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Fifth Day of Attacks on Mount of Olives Jews

Tuesday, January 1st, 2013

Arab rock attackers have entered their fifth day of targeting Jewish vehicles just a 3 minute drive from Jerusalem’s Old City, using local minors to alert them as to which cars contain Jews so they can pelt them with stones and cinder blocks.

Residents of the Jewish neighborhoods of Maale HaZeitim and the adjacent Maalot David have expressed outrage that Jerusalem police and security officials have not taken steps to protect them, failing to send a patrol car or place any security personnel at the scene, a single location from which attacks have occurred daily, damaging private property and contributing to a sense of danger in the region.

Jerusalem Arabs Coordinate Attacks on Cars Four Days Running

Monday, December 31st, 2012

Residents of Maale HaZeitim expressed outrage that Jerusalem police and national security forces failed to provide protection after four days of consecutive rock attacks threatened residents at the same time and same place each day.

For years, a single traffic circle connecting the Mount of Olives Jewish community of Maale HaZeitim with the rest of Jerusalem has been a center for terror operations, with local Arabs issuing rock and projectile firecracker attacks on pedestrians and drivers to and from the neighborhood.  Maale HaZeitim is located on the historic mountain across from Jerusalem’s Old City, just a few meters into the Arab neighborhood of Ras al-Amud.

Local Arabs have received the Jewish presence with scorn and animosity, despite the property being owned by Jews – purchased from previous Jewish owners for the purpose of building the six-building neighborhood.

For the last four days, Maale HaZeitim’s residents have been accosted by rock attacks which have issued from the same place – behind a conveniently situated garbage receptacle – and at the same time, smashing windows, terrifying children, and lending to a sense among neighbors that there is a lack of security – and municipal concern – for the families making their homes next to the oldest Jewish cemetery in the world.

According to a resident who witnessed the attacks, Arab children selling corn on the cob at the traffic circle watch as cars drive by.  When they identify passengers as Jewish, they signal to waiting rock throwers, who hurl broken cinder blocks and rocks at the windows in an attempt to hit and injure the driver and passengers.

While many of the attacks have damaged private cars, Egged buses have also been targeted in recent terror attempts.  In a recent attack occurring in the early afternoon, a bus full of Jewish children on their way home from school was hit, smashing a window, narrowly missing a young passenger, and scattering glass all over the screaming group.

Despite insistent phone calls to police, no police cars or other police or security presence have been sent to prevent further attacks – all of which have occurred between 7 and 8pm.  Police who were made aware that the children were aiding the terrorists refused to detain the youth.

Residents expressed disbelief that the Jerusalem municipality and the state would show such a low level of concern for their safety.  Some men of the community said they would take to the streets around the time of the anticipated attacks to personally prevent any harm coming to their Jewish friends, families, and children.

Just a couple of weeks ago, residents of the neighborhood were invited to attend a meeting with a high level Jerusalem security official, who assured them that more steps would be taken to provide stability and normalcy for citizens in the area.

Pics: Egged Bus Attacked by Arab Jerusalemites on Mount of Olives

Monday, November 12th, 2012

Following a stabbing incident in which a visitor to the Jewish community of Maale HaZeitim adjacent to the historic Mount of Olives Jewish cemetery was attacked by Arabs in the Ras Al-Amud neighborhood, an Egged bus transporting Jewish residents to and from the enclave was smashed by rock-throwers, who committed the attack from the same place at which the stabbing took place.

Damage to the bus indicates that the projectiles were large, and hurled at a high rate of speed by more than one perpetrator.

Despite a meeting between leaders of the Jewish community and leaders of the Arab community, and urgent phone calls from Jewish residents to the Jerusalem police, neither have attacks been minimized through pressure by local Arab residents , nor has an increased security presence been put into place by Jerusalem’s municipality.

Jewish residents of Maale HaZeitim and the adjoining Jewish neighborhood of Maalot David have expressed their anger and concern that mayor Nir Barkat and Jerusalem police chief Yossi Friyanty have not responded to threats on their lives.

American Elections, Attacks on the Mount of Olives, and Jews in Hevron

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

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Yishai and Malkah kick off this week’s show by discussing the American elections and how it could affect Israel. They move on to talk about the stabbing of a young man in their Jerusalem neighborhood of Maale Hazeitim and how the stabbing affects the Fleisher’s day-to-day life in the neighborhood. They end the segment talking about the current situation for Jews in Hevron and an upcoming trip to the city.

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Arab Terror Attack and Jewish Protest on the Mount of Olives

Sunday, November 4th, 2012

In response to the stabbing of a Jewish man on Friday night, scores of Jewish residents of the historic Mount of Olives in Jerusalem took to the street in protest, demanding to be afforded the peace and security found in other parts of Israel’s capital city.

Walking back from prayers at the Western Wall on Friday night, a man in his 30s and his friend were attacked by two Arab men who leapt from a waiting car. One of the assailants stabbed the Jewish man in his back and both fled. The victim was treated at the scene by a Magen David Adom paramedic and an emergency room physician from Shaarei Zedek hospital, both of whom are residents of Maale HaZeitim, one of the Jewish neighborhoods in the area.

The victim was taken to Hadassah Ein-Kerem  hospital by ambulance in moderate condition, with a stab wound to his kidney. This marks the first time a Jew was stabbed in the neighborhood since its establishment, more than a decade ago. It is an escalation in the violence which includes numerous rock throwing and other attacks. Residents demanded more police presence and stricter measures against anti-Jewish incitement and violence.

At an emergency meeting held by the Jewish community’s security committee, residents expressed their outrage at the Jerusalem Police department’s failure to provide basic protection to citizens, and issued a list of recommendations for local law enforcement, who they say do not take security threats or calls for police assistance seriously.  Among complaints were inability to reach officers in a timely manner via the national police phone service, unwillingness for police to investigate charges of threats or harassment against Jews by Arab neighbors, and an overwhelming lack of police presence in an area known to be hostile toward Jews within the Jerusalem municipality.

Maale HaZeitim, and the new adjacent community of Maalot David, are a 15-minute walk from Jerusalem’s popular and ancient Old City, and enjoys a view of the Temple Mount.

Mount of Olives Trees Are World’s Oldest

Sunday, October 21st, 2012

Tests conducted on olive trees on Jerusalem’s historic Mount of Olives are the oldest known trees in the world, according to a study released on Friday conducted by the National Research Council of Italy Trees and Timber Institute.

Trees from the Garden of Gethsemane, in an area taken over by a triumvirate of Greek Orthodox, Russian Orthodox, and Roman Catholic churches, were dated back to the years 1092, 1166, and 1198, according to the study which was done with the participation of 5 Italian universities.

Chief Researcher Professor Antonio Cimato said at a presentation of the results in Rome that there are no plants of greater age cited in scientific literature.

Analysis of DNA from the trees indicated that they came from the same parent plant.

The study was publicized – seemingly unintentionally – at the same time as Jewish people around the world studied and read the weekly Torah portion which corresponded this week to Parshat Noah, in which the story of the flooding of the world, and its redemption through the biblical figure Noah is told.  In the story, Noah released a dove to bring back signs of life after the flood.  The dove returned with an olive branch in its beak – which Jewish tradition teaches was plucked from a tree on the Mount of Olives.

The Mount of Olives is the location of the world’s largest and most ancient Jewish cemetery.  It sits just above the site of King David’s capital city, and was a location of significance for work pertaining to service in the Holy Temples.  According to biblical prophecy in the Book of Zechariah, the Messiah will arrive on the Mount of Olives, before descending to redeem Jerusalem.

The Mount of Olives Declaration

Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012

A thousand years ago, during the Gaonic period, the Tishrei holiday period, culminating with Sukkot, was the highlight of the year.  Pilgrims would flock to Israel to spend the holidays in Jerusalem.

In those days Israel was ruled by the Fatimids, whose empire stretched from the Levant to Northern  Africa.  The Fatimids recognized the Israeli Gaon as the leader of all Jews in their empire.

The Gaon was the head of the Israeli yeshiva, known as the Gaon Yaakov Yeshiva or the Eretz Ha-Zvi Yeshiva – the last remnant of the Sanhedrin.

The main holiday events took place on the last day of Sukkot, Hoshana Raba.  The Gaon would lead the people around the Temple Mount, and then the crowd made its way to the Mount of Olives.  After they climbed the mountain, they circled it seven times.

According to tradition, during the last three and a half years before the destruction of the Temple, the Shechina, the divine presence of God, moved to the Mount of Olives.  There, God called on the people of Israel to repent.  But the people did not repent, the Temple was destroyed, and the divine presence left Jerusalem.

A monumental stone marked the spot where God looked over the Temple Mount. The Gaon would sit on this stone as he spoke to the assembled crowd.

After a holiday sermon, he blessed the Jewish communities of the Diaspora, mentioning each by name, and those Jews who donated to the local community.  He announced new appointments (semicha) in the yeshiva and throughout the areas under his jurisdiction.

This was also the time when the Gaon pronounced a ‘Herem’ (excommunication) against those who strayed from the path.  Specifically against the Karaites, for not following the Rabbinic Kashrut laws on eating milk and meat.  In those days the Rabbinic Jews lived in the area south of the Temple Mount, while the Karaite Jews lived across the valley, in Silwan, on the south-western slope of the Mount of Olives.

In what became known as the “Mount of Olives Declaration,” the Gaon announced the dates of the holidays in the upcoming year.  This Declaration emphasized the centrality of Israel for Jews everywhere.  Pirke De-Rabbi Eliezer talks about this issue at length (ch. 8) and establishes that the calendar must be set by the Jews of Israel, regardless of their position.  “Even if there are prophets abroad and laymen in Israel, the calendar must be set by the laymen in Israel.”

Though sometimes marred by conflict, strife and hardships, the Mount of Olives celebrations were a memorable and uplifting national event.  It was a rare opportunity for Jews celebrate as a nation in their ancient capital. As one pilgrim witnessing the celebrations wrote his friend: “The congregation had the most beautiful holidays, like we’ve never seen before.”

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