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Posts Tagged ‘Old City’

Jewish Teen Arrested for Church Vandalism

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

A Jerusalem teenager has been arrested in connection with the vandalism of the Dormition Abbey in the Old City of the capital.

A 16-year-old Jewish boy was scheduled to appear before a judge in the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court Wednesday to face accusations relating to the case.

The Dormition Abbey is located next to the site known to Jews as the Tomb of the Biblical King David, author of the Book of Psalms. It is known to Christians as the Cenacle, and the room of the Last Supper, and is outside Zion Gate.

Hana Levi Julian

Terror Attack Foiled in Old City of Jerusalem

Sunday, December 27th, 2015

A terror attack was foiled in the Old City of Jerusalem at midday Sunday when Israeli police officers noticed an Arab teen behaving suspiciously. The officers asked the youth to produce his identification, which he did.

However, as he presented his blue teudat zehut ID card, the youth also pulled a knife from within the folds of his shirt, and tried to stab one of the officers.

ירושלים: לפני זמן קצר נמנע פיגוע דקירה, נעצר מחבל שניסה לדקור שוטרים   שוטרים הבחינו בצעיר ערבי ברחוב המוריסטאן בעיר העתיקה, שעורר את חשדם. השוטרים ניגשו לבדוק אותו תוך כדי ששומרים על טווח ביטחון ואבטחה הדדית. הצעיר מסר ת.ז. ובמהלך הבדיקה שלף סכין מתוך חולצתו.השוטרים השתלטו על המחבל ועצרו אותו, אין נפגעים.בסרטון: ההשתלטות על המחבל

Posted by ‎רוטר.נט – סקופים וחדשות‎ on Sunday, December 27, 2015

The police overpowered and arrested the teen, handcuffed him and took him to the local precinct for questioning.

Hana Levi Julian

Police Officer Wounded in Jerusalem Terror Attack, Terrorist Neutralized

Thursday, December 3rd, 2015

An Israeli police officer was stabbed in a terrorist attack Thursday at around 5:30 pm on Hanevi’im Street in Jerusalem, near the Damascus Gate entrance to the Old City.

The security officer was stabbed in the hand by the terrorist, and also sustained a gunshot wound to the leg due to friendly fire, according to a medic. He was evacuated to Shaare Zedek Medical Center in the capital.

The terrorist who carried out the attack was shot and killed by police on site. Security personnel continued to sweep the area to determine whether a second terrorist was involved.

Hana Levi Julian

Seal of First Temple Era King Discovered in Old City of Jerusalem

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2015

Archaeologists have discovered a First Temple-era seal with the name of King Hezekiah, who ruled Judea at the time.

Hebrew University Dr. Eliot Mazer, who leads the ongoing excavations at the Old City site, said that the half-inch long seal, or “bulla,” is the “closest as ever that we can get to something that was most likely held by King Hezekiah himself.,” who ruled in the 8th century BCE.

The inscription on the bulla, one of several that have been found in the past several years, reads:

Hezekiah [son of] Ahaz, king of Judah.

The seal was embellished with motifs from Egyptian culture and was used to seal a scroll, indicating that King Hezekiah had signed the document.

He is best known today as for excavating the water channel from Silwan water springs to the Old City, an engineering feat.

King Hezekiah dug the tunnel after the invasion by the Assyrian empire.

The Bible records in 2 Kings 18:5 notes his historical significance:

After him was none like him among all the kings of Judah, nor any that were before him.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Terrorists Sentenced for Plotting to Kill Jews on Temple Mount, Police on Patrol

Monday, November 30th, 2015

Three Jerusalem Arabs were sentenced to prison terms on Monday for plotting to kill Jews on the Temple Mount, and security forces as they patrolled so-called “eastern Jerusalem” neighborhoods.

According to the indictment the leader of the cell, Nor Hamdan, 24, allegedly recruited the defendants and others to form a terror cell after deciding in February 2013 to attack security forces in Jerusalem and Jews who visited the Temple Mount “to pray.”

Under questioning Hamdan confessed that he intended to “defend the Al Aqsa Mosque.”

According to a statement by the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) the members of the terror cell reside in the A-Tur and Ras Al-Amud sections of Jerusalem, and in the Old City. Hamdan received training, guidance and weapons from terror organizations in Judea, Samaria and Gaza with whom he was in contact, according to the indictment.

The Shin Bet added that Hamdan was influenced by YouTube videos of past terrorist attacks that he saw on the Internet channel. One that particularly caught his eye was the shooting attack on Jerusalem’s Merkaz HaRav yeshiva in 2008. Eight Israelis were murdered in the attack. The terror cell was comprised of six members: • Nor Hamdan, leader of the cell, who has not yet been sentenced • Amjad Ra’azam, not yet sentenced • Omar VuzVuz, not yet sentenced • Jalal Koutoub, convicted on charges of assisting the enemy in wartime, conspiracy to commit murder and kidnapping, two counts of attempted murder, abduction for the purpose of murder and other crimes. Sentenced to a prison term of 13 years. • Muhammed Sha’ar, convicted on charges of assisting the enemy in wartime, attempted robbery; sentenced to a prison term of 4.5 years. • Ahmad Bazalmit, convicted on charges of conspiracy to assist the enemy in wartime and attempted robbery; sentenced to a prison term of 3.5 years.

According to the Shin Bet statement, the terrorists “began firearms training with a handgun near Qalandia” and later planned to steal weapons from police officers in A-Turn.

In one incident the terrorists also briefly considered ambushing a police vehicle but were themselves caught off guard by police instead, according to the indictment.

Hana Levi Julian

Arab Attacks Jerusalem Tour Guide with Bottle [video]

Monday, November 2nd, 2015

Jerusalem police are questioning a young Arab man who attacked a female Jewish tour guideת hitting her on the head with a glass bottle near the Jaffa Gate at the Old City. After hitting her on the head, he continued to try to attack her.

The tour guide was evacuated to Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital, where she was treated for light injuries.

Police arrested and are questioning the attacker, 22, from Jabel Mukahber, adjacent to the Jewish neighborhood of Armon HaNatziv.

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A Slice of Jewish Life in Jerusalem’s Ancient City

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

Barnea and Shoshanah Selavan, long-time residents of the Old City of Jerusalem, begin sharing their lives with JewishPress.com readers this week. The couple brings us a glimpse into what it’s like to walk among the ancient alleyways and enjoy the bright new artwork adorning the shops in Jerusalem’s Jewish Quarter.

Here in Jerusalem’s Old City we live this surreal existence. You aren’t just living your own life. It’s a sense that whatever you do you are representing the entire Jewish people. You can’t be scared, you can’t give in.

We are here in the center of the world, the magnetic field that attracts the entire Jewish world. And the truth is, we aren’t scared. We send our children to school, we go to the supermarket, go to work run our errands…but with one ear listening for sirens, helicopters, gun shots. I’d say we are all looking over our shoulders a bit more than before.

My newlywed daughter just called me. She needs to see a doctor and is scared to go alone. I wonder if my Arab neighbors in the Muslim Quarter are also showing signs of anxiety. As I hear the kindergarten children playing under my window I also hear the whir of helicopters in the distant background and wonder what the day will bring. Just in case, I’ve cancelled my husband’s tunnel tours for the rest of the month. The phone is not exactly ringing off the hook. But hey — the sun is shining and it’s a glorious day, and Rosh Chodesh to boot! So I’m putting on my dancing shoes and away I go … and in case you’re wondering, I will be walking out through the Arab shuk (market) because this is my home and that’s how I go. As I continue writing this it is late afternoon. When I left the Old City this morning I was bombarded by the sound of sirens, first going in one direction and then heading to another. I asked a police officer what was going on and heard about the two attacks in Armon HaNatziv and Geula. I felt short of breath, felt the world crashing in on my lungs, but I continued to town to meet my daughter. It’s relatively empty there now and those who are on public transportation or walking the streets are ill at ease. Everyone is talking about the attacks, and everyone is fed up. Everyone wants reprisals. But how do you reprise against a non-entity? Maybe we should let them declare a state and then we declare war on our enemies — makes sense doesn’t it? Tomorrow I may be meeting with President Reuven Rivlin. Other community council leaders are drafting a letter demanding an end to the violence to be translated into Arabic and they want us to present it to the president to sign. But if it was as simple as a letter, don’t you think someone would have thought of this earlier????? Just got a call to attend an emergency security meeting in the municipality — see you later! And yes, I am walking through the shuk to get there! Fascinating meeting, hearing Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat and his advisors describe the situation in the Arab schools in our city.

The mayor has been going into the schools where the terrorists are coming from and hearing from the principals and teachers how the children and teens are being fed a totally inaccurate pictures of reality from the Arab social media. How they truly believe that the terrorists are innocents being murdered by Israeli police officers! How they all have pictures of one of the young murderers and idolize him like a movie star, and look forward to joining him in the next world (and we all know how they plan on joining him, don’t we?) The principals are unable to combat the lies and our municipality is going in there trying to spread truth. Indeed fascinating how we continue to believe that they care to hear the truth.

But on a positive note, Old City youth organized a march from Jaffa Gate to Zion Square this afternoon, complete with Israeli flags and lots of heartfelt singing. Yesterday, at the end of the Lavie shiva, they closed up the tent which they set up at the site of the murder and held a special tefilla (prayer) at the Western Wall. Today they have focused their energies on keeping the spirits high for all Jerusalem residents.

Another day in the life of an Old City resident. Neighbor Rav Motty Berger once said that all Jews are driving in the car of Jewish history, but those living in Israel are in the driver’s seat. In that case we in the Old City are sitting on the windshield!

Prayers for peace throughout the land of Israel, and a speedy recovery to all of our victims of terror.

Shoshanah Selavan

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