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Police: Jews Forbidden to Pray without Permit Anywhere in Jerusalem’s Muslim Quarter

Wednesday, September 7th, 2016

In a hearing before the Jerusalem Magistrate’s Court regarding young women who prayed in the Old City, a police representative declared that Jewish prayer is illegal without police permit in the Muslim quarter and violates public order.

Over the past few weeks, young Jewish men and women have been arrested for praying near the gates of the Temple Mount, despite the fact that there is no law, nor “status quo” agreement that prohibits this practice. But on Tuesday, police stated for the first time that such behavior, namely Jews praying anywhere in the Muslim quarter of the Old City, constitutes a crime.

According to the legal aid society Honenu, three young women were arrested on Sunday while praying in the vicinity of the Lions’ Gate. They were interrogated on suspicion of violating the public order and were released during the night, on condition that they appear in court Monday at a hearing of police request to restrict their entry into the Old City.

Their Honenu attorney, David Halevi, was asking what crime his clients had committed by praying in the Old City of Jerusalem, an area which has been a magnet for millions of Jews who pray there. Police representative Safi Sarhan and Superintendent Roy Avrahami explained that the very act of prayer in the Muslim quarter and near the Temple Mount gates without coordination with and permit from police is a violation of the public peace.

“You may pray anywhere in the Jewish quarter, but as soon as you go without authorization and pray in the Muslim quarter it causes disorder. Inside the Muslim quarter and in the vestibules they are prohibited from praying,” Sarhan stated. When attorney Halevi asked on which law police based this statement, Sarhan said it was based on police discretion, since they anticipate that Jews who pray in the Muslim quarter would provoke a disturbance of the peace.

Quite disturbingly, Judge Yael Yitav accepted the police argument and barred the defendants for 15 days from the Muslim quarter, the Temple Mount, and an area of 25 yards around the gates of the Temple Mount. Her decision follows an emerging pattern of law enforcement in Israel, whereby instead of protecting Jews from the Arab mob that attacks them for praying, police punish the Jews who pray “without permission.”

The court’s decision appears to fly in the face of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, proclaimed in the 1948 General Assembly resolution 217 (III), whose Article 18 states: “Everyone has the right to freedom of thought, conscience and religion; this right includes freedom to change his religion or belief, and freedom, either alone or in community with others and in public or private, to manifest his religion or belief in teaching, practice, worship and observance.”

According to Judge Yitav, in Jerusalem, the term “everyone” in article 18 excludes Jews.

Attorney Halevi said in a statement that “this is an illegal conduct by Israel Police, which, in order to secure industrial peace has opted without authority and without any crime being committed by my clients to remove them while severely harming their freedom of movement and with abuse of police powers.”

According to Honenu, over the past month alone the organization has helped 35 Jews who were arrested on the Temple Mount and its entryways, 27 of whom were arrested while praying or rounding the gates outside the Temple Mount. Out of this group 16 were ordered to appear in court based on police demand to restrict their access to the holiest area to Jews.

JNi.Media

A Look at Spain’s Famous Jewish Quarters

Thursday, July 14th, 2016

All photos by Nati Shohat / Flash90

View of the Synagogue of El Transito, a historic building in Toledo, Spain. The synagogue was founded by Samuel ha-Levi Abulafia:

Spain's Jewish Quarter

Spain's Jewish Quarter

Spain's Jewish Quarter

The Jewish Quarter in Toledo:

Spain's Jewish Quarter

Spain's Jewish Quarter

Spain's Jewish Quarter

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High Court OK’s Jerusalem Day Flag Parade Through Muslim Quarter in Old City

Sunday, June 5th, 2016

The High Court of Justice has ruled in favor of the traditional Jerusalem Day Flag Parade marching through the Old City from the Damascus Gate to the Western Wall.

Celebrating Israelis traditionally sing and dance their way through the Muslim Quarter on their way to the ancient remnant of the Second Jewish Holy Temple, waving Israeli flags.

The court decision came in response to a petition by the leftist ‘Ir Amim’ non-governmental organization to bar the parade from marching through the Muslim Quarter.

The court also ruled, however, that the march will begin 15 minutes earlier than planned, and that all Jews must be out of the Muslim Quarter by 7:30 pm.

This measure is to help minimize as much as possible any friction between the Jewish and Muslim populations, because Sunday night is also the start of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.

On this night, most – if not all – of the Old City’s Muslim population will likely head to the Al Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount for the prayer service that will launch the holy month.

Together with IDF Chief of Staff Gadi Eizenkot, Israel’s new Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman approved the opening of all of the crossings between Israel and the Palestinian Authority as well as those between Israel and Gaza, for the duration of Ramadan.

The measures were taken so as to ease the movement of PA citizens who wish to visit family, travel abroad via Ben Gurion International Airport, receive visitors from abroad, or travel to Jerusalem to pray at the mosque on the Temple Mount.

Hana Levi Julian

Israeli Economy Second-Quarter Growth Exceeds Expectations

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS) announced that the Israeli economy grew at an annual rate of 5.1 percent in the second fiscal quarter of 2013, beating economists’ expectations.

Economists had projected 3-percent growth in the second quarter for Israel. This compares with just 2.7-percent growth in the first quarter and 3.1 percent in the fourth quarter of 2012 for the Israeli economy.

According to the CBS, the positive report was driven by 6.7 percent growth in private consumption, 1.2 percent growth in the exports of goods and services, and 8.3 percent growth in public consumption, Globes reported.

Analysts also said that natural gas production in the Tamar gas field off the coast of Israel, which began at the end of March, might have also played a role in the higher-than-expected growth rate, Haaretz reported.

The strong growth of Israel’s economy comes despite the departure of internationally renowned economist Stanley Fischer as the head of the Bank of Israel in June. Two of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s nominees to replace Fischer withdrew from consideration.

JNS News Service

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