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December 11, 2016 / 11 Kislev, 5777

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Police Arrest Jewish Man for Saying Sh’ma Israel [video]

Sunday, December 4th, 2016

A Jewish man, 18, was arrested during a tour of the Temple Mount Sunday morning for saying Sh’ma Israel, Honenu legal aid society reported. The young man’s glasses were broken in the altercation with police.

When the young man’s tour group reached the eastern side of the Temple Mount, he asked to speak and said, “The news is full of Amona and all the fires. I don’t know about divine thinking, but I know God told the people of Israel – you don’t care about My Torah, or about the site of My Temple, so what’s the point in your thinking whether it’s the fault of the Arabs or not. It’s our fault. So we have to cry out in a loud voice, Sh’ma Israel, [Hashem Elokeinu, Hashem Echad].”

Police who were accompanying the group immediacy rushed the young man, breaking his glasses. He was arrested, and is being represented by Honenu attorney Rehavia Pilz.

In Israel, Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount is completely forbidden. Jews may enter only to visit the place, and only at limited times. Muslims are free to pray on Temple Mount five times a day, every day. Jews are forbidden from singing, praying, or making any kind of “religious displays.” These include closing one’s eyes for a suspicious length of time while moving one’s lips, and even making a blessing on an apple. Jews who are observed making those religious gestures are quickly pointed out by Jordanian Waqf agents to Israeli police on site, resulting in arrests and followed by court bans against these individuals.

During times of political tension and fear of riots, on Fridays and some Jewish or Muslim Holy Days entry to the Temple Mount area is restricted to Muslim men over a certain age, which varies according to decisions taken by security officials. The restrictions do not concern Muslim women, who can enter regardless of their age.

Israel’s Declaration of Independence states: “The State of Israel […] will guarantee freedom of religion, conscience, language, education and culture; it will safeguard the Holy Places of all religions; and it will be faithful to the principles of the Charter of the United Nations.”


David Israel

Police Detain Minor at Kotel Plaza for Tearing Up Reform

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

Police on Thursday morning detained a 13-year-old boy on suspicion of tearing up a siddur belonging to the Reform Movement, the Honenu legal aid society reported. Attorney Rehavia Pilz is representing the boy.

Thursday was the first of the month of Kislev, which was celebrated by the group Women of the Wall wearing talitot and tefillin which are traditionally worn only by Jewish men. The Women of the Wall’s central mission is “to attain social and legal recognition of our right, as women, to wear prayer shawls, pray, and read from the Torah, collectively and aloud, at the Western Wall.”

Incidentally, Kislev’s big holiday, Hanukkah, commemorates the victory of the traditional Jews, Maccabees, over the Helenized Jews, who promoted foreign religious ideas.

Happy Rosh Khodesh!

David Israel

Fires Still Spreading Countrywide, Police Investigate Pyroterrorism

Thursday, November 24th, 2016

On Wednesday night, Police Commissioner Ronnie Alshich and Internal Security Minister Gilad Erdan (Likud) met with security officials to evaluate suspicions that some of the fires that have been raging throughout Israel this week were the caused by arson. The debate resulted in a decision to increase police presence significantly in open areas near towns and villages, utilizing Border Guard forces. According to police, spreading law enforcement officers outside civilian enclaves will deter arson and enable quick detection of newly set fires.

Education Minister Naftali Bennett (Habayit Hayehudi) twitted on Wednesday: “Only someone this country doesn’t belong to is capable of burning it.” Earlier, MK Anat Berko (Likud) noted in her Facebook page that the anti-terrorism law imposes enhanced sentencing for nationalistic arson.

One of the suspicious fires this week has been the worst of them, in the town of Zichron Yaakov on Mt. Carmel, were some 200 firefighters, including ten planes, finally managed to bring the multiple fires under control “completely and officially” Wednesday night. Twelve homes sustained severe damage, in a fire that lasted four days and was fanned by unusually strong winds.

In Nataf, a communal village in the Judean Mountains, twelve miles west of Jerusalem and just west of the “green line,” four construction workers were arrested Wednesday for suspicion of negligence that caused a major fire. The four, who’ve been paving a road near Nataf, allegedly started a campfire at night, which spread to the community nearby.

The current count is of 220 separate fires, 189 of them in open areas. Officials estimate that new fires will start on Thursday as well, due to the unusual weather. Israel has approached foreign countries for help in sending firefighting planes and so far received a positive response from Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Romania.

In Haifa, a fire has been spreading toward cars and buildings on Thursday. The fire in Nataf is getting stronger and has reached nearby Neve Ilan. On Thursday morning a new forest fire erupted near the Arab city of Umm al-Fahm, and local residents are preparing to evacuate. Route 443 from the Tel Aviv area to Jerusalem has been blocked at Modi’in, in the wake of a fire and was reopened a short time later. Sixty families who have been evacuated from the community of Talmon in Binyamin were allowed to return to their homes after the fire there had been brought under control. In Gilon, a communal settlement in west of Karmiel in northern Israel that has been evacuated, firefighters reached partial control over the fire. And the fire at an evacuated IDF outpost outside Naveh Yair was brought under control. A soldier is suspected of causing that fire by throwing a burning cigarette on the ground.

David Israel

Police Arrest Ottawa Swastika Kid

Sunday, November 20th, 2016

Ottawa police on Saturday arrested a teenage boy who is accused of painting swastika and other racist graffiti in local religious communities, CBC News reported. The Ottawa police chief announced the arrest to the Machzikei Hadas Synagogue in south Ottawa, which had been defaced by the boy.

The young man was arraigned on several charges Saturday morning, including making threats and mischief against religious buildings.

According to police, the boy was caught after defacing a Jewish community center in west Ottawa, his sixth attack. Earlier last week he attacked after two synagogues, a Jewish prayer center, a mosque and a church.

Several Canadian political leaders, including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne, Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, and Ontario Attorney General Yasir Naqvi condemned the racist attacks.

JNi.Media

German Police Raid 200 ISIS Cells in 10 States

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016

German police on Tuesday morning carried out more than 200 raids against the “True Religion” Salafist group, Deutsche Welle reported. The raids took place in more than 200 homes and offices across 10 federal states.

According to Soeren Kern, Salafists make up only a fraction of the estimated five million Muslims in Germany, but authorities believe they attract impressionable young Muslims who are potential candidates for carrying out terrorist acts in the name of Islam. The Salafists, a movement that originated in Saudi Arabia, openly promote replacing German democracy with an Islamic government based on sharia law.

The Interior Ministry at 6:30 AM local time Tuesday confirmed the raids in a tweet, and announced a ban of the organization. Out of the 200 cells, 65 raids were carried out in the state of Hesse, 15 of them in Frankfurt.

Last week, German authorities arrested five men accused of aiding the Islamic State in Germany by recruiting members and providing financial and logistical help. The arrests were made in raids in the western state of North Rhine-Westphalia and the northern state of Lower Saxony. German Justice Minister Heiko Maas called the arrests “an important blow to the extremist scene in Germany.”

Among those arrested a week ago was Ahmad Abdelaziz, an Iraqi citizen known as Abu Walaa, 32, a preacher who has been a leading figure of the Jihadi movement in Germany. Walaa has been at the center of a year- long investigation, which also yielded arrests in the city of Hildesheim in July 2016.

Abu Walaa’s arrest was likely based on information provided by a former ISIS fighter, Anil O., 22, who identified Walaa as Germany’s ISIS leader. The mass raids that followed on Tuesday most likely were based on information received through last week’s arrests.

David Israel

Police Investigate Swastikas on NYC New School Dormitory Doors

Monday, November 14th, 2016

The father of a New School Jewish female student whose Manhattan dormitory door was scrawled with swastikas on Saturday reported the incident to the NYPD, which launched an investigation. Police discovered swastikas on four New School Kerrey Hall dormitory doors altogether, News NY1 reported Sunday.

The room where the first swastika was discovered is home to four students, two of whom are Jewish and one Latina.

The Nazi symbols were scrubbed off by security.

The students whose door had been vandalized said they are shocked and scared. One of them told News NY1 that “it just shows that this can happen anywhere. Hatred is rampant. Anyone can be a victim of it.”

Another student said the experience “felt very violating and personal because it happened in a space where we live, where we hang out, where we sleep.”

Sam Lichtenstein, 20, who lives with three Jewish roommates at the dormitory, told the NY Daily News that she broke down in tears after seeing the swastika that had been drawn in black marker on her door. “It was just heartbreaking,” she said, adding it was “crazy to have it happen in such a progressive city, and a progressive university.”

Lichtenstein tweeted pictures of the defaced doors to New School President David Van Zandt, who later made a statement condemning the hate crime, and saying the school is taking action to keep students and staff safe.

Mayor Bill de Blasio called the act “reprehensible.”

At about the same time the swastikas were drawn on the Manhattan dorm door, vandals drew the Nazi symbol on a sidewalk in Crown Heights, a neighborhood with a large number of religious Jewish residents.

JNi.Media

Stolen Vehicle Catches Fire in Samaria Police Chase

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

An Israel Police chase after two stolen vehicles on Route 50 in Samaria ended up with one of the vehicles catching fire when its Arab thief attempted to break through a security check post, Israel Police and Israel’s Defense Ministry said in separate statements. Three Arab suspects were arrested.

The check post separates Route 50 from Route 5, a major Israeli highway connecting to the coastal highway to Tel Aviv and Haifa.

Stolen vehicle turned over at Route 50 check post, Nov. 2, 2006

Stolen vehicle turned over at Route 50 check post, Nov. 2, 2006

One of the stolen vehicles rammed against several cars waiting at the check post, the other caught fire. The fire was put out by local security staff.

One woman suffered a panic attack. The check post was closed down for half an hour, causing enormous delays to Jewish community residents who go through the facility on their way to work.

David Israel

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