Temple Mount activist Yehuda Glick, who was critically wounded in an assassination attempt last year, applied to the Jerusalem Court this week to overturn a police order barring him from the Temple Mount because he is ” a dangerous man.”
Glick said he would be willing to ascend the holy site in a wheelchair and with his hands tied.
He has confounded police for years because of his mild and non-violent manner during his visits and attempted visits to the Temple Mount, where Arabs always are on hand to throw rocks at him and force him and his police escort off the holy site.
A Jerusalem Arab shot Glick at close range last October at the Begin Center, and not at the Temple Mount or even in the Old City, a fact that gave Glick’s lawyer an opportunity to unmask the police department’s argument that he is “dangerous”.
His attorney asked Judge Miriam Kaslasi if she thinks Glick’s attackers are not dangerous and suggested that if Glick is a menace to the public, perhaps the police should not let him out of his house.
The lawyer added:
It is unreasonable to punish a man because others want to harm him. Police don’t want Glick n the Temple Mount because they do not want to fight against Arab terror there. Glick’s appearance on the Temple Mouton encourages others to ascend, and that makes work for the police.
The police hate hard work and prefer an easy life.
A peaceful protest against police brutality by Israelis of Ethiopian lineage turned violent Thursday night when the demonstrators marched on the official residence of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.
Police used water cannons and stun grenades to disperse several hundred people who posed a threat to security at “Paris Square,” one mile from downtown Jerusalem. At least two police officers and five protesters were hospitalized in the melee, with demonstrators throwing rocks and bottles at police.
The Ethiopian community in enraged after footage emerged earlier this week of policeman beating a soldier from the Ethiopian community for no apparent reason. Original reports said he was told to clear the area because of a suspicious object.
Netanyahu stated Thursday night:
I unequivocally condemn the striking of the soldier from the Ethiopian community and those responsible will be brought to justice but nobody has the right to take the law into their own hands.
Immigrants from Ethiopia and their families are dear to us and Israel is making great efforts to ease their integration in society.
The two police officers who this week beat the soldier, who was wearing a kippa, face suspension, but that does little to reinforce trust in the law enforcement agency that has been rocked by sex scandals and has a reputation for beating up people, especially Jews, and even more so if they are religious or are settlers.
The video of the police assault showed two police officers hitting him mercilessly for two minutes on a street in Holon, adjacent to Tel Aviv. Somehow, the reported suspicious object evaporated from their agenda or simply was a fabrication.
Police brutality is a disease that exists around the world. Just ask the mayors of Ferguson, Illinois and Baltimore.
There was no indication that the police beat up the soldier because he was Ethiopian. Perhaps it was because he was wearing a kippa. Or perhaps it was because the policemen simply found an opportunity to hyperventilate.
Lacking in last night’s protest were settlers, Hareidim, national religious and secular Jews, leftists and right-wing Jews, and Arabs, all of whom have been victims of police brutality.
The protest also had no responsible leader who would have known better than to present a security threat to the Prime Minister’s residence.
The fact that almost all of the protesters were of Ethiopian descent underlined the feeling of racism, although Israeli police do not discriminate between race, creed and color when it comes to brutality.
Some of the protesters showed signs that they can be no less violent than police, with the leader of the Campaign for Equality for Ethiopian Jews telling Yediot Acharonot, “Apparently the streets of Israel must burn like they do in Baltimore, in order for someone to finally wake up. The apartheid regime is back, this time in 21st-century Israel.”
There is no doubt that the Ethiopian community suffers prejudice from some sectors in Israel, especially the elite Ashkenazi power-brokers.
But they are not singled out by the police, and Netanyahu has the chance to reform the police by appointing a Minister of Public Security who, unlike the outgoing minister, who wants to protect the public from investigations of crime and plain ineptitude.
Below is the video of the police attack on the soldier.
2014 and 2015 witnessed an unusually large number of terror attacks directed at Border Policemen and Policewomen, as well as police SWAT and undercover units.
According to a new Walla! report, there were 995 attacks during this period. 70% of these attacks happened during “peacetime” periods, while 30% happened during Operation Protective Edge.
The Border Police, nicknamed “Magav” in Hebrew which is short for “Mishmar HaGvul”, are officially a division of the police department, but they started off as an IDF unit in 1949, protecting and policing the frontier. IDF conscripts can elect to serve in the Border Police for their army service.
Border Policemen primarily work in Jerusalem, and in front-line friction locations in Judea and Samaria. They work together with both regular police officers and IDF soldiers.
Their deployment locations account for why they are easily accessible targets, though not why there have been so many attacks.
Border Police commander Amos Jacob said in response to the disconcerting data, that the large number of terror incidents against the Magav, shows that the Border Police are at the forefront of protecting Israeli citizens and saving lives from terror attacks.
He added that the Border Police are given complex and sensitive tasks in the most dangerous and volatile locations in the country, and that the Border Police are proving again and again that they can be relied upon.
An Israeli man was found stabbed and tied up in the trunk of his stolen car in the A-Tur neighborhood of Jerusalem, according to a Tazpit News Agency report.
The victim, a 60-year-old Israeli man, was kidnapped from Tel Aviv. His assailants were two Arabs, ages 19 and 20 from Jerusalem’s A-Tor neighborhood.
Early Friday morning, a police patrol noticed a suspicious vehicle, thinking it may have been stolen they approached it in their patrol car, at which point the car fled off into the nearby A-Tor neighborhood.
The police chased the car through the A-Tor alleyways.
During the chase, the car hit a few cars parked in an alley and got stuck. The two suspects ran out of the car, and the police caught them.
Hearing cries for help coming from the car, one of the policemen opened the trunk and found the Israeli man inside, tied up and bleeding.
An initial investigation has uncovered that the car belonged to the kidnapped man. The two Arabs had approached the man in Tel Aviv asking for his assistance with food and a place to sleep.
The man let them into his car to help them, and the two proceeded to rob him, in the process, stabbing him multiple times. T
hey drove off in his car, and at some point threw him in the trunk as they continued on to Jerusalem.
The man was taken to the Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital emergency room. His wounds are not life threatening.
The police have not yet decided if this was a terrorist attack, or a robbery gone bad.
But how often do car thieves stab and kidnap their victims and try to drive them to Jerusalem in the stolen car?
Jerusalem police Thursday afternoon finally stopped being politically correct and said that they “suspect” the driver who ran into and killed a pedestrian in on Wednesday acted as a terrorist.
The Jewish Press reported here this morning that Shalom Yochai Cherki died of his injuries Thursday morning after the Arab driver plowed his car into pedestrians at a bus stop at French Hill.
Two others, one a 20-year-old woman who is in serious condition, were injured.
The driver claimed the incident was an accident, and police said they were investigating if terror was a motive. Eyewitness reports left little doubt that the driver intentionally ran into the people, and police finally told a Jerusalem court early this afternoon they “suspect” the driver is a terrorist.
The 37-year-old Arab from New Anata in eastern Jerusalem was placed under house arrest by a Jerusalem court.
Shirki, a tour guide, is to be buried early Thursday evening. His family stated he was murdered.
A 27 year old Jewish man was arrested on Sunday morning at the entrance to the Temple Mount.
Police found Tefillin on his person.
When searching the young Jewish man before he went up onto the Temple Mount, the police discovered the man was wearing Tefillin on his arm.
Tefillin are generally worn during prayers. Despite an explicit court order allowing it, the police do not allow Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount, the Jewish people’s holiest site, for fear of upsetting the Arabs.
A lawyer from the Honenu organization is working to free the man from jail.