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October 8, 2015 / 25 Tishri, 5776
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Jerusalem Arabs Clash with Police in Old City after Jew Stabbed

Sunday, June 21st, 2015

A terrorist stabbed one person near Damascus Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem Saturday night, and other terrorists threw a firebomb at a bus near Nevi Yaakov in northern Jerusalem and a pipe bomb at Rachel’s Tomb.

Police clashed with rioters after the stabbing, according to Israel News Feed. Arabs hurled rocks at cars, wounding at least one person, and police carried out one arrest as of midnight Saturday.

The condition of the stabbing victim is not known, but he is believed not to have suffered serous wounds.

There are no known injuries in the firebombing of the bus and from the pipe bomb that was thrown towards Jews visting Rachel’s Tomb (Kever Rachel) near Bethlehem.

In Judea and Samaria, Palestinian Authority terrorists hurled rocks at passing Jewish motorists near Dolev and in the same region where one or more terrorists murdered Daniel Gonen and wounded a companion while they were hiking. Gonen was buried in his home city of Lod, near Ben Gurion Airport, Saturday night.

The terrorist fled on foot but is believed to have been whisked away from the area in a car, leading police and the IDF to believe he did not act alone.

They also estimate that the attack was planned and was not a spur of the minute attack.

Palestinian Authority terrorists usually are more motivated during the Muslim month of Ramadan, which began Thursday. They have an added incentive because this month is the anniversary of the kidnap-murders of three yeshiva youth, whose attackers were located and killed in a shoot-out with the IDF last September.

Terror Attack Stymied at Temple Mount in Jerusalem

Sunday, June 7th, 2015

Israel Police prevented another young Arab from carrying out a deadly terror attack Sunday (June 7) on the Temple Mount in the Old City of Jerusalem.

A young man approximately age 25 moving around furtively aroused the suspicions of the security unit guarding the Temple Mount as he approached the Cotton Gate leading to the holy site.

The suspect apparently had second thoughts, however, and instead decided to leave the area when he noticed that his behavior had attracted the attention of police guarding the area. Nevertheless, police officers passed along the information by radio to other security personnel deployed in the area — and it’s a good thing they did.

Police who were stationed at the Iron Gate spotted the suspect once again trying to enter the Temple Mount. This time they detained him and called the commander attached to the site, Police Superintendant Shlomi Tobol, who began to ask the young man what he was doing there.

It’s important to know that many Israeli police officers — especially those assigned to guard the holy sites in Jerusalem and others deployed to areas with Arabic-speaking populations — speak fluent Arabic and in fact are also intimately familiar with the culture. There is a right way and a wrong way to behavior, to converse, and to ask a question in any society and when trying to get information to prevent a deadly terror attack, a chat with a witness or even a possible suspect is no exception.

This young suspect told Tobol during the extended conversation that followed that he had “formed within his heart” a resolve to carry out a terror attack at the site and stab one or several Jews, after having completed his final prayers at the Temple Mount. He also confessed to having purchased a knife and other equipment for the attack, which he had hidden away in a bag under a bush near the Damascus Gate in the Old City. After searching the area, police found knives and screwdrivers with which the suspect claimed he intended to carry out his attack.

The suspect was arrested and taken to the “David Precinct” for further questioning. The lethal evidence was confiscated as well.

The Temple Mount police commander praised the members of his unit for their quick and effective action. “I am proud of our police who were alert and operated smoothly to prevent this threat, which could have instead ended in a deadly terror attack,” Tobol said.

Arab Rioters Disrupt Jerusalem Light Festival Preparations

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

A few hundred Arabs disrupted preparations for the Jerusalem Light Festival near Sha’ar Shechem (Damascus Gate) on Wednesday evening, according to police.

The annual festival takes place throughout and around the entire Old City of Jerusalem, and is a very popular attraction.

The rioters tried to destroy the exhibits and threw rocks and bottles at the police guarding the area.

Police dispersed the rioters with riot gear and 3 Arabs were arrested.

Final Steps Underway for Jerusalem’s City of David Visitor’s Center

Friday, May 29th, 2015

Final steps are underway for building the City of David’s “Kedem” visitor’s center in Jerusalem that will sit on top of the “Givati Parking Lot” excavation just outside of the Old City of Jerusalem’s walls. The visitor’s center will serve as an entryway to the Jerusalem Walls National Park, which includes the City of David and Mount Zion, as well as to the Old City’s Ophel and Hulda Gates.

Several Arab and left-wing activist groups have criticized the project for its location in the predominately Arab eastern Jerusalem neighborhood of Silwan and for interfering with the skyline of the Old City.

Many public officials and archaeologists including — Harvard University professor of design Carl Steinitz, Nobel Laureate Yisrael Aumann and renowned archaeologist Dr. Gabriel Barkay—have spoken out in favor of the project.

The structure will sit approximately 21 feet below the Old City walls so that it will not affect the iconic Jerusalem skyline, according to the City of David.

“The City’s goal is to lay down the infrastructure to accommodate about 10 million visitors a year,” Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat said in a statement.


Court OK’s Jerusalem Day March Thru Old City’s Muslim Quarter

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

Israelis are planning to celebrate Jerusalem Day with the traditional Dance of Flags – now in its 30th year – next Sunday. The High Court has also approved a march through the Muslim Quarter in the Old City, despite an attempt by leftist groups to ban the event.

The Lion’s Gate into the Old City will remain closed to prevent unrest or incitement from Arab demonstrators, police said, despite requests to open it.

Presiding Justice of the Supreme Court Miriam Naor warned police to immediately arrest any participants in the march who called for “death to Arabs.” Likewise, the High Court of Justice, upon appeal, warned there was “zero room for tolerance for those provoking violence, either verbally or physically.”

Naor said such actions in context of a march were not “freedom of speech” but rather “freedom to incite” and could not be allowed under the law.

The petition to block the march was filed by the leftist Tag Meir and Ir Amim groups, which claimed past marches were violent and provocative. The Court ruled against the petition and rejected their appeal as well.

The court also called on rabbis and others at the march to ensure participants maintain a peaceful demeanor.

An open letter was sent to Israel Police Inspector-General Yochanan Danino and Jerusalem District Police Assistant Chief Moshe Edri by outgoing Housing Minister Uri Ariel, demanding the authorities reopen the Lion’s Gate for Jerusalem Day.

But police will maintain the ban against opening the Lion’s Gate, one of seven entrances through the walled ramparts of the Old City.

It was the Lion’s Gate the IDF paratroopers managed to break through to enter the Old City and liberate the Jordan-occupied side of Jerusalem during the 1967 Six Day War. Since the new Light Rail began operations in the capital, however, the Lion’s Gate has been closed to marches due to safety issues.

The Rosh Chodesh march around the Old City walls each month that leads to the Western Wall still passes through the Muslim Quarter as well as the Damascus and Jaffa Gates.

Likewise, security personnel will be on high alert for the day in Jerusalem and around the country as Israel celebrates the reunification of the holy capital.

Egged Bus Attacked Traveling to Western Wall in Jerusalem

Sunday, February 1st, 2015

An Egged bus was attacked by Arab terrorists as it traveled Sunday morning on the road to the Western Wall in the Old City of Jerusalem.

Arabs hurled rocks at the Israeli public bus, smashing the windshield and several windows on the vehicle as it reached the Nablus Gate at the Old City entrance.

An IDF soldier was treated at the scene for light wounds to his hand from flying glass.

A dragnet was thrown around the area as Jerusalem District police opened a search to hunt down the attackers.

Suspect Arrested in Sha’ar Shechem Stabbing

Friday, January 9th, 2015

A 22 year old American Chassidic man was stabbed on Thursday at the Old City of Jerusalem’s Damascus Gate (Sha’ar Shechem).

Police have a 15-year-old Arab suspect in custody for the attack. The suspected terrorist lives in northern Jerusalem.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/suspect-arrested-in-shaar-shechem-stabbing/2015/01/09/

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