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An IMAX Film of the Jerusalem You Never Have Seen Before (Video)

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

Five years in the making, the first IMAX film ever made about Jerusalem is as much a visual tour de force as a marvel of cultural diplomacy.

“Jerusalem,” which had its world premiere last week at Boston’s Museum of Science, uses cutting-edge cinematography to immerse the audience in the ancient city’s historic sites from rarely seen perspectives.

Over the course of 45 minutes, viewers are treated to rare aerial views of the Old City as Jews gather at the Western Wall for the priestly blessing, Christian pilgrims march down the Via Dolorosa and Muslims gather at the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the first Friday of Ramadan.

Distributed by National Geographic Entertainment, the film, narrated by the British actor Benedict Cumberbatch, will show on IMAX screens and in digital 3-D cinemas across the United States in the coming weeks.

Gaining access to some of the world’s most sensitive and contested locations was a test of devotion and artful negotiations that took the film’s three producers and a team of advisers years to accomplish. Preparations required dozens of meetings with Israeli and Palestinian Authority officials, the Israeli army and the many clerics who control the city’s religious sites.

Filming from a low-altitude helicopter in the Old City of Jerusalem’s strict no-fly zone required a permit that had not been granted in more than 20 years, the filmmakers said, and acquiring the permit took eight months of negotiations.

In advance of the shooting, producers took out ads in the major Hebrew- and Arabic-language newspapers to notify residents about the helicopter filming.

“There was nothing that was not complicated,” Taran Davies, one of the film’s producers, said at the premiere.

Even the terrestrial shots were difficult to carry off. For the scene filmed at the Western Wall, an IMAX camera was mounted on a crane above the crowds.

The most challenging authorization by far was for the Temple Mount, known in Islam as the Muslim Noble Sanctuary, which required permission from the Islamic custodial body, the religious affairs ministry in Jordan and Israeli security forces.

A critical figure in helping the producers navigate the logistical maze was Ido Aharoni, now Israel’s consul general in New York. Aharoni first learned about the film six years ago when he directed Brand Israel, a project to promote Israel around the world.

He recognized the potential of portraying the country’s historical and cultural gems in such a visually powerful medium. IMAX films also typically screen in museums and can run for years.

“The whole purpose of the movie is to produce a visually awesome experience for the moviegoer who happens to be a museumgoer; it can’t be judged like any other movie,” Aharoni told JTA. “Realizing that, we told [the producers], ‘Whatever you need, we’ll help you.’ ”

The film’s mesmerizing visuals are woven into a narrative propelled by the voices of three teenage Jerusalemite women — Jewish, Christian and Muslim. Fluent in English, the women offer eloquent descriptions of the deep religious, cultural and family ties that bind them and their respective religions to their home city.

Though the film was carefully planned down to the last minute and camera angle, Daniel Ferguson, the film’s producer, writer and director, told JTA the teens’ words were their own.

“My goal is to promote understanding,” Ferguson told JTA. “The film will change assumptions and give a window into another point of view.”

The voices of the women are supplemented by that of Jodi Magness, an archaeologist at the University of North Carolina, who guides viewers through an ancient tunnel and visits active excavation sites that continue to unearth the history of the land.

The filmmakers took great pains to balance the presentation of all three religions, according to George Duffield, another producer with longstanding ties to Israel. He and Ferguson say they were at times pressed to take a position on controversial or political issues, but insisted on neutrality.

“Everyone wanted the film to be about their own faith,” Duffield said. “That’s how they see the city.”

The producers hope the film can be used to promote tolerance and understanding. Profits will be donated to the Jerusalem Foundation and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem to underwrite projects that benefit all residents of Jerusalem.

Jerusalem’s Tower of David Museum in a still from the IMAX film “Jerusalem."

Jerusalem’s Tower of David Museum in a still from the IMAX film “Jerusalem.”

Al-Qaida Claims Responsibility for Iraq Bombing Wave

Monday, August 12th, 2013

A subsidiary of al-Qaida has claimed responsibility on Monday for Saturday’s bombing wave that killed more than 60 people and injured more than 200 in Iraq, according to the SITE group which monitors online terrorist messages.

A statement by Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) posted online said it carried out the attacks.

“The Islamic State mobilized… in Baghdad and the southern states and others to convey a quick message of deterrence on the third day of Eid (Muslim holiday)” as a response to the Iraqi government’s recent crackdowns on terrorists.

“They will pay a high price for what they did, and they will not be secure day or night during Eid or other times, so they should watch their footsteps…” it said.

On Saturday, a total of 12 car bombs went off in Baghdad, in markets, restaurants and cafes, killing more than 30 people and injuring at least 100, as Iraqis were celebrating the end of the Muslim month of Ramadan.

Some 16 car bombings and other attacks rocked Iraq on that day, making this one of the deadliest Ramadan months in recent years.

Saturday’s attacks also followed major crackdowns on terrorists and terrorists in Iraq, among the biggest security operations since the pullout of U.S. troops in December 2011.

It appears the U.S. is ignoring the “Pottery Barn rule,” we broke it and put it back on the shelf…

al Qaeda Threat Intercepted, US Embassies to Remain Closed

Monday, August 5th, 2013

The United States government has announced that the U.S. outposts throughout Muslim countries in North Africa and the Middle East will remain closed at least through Saturday, the end of the Muslim holiday Eid, which follows Ramadan, and possibly longer.

The State Department based the continued closures on several factors: the interception of an Al Qaeda message; the end of Ramadan and a series of major prison breaks in Iraq, Libya and Pakistan over the past several weeks which released many Al Qaeda operatives.

While U.S. government buildings in several of the countries that had been closed on Sunday are now open, 15 will remain closed and government buildings in four additional countries – all in Africa – will also be closed at least through Saturday.

The intercepted Al Qaeda message appears to relate to the final stages planning of an attack by the Yemen-based Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, according to CNN.

“Al Qaeda is in many ways stronger than it was before 9/11, because it’s mutated and it spread and it can come at us from different directions,” U.S. Representative Peter King, a Republican, said on ABC’s “This Week.”

“And al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula is probably the most deadly of all the al Qaeda affiliates,” he said.

“This is the most specific and credible threat I’ve seen since 9/11[01],” House Homeland Security Chairman Mike McCaul, R-Texas, said Sunday on “Face the Nation.”

The 19 U.S. government buildings which will remain closed at least through Saturday are:

U.S. Embassy Manama, Bahrain

U.S. Embassy Bujumbura, Burundi*

U.S. Embassy Djibouti, Djibouti

U.S. Embassy Amman, Jordan

U.S. Embassy Cairo, Egypt

U.S. Embassy Kuwait City, Kuwait

U.S. Embassy Tripoli, Libya

U.S. Embassy Antananarivo, Madagascar*

U.S. Embassy Port Louis, Mauritius*

U.S. Embassy Muscat, Oman

U.S. Embassy Doha, Qatar

U.S. Embassy Kigali, Rwanda*

U.S. Consulate Dhahran, Saudi Arabia

U.S. Consulate Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

U.S. Embassy Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

U.S. Embassy Khartoum, Sudan

U.S. Embassy Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

U.S. Consulate Dubai, United Arab Emirates

U.S. Embassy Sanaa, Yemen

The asterisks indicate the four U.S. embassies which were added to the closure list on Sunday. Government buildings which were closed on Sunday but which have been taken off the list include ones in Kabul, Algiers and Baghdad.

Police Close Temple Mount Jews for Entire Week

Monday, August 5th, 2013

Jerusalem police have accelerated the shutdown of the Temple Mount to Jews and have barred them entry until next Sunday, sparking a planned protest rally for 7:30 Wednesday morning at the Mugrahbim Bridge entrance to the holy site form the Western Wall plaza.

The police are keeping the Temple Mount open only for Muslims because of their celebrations at the end of Ramadan.

The Temple mount was closed to non-Muslims for a large period of the current Hebrew month of Av and beginning of Elul.

One the days that Jews were allowed to ascend, they were subject to abuse and harassment by Muslims and their visits often were shortened by police.

Two Arabs Caught Vandalizing Tomb of the Patriarchs

Monday, August 5th, 2013

Two Palestinians were arrested last night after being caught red handed in the commission of an act of vandalism in the Cave of the Patriarchs. The two were recorded on security cameras as they were ripping a Mezuzah off the wall in the hall of Ya’acov and Leah.

Superintendent Barak Arusi, commander of the police unit guarding the site, stated that the two, aged 20, were charged with attempted theft and with an attempt to offend religious sentiments. During their questioning one of the detainees denied his involvement, but the confessed to the charges and implicated his accomplice as well. They are both held in custody.

This is the fourth reported act of desecration by Muslims against Jewish religious symbols over the month of Ramadan. Tazpit News Agency reported yesterday that Mezuzahs were desecrated for a third time by Muslims frequenting the Tomb of the Patriarchs. Following the incident Sunday, Muslims age 18 – 35 were barred temporarily from entering the Tomb of the patriarchs, but Major General Nitzan Alon, chief of the IDF Central Command, rescinded the directive. A short while later, the two vandals were caught in the act.


Third Time this Ramadan – Tomb of the Patriarchs Desecrated by Muslims

Sunday, August 4th, 2013

For the third time this month of Ramadan, Muslims visiting the Tomb of Patriarchs in Hebron have desecrated Jewish religious objects at the site, tearing the Mezuzahs off the doorposts and stealing them. They took advantage of the special visiting privileges the Muslims receive from the IDF during the month of Ramadan, during which, on Fridays and a few special days, the Tomb of Patriarchs is open only to Muslims.

Local police announced they have arrested two Palestinians in connection with the vandalism, but are still searching for the thieves. The act was recorded by surveillance cameras. A member of the Waqf was nearby during the act of vandalism.

In response to the repeated attacks, the site management has decided to limit the access of Palestinians. Muslims aged 18 – 35 will not be permitted in on the special days allocated to Muslims only. Further actions are being considered to prevent these attacks in the future.

Following the previous attack, Member of Knesset Orit Struk, a resident of Hebron, told Tazpit News Agency: “The Arabs used the opportunity they had on Friday to desecrate the Mezuzot. We cannot be silent about this incident. During the 700 years of Muslim occupation, the Tomb of the Patriarchs was completely closed to Jews. Today, when the State of Israel is considerate of Muslim holidays and permits them full use of the site – they exploit it to harm Jewish symbols. I expect the Muslim leaders in Hebron and Israel to apologize to the Jewish People and condemn this heinous episode.”

Arabs Wound Child in Rock Attacks on Old City Buses

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

Arabs hurled rocks at Israel buses in the Old City of Jerusalem twice in several hours Thursday and injured 10 people, one day after one or two possible terrorist attacks that sent two men to the hospital with serious wounds from separate stabbing attacks.

The second rock attack on a bus at the Shechem Gate, also known as the Damascus Gate, sent a 14-year-old boy to the hospital with serious wounds. A previous barrage of rocks on three Egged buses took place nearby and caused injuries to several people.

Police have not stated if Wednesday’s knife attacks were carried out by terrorists. One of the victims told a medic that his attacker was an Arab who attacked out of nationalist motives.

The police spokesman was not available for comment Thursday.

 

Updated: Arabs Stabs Jew at Entrance to Old City

Tuesday, July 16th, 2013

On Tuesday evening, two Arabs stabbed a Haredi Jew near Sha’ar Shechem (Damascus Gate), one of the entrances to the Old City of Jerusalem. The 35 year old man was stabbed in the stomach, chest and back, and was taken to Shaarei Tzedek Hospital in serious condition by MDA. The man was on his way home after completing his prayers at the Kotel.

Security forces have not yet captured the attacker(s).

Attacks on Jews, in and around the Old City become more common during Ramadan.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/breaking-arab-stabs-jew-at-entrance-to-old-city/2013/07/16/

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