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Netanyahu’s Grandfather’s Tombstone Smashed in Mount of Olives Arab Desecration

Wednesday, September 2nd, 2015

Arab vandals have again desecrated graves in the ancient cemetery at the Mount of Olives, smashing and burning tombstones, bushes and trees.

This time among the targets  they included the gravestone on the Pharisees plot in which Nathan Mileikowsky, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s grandfather, lies at rest.

At least ten tomb stones were smashed in the cemetery, which dates back thousands of years. The vandals also set fire to the trees and bushes around the 120-dunam site, known to be final resting place of numerous ancient Talmudic Sages.

Firefighters were called to the scene when the flames were spotted at around 11:30 pm.

Israel Police have claimed it is impossible to completely protect the ancient cemetery from Arab hatred due to its sprawling size. Nevertheless, the number of city police and Border Guard Police units have been increased in an attempt to secure the area, which regularly comes under attack by Arab terrorists.

Police reportedly plan to install 160 security cameras around the area over the next four years as well, according to Jerusalem District Police deputy commander Brig.-Gen. Avshalom Peled who was quoted by the Hebrew-language Ynet site. The commander was forced to respond to criticism from the Knesset Interior Committee last month when lawmakers asked why attacks were not being dealt with after police were given funding and tools to address the issue.

Grieving visitors to the cemetery have been pelted for years by rocks, bottles, firebombs and sometimes even ignited fireworks while on their way to pay their respects to loved ones. JewishPress.com made several attempts to reach the Israel Police spokesperson, who could not be reached for comment.

Peace Program Participants Injured in Mount of Olives Attack

Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

Four Jewish teenagers and an Arab woman were lightly injured when Arabs began massively stoning vehicles on the Mount of Olives, in the Jerusalem A-Tur neighborhood.

The group was participating in a summer peace program consisting of Israeli, Jordanian and PA/Israeli Arab students.

The father of one of the victims was shocked, according to the Tazpit News Agency.

He said, “My son is part of a group of youths, Israelis, Jordanians and Palestinians who study cardiology as part of a summer course in summer school. It’s unbelievable that it was specifically (“davka”) they who were hit by stones.”

It is unclear why he thought their participation in a peace program would provide them immunity from an Arab terror attack.

The attack happened around 9:30 PM on Tuesday, and a bus and two cars were hit, shattering their windows.

Four of the victims were taken to Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital for injuries sustained from the shattered glass. The fifth was treated on site.

According to Hadassah hospital, the four had injuries to their head and upper body, one also had injuries to the leg, and one had injuries to the eyes. The hospital said, very large stones were thrown at them, but overall their condition is good.

8 Yr Old Arab Boy is ‘Terrorist in Training’ at Mount of Olives

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

An eight-year-old Jerusalem Arab boy is learning to become a terrorist; he was caught hurling rocks Wednesday (July 22) at Border Police officers in Jerusalem’s Mount of Olives cemetery.

The officers became aware of the tender youth of their attacker only after the rocks began flying their way, forcing them to seek the identity of the terrorist targeting their station.

A spokesperson for the Jerusalem police force called on the child’s parents and local leadership to protect the children in the area and ensure their safety by preventing them from becoming involved in violence that could put their lives and those of others at risk.

The spokesperson added the Jerusalem Police force regrets that children are being introduced into the cycle of crime and feel the need to carry out acts of violence against police.

The Mount of Olives has been a flash spot for Arab violence. Jewish visitors to the ancient cemetery have become apprehensive about visiting the resting place of their ancestors due to the danger of approaching the area.

Repeated attacks by local Arabs who enter the cemetery and smash the headstones have raised little more than a “tsk tsk” from government authorities despite the terrible damage and expense that is caused.

This past April, three Israel Police officers were injured by an Arab vehicle terrorist who targeted them in an attack on the Mount of Olives.

Two female officers and one male officer were taken to Shaare Tzedek Medical Center after they were struck by the vehicle. First responders were forced to flee the area after they came under fire by Arabs hurling rocks and firebombs at them.

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat was similarly attacked by Arabs hurling rocks as he drove to the scene as well.

It is said that during the time of Moshiach (Messiah), the resurrection of the dead will begin from the Mount of Olives. For that reason, the ancient cemetery has been the resting place of choice for Torah Sages for some 3,000 years.

President Rivlin Highlights Contradiction of Israel’s Silence when Fighting Anti-Semitism

Monday, July 13th, 2015

By Zack Pyzer

Israeli President Reuven Rivlin inspected the Afghan section of the cemetery on the Mount of Olives Monday, a site which has seen repeated vandalism and destruction by some of East Jerusalem’s Arab residents.

Rivlin was accompanied by four relatives of people buried in the Afghani section, which is located in a more remote area of the expansive site. Representatives from the Rabbinate, Police and Afghani Jewish community were also present.

At the time of the inspection, 62 graves had recently suffered severe damage from vandalism. While some were strewn with litter, including human excrement, others had been set on fire.

In addition to the horrifying disrespect to the dead, visitors to the graves often come under stone throwing attacks, and other serious assaults.

The president noted that the attacks barely receive coverage in the Israeli press. “In any other place across the world, there would have been a tremendous outcry if such things would occur,” he argued. Rivlin has spent much of his time in office pressing for an end to racism across all sections of Israeli society.

Rivlin, whose family moved to Jerusalem in 1809, said “We have returned to our homeland, yet even during ups and downs, we never abandoned it.” The president was in the area having paid his respects at his parents’ graves nearby.

“It cannot be so that in our state, we are unable to stop such terrible vandalism,” the president remarked solemnly. “We must not despair nor give up, we will never be moved from here,” he vowed.

Securing the Mount of Olives and Understanding ‘Balak’

Sunday, July 5th, 2015


Yishai hosts ZOA Israel Director Jeff Daube, International Committee for the Preservation of Har HaZeitim (ICPHH) chair Abe Lubinsky, committee volunteer Dr. Paul Rosenstock and Rabbi Mike Feuer.Daube, Lubinsky and Rosenstock discuss the work of the ICPHH, dedicated to stopping the defilement of Judaism’s oldest and holiest cemetery, with more than 150,000 graves. Through neglect on the part of Israeli authorities and acts of anti-Semitism, it has been desecrated and its visitors and mourners attacked.

Then, Yishai is joined by Rabbi Mike Feuer to delve into this week’s Torah portion, Balak, where curses are transformed into blessings. When the military option seemed ineffective, the Moabite King Balak hired the evil prophet and sorcerer Balaam to curse the nation of Israel. However, God blocked their evil plan, but not before warning Balaam through a talking donkey.

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Arabs Destroy Mount of Olive Graves Again [video]

Monday, June 29th, 2015

The Shayowitz family went up to the Mount of Olives on Monday morning to visit the graves of their father and brother, and were shocked to discover that the gravestones were destroyed.

The Mount of Olives is one of the oldest surviving Jewish cemeteries in the world, going back thousands of years.

Arabs have been repeatedly entering the cemetery, desecrating it and destroying and uprooting gravestones.

This is similar to what the Jordanians did after 1948, when Jordan occupied half of Jerusalem, including this ancient Jewish cemetery. The Jordanians destroyed hundreds of graves, including Jewish graves from around 2500 years ago, and they then used the headstones for construction, floor stones and even in latrines.

The Arabs of today have a strong tradition to keep up – trying to erase Jewish history from the land of Israel.

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בית הקברות בהר הזיתים מתפרש במדרונותיו של הר הזיתים ממרגלותיו שבנחל קדרון ועד פסגתו הצופה על העיר העתיקה והר הבית. קבורה יהודית החלה בו בתקופת בית ראשון. זהו בית הקברות היהודי הקדום בעולם, והגדול בעולם: מעל 100 אלף קברים מתקופות שונות. ובכל פעם מגיע אדם אל חלקה אחרת בהר הגדול והשקט הזה, ומוצא את מצבותיה מחוללות ומנותצות. בכל פעם אנחנו מוצאים כאן ברשת החברתית סרטון שצילם מישהו בפינה אחרת של ההר: דמנו הותר, וגם לשכב בשקט אחרי 120 כבר אי אפשר.והמתים היהודים האלה, שכבר לא יעשו דבר, לא יגיבו, דומים לחיים היהודים ששותקים כשפוגעים במתיהם. אין מי שירדוף אחר הפורעים או כבוד המת. כך כתבה Ortal Shayovitz. הבוקר אביה ואחיה עלו לקבר של סבתה ז״ל וזה מה שראו שם. נשבר הלב.Posted by ‎אמילי עמרוסי‎ on Sunday, June 28, 2015

A Former Italian Model’s Mission at the Mount of Olives

Friday, June 26th, 2015

Vandalism and garbage throwing is not a new phenomenon at the most ancient Jewish cemetery on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem. Amid the thousands of tombstones, some of which have been defaced or smashed into pieces, there are areas full of trash and litter left by local Palestinian youth from neighborhoods nearby.

One woman in particular is extremely agitated by the current situation.

Mirella Petteni Haggiag, a former Italian model from Rome, makes her way through the tombstones with a garbage bag in her hand several times of year when she visits Israel. She comes ready to clean around the tombstone of her late husband, Robert Haggiag, the legendary Italian-American film producer.

“This is a holy place. It’s shocking to see what happens here” Mirella Haggiag told Tazpit News Agency in an exclusive interview recently. “The Arabs hold parties and leave behind a mess. For the past five years, I come here and clean up.” “I want this place to be perfect for my husband, may he rest in peace. But look at all this,” says Mirella Haggiag, picking up the garbage and red coke cans strewn around. “These must be the result of parties. It’s not nice.”

Because Mirella lives in Rome, she also sends someone to clean Robert Haggiag’s gravestone or one of their children when she cannot be in Jerusalem. “This isn’t actually as bad as other parts of the cemetery,” she comments. “Over there, you can see the graves have been burnt and some completely smashed up,” she says, pointing to the section where the Afghanistan Jewish community is located. “They haven’t been able to destroy my husband’s tomb,” she told Tazpit.

“My husband would have been 102 years old today. I can’t imagine what he would say about this. People need to know what is happening to this cemetery,” she says.

Her husband’s life is a one fascinating story among the many notable personalities and famous figures in Jewish history buried on the Mount of Olives.

A famous film producer, Robert Haggiag co-produced and distributed more than 50 films, achieving international success with such films as Moulin Rouge, the Barefoot Contessa (1954) starring Humphrey Bogart and Ava Gardner, and Anthony Mann’s El Cid (1961), with Sophia Loren and Charlton Heston, among many others. He earned the Italy’s prestigious David di Donatello award and the Palme d’Or at France’s Cannes Film Festival in 1965.

Robert was born Nessim Haggiag in 1913 in Tripoli, Libya and came from a Sephardic Jewish family of nine children. He studied at the University of Turin and eventually came to own many properties and movie theaters in Tripoli. However, during WWII, he was forced to abandon everything, and escaped as a war refugee to America with nothing. According to his obituary in the Telegraph, all that Haggiag owned was confiscated by the new Islamic social state.

In the late 1960’s, Robert Haggiag co-founded the largest film distributor company in Italy, with exclusive rights granted to Warner Brothers, Twentieth Century-Fox and other American studios. Later in life, he helped co-produce with his son the Lady Chatterley TV series for the BBC.

Haggiag passed away in 2009 at the age of 95 and is survived by Mirella, their two sons and a stepson.

To this day, the Haggiag family continues to maintain a strong connection with Jerusalem. This year, as in the past, the Haggiag Family Award for Israeli Cinema in memory of Robert Nessim Haggiag will be given during the upcoming Jerusalem Film Festival in July.

“My husband always wanted to be buried here in the Mount of Olives,” Mirella Haggiag told Tazpit. “And there is a family plot for myself and our children. But it’s quite depressing – I want to look for another burial place for myself. Who will clean up after I’m gone?” she asks.

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