Philanthropist Dr. Irving Moskowitz was laid to rest today on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem.
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By Michael Bachner/TPS
Jerusalem (TPS) – The Jerusalem Municipality Finance Committee approved on Tuesday the transfer of 1.5 million shekels (nearly US$400,000) to reinforce security at Jerusalem’s ancient Mount of Olives cemetery following a rash of violence against Jewish visitors and vandalism of Jewish graves. On the same day, an Arab-Israeli man was sentenced to prison for attacking Jews on the Mount of Olives.
The Mount of Olives Jewish cemetery is the oldest Jewish cemetery in the world, dating back 3,000 years to the time of the First Temple – and is still in use today. It houses some 70,000 tombs from different historical eras, including the graves of many prominent rabbis, writers, and political leaders.
The cemetery is surrounded by Arab neighborhoods such as A-Tur, Ras Al-Amud and Al-Sawana. Many Jews have been targeted over the years in and near these neighborhoods while making their way to visit the cemetery. Additionally, many graves have been torched, smashed, or sprayed with graffiti.
The new plan is intended to improve the personal safety of those ascending the mount and to prevent vandalism and desecration of the graves. It will include the construction of fences, installation of gates, and placement of additional security measures in the area of the mount.
“The Mount of Olives is a holy place which is very important to the Israeli people,” said Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat in a statement. “We are obligated to preserve its sanctity and the safety of its visitors. We will not allow it to be harmed and desecrated.”
Also on Tuesday, Khalil Jayousi, a 21-year-old resident of A-Tur, was sentenced to five years and eight months in prison for organizing and leading violent riots on the Mount of Olives during which pipe-bombs and firebombs were thrown at Israeli civilians and security forces.
The riots were held in the summer of 2014, following the murder of Jerusalem-Arab teenager Muhammad Abu-Khdeir by Israeli extremists and Operation Protective Edge in Gaza. Fireworks, rocks, and explosives were hurled at a Jewish home and security forces who were guarding it. In one case, fireworks were also used to attack Jewish drivers in their cars.
According to three detailed indictments filed against Jayousi at the Jerusalem District Court, he purchased and supplied arms to dozens of teenage rioters, and also actively participated in the violent riots.
Jayousi, who recently served a prison term for similar offenses, was convicted of aggravated assault, carrying and manufacturing weapons, and negligent and reckless use of explosives. According to the indictment, his actions were motivated by a desire to attack Jews.TPS / Tazpit News Agency
Stoning Attack Smashes Bus Windshield at Mount of Olives
Arab terrorists attacked an Egged bus midday Sunday at the roundabout in the Jewish neighborhood of Ma’ale Zeitim across from the Mount of Olives cemetery in Jerusalem.
Children who were riding on the bus at the time were terrified when the windshield was smashed by the large and sharply pointed rocks that pelted the vehicle.
Local Jewish residents reported that Bus 83 was stopped at the square in the neighborhood – a section where many Arabs reside – when the vehicle was attacked, according to local residents.
It is not clear whether anyone on the bus was physically injured.Hana Levi Julian
Cleared for release: Jerusalem District Police and Israel Security Agency (Shabak/Shin Bet) personnel announced Monday they have uncovered an Israeli Arab terrorist cell in the capital.
Five of terrorists are residents of the Jerusalem neighborhood of Ras al-Amud, near the Mount of Olives, Shabak said and have been involved in a number of attacks, including firebombings, shooting fireworks and throwing stones at IDF soldiers, security personnel and Israeli civilians.
Islam Najjar, 18 and Hamza Najjar, 22 – two brothers – were both arrested in October, according to Shabak. As the investigation expanded, Nader Nasser, 22, was also detained, along with two minors, ages 16 and 17.
The two younger members of the terror cell confessed to throwing firebombs (Molotov cocktails) and stones at security forces and Israelis in Judea and Samaria. They also admitted to torching a bus in the Ras al-Amud neighborhood in September and attacking the driver together with other Arabs in the area.
Rioters in the neighborhood also blocked the street with trash cans and cut off the electricity to the area in order to draw police to the site so they could attack them.
Thus far, the terrorists have been charged with arson, attempted arson, rioting, attempted assault of a police officer, tampering with evidence, intent to commit a crime, and other accusations.Hana Levi Julian
Once again, the Israeli police have proven themselves not up to the task.
On Tuesday night, Arabs began shooting fireworks around the Beit Orot neighborhood in Jerusalem, according to a Tazpit report.
In response, residents of the neighborhood set up loudspeakers and began using it to yell back at the Arabs shooting at them.
The police finally arrived, entered the Beit Orot neighborhood and confiscated the loudspeaker system.
One Jewish man in his 20’s was also arrested.
No Arabs were arrested.
A Honeinu lawyer is on his way to assist the arrested man.
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.Hana Levi Julian
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.Jewish Press News Briefs