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Tel Aviv Follows US Model and Bans School Trips to Western Wall

Sunday, October 26th, 2014

Tel Aviv has ordered a school to cancel Bar Mitzvah an eighth-grade Bar Mitzvah trip to the Western Wall in Jerusalem because of “the security situation in Jerusalem.”

City Hall explained that the cancellation of the Bar Mitzvah trip “includes tours of some of the places where violence has recently erupted.”

It turns out ”some places” means Ammunition Hill, the spokeswoman for Tel Aviv told The Jewish Press. The site is one of the most popular places for visitors because of a fierce and deadly battle there against the Jordanian army in the Six-Day War in 1967.

There have been no riots at Ammunition Hill. Nor there have been any Arabs throwing rocks there.

Someone in Tel Aviv must have looked at the map and noticed that Ammunition Hill is two or three minutes from the part of the route of the light rail train that Jerusalem Arabs have targeted on a daily basis. An Arab terrorist last week raced down the path next to a train and ran over anyone in his way, killing a three-month-old baby and another victim who died today.

That doesn’t make Ammunition Hill dangerous and more than it makes an ice hockey arena dangerous because two guys are fighting each other on the ice

If Ammunition Hill were not a safe place to visit, Jerusalem schools would not send dozens of children there every day.

But let’s say that the good citizens of Tel Aviv don’t know any better and are paranoid. The school tour no doubt wanted to include a visit to Ammunition Hill on the Bar Mitzvah trip, but why did it throw out the baby with the bath water and deprive the children of the Bar Mitzvah experience at the Western Wall instead of simply taking Ammunition Hill off of the schedule?

Tel Aviv’s reaction is as if it were in the Diaspora.

Hundreds of American Jews this past summer cancelled trips to Israel because of the war against Hamas, which attacked most of Israel with missiles, even though almost all of the rockets that reached the metropolitan area were intercepted by the Iron Dome anti-missile system.

The U.S. Embassy last week ordered its personnel not to travel on the light rail trains in Jerusalem because of the terrorist attack

The clueless and frightened ghetto-like reaction of the United States and Tel Aviv is the perfect response to encourage terrorists, who have two objectives. One is to kill Jews. The other is for Jews to go elsewhere – first Tel Aviv, and then the United States, or any other place where radical Islam has not yet taken over.

Cancelling a school trip to the Western Wall because of one nearby trouble spot makes as much sense as Jerusalem’s banning traveling to Tel Aviv because of fatal accidents on Tel Aviv’s inner city Ayalon highway or Mafia murders in broad daylight that often catch innocent bystanders in crossfire or simply target the wrong people.

Jerusalem’s deputy mayor Rachel Azaria called Tel Aviv’s ban “outrageous.”

Thousands of Jerusalem children and adults travel every day to the Western Wall. There also are visits to Ammunition Hill without incident. There is no requirement to take the light rail train..

Ammunition Hill in quieter times.

Ammunition Hill in quieter times.

Arab Rioters Attack Jewish-owned Buildings in Old City [video]

Friday, October 24th, 2014

Dozens of Arab rioters attacked Jewish owned buildings in Jerusalem’s Old City. Among the buildings attacked were “Beit HaEmet”, “Beit Yuri” and “Beit HaTzalam” which are located in what is now the Muslim Quarter.

Until late last night, Arabs in the Old City threw stones, firebombs, and launched fireworks at the apartments.

Jewish residents in those areas where the Arab were going wild were told to stay indoors and away from the windows.

Residents of “Beit Hatzalam” told Tazpit News Agency they were surprised by the attack, as Arabs have hardly ever attacked their building.

Police and Border Police actively dispersed the rioters, including with the use of anti-riot weapons, which is unusual inside the Old City.

No injuries or damage was reported at the time to any Jews or Jewish property at the time this report was filed at 12:46am.

Three Arab rioters have been arrested.

Before 1948, much of what is today the Muslim Quarter used to be the Jewish Quarter, until the Jewish residents were forced out when the Arab states attacked the fledgling state of Israel. On some of the doorposts in the Muslim Quarter, one can still see where the Mezuzas were embedded in the doorposts.

Massive Rock-Throwing Ambush another Sign that Jerusalem Is a Divided City

Friday, September 12th, 2014

Rock-throwing terrorists from eastern Jerusalem Thursday night ambushed the car of a family that made a wrong turn on the way to their son’s IDF Golani Division swearing-in ceremony.

The soldier’s father suffered light facial wounds after the rock-throwers smashed the windows and windshield of the car, and the family said it was a miracle they were able to escape alive.

The terror began with instructions from the GPS, which does not take into account security dangers and often has taken drivers through dangerous areas.

“It was a near-lynch,” the English word often used in Hebrew to describe a deadly ambush. “I feel that it was a miracle that we escaped,” Ettie Cohen, mother of the soldier, told YNet.

The family was in the area of the Western Wall and was told by the navigating system to make a right turn on what turned out to be road leading to the heart of Wadi Joz, a dangerous neighborhood in eastern Jerusalem, in turmoil following claims from an Arab family that their son has turned into a vegetable after police allegedly hit him with a rubber bullet in a riot.

“I still am in shock over what happened to us.” said Ettie.

The Cohen family is from Ramat Gan, next to Tel Aviv, and is not familiar with the streets of the Old City of Jerusalem.

“We depended on the GPS program that told us to turn right,” she said. “For the first few seconds, everything was okay. Our daughter, who was driving, serves in the intelligence unit of the IDF and knows Arabic. She said, ”Isn’t it funny that everything here is in Arabic,’ and I started to get a bit nervous.

“We were on a narrow street, and people began to look at us as if to say, ‘What are you doing here?’”

The Cohen family soon asked itself the same question, realizing they were in the wrong place at the wrong time.

“There were two cars in front of us, and suddenly a child, around 12 years old, came up to the window where my husband was sitting…. The child banged on the window while we were driving. All of a sudden, three cars in front of us created a traffic jam by simply stopping without any reason.”

Actually, there was a reason – an ambush.

“Building blocks started flying at us,” she continued.. ”The first one smashed the rear window, and I couldn’t believe what was happening to us. Another one hit the window where my husband was sitting, and he was hurt in the face. The third block smashed the windshield and headrest where a friend of our son was sitting.”

The young girl who was driving “freaked out” for a second but then took control of her senses and slammed her foot on the gas, driving on to the sidewalk and skirting the ambush while Ettie was screaming on the phone to the police.”

When she was finally able to tell the police where they were driving, the officer said, “Don’t drive there. It is dangerous.”

Isn’t that wonderful police protection?

Another police officer told the driver what road to take, and the Cohen family finally got of Wadi Joz, literally with their lives.

Their car was smashed up by blocks and rocks, but Ettie Cohen is happy everyone is in one piece. Her husband is recovering from light facial wounds.

She advises people not to rely on GPS systems in the Old City.

The police said they are beefing up patrols in eastern Jerusalem.

Barbed wire divided Jerusalem after Jordan took possession of the eastern, northern and southern parts of the city in the War for Independence in 1948. Israel removed the barbed wire and united the city in the Six-Day War in 1967.

Arab Terrorist from Jerusalem Shoots at Jewish Homes

Saturday, August 23rd, 2014

Border Police shot and wounded Saturday an Arab terrorist from Jerusalem who shot at homes in a community in Samaria during the Sabbath, putting bullet holes in houses but causing no injuries.

The 20-year-old terrorist who constantly fired at the Pisgat Ze’ev community in northern Jerusalem was finally shot in the Shuafat neighborhood and is in serious condition in Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital.

Police sharpshooters ambushed the terrorist, who was whisked away in a Red Crescent ambulance after being shot. Security personnel caught up with the ambulance at a checkpoint and escorted to the hospital.

Police suspect that the terrorist did not act along and are investigating the possibility that others are involved.

Last week, Palestinian Authority official Jibril Rajoub, who once headed Yasser Arafat’s Preventive Security forces and now directs the PA Soccer Federation, said last week that the Palestinian Authority supports Arab terrorists who attack Jews living in Judea and Samaria.

Elsewhere in Jerusalem, Arabs in the Muslim Quarter of the Old City used their rooftops to as launching points for hurling rocks at Jews passing by, an infant suffered light head wounds. He was treated at the same hospital where the Shuafat terrorist is being cared for.

More than 360 incidents of violence have been reported in Jerusalem this month. Police have arrested more than 600 terror suspects, most of them young people from eastern Jerusalem, and 200 indictments have been filed.

Old City Arabs Send Two to Hospital

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Arab residents of the Old City rioted Thursday, sending two people to hospital and threatening the lives of security forces in the area. One police officer lost consciousness after being hit in the head with a rock, and a yeshiva student suffered abrasions, also in the head, during the rioting.  the Hebrew-language 0404 website reported.

Arabs Riot in Northern, Eastern Jerusalem

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

An undercover police officer narrowly escaped death Wednesday as an Arab mob tried to lynch him in the Shuafat refugee camp in northern Jerusalem.


The officer was discovered in the heat of Arab riots following the murder of an Arab teenager, Muhammad Abu Khdeir,  overnight between Tuesday and Wednesday. Abu Khdeir’s charred body was found in the Jerusalem forest at about 5:00 a.m., about an hour after police received a call from his parents reporting him missing. The boy, a 17 year old resident of Shuafat, was allegedly kidnapped from nearby Beit Hanina.

The discovery sparked riots by Arabs in northern Jerusalem Arab neighborhoods such as Shuafat and Beit Hanina, who claimed the murderers were Jews avenging the murders of Eyal Yifrah, Gil-Ad Sha’ar and Naftali Fraenkel.

Israeli leaders, including Minister Uri Ariel (Jewish Home) and Yesha Council spokesman Dani Dayan, condemned the murder immediately.  “I vigorously condemn barbaric murder of boy in #Jerusalem. I am confident security forces will bring perpetrators to justice,” Tweeted Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat.

Large Scale Riots

Throughout Wednesday morning, residents clashed with police and security forces in Arab-majority neighborhoods around the city.  Light Rail service in the area was suspended as rioters hurled rocks and rolled burning tires at police. At least one person injured in the melee and taken to the hospital.

In the Old City Arab worshipers stoned security forces on the Temple Mount and threw rocks over the wall at the Western Wall plaza below. In response to the violence police closed the Mount to Jewish visitors, while leaving it open to the Muslims responsible for the violence.

Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld confirmed that no arrests have been made as a result of the clashes, but added that police would likely detain participants in the riots “soon. “It is likely there will be (arrests), following review of CCTV footage of the incident,” Rosenfeld told The Jewish Press. 

Rosenfeld added that the Temple Mount area has since quieted down, although riots are continuing in the Beit Hanina neighborhood.

Police are continuing their investigation of the circumstances that led to the murder of the young Arab teen, who sources requesting anonymity said may have been killed in a blood feud between two rival clans.

Clashes on the Temple Mount

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

Arab youths clashes with Israel Police officers Tuesday morning on the Temple Mount, hurling rocks at the security forces in the Old City of Jerusalem.

Police used routine riot control methods to disperse the mob, according to police officials and did not close the complex to visitors, in a departure from past practices.

No one was injured in the incident, and officials said the Temple Mount remained open to visitors for the time being.

In the past, radical Islamists have used rock throwing and other rioting methods as a means of preventing Jews and other tourists from gaining entry to the area, thus retaining exclusive access to the site.

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