned to the area to demonstrate once more with an expert audiologist, as she put it, the “only archaeological discovery that was ever in the Holy of Holies.”
In 2011, archaeologists in the City of David uncovered the little golden bell with a small buttonhole.
At that time, Shukrun and fellow archaeologist Ronny Reich announced, “It appears the bell was sewn on the garment of a man of high standing in Jerusalem at the end of the Second Temple period (1 CE).”
It appeared to be possible the bell could have fallen from the hem of the garment of the High Priest who served in the Holy Temple of Jerusalem.
The archaeologists took the little bell for analysis, and were able to recreate the sound it made two millennia ago.
That is when all 72 were sewn on to the beautiful blue tunic, the me’il techelet, of the Kohen Gadol, together with the lovely woven pomegranates along the hem of the garment worn by the High Priest when he entered the Holy of Holies in the Temple just one day in the year – on Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement of the Jewish People.
“And you shall make the robe of the ephod completely of blue wool. Its opening at the top shall be turned inward; its opening shall have a border around it, the work of a weaver. It shall have [an opening] like the opening of a coat of armor; it shall not be torn. And on its bottom hem you shall make pomegranates of blue, purple, and crimson wool, on its bottom hem all around, and golden bells in their midst all around. A golden bell and a pomegranate, a golden bell and a pomegranate, on the bottom hem of the robe, all around. It shall be on Aharon when he performs the service, and its sound shall be heard when he enters the Holy before HaShem and when he leaves, so that he will not die.” Exodus 28:31-35
On Tuesday at sundown, the Land of Israel and the State of Israel will come to a complete halt as Yom Kippur, the most sacred day in the Hebrew calendar begins.
Each member of the House of Israel enters his or her own personal Holy of Holies to make a “heshbon nefesh,” a personal inventory to atone for the sins committed against God during the past year, abstaining from all food and drink, intimate relations and the wearing of cosmetics, perfumes, or leather for 26 hours. This is done to underscore the gravity of the day.
May all in the House of Israel be inscribed and sealed in the Book of Life for a sweet, healthy, and prosperous year, materially and spiritually.
Jerusalem Deputy Mayor Meir Turgeman, who also chairs the City Planning Commission, on Monday morning told Jerusalem Radio that he plans to “punish” the Arabs of eastern Jerusalem for Sunday’s terror attack, and has already deleted from his committee agenda all the construction plans for the city’s Arab neighborhoods. “We’ve arrived at the moment of truth,” Turgeman said. “Let’s put our cards on the table — the people in eastern Jerusalem want to kill and annihilate us. Why should we give them new opportunities every day?”
“The whole time we’ve been living with the false hope that these people, if we give them and help them and support them, would change their bestial behavior,” Turgeman continued. “But it turns out that nothing helps. Why should people die in Jerusalem, where is it written, who said it? We need to accept responsibility around here. And I’m going to make an example. I removed from the agenda all the construction plans for eastern Jerusalem. I took down all the plans. They say we should use carrots and sticks, well we’re fresh out of carrots, only the sticks are left.”
“It’s over, I take the responsibility, and if you don’t like it, fire me,” Turgeman said.
As chairman of the city planning commission, Turgeman actually has the authority to change his committee’s agenda and prevent plans from coming up for a debate. Naturally, what would ensue are countless lawsuits by contractors and land owners who would argue the delays are rooted in external motives. For now the planning commission is going to be on hiatus for the Jewish holidays, so the chairman will have a chance to gracefully walk back his angry statement.
Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat’s office has released a statement saying Turgeman’s plan had not been “coordinated with the mayor and does not reflect City policy. The way to prevent terrorism is by fighting in an uncompromising manner and with a strong hand against those who choose the path of terror, incitement and violence — and concurrently by bolstering the moderates and serving those residents who want to obey the law.”
Later they may release the video. I’m sure it was caught live. There are cameras there…there where I stood a little two hours ago. I parked the car, as I always do. I checked the time. Five minutes to the next train. Do I walk to the next stop or wait? I forgot my phone in the car…I go back and then rush to the train again. I minute later it comes and I get on…
I took pictures this week of the train in movement. I have to remember to upload the pictures. I get in the office – so much to do. Payroll needs to be done. Two students want to register. I want to buy some pillows to close up the open area on my bed. I need more oil for the Sabbath candles.
I’m on the phone when I see that David called. My world stops when a son in the army calls. I put the person on hold without hesitation and called him back. He’s on his way to an appointment – I thought maybe he missed the bus and wanted to take the car.
“Where are you?” he asks.
“I’m in the office. The car is at Ammunition Hill. Do you need to take it?”
There was a brief hesitation. “There was an attack at Ammunition Hill.”
My baby was calling to check on me. I don’t want him to do that. I don’t want them to worry about where I am.
Four people were hurt, including two in critical condition. A woman in her 60s has been taken to the hospital with gunshot wounds.Traffic has once again come to a standstill in all directions towards my home.