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Swedish Synagogues Shuttered over Terror Threat

Friday, November 20th, 2015

Sweden’s Jewish community has shut down synagogues across the country as a precautionary measure against a possible terrorist threat, the World Jewish Congress said.

The shutdown is expected to be temporary, but the threat of terror has swept Sweden. The Local website reported Friday that police are questioning a 25-year-old Iraqi man who was accused of plotting terror in the country.

The suspect is a member of a radical Islamic group, which was not identified.

Sweden’s terror threat level remains at ‘high” on Friday, the second-highest on a one to five scale.

“I think people are going to see a lot of police officers around today. We will see what comes out of interrogations and information, if there’s a reason to lower the level in the future. But it’s too early to tell,” national police chief Dan Eliasson told TT.

The chairwoman of the Official Council of Jewish Communities in Sweden, Lena Posner-Körösi, said that the security situation will be re-assessed on a daily basis.

Several European countries have raised their terror alert levels in the wake of last week’s Islamic State (ISIS) attacks in Paris.

“Violent Islamism is still the biggest threat against Sweden,” said Anders Thornberg., the director general of Swedish security service.

JTS News Service contributed to this report.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

Update: 2 Murdered, Multiple Wounded in Tel Aviv Synagogue Stabbing Attack [video]

Thursday, November 19th, 2015

Four people were stabbed in a synagogue in the Panorama Building on Ben-Zvi Boulevard in southern Tel Aviv, at 2 PM.

The attack happened during the afternoon Mincha prayers in the building.

One of the wounded is dead, he was killed immediately in the attack, a second man died at the hospital, a third is moderately wounded.

The terrorists has been captured and he is in light to moderate condition.

Police now say there was only one terrorist. Initially they suspected there was a second terrorist, and they were searching the area for him.

Workers in the building were told by police to stay in their offices during the search.

The terrorist was from the town of Dura near Hebron, and had no previous security record, accord to TPS.

Yesterday was the one year anniversary of the Har Nof Synagogue Massacre.

Jewish Press News Briefs

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.

Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu

UPDATE: Givat Ze’ev Synagogue Activists Call for Civil Disobedience to stop Demolition

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015

UPDATE 10:50 PM There are reports of trucks carrying bulldozers coming up Route 443 to Jerusalem. This could mean that police will try to position the machinery in place before local residents organize to block them.

UPDATE: The Supreme Court will hear from the State’s Attorney Wednesday at 8:30 AM, regarding the decision to demolish the Ayelet Hashachar synagogue in Givat Ze’ev. So far Chief Justice Miriam Na’or has not indicated that she intends to postpone the demolition order, and so the deadline for razing the synagogue is still Thursday.

The campaign against the demolition has been calling the public to arrive at the synagogue in order to protect it with their bodies, to prevent the demolition. One of the leading activists in the fight told Srugim that there is concern the police would arrive late at night and block access to the synagogue, to prevent attempts at civil disobedience. Residents are afraid police will also take over the place Tuesday tonight, as they have done countless times in such cases in the past, and will await the instructions of the court, to halt the demolition or to go ahead with it. In the past, on such occasions, police have been known to “jump the gun” and demolish the contested property during the night, even before receiving the final court order.

Leaflet calling on Jews to protect the synagogue with their bodies

Leaflet calling on Jews to protect the synagogue with their bodies

Following an evaluation by the police, the High Court decided to delay the demolition of the Ayelet Hashachar synagogue by three weeks. It was slated for destruction tonight.

The High Court decided that the synagogue must be destroyed as the Jewish owners couldn’t prove to the court’s satisfaction that their land purchase was from the rightful owner.

The son of the Arab they bought the land from claimed his father bought it from the original Arab owner and then resold it. The son of the original owner claims his father never sold the land.

One of the Arabs is lying, but no one knows which, and the High Court has decided in favor of the original owner, but originally delayed the destruction to see if a compromise could be reached or more documentation could be found.

Despite paying for the land once and in full, the synagogue has offered to also pay the original owner’s son in full, including back rent, just to end the controversy, but the original owner’s son has rejected the offer, and has demanded the synagogue’s destruction. The original owner is being assisted by the “Yesh Din” NGO.

It is not clear, if that would be sufficient anyway, as additional heirs could still come forward and claim that first son did not have the exclusive right to sell it.

The synagogue has several hundred members.

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Lower East Side Liberal-Orthodox Synagogue Burglarized

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

(JNi.media) Rebecca Honig-Friedman, President of the Stanton Street Shul on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, sent out an email Wednesday, telling congregates that the synagogue, one of the oldest in the area and the only one still operating between Houston and Fourteenth Streets, has been broken into.

Honig-Friedman’s email read: “Earlier today, when Rabbi [Aviad] Bodner entered the Shul, he discovered that we had been vandalized. Thank God, no one was hurt and the damage could have been much worse. Tallitot, papers and some knick-knacks were strewn about and the lectern had been overturned. More seriously, two of the lamps on the bima (Torah reading stand) corners were pulled off and broken. Nothing was stolen, and the Torahs and ark were not touched.

“The police came and did a thorough investigation, concluding that this does not appear to have been a hate crime but rather an attempted burglary. Most likely, these were low-level thieves who broke in through the fire escape door expecting to find a collection plate with cash or other valuables that could be easily sold. Not finding anything to steal, they lashed out and threw things around. The police pulled some fingerprints and will see if they can use them to find the perpetrators.

“The police confirmed there is no reason to think these thieves will return and that no one is in any imminent danger. Nevertheless, we are working with the police to enhance our security and will let you know if and when we have any updates on the situation.

“May we come together to support each other and to strengthen our community in the wake of this unfortunate incident. I look forward to seeing you all in Shul and spending a peaceful Shabbat together.”

Stanton Street Shul is one of the last surviving tenement-style synagogues on the Lower East Side. The long and narrow, three-story building, constructed of stone and brick, is situated on a standard tenement lot, preserving the spirit of the working class Jews who prayed there for more than a century. Located in today’s decidedly non-Jewish East Village, well north of the religious Jewish community of the co-ops south of the Delancey Street Bridge, the Stanton Street Shul has been catering to a unique and colorful congregation, carrying the torch of liberal Orthodoxy and growing strong in a declining Jewish neighborhood.

JNi.Media

Court Orders Demolition of Givat Ze’ev Synagogue by Next Week

Tuesday, October 13th, 2015

A seven-year legal battle ended in the High Court of Justice on Monday night with an order to demolish a synagogue in Givat Ze’ev within one week.

Givat Ze’ev, located close to Jerusalem, is home to nearly 15,000 Jews and is the fifth-largest community in Judea and Samaria.

The appeal to save the Ayelet Hashachar Synagogue where worshipers have prayed for more than 20 years was rejected.

The building is located on property owned by Amana, the construction arm of the settlement movement.

In 2014, the court ordered the government to raze the synagogue in response to a petition by the far-right NGO Yesh Din claiming the purchase documents for the property were forged.

The court ruled in a 12-page decision on Monday that the synagogue was built on “occupied territory” and on private Palestinian Arab property, and thus not protected under international law under such circumstances.

This same problem takes place in numerous other locations where land has been purchased from Palestinian Arab owners as well, particularly in third-party transactions that are designed to protect the life of the seller.

Palestinian Authority Arab citizens risk their lives to sell their property: the PA imposes a death sentence upon any Arab who sells land to Jews or Israelis, regardless of location.

Hana Levi Julian

Friday Night Terror Attack at Givat Sorek

Saturday, October 3rd, 2015

Palestinian Arab terrorists sneaked into Givat Soorek (Shorek) on Friday night, an outpost located about 100 meters south of the Judean Jewish community of Karmei Tzur, in Gush Etzion.

The terrorists attacked the synagogue at the outpost, setting it afire, but apparently God had other plans.

The arson caused a water pipe to burst in the building, preventing the holy books from being destroyed.

There was, however, some damage to the furniture and the building, according to Rotter.net.

Hana Levi Julian

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