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Netanyahu Warns World Leaders, ‘Stand Against Terrorism in Israel’

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu called on the international community to also take a stand against terror when it occurs in Israel.

The prime minister made some pointed remarks prior to the start of his meeting with Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentilloni on Tuesday (June 30), commenting on two attacks the previous day that left five people seriously wounded – one in critical condition.

“I would like to send my best wishes for a rapid and full recovery to the Israeli citizens who were wounded last night in the terrorist attack near Shilo and to the soldier who was stabbed near Rachel’s Tomb,” he said.

“Attempts to attack us do not halt even for a moment. The ISA and IDF have foiled dozens of terrorist attacks since the start of the year and over 200 since the start of 2014.

“We are determined to take strong action and deal with the terrorists to the fullest extent of the law.

“The fact that up until now, the Palestinian Authority has not condemned these attacks needs to bother not only us, but also the international community as a whole,” he said pointedly.

Within minutes after a car bombing in Cairo on Monday night, the White House issued a statement condemning the terror attack that killed Egypt’s attorney general, Hisham Barakat, and nine other people.

Earlier in the day, A female Israeli soldier was stabbed by a Palestinian Authority terrorist at a checkpoint near Rachel’s Tomb and nearly died. She was rushed to a Jerusalem hospital where she remained unconscious until this morning. Late Monday night, four young Israeli men were shot in a driveby road terror attack on Highway 60 near Shvut Rachel, in the Binyamin district of Samaria east of Shilo — about 45 kilometers (28 miles) north of Jerusalem.

“Those who do not take an unequivocal stand against terrorism cannot wash their hands,” Netanyahu said.

Jerusalem Arabs Clash with Police in Old City after Jew Stabbed

Sunday, June 21st, 2015

A terrorist stabbed one person near Damascus Gate in the Old City of Jerusalem Saturday night, and other terrorists threw a firebomb at a bus near Nevi Yaakov in northern Jerusalem and a pipe bomb at Rachel’s Tomb.

Police clashed with rioters after the stabbing, according to Israel News Feed. Arabs hurled rocks at cars, wounding at least one person, and police carried out one arrest as of midnight Saturday.

The condition of the stabbing victim is not known, but he is believed not to have suffered serous wounds.

There are no known injuries in the firebombing of the bus and from the pipe bomb that was thrown towards Jews visting Rachel’s Tomb (Kever Rachel) near Bethlehem.

In Judea and Samaria, Palestinian Authority terrorists hurled rocks at passing Jewish motorists near Dolev and in the same region where one or more terrorists murdered Daniel Gonen and wounded a companion while they were hiking. Gonen was buried in his home city of Lod, near Ben Gurion Airport, Saturday night.

The terrorist fled on foot but is believed to have been whisked away from the area in a car, leading police and the IDF to believe he did not act alone.

They also estimate that the attack was planned and was not a spur of the minute attack.

Palestinian Authority terrorists usually are more motivated during the Muslim month of Ramadan, which began Thursday. They have an added incentive because this month is the anniversary of the kidnap-murders of three yeshiva youth, whose attackers were located and killed in a shoot-out with the IDF last September.

Update: Four Hurt in Suspected Gush Etzion Hit-and-Run Terror Attack

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

Four young boys have been injured by a vehicle in Gush Etzion in what is suspected as a terrorist hit-and-attack.

Security forces have found and are questioning the Palestinian Authority driver of the black Subaru car that hit the youth but have not confirmed that it was a terrorist attack. However, an eyewitness at the scene said it appeared that the driver intentionally hit the boys before speeding off.

The vehicle struck the victims at the entrance to the community of Alon Shvut. One person suffered moderate injuries, and three others were injured lightly. They were standing at the same spot where Hams terrorists last summer kidnapped and later murdered three yeshiva students.

In a separate attack, two people were lightly injured in an Arab rock-throwing attack on their tourist bus.

Nearby, an explosive device reportedly was thrown from a house in Bethlehem over the wall separating the city from Rachel’s Tomb (Kever Rachel).

Security forces shot the terrorist, whose condition is not yet known.

In Samaria, The IDF shot and injured a Palestinian Authority terrorist was throwing rocks at soldiers patrolling the security fence.

Kever Rachel

Friday, December 5th, 2014

Rachel’s Tomb – After

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

Yesterday we showed you what Rachel’s Tomb used to look like.

Unfortunately, the Oslo Accords and “Peace” changed all that.

Nowadays Rachel’s Tomb is Fortress Rachel, in order to protect Jewish visitors from Arab terrorists.

The original building is not gone. The fortress was built over and around it.

The original Rachel's Tomb, now inside Fortress Rachel.

The original Rachel’s Tomb, now inside Fortress Rachel.

 

Just a reminder of what it looked like before the fortress:

Kever Rachel

Kever Rachel

Rachel’s Tomb Hijacked

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

On the 11th of Heshvan, which this year falls on November 4, Jews observe the “yaarzeit” memorial for Rachel, the Biblical matriarch who bore Joseph and died in child birth as Benjamin was born.

As part of our agency’s continuing reportage of the PA school books now used in the UNRWA educational facilities, funded by the US, the EU and other western nations, we have come across a newsworthy phenomenon: UNRWA schools now teach that Rachel’s tomb is a shrine to a Muslim.

This is consistent with PA educational policy, which does not recognize any area in any part of Palestine, between the Mediterranean Sea and the Jordan River, as Holy to Jews. UNRWA students learn that the Western Wall, the Temple Mount in Jerusalem and the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron are exclusively holy and special to Moslems, and devoid of anything Jewish.

However, after the founding of the PA in 1994, the initial Palestinian Authority textbook recognized Rachel’s tomb, described as “Qabr Rahil” in a chapter about Bethlehem (pp. 87-90) in a paragraph titled “the most important historical and religious sites” (pp. 88-89), second to the Church of the Nativity. That text, on top of p. 89 is translated as: “Rachel’s Tomb: The mother of our lord Joseph and the wife of Jacob, peace be upon them both”. The textbook in which this sentence appears is titled “Palestinian National Education” for grade 6 and it was published by the Ministry of Education of the Palestinian National Authority in 1996.

However, The Palestinian Authority Ministry of Education has now transformed the “Tomb of Rachel” into “The Mosque of Bilal bin Rabbah” in the “National Education” textbook which is used by the 492,000 students in the UNRWA camps for grade 7.

In the chapter titled “Attempts at Obliterating the Palestinian Heritage” (pp. 54-57) there are features on p. 54 – photos of four places of which one is Rachel’s Tomb which the PA subtitled as “the Mosque of Bill bin Raba (Bethlehem)”. On p. 55, in a sub-chapter titled “The attempts at obliterating the Palestinian heritage include the following manifestations:” one can find the following: “The attempt to Judaize [tahwid] some of the Muslim religious places such as the Ibrahimi Mosque [the Cave of the Patriarchs] and the Mosque of Bilal bin Rabbah (near Bethlehem)”.

On p. 56, there is a tendentious paragraph which declares that: “Several Palestinian, Arab and Islamic centers and associations were established and they work to revive the Arab-Palestinian heritage in order to keep Palestine, and Jerusalem specifically, Arab”.

The Palestinian Ministry of Education has also issued educational pamphlets about Palestine and its “heritage”, such as: the Al-Buraq Wall – the Western Wall, the Mosque of Bilal bin Rabbah – Rachel’s Dome [Qubbat Rahil]”. At the bottom of the same page there are four questions for all students to answer. No. 2 reads: “Give the names of mosques and [other] Muslim and Christian religious sites of which the features the Israelis have tried to change”.

On p. 57 there is an assignment in which the student is requested to write “Yes” or “No” next to various statements.

No. 3 in this assignment reads: “The holy site of Bilal bin Rabbah is located near Bethlehem”.

As for Bilal bin Rabbah, he was an Ethiopian (male, not a female) slave in Mecca who heard Muhammad preaching there and became a Muslim. He was then severely tortured by his master but stayed a devoted Muslim. One of Muhammad’s companions, Abu Bakr, bought and freed him and Muhammad made him the first muadhin (caller to prayer).

Some sources say that he accompanied Caliph Omar on the latter’s trip to Jerusalem following its conquest in 636 and on their way back the time of prayer came and he called to prayer at the place that was always known as Rachel’s Tomb – until the Palestinian Authority arrived on the scene.

The Story of Rachel

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

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