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December 10, 2016 / 10 Kislev, 5777

Posts Tagged ‘Joseph’s Tomb’

Legal Group Challenging Police on Criminalizing Entry into Judea and Samaria Area B

Tuesday, August 30th, 2016

Is entering Area B without coordinating it with the authorities a criminal offense? Israeli police have apparently begun to charge Israeli citizens who enter these (few) parts of Judea and Samaria where, according to the Oslo agreements, the PA enjoys civil control and security is managed jointly by Israeli and PA forces.

On Friday, August 26, the Petah Tikva Magistrate Court agreed to a police request to distance a group of 13 Breslov hasidim from Judea and Samaria for a period of 60 days because on Thursday night they had entered the village of Kifil Haras (Timnat Heres, location of Joshua’s tomb), near Ariel in Samaria, to pray at the tomb. The group was attacked by rock-throwing Arabs. Soldiers and police who arrived at the scene promptly detained the Jews.

Kifil Haras is located in Area B, which Israeli citizens may enter at will, just as they are permitted to drive on sections of Route 60 which cuts through the Area B Arab town of Hawara, as well as on the road from Jerusalem to the Jewish community of Nokdim.

Legal aid society Honenu attorney Chai Haber said in a statement Monday that he finds it difficult to understand the police unprecedented approach, “claiming that entering Area B, which is permitted to Israeli citizens, constitutes the criminal offense of ‘public nuisance,’ due to the fact that Arab terrorists throw rocks and endanger the lives of Israeli citizens.”

As is often the case in these hearings, Judge Smadar Abramovitch-Kollende sided with the police and ordered the restraining of all of 13 detainees from entering any part of Judea and Samaria for 60 days.

Haber complained against Israeli security forces who detained his clients. He said that “instead of protecting the worshippers, the IDF and the police decided to detain them. I was not surprised to hear from the police representative during the deliberation that not one of the rock-throwing Arabs had been detained.”

“This is a slippery slope,” Haber argued, adding: “Tomorrow the IDF could decide that instead of dealing with the individuals throwing rocks on the roads, they will detain the Jewish residents driving on the main roads, some of which are in Area B. We will file an appeal on the scandalous decision to distance the worshippers from all of Judea and Samaria.” He also wondered “why it is that the left-wingers who entered [Area A] Ramallah [in June 2016] and were attacked [by local Arabs], were not detained, while the worshippers who entered Area B were detained.”

The police argued that although entry to the Area B village of Kifil Haras is permitted to Israeli citizens, there are scheduled, guarded entries to the village, and because the Breslov group did not coordinate their arrival with security forces they were charged with being a “public nuisance” and with “disturbing a public servant in the performance of his duty.” Police claim that by riding into the village unaccompanied, the hasidim provoked local Arabs’ anger, endangering their own lives and the lives of the soldiers who were sent into the village to protect them. In court, the police argued that a week earlier Breslov hasidim had entered the city of Shechem (Area A) in order to reach Joseph’s Tomb in Area C — which police believed bolstered their demand to bar them from all of Judea and Samaria, including Area C.

As we mentioned earlier, attorney Haber asked police in court whether the rioting Arabs had been detained and was told that none of them had been picked up, because, according to police testimony, security forces did not want to “create a provocation, but rather acted to save the lives of the suspects.”

But they did much more than save their lives, as Haber noted: the Jewish worshippers, some of them only 14 years of age, were detained for interrogation at 3 AM and brought to court only after 2 PM the next day. This was in violation of Israel’s Youth Law. Another violation: their parents were not invited to the court deliberation. Haber said some of the minors complained of police brutality and one of them said that a policeman threatened him with a Taser gun.

JNi.Media

IDF Rescues Dozens of Breslov Hassidim from Arab Mob at Joseph’s Tomb

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016

The IDF on Monday night was sent to rescue a group of about 60 Breslov Hassidim from an Arab mob that was pelting them with stones outside Jospeph’s tomb, Walla reported. The Hassidim entered the tomb compound on a Bus with PA plates, without pre-arranging the visit with the IDF and without security guards. As soon as the bus entered the city of Shechem it was hit with a barrage of stones and the driver eventually escaped, deserting the Haredi Jews on the bus. Soldiers from the Granite Battalion of the Nahal Brigade stormed the area and chased away the attackers. Medical teams treated two Hassidim who had been injured by stones. One of the injured, age 17, was evacuated to hospital in Petach Tikvah.

This is not the first time Hassidim go on their own to pray at Joseph’s tomb without coordinating the visit with the IDF. Protocol calls for assembling a large force to secure the Jews at the tomb, which is located in Shechem, one of the most volatile Arab cities in Judea and Samaria.

More than 30 Hassidim were detained by the soldiers until police arrived to investigate. A few Hassidim tried to escape in the direction of Har Brakha, an Israeli community on the southern ridge of Mount Gerizim, but were captured and handed over to police.

The IDF Spokesperson said in a statement: “The IDF stresses that the entry of Israeli citizens into Area A is dangerous and constitutes a violation of the law.”

Israel Police said in a statement: “We consider tonight’s event very seriously. Uncoordinated visits without security are dangerous to the visitors as well as to the security forces who are sent to rescue them.”

David Israel

Israeli Forces Arrest Terror Suspects, Seize Weapons and Confiscate Terror Funds

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016

By Michael Bachner/TPS

Judea and Samaria (TPS) – Israeli security forces conducted several operations in Palestinian Authority towns on Monday night, arresting at least ten terror suspects and seizing weapons, ammunition, money, and vehicles that were all suspected to have been used or had been allocated to be used for terror purposes.

The forces carried out an operation in the Mount Hebron village of Dura in support of efforts to arrest those involved in the shooting attack on Route 60 that killed Rabbi Michael Mark on July 1.

After conducting two waves of arrests over the past several days, they raided the house that had sheltered the shooter, Mohammed Jabarah al-Faqih, after the terror attack and they arrested a relative of his for aiding him. Additionally, Israeli army and police forces seized a car that was purchased by the terrorist with the alleged intention of using it for another attack.

IDF troops in Hizme confiscated funds that it claims were meant to be used by the Hamas terror organization. The troops also arrested the individual who had the money in his possession.

Security forces using police intelligence discovered a Kalashnikov rifle and ammunition in the village of Urqub Jamla and arrested the individual hiding them. They also seized two vehicles in the nearby village of Sa’ir that were used to carry out terror attacks as well.

Furthermore, Palestinian Authority Arab rioters threw rocks at Israeli buses on the way to Joseph’s Tomb in Nablus. A total of 24 buses transported Jews to the holy site overnight. The rioters also rolled burning tires towards the buses, but there were no casualties.

Seven terror suspects were arrested overnight in other routine IDF activity throughout Judea and Samaria. Three of them are members of Hamas, while the rest are suspected of participating in violent riots directed at Israeli civilians and security forces. They were taken for questioning.

TPS / Tazpit News Agency

Arab Terrorist Shot When He Tried to Knife Israeli Soldier

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

IDF soldiers shot and killed an Arab terrorist who tried to murder one of the troops on Monday afternoon at the Samaria junction near the Arab village of Huwara, south of the city of Shechem (Nablus).

The attacker drew a knife, approached the troops stationed at the junction and attempted to stab one of the soldiers, according to a statement by the IDF.

“The force responded to the immediate threat and fired at the suspect, resulting in his death,” the statement said.

Last month, Arab terrorists shot at an Israeli vehicle on the road near the Huwara checkpoint, close to Shechem. The car was traveling near the Jewish community of Tapuach at the time.

In September, a Jewish woman was shot in a terror attack near the same area.

The Tomb of the Biblical Patriarch Joseph is located in the ancient holy city of Shechem. Although the city is now under Arab control, the internationally-recognized Oslo Accords mandate free access to the site by Israeli Jews due to its sanctity in both Judaism and Islam.

Nevertheless, any Jew who approaches the site without first arranging an Israeli military escort does so at the risk of his life, as has been repeatedly made clear in numerous tragedies.

Even with the escort of the IDF, it is not also certain that Palestinian Authority Arabs will respect the international mandate. The convoy in which Israel Chief Sephardic Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef was traveling was attacked by PA Arabs, who threw stones at the vehicles as they drove towards the site. Furthermore, following the visit by the chief rabbi, the Tomb was once again burned down by the enraged Arabs.

Hana Levi Julian

PA Removes Steel Door Jews Installed at Joseph’s Tomb

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

The Palestinian Authority has returned to Israel a steel door at Joseph’s Tomb (Kever Yosef) after it had been installed by Jews following the latest Muslim desecration of the holy site in Shechem.

Israeli authorities had sent as key to the door to Ramallah, apparently to emphasize that the Palestinian Authority has control of the site.

Ramallah sent back the key, as well as the door, according to Bethlehem-based Ma’an News Agency.

It quoted Shechem (Nablus) Governor Akram Rajoub as saying that “extremist” settlers installed the door in an alleged violation of agreements that Joseph’s Tomb is under PA control.

Palestinian Authority Arabs have desecrated the site several times. PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas called last month’s arson attack “irresponsible” and ordered repairs to extensive damage from a firebomb attack.

Rajoub said that the regime in Ramallah is refurbishing it “at its own expense because it views this place as having religious and historic importance to the Palestinian society.”

 

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

IDF Protects Jews’ Midnight Mission to Repair Joseph’s Tomb

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

IDF soldiers escorted Jewish workers on an overnight mission to repair the latest nightmare of destruction left by hate-filled Palestinian Authority attackers at the Tomb of the Biblical Patriarch Joseph.

The renovations came approximately two weeks after the Arabs had bashed up and then burned the sacred site.

They were carried out under an initiative by the Samaria (Shomron) Regional Council together with the regional brigade of the IDF, according to the Hebrew-language NRG news site.

Special construction workers entered the area after midnight with a military escort to perform the necessary comprehensive repairs on the ancient tomb.

A group of some 30 Breslov hasidim subsequently entered Joseph’s Tomb to make repairs to the site on the orders of fugitive Rabbi Eliezer Berland, the spiritual leader of Shuvu Banim, but did not coordinate their trip with the IDF. The group was attacked by local Arabs; five were arrested by police in the Samaria Jewish city of Ariel, according to a report on the Hebrew-language Kikar Shabbat website. In addition, one of the hasidim who was left behind at the Tomb was set afire by the Arabs.

Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef, Sephardic Chief Rabbi of Israel and the Rishon LeZion – rosh yeshiva of Yeshivat Hazon Ovadia – made a point of visiting the Tomb the next night with security provided by the IDF. The goal was to make an accurate assessment of the damage to the site perpetrated by the terrorists – including the Palestinian Authority police who participated in the attack – and to protest that damage.

The convoy in which the esteemed rabbi traveled was attacked by Palestinian Authority Arabs, who hurled rocks at the vehicles as they traveled towards the site, which is located in the ancient city of Shechem – today referred to by Arabs as “Nablus.”

Under the Oslo Accords, the city is controlled by the Palestinian Authority, but the PA is legally required to allow Jews free access to the Tomb.

Following the visit of the chief rabbi, the Tomb was torched again by enraged Palestinian Authority Arabs.

Hana Levi Julian

Life at Rachel’s Tomb

Sunday, October 25th, 2015

Yes, it’s true, the Arabs are repeatedly attacking Rachel’s Tomb to destroy it like they do Joseph’s tomb and keep the Jews away, but that’s not stopping Jews from visiting Mother Rachel at Fortress Rachel in Bethlehem.

The 11th of MarCheshvan (yesterday) was the yahrzeit of Rachel’s passing and masses of Jews are visiting.

Rachel was the wife of Yaakov, and mother of two of the tribes of Israel: Joseph (Ephraim & Menashe) and Benjamin.

Photo of the Day

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