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FBI Arrests Gang that Plotted to Attack Synagogues and Black Churches

Wednesday, November 11th, 2015

The FBI has foiled a plot by two white men to kill Jews and blacks in synagogues and churches.

Canine dogs and 15 police cars raided the home of one of the suspects, Ronald Beasley Chaney, and arrested him and his partner Robert Curtis Doyle. An accomplice, Charles Haldeman, also was arrested.

The FBI received a tip in late September that the two had scheduled a meeting to discuss a plot to bomber or shoot at Jews and blacks in houses of worship in Virginia and a gun dealer in Oklahoma. They had said they wanted to start a race war.

The FBI placed them under surveillance and used three undercover agents who agreed to sell them weapons and explosives.

They are to be arranged in a Richmond, Virginia court on Thursday for charges of conspiracy to possess firearms.

Doyle previously has been convicted for drug possession, embezzlement and theft.



PA Removes Steel Door Jews Installed at Joseph’s Tomb

Thursday, November 5th, 2015

The Palestinian Authority has returned to Israel a steel door at Joseph’s Tomb (Kever Yosef) after it had been installed by Jews following the latest Muslim desecration of the holy site in Shechem.

Israeli authorities had sent as key to the door to Ramallah, apparently to emphasize that the Palestinian Authority has control of the site.

Ramallah sent back the key, as well as the door, according to Bethlehem-based Ma’an News Agency.

It quoted Shechem (Nablus) Governor Akram Rajoub as saying that “extremist” settlers installed the door in an alleged violation of agreements that Joseph’s Tomb is under PA control.

Palestinian Authority Arabs have desecrated the site several times. PA chairman Mahmoud Abbas called last month’s arson attack “irresponsible” and ordered repairs to extensive damage from a firebomb attack.

Rajoub said that the regime in Ramallah is refurbishing it “at its own expense because it views this place as having religious and historic importance to the Palestinian society.”


54% of American Jews Eat Pork, Says Pew Poll

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

“God Bless America” is becoming “Godless America,” if a trend reported by a Pew poll continues.

Its latest survey that was released Wednesday indicates that the number of Americans who are “absolutely certain” that God exists has dropped to 63% from 71% in a similar poll in 2007.

An overwhelming majority of 89% still believe in God, a three-point decline from the last poll, but millennials are much less religious than the older generation.

Pew stated:

As older, more religiously observant generations die out, they are being replaced by far less religious young adults

Two-thirds of members of the Silent generation (67%) say religion is very important in their lives, but only 38% of the youngest members of the Millennial generation – those born between 1990 and 1996 – say the same.

Just 28% of these youngest Millennials report attending religious services at least weekly, compared with about half (51%) of their Silent generation counterparts.

Another interesting, and perhaps not surprising, statistic in the poll is that there are more people in the Democratic party than in the Republican party who are not affiliated with any religion.

The survey also shows that homosexuality is much more accepted by all religions, especially Jews, than in previous years.

It also revealed that 54% of Jews now eat pork, one of the strongest prohibitions in the Torah and which  has been associated with Jewish identify over centuries.

No less significant is that only 39 percent of Jews expressed a deep feeling of spiritual peace and well-being at least once a week, compared with 68 percent for Protestants, 57 percent for Catholics and 64 percent for Muslims.

Fear of Violence Prompts Police to Seek Delay of Synagogue Demolition

Wednesday, November 4th, 2015

Police may be the surprising savior, even if temporarily, for a Jerusalem area synagogue that the High Court ordered demolished by Thursday because of claims that Jews did not buy the property.

The court has postponed several times the demolition of the house of worship at Givat Ze’ev, a community located on Highway 43 in Samaria and 12 miles west of Jerusalem.

The police want it delayed again for three weeks because of fear of “price tag” attacks amid the current wave of Palestinian Authority and Israeli Arab violence.

Protesters at Givat Ze’ev already have posted banners proclaiming “Down with the High Court” and slogans that condemn the destruction of a synagogue while homes of some terrorists are not razed.

Demonstrators have made it clear that there will be a violent clash with police and wrecking crews if the demolition is carried out. A gas canister already has been placed on the roof of the synagogue, and some people have threatened suicide.

The synagogue was built 20 years ago, but left-wing activists began a legal campaign seven years ago, claiming that Palestinian Authority Arabs owe the property. The court ruled that deeds of purchase presented by Givat Ze’ev were not valid.

Rabin’s ‘Yarzheit’ Enters Second Week

Friday, October 30th, 2015

Ashkenazi Jews mark the anniversary of a death, known in Yiddish as “yarzheit,” on the day that someone has passed away.

The custom of Sephardi Jews is to begin observing the death from the Shabbat before the anniversary.

In Israel, there is a unique custom.

The yarzheit of assassinated Prime Minister Yitzchak Rabin is marked for two weeks or even more, depending on the calendar. He was murdered on the 12th of the Hebrew month of Chesvan, or November 4 on the Gregorian calendar.

This year, the Hebrew date was this past Sunday, but as usual, rallies and speeches, supposedly in memory of Rabin, began days before to take advantage of Saturday night, when most people do not work.

November 4 is next Wednesday, but mid-week is not very convenient to attract thousands of people to ostensibly mourn Rabin but exploit the murder to rant against Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, against a Jewish presence in Judea and Samaria and for “democracy” which means one must agree with the agenda of a decreasing minority that shivers at the growing influence of national religious Jews in society.

Yigal Amir, the man convicted and jailed for life for shooting and killing Rabin, was a national religious Jew. Now, 20 years since the assassination, leftist leaders and Israel’s largest media outlets still blame rabbis and the entire national religious community for the tragedy.

Saturday night, President Reuven Rivlin will deliver a speech at Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square, where he was murdered. The address is entitled “Remembering the murder, fighting for democracy” and will include an address from former President of the United States Bill Clinton.

Next year, November 4 falls on Friday, and Cheshvan 12 is on a Saturday, which means it will be a lot easier to draw large crowds. On the other hand, there are only eight days between the two dates, but the organizers will find a way to stretch it out.

Jews have observed Yarzheits for centuries on the day of a death and with prayers and introspection by remembering the righteous character and good deeds of the deceased. Marking the Yarzheit on a different date, because it is more convenient for political purposes, insults the soul of the deceased and loses the entire significance of Yarzheit.

Chabad notes:

This religious commemoration is recorded not as a fiat, but as a description of an instinctive sentiment of sadness, an annual rehearsing of tragedy, which impels one to avoid eating meat and drinking wine–symbols of festivity and joy, the very stuff of life.

It was a day set aside to contemplate the quality and life-style of the deceased, and to dwell earnestly upon its lessons.

Yahrzeit is a day when one relives the moment of doom, perhaps even fasts to symbolize the unforgettable despair. It is a day conditioned by the need to honor…death as in life, through study and charity and other deeds of kindness….

One slows one’s activities and spends a good part of the day safely in the synagogue.

The sad part of the yearly commemorations is that whether or not one did not like his acceptance of the Oslo Accords, Rabin’s contributions to the country as IDF Chief of Staff are lost in the rumble of politics.

He deserves better.

Abbas Wants UNESCO to Declare Western Wall Part of Al Aqsa

Friday, October 16th, 2015

The Palestinian Authority is laying the groundwork for UNESCO to declare that the Western Wall is part of the Al Aqsa compound on the Temple Mount, according to a report by the Hebrew daily Yediot Acharonot.

Ramallah is a member of UNESCO but not of its executive committee, and the Palestinian Authority has circulated a draft resolution to be presented to UNESCO by six Arab states on the committee – Algeria, Egypt, Kuwait, Morocco, Tunisia and the UAE.

A copy of the draft resolution obtained by the newspaper includes these clauses:

1. The Western Wall is part of “Plaza Buraq,” the Arabic name for the Western Wall.

2. The international community should condemn Israel for allowing citizens to bear arms during the recent violence;

3. The IDF and Israel should be condemned for suppression in the “capital of occupied Palestine.”

4. Israel should be condemned for excavations at the Temple Mount.

5. Israel should be condemned for “prohibiting freedom of worship at the Al Aqsa mosque and breaking the status quo.”

6. Israel should be condemned for allowing “Jewish extremists to attack Al-Aqsa,”

7. Israel should be condemned for planning to build a cable car to the Western Wall.

8. The Patriarchs’ Cave and Rachel’s Tomb should be declared as part of “Palestine.”

9. Israeli “settlers and extremists” should be condemned for violence.

That is a lot of condemnation, as well as lies.

Israel’s Ambassador to UNESCO, Simcha HaCohen, said that the draft resolution “pours fuel on the fire of incitement to terror.”

Te Palestinian Authority began a campaign more than five years to claim that Jews have no connection with the Western Wall. Laughable at first, the propaganda has escalated and spread.

Last year, PA Minister of Religious Affairs Mahmoud al-Habash told Israleli television:

Every piece of land Israel occupied in 1967 belongs to the Palestinian state. The Buraq Wall, too, will be under Palestinian sovereignty.


Jews Plan to Ascend Temple Mount on Anniversary of Rambam’s Visit

Friday, October 16th, 2015

An unusually large number of Jews plan to ascend the Temple Mount on Monday to mark the 850 years since the Rambam (Moses Maimonides) visited the holy site.

On the same date last year, a Jerusalem Arab terrorist tried to assassinate Temple Mount activist Rabbi Yehuda Glick, who made a miraculous recovery. Police have barred him from returning to the holy site, based on the argument that his presence incites Arabs to violence.

It is not yet known if the police will ban the intended visit and if it is allowed, if the visits will be limited to small groups.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/israel/jews-plan-to-ascend-temple-mount-on-anniversary-of-rambams-visit/2015/10/16/

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