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November 28, 2014 / 6 Kislev, 5775
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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.

Obama Supports Anti-Semitic Palestinian Agenda of Jew-Free State

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

{Originally posted on author’s website FirstOne Through}

US President Obama again made his opinion clear that he supports Acting-President of the Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas call for creating a Jew-free country.

President Obama told visiting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in October 2014, that the US is against both Jews building new homes and against Jews moving into existing homes in areas that Abbas wants to keep Jew-free.

The Obama administration comments were in response to two recent events: planned construction of 2600 new homes in Givat Hamatos and six Jewish families moving into homes they purchased in the predominantly Arab neighborhood of Silwan. Both neighborhoods are in the eastern part of Jerusalem.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said “The US condemns the recent occupation of residential buildings in the neighborhood of Silwan by people whose agenda provokes tensions.” Note this Obama condemnation was not about building a new town in a remote region of the West Bank; this was about Jews buying and moving into existing houses in Jerusalem. The reason? Because it makes the Arabs angry.

Abbas has been on record that he doesn’t want any Jewish presence in a future Palestinian country. He wants Israel to keep Jews out of potential Palestinian land now so he won’t have to evict them or pay them compensation to leave later (similar to the compensation he expects Israel to pay to Arabs who left property in 1948). In July 2013, Abbas said “In a final resolution, we would not see the presence of a single Israeli — civilian or soldier — on our lands.”

Blatantly anti-Semitic statements from Palestinian leadership which call for banning Jews from the region is not new. In the Arab riots of 1936-9, Arabs effectively convinced the British to limit Jewish immigration to only 75,000 over the 1940-5 years, at the end of which time, Jews would be banned from moving to the country altogether. The Arabs and British took this action during the Holocaust in Europe, aiding in the murder of thousands of innocents who could have found refuge in their homeland, which the League of Nations had mandated 17 years earlier to be “national home for the Jewish people”. While the Jews were being killed in Europe, hundreds of thousands of Arabs from around the Middle East moved into Palestine.

Liberals could perhaps try to forgive Obama’s ignorance regarding Jews in the region – maybe he doesn’t know that:

Jews have consistently been a majority in Jerusalem since the 1860s- 100 years before the 1967 war; Jews were always allowed to live throughout the land- including under the Ottomans for 500 years and then under the British Mandate; Yemenite Jews were the original settlers of Silwan, back in 1882; The League of Nations Palestine Mandate (1922) specifically stated that no one should be barred from living in the land due to religion: Article 15: “No person shall be excluded from Palestine on the sole ground of his religious belief”; The Palestinians and Jordanians started both the 1948 and 1967 wars which gave Israel half (in 1948) and then all of Jerusalem; The Palestinians and Jordanians evicted all of the Jews from the eastern half of the city in 1949, barred the Jews from visiting the holy sites and are attempting to recreate that Jew-free environment in that part of the city today; Jerusalem was never intended to be Jew-free or a Palestinian city according to the 1947 UN Partition Plan; Israel already gave the Palestinians half of the “Holy Basin” when it gave control of Bethlehem to the Palestinian Authority; In the more macro story: Jews have lived in Jerusalem for over 3000 years – 1600 years before Islam brought the Arabs to Jerusalem; Jerusalem is the holiest city for only one religion – Judaism; Only one people – Jews – ever made Jerusalem its capital in its 4000 year history; The identity of Israel is Jerusalem; it is the only country to have a national anthem ABOUT its capital

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/indepth/analysis/obama-supports-anti-semitic-palestinian-agenda-of-jew-free-state/2014/10/02/

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