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Court Quotes Isaiah: Jew Can Hold Out His Hands on Temple Mount

Tuesday, December 29th, 2015

Can a Jew hold his hands outstretched on the Temple without being arrested for offending Muslims by “praying.”

And if a Jew looks upward or wears a head-covering on the holy site, would these actions also be considered an offensive display of belief in God?

The Jerusalem District court on Monday discussed the absurd and ruled that it really is too ridiculous to be taken into account as a reality.

The government of Israel prohibits prayer on the Temple Mount, in accordance with demands from Muslims, regardless of the Jordanian-Israel peace Treaty that specifically states in Article 9:

Each party will provide freedom of access to places of religious and historical significance.

The Parties will act together to promote interfaith relations among the three monotheistic religions, with the aim of working towards religious understanding, moral commitment, freedom of religious worship, and tolerance and peace.

Treaties aside, Jews cannot pray on the Temple Mount, but no one has defined the word “prayer.” Police previously have hauled Jews off the Temple Mount for prostrating. Moving one’s lips also is problematic, even if he simply is shivering from the winter.

But what about holding one’s hands outstretched while walking?

It is a violation of the rules of the game, police told Yehudah Etzion, who won his case in court after having refused a police order on the 10th of Tevet, a fast day, to drop his hands while walking on the Temple Mount.

Police barred him from the holy site for two weeks, alleging he represents a threat to public safety, meaning he upsets the Muslims.

Judge Ram Winograd cited Chapter 1 of Isaiah and the Talmud while noting that the police had come up with a new standard of prohibited prayer when detaining Etzion.

He ruled:

Under the circumstances there should be no discussion of whether holding one’s palms upwards is an act of worship, it is sufficient to note that the police did not prohibit this action until now.

I will note that taking this path, perhaps in the spirit of the verse in Isaiah Chapter 1, would warrant prohibiting lifting one’s eyes up to the sky, based on what is written in the Mishnah, Tractate Rosh Hashanah, Chapter 3; and perhaps it is necessary to ban head coverings on the Temple Mount since pursuant to the Talmud this is a dress that proves the fear of Heaven.

Police Superintendent Ian Granot argued, “The Temple Mount is an explosive site. We are in the midst of a terror wave that was sparked by this site. The Israel Police managed to remove the Temple Mount from the current terror wave.” Judge Winogrod’s citing of Chapter 1 of Isaiah is a bit ironic because it states the Prophet’s theme that God does not want sacrifices that are offered from Jews whose hands are guilty of sins.

Verse 15 states:

And when you spread out your hands, I will hide My eyes from you, even when you pray at length, I do not hear; your hands are full of blood.

Runaway Ostrich Roams Jerusalem Streets Attacking No One (Video)

Monday, December 28th, 2015

(JNi.media) An ostrich who was running free in the streets of Jerusalem was seized on Sunday afternoon after sowing panic in the Jewish neighborhood of Gilo in eastern Jerusalem.

Many residents reported seeing the large (flightless) bird running away from teams of the municipal veterinary service. The ostrich’s owner, who lives in the neighborhood, told a veterinary service inspector that he had purchased it illegally as a chick in the marketplace of Kafr Qasim—an Israeli Arab city some 12 miles east of Tel Aviv—and raised it since, without the knowledge or approval of the municipality or the Veterinary Services.

The ostrich (Struthio camelus), native to Africa, is the largest living bird species and lays the largest eggs of any living bird. It is capable of reaching 45 mph, which is the speed limit on local roads in Israel.

The Jerusalem municipality said that “out of deep concern for the well-being of the ostrich,” it was transferred to the Biblical Zoo, where it is being treated by professional staff.

Leah Abolof, a resident of Gilo, told Walla: “I sat on the bus when traffic suddenly stopped and we saw the ostrich standing in the middle of the street.” She added, “It wasn’t letting traffic move and I was afraid it might hurt the children who at that time were just being released from schools and kindergartens.” Abolof also said she feared for the ostrich’s well being, standing like that in traffic.

Dr. Asaf Brill, head of the Veterinary Service of the Jerusalem municipality, told Ynet: “I’ve been on the job 11 years, and never encountered anything like this. We experience fleeing animals like parrots and iguanas, but these are animals people usually raise. The ostrich is a wild, dangerous, and endangered bird. It can reach the weight of many hundreds of pounds — a kick from it can kill a man.” He said he believed the ostrich is one- to two-years old.

Dr. Brill noted that the owner is being investigated by his staff and the Nature Reserves Authority and action would be taken against him accordingly. Raising an animal of this size without a permit is a criminal offense.

Terror Attack Foiled in Old City of Jerusalem

Sunday, December 27th, 2015

A terror attack was foiled in the Old City of Jerusalem at midday Sunday when Israeli police officers noticed an Arab teen behaving suspiciously. The officers asked the youth to produce his identification, which he did.

However, as he presented his blue teudat zehut ID card, the youth also pulled a knife from within the folds of his shirt, and tried to stab one of the officers.

ירושלים: לפני זמן קצר נמנע פיגוע דקירה, נעצר מחבל שניסה לדקור שוטרים   שוטרים הבחינו בצעיר ערבי ברחוב המוריסטאן בעיר העתיקה, שעורר את חשדם. השוטרים ניגשו לבדוק אותו תוך כדי ששומרים על טווח ביטחון ואבטחה הדדית. הצעיר מסר ת.ז. ובמהלך הבדיקה שלף סכין מתוך חולצתו.השוטרים השתלטו על המחבל ועצרו אותו, אין נפגעים.בסרטון: ההשתלטות על המחבל

Posted by ‎רוטר.נט – סקופים וחדשות‎ on Sunday, December 27, 2015

The police overpowered and arrested the teen, handcuffed him and took him to the local precinct for questioning.

Shabbat Update: Two Terrorists Killed in Jerusalem and Samaria

Saturday, December 26th, 2015

One soldier was lightly injured in a car-ramming attack near Shechem on Shabbat afternoon, and another terrorist, wielding a knife, tried to stab and murder police and civilians in Jerusalem.

The wounded soldier was evacuated to a Petach Tikvah hospital for treatment. The terrorist was shot and later died, according to Arab media.

Ma’an News Agency, based in Bethlehem, reported:

Locals in the area at the time said that the driver — identified as Maher al-Jabi, 56 — had sped past several vehicles at the checkpoint before forces opened fire.

The attempted stabbings in Jerusalem occurred at Kikar Tzahal (IDF Square) around 9 a.m. when two mounted policemen noticed an Arab sitting outside Jaffa Gate and then standing up and following Jews wearing a tallis.

They followed the terrorist to Kikar Tzahal, where they asked the Arab, from eastern Jerusalem, to stop and show his identification card.

He whipped out a knife and police shot and killed him.

Below are videos of police tracking the terrorist and of aftermath of the attempted stabbing.

Research Links Being Religious with a Happy Life – but only for Jews

Friday, December 25th, 2015

Observant Jews are happier with life, and Jews living in Hareidi cities can expect to live longer than others, according to a new study by the Taub Center for Social Studies.

However, the researchers cautioned:

It is important to note that the relatively positive self-reports of Hareidim may also be due to a social norm that frowns on complaining, and would particularly disapprove of ‘airing one’s dirty laundry’ in the context of a secular survey.

Previous studies have concluded that religious involvement is a factor in satisfaction with aspects of living, and Taub researchers reported:

Relatively high percentages of Hareidim attest to being very happy with their relationships with family members: 80.2 percent versus 62.7 percent or less in other population groups….

A relatively low percentage of Hareidim report feelings of loneliness. Only 11.4 percent of Hareidim said that they were lonely, compared with at least twice that amount among other groups.

The link does necessarily apply to non-Jews. The researchers stated::

A rise in satisfaction levels moving up the religiosity scale does not appear among non-Jews. About 37.7 percent of non-Jewish respondents in the study who identified as very religious or religious felt lonely – more than the not very religious (30.7 percent) and the non-religious (30.0 percent).

The report also stated that Hareidim can expect to live three years longer than others in Israel.

A direct link was found “between a city’s socioeconomic and the life expectancy of its residents” but the trend is different for Hareidim in Beit Shemesh, Bnei Brak and Jerusalem, according to the study.

The researchers also noted a study carried out in 1996 that showed that national religious Jews living on kibbutzim have a lower mortality write than secular kibbutzniks.

The 1996 study stated:

These findings indicate that, even in closed and highly-structured communities such as kibbutzim, level of religious observance has an impact on health status.

The latest Taub study noted that then-Finance Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s drastic reduction in child welfare payments more than a decade ago, in addition to the global financial crisis in 2008, “hurt Hareidi families financially” but also ” led many Hareidim to vocational study and employment.”

 

Arab-Israeli Sentenced to Two Years After Attempting to Join ISIS

Thursday, December 24th, 2015

By Alexander J. Apfel/TPS

This morning, Thursday December 24, a worker who had previously worked at the Israeli Ministry of Health was sentenced following a serious security-related trial which lasted seven month between June 2014 – January 2015.

The trial was concluded following a serious security related trial for his attempt to join the terrorist organization, ISIS.

According to the indictment, Halil Halil, a 25-years-old resident of Abu-Tur, a mixed Jewish-Arab neighborhood in Jerusalem sought to join the ranks of ISIS in Syria when he attempted to exit the country illegally to Turkey en route to Syria.

Halil was caught however, by chance misfortune, when he attempted to cross the border from Turkey to Syria. Moreover, Halil stood accused of establishing contact with a foreign agent in Turkey and also attempted to connect with activists and with illegal associations such as ISIS.

According to the indictment, Halil first made contact with ISIS members in Israel by way of social media videos and Facebook.

The official sentencing, by Judge David Minetz, read “In light of all the information and after weighing up of all considerations I sentenced the defendant to 24 months in prison on condition that if he commits any offence to the security of the state during the first three years following his release from prison he will be immediately reimprisoned.”

Following the sentencing Halil’s attorney, Wasim Darosher, told TPS that “The supreme court accepted the majority of defense team’s positions and concluded that the crimes were personally motivated rather than national.”

Israel’s Four Lone Supporters in Pro-Palestinian Authority Resolution

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2015

Only four United Nations members, besides Israel, voted against a U.N. anti-Israel resolution Tuesday that demand Palestinian Authority sovereignty over Israel’s natural resources in Judea and Samaria, including the Jordan Valley.

Areas or Jerusalem claimed by the Palestinian Authority also were included in the non-binding resolution.

The vote was 164-5, with 10 abstentions.

Canada, the United States, the Marshall Islands and the Federated States of Micronesia voted with Israel.

The draft resolution carried the wordy title ” Permanent sovereignty of the Palestinian people in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and of the Arab population in the occupied Syrian Golan over their natural resources.”

The measure demands that Israel cease alleged “exploitation, damage, cause of loss or depletion and endangerment” of the natural resources in the “occupied” territories.

Supposed destruction includes what the Palestinian Authority calls “diplomatic terrorism,” meaning the alleged “extensive destruction” of Arab land utility infrastructure, especially during the war against Hamas missile attacks on half of Israel in the summer  of 2014.

Israel has tried to work with the Palestinian Authority on several sewerage system projects but has been turned down.

 

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/israels-four-lone-supporters-in-pro-palestinian-authority-resolution/2015/12/23/

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