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Israeli Arab MK Zoabi Says ‘No Place for Jews at Temple Mount’

Sunday, October 4th, 2015

Israeli Arab Knesset member Hanin Zoabi says Jews should be banned from the Temple Mount.

The Arab lawmaker, a member of the Joint Arab List, told the Hebrew-language Makor Rishon weekly newspaper in an interview there is no proof Jews have a connection to the site. “The name is al-Aqsa, not the Temple Mount, and there is nothing there for Jews,” Zoabi said in the interview, published Friday.

“It’s a place for Muslims only, according to all the agreements signed after the occupation of Jerusalem, and the agreements between Jordan and Israel. The Israelis understood that they occupied Jerusalem but are not allowed to occupy Al-Aqsa; now they are trying to occupy Al-Aqsa too.”

In response to a query as to whether she accepts the Biblical account that two Jewish holy temples existed on the site, Zoabi brushed the issue aside.

“The temple is not part of the political reality in which we live. This is what was in the past. In the past they also used to call the entire homeland Palestine. Today there is occupation and there is Al-Aqsa, and it’s a place of prayer for Muslims only. Additionally, the existence of the temple is not verified scientifically.”

As for security regulations limiting entry to the grounds to Arabs with Israeli identity cards and over a certain age – since it is usually the younger Muslims who riot at the site – Zoabi denounced the defensive measures.

“As far as we are concerned it’s a declaration of war,” she said, adding that such restrictions by police were “an attempt to change the historical definition of Al-Aqsa, despite the fact that Al-Aqsa was not occupied until now and was made exempt from the 1967 occupation.”

Where in Jerusalem should Jews pray? Zoabi was asked.

Her response: “I don’t know, I am not an historian, but in any case there is no place for Jews at Al-Aqsa.”

Her colleage in the Joint Arab List, MK Jamal Zahalka, yelled a similar contention during his hysterical frenzy while confronting a Jewish group visiting the site and the police escort protecting them last week.

Jews, she said, can “keep on dreaming. They should not act against the Palestinians, they should let Muslims pray in their holy sites and not act as racists and invaders.”

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu pointed out in a comment recently that the status quo in which Israel allows Muslims to “pray in their holy sites” is changed once such “worshipers” instead stockpile rocks, firebombs (Molotov cocktails), pipe bombs, firecrackers and other explosive ammunition within their house of worship to be used as weapons against police and visitors to the grounds around the mosque.

Israeli security personnel entered the mosque after receiving intelligence that such ammunition was being stockpiled in Al Aqsa and did in fact find such caches a number of times in the past several weeks.

Ongoing violence and harassment by Muslim Arabs on site aimed at police and visitors to the Temple Mount grounds has forced the Israeli government to issue security restrictions on which Muslims can enter the area.

The most recent security restriction was implemented Sunday morning (Oct. 4) after two rabbis were murdered and a young mother and her baby were seriously wounded, and a 15-year-old Jewish teen was stabbed just a few hours earlier in deadly terror attacks nearby.

Israel Police Limit Access to Old City of Jerusalem

Sunday, October 4th, 2015

Israel Police began limiting access to the Temple Mount early Sunday in the wake of a massive wave of terror this weekend in and around Jerusalem.

Access to the area is to be limited for the next two days, the period spanning the Jewish holidays of Hoshana Raba and Simchat Torah, the final days of the first Jewish festival of the Hebrew calendar.

Two Israeli rabbis were murdered, and a young mother and her 2-year-old toddler were gravely wounded by a teenage Arab terrorist as they were walking back from the Western Wall on HaGai Street near the Lion’s Gate.

At around 3 am Sunday morning, a 15-year-old Jewish teen was stabbed in the chest by a Palestinian Arab terrorist outside the Old City. Police saw the attack, and the terrorist with the knife in his hand, and shot him dead.

Following the attacks, Israel’s government “agreed to proposals by Israeli security services and police to limit access to the Old City for the next two days,” according to a government statement.

Access to the Old City is to be restricted to Israeli citizens, residents of the Old City, tourists and business people who work in the Old City, and students who study in the Old City.

The murderer who carried out Saturday night’s terror attack was a resident of al-Bireh, an Arab village near the Palestinian Authority capital city of Ramallah, in Samaria.

Access to the Temple Mount for Muslim prayer is to be limited to males aged 50 and above, although there will be no age limit on female Muslim worshipers. That access will be through the Lions Gate, where Saturday night’s terror attack took place.

President Rivlin Joins Thousands at Funerals of Henkin Couple

Friday, October 2nd, 2015

Thousands of Israelis, including President Reuven Rivlin and Chief Rabbi David Lau, joined thousands of mourners at the funeral Friday for Palestinian Authority terror victims Rabbi Eitam and Naama Henkin.

The family requested that the funeral not be broadcast live.

Cabinet ministers and Knesset Members also were present.

The couple, leaving behind four small children from the ages of 8 months to 9 years, was buried at Har HaMenuchot Cemetery in Jerusalem.

Rabbi Henkin’s parents were born in the United States and made Aliyah to Israel. His father was a learned rabbi and author, and his mother founded the Nishmat Torah studies program for women in Jerusalem.

Rabbi Henkin also was a Torah scholar and served in the IDF Golani Combat Brigade. His wife Naama was a graphic artist and the daughter of an IDF officer who served in the elite commando unit.

Rabbi Lau said before the funeral:

You think about the children, you wonder who will bless them Erev Shabbat.

Who will be with them during the celebration of this holiday?

The pain is immense, but despite this pain, perhaps the People of Israel will decide that we are happy on the holiday.

Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel said:

This is a day of celebration of the holiday but also a difficult day for all of the people of Israel. This is a disgrace to the State of Israel. Terror continues in Jerusalem, on the Temple Mount, and throughout the country.

Israeli Arab MK Under Investigation for Harassing Jews on Temple Mount

Thursday, October 1st, 2015

Israeli Arab MK Jamal Zahalka has been summoned by Israel Police for questioning after screaming and cursing at Jews and the police officers protecting them Tuesday during a tour of the Temple Mount grounds.

Zahalka’s behavior was gauged to intimidate and traumatize the visitors into leaving, although he restrained himself and did not touch anyone. Had a Jew behaved in such a manner at the same place, police would have immediately arrested him and thrown him in jail without the slightest hesitation.

The Arab MK, however, is merely being summoned to appear this coming Sunday for questioning. Police have confirmed the summons but will not reveal details about the focus of the investigation.

Zahalka, who is a member of the Joint Arab List, joined a group of Muslim demonstrators who harass Jews who visit the site, the holiest in Judaism and third holiest in Islam.

Some have physically attacked the visitors and the police, and for the past two weeks such incidents have often deteriorated into riots. In a number of incidents Palestinian Arab “worshipers” have barricaded themselves in the Al Aqsa mosque on the site, which has been turned into a kind of fortress, complete with stockpiled firecrackers, firebombs (Molotov cocktails), piles of rocks and bottles for hurling at police and visitors to the compound. In at least one instance, security personnel searched the mosque and found pipe bombs after receiving intelligence that explosives had been brought into the mosque for use against visitors and police during the Jewish holiday season.

Four other Israeli Arab Knesset members joined Zahalka at the site on Tuesday, possibly to further incite Muslim followers and whip up support for more anti-Israel violence.

Only Zahalka confronted police and the Jewish vistors who came to tour the compound, however. The MK physically approached the group, gesticulating wildly and shrieking in Hebrew, “Insane criminals, fascists, racists! Get out, go to hell! You are hurting Muslims!”

He then turned to an officer, and from a distance of less than a foot away, screamed at him, “Why are you letting them come here? Shame on you! Is it only to offend Muslims? This place is not yours!! Get OUT of here! Go home; you are not wanted. This does not belong to you.”

Netanyahu Calls Abbas’ Speech ‘Deceitful’ and ‘Inciting’

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

Prime Minister Netanyahu responded to Palestinian Authority chairman Mahmoud Abbas’ speech in the United Nations Wednesday with charges of “deceit” and “incitement.”

A statement from his office said:

Abu Mazen’s speech was deceitful and encourages incitement and lawlessness in the Middle East.

In contrast to the Palestinians, Israel is strictly maintaining the status quo on the Temple Mount and is committed to continuing to do so in accordance with the agreements between us and the Jordanians and the Waqf.

We expect and call on the [Palestinian] Authority and its leader to act responsibly and accede to the proposal of the Prime Minister of Israel and enter into direct negotiations with Israel without preconditions.

The fact that he – time and again – has refused to do so is the best possible proof of the fact he does not intend to reach a peace agreement.

Abbas Wins a Flag but Backs Off from ‘Bomb’ at Half-Empty United Nations

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

Mahmoud Abbas informed the United Nations General Assembly Wednesday that he has submitted a request to the Security Council for recognizing the Palestinian Authority as an independent country based on its territorial demands with its capital in Jerusalem.

He also conditioned the Palestinian Authority’s abiding by agreements on Israel’s doing the same, which in his view means agreeing to all demands for a new state based on the Arab world’s terms.

However, the fact that the General Assembly was half-empty symbolizes the decreasing interest in the “Israeli-Palestinian” struggle and is a follow-up to President Barack Obama’s speech earlier this week in which he totally ignored the issue.

Abbas did not drop his threatened “bombshell,” perhaps a direct cancellation of all agreements, after a warning from U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry to keep his cool. Instead, he spun the yarn that the Palestinian Authority honors all agreements but that Israel does not..

His favorite point was “illegal settlements.” There is no agreement with the Palestinian Authority that Israel will not retain a Jewish presence in Judea and Samaria, unless negotiations conclude otherwise. But Abbas is relying on U.N. resolutions as “agreements.”

Since he has the support of most of the United Nations and foreign media, he can get away with the semantic trickery.

Abbas referred to Israel as an “occupying power” five times in his 40-minute speech, and he played on theme of the “Holy Land” six times, alleging that the “occupying power” prevents Muslims from worshipping at the Al Aqsa mosque on the Temple Mount.

Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is expected to tell the General Assembly in his speech that the Palestinian Authority is behind vicious incitement on the Temple Mount in an effort to change the status quo and prohibit Jews from the holy site.

Abbas’ speech was filled to the brim with accusations against Israel, which afterwards called the address one of “incitement,” while he acted as the eternal peacemaker.

He rewrote history for a receptive audience and media, stating in part:

We entered those negotiations with open hearts and attentive ears and sincere intentions, and we were ready with our documents, papers and proposals. But the negotiations broke down just weeks after their launch…..

Sincere efforts and endeavors undertaken by international parties were repeatedly wrecked by the positions of the Israeli government, which quickly dashed the hopes raised by the launch of negotiations last September.

Unsurprisingly, Abbas weighed into “settlements.” an issue on which he has the full backing of the Obama administration. He told the United Nations:

Settlement activities embody the core of the policy of colonial military occupation of the land of the Palestinian people and all of the brutality of aggression and racial discrimination against our people that this policy entails.

This policy, which constitutes a breach of international humanitarian law and United Nations resolutions, is the primary cause for the failure of the peace process, the collapse of dozens of opportunities, and the burial of the great hopes that arose from the signing of the Declaration of Principles in 1993 between the Palestine Liberation Organization and Israel to achieve a just peace that would begin a new era for our region.

He repeated what has become an Arab mantra, totally unsubstantiated by facts, that Israel is conducting “excavations that threaten our holy places, and its military checkpoints prevent our citizens from getting access to their mosques and churches.”

Abbas managed to bring Israeli Arabs under his umbrella, warning that the Israeli government is imposing “new conditions…that will transform the raging conflict in our inflamed region into a religious conflict and a threat to the future of a million and a half Christian and Muslim Palestinians, citizens of Israel.”

His speech exposed the Palestinian Authority strategy of using the original peace agreement with Israel as a basis to demand that all its conditions be met under “negotiations,” which in essence have left nothing to be negotiated.

Abbas recalled that in 1988, “We agreed to establish the State of Palestine on only 22% of the territory of historical Palestine – on all the Palestinian Territory occupied by Israel in 1967.”

Thousands at Western Wall for ‘Birkat Kohenim’

Wednesday, September 30th, 2015

Thousands of Jews gathered at the Western Wall (Kotel) Wednesday morning for the “Birkat Kohenim” priestly blessing, and police kept the peace to allow Jews to visit the Temple Mount.

Another 13 Arab Muslims, including five minors, were arrested on charges of trying to create disorder and violence. Nearly 200 have been arrested in Jerusalem since the Rosh HaShanah holiday began two weeks ago.

President Reuven Rivlin and Israel’s chief rabbis plan to be at the Western Wall Wednesday afternoon for the once-in-7-years “Hakhel” ceremony

A video of police arresting a Muslim woman Wednesday morning for trying to harass Jews on the Temple Mount.

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