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July 30, 2015 / 14 Av, 5775
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Pres. Reuven Rivlin Mourns His Older Sister

Monday, July 13th, 2015

The House of Israel offers its condolences to President Reuven Rivlin, who has changed his schedule for the upcoming week upon the death at age 84 of his older sister, Esther Herling Binyamin.

Born in Jerusalem to Rachel Rivlin and Yehoshua Binyamin, she was known as Etti and was always close to her younger brother Reuven.

She served as an Etzel combatant in her youth and later as a volunteer in other capacities. Rivlin said his older sister helped educate him as much as their mother.

Herling Binyamin is survived by her siblings, three children and many grandchildren. She will be laid to rest on the Mount of Olives alongside the president’s parents in a ceremony not yet scheduled.

Shiva arrangements have also not yet been set. Baruch HaDayan HaEmes.

Burning Terrorist Ambush Neutralized on Highway 443

Monday, July 13th, 2015

A pile of blazing tires on the old Jerusalem highway (Highway 443) stopped commuters in their tracks early Monday morning.

The ambush, located just 500 meters (about 1/3 mile) from the Maccabim checkpoint, blocked the approach from Modi’in to Jerusalem close to the line that separates pre-1967 from Area A of the Palestinian Authority territory.

It was the two firefighting crews sent to the scene to extinguish the flames who discovered the blaze was actually a cover for something a little more ominous.

Terrorists had hidden a gas cylinder among the burning tires blocking the Jerusalem-bound side of the road.

The bomb squad was called to the scene and sappers were able to neutralize the threat in short order.

Police reported no injuries and no property damage as a result of the incident. An investigation has been launched.

TIME Includes Jerusalem in Top 10 World’s Best Cities

Monday, July 13th, 2015

Jerusalem has made the grade in TIME Magazine’s “10 Best Cities to Visit Around the World.”

The list, published on July 10, places Kyoto, Japan in the Number 1 spot for a second year.

Also listed are “Italy’s classic crowd-pleasers,” Florence and Rome, both appearing “for ten consecutive years,” the magazine noted.

Surprisingly, the only U.S. city to make the cut was Charleston, South Carolina, which was said to have “suffered greatly since the polls closed.”

Jerusalem, which squeaked in at Number 10, in the same paragraph, was described as “the controversial capital of Israel” at the “crux of an ancient and ongoing conflict.”

Also in that paragraph was Bangkok, “likely bumped from the list in 2012 due to governmental unrest.”

All three were described as cities that appeared “despite political and social turmoil.” The magazine noted that cities are a ‘great convergence of people and ideas” where sometimes it is inevitable that conflict may arise.

“So we keep these cities, and their people, in our thoughts while we celebrate their resilience and their virtues,” commented TIME.

Dozens of Jerusalem Arabs Attack Police with Rocks

Sunday, July 12th, 2015

Dozens of Arabs in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Shuafat attacked Border Police with rocks late Sunday afternoon during an arrest of a suspect.

Border Police employed riot-dispersing methods and seriously injured one of the rioters with a “sponge bullet” when the mob tried to prevent officers from leaving the area with the suspect.

There may be complaints that the police response was “disproportionate” because they did not retaliate with rocks.

Analysis: Was UNESCO Jerusalem Resolution Google-Translated from Arabic?

Friday, July 10th, 2015

(JNi.media) Earlier this week, the UNESCO World Heritage Committee voted 13-2, with five abstentions, to keep the Old City of Jerusalem on its list of endangered World Heritage sites. That sounds harmless enough, seeing as Jerusalem is one of the culturally dense cities on the planet, probably the densest, while being at the center of so much violence: terrorist bombings, Molotov cocktails thrown at Jewish homes and cars, Arab drivers charging their cars into unsuspecting pedestrians, violent clashes between Palestinian youths and police on Temple Mount. There’s plenty of evidence supporting the holy city being endangered.

But that, apparently, was not on the minds of the Heritage Committee when it took its vote. In fact, the resolution does not mention even once the possibility that Arab violence might play a role in the danger the Eternal City is facing every day.

In fact, the words Arab or Palestinian are not mentioned in the resolution text. Jordan is mentioned twice, in relation to the report by the Waqf, which was adopted on its face, while the comprehensive Israeli report, answering in great detail every one of the points raised by the committee, was ignored in its entirety.

Moreover, no one over in Bonn, Germany, even bothered, it seems, to fix the error in translation from the original Arabic to English. And so, for instance, The UNESCO resolution is “deeply concerned by the persistence of the Israeli illegal excavations and works conducted by settler groups in the Old City of Jerusalem and on both sides of its Walls.”

The term “settlers” is attached regularly by Arab media to any Israeli doing anything outside what is perceived as pre-1967 Israel. In this context, it reaches an absurd imagery, which was totally lost on the authors, of archaeology-craving settlers, wrapped in their tzitzis, digging up historic treasures.

Now, the reference to the excavations being illegal has nothing to do with whether or not those archaeologist have obtained the proper permits for their projects, but with the fact that they’re working on the wrong side of the 1949 armistice line, in an area Israel annexed after 1967.

The problem is that the purpose of the UNESCO heritage project is not to decide political issues, but to protect cultural sites, such as those archaeological relics that are being demolished en-masse by Islamic State fighters in Iraq and Syria, or Buddhist temples blown up by the Taliban in Afghanistan. Now, that would be the UNESCO kind of illegal.

Indeed, there are six sites in Syria alone the current resolution is concerned about, but they all are dealt with after the biggest problem site — Jerusalem.

UNESCO also “Regrets the damaging effect of the Jerusalem Light rail (tram line) at few meters from the Walls of the Old City of Jerusalem.”

No one knows what those damaging effects could possibly be. Since the invention of the automobile, those sturdy walls have done just fine standing as they do, a few meters from Jerusalem’s perpetually jam-packed streets. If anything, the light rail helps the situation by reducing traffic.

UNESCO also hates the new “City of David National Park” in Silwan (note the use only of the Arabic version of the name) at a distance of twenty meters from the Walls of the Old City.

The City of David National Park was intended to provide protection to the walls, keeping them away from construction, in a modern Jerusalem that is as skyscraper hungry as any modern metropolis. The park includes a lovely promenade, and important sites of archaeological excavations, and the Ophel Archaeological Garden, with finds from Solomon’s Temple period.

Millions of Iranians Chant ‘Down with America’ and ‘Death to Israel’

Friday, July 10th, 2015

Millions of Iranians took to the streets through the Islamic Republic Friday to celebrate “International Quds Day” and express support for the “oppressed Palestinian nation,” the regime’s PRESS TV reported.

Celebrants burned American and Israeli flags in Tehran, and festivities took place in nearly 800 other locations. PRESS TV also reported that “millions of people in other countries are also marking the occasion by turning out en masse to vent their anger at the Israeli regime.”

Saudi Arabia, which is aligned with Israel in its fierce opposition to a “bad deal” with Iran and which is at war with Iranian-backed Houthi forces in Yemen, was added to the list of the “bad guys” in this year’s Al Quds day festivities.

It is pure speculation and guesswork whether or not the United States and the other P5+1 powers will sign an agreement with Iran, but it is a safe bet that there is no chance it would be signed today when millions of Iranians are screaming “Down with America.”

No matter what comes out of the talks, Iran will claim a victory, and “Down with America” will be chanted

2 Israeli Picks on Travel+Leisure’s List of 10 Best Mid-East Hotels, One Best City

Thursday, July 9th, 2015

(JNi.media) This year, Tourism magazine Travel + Leisure’s readers’ favorite hotels ranged from Mexico to Spain, to India and to Tokyo, but many preferred establishments closer to home—nearly 40 percent of the hotels on the Top 50 list are located in the US.

Travel + Leisure’s also picked Jerusalem among the ten best cities for tourism in the coming year.

It hurt a bit that Jerusalem only ranked in 10th place with a score of 88.178. But they gave her good copy:

Christians, Jews, and Muslims converge to worship in this 4,000-year-old holy city, and their respective churches, synagogues, and mosques surround the historic Old City.

If you don’t trust this 4,000 year figure, check it out at the Jewish Virtual Library. They have it clocked at being first Settled in 3500 BCE. That actually makes it 4,500 years old. And don’t bother checking Wikipedia — they got their numbers from the Jewish Virtual Library…

Tourist copy continues:

Here, you can tuck a miniature prayer into the Western Wall, or see a fragment of clay engraved with cuneiform at the excavation site at Temple Mount. The iconic, gleaming gold Dome of the Rock is best photographed from the Austrian Hospice, which offers unparalleled views of the city and Mount of Olives.

Jerusalem, like every other city on our list, also has a stake in the contemporary and the secular. Luxury apartment buildings now erupt like stalagmites from the Judean Desert, and high-end restaurants, such as King’s Court at the restored Waldorf Astoria, are bringing a new upmarket appeal to this arid oasis.

Now, that’s appetizing writing!

No. 9 is Cape Town, South Africa, with a score of 88.271

No. 8 Barcelona, Spain, score: 88.587

No. 7 Krakow, Poland, score: 88.693

No. 6 Bangkok, Thailand, score: 88.907

No. 5 Rome, Italy, score: 88.992

No. 4 Florence, Italy, score: 89.429

No. 3 Siem Reap, Cambodia, score: 89.57

Seriously? Better than Rome and Jerusalem? Who are these people?

No. 2 Charleston, South Carolina, score: 89.843

Is that with or without the Confederate flag?

And the No. 1 city in the world: Kyoto, Japan, with a score of 91.22

The magazine also ranked the best hotels in the world by regions for 2015.

In the category of Middle East and Africa, two of the top ten hotels are in Jerusalem, Israel, with the prestigious King David Hotel’s in sixth place with a score of 87.29, and the David Citadel Hotel ranked eighth with a score of 84.24.

The top rated hotel for this part of the world is Saxon Hotel, Villas & Spa in Johannesburg, South Africa, with a score of 94.75.

Both prestigious Israeli hotels are celebrity magnets. President Barack Obama stayed at the King David in 2013, and Kim Kardashian and Kanye West preferred the David Citadel Hotel during their vacation in the Holy Land.

Incidentally, the Four Seasons Hotel in Amman, Jordan, came third.

It makes you feel so… Average… Sigh.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/2-israeli-picks-on-travelleisures-list-of-10-best-mid-east-hotels-one-best-city/2015/07/09/

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