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As Jerusalem Arab Violence Spirals, Jews March Towards Temple Mount

Thursday, November 6th, 2014

“We will not let extremists and fanatics ignite Jerusalem,” Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said Thursday night, as it appeared the capital might indeed go up in smoke.

Although the prime minister was referring to a march that began Thursday evening by right-wing protesters near the Old City with the intent to end its journey in prayer on the Temple Mount, his words undoubtedly also referred to the endless stream of rocks thrown and firebombs (Molotov cocktails) and fireworks shot at police officers and civilians by raging Arabs across the nation’s capital.

Close to a hundred Arab rioters hurled rocks and shot fireworks at Border Patrol police officers Thursday night in the northern neighborhood of Shuafat.

Israeli police used riot control equipment in an attempt to defuse the violence.

As Arab violence continued there and in eastern sections of the city, right-wing protesters started their own demonstration close to the Old City.

The group began a march early Thursday evening at the Menachem Begin Heritage Center. The site hosted a conference last week after which the guest speaker, Temple Mount activist Rabbi Yehudah Glick, was shot.

The protesters marched from the Begin Center towards the entrance to the Temple Mount, the holiest site in Judaism and the third holiest in Islam. Since 1967 the Mount has been controlled by the Islamic Waqf Authority under the watchful eyes of the Jordanian government, with the agreement of the State of Israel.

There has been a massive increase in Arab violence stemming from the site over the past few months. Clerics often incite their followers to attack Israelis and Jews during their sermons at the Al Aqsa Mosque, located on the Temple Mount, each Friday.

Violence on the Temple Mount yesterday (Wednesday, Nov. 5) prompted the second closure at the holy site in less than a week.

Recent attacks had finally led Israel’s government to close the site last weekend to everyone for the first time since 1967, enraging both Muslims and Jews alike.

The site was again closed to everyone on Wednesday after Muslims there attacked a Knesset member touring the area, having rioted and attacked visitors daily for weeks, usually from the moment the site opened in the morning hours. Also on Wednesday, a Hamas terrorist murdered a Border Patrol police captain and wounded 13 others in a horrific attack in two locations along the Light Rail line in a northern part of the city.

Despite the provocations and rising violence that prompted the closure however, the government of Jordan recalled its ambassador to Israel for “consultations” to protest Israel’s actions, rather than those of the Arab attackers.

Thus the pressure cooker has now begun to spill over to the Jewish side of the city’s population, with right wing activists matching verbal provocations against their Arab counterparts.

“The mosque will burn and the Temple will be rebuilt,” protesters chanted Thursday night as they marched from the Begin Center towards the holy Temple Mount in the Old City. The marchers said they would hold a mass prayer near the Temple Mount for Glick’s speedy recovery.

Glick is being maintained in an artificially-induced medical coma at Shaare Tzedek Medical Center due to the gravity of his condition following the assassination attempt on his life by the Islamic Jihad terrorist.

Death to Terrorists

Friday, October 24th, 2014

Israelis protest at Jerusalem’s Ammunition Hill train platform where an Arab terrorist ran over a group of commuters, killing a 3 month old baby.

They are carrying signs, “Death to Terrorists”.

Isfahan Demonstration for Women’s Rights Becomes Anti-Government Protest

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

A demonstration for women’s rights taking place in the Iranian city of Isfahan is transforming into a protest against the regime, a source reported to Dr. Mordechai Kedar, lecturer and researcher at Bar Ilan University Wednesday night.

“Approximately ten thousand people are protesting the fact that people probably working for the regime are throwing acid in the faces of women and girls who do not dress according to the stringent rules of the fanatics,” Kedar wrote in a post on his Facebook page. “The demonstration is in area ‘Bridge 33.’

“The source emphasized that the demonstrators are calling to topple the Supreme Leader, [Ayatollah] Ali Khamenei.

“In other words, a demonstration about women’s rights has turned into a protest against the regime. The source did not mention the reaction of the government, but I assume that severe action will be taken,” Kedar wrote.

“Will the demonstration in Isfahan spread to other Iranian cities,” he questioned. “Time will tell.”

In 2009, Iran saw mass demonstrations across the country protesting what was largely believed to be a rigged re-election of then-President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Foreign journalists were banned, phone networks were cut and internet connections were spotty at best as the government sought to control the growing unrest.

Basij militia and police officers wielded batons and fired tear gas canisters at protesters, but the measures did little to quell the demonstrations. The government followed up with arrests, layoffs, convictions and hangings. Eventually the protests stopped but instead moved underground and became a full-scale anti-government operation.

Ignorance at Princeton

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

Can’t Burn a Jew? Burn a Jewish Star

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014

Hamas is frustrated. Their missiles turned out to be useless, their tunnels were destroyed, they lost hundreds of terrorists, and the IDF effectively routed them both in war and now at the diplomatic table.

So to vent some of those frustrations (and to keep the populace angry), they’ve been running angry anti-Israel protests.

At this Gaza protest in Rafah, they’re burning a Jewish star for the children to watch.

Pro-Palestinian Activists Blockade ZIM Ship at Port of Oakland

Monday, August 18th, 2014

The glimmer of the Al Qaeda-linked Islamic State, or ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) may have already reached America’s shores, although U.S. citizens might not yet realize it. Dock workers at the port of Oakland have been afraid to brave the ire of Islamist protesters in California, and instead opted to stay off the job.

It appears that weeks-long planning by Palestinian Arab immigrants, their descendants and supporters who hate Israel and the Jews has paid off; the consolidated group of some 70 organizations has essentially seized control over the port in Oakland, California.

For the second day in a row, pro-Gaza protesters led by Palestinian Arab groups successfully blockaded the Piraeus, a ZIM Integrated Shipping Services vessel, at the Oakland port.

Demonstrators said they were protesting Israel’s counter terror operation in Gaza. But more than 300,000 Israelis are still internally displaced by Hamas terror.

Operation Protective Edge was launched to silence the incessant rocket, missile and mortar fire that has rained down on southern Israel for years.

Several hundred Oakland protesters gathered again in a picket line Sunday after the ZIM vessel docked at about 5:30 pm. That was some 24 hours after it was forced to circle in the Pacific Ocean to avoid a mob of thousands at the same port the previous day.

A few dozen police officers monitored the picket line, according to KTVU TV, which interviewed 26-year-old Mohamed Shehk, media and communications director of the Oakland-based ‘Critical Resistance’ group.

“As a Palestinian, I have always been a strong supporter for the Palestinian cause for liberation,” Shehk told the news outlet. He added that he also supports ‘various movements of liberation around the world.’

“We will not stand for the murdering of Gazans,” he said.

The ultimate goal of the blockade, said protesters, is to stop the company from unloading at the Port of Oakland altogether. They plan similar blockades against ZIM in Tacoma and Seattle, organizers said.

The ILWU dockworkers’ union chose to honor the picket line and refused to unload the vessel. It’s not the first time; a similar blockade against ZIM was backed by the union in 2010.

Oddly, Saturday’s massive anti-Israel rally was covered only by independent bloggers and the UK-based newspaper, The Guardian. And Sunday’s blockade was covered by KTUV and KPIX. It didn’t even raise a blip on the national scene.

On Saturday, activists gathered early at a nearby transit station, the paper reported, led by 21-year-old Palestinian Sameh Ayesh, a member of the San Francisco-based Arab Youth Organization.

One of those involved in organizing the demonstration, Arab Resource and Organizing Center (AROC) executive director Lara Kiswani, said her organization was currently discussing “how to escalate our tactics.”

The paper reported that as protesters reached the port entrance, a line of police officers was standing in formation. “Hands up! Don’t shoot!” the mob shouted, playing on the recent news coverage of police brutality against rioting protesters in the town of Ferguson, Missouri following an lethal incident of police brutality.

Speaking with The Guardian, Shehk tried hard to link the incident to Israel’s counter terror operation in Gaza. “On Twitter, we’ve seen people in Gaza tweet to protesters in Ferguson how to cope with teargas,” he said.

Gimme a break.

A Question for My UK Readers

Monday, August 18th, 2014

Readers from the UK….what do you think? Is this real or exaggerated?

“A Sainsbury’s branch emptied its kosher food shelf after the manager feared anti-Israeli protesters outside would attack it, the supermarket giant has said.

The goods were removed from a Sainsbury’s Local branch in Holborn, central London, as it was picketed by protesters who were calling on the supermarket giant to boycott Israeli goods.

The incident yesterday afternoon happened on the same day anti-Israeli protesters ‘wreaked havoc’ at a Birmingham branch of Tesco when a demonstration got out of hand.”

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/blogs/muqata/a-question-for-my-uk-readers/2014/08/18/

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