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Abu Nabil And Me

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

When I worked at the OU Israel Center in downtown Jerusalem in the mid-1980s, my co-workers had names like Anne and Ilana, Phil and Shai.

But when the doors closed for the break between 4 and 7 p.m., in would come Abu Nabil, an Israeli Arab from Silwan, in East Jerusalem. Abu Nabil was accompanied by Daveed, the “maintenance manager” (read: the Jewish worker in charge). Abu Nabil was his assistant (read: the one who did the clean-up work).

Daveed had been born in Iraq and spoke with Abu Nabil in fluent Arabic. Abu Nabil spoke very little Hebrew, and when he came to clean my office we communicated mostly with hand motions. When he came in I would ask in Hebrew, “How are you?” His response was always, “Hamdilila! Be’seder v’chetzi!” (Praise God! O.K. and a half!)

Abu Nabil was about my height, 5’3”, with short cropped hair that was somewhere between brown and gray. It was hard to tell how old he was due to his smooth skin, but he had deep lines furrowed across his forehead. I heard from Daveed that Abu Nabil had a number of children, and one of his sons worked in a hotel in Eilat. It seemed the son was not giving his father the nachas parents hope for. Even when Abu Nabil smiled, there was a sadness in his eyes.

Because of the language barrier, I had only a superficial relationship with Abu Nabil. Even so, I was fond of him, and I appreciated that he tolerated the mess in my office. I was in charge of programs for students from abroad, and my office was often strewn with papers. Boxes of sweatshirts or sandwich cookies were often stacked on the floor. Daveed frowned at the disarray, but Abu Nabil just cleaned around the obstacles without ever a disapproving glance, year after year.

One afternoon there was a Torah class in the library, which continued after 4 p.m. Abu Nabil was working, and Daveed had stepped out. I was sitting at my desk, trying to finish my work for the day, when Abu Nabil rushed into my office, toilet paper wrapped around one hand, with blood dripping.

He had been cleaning in the bathroom and had stuck his hand into the trash can, not realizing there was a broken light bulb sticking out with a sharp, jagged edge.

I am unusually queasy. The sight of blood produces an extreme visceral reaction: my stomach clenches and pain radiates outward up to my chin and down to my knees. I become weak and nauseated.

When I saw Abu Nabil’s hand dripping blood I realized in a split second that I had no time to give in to my own sensitivity. I knew I had to help him, but I didn’t know what to do. I ran to the library and frantically asked if anyone knew first aid. A young woman name Chava bolted out of the room, her wavy hair and Indian print skirt flying behind her. She (unlike me) remained calm. She motioned to Abu Nabil to hold his hand up high to slow the flow of blood, and she bandaged him with a long roll of toilet paper as best she could.

Although we were across the street from Bikur Cholim Hospital, someone told us we had to go to the hospital on duty for emergency care. The hospital on duty was Hadassah Ein Kerem, clear across Jerusalem. Thankfully, Chava offered to go with us in a taxi. When we arrived at the hospital the waiting room was full. Chava asked if I could manage without her and took her leave. Finally, Abu Nabil was seen, given stitches, and bandaged. He winced but did not cry or even make a sound.

Hundreds of Jews Join Prayers at Beit Ovadia in Shiloach

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

Hundreds of Jews streamed into the Yemenite Village of Kfar Shiloach, a section of the Jerusalem neighborhood also known as Silwan, this past weekend from other parts of the Old City to join their new neighbors at Beit Ovadia and Beit Frumkin for Shabbat prayers.

Residents in Beit Yehonatan and Beit HaDavash, buildings that existed prior to the acquisition of Beit Ovadia and Beit Frumkin, celebrated the expansion of their community with prayers of thanks.

Beit Ovadia in surroundings

Ateret Cohanim and the “Committee for the Renewal of Jewish Life in HaShiloach” helped facilitate the acquisition of the new buildings from Arab owners by an overseas company, Kudram.

Ateret Cohanim has deep roots in the Land of Israel, linking back to the sole yeshiva that remained and was hidden behind a wall by an Arab during the War of Independence in 1948, Yeshivat Torah Chaim, established in 1887 and which today is known as Yeshivat Ateret Yerushalayim, which flourishes under the leadership of Rabbi Shlomo Aviner.

Many of those involved with the yeshiva saw the need to further the “physical redemption” of Jerusalem and the need to strengthen Jewish roots in the area after 1967, so a non-profit organization, Ateret Cohanim, was established to further these aims. After facilitating its first acquisition in 1979, yeshiva boys and families moved into a building called ‘Beit HaMa’aravim’ in the old Jewish Quarter (today the Muslim Quarter of the Old City).

Ateret Cohanim helped facilitate and advise Jewish investors from Israel and abroad to purchase properties. It also ensured that a number of centers of Jewish learning (Yeshivot and Kollelim) would blossom in the area. They include Yeshivat Bein Chomot Yerushalayim, Yeshivat Chayei Olam (Today Yeshivat Braslav-Shuvu Banim), Yeshivat Aderet Eliyahu, Kollel Ometz Yishecha (In the Shiloach) and others.

Today, there are also close to 1,000 Jewish residents living in the old Jewish Quarter of the Old City. Jewish life has also sprouted up on the Mount of Olives, in the old Yemenite Village of HaShiloach and in Kidmat Zion, east of the Mount of Olives.

American Friends of Ateret Cohanim , also known as Jerusalem Chai (Jerusalem Lives) helps finance the educational, children’s and social welfare projects connected to Ateret Cohanim. This project helps strengthen Jewish roots at educational institutes in the heart of Jerusalem, in and around the Old City.

children's play group in Old City sponsored by Ateret Cohanim

There are nearly 70 Jewish families, and “hundreds” of students, children, play centers, yeshivot and synagogues in the area around the Temple Mount.

View from Frumkin Old City and Ir david jpg

“Ateret Cohanim has successfully rekindled the flame of Jewish life in the heart and soul of Jerusalem,” spokesman Daniel Luria says.

“With the help of many local and overseas supporters from around the world, it has managed to bring back to the Old City and its environs numerous families and a number of institutes of higher Jewish learning. This in turn is ensuring a vibrant and thriving Jewish life.”

Vehicular Terrorist’s Funeral Tonight, Family Displays Shaheed Photo

Sunday, October 26th, 2014

Israeli police department foreign press spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld reported that the funeral for the terrorist who plowed his car into a group of innocent Israelis on Wednesday, Oct. 22, will take place tonight, Sunday, Oct. 26.

The terrorist murdered two – a three-month old infant and a twenty-two year old South American woman in the process of converting to Judaism – and injured seven others.

Police security measures are in place in Jerusalem to prevent and respond to any incidents, Rosenfeld tweeted.

The terrorist, abd al-Rahman al-Shaloudi, died after being shot by Israeli police as he attempted to flee the scene of the attack. There has already been a “symbolic” funeral held for Shaloudi earlier today. The procession started at Shaloudi’s home neighborhood of Silwan and ended at the al-Aksa mosque.

Chaya Zissel Braun, the infant who died a few hours after the terrorist attack, was buried the same evening, in accordance with Jewish custom of burying the dead as soon as possible.

Tonight the second victim of this terrorist attack died. The 22-year-old Ecuadorean, Karen Yemima Muskara, was in the process of converting to Judaism.

Shaloudi was a member of the Hamas terrorist organization and was praised by Palestinian Arab officials for his “heroism.” His family members proudly displayed his “shaheed” picture outside their home.

J Street U Blames Jews for Terrorist’s Murderous Rampage

Friday, October 24th, 2014

Given where they get their news, it is not that surprising that the faux pro-Israel group J Street’s student division, J Street U, blamed Jews buying homes in Jerusalem for causing the serial terrorist Hamas member who plowed his car into a crowd of pedestrians waiting to catch a train, killing an infant and wounding eight others on Wednesday evening, Oct. 22.

J Street U posted an astonishingly cold-hearted, “blame the Jews first, last and always” message on the J Street U Facebook page just hours after the terrorist attack, and after the three month old infant Chaya Zissel Braun died from the injuries caused by Hamas member Abd al-Rahman al-Shaludi’s vehicular terrorist attack.

The faux pro-Israel organization posted a link to a Haaretz story about the incident. The Haaretz article tried to suggest that the car driven by al-Shaludi killed baby Chaya and injured eight other Israelis, similar to when some cockamamie criminal defendants claim that their gun killed somebody, but they didn’t.

But what was particularly heinous was that J Street U posted above the headline: “In Jerusalem, a baby has been killed and eight injured by a terrorist from the Palestinian neighborhood of Silwan, the same neighborhood where last week new Jewish settlers moved in.”

J Street U’s contribution to deflecting attention from the cause of the tragedy – the Palestinian Arab serial terrorist Al-Shaludi – and imply that because Jews moved into a neighborhood which J Street (and Haaretz) believes should be judenrein in which only Arabs and no Israelis should live. J Street U implies that because Jewish “settlers” moved into what it calls a Palestinian neighborhood, that was the trigger and the actual prime cause of the vehicular terrorist attack.

A day after its original post and fter quite a few commenters criticized J Street U for its callousness, J Street U finally posted what seemed to be an actual condemnation of the terrorist attack.

J Street Condemns Terror Attack in Jerusalem. Violence against civilians, especially children, is never acceptable. We condemn this horrific act and our thoughts go out to the victims and their families.” That was their afterthought.

Police and Arabs Clashing in Shiloach / Silwan [video]

Wednesday, October 22nd, 2014

Police and Arab residents are clashing in the Shiloach / Silwan after policemen attempted to approach the home of Abdul Rachaman Shaloudi, who was the driver in the Jerusalem attack Wednesday evening that killed a 3 month old baby and injured 7 additional people.

Eventually the police were able to reach the home.

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Abbas Wreaks Vengeance on Arabs Selling Land to Jews

Tuesday, October 21st, 2014

Palestinian Authority unity government chairman Mahmoud Abbas has increased the severity of punishment for Arabs who decide to lease or sell their land to Jews.

Abbas issued the order – aimed at PA Arabs who make real estate deals with “hostile countries” and their citizens – on Monday.

The move followed an announcement by the Ateret Cohanim organization that publicized the acquisition of two buildings in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Shiloach, known also as Silwan, by a private Jewish entity. Nine Jewish families and rabbinic students moved into the two buildings.

Four years ago, a Palestinian Authority court reaffirmed that the sale of land by PA Arab to an Israeli is a capital offense that carries the death sentence.

In Monday’s order, Abbas amended the PA penal code to add a punishment of “hard labor” in addition to life imprisonment for any PA Arab who sells, rents, or otherwise serves as a mediator in a real estate transaction with “hostile nations” and their citizens.

Jews to Double Presence in Old Yemenite Village of Shiloach, Silwan

Monday, October 20th, 2014

Shiloach – the area of Jerusalem today known by its Arabic name, Silwan – is about to expand its return to its Jewish roots with a new acquisition in the old Yemenite Village neighborhood.

Two buildings were legally and officially purchased in the area from Arabs who received “full and more than appropriate” payment by an overseas company established by Jewish investors from Israel and abroad, according to Ateret Cohanim.

Ateret Cohanim and the “Committee for the Renewal of Jewish Life in HaShiloach” helped facilitate the acquisition for the company, Kudram.

In 2004, Jewish families began to return to Kfar HaShiloach for the first time since 1938 when they were driven out by Arabs and the British. Eight families were the first to move in, together with 12-15 Yeshiva kollel (rabbinical) students in the building called Beit Yehonatan, and one family in Beit HaDvash.

Investors now hope that eight or nine Jewish families and some yeshiva students will soon move into the two new buildings – effectively doubling the Jewish return to Jerusalem’s old Yemenite Village in HaShiloach.

“As Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu recently said, Jews and Arabs alike, both have rights to purchase and to live in peace in any Jewish neighborhood of Jerusalem,” said Daniel Luria, spokesperson for Ateret Cohanim.

“As such, it is hoped that just like Arabs acquire properties in the Jerusalem neighborhoods of Neve Yaakov, Armon HaNetziv, Ramat Eshkol and French Hill and live in peace and coexistence in these areas, so too will the new Jewish residents of Kfar HaShiloach, be able to live side by side in coexistence with their Arab neighbors.”

One building is to be called Beit Frumkin, in memory of Rabbi Israel Dov Frumkin, z’l, who helped the original Yemenite residents of the area in the late 1800s. The other is to be named Beit Ovadia, in memory of Rav Ovadia Yosef, z’l, the former Sephardic Chief Rabbi of Israel, and also due to the building’s proximity to the grave of the renowned rabbi, Rav Ovadia of Bartenura.

The area, known as Kfar HaShiloach, is located east of the City of David and close to the King’s Garden. Both buildings overlook the Shiloach Springs, the City of David, the Temple Mount and the Old City of Jerusalem.

Large tracts of land in the area were once owned by Boaz HaBavli, who donated part of his land to “Eztra Nidachim,” a society that helped settle poor and destitute Jews from Yemen who had made aliyah in the 1880s and 1890s.

First homes and Beit Knesset in Kfat HaShiloach, Ezrat HaNidahim.

First homes and Beit Knesset in Kfat HaShiloach, Ezrat HaNidahim.

A thiriving Yemenite village existed in the area today known as Silwan from 1882, at a time when there were very few Arab homes.

"Mori" and Yemenite students in Kfat HaShiloach in 1800s.

“Mori” and Yemenite students in Kfat HaShiloach in 1800s.

At its peak, the Yemenite Village – Kfar HaShiloach – numbered some 144 families. But the village was decimated by the Arab riots of the 1920s and 1930s.

The final 35 to 40 Yemenite families were expelled from their homes in Kfar HaShiloach by the British in August 1938.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/jews-to-double-presence-in-old-yemenite-village-of-shiloach-silwan/2014/10/20/

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