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Special Event to Mark Hamas Kidnap-Murder of 3 Israeli Teens on June 3

Thursday, April 30th, 2015

In slightly over a month, at least one million Jews will mark a horrifying event that became the straw that broke the camel’s back in Israel, igniting another war on terror in Gaza.

June 3 corresponds with the date on the Hebrew calendar that marks the abduction of Eyal Yifrach, 19, Naftali Frenkel, 16, and Gilad Sha’ar, 16.

The event is being organized by the families of the three boys, together with Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat and the Gesher organization.

The three families also recently celebrated the launching of the Jerusalem Unity Prize, to be awarded for the first time on June 3 as well.

Together with the Jerusalem municipality, Gesher and Israel President Reuven Rivlin, the three families celebrated the launch of the Jerusalem Unity Prize several months ago. It is intended to commemorate and further the Jewish unity that was seen when the entire nation of Israel came together to pray and help search for the missing boys.

The three boys were kidnapped on June 12 by Hamas terrorists while hitchiking home from yeshiva in Gush Etzion on a Thursday evening. They were murdered in cold blood shortly after they were grabbed; a shooting that was heard on a recording made by Israel Police when one of them managed to dial the emergency dispatcher in a desperate cry for help.

It took nearly three weeks for search and rescue teams and volunteers to locate their bodies in a shallow grave, hastily dug in a field in Halhul. During that time, Jews in Israel and around the world came together in an unprecedented show of unity to pray, demonstrate and otherwise show their support for the families and other Jews.

The bodies of the three boys were found on June 30.

Police Arrest Suspect in Jerusalem Hit-and-Run Terrorist Attack

Sunday, April 26th, 2015

Police and Border Police Monday morning captured the suspect in Saturday night’s hit-and-run terrorist attack that wounded four police officers, including a 20-year-old woman, with light to moderate injuries.

He is about 30 years old and is from the Shuafat neighborhood in northern Jerusalem.

The attack in eastern Jerusalem capped off a day of terror that spread from Ma’aleh Adumim to the capital.

The hit-and-run terrorist was driving his Skoda car from the area of the Mount of Olives (Har HaZeitim) when he saw a group of policemen on the sidewalk. The driver drove over the curb, hit the victims and escaped as police shot at the vehicle, which later was found abandoned.

Other Arabs joined the culture of violence by throwing rocks at rescue vehicle and at the car of Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, who arrived at the scene. He was not injured, but his car sustained light damage, as did the motorcycle of a volunteer rescue worker.

Earlier in the day, approximately two dozen Arabs were injured by police  trying to disperse riots in Jerusalem’s A-Tur neighborhood, which the past several months has been a hotbed of terrorist activity.

The riots followed two stabbing attacks by Jerusalem and Palestinian Authority terrorists. Police killed a terrorist, reportedly 17 years old, near Maaleh Adumim after he stabbed a Border Police officer in the neck. He is being treated in the hospital for light to moderate wounds.

The family of the attacker claimed that the terrorist really was not a terrorist and did not attack police, who they said “executed” him.

A state of mourning was called in A-Tur, and a general strike left schools and institutions closed.

Continuing widespread violence in eastern Jerusalem has included more rock-throwing attacks on the city’s light rail system. Violence is fueled by terrorist cells and also by Palestinian Authority media that repeatedly describe Arab attackers as innocents.

WAFA, the official Palestinian Authority news site, reported Sunday that Mohammed abu Ghannam, the father of the 17-year-old killed in the incident near Maaleh Adumim, “expressed his belief that the Israeli version of such incidents is intended to acquit Israeli soldiers and whitewash their crimes.”

The father said, “One who attempts to stab soldiers doesn’t wield a large knife and start running toward armed soldiers.”

He did not offer a different method of how terrorists attack with a knife.

Updated: Three Injured in Jerusalem Terror Attack, Ambulances and Mayor’s Car also Attacked

Saturday, April 25th, 2015

Three police have been injured in Jerusalem after a car ran into them. The three were walking on the sidewalk when the car slammed into them.

The vehicular attack happened on the “Cohen’s Path” near Beit Orot on the Mount of Olives.

One is moderately injured with pelvic injuries, and the other two are lightly injured.

The police managed to shoot at the car.

Paramedics are on scene, and the injured are being transported to Sharei Tzedek hospital.

Mayor Nir Barkat’s car was stoned by Arabs in nearby Beit Orot, and the windshield was damaged.

Ambulances arriving at the scene to treat the wounded were also attacked.

Arabs in the area are currently rioting.

Police have found the car used in the attack, but the driver has escaped.

Mayor Nir Barkat arriving at scene of terror attack. Photo: Rotter.net / B'Mizrach Hatichon

Mayor Nir Barkat arriving at scene of terror attack.
Photo: Rotter.net / B’Mizrach Hatichon

Suspected Vehicular Terrorist Incident in Jerusalem [video]

Thursday, April 16th, 2015

Late Wednesday evening, April 15, a vehicle slammed into two Israelis waiting at a bus stop in the French Hill neighborhood of Jerusalem.

The incident took place at the intersection of Ramat Eshkol and Route One.

A 20 year-old female soldier and a 30 year-old male civilian were struck by the car. The two injured Israelis were taken to Ein Kerem Hospital for treatment; both were reportedly seriously wounded.

The incident is being treated as a possible terrorist attack. A suspected Arab terrorist was lightly injured and also taken to hospital.

Eye witnesses are claiming it appeared the driver drove into the people are purpose.

Jerusalem’s Mayor Nir Barkat was photographed at the scene of the incident.

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat (R) at the scene of possible vehicular terrorist incident, April 15, 2015.

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat (R) at the scene of possible vehicular terrorist incident, April 15, 2015.

Additional information will be provided as it becomes available.

Jerusalem to Open ‘Gazelle Valley’ Park Before Passover

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

Just in time for families searching for a healthy and low-cost Passover vacation day out with the kids, the city of Jerusalem this week will dedicate and open an urban nature park, to be named “Gazelle Valley.”

The park features a couple of dozen gazelles – survivors of what was once a much larger herd, who finally shrank to a group of just five (for whom it is named.) Also gracing the landscape are ponds, bicycle paths and the kind of flora and fauna that makes one want to lie in the grass for the day.

Enjoy the ambiance on a borrowed mat or deck chair, using borrowed binoculars if you wish: the park offers them to guided group tours; for that matter, the park also offers tours to nature lovers. Visitors are asked to please not touch the baby deer who are nestling in the brush because this might lead their mothers to abandon them, leaving them to die.

It has taken 20 years for the Jerusalem municipality to fight for this project, notes Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat in comments released to media. “The park’s guiding principle is revolutionary in terms of Israeli urban public spaces. It is a nature reserve in the middle of Jerusalem. Gazelle Valley is one of the biggest and most important Jerusalem projects in recent years, representing above all community involvement in the city and the power of joint brainstorming and planning by City Hall and residents.”

The public is inviting to next Monday’s opening ceremony at 4pm, which is free and will feature a day of activities to include a bird-watching workshop, children’s choirs, a music and theater show, giant puppets, information stations operated by the Society for the Protection of Nature in Israel and a performance by the Jordan Valley Mandolin Orchestra.

So far the project has cost the municipality some NIS 22 million, with another NIS 70 million expected to be spent in the coming years, both from the municipal coffers and donations to be raised via the Jerusalem Foundation.

Similar in setup to New York City’s Central Park, Gazelle Valley stretches over 60 acres (250 dunam) and is centrally located between the Begin Highway and the Katamon and Givat Mordechai neighborhoods. The area once was home to a field of fruit orchards which by the 1980s had been abandoned – leaving the area ripe for the picking by real estate developers. That was when the fight began by city residents – who were ultimately joined by Mayor Barkat – to save the site for a green space instead.

One can walk to Jerusalem’s new Gazelle Valley park from the Malha Mall, Bayit Ve’Gan, and other area neighborhoods.

Arsonists Attacks Christian Seminary in Jerusalem

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

Arsonists damaged a Greek Orthodox seminary in Jerusalem’s Old City in the pre-dawn hours Thursday, and spray-painted anti-Christian graffiti.

No one was injured, and damage was minimal.

A Greek Church archbishop said two people who hid their faces three a flammable liquid at a bathroom in the seminary, located on Mt. Zion (Hat Tzion).

He said there have been previous threats from people whom he described as religious Jews.

Newspapers in the United States carried a report of the fire, which further blackens the image of Israel and of Orthodox Jews.

Another attack, this time on a mosque in Judea and Samaria, was reported Wednesday.

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat vigorously condemned the apparent arson attack and said, “There is no room for such deplorable activity in Jerusalem. We must eradicate this behavior and bring those responsible to justice.”




The Mayors of Two Great Cities Meet

Monday, February 23rd, 2015

Nir Barkat is the mayor of Jerusalem, but Bill de Blasio is the mayor of the city with the largest Jewish community.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/tv/video-picks/the-mayors-of-two-great-cities-meet/2015/02/23/

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