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U.S. Drama Series by ‘Homeland’ Writer to Be Filmed In Jerusalem

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

A new drama series to be aired on the NBC subsidiary USA Network will be the first American television series to be filmed  in Israel, and most of the scenes will be in eastern Jerusalem.

“Dig” will be filmed in the City of David national park located in the Silwan neighborhood of Jerusalem as well as the Old City. The series will be produced by Gideon Raff, screenwriter of the Israeli series “Hatufim,” which is aired in the United States as “Homeland” and co-written by “Heroes” writer Tim Kring, a co-creator of “Homeland.”

The first six episodes have been purchased without buying a pilot.

The series, which will feature Israeli and American actors, deals with an American FBI agent stationed in Jerusalem who uncovers a conspiracy while investigating the murder of an American archaeologist.

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat, who worked to bring the project to Jerusalem, said, “The new series is a significant milestone on the road as Jerusalem becomes an attractive location for international productions. Jerusalem’s rich history attracts series and films with great stories to tell.”

The filing in Silwan will present challenge for security forces because it has been a source of hundreds of violent rock-throwing attacks on Jewish motorists and has caused several serious injuries to drivers and passengers who sometimes barely escape ambushes on narrow streets in the area.

UK’s Zionist Jewry Rejects British J Street Clone

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

The Zionist Federation, the official representative body of Jewish organizations in England, this week rejected the membership application of Yachad UK, the leftist J Street-esque organization which was formed in England in 2011.

The vote took place on Monday, February 25, and was conducted as required by the ZF’s constitution: member organizations vote to decide whether an applicant organization’s mission and actions are consistent with the mission of the ZF.

According to a statement by the ZF, every constituent organization was given the opportunity to consider Yachad’s application, and representatives of those organizations consulted with their members in order to make a decision.  This process began ten months ago.  When the ZF met on Monday, the organization representatives voted on and rejected Yachad UK’s application.

Although ZF leadership members were unwilling to respond to media inquiries about the decision, they pointed to the deliberative process in which the ZF had engaged, which was consistent with prior membership decisions.

In response to the vote, Yachad, which is Hebrew for “together,” went on the offensive.  It instituted an email campaign informing contacts that they are being discriminated against, along with a twitter attack with the hashtag “whatswrongwithmyzionism.”

Yachad’s first line of offense was to present themselves as innocent Zionist victims of overbearingly aggressive, right-wing Zionist Jews.  They claimed at the top of their website that, “78% of Anglo Jewry favour a two state solution. Is their Zionism not good enough for the Zionist Federation?”

The Zionist Federation issued a public statement in response.  “It is important to note that despite claims by Yachad’s statement, the ZF strongly supports peace in the Middle East and the two state solution.  To say that we do not is factually incorrect.”

WHAT IS YACHAD UK?

Yachad UK is quite similar in orientation and mission to J Street in the U.S.  The tagline for Yachad is “together for peace, together for Israel,” and it describes itself as “the pro-Israel, pro-peace movement for British Jews,” exactly the same claim J Street makes for U.S. Jews.  About the only difference between the two organizations, as Hannah Weisfeld, Yachad’s director, said at its launch, is that Yachad will not engage in political lobbying.

And just as is the case with J Street, there are many Zionists who do not believe Yachad’s self-description is accurate.  They instead claim that Yachad’s relentless criticism of Israel and refusal to make any demands on the Arab Palestinians reveals the true nature of Yachad, one that they believe is instead an anti-Zionist orientation.

DOES YACHAD PRESENT ITSELF AS A ZIONIST ORGANIZATION?

The pingpong match of public statements declaring either that Yachad is a Zionist organization that should be welcomed into the UK’s Zionist Federation, or that it is an anti-Zionist organization which has no place in the ZF is not especially helpful in determining the truth.

Rather than look at the public rhetoric, The Jewish Press decided it is most useful to see what Yachad really does and where Yachad really goes. The best way to do this is to peruse the activities posted on Yachad UK’s Facebook page.

This is what you will find there:

• November 11 and February 10, Yachad showed the movie “The Law in These Parts,” a movie that is “a compelling indictment of Israel’s occupation of the West Bank and Gaza,” another shows a Yachad trip to Israel in which the participants join up with an Israeli leftist activist group, Ir Amim, to rally against Jews living in parts of Jerusalem.

• February 11th and 12th meetings with former Haaretz editor David Landau, who famously told U.S. secretary of state Condoleezza Rice that the U.S. should “rape Israel,” and that it has always been a secret erotic dream of his to discuss this with her.”

• July 29, June 21, June 18, June 17 meetings with Nadav Greenberg of “Just Vision,” who recently completed a documentary, “Budrus and Home Front: Portraits from Sheikh Jarrah,”  that presents four people, all of whom oppose the Israeli efforts to allow Jews to live in the Shimon Hatzadik neighborhood of Jerusalem, known to pro-Arab Palestinian activists as the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood.

Most of the more than 100 photos on Yachad’s page are of Yachad trips to Israel.

Historic Jerusalem Home Firebombed (Video)

Monday, December 24th, 2012

A historic Jewish building in Jerusalem’s ancient City of David was firebombed by local Arabs , with supporters recording and posting the videotape on YouTube.

Arabs living in Shiloach/Silwan, just outside the walls of Jerusalem’s Old City and just a few hundred feet from the Kotel Plaza accosted the historic Meyhuchas House, uploading the video to YouTube courtesy of the “Bustan Cultural Center”.

The white stone house was built by Rabbi Rachamim Natan Meyuchas, a sephardic Jew who settled his family outside the Old City in the City of David in the late 1800s following at least 200 years of his family’s residence inside the Old City.  Soon after Rabbi Rachamim bought the property, Jews of Yemenite origin began arriving in the area and founded Kfar Shiloach.  By 1920, approximately 200 Jewish families lived in the area.  However, local Arab riots from 1936-1939 forced Jews to abandon their homes.

Arabs continued to maintain control in the area until recent years, when Jewish families began re-establishing a connection to the area, living in homes purchased by Jewish philanthropists from the Arabs who had possessed them.  Jewish residents are forced to maintain a high level of security in the area, and exercise caution when travelling on the local roads, due to concerns of rock and Molotov cocktail attacks.

The attack was conducted using crude firebombs and fireworks, which Arabs in eastern Jerusalem frequently fashion into ignited projectile weapons.

A letter published by Arutz Sheva and written by Rabbi Rachamim states: “We are establishing our home from now on in the village of Shiloah near the city. There we will live and there we will have light and breathe fresh air. We will no longer drink murky well water, and we will no longer eat purchased vegetables, but rather our water will be living water from the spring, and with our own hands we will sow vegetables and will partake of them.”

Jerusalem Mayor Kicks Off Arab Street Namings

Wednesday, October 17th, 2012

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat will inaugurate a street in the Arab neighborhood of Beit Hanina on Wednesday in the name of a famous Egyptian singer.

The ceremony at 3:30pm will name the street Umm Kultum, after a beloved Egyptian singer, the daughter of an Imam, who died in 1975.

The naming is part of a project to name all streets in Arab neighborhoods in Jerusalem.  According to a press release by the Government Press Office, many streets in those neighborhoods have never been officially named.  Now, 145 new street names have been approved and will be affixed to roads in Zur Baher, Beit Hanina, Shuafat, Issawiya, Abu-Tor, Silwan, and Ras Al-Amud.

Israel Land Fund Chief: The Battle for Jerusalem Is Fierce and Desperate

Sunday, July 29th, 2012

As Jews around the world conduct the rituals of mourning in remembrance of the destruction of two Holy Temples in Jerusalem and the suffering of exile from the center of Jewish life, an ambitious plan and timeframe are afoot to rebuild Jerusalem and turn it once again into the pulsating heart of the Jewish world.

In an interview with the Jewish Press’s Yishai Fleisher, Director and Founder of the Israel Land Fund, Arieh King, described his organization’s efforts to reclaim stolen properties in eastern Jerusalem, and to expand the borders of the entire metropolis.

After Fleisher described an ambush he underwent in a narrow street in the Arab-dominated Wadi Joz neighborhood to the north of Jerusalem’s Old City, King warned that any area which does not have a Jewish population could become a hotbed of terrorism.

“There’s no question that once Jews are not there, there is no sovereignty, police are not entering there, this is the basis for anti-Israeli organizations to put their roots …There’s no question, if Jews were living there, things like that would not happen”.

King got his start as a security guard in the City of David in 1997.  Then most commonly known as Silwan, the area was wrought with strife and was targeted frequently by local Arabs for attacks, despite his position just adjacent to the most significant place in the city, the Old City of Jeruasalem.  Born on Kibbutz Alumim, King, is one of the ten original residents of Ma’ale Zeitim (Ras-Al-Amud) where he currently resides with his wife and children. He started the Israel Land Fund while trying to recover property on the Mt. of Olives in 2007.

According to King, the battle for Jerusalem is fierce and “desperate”.

“The changes are daily.  Unfortunately, of course, people are attacked, and there are bad things still happening, but if we compare it to other periods, we are [going in the] the right direction,” King said. “ I think that our success, not just the Israel Land Fund, but other organizations… in general, the major successes are building in Beit Orot a neighborhood of 16 apartments, in Shimon HaTzaddik at the Shepherd Hotel we built 76 Jewish apartments… this is something that is making our enemies almost desperate and because of that, they are allowing themselves to also attack us and to use a kind of weapon or kind of language that they never used, because they saw and they see almost daily that with all of their support that they get from the media, from the United States leadership, even from Israeli even politicians… they are not able to stop us.  And this is making them desperate, because they see the Jewish nation from all over the world is much stronger than what they thought it is.”

Up until now, King’s focus has been on areas specific to eastern Jerusalem – the Mount of Olives, Shimon HaTzaddik (the burial place of Temple high priest Simon the Just),  Beit Hanina, Beit Tzafafa,and  Jabil Mukaber, areas he said nobody was talking about 10 years ago.

In those areas, King has set about not only buying up Arab properties, but determining which properties were previously owned by Jews but are now being squatted on by Arabs.  During the interview, King described how he worked with local Arabs in the Shimon HaTzaddik neighborhood to determine who properties belonged to before the Jews were evicted by the Jordanians in 1948, and what the properties were used for.

His future plans for those areas include housing for 500 families (thanks in part to some anonymous donors- Canadian businessmen), 120 additional apartments in an area called Nachalat Shimon (which King says currently houses 3 large hotels), and a new complex which will be used by Yeshivat Ohr Somayach.

Now, King and a group of experts and city planners have come together to make plans for the rest of the city – proposals which will revolutionize the capital in just 38 years.

Though the plans of King and his architects, civil engineers, tourism experts, hoteliers, transportation, financial, and demographic experts – “most of them are leftists”, says King – were initiated before the recent government report by Edmund Levy, which said Israel has the right to act with sovereignty across Israel, King called the report “a big blessing”.  “I hope [the report] will be a good platform to start this movement of asserting sovereignty first of all around Jerusalem.  First.”

Called Jerusalem 5800, the plan is to expand Jerusalem to the east, north, and south by the year 2050.  As part of the plan, Gush Etzion in southern Judea will become a suburb of Jerusalem, as will Maale Adumim and Givat Ze’ev.

King noted that the expansion will not occur to the west, because of issues pertaining to forestry and rainwater collection.

The plan also aims to introduce a Jerusalem International Airport between Maale Adumim and the Dead sea in the Horkania valley, complete with cable cars and an underground tunnel to the Old City, to accommodate the estimated 10 million tourists the UN has predicted Jerusalem will host in the next 10-15 years.

“It will be a disaster,” King said.  “Where will all the people come? Where will they stay? In order to make it happen, we must change Jerusalem and to build and to dig underneath to make many tunnels to make the Holy Basin accessible.”

The stalwart activist also told Fleisher that a key component in the battle for Jerusalem is aliyah. “People [making aliyah] from Zionism, from Zionist reasons…. Any person that calls himself a Zionist is a Jerusalemist –Zion is Jerusalem.  When people are making aliyah, they are making aliyah because of Jerusalem,” King said.   “And by making aliyah, they are strengthening Jerusalem.

“I hope that each one who is making aliyah will come and live in Jerusalem, but even if they would choose, Raanana, Netanya, or Tel Aviv, it is strengthening Jerusalem, and we need all the time to think about Jerusalem and how we can strengthen Jerusalem,”

For those who have not yet come home to Israel as a way of strengthening Jerusalem, King says Jerusalem consciousness can do a lot for the city.  “We are now in the… Nine Days… this is the time for any Jew in the world to think – what did he do for Jerusalem.  Every day,” King said.  “I’m thinking about it every hour, but ok, every hour for me and for you Yishai, we are here, we see this ugly thing on the Temple Mount every day. So we cannot forget, it’s all the time in our minds, but people in the Diaspora need to think once in a day – what did they do for the sake of Jerusalem.”

“Jerusalem needs help,” King said.  And so does he.

“I’m working daily.  For me, when I see people that personally decided to change their way of thinking about Jerusalem, this is for me much more strengthening myself than if we found another Jewish property, because I think the most important things is to educate the people that Jerusalem needs their help,” King said.  “It’s not something that a few individuals can take care of.  Jerusalem is too big for me, too big for our organization, it is too big for all the organizations together – we need everybody to participate somehow – make one day [of the week] Jerusalem day, pray another prayer, stay after davening, say a perek of [Psalms] for Jerusalem.  When you come to Netanya,[also] come one day to Jerusalem.”

“People don’t understand how much it strengthens the people that are daily in the front line, suddenly to see people who are coming from afar and just saying hello, saying [way to go] about what you do.”

With all the progress, King wants Jews around the world to know there is much left to be done.  “Now we are in the Three Weeks, it’s important for people to know that Jerusalem is still a ruin,” King said.  “Many ruins in Jerusalem are waiting to be built.”

Israeli Police Arrest 5 Suspected of Rock Attacks

Monday, January 30th, 2012

Israeli police arrested five Arabs from Silwan accused of being members of a local gang that has been attacking police with rocks.

According to police, the self-proclaimed Milad Ayyish Battalion threw rocks and firecrackers at Israeli police and border patrol in scores of incidents over the past year and a half, causing damage to police jeeps and patrol cars. Milad Ayyish was a 17-year-old gang-member killed during the Nakba Day riots last May.

Three of the five suspects  are under 18.

 

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