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‘Thousands’ at Funeral for Car-Ramming Terrorist

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

Thousands of Arabs attended the funeral of the car-ramming terrorist who deliberately ran over three IDF soldiers on Tuesday at the HaParsa Junction near the Jewish community of Dolev, according to Arab media.

The terrorist who struck the three soldiers, 36-year-old Riyad Shehada, was shot and killed by other soldiers nearby.  Shehada, a resident of Qalandiya, was living temporarily in Beitunia, according to local sources.

The packed funeral procession began at the Ramallah governmental hospital and made its way to the Shehada family home in Beitunia, according to the Bethlehem-based Ma’an news agency. “Following final farewells, his body was taken to a mosque in Qalandiya… for funeral prayers,” Ma’an reported.

The three soldiers who were hit by the terrorist were targeted as they were conducting an unannounced security check on vehicles at the entrance to the Arab city of Beitunia, a suburb of Ramallah.

Weeks ago, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed that bodies of Arabs who were killed during terror attacks against Israelis would not be released to their families or to the Palestinian Authority.

He explained at the time that the large funerals that followed such returns had become major incitement and recruitment ceremonies to encourage further terror attacks.

Shortly after, however, Israeli media learned the body of a terrorist had been returned to a family in the Palestinian Authority. After numerous calls to various ministries, the IDF and police, JewishPress.com was told “it was a mistake.” Other media were told the same.

Earlier this week, the prime minister’s office released a statement that the return of the terrorist’s body was carried out per the exclusive decision of Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon. The PMO said in the statement the discretionary power over this issue had been restored to the defense minister on Sunday.

One of the Kefir Brigade soldiers hit by the terrorist is hospitalized in the intensive care unit at Tel Hashomer Medical Center’s Sheba Hospital. He is in very serious condition, currently on life-support.

The two others are hospitalized in fair condition at Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center in Jerusalem.

 

Hana Levi Julian

Officials Facing Wildfire in Alberta, Canada Order Entire City Evacuated

Wednesday, May 4th, 2016

Officials in Alberta, Canada have ordered the mandatory evacuation of the entire city of Fort McMurray as an uncontrolled wildfire burns in the heart of the country’s oil sands region.

Some 80,000 city residents are affected by the order. Firefighters have appealed for assistance from other provinces to help airlift people from the city and fight the blaze, first seen on May 1.

The 2,650-hectare wildfire has shifted with the wind to close off the main southern exit from the city, forcing residents to head north towards the oil sands camps, Reuters reported.

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley told the news agency, “This is the biggest evacuation we have seen in the history of the province. We need to find more camps; we have secured spaces for about 6,000 people. We know we need to find more and that work is under way.”

Fort McMurray is located about six hundred miles north of the Montana border. Its surrounding area contains oil deposits more extensive than those of Saudi Arabia.

The city is also home to one of Canada’s fastest-growing Muslim communities, one that is moderate and led by Abdurrahmann Murad, a young “unity-inspiring” imam with a large online following.

Last year a new $50 million, 150,000-square-foot Islamic center project was launched there. The complex included a mosque with several prayer halls, K-12 school, recreation center and a swimming pool, as well as a playground and 475 parking spots.

Administrators of the mosque were quick to tell The Globe and Mail at the time that no foreign money had yet been donated. They also said they would never let any donor shape their doctrine. “We don’t accept any conditions. Even if it takes 1,000 years to build it, let it be,” said Abdulsalam Abdo, president of the mosque. “We don’t want to take orders from somewhere else.”

Hana Levi Julian

Pro-Israeli Danish Journalist Ejected from Temple Mount

Thursday, April 28th, 2016

Pro-Israeli journalist Jane Kyle was ejected from the Temple Mount in Jerusalem on Thursday morning by the Jordanian Islamic Waqf with the assistance of the Israel Police.

The Waqf complained that she was not allowed to be present on the grounds because she has published articles against them on the Internet, according to the Tazpit Press Service (TPS).

Arab men under the age of thirty are being allowed to enter the compound at the end of the day, TPS reported, in spite of prior regulations prohibiting their entry.

Less than two weeks ago, Jordan decided not to make good on its promise to install cameras on the grounds of the Temple Mount.

The agreement was reached in October last year together between Jordan and Israel with the encouragement of the United States after countless Arab riots and terrorist acts on the site due to Islamic incitement in the mosques, claiming Israel was “changing the status quo.”

The so-called “status quo” forbids Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount – the holiest site on earth in Judaism – but allows complete freedom of worship for Muslims, who have built not one, but two mosques on the site.

Jordan’s Minister of State Information, Mohamed al-Moumani, declared Amman would install cameras inside the mosques and out on the grounds to “document Israeli trespasses.”

Radical Islamists fear Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount because it contradicts the belief in the supremacy of Islam.

But after incessant screams by the Arab faithful the project was rolled back to an installation of cameras only around the grounds, to ensure the Arab worshipers would not have their “privacy” violated.

Naturally, the preparations of Arab terrorists within the mosques would not be seen either.

It is within the mosques that Arab attackers stockpile the rocks, bottles, fireworks, explosives and other items needed for preparing firebombs (Molotov cocktails) and similar IEDs (improvised explosive devices) hurled at Israeli police and others during riots.

Nevertheless, outdoor cameras might still detect Arab operatives sneaking the needed supplies into the grounds – and therefore the protests continued unabated until Jordan was dissuaded from installing cameras altogether.

Amman said it would work to attain the goals of the cameras through “other means.” Foreign news sources reported the decision.

Hana Levi Julian

Marseille Synagogue Becomes Mosque, French Muslims Want Churches Converted As Well

Wednesday, April 27th, 2016

The Or Thora synagogue on Rue Saint-Dominique in Marseille, established in 1962, has been purchased by the Al Badr organization, which runs a small mosque on the same street, The Local reported. The sale is under review by the city council and it is expected that the new mosque will open for business in a few months.

Zvi Ammar, President of the Marseille Israelite Consistory, said the move was positive. “For the past 20 years or so we have seen the shift of the Jewish community to other neighborhoods,” he said, adding, “We all have the same God, the main thing is for this to proceed in harmony.”

In January, Ammar said that the Jews of Marseille should avoid wearing their yarmulkes on the street. So much for harmony.

Marseille’s Jewish population has left the city center for the suburbs in recent years, and the Or Thora synagogue sometimes has fewer than ten worshippers at services. Meanwhile, the mosque down the street has been full to capacity during Friday services, with people forced to pray outside on the pavement.

Marseille’s 70,000 Jews are among Europe’s largest Jewish communities. Out of the city’s two million residents, an estimated 220,000 are Muslim.

France has an estimated 2,500 mosques, with another 300 under construction, but demand is even higher, according to some Muslim leaders. Dalil Boubakeur, Rector of the Grand Mosque in Paris, told Europe1 radio that some of France’s 40,000 churches should be turned into mosques. He said, “It’s a delicate issue, but why not?”

Why, indeed?

David Israel

Jordan Adds to Western Wall Mixed-Gender Prayer Controversy

Sunday, February 7th, 2016

Jordan is demanding that Israel “return jurisdiction” over part of the Western Wall to the Islamic Waqf controlled by Amman.

The demand followed the decision by the Israeli government last week to set aside the southernmost section of the Wall, known as Robinson’s Arch, as a place for mixed-gender prayer. Jordan refers to the same place as the “Umayyad Palaces.”

Jordan contends that the decision violates the jurisdiction of the Waqf Islamic Authority over Jerusalem’s holy places, an agreement made between the two countries in 1967.

On Saturday, Jordanian Minister of Communications and Media Affairs Muhammad Momani “urged Israel not to meddle with the Umayyad Palaces area and to ensure its return under the jurisdiction of the Jordanian Jerusalem Waqf Department, which is the entity responsible for administering and safeguarding the site,” the Jordan news agency Petra reported in the Jordan Times.

“Israeli occupation forces have recently settled internal differences among followers of different Jewish sects at the expense of the area of the Umayyad Palaces,” Petra said.

“Israeli occupation forces had decided to expand a platform to allow more Jewish worshippers into the area. The violation against the Umayyad Palaces is the latest in a long series of assaults and violations against the site. Occupation forces have carried out several excavation works there, destroying Arab and Islamic heritage,” Petra added on behalf of Jordan’s government.

Israel’s government approved plans last week to expand the Western Wall plaza in order to accommodate the increasing demands for non-Orthodox prayer at the site. A small wooden platform at Robinson’s Arch has already been set up for mixed-gender prayer.

Jordan’s lamentation over Israeli “occupation” is a bit spurious, given the Hashemite tenure itself as custodian over parts of Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria lasted only from 1948 to 1967 – a total of 31 years.

Jerusalem has long since been reunited and whole for a period much longer than that: June 2017 will mark half a century since the restoration of the Temple Mount, the Western Wall and elsewhere in Jerusalem and the Land to the Jewish State of Israel.

However, to be fair, the dismay of the Hashemite Kingdom over the compromise over non-Orthodox prayer allowed by the government is also reflected among some Muslims in Israel and ironically is shared with some observant Jews locally and globally as well.

Mixed-gender prayer has never been allowed at the Western Wall – in fact, historically it was not allowed in either Holy Temple. In Torah law, women are not counted among a minyan (quorum) of men.

Not that this grants validity to the Jordanian claim of authority and hopes to win Waqf control of the site, which is more of a simple attempt at another political territory grab.

The Umayyad Palaces were two buildings which archaeologists say were built by the Umayyads who ruled for a period of 100 years in the late seventh century. They were destroyed in an earthquake and lay buried until they were unearthed by Israeli archaeologists in a 1970s excavation, creating a public history park to educate all.

The Western Wall is part of Judaism’s most sacred site on the planet, the Temple Mount, located alongside. The site is also the third holiest in Islam. The Wall is part of the outer retaining wall of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, its sole material remnant that has survived throughout the centuries. In Islam, it is believed that the prophet Mohammed rose up to Heaven on his mighty steed el-Buraq from a site near the Western Wall.

In Judaism, it is believed that somewhere on the grounds of the Temple Mount lies the site of the “Holy of Holies” of the two Holy Temples of Jerusalem – the inner sanctum where the High Priest (Kohen Gadol) communed with G-d Himself during sacrifices and services. No one other than the Kohen Gadol was ever allowed to enter this place, and to this day countless rabbis forbid Jews to tread upon the Temple Mount grounds for fear of erroneously entering this area.

The Israeli government does not allow Jews to pray within the Temple Mount in accordance with a status quo agreement with the Jordanian Waqf. Within the Temple Mount grounds are built the Al Aqsa Mosque and the Dome of the Rock, where Muslims are allowed to pray.

Hana Levi Julian

Jerusalem Silences Plan to Turn Down the Volume of Mosque Loudspeakers

Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

Jerusalem officials have quietly shelved a previously announced plan to turn down the sound from Muslim mosque loudspeakers in some eastern Jerusalem areas and give Jews, and some Arabs, a bit of peace and quiet.

The $80,000 project won screaming headlines eight month ago, when officials said the ear-splitting screams of the “muezzin” in mosques, starting in the pre-dawn hours, would be toned down in certain eastern Jerusalem areas, such as Jabel Mukhaber, between Talpiot and the Old City.

Anyone who has visited the Western Wall or the Patriarchs’ Cave (Maharat HaMacpelah) in Hebron know that the wails from the mosques are turned up full volume, even, if not especially, when Jews are praying.

The plan was supposed to include measuring the sound levels of the loudspeakers, which often blast far beyond legal limits, and to ask the clerics to turn the loudspeakers in the direction of the centers of Arab villages.

Loudspeakers in the Arab neighborhood of Beit Tzfafa, in southern Jerusalem, were discovered to be turned up during the escalation of the recent wave of terror.

The clerics also were asked to buy new loudspeakers with volume controls, and Jerusalem workers were to make their rounds and make sure the noise level is more tolerable.

Not surprisingly, Muslim clerics were furious and called the idea a “shame and disgrace.”

The city has explained that the plan has been “temporarily” shelved because the money is needed to build 23 new rooms in kindergartens.

The municipality added that after the Ministry of Education transfers more money to the city, the funds for the project will be returned for general use.

Meanwhile, Jerusalem residents can use ear plugs.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

France Shuts Down 3 ‘Radical’ Mosques Under Emergency Laws

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

The French government has shut down three mosques under emergency laws passed in the wake of the Nov. 13 terrorist massacre in Paris.

Those laws gave police sweeping new authority until February 2016, despite rights groups and politicians who expressed concerns about reports of police abuses of power.

“Measures to close down mosques on the grounds of radicalization … have never been made by any previous government, French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve noted in his briefing with media on Wednesday.

He added that police have carried out 2,235 raids across France since the massacre; 334 weapons were seized, including 24 military-grade assault weapons.

The criticism was dismissed by the Interior Minister, however. “It is terrorism, not the state of emergency, which threatens freedoms,” said Cazeneuve.

The multi-site attack by Da’esh (ISIS) operatives and suicide bombers claimed the lives of 130 victims and wounded 350 others.

One of the mosques that was closed is located in the eastern Paris suburb of Lagny-sur-Marne, according to France 24. During the process, nine people were placed on house arrest. Another 22 were banned from leaving the country.

“Police searches [there] turned up a 9mm caliber pistol, a hidden hard drive, documents and files on jihad and a life insurance policy subscribed in 2012,” Cazeneuve said, according to the RFI news outlet.

“The Council of Ministers will now dissolve these three pseudo-cultural organizations which used clandestine prayer rooms on the premises,” he added. Mosques in Lyon (in central eastern France) and Gennevilliers (near Paris) were also closed on grounds of spreading radicalism as well.

Hana Levi Julian

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