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April 30, 2016 / 22 Nisan, 5776

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Technion Rabbi Arrested at Temple Mount

Monday, April 25th, 2016

Rabbi Dr. Elad Dukov of the Technion Institute of Technology in Haifa was arrested Monday afternoon, according to the Tazpit Press Service (TPS).

Dukov was taken into custody by Israeli security forces at the Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem, leaving five children stranded by themselves on the site, TPS reported.

The circumstances behind the rabbi’s arrest are not clear.

Last week, Rabbi Yehuda Glick of the Temple Mount Heritage Foundation and Rabbi Yisrael Ariel of The Temple Institute were both arrested while visiting the site.

Thirteen visitors were detained Sunday while visiting the ancient site where both Jewish Holy Temples of Jerusalem once stood, 12 of them Jews. The Temple Mount is the holiest site on earth in Judaism, and the third holiest site in Islam.

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An American Rabbi’s ‘Experience’ at The Temple Mount

Thursday, March 3rd, 2016

Following is the experience of an American rabbi who went with his wife to visit the Temple Mount in Jerusalem this week, thinking it would be the exciting Zionist experience it once was decades ago.

It was indeed “exciting” but not quite in the way he expected.

“My wife and I almost earned a spot in the news today. Or at least on a police blotter. And I was mostly innocent.

“Since the 1960s when my family and I freely and unafraid explored all of the Muslim holy sites on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, I have wanted to revisit it,” he told JewishPress.com in an exclusive interview. With the recent excitement about who controls the area, my wife and I decided that this time we would have to include it.

“We arrived on time for visiting hours at the end of a long queue of people anxious to climb the long ramp from the plaza level of the Kotel to the Temple Mount. We saw people from every nook and cranny of the world and enjoyed listening to all of their languages as we waited for the gate at the front to open. Naturally, security is very tight,” he acknowledged.

“After roughly 100 others had filed through we brought up the rear. My wife placed her purse on the table and walked through the metal detector to the other side without arousing as much as a blink from the police. I emptied my pockets, set my cell phone and pen on the table and the guards motioned for me to remove my hat.”

That’s when the “excitement” began.

“A gasp and hurried instructions to one another were immediate, and they demanded our passports. There, to the apparent shock of every guard, perched on my head was a kippah. The chief of the micro police force receded into a small office, emerging about five minutes later still holding the passports and glaring at me. Obviously I was a troublemaker.”

The police chief was clearly irritable, according to the rabbi, who said he was told to “calm down” when he asked him whether they should leave or whether his wife could go up on her own.

“Do you want to go to jail?” the burly police chief reportedly rasped. About 20 minutes later, after a few more office retreats and whispered conversations with the other guards, the officer strode over to the rabbi.

“Where is your Kippah?” he demanded to know. By then the rabbi had removed it; he showed him that he had placed it in a carry bag. “I was willing to suffice with the hat to avoid looking Jewish; I shared with him my business card identifying me as a rabbi, to further assure him that I was aware of the delicate situation and would act responsibly.”

That was clearly a mistake: the police chief now appeared to be convinced the rabbi was intending to do “something religious” up on the Temple Mount, the rabbi said. “He retreated once again into his office, ostensibly to check with “the office” to determine if I was previously known to the police as an agitator.

“With only a few minutes left in the one hour allotment, he finally reemerged, handed back my business card, and told me to put on my kippah. ‘Come, go up,’ he groused at me. My wife and I began the trek up the ramp, a bit surprised but glad nevertheless. A young haredi-religious guard – kippah, tzitzit, long peyyot and unarmed – joined us. Halfway up we were greeted and flanked by two heavily armed policemen.

“At the top of the ramp, as we approached the holy ground, several more police surrounded us in a very tight circle. In this formation we begin a slow march onto the grounds.

Hana Levi Julian

Police Foil Terror Stabbing Attack at Damascus Gate

Tuesday, February 16th, 2016

Jerusalem police foiled an attempted terror attack Tuesday morning at the Damascus Gate entrance to the Old City of Jerusalem.

Police stationed at the gate noticed a suspicious-looking Arab hanging around the area and approached to question him.

They discovered the 26-year-old man, a resident of the Palestinian Authority city of Jenin, had a knife hidden up his shirt sleeve.

“The alertness and operational skills of the officers prevented an attack on security forces and innocent bystanders,” said the commander of the post, praising the officers.

The suspect was arrested and transferred to security personnel for further questioning.

It was the third straight day in which an attempted terror attack was thwarted by police in the same location.

Hana Levi Julian

Shooting Attack at Sha’ar Shechem, Police Saved by Miracle [video]

Sunday, February 14th, 2016

There was a terror shooting attack near the Damascus Gate (Sha’ar Shechem) of the Old City of Jerusalem, according to a TPS report.

The attack happened just before 11 PM on Sunday. The terrorists attempted to shoot at a group of Border Policemen who were standing together and receiving their orders for the evening.

The approaching Arab man aroused the suspicion of the policemen, and they asked him to show them what was in the bag he was carrying. He then pulled out his weapon and aimed it at them.

What saved the policemen from the terrorists who were standing a mere 5 meters away, according to HotNews1, was that when the first terrorist cocked his weapon, the magazine fell out.

The first terrorist was immediately neutralized (killed) by the policemen, who quickly opened fire.

A second terrorist then began shooting at the policemen from approximately 100 meters away.

A gunfight ensued, and accurate shooting on the policemen’s part quickly neutralized (killed) him too.

After a 15-20 minute search, a third suspected terrorist was arrested. It appears now that he was not involved in the attack.

No policemen were wounded.

Video Source: Buzznet:

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Update: Female Teen Terror Wannabe Fails at Jerusalem’s Damascus Gate

Tuesday, February 9th, 2016

Another female Arab wannabe teen terrorist has failed in an attempt to attack Border Guard Police officers. The incident occurred near the Damascus Gate entrance to the Old City of Jerusalem shortly after 9 am Tuesday morning.

The hopeful terrorist, age 16, pulled out a knife and tried to stab the officers when she was asked to hand over her bag for routine inspection before entering the Old City.

An officer immediately shoved her back and a second one tackled her, according to local sources. The teen terrorist wannabe, a resident of Jerusalem, was arrested and taken into custody.

She was transferred to security personnel for questioning.

Last week three male Arab terrorists just four years her senior murdered a young female Border Guard Police officer and wounded another plus a civilian in an attack at the same spot. All three terrorists were shot and killed — one of them taken down by the police officer he murdered, with her last shot.

Hana Levi Julian

Suspected Bomb Found at Light Rail Stop Near Damascus Gate

Sunday, February 7th, 2016

A suspicious package was found Sunday morning under the stop for the Jerusalem Light Rail near the Damascus Gate entrance to the Old City of Jerusalem.

Traffic on the rail line was stopped temporarily in order to allow police sappers to examine the item to see whether it was indeed an explosive, and if so, to safely remove and defuse it.

Hana Levi Julian

Netanyahu Visits ‘Heroic, Resourceful’ Policewoman in Hospital

Thursday, February 4th, 2016

Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu visited one of the two surviving wounded Israeli Border Guard Police officers hospitalized at Hadassah Mount Scopus Medical Center on Thursday.

Ravit was one of three who were wounded in a complex terror attack at the Damascus Gate entrance to the Old City of Jerusalem.

It was the police officers who prevented a certain mass casualty attack from taking place within the Old City, having fearlessly approached the suspects to ask for identification when they acted suspiciously. As one presented his ID, his two companions produced concealed guns and knives, and immediately stabbed the police officers.

The officer with whom the prime minister visited, Ravit, told him what had happened during the attack. She added, “We are here to protect Israel’s citizens. That’s why we enlisted, and why we are here.

“I have no doubt that Hadar knew this and acted from this belief. I realize that Hadar saved my life,” she said.

“Your responsiveness and resourcefulness prevented a huge disaster,” Netanyahu said in praise of all the officers. “All of Israel embraces you, and sends to you wishes for a speedy recovery.”

The prime minister also visited an IDF soldier wounded in a terror attack Sunday in Samaria near Beit El carried out by a member of the elite, U.S.-trained Palestinian Authority security police force.

After the visit, Netanyahu declared, “Ravit acted heroically and resourcefully along with her colleagues. Together with the commander of their force, they prevented a large disaster. And of course we are all saddened by the death of Hadar Cohen, a real heroine. We all embrace her family.”

Netanyahu told reporters the government is carrying out a “large effort against terror.

“Qabatiya (the home village of two of the terrorists) is closed. The IDF is operating there with the Shin Bet and making widespread arrests. We have canceled many work permits into Israel, and the attorney general informed me… he has added a number of terrorists’ homes to be marked for demolition. This is only a portion of our efforts.

“It will take time to overcome terror – Islamic terror has spread throughout the world, inciting millions in countries from Jakarta to Africa, all the way to California,” Netanyahu pointed out.

“We are in this fray – it is not passing us by – but we are fighting it with great power and will continue to do so.”

Hana Levi Julian

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