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January 20, 2017 / 22 Tevet, 5777

Posts Tagged ‘Machane Yehuda’

Police to Close Probe on Death of Teen ‘Scissors Stabber’

Saturday, February 20th, 2016

The investigation into the death last November of the scissors stabber teen terrorist is closed.

Officials said they would close the case due to lack of evidence of criminal intent on the part of the police officer who shot and killed 16-year-old Hadil Wajia Awad, Channel 2 reported on Saturday. The officer, who was off-duty at the time, was closely questioned by the Police Investigations Unit.

The investigation was opened by then-Attorney-General Yehuda Weinstein in response to claims the officer continued to shoot after the teen was no longer a danger. But during questioning the officer reportedly claimed he had warned the girl before shooting her, and she disregarded the warning. He was concerned over the possibility she might have also been carrying a bomb – an issue he could not disregard – and that she might detonate the explosive .

He was also “not sure the terrorist was sufficiently wounded” as to be unable to continue to harm others, police said – noting there have been other instances in which terrorists continued to attack after being shot.

Awad and her 16-year-old cousin together attacked an old man who was sitting on a bench near the Mahane Yehuda open air market, believing him to be a Jew.

The girls had carefully wrapped the scissor handles together with tape so as to unite the points into a sharp knife. But they were not as careful in choosing their target: the 70-year-old man they stabbed and wounded was a Jerusalem Arab, not a Jew.

The two terrorists were shot by an armed citizen, and the police officer, who is a member of the bomb squad. Awad’s cousin was wounded and survived: she was charged with attempted murder.

Hana Levi Julian

Sufganiot Galore

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

Sufganiot (doughnuts) for sale at the Marzipan bakery in the Machane Yehuda shuk in Jerusalem, before the holiday of Chanukah.





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Surrealism Reigns in Israel as Shopkeeper Stops Terrorist Girls Using a Chair [video]

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

(JNi.media) David Ashur, owner of a jewelry store on Jaffa Street in Jerusalem, was among the locals who helped stop two teenage terrorist cousins who carried out a stabbing attack with scissors at the entrance to the Mahane Yehuda market Monday morning. The grotesque, Chien Andalou style “knives intifada” being launched by ever-younger Arab youths in Israel reached a new low with the two girls (14 and 16) from eastern Jerusalem who came to the market armed with scissors and tried to stab passersby—only to end up stabbing in the head and the back a 70-year-old Arab gentleman who came all the way from Bethlehem to do his shopping.

Can things grow more surreal? A Western country lives its normal, hurried life, cars jamming the streets, factories pounding, fields harvested, the shopping malls are packed, television and the Internet are sizzling, and all the while life is interrupted for short spurts during which some teenagers armed with sharp instruments lash at strangers in the streets, only to be gunned down eventually by security forces. Mad enough for you?

“At about 11 AM I heard from outside the store someone shouting, ‘They’re stabbing me! They’re stabbing me!’” Ashur, 58, a resident of Jerusalem who owns the ADM jewelry store told Walla. “I went out, and, acting on instinct, grabbed a chair from the shop next door. I ran and saw two female terrorists, one with a pair of scissors. I focused on her, neutralized her with the chair, then a policeman came and shot her.” The jeweler added: “She was just a girl, dressed like a pupil. She was all covered up except for the face. She did not scream or speak.”

One of the girls was, indeed, shot by a policeman, the other was wounded, then the same policeman apparently shot a security guard who arrived on the scene. There’s a video-gone-viral depicting the cop rushing out of a barbershop, still wrapped in an apron, running through the streets like a lavender-caped Superman. Where are Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí when you need them?

The entire scene took place right in front of the District Health Ministry’s Office, which could probably serve for laughs in a comic take on Israel’s crazy season. It also happened right on top of the light rail tracks, which resulted in the suspension of light rail traffic for a while, which was decidedly less comical.

Minister Naftali Bennett said earlier on Monday that the IDF must re-invade the Palestinian Authority and cleanse the terrorism out of it. He might want to reconsider and send in an army of psychiatrists instead, and truckloads of valium.


Scissors Stabbers Attack Security Guard, Arab Man Near Jerusalem’s Mahane Yehuda Market [video]

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

Two female Arab terrorists carried out what they must have believed was a “real jihad” attack on Monday morning when they stabbed an elderly Arab man with a pair of scissors on Jerusalem’s central Jaffa Street at around 11:10 am.

The stabbing took place next to the offices of the Ministry of Health, across the street from the iconic Mahane Yehuda open air market.

The terrorists arrived at the scene with their makeshift weapons and started trying to stab people. Their first victim, a 70-year-old Arab man from the Palestinian Authority-occupied city of Bethlehem, was stabbed in the head and suffered light to moderate wounds.

A second victim, a 27-year-old security guard at a nearby government office, was hit in the hand by a stray bullet that ricocheted. Several bystanders suffered shock as well.

Both the “new to the fold” terrorists, ages 14 and 16 from Jerusalem, were immediately neutralized by armed Israelis on site, who opened fire, as did a policeman who raced to the scene straight from a barber’s chair with his M-16 rifle and purple barber sheet flying along behind him (see video below).

One terrorist is dead, and the other is listed in serious and unstable condition.

The injured were treated at the scene by Magen David Adom medics before being evacuated to Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center.

Hana Levi Julian

Stocking Up

Tuesday, January 6th, 2015

It’s only Tuesday, but Shuk Machane Yehuda is packed with shoppers buying food and supplies to wait out the snow storm.





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Postcard from Israel: Machane Yehuda Market

Sunday, November 11th, 2012

Machane Yehuda market in Jerusalem has its roots back in the late nineteenth century when it was known as Shuk Beit Ya’acov after the nearby neighbourhood of the same name which was established in 1885. Two years later, the Machane Yehuda neighbourhood was built and the market continued to grow. Under British Mandate rule the market was given a make-over, permanent stalls and roofing were built and the new name caught on.

Today, around 250 traders sell just about anything under the sun and cafes serving a wide variety of different cuisines abound. Wonderful smells greet the visitor at every turn, there are endless bargains to be had – and people watching  galore to be done.


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Hadar Sela

A World Untouched by Civilization

Friday, September 21st, 2012

The woman, wearing a tank top and jeans, has her full attention on the tomato box. The haredi woman touches one of her bare arms. The woman turns around and the haredi woman immediately snaps at her, pointing at her bare arms: “Next time don’t come to the market like this. Next time you’ll come with sleeves.”

The above excerpt from an article in Ynet illustrates one of problems isolationist societies like the one that Charedi woman ‘Tznius- cop” no doubt comes from.

Machane Yehuda (pictured) was overhauled by Jewish merchants very likely in order to compete with the Arab Shuk. The Arab Shuk was opened up to Jews after the 6-day war. And business boomed. Arab merchants of all types selling their wares had a new and booming market in all the Israelis and tourists that came to visit the Kotel. Going through the Arab Shuk was one of the common ways to leave that area. On my first trip to Israel I exited the Kotel Plaza that way. It was (and still is) a sight to behold.

But once the terrorism started, many Jews feared entering that area – although some Jews (mostly tourists I imagine) still shop there. The Shuk was a great place to buy produce at a very cheap price. Sensing a need, a new market for cheap produce was estabished outside the old city for Jews. It is called Machane Yehuda. If I recall correctly it is not far from Meah Shearim. Some people call it the Israeli Shuk.

Meah Shearim residents shop there. But they are not the only ones. Secular Jews are increasingly doing so. And that is where yet another clash of cultures takes place.

Here’s the problem. Meah Shearim Jews have a heightened sensitivity to Tznius violations. A woman wearing a sleeveless top and slacks will be considered inappropriately attired.

While this may not be a Halachicly acceptable way for a Jewish woman to dress in public – most of the rest of the world – religious Jews included – is used to this kind of dress and thinks nothing of it. Even for those who do consider it a problem they simply try not to look at an immodestly dressed woman. In the world of Meah Shearim this intolerable. They cannot handle it.

So to the extent they are able – they try to impose their modesty standards. Hence one will see signs related to female dress as one enters the Meah Shearim neighborhoods. This phenomenon in and of itself is tolerable. The residents of that neighborhood have a right to express their sensitivities to those who enter their neighborhoods. What they do not have a right to do is enforce them. Unfortunately some of the more militant residents of that neighborhood don’t care about whether or not they have that right or not. They enforce it. In some cases using means that the Mafia would be proud of.

There are horror stories of acid or bleach being spilled on innocent passersby if they were dressed in less than Meah Shearim community Tznius standards. They also have Tznius squads that go around checking what people wear and intimidating merchants into carrying Tznius signs throughout Meah Shearim and the nearby Geula neighborhood. They have torched stores, beat up businessmen who sold “inappropriate” technology, and vandalized a religious bookstore for refusing to carry one of their signs.

Until recently their tactics have been limited to their own neighborhoods. But now they have decided to branch out. We all know about the intimidating tactics that took place last year in Bet Shemesh where an eight-year old girl was harassed daily on her way to a religious school and called a whore. But now they are branching out. To places like Machane Yehuda. And instead of men doing the harassing – it is women.

Last year it happened to some women walking in the streets of Jerusalem outside of the Meah Shearim neighborhood.

Here’s the thing. They cannot impose their standards on the world. They do not own the world. Just because they see someone they think is not properly dressed does not give them the right to intimidate them. To most of the civilized world that is a forgone conclusion. But not for them.

Harry Maryles

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