PM Netanyahu lit the Chanukiah at the Kotel on the first night of Chanukah.Photo of the Day
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The Palestinian Authority is laying the groundwork for UNESCO to declare that the Western Wall is part of the Al Aqsa compound on the Temple Mount, according to a report by the Hebrew daily Yediot Acharonot.
Ramallah is a member of UNESCO but not of its executive committee, and the Palestinian Authority has circulated a draft resolution to be presented to UNESCO by six Arab states on the committee – Algeria, Egypt, Kuwait, Morocco, Tunisia and the UAE.
A copy of the draft resolution obtained by the newspaper includes these clauses:
1. The Western Wall is part of “Plaza Buraq,” the Arabic name for the Western Wall.
2. The international community should condemn Israel for allowing citizens to bear arms during the recent violence;
3. The IDF and Israel should be condemned for suppression in the “capital of occupied Palestine.”
4. Israel should be condemned for excavations at the Temple Mount.
5. Israel should be condemned for “prohibiting freedom of worship at the Al Aqsa mosque and breaking the status quo.”
6. Israel should be condemned for allowing “Jewish extremists to attack Al-Aqsa,”
7. Israel should be condemned for planning to build a cable car to the Western Wall.
8. The Patriarchs’ Cave and Rachel’s Tomb should be declared as part of “Palestine.”
9. Israeli “settlers and extremists” should be condemned for violence.
That is a lot of condemnation, as well as lies.
Israel’s Ambassador to UNESCO, Simcha HaCohen, said that the draft resolution “pours fuel on the fire of incitement to terror.”
Te Palestinian Authority began a campaign more than five years to claim that Jews have no connection with the Western Wall. Laughable at first, the propaganda has escalated and spread.
Last year, PA Minister of Religious Affairs Mahmoud al-Habash told Israleli television:
Every piece of land Israel occupied in 1967 belongs to the Palestinian state. The Buraq Wall, too, will be under Palestinian sovereignty.
New York City Mayor Bill deBlasio told reporters on Thursday, the day before he is scheduled to fly to Israel for a visit through Sunday:
I’m proud to be going at a moment when Israel is in need, and where friends need to stand and be counted.
We’re looking forward to what’s obviously going to be a sober environment, and a difficult environment, but I look forward to meeting with my fellow Israeli mayors and mayors from around the world to stand in solidarity with Israel.
He is scheduled to visit the Western Wall but also had planned to meet Palestinian Authority Arabs, a departure from the itinerary of his three predecessors, Michael R. Bloomberg, Rudolph W. Giuliani and Edward I. Koch, who restricted their trips to Israel to meetings with the country’s political and business leaders.
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo last year refused to accept an invitation from the Palestinian Authority ambassador to the United Nations to visit Arabs in Judea and Samaria.
DeBlasio will meet with Arabs, but not as he planned.
He had wanted to talk with Arabs in Ramallah, without meeting with Palestinian Authority officials, but the wave of terror has forced him settle for meeting them in Israel.
However, he says he is not afraid, explaining:
In terms of my own safety, I believe that Israeli security forces obviously know what they’re doing, and NYPD knows what it’s doing, and I’m very comfortable with that.
DeBlasio will meet with Arab children who learn with Jews at a school that was torched last year in an arson attack by Israeli extremists.
This is a region that needs peace deeply, and peace is elusive. One of the ways we foster peace is through inclusion. And our hopes have to be with the young people at this point. The previous generation hasn’t managed to find the path of peace.
Orthodox Jewish businessman Baruch Eliezer Gross is paying for the mayor’s trip.Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu
A mammoth unity prayer rally is scheduled for 4:30 p.m. (9:30 a.m. EDT) Monday to ask God for protection and deliverance from the recent reign of Arab terror.
The organizers said:
In these days of terror and attacks on Jews, the need for unity is one of the first values that we must display with more prayers to God.
Leading rabbis from the national religious and Hareidi sectors will attend the prayer rally.
Relatives of those murdered by Arab terrorists, including those of victims who were on their way to the Western Wall to pray, will say the mourner’s prayer (Kaddish) at the Western Wall.
It would be a good idea if all Jews, regardless of whether they consider themselves religious or not, join the unity prayers.Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu
Sephardi Chief Rabbi Yitzhak Yosef has called on Jews to arrive en masse at the Western Wall on Hoshanah Raba and Shemini Azeret-Simchat Torah to pray show their strength and faith in the face of terror.
Rabbi Yosef’s message was in response to the murder of two Jews and wounding of two others in the Old City Saturday night by a Palestinian Authority terrorist.
He asked Jews “to perform the commandment of the holiday and to pray for the peace of the wounded.” and added:
The situation in which the blood of Jews is spilled like water in the land of Israel, day after day, when their only sin is their being Jews, is unbearable.
We can’t allow a situation in which Jews are afraid to go to the Western Wall,” continued Rabbi Yosef.
The rabbi called on “all the sources involved in the matter to bring about a situation in which Jews will feel secure in all parts of the land of Israel.”
The prayer rally at the Kotel parallels mass protests elsewhere in Israel, including opposite the official residence of the Prime Minister in Jerusalem.Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu
On Wednesday morning, there was a mass Birkat HaCohanim (Priestly Blessing) during the morning prayers, where the Cohanim (priestly caste) blessed the people.
I’ve never seen so many selfies and photos in the middle of Birkat HaCohanim!Photo of the Day
Today, the Jewish people had the opportunity to perform a relatively rare commandment called Hahkel.
10: And Moses commanded them, saying: ‘At the end of every seven years, in the set time of the year of release, in the feast of tabernacles,
11: when all Israel is come to appear before the LORD thy God in the place which He shall choose, thou shalt read this law before all Israel in their hearing.
12: Assemble the people, the men and the women and the little ones, and thy stranger that is within thy gates, that they may hear, and that they may learn, and fear the LORD your God, and observe to do all the words of this law;
13: and that their children, who have not known, may hear, and learn to fear the LORD your God, as long as ye live in the land whither ye go over the Jordan to possess it.’
Today the Hahkel ceremony, as described above was performed at the Kotel, as Israeli President Ruby Rivlin spoke and got called up to the Torah, and the various Chief Rabbis read.
The Kotel plaza was packed from the Wailing Wall to all the way up the stairs in the surrounding buildings.
It was amazing.
Here is the video of President Rivlin at the Torah.Video of the Day