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Jewish Organizations Protest UNESCO Insult to Judaism

Friday, November 11th, 2016

Words of history, political and emotional connections to Jerusalem, the Temple Mount, the Kotel (Western Wall) and the Dead Sea Scrolls were emphasized by speaker after speaker on Thursday, November 10th at a march and rally protesting UNESCO’s effort to erase Jews and Judaism from the Temple Mount.

The most recent effort by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) was a resolution referring to the holy sites both on and around the Temple Mount solely by their Arabic names. This resolution seeks to invalidate any claim  of the Jewish people to our holiest site, the marchers explained.

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Speaker after speaker including Rabbi Avi Weiss and Mothers Against Terrorism’s Hillary Barr led chants of “Shame On Unesco” during the peaceful rally. There was also singing and dancing.

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Jews and Non-Jews, young and old chanted, “We Stand With Israel,” as representatives of more than a dozen Jewish organizations, waved Israeli and American flags in unison.

unesco-rosenthal“Although the election is over, the fight for issues that matter to the community goes on. I was very pleased to speak at the rally opposing UNESCO’s ongoing attempt to sever the connection between the Jewish people and the land of Israel because this is a matter of great concern to the community — and is of critical importance to US national security. We need leaders who will stand up to the UN on behalf of the United States and Israel, and I stand ready to help in any capacity I can,” stated Phil Rosenthal, recent congressional candidate and board member of the Endowment for Middle East Truth, EMET.

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Those interested in joining the effort to protest UNESCO’s efforts to erase Jewish ties to Jerusalem were encouraged to sign a petition.

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Palestinian Authority Demands “Return” of the Dead Sea Scrolls

Sunday, November 6th, 2016

Don’t fall off your seats on this one.

Following their success in erasing the Jewish historical connection to Jerusalem and the Temple Mount at UNESCO, the Palestinian Authority has decided to ramp it up a bit, according to a report on IBA’s Reshet Bet.

At UNESCO’s Intergovernmental Committee for Promoting the Return of Cultural Property, the Palestinian Authority delegation to UNESCO is now demanding the “return” of the “stolen” Dead Sea Scrolls.

PA representative Dr. Munir said the Dead Sea Scrolls are from the Palestinian Authority territories and are part of the Palestinian heritage!

The PA wants a full session dedicated to this at the next UNESCO meeting of the committee.

Munir also complained to the committee that antiquities were stolen from the Rockefeller Museum (in eastern Jerusalem) and moved to the western side of Jerusalem (the Israel Museum).

Israel’s ambassador to UNESCO, David Sharma Hacohen, whom Netanyahu recently recalled to Israel following the previous anti-Semitic UNESCO vote, said from Jerusalem,

“This is just another example of their provocation and chutzpa in attempting to rewrite history. In any case, just like the Temple Mount and Kotel, the Dead Sea Scrolls will stay in our hands, while the Palestinians will be left with their hidden dreams.”

Sharma-Cohen used the word “Ganuz” in Hebrew, playing on the Hebrew name for the Dead Sea Scrolls “HaMegilot HaGenuzot” – The Hidden Scrolls.

The Dea Sea Scrolls website describes the scrolls as follows:

The most well-known texts among the Dead Sea Scrolls are the ancient religious writings found in eleven caves near the site of Qumran… [in the eastern Judean desert]

Scroll dates range from the third century BCE (mid–Second Temple period) to the first century of the Common Era, before the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 CE. While Hebrew is the most frequently used language in the Scrolls, about 15% were written in Aramaic and several in Greek. The Scrolls’ materials are made up mainly of parchment, although some are papyrus, and the text of one Scroll is engraved on copper.

About 230 manuscripts are referred to as “biblical Scrolls”. These are copies of works that are now part of the Hebrew Bible.

We have no doubt that UNESCO will fully support the PA’s historical revisionism.

Next they’re going to demand we return the Palestinian Talmud.

Some of the scrolls are on display at the Shrine of the Book in the Israel Museum, a few are being held in Jordan.

Perhaps, the PA is still looking for anything to put in their empty museum.

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Liberal Zionist Rabbis Support ‘Mixed’ Kotel Section While Reform Kotel Activists Attack Zionism [video]

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

For the first time in more than 25 years, three Israeli National-Religious Orthodox Rabbis: Shlomo Riskin, Benny Lau and Ronen Lubitsch, have called on the Netanyahu government to implement its decision to establish a special section of the Western Wall where Reform and Conservative Jews would be allowed to practice “mixed prayer” of men and women together, Israeli media reported Wednesday.

On Wednesday morning, a large group of non-Orthodox Jews marched carrying Torah scrolls to protest restrictions on non-Orthodox prayer at the Western Wall. Members of the Israeli Reform Movement, Progressive Judaism and the Women of the Wall, they held prayers marking the start of the month of Cheshvan. They also protested the Netanyahu government’s delay in implementing its decision to create an egalitarian prayer section at the Wall.

The Liba organization, which is dedicated to fighting intermarriage in Israel, pointed out that many of the leaders of the Reform struggle to gain access to the Kotel as a movement are also extreme left-wing activists, such as Reform Rabbi Idit Lev, who led the “egalitarian prayer” at the Kotel on Wednesday, and is a senior official of Rabbis for Human Rights, which provided testimonies for the Goldstone report.

Against this very busy background, Rabbi Riskin has stated that Judaism as a whole and the Western Wall in particular are too important and precious to be left in the sole possession of Orthodox Jews. A video of his and his two colleagues’ statements was produced by Ne’emanei Torah Va’Avodah, a religious Zionist movement whose stated mission is “to forge a more open and tolerant discourse in Religious Zionism, one that integrates a halakhic lifestyle with active engagement in Israeli society, in order to strengthen tolerance, equality, and social responsibility on the national level.”

Rabbi Lau added, on the same video, that “we must give everyone a feeling of being at home [at the Kotel].” The Kotel is not sectarian, it is the heart of the Jewish people, he argued, and so every single individual from the Jewish diaspora must find a home there.

Rabbi Lubitsch, leader of Ne’emanei Torah Va’Avodah, also supports a solution to the needs of non-Orthodox Jews at the Kotel, even though, as he puts it, “It would have been better had they recognized everybody from the start.”

The movement’s campaign will be launched next week, on the 7th of the month of Cheshvan, which marks a unique point of cooperation between the Jews of Israel and diaspora. Even though the Jewish rainy season began on the holiday of Shmini Atzeret, at the end of Sukkot, the rabbis ruled that prayers for rain be suspended for two weeks, to allow the pilgrims who celebrated the holidays in Jerusalem time to return to their homes in Babylon.

Reform Rabbi Gilad Kariv, CEO of the Israeli Reform Movement congratulated the rabbis on their courage and sense of responsibility, and told Ynet that he has no doubt that “a large religious Zionist majority supports their approach, rather than the severe and separatist approach of the Haredi establishment.”

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Arab Terror in Jerusalem Targets Jewish Homes and Buses

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

Stoning and other terrorist attacks by Jerusalem Arabs over the past ten days have seemed to skyrocket around the Israeli capital following passage of a first, and then second resolution by the United Nations Education, Science and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) erasing ancient historical ties between Judaism and Jerusalem.

The second resolution, passed by the World Heritage Committee, was proposed by Tunisia and Lebanon on behalf of the Palestinian Authority and Jordan, neither of whom could vote on the measure because neither are members of the World Heritage Committee.

Arab terrorists on Wednesday hurled stones at an Israeli public bus traveling in Jerusalem as the vehicle drove around the Mount of Olives.

It was the second stoning attack in the Israeli capital in a matter of hours, following an earlier attack on an Israeli bus in the Jerusalem neighborhood of A-Tur which resulted in a smashed windshield on the vehicle.

None of the passengers were physically injured in the Mount of Olives attack, nor did the attackers succeed in damaging the bus.

In another attack, Arab attackers hurled stones at the Beit Yonatan apartment building in the ancient Jerusalem neighborhood of Shiloach (Silwan), as well as at a security vehicle that was passing in the area.

Arab terrorists also carried out a third attack on Rehov HaKari in the Old City of Jerusalem, hurling a glass bottle at a pedestrian who miraculously was not injured in the attack.

Israel Police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld told JewishPress.com, “There was an incident reported of stones thrown near the Old City. Police units searched the area for suspects. General Security measures continue in and around the Old City,” he said.

Rosenfeld added that it is not believed the attacks are related to the UNESCO resolution, nor do they comprise a new, or renewed “wave of terror” beginning in the capital.

Hana Levi Julian

Al Jazeera (Qatar) Evicts Jews and Judaism from Jerusalem; Time to Return the Favor

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

{Originally posted to the author’s website, FirstOne Through}

In October 2016, UNESCO condemned Israel regarding its activities on the Jewish Temple Mount in Jerusalem and excluded all references to Judaism’s ties to the site.  The resolution was put forward by a number of Muslim states, including: Algeria; Egypt; Lebanon; Morocco; Oman; Qatar; and Sudan.

The Qatari-run news outlet, Al Jazeera (AJ), continued to proudly distort history in its coverage of the story. Consider its following statements:

“Al-Aqsa Mosque compound is the third-holiest site in Islam. It is located in East Jerusalem, which Israel annexed following its invasion in 1967 – in a move never recognised by the international community – as part of its subsequent military occupation of the West Bank.

Jewish settlers and Zionist organisations have called for complete Jewish control over the mosque compound.

Jewish groups refer to the site as the “Temple Mount” and their increased incursions into the mosque compound have continuously led to Palestinian protests across the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip.

The Israeli military and armed settler incursions have resulted in Palestinian deaths and injuries in recent years in particular. Muslim access to the religious site has also been tremendously limited by the army.”

The AJ media outlet published this on its own. It was not quoting Hamas (which the Qatari government supports).  For a sense of reality, here is a sample redlined report from a balanced perspective:

“Al-Aqsa Mosque sits on the Temple Mount, which was built by the Jewish King Herod 2,000 years ago. The mosquecompound is the third-holiest site in Islam and the Temple Mount is the holiest place in Judaism. It is located in the eastern half ofEast Jerusalem, which Israel annexed following its defensive war against an attack initiated by Jordaninvasion in 1967 – neither Jordan’s annexation of Jerusalem, nor Israel’s subsequent annexation were in a move never recognised by the international community – as part of Israel’sits subsequent administrative control military occupation of the West Bank. According to the Oslo II accords signed between Israel and the Palestinian Authority in 1995, and the Peace Agreement between Israel and Jordan signed in 1994, Israel handles all security matters on the Temple Mount/ A-Aqsa compound.

Non-Muslims have regular visiting hours on the Temple Mount, and some Jewish settlers and Zionist organisations have called for non-Jews to be able to pray at the site as they had done before Suleiman banned the practice roughly 500 years agocomplete Jewish control over the mosque compound.Those calls resulted in Palestinians organizing themselves against Jewish visitors.

In September 2015, Israel banned the “Mourabitoun,” the group of Muslim civilian guards who were regularly harassing Jewish visitors to the holy site.  That action further excited Muslims who feared that Israel sought to change the status quo, and sparked numerous Jewish groups refer to the site as the “Temple Mount” and their increased incursions into the mosque compound have continuously led to Palestinian protests across the occupied West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip.

The fighting between the Israeli military and Palestinian Arabs armed settler incursions have resulted in hundreds ofPalestinian deaths and injuries in recent years in particular. Due to the increased fighting and tensions, both Jewish and Muslim access to the religious site has also become morebeen tremendously limited, including an Israeli ban of all members of the Knesset by the army.”

As seen above, Al Jazeera is part-and-parcel of the problem of incitement in the conflict. Qatar continues to be an active supporter of violence in the region.

It is well past time to boycott Al Jazeera and its social media site AJ+.  Further, Americans should demand that the United States remove its central military command in the Middle East out of Qatar (perhaps it can help stabilize Iraq by relocating it there).

Distorting history is just part of the problem.  Incitement must have consequences.


 

Stopping the Purveyors of Hateful Propaganda

The Parameters of Palestinian Dignity

Visitor Rights on the Temple Mount

Palestinians agree that Israel rules all of Jerusalem, but the World Treats the City as Divided

The Cancer in the Arab-Israeli Conflict

The Arguments over Jerusalem

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Rabbi Rachamim Barchiyahu Appointed Israel Police Chaplain

Monday, October 10th, 2016

Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan has appointed Rabbi Rachamim Barchiyahu as Israel Police Chaplain.

The appointment, recommended by Police Commissioner Roni Alsheikh, was announced Monday. Barchiyahu will be awarded the rank of Commander. Deputy Police Commissioner, Major Zohar Dvir headed the search committee that was established this past May.

Barchiyahu currently serves as Chief Rabbi in the Jewish community of Talmon, and Rosh Yeshiva (dean) of Yeshiva Ma’aminim B’Mishtara.

For the past several years, the yeshiva has served as a place in which to discuss the application of Torah law in police work. Discussions and learning in the yeshiva also focus on developing policies that can enable observant Jews to serve in the force.

Hana Levi Julian

Tzohar’s High Holy Day Programs Estimated To Reach over 60,000 in Israel

Sunday, October 9th, 2016

Celebrating its 17th year of the Yom Kippur ‘Praying Together’ program, Tzohar, the religious Zionist Rabbis organization in Israel will be hosting over 60,000 people in more than 300 different locations around the country.

Taking place in community centers, theaters and other locations outside of the traditional synagogues, attendees are all provided with the same prayer book (siddur or machzor) to make it easier to follow along, as well as with explanatory pamphlet about the customs, prayers and meaning of the High Holidays to help guide the participant throughout the services.

The success of the Yom Kippur programs have led to the creation of a similar initiative for Rosh Hashana, where thousands of Israeli families participated in ‘Shofar in the Park’.

“Tzohar is deeply proud to have become a central part of the prayer experience for tens of thousands of Israelis for the High holidays,” said Rabbi David Stav, co-founder of Tzohar.

“The 200 Rosh Hashana programs and 300 Yom Kippur locations come from the fact that they provide an approach to the prayer in a manner that is designed to be accessible and easy to relate to for Jews of all backgrounds and levels of familiarity with tradition.

“People come out of our programs feeling energized and engaged and better educated about the meaning of the holiday and its customs.” Over 350 Tzohar volunteers and their families will be placed all around the country to accommodate all those communities who wish to participate. “Tzohar is committed to always adding additional programs to encourage Jewish participation in life cycle events,” said Yakov Gaon, Executive Vice President of Tzohar.

“The powerful reaction to the Yom Kippur program and our other holiday activities showed the excitement and connection people feel. We look forward to adding even more programs to our yearly calendar and bringing proud Jewish identity to the masses.”

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