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Part of Enormous 1,000-Year-Old Jerusalem Hospital Shown to Public

Monday, August 5th, 2013

Part of an enormous Old City of Jerusalem hospital building dating to the Crusader period from the years 1099-1291 has been revealed to the public following excavations and research by the Israel Antiquities Authority.

Records show that the Christians provided Jewish patients with kosher food. The building, owned by the Muslim Waqf religious authority, is situated in the heart of the Christian Quarter in the Old City of Jerusalem, in a region known as “Muristan,” a corruption of the Persian word for hospital. It is located near David Street, the main road in the Old City.

Until a decade or so ago the building served as a bustling and crowded fruit and vegetable market. Since then it stood there desolate until the Grand Bazaar Company said it wanted to renovate the market as a restaurant, when the Israel Antiquities Authority began to conduct archaeological soundings there.

The structure, only a small part of which was exposed in the excavation, seems to extend across an enormous area of nearly four acres.

Its construction is characterized by massive pillars and ribbed vaults and it stands more than 19 feet high, suggesting an image of a great hall composed of pillars, rooms and smaller halls.

Excavation directors Renee Forestany and Amit Re’em said, “We’ve learned about the hospital from contemporary historical documents, most of which are written in Latin. These mention a sophisticated hospital that is as large and as organized as a modern hospital. The hospital was established and constructed by a Christian military order named the ‘Order of St. John of the Hospital in Jerusalem’ and known by its Latin name the Hospitallers (from the word hospital). These righteous warriors took an oath to care for and watch over pilgrims, and when necessary they joined the ranks of the fighters as an elite unit.”

The hospital was comprised of different wings and departments according to the nature of the illness and the condition of the patient – similar to a modern hospital. In an emergency situation the hospital could accept as many as 2,000 patients.

The Hospitallers treated sick men and women of different religions. There is information about Crusaders who ensured their Jewish patients received kosher food. All that notwithstanding, they were completely ignorant in all aspects of medicine and sanitation: an eyewitness of the period reports that a Crusader doctor amputated the leg of a warrior just because he had a small infected wound. Needless to say, the patient died.

The Muslim Arab population was instrumental in assisting the Crusaders in establishing the hospital and teaching them medicine.

The size of the hospital can be learned from contemporary documents, one of which recounts an incident about a staff member who was irresponsible in the performance of his work in the hospital. That person was marched alongside the building awhile, and the rest of the staff, with whips in hand, formed a line behind him and beat him. This spectacle was witnessed by all of the patients.

The Ayyubid ruler Saladin lived near the hospital following the defeat of the Crusaders, and he also renovated and maintained the structure. He permitted ten Crusader monks to continue to reside there and serve the population of Jerusalem.

The building collapsed in an earthquake that struck in 1457 CE and was buried beneath its ruins, which is how it remained until the Ottoman period. In the Middle Ages parts of the structure were used as a stable and the bones of horses and camels were found in excavations, alongside an enormous amount of metal that was used in shoeing the animals.

According to Monser Shwieki, the project manager, “The magnificent building will be integrated in a restaurant slated to be constructed there, and its patrons will be impressed by the enchanting atmosphere of the Middle Ages that prevails there.”

“The place will be open to the public later this year,” he added.

Arab Terrorists Suspected in Two Stabbings of Jews in Jerusalem

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

Two Jews were stabbed in separate  attacks in Jerusalem on Wednesday, and police are investigating the possibility that one or both of them were terrorist attacks. Arabs are suspected in both knifings.

One man, 52,  suffered moderate to serious  wounds when he was stabbed by an Arab in a bathroom at Shechem Gate in the Old City.

Police have not called it a terrorist attack, but a medic said the victim told him an Arab terrorist knifed him. Last week, Arabs stabbed two Jew sin the same area on Tisha B’Av.

Earlier, a man described to be in his 40s was stabbed in his stomach and back near the center of the city. He was listed in severe condition at Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital, and police are investigating the motive behind the attack.

Jew Attacked in Old City’s Jewish Quarter

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

On Thursday evening, three Arabs attacked a young Jewish man in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem.

The three attackers ran, but were eventually found and captured by a Border Police unit.

During Ramadan, Arab attacks on Jews always increase inside the Old City.

Police: Ramadan Comes before Tisha B’Av Walk

Monday, July 8th, 2013

As in every year for the past 19 years, the traditional Tisha B’Av Walk, with the participation of public figures, will be held.

However, this year the Walk will depart considerably late, because of instructions issued by the police, who wish to allow the Muslims to complete the Ramadan events on the Temple Mount before the Jewish Walk has even set off.

The organizers of the Walk, ‘Women in Green’ leaders Yehudit Katsover and Nadia Matar, remind us that Tisha B’Av night fell during the month of Ramadan last year as well, and the police had requested to completely change the route of the traditional Walk, under the pretext of a concern for public safety. Katsover and Matar appealed to the Supreme Court and, sure enough, 2 days later the police withdrew its objection, but not before instructing that the event be postponed to 11:00pm.

At the beginning of the restoration of the traditional Tisha B’Av Walk 19 years ago, the initiative had also been met with resistance by the police. In those days the police refused to approve the Walk to be held. “They never imagined that Jews would march there, in what they called “East Jerusalem”, in the place where only Arabs roam”, Katsover and Matar reminisce and add: “We turned to the Supreme Court and said that if this is the sovereign, unified undivided capital of Israel, there is no way we can not march there, and sure enough, we won, and the tradition of the Walk set out, literally and figuratively”.

Walking around the Walls

This year, probably due to past experiences and the fear of yet another legal embarrassment, the police decided not to demand the alteration of the route of the Walk, yet at the same time instructed to postpone it to 11:30 pm, after the Muslims have completed their prayers and have left the Temple Mount area.

Katsover and Matar raise the concern that among the considerations for postponing the departure the Walk, might also nestle the police’s hope that a more limited amount of marchers will show up due to the late hour. “It should be pointed out that during the 18 years that the Walk has been held, there has not been a single case of friction or confrontation between the marchers and the local Muslims, a fact that reinforces the sense of frustration and anger following the decision of the police”, say the two.

“This is a disgrace. In the independent State of Israel, in sovereign Jerusalem, logic is working backwards. The Arabs go up to the Temple Mount, but the Jews can only pray at the Western Wall. In a sovereign state, the Jews’ events will only be held after the Arabs’ events are finished. Why? Ask the police! Someone there still hasn’t internalized that Jewish national events should take precedence. Apparently, we are still in the diaspora, and we still bend over to the demands of the gentiles”, say Katsover and Matar, who are convinced that “the late hour at which the Walk commences will not deter the masses from coming. On the contrary. It will bring more people”, they declare.

Walking around the Walls

The event, which will be held on Tisha B’Av night (the night between Monday and Tuesday, July 15th 2013), is expected to be attended by the Deputy Minister of Religious Affairs, MK Rabbi Eli Ben Dahan, Deputy Defence Minister MK Danny Danon, Chairman of Professors for a Strong Israel, Prof. Aryeh Eldad, and Chairman of the Israel Land Fund, Aryeh King.

The Walk will begin with a public reading ceremony of the Book of Lamentations (the Scroll of Eicha) at 10:30pm in Independence Park, located in downtown Jerusalem. At 11:30pm the Walk itself will set off along the following route: Independence Park, The New Gate (Sha’ar HaKha’dash), Damascus Gate (Sha’ar Sh’chem), Herod’s Gate (Sha’ar HaPrakhim), Lions’ Gate (Sha’ar Ha’A’ra’yot), where speeches will be made, and from there to Dung Gate (Sha’ar Ha’Ashpot) near the Western Wall.

For details:
Yehudit Katsover: 050-716-1818
Nadia Matar: 050-550-0834
The Movement for Israel’s Tomorrow (Women in Green)

Chinese Crew Begins Blockbuster Filming in Old City (Video)

Monday, June 24th, 2013

A Chinese film crew has begun filming what is supposed to a blockbuster movie of a romantic comedy in the Holy Land and which will expose Israel to the Chinese, to the delight of the Tourism Ministry and the tourist industry.

The ministry is investing more than $80,000 to help promote the film, with expectations that the exposure of Israel to Chinese movie-goers will attract them to visit.

The artists worked with the Ministry of Tourism to arrange the filming of the movie “Old Cinderella,” starring Zhang Jingchu. “It’s a great pleasure to be here in Jerusalem and in Israel,” the actress says. “It’s amazing.”

Approximately 15 minutes of the 95-minute film will be filmed in Israel.

In recent years, more and more foreign film companies are choosing Israeli settings for their works. Jerusalem, the Dead Sea and other locales provide a dramatic and visually rich landscape for feature films.

Arab Snow Attackers Apprehended

Sunday, January 20th, 2013

Six Arabs were arrested this weekend in connection with the widely publicized attack of two Ultra Orthodox youths by a group of Arab thugs on January 10th.

The two Jews were walking out of Old City through the Shechem (Damascus) Gate when they were ambushed by a group of Arabs who physically assaulted them, as well as taking their streimels (hats), smashing them with snow, generally ridiculing them, all the while shouting “Allahu Akbar”, as they filmed the humiliating attack.

The arrest of the six follows the earlier arrest of another three participants in the attack. The remand of the first three has been extended by four days.

The police were initially hesitant about investigating the attack, and the victims themselves did not lodge an official complaint, explaining they felt the complaint would not be useful. Public pressure, generated especially through the social media, motivated the police to investigate the incident, and they have now announced that all assailants have been apprehended.

One of the victims told of what he experienced: “Dozens of Arabs surrounded us and began to throw snow at us. They played with our hats, knocked them down, punched us and kicked us in the face and on the back. We were two against tens, and could do nothing. I was sure I was not going to survive. I was drenched from the snow, and surrounded by Arabs, and no one helped.”

 

The Inside Story of Feiglin’s Arrest on the Temple Mount

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013

Two months ago, I went up to Har Habayit with Feiglin. The police, as usual, gave us a spiritual strip search and told us that any act of prayer would start a thermonuclear war within seconds led by Muhammad himself  and his army of 72 virgins. These virgins, we were told in our debriefing, were all armed with sharp talons dipped in snake venom for which there is no antivenin. Shiites and Sunnis, they continued, would unite globally in stopping the horror of Jewish prayer. Syrians would cease killing each other just to stop us from singing. Oil fields throughout the gulf would be set ablaze and the Caliphate would suddenly materialize and we would all drown in a deafening cacophony of Allahu Akbars.

So after the police saved the world yet again by making sure the Jews didn’t pray up there, we went up. There is one point along the eastern side where Feiglin looks over an edge into a walkway for yet another mosque and we usually see a pile of old wood. This wood is petrified and has been radioactively dated to the time of the First Temple. On that day two months ago we all looked down and saw this:

In the front you can see the ancient wood. In the back you can see it burning in a trash can. That day two months ago, we all looked over that rail and Feiglin said to us, “This may be your last chance to see the surviving wood from the First Temple.” Apparently, they saw that we were interested in the wood, so they started burning it. Among the very last things we were thinking about doing was thanking the police for doing nothing about this and thereby preventing a world war.

Feiglin was then suddenly escorted by one of the policemen. Allegedly, he had prayed. I was with him the whole time and hadn’t noticed any prayers. Maybe the police have a psychic on the Temple Mount security staff. You need extra security when you’re saving the world. He was arrested, his fingerprints forcibly taken, but a judge ordered him released without preconditions.

That was two months ago. This time, when we went to the same spot, the same policeman who had escorted Feiglin out two months before insisted on showing us this:

 

 

 

This shows the surviving pile of the same wood covered with a plastic sheet to protect it from the rain. We didn’t know there was any left. We thought they had burned it all. But apparently they hadn’t. And the police wanted to show us that they were protecting artifacts. And in turn risking the rise of the Caliphate. Sarcasm aside, our hearts jumped, and we were happy. We don’t know how long it will last there before they burn the rest of it.

A few minutes later, the police were out of site, and one from our group informed Feiglin that while they weren’t looking, he had the opportunity for a quick prostration to his Creator if he wished. The Temple Mount is the only place on the planet where a Jew is allowed halachically to prostrate himself with no barrier between him and the floor. The particular area was secluded, walled on three sides, out of view of everyone. So he took the opportunity and did a quick bow, got up, and kept walking. That was it.

It was not a political statement or a planned exercise in disobedience. It was a spontaneous act of religious devotion meant to provoke no one. Feiglin is not very good at making calculated political statements about anything. He’s not much of a politician. He just does and says what he thinks is right.

A few minutes later Feiglin was escorted by the same policeman from the Temple Mount. Apparently, there was an undercover cop with us who saw his little stunt. The undercover cop, not wishing to pass up the chance to save the planet, reported it.

A few hours later, Feiglin was again released from police custody with no preconditions.

Now the police are recommending that he be put on trial for trying to bring about Armageddon by prostrating himself off the cuff in a secluded area on the Temple Mount.

Extremist indeed. Why do I even hang out with these people?

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