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Epic Blizzard 2.0: Israel’s Government Gears Up for Snow, The Sequel

Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

As the winter weather slowly winds its way towards the Holy Land, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu gathered officials in Jerusalem on Tuesday to review final details and preparation for the anticipated storm.

Meeting in Jerusalem City Hall on January 6 were, among others, Mayor Nir Barkat and Jerusalem District Police Commander Moshe Edry, as well as representatives of the IDF, social welfare institutions, the Israel Electric Corp. and rescue services.

“I am impressed by the authorities’ coordination and preparatory work,” Netanyahu said, summarizing the meeting.

“We have three missions. The first is to save lives. The second is to ensure the continuity of essential services. The third is to provide mutual assistance and guarantee – residents helping residents.

“Beyond what the state is doing and will do, beyond what the municipalities are doing and will do, I ask the citizens of Israel to watch out for their neighbors and to help. The people of Israel excel at this.”

Last year’s storm found motorists scattered around on major arteries leading to the capital because numerous Israelis were curious and “wanted to see the snow.” This year officials are nipping that risk in the bud, and have announced that all major roads leading to the city will be shut down on Wednesday morning, when the storm is expected to hit the city.

 

Arab-Jewish School Torched; Anti-Arab Graffiti at Site

Sunday, November 30th, 2014

The Max Rayne Hand in Hand School in Jerusalem was set ablaze late Saturday night in what appears to be an anti-coexistence hate crime.

The school, which has branches in several locations throughout Israel, provides bilingual and multicultural education for Israeli Jews, Muslims and Christians.

The school was started in the late 1990’s, with one grade. The idea was embraced by the parents and students and eventually spread to having pre-school through 12th grades and several branches.

The Jerusalem branch, located in southern Jerusalem, near Beit Safafa and the Pat neighborhoods, has 620 students, split roughly 60 percent Arab and 40 percent Jews. Staffing is split roughly 50-50. In the younger grades the classes are jointly taught by a Jewish teacher and an Arab teacher.

The school was set ablaze Saturday evening. The Israeli police concluded, based upon their initial investigation, that the fire was set from inside the school.

No injuries were reported and although the fire was successfully extinguished by emergency fire crews, at least one classroom was badly damaged.

Graffiti was reportedly found on walls inside the school, with messages such as “you can’t co-exist with cancer,” “enough with assimilation,” and “death to Arabs,” according to the Jerusalem Post.

This summer, during Operation Protective Edge, anti-Arab graffiti was also found on the school. The response was to immediately address what happened in classes. The students responded by making a poster that said Jews and Arabs can be partners.

“When relationships between the two communities are, at a national level, particularly tense, this tension comes to the school. So then we as a school have to support the children and parents in the hostile environment,” Rebecca Bardach, Hand in Hand’s director of resource development and strategy told the Canadian Jewish News during a visit to Toronto this summer.

Rebecca Bardach, Hand in Hand’s director of resource development and strategy – See more at: http://www.cjnews.com/israel/israeli-schools-promote-jewish-arab-co-existence#sthash.JT1m3lqJ.dpuf

Rachel Azaria, the Deputy Mayor of Jerusalem came to school and said: “Harming this school is a horrific crime perpetrated by people who want to destroy any place that creates real cooperation between Jews and Arabs despite our fears and differences. We will not let them do this. The municipality of Jerusalem fully supports the school and we will ensure their continued to work.”

Hand in Hand CEO Shuli Dichter responded: “This is not the first time that our shared civic endeavor has been targeted. Even when they stain our school walls, they will not succeed in destroying our work. In addition to strong condemnations and expressions of support, we invite the Israeli public to join us in building civic cooperation among Jews and Arabs in Israel. We will continue to grow and develop our educational and social structures, where 1200 students, 200 teachers, and thousands of community members come together every day.”

Israel’s Education Minister Shai Piron issued a statement condemning Saturday night’s incident.

“This is a violent, criminal and despicable incident aimed to injure and undermine the foundations of Israeli democracy,” Piron said.

“The fact that this was an arson attack on an educational framework that advocates coexistence severely damages the fabric of relations between Jews and Arabs.”

The mayor of Jerusalem also condemned the arson attack.

“Pyromaniacs and those who disrupt order cannot take the law into their own hands to disrupt the routine of our lives,” Nir Barkat said.

The Hand in Hand schools are publicly funded.

Jerusalem Mayor Demands International Condemnation of Har Nof Terror

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat demanded that the international community to strongly condemn this horrific act,” referring to the massacre by eastern Jerusalem Arab terrorists of Jews praying at a Har Nof synagogue Tuesday morning.

“Jerusalem bows its head in pain and sorrow on this difficult morning. Jerusalem residents peacefully praying in a synagogue in the heart of Jerusalem were cruelly slaughtered in cold blood while wearing their prayer shawls,” Bennett said in a statement.

“I promise Jerusalem residents that we will continue to fight terror with full force and we will do everything in our power to restore peace and security to Jerusalem.

“I call on Israel’s national government and security forces to provide Jerusalem with all of the support necessary to fight terror.

“We will not surrender to terror. We will stand strong and defend our city from those who try to disturb the peace of our capital.”

Jerusalem Mayor Barkat Visits Temple Mount

Tuesday, October 28th, 2014

Jerusalem Nit Barkat visited the Temple Mount Tuesday morning one day after Palestinian Authority prime minster Rami Hamdallah did the same.

Barkat previously has stated, “My opinion is that everyone should be able to pray there.”

Hamdallah’s visit was part of a Palestinian Authority campaign to keep the holy site free of Jews. Barkat said his aim was “to learn the challenges police face,” according to his spokesman.

The challenge is violence by Arab every time a Jew tries to visit the Temple Mount, which the Arab world continues to try to convince itself is a target for Israel to dig tunnels and undermine the foundations of the Al Aqsa mosque so that it will collapse.

The Temple Mount and the entire Old City were destined to become red lines for the Palestinian Authority and Israel in the shaggy dog “diplomatic process” that is followed by violence very time the Palestinian Authority does not gain another concession from Israel.

The question is how to handle violence – fight it or simply run away?

Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein and Barkat chided Tel Aviv on Monday for ordering an eighth-grade class to cancel a Bar Mitzvah trip to the Western Wall, beneath the Temple Mount, because it included a visit to areas where there has been “violence.” The city’s spokesman admitted that the “places” consisted only of Ammunition Hill, the site of one of the bloodiest battles in the Six-Day War in 1967.

Arab violence is frequent at the light rail route that is near Ammunition Hill but there is no spillover at the site itself, which is as safe as Dizengoff Square in Tel Aviv.

Edelstein criticized Tel Aviv’s decision from the podium of the Knesset at the opening session of this winter political circus.

Barkat told the Knesset Internal Affairs and Environment Committee, Mayor Barkat said, “Cancelling visits to Jerusalem plays into the hands of those causing the disturbances. I urge everyone to visit Jerusalem, to strengthen the city and help return a sense of calm and peace to Jerusalem.

“We must not surrender to terrorism; we must restore law and order in eastern Jerusalem.”

He called for an increased deployment of police forces over a long period of time and across a wide area; development of technological means to deter potential violators, increased enforcement and implementation stricter penalties for lawbreakers.

Netanyahu Convenes Top Brass in Jerusalem Over Terror Attack

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu convened top officials from Israel’s security establishment and the city of Jerusalem Thursday over the terror attack that killed three-month-old Chaya Zissel Braun less than a day earlier, as well as to discuss ongoing terror in the city.

Public Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovitch, Israel Police Commissioner Insp.-Gen. Yohanan Danino, ISA Director Yoram Cohen, Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat and Jerusalem District Police Commander Moshe Edri were all included in the meeting, held at Israel Police headquarters in Jerusalem.

Prime Minister Netanyahu was briefed on the attack and on the ongoing disturbances that have been taking place in Jerusalem on a near-daily basis in recent months. Despite the constant attacks by Arab terrorists, Public Security Minister Yitzchak Aharonovitch continues to insist the violence does not constitute a “third intifada.”

Netanyahu ordered that “sovereignty be asserted in all parts of the city” via the stationing of additional forces throughout the city, according to a statement released by his office.

“Jerusalem is not the only city under attack by terrorists; other cities across the world are, as well. But the offensive in Jerusalem is supported by the chairman of the Palestinian Authority, Abu Mazen, who glorifies the murderers and embraces the group they belong to – Hamas,” Netanyahu said late Wednesday night after the attack, referring to the terrorist name of PA unity government chairman Mahmoud Abbas.

Netanyahu also met Thursday with the Jerusalem District police officer who shot the terrorist and asked to send his condolences to the family of three-month-old Chaya Zissel Braun who was murdered in the attack.

“On behalf of the entire nation, I send condolences to the family of this pure baby and my wishes for a quick and full recovery to those who were wounded,” the prime minister said.

Arab Violence in Jerusalem Forces Police to Return Law and Order

Thursday, October 23rd, 2014

Widespread violence and several riots that erupted in Arab neighborhoods in Jerusalem overnight following the murder of an American-Israeli baby have forced the police to fill the vacuum that the government created with a “hands-off” policy that have left both Arab and Jewish citizens at the mercy of terrorist anarchy.

Palestinian Authority media are claiming that Wednesday’s car-light rail collision that killed three-month-old Chaye Zisel Braun was an accident and not a terrorist attack.

The driver of the car has died from his wounds, but even if police ever will be able to conclude that he was not a terrorist – despite circumstantial evidence to the contrary – he definitely was a murderer.

The response from hundreds of Arabs was more attempted murder. They wounded a driver in a rock-throwing attack in eastern Jerusalem, and dozens of other Arabs rioted in Silwan, across the street from the Western Wall.

Little children in kindergarten in the Maaleh Zeitim were targets for rock-throwers Thursday morning.

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat complained after the apparent terrorist attack on Wednesday that “Jerusalem has become unbearable” and that action must be taken to quell violence.

If the good mayor had said that two or three years ago, and not today and two or three months ago, perhaps the baby killed yesterday would still be alive.

Police have tried to ignore dozens of “almost murders” in dozens if not hundreds of ambushes of Jewish motorists who have been abandoned as sitting ducks for Arab rock-throwers in narrow streets in eastern Jerusalem, part of the city that the Palestinian Authority demands as part of its would-be state.

The Arab response to the shooting of the terrorist, or killer if you wish, is typical of a culture that dates back 3,500 years to Ishmael, of whom it is written in Genesis 16:12, “And he will be a wild donkey of a man; his hand will be upon all, and everyone’s hand upon him, and before all his brothers he will dwell.”

Other translations are less flattering, such as a modern Christian version that Ishmael “will be a wild man, as untamed as a wild donkey! He will raise his fist against everyone, and everyone will be against him. Yes, he will live in open hostility against all his relatives.”

Of course, this smacks of racism, just as Jews are “racists” because we are the “Chosen People” and just as anyone upholding the family unit is racist, and God is a racist for not creating men so they can give birth.

The Arab culture sucks up lawlessness. Not all Bedouin are thieves, but most thieves in the Negev are Bedouin. The Be’er Sheva court’s defendants are almost entirely Bedouin.

Not all Arabs are crazy drivers, but almost every crazy driver in Judea and Samaria is an Arab. Traffic fines are useless because the drivers simply don’t pay, assuming the drivers even have a license and assuming their cars are not stolen.

Violence is a way of life in the Palestinian Authority, and whenever anyone, especially Jews, try to clamp down, they are called “occupiers” and are met with more violence.

“The Palestinian Authority does and never has had a culture of peace,” Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon wrote on his Facebook page Thursday. “It is a culture of incitement and jihad against Jews.”

The Palestinian Authority has educated an entire generation to believe in terrorism, and the chance of widespread revolution cannot be totally dismissed, but it is highly unlikely.

The idea of a Palestinian Authority state, especially one that would pre-1967 neighborhoods in eastern, southern and northern Jerusalem, never has excited anyone except the sheikhs in Saudi Arabia and the Western no-nothings in Paris, Brussels, Oslo and Washington. The only thing that excites them is a chance to attack Jews.

Police always try to play down media inciters screaming “Intifada, Intifada” on a slow news day when they remember their agenda is to force a Palestinian Authority state down the throats of Israelis while they still are alive.

From Father to Son

Monday, October 20th, 2014

Prime Minister Netanyahu (L) congratulates Minister Yair Shamir (M) as President Ruby Rivlin and Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat look on (in the background), as Jerusalem’s new Road 9 is named after former Prime Minister Yitzchak Shamir, Israel’s 7th prime minister, who passed away in 2012.

Yair Shamir, who looks very much like is father (and has a similar political worldview) is a minister in the Israeli government.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/photos/from-father-to-son/2014/10/20/

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