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New Arab Claim on Susiya: History Begins When Arabs Settled

Monday, July 27th, 2015

Arabs have raised a new claim on “Arab Susiya,” located in the southern Hebron Hills, based on an alleged 1881 document from the time of the Ottoman Empire.

The tiny area of Susiya, as The JewishPress.com reported here last week, has become a critical case that could determine the future of the Palestinian Authority and Israel. The IDF has issued orders to destroy several European Union and leftist-funded tents and structures on “Arab Susiya.” If the Palestinian Authority wins an appeal against the orders, it would pave the way for Arabs to dig up claims on every inch of land in Israel.

Israel aerial photos and academic researcher have refuted previous claims that Arabs lived on Susiya in recent years, Haaretz reported on Sunday that an Arab lawyer has dug up an Ottoman-Empire-era document in the Defense Ministry’s Civil Administration, that the “Jabri” family had a deed for “land near Susiya” in 1881.

Even if the claim were valid, it does not mean that Arabs can build without permits, but it would allow them to use the land for agriculture.

Haaretz noted that previous deeds from a century ago are problematic because they do not clearly define land boundaries.

The claim of a document from 1881 is strange because the Jabri family was one of the heads of the city of Hebron, 12 miles away by road. Susiya was not exactly Boardwalk on the Hebron land board; it was not even on the board at all.

The southern Hebron Hills is a barren mountain desert area. A family in Hebron would have no apparent reason to buy or lease land in Susiya.

But if the deed really is true, it exposes the Palestinian Authority as claiming that history begins only when Arabs settle land.

If Arabs wants to start digging into history before the re-establishment of the State of Israel in 1948, then all recorded documents have to be honored.

For example, using 1881 as a starting point, there are dozens of recorded land purchases by Jews of land in such places as Gaza, Gush Etzion and the Silwan Valley in “eastern Jerusalem.”

If Arabs want to use historical land deeds as a basis for claims, and since they accept the Five Books of Moses as a prelude to the Prophet Mohammed, then there is no argument that Abraham bought the Patriarchs’ Cave in Hebron, King David, Jacob (Yaakov) bought Shechem (Nablus) and King David bought Jerusalem.

Islam began in the 7th century, hundreds of years after Jews settled the country.

The Palestinian Authority wants it both ways. If it can find a document that Arabs paid taxes on land or even owned it, it claims that is proof the land is theirs.

If they don’t have a deed, they claim it is their “ancient homeland.”

Their meaning of “ancient” is when Arabs first appears on the scene.

Arabs Terrorize Worshipers in Jerusalem’s Ancient Shiloach Yemenite Synagogue

Tuesday, May 26th, 2015

Worshipers at an ancient synagogue in the Yemenite village in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Shiloach (Silwan) came under attack by terrorists over the Sabbath and Shavuot holiday.

Arabs from the nearby Abu Tor neighborhood hurled rocks and bottles at the synagogue, Jewish residents told the Hebrew-language “0404” website.

“It was an outright miracle that no one was hurt,” one worshiper said. “They threw rocks and bottles all during the Sabbath and the holiday.”

The Arab terrorists also set fire to an area close to the Jewish neighborhood, local Jews said.

At 8:30 p.m. Saturday night, just as the Sabbath was coming to an end and the holiday of Shavuot was getting underway, flames rose into the air in an area between Abu Tor and the Jewish neighborhood.

Firefighters fought the blaze for two hours before they were able to bring the fire under control. Investigators told 0404 that initial findings have confirmed evidence of arson at the site.

Arabs Attack Jewish Hikers on Jerusalem Day

Sunday, May 17th, 2015

A Jewish hiking club came under attack by Arabs in Jerusalem’s Shiloach (Silwan) neighborhood.

The club, Amitim L’tiyulim, one of the largest hiking clubs in Israel, with over 10,000 members, began their hike at Jerusalem’s Ammunition Hill, going through Mount Scopus and ending at Sultan’s Pool.

The club hikes all over the country.

Every week they pick a new trail, in which to discover and investigate the land of Israel.

But as the 240 hikers in this particular trek crossed through the Shiloach neighborhood, in the old Yemenite village, they were attacked by Arab stone throwers, and one hiker, Yaakov Lubeton (32) suffered a head injury.

The group called for a paramedic, who treated the injured man, and Border Police also arrived to secure the area.

Amit Ararat, one of the founders of the hiking club, told JewishPress.com that despite the attack, the group decided to carry on, and they continued with their hike to discover and investigate Jerusalem.

Shin Bet Foils Massive Axe-Knife Terrorist Attack on Guards in Silwan

Thursday, May 14th, 2015

The Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet) and police have arrested a terrorist cell in Jerusalem and prevented as massive knife and axe attack on Jewish guards at Beit Ovadia in the Silwan neighborhood, across the street from the Old City.

A gag order on the arrests was removed Thursday morning.

Several terrorists were arrested, including a minor who was recruited by Mohammed Nasser Abbasi, active in the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine (PFLP) terrorist organization. A second PFLP terrorist who was arrested is Morad Mahmoud Kostero.

Abbasi told interrogators that he hid the weapons in his grandfather’s home in Silwan.

He confessed to using the minor to carry out surveillance on the guards and their movements,

Abbas made several firebombs and pipe bombs that he turned over to other members of the terrorist cell for use in the planned attack.

Several of those arrested confessed to being involved in terror in Silwan, including rock-throwing and firebombing attacks and riots.

The plan to use axes to hack to death guards is similar to the gruesome attack that was carried out last year on a synagogue in Jerusalem’s Har Nof synagogue, where the terrorists butchered four men, including three rabbis, while they were praying.

Silwan has become the focus of terrorist attacks on a growing Jewish community that includes the City of David, where Jews have bought houses from Arabs but usually are delayed from moving in to their new homes because of Arab allegations that the sales were false.

Jews Move into Former Yemenite Synagogue in Silwan Valley

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

Ateret Kohanim Wednesday night moved into a building vacated by an Arab family and which was formerly owned by Jews before the British Mandate expelled them.

A Jerusalem court formerly ordered that the Arab family leave the building, which was a Yemenite synagogue nearly a century ago.

The municipality of Jerusalem said the entry of Jews into the building was a civil issue since it is registered in the name of Ateret Kohanim.

The Palestinian Authority wrote on its official WAFA website that Jews took over three apartments that it said is owned by Arabs.

The former Yemenite community in Silwan, located across from the Old City, is a classic example of the Palestinian Authority’s rewriting history.

There is no question that Arabs lived in the homes. However, the foreign press and the Palestinian Authority never refer to the other half of the truth. Yemenites moved into the Silwan neighborhood in the late 19th century and later moved into new houses in “Shiloah Village,” built with the help of wealthier Jews.

The Arab Revolt in the 1930s achieved one of ties desired results. British authorities expelled the Yemenites.

The Arabs tale is that the Arabs and Yemenite Jews lived in peace and harmony but that the British moved the Jews out of the area just in case someone might attack them.

Part of the history has repeated itself. Arabs till try to attack Jews, but the British Mandate has been replaced by the State of Israel.



Firebombing in Jerusalem Neighborhood

Sunday, December 7th, 2014

Arab terrorists hurled a firebomb (Molotov cocktail) at an Israeli vehicle on Saturday in the Shiloach (Silwan) neighborhood of Jerusalem.

Shiloach is next to the Old City, nestled along the eastern side of the rampart walls.

The vehicle, which was heavily damaged in the attack, belonged to a security guard in the area. An investigation has been launched, according to Israel Police.

If and when the perpetrator or perpetrators are caught, it is likely they will face a stiff prison sentence.

On Sunday, November 2, the government cabinet voted to add an amendment to the current penal code, allowing judges to imprison a convicted terrorist for up to 20 years for throwing or casting stones or other objects — such as a firebomb — at a motor vehicle.

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.

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