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70 Jewish Families Clinging to Old City’s Muslim Quarter amid Raging Violence

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

(JNi.media) Israeli Aharon Bennett (Benita) was murdered only a few steps from the gate of the Wittenberg compound in the Muslim Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem on Saturday, and Rabbi Nehemiah Lavi, a resident of the Jewish enclave who heard the screams and came downstairs to help was murdered, too. On Wednesday morning there was another murderous attack nearby — an Arab female stabbed a 36-year-old Jewish man at the Lions’ Gate, but he managed to cock his gun and shoot her, possibly fatally.

Walla’s Moshe Steinmetz visited the Jewish compound in the Muslim Quarter on Tuesday, and found a group of some 20 youths sitting outside the safety of the gate, right on HaGai Street, the scene of Saturday’s murders, playing a guitar with a mobile karaoke amplifier.

Some 70 Jewish families live outside the Jewish Quarter in the Old City, mostly in the Muslim quarter.

Recently, this Jewish settlement has begun to spread into the Christian Quarter as well. “The windows up here, this is my home,” pointed Rachel Zuberi, 43, a 23-year resident of the compound and the mother of seven. “Here is the door of the Lavi family,” she continued sadly. On Saturday, she heard the murder stabbing scene under her window. “I was here during those rough moments with Neta, when her husband passed away. I discovered what a neighbor she is, and near what great people I live. I draw strength from that.”

With a population of 22,000 in an area of 76 acres, the Muslim Quarter is the largest of the four quarters of the old, walled city of Jerusalem, located in its northeastern part. It extends from the Lions’ Gate in the east, along the northern wall of the Temple Mount in the south, to the Damascus Gate—Western Wall route in the west. The Via Dolorosa starts in the Muslim quarter. The Muslim Quarter hosted a mixed population of Jews, Muslims and Christians until the 1929 Arab riots. Jewish landmarks in the Muslim Quarter include the Kotel Katan or Little Western Wall, and the Western Wall Tunnels, which run below the neighborhood along the Western Wall. There are many Roman and Crusader remains in the quarter.

Despite the difficult security situation, which has become increasingly more dangerous in recent weeks, Zuberi feels that she is living “in the best place there is.” Although she lives in the midst of many Arabs, she is certain: “We’re very happy here. It’s uplifting, magical and addictive. You cannot leave here. This is the place where our forefathers walked, the closest place to the Temple. It is a spiritual connection.”

She notes that where Muslims now reside used to be a Jewish neighborhood, and what she and her friends are trying to do is to “restore the old glory.” She says: “You walk down the street here and see homes whose Jewish mezuzas-doorposts were torn off. We are not invaders here, we’re not a delusional bunch choosing to locate in a dangerous place.”

The apartments in the compound, as well as throughout the quarter, belong to the “Ateret Cohanim” yeshiva, which and leases them to Jewish tenants, some for as little as $250 a month—but the demand is very great and currently there are no vacancies. “There are dozens of families who want to get in right away,” Rabbi Yossi Cohen, one of the first settlers in the Muslim Quarter 36 years ago, told Walla.

Birkhi Zarbib, 23, has lived in the compound with her brand-new husband since their wedding eight months ago. From her apartment window she sees the Temple Mount. She is determined: “We believe we have to settle the Land of Israel and to show Jewish presence. Of course we shouldn’t do it with pressure or nerves, but quietly and calmly, but we need to show that it all belongs to us. Since Rosh Hashanah, the Arabs have begun to rebel, which is why we’re here.” When asked if recent events have increased her fears, she replied that “during hot situations we are closely accompanied by police and soldiers 24 hours a day. It is a privilege to live here, and there is no fear. It is important for us that everyone will come and see that we’re having a normal life here.”

JNi.Media

UPDATE: Arab Video Encourages Murder of Jews in Old City

Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

A video uploaded to YouTube* by a Hamas account on Oct. 6 glorifies and encourages murdering Jews in the Old City of Jerusalem.

The video shows what purports to be a Palestinian Arab man in his twenties. The Arab is shown wearing a Fatah-style kefiyah. He is sitting in an alleyway of what looks like the Old City of Jerusalem, and he is watching a video on his cellphone.  Young Arab boys play ball in the alley.

Arab in alleyway

After a few seconds, two men dressed up as religious Jews appear in the alleyway. One is wearing a black hat and long frock coat, the other is wearing a kippah and a tallis.

2 Jews enter alleyway

The “Jew” with the tallit knocks over a small boy and then kicks him. Then the “Jew” with the black hat pushes one of the Arab kids, knocking him over. The two “Jews” then grin at each other as they continue up the alleyway, where they walk past the Arab young man.

tallit Jew knocking over boyblack hat kicking arab boy

2 Jews smiling about kicking Arabs

The video closes in on the Arab’s face. He is seething.

seething

The video then seems to back up and the two Jews are again walking down the alleyway. This time the Arab youth is standing on the side of the alley, holding a sharp knife. The Arab springs forward, brutally stabbing the “Jewish” black hatted man, who falls to the ground, dead.

Arab stabbing Black Hat

Then the Arab runs down the alley after the “Jew” in the tallit, who is running away. But not fast enough.

Arab killed 1 going after other

The Arab catches the second Jew. The camera zooms in on the knife, and catches the moment of impact of the knife into the man’s neck. Blood gushes out.

Arab knifing Jew #2

The second Jew crumples to the ground.

Arab laying down Jew #2

The video ends with what looks like blood hitting the camera lens. A slogan in Arabic, calling for an intifada, and #freedom of al-Aksa, flashes across the screen.

#intifada al-Aksa

The only truly surprising thing about the video is that it was uploaded by a Hamas account, but the Arab terrorist is wearing a Fatah kefiya and it focuses on the Old City, which is not typically thought of as the turf of Hamas.

UPDATE: The video was removed from YouTube. That is good news. But it was posted to other social media and it received wide distribution before it was removed from YouTube. You can see what was in the video because the JewishPress.com captured most of it in screen captures and included it here for people to see the venom and the violence pouring out of the people who are supposed to be Israel’s peace partners.

Significantly, the video was posted after various Arab leaders, including Jordanian and Egyptian leadership, told the Palestinian Authority’s Mahmoud Abbas that he had to clamp down on the murderous incitement amongst the Palestinian Arabs. It was also posted after Abbas made public statements that he was doing so.

This is what appears where the video was previously:

YT removed

Not sure why YouTube has “sorry about that” in the message, but at least this particular incitement has been removed.

Lori Lowenthal Marcus

Video: Terror Attack in Old City of Jerusalem (Warning: GRAPHIC)

Sunday, October 4th, 2015

Two Israeli rabbis were murdered, a young mother and her 2-year-old toddler were seriously wounded, and her little daughter was terribly traumatized Saturday night as she watched a Jerusalem Arab terrorist attack her family and kill her father in cold blood.

Following is a video of the deadly attack by the 19-year-old Arab terrorist, filmed by a civilian passerby who happened to be in the area at the time.

WARNING: GRAPHIC FOOTAGE. IF YOU ARE AFFECTED BY GRAPHIC IMAGERY OR THE SOUNDS OF SHOOTING, DO NOT WATCH THIS VIDEO!

Hana Levi Julian

Jerusalem Terror Victims Identified, Baby and Mother Wounded in Attack

Saturday, October 3rd, 2015

Rabbi Aharon Benita, 24, and Rabbi Nechemia Lavi 41,died at Jerusalem’s Shaarei Zedek Medical Center after they were attacked in the Old City on Saturday night by an Arab terrorist.

Bennet was a Breslov Chossid from Beitar Illit. Lavi, a father of 7, was a rabbi at Yeshiva Ateret HaCohanim and Talmud Torah Moriah in the Old City of Jerusalem.

The attack came at around 7:30 pm as the family was walking from the Western Wall to the Lion’s Gate on HaGai Street in the Old City of Jerusalem.

Benita’s wife, 22, is in very serious condition and their 2-year-old toddler is in fair condition with a gunshot wound to the leg as a result of the attack. Their young daughter was also present but escaped injury.

The Arab terrorist, Muhanad Halabi, 19, was neutralized by Israel Police. His murderous attack is being praised by various Arab groups; Palestinian Islamic Jihad claims the teenager was a member of its terrorist organization.

Muhanad repeatedly stabbed Lavi and Benitai, who had just finished the IDF rabbinical course two months ago, before grabbing Lavi’s gun and shooting the other members of the family. Benita’s wife ran to summon police at the start of the attack, despite her wounds. The terrorist meanwhile turned the gun on a nearby group of people who had just completed a tour of the area.

Police shot and killed the terrorist.

“The Arab suspect repeatedly stabbed the three Israelis while they were walking the near the Lion’s Gate,” said Israel Police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld. “Border Police and [other] police responded immediately and shot the terrorist, neutralizing him.”

Jewish Press Staff

4 Border Guard Police Hurt in Jerusalem Terror Attack

Friday, September 18th, 2015

Four Israeli Border Guard Police officers were wounded late Friday afternoon in a riot that started in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Jabel Mukabar. The site is near Armon Hanatziv, where a Jewish man was murdered in a road terror rock attack earlier this week.

Two of the soldiers were shot and two others were targeted by firebombs hurled by the rioting Arabs. One of the four sustained a hand injury; two others were treated at the scene by Magen David Adom paramedics for burns. A fourth soldier was evacuated to Shaare Tzedek Medical Center in serious condition.

A number of the rioting Arabs were also wounded in the melee as security personnel worked to disperse the mob. In addition to the rocks, bottles, firebombs and firecrackers being hurled, the rioters also burned tires and trash bins in the street.

Clashes were reported at the Damascus Gate entrance to the Old City of Jerusalem earlier in the afternoon after the Friday call to Islamic prayers.

The violence comes in response to the call by Gaza’s Hamas terrorist organization for a “day of rage” in solidarity with Jerusalem Arabs who have been attacking Jewish civilians and security personnel all week.

Late Thursday night, IDF soldiers fired back at Palestinian Arab terrorists who were firebombing Israeli drivers traveling on the road between the Samaria Jewish communities of Itamar and Elon Moreh.

“Forces from the IDF’s Rotem battalion, who were performing an ambush in the vicinity, responded with accurate fire against the firebomb thrower,” said the IDF Spokesperson. “One of the terrorists was hit by the fire, and an additional terrorist was arrested following a pursuit.”

Hana Levi Julian

Israel to Beef Up Security in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria

Monday, August 31st, 2015

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told cabinet ministers at the weekly government meeting Monday he plans to increase security in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria due to the rising Arab violence in those areas.

It is not clear how this may or may not affect security arrangements on the Temple Mount.

Netanyahu said that among the security measures to be addressed with be an increase in the number of forces on the ground, and additional armor protection for patrol vehicles in order to raise the level of safety for Israeli citizens.

There has been an increase in the number of terror attacks aimed at Israeli civilians and security forces over the past several months – not only in Judea and Samaria, but in Jerusalem as well.

Data released in a report this month by the Construction Ministry showed there were 580 Arab attacks against civilians and security personnel just in three sections of the Old City of Jerusalem during the months of July and August.

Not included in those data are the number of attacks in other parts of the capital, and the number of attacks in Judea and Samaria for the same period.

Just yesterday, (Sunday, August 30) a 46-year-old Israeli Jewish resident of Judea and Samaria barely escaped alive after at least five shots were fired at his vehicle in a drive-by terror attack near the Jit Junction in Samaria.

Palestinian Arab terrorists fired at his car from a passing vehicle near the Jewish community of Kedumim early Sunday afternoon, according to the IDF Spokesperson’s Unit.

The driver miraculously escaped with a light gunshot wound to his hand. The terrorists, meanwhile, were seen to be driving on into territory controlled solely by the Palestinian Authority, according to a report broadcast on Israel Radio. The IDF is investigating.

Hana Levi Julian

Leaning Tower of the Jewish Quarter

Monday, August 24th, 2015

It’s just a trick of the wide-angle lens, but the minaret attached to the rebuilt Hurva synagogue, in the Old City of Jerusalem’s Jewish Quarter, looks like an Israeli version of the Leaning Tower of Pisa. It’s actually straight in real life.

How it got there is a long and unpleasant story.

Photo of the Day

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