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Visitors Allowed at Temple Mount Despite Arab Violence

Sunday, August 2nd, 2015

Israel Police allowed visitors to continue their tours of the Temple Mount Sunday morning despite efforts by Arab extremists to prevent their entry with renewed violence.

Palestinian Authority teens wearing masks began hurling rocks at the security personnel on the Mount Sunday morning.

The violence appeared to have been a repeat of a familiar tactic aimed at manipulating police into again cancelling visits by Jews and other non-Muslims to the site.

As they did last week, however, Israel Police again instead moved the perpetrators into the Al Aqsa Mosque, where the security forces created a physical barrier to protect visitors from the attackers.

Tours of the site – considered the holiest in the world in Judaism and the third holiest in Islam – continued through the morning hours as usual.

The strategy is a new one: in the past, it was the visitors to the Temple Mount whose rights were abrogated and the rioters whose violence was given priority.

Last week, however, Israel Police changed direction and instead began protecting visitors to the site by blocking the violence perpetrated by Arab rioters. The attackers were moved by security personnel when they began hurling projectiles, and remained contained within the mosque so that non-Muslim tourists could visit the site safely.

Arabs Attack Israeli Forces Over Deaths of Innocent Baby, Teen Terrorist

Saturday, August 1st, 2015

Arabs across Judea, Samaria and Arab areas of Jerusalem clashed with Israeli forces over the Sabbath, beginning Friday night and continuing on into Saturday over the deaths of an innocent baby and a 17-year-old terrorist.

Hamas ignited the violence with Friday’s declaration of a “Day of Rage” following clashes at the Temple Mount. At least one police officer was wounded in the riots from broken glass. Violent Arab “worshipers” who had been allowed to enter the site to pray hurled rocks, bottles and other projectiles at the officers. One arrest was made.

Another violent mob of Arab teens hurled rocks at the entrance to Qalandiya, near northern Jerusalem. Border Guard Police officers were called to the scene to disperse the riot with tear gas and other measures.

Arabs also rioted Friday in the eastern Jerusalem Arab neighborhood of Isawiya, hurling firebombs (Molotov cocktails) and rocks at Israel security forces. The mob was eventually moved back into the center of the neighborhood with crowd dispersal measures.

Highway 65 in Wadi Ara was blocked on Saturday by some 200 Arabs over the arson death in Duma of 22-month-old Ali Dawabsheh. His parents and brother were also seriously wounded as well. An eyewitness said four Jews were seen tossing a firebomb into the open window of the family’s small home and then fleeing. An IDF helicopter airlifted the victims to Tel HaShomer Hospital in Tel Aviv; IDF forces continue to scour the countryside in search of the perpetrators. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and government ministers have vowed to bring the arsonists to justice.

The protesters set fires near Ayn al-Sahla and waved Palestinian Authority flags, set fires, and when an Israeli police vehicle arrived on the scene, attacked the officers with rocks while yelling t them to bring the murderers to justice.

Israeli Arab Knesset members Jamal Zahalka and Yousef Jabareen – although not part of the road-block – were there as participants in the protest, according to Ynet.

Following the funeral for 17-year-old Leith Khalidi, Arab teens clashed with Israeli forces at Jelazoun Saturday afternoon. Khalidi was shot and killed after firebombing soldiers Friday night near Birzeit, north of Ramallah.

The violence was not limited to this past Sabbath, nor to Israeli forces: since the start of the previous Sabbath, 22 Jews were injured in 60 recorded terror attacks, compiled by the Hebrew-language HaKol HaYehudi website.

The attacks included firebombings, targeted fireworks, rock attacks, burned fields, bombings with explosive devices and firebomb attacks on Jewish homes.

IDF and Police Bracing for Arab Revenge after Murder of Baby near Shechem

Friday, July 31st, 2015

The presumed Jewish terrorists whose arson attack killed a baby and left the other and a brother in critical condition may have set fire to the entire country.

Hamas and other Palestinian Authority groups already had planned another “day of rage” Friday because of the recent deaths of three Arab rioters who clashed with Israeli police and soldiers.

This morning’s arson attack literally poured oil on the flames.

Thousands of soldiers have been deployed to the Temple Mount, where authorities are restricting entrance for Muslim prayers Friday morning because of fears of  violence. All leaves of absence for soldiers have been postponed at lest until Friday afternoon.

Doctors at Tel HaShomer Hospital in Tel Aviv are desperately trying to save the lives of the baby’s mother and a brother, who were severely burned in the pre-dawn attack.

The Palestinian Authority  blamed the Netanyahu government for the murder of the baby. It also called on foreign countries not just to condemn the attack but to help put an end to settlements.

Police spokeswoman Luba Samri referred to the arson-murder as a “suspected attack with nationalist motives.”

Nationalist motives?

They are not nationalists. They are anti-nationalists. They are anarchists and terrorists.

They are not necessarily “settlers “and like four or five others who were indicted this week for several acts of vandalism against Christians and Arabs, they may be from Israel’s urban areas.

It does not matter anymore.

They are Jews. They are Israelis.

They have murdered a baby and possibly the mother and a brother. They have disgraced the entire State of Israel and single-handedly have endangered the right of Jews to live freely in all of Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria.

Unfortunately, the murderers are almost certainly Jewish.

They are not nationalists.

Jewish Bride Arrested at Temple Mount on Her Wedding Day

Thursday, July 30th, 2015

Just after 11 am this morning (Thursday, July 30) Israel Police arrested a Jewish bride who ascended to the Temple Mount for a contemplative moment prior to her nuptials scheduled for later in the day.

The reason for the arrest is not yet clear.

Police on the Mount are known to arrest Jews for “infractions” as specious as moving one’s lips, and whispering words which might appear to be prayers — or even might actually be prayers — even though the Supreme Court legally upheld the right for visitors to the site to pray.

Only Muslims have actually been allowed by security forces at the Temple Mount to pray, however, regardless of what the law says.

Authority over the Temple Mount, although technically overseen by Israel, is actually controlled by the Kingdom of Jordan via the Islamic Waqf Authority.

Rehavia Piltz, attorney for the bride, is allegedly on the way to the police precinct to request an expedited release so the bride will make it to her chuppah on time, according to Rotter.net.

The police have continued to routinely violate an Israeli law guaranteeing “freedom of worship” which is declared in the Declaration of Independence and among the nation’s set of Basic Laws.

Israel’s Supreme Court recently upheld the right of Jewish visitors to pray on the site, considered the holiest of all in Judaism. It is the third most holy in Islam.

Jerusalem Magistrate Court Judge Malka Aviv ruled in the first week of March of this year that the Israel Police ban on prayer at the site has been implemented “without appropriate consideration, was arbitrary and only out of concern for the consequences of the broadcast.” In addition, she wrote, “Police must make sure that Jews are allowed to pray on the Temple Mount.”

The decision was handed down in the case of Temple Mount activist Rabbi Yehuda Glick, founder and director of the Temple Mount Heritage Foundation. Glick was the target of an assassination attempt that nearly succeeded last October; he was shot by a radical Islamic terrorist four times at point-blank range after speaking at the Menachem Begin Heritage Center. He was shot for his continued activities in bringing the Temple Mount into the forefront of Israeli politics.

The rabbi challenged a two-year ban by Israel Police that barred him from entering the Temple Mount after he had been spotted on a Channel 10 broadcast praying on the site. He was represented by attorney Aviad Visoly.

Glick was awarded half a million shekels in compensation for losses to his livelihood – he leads tours on the Mount – and another NIS 150,000 in damages, to be paid by police.

Jerusalem Arab Children Taught ‘Martyrdom’ at Al Aqsa Mosque Summer Camp

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

Arab children who attend Islamic summer camp at the Al Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount this season have apparently been privvy to some deeply graphic lessons — and some exceptionally provocative anti-Semitic incitement as well — all couched within the cloak of religious teachings.

Video footage of Sheikh Khaled Al-Maghrabi lecturing some two dozen Arab children on Monday at the camp surfaced surfaced today (Tuesday, July 28) after the four-minute clip was translated and uploaded to the Internet by the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI).

Maghrabi, who runs the summer camp, is seen in the video intoning verses to the children that explain, “The martyr is absolved with the first drop of his blood.”

After martyrs die in battle, the sheikh continues, they go on to marry “two virgins in Paradise” and then “vouch for 70 family members on Judgment Day.” The “murabit,” however, gets 70 virgins: “35 times more than the martyr!”

Armed Israeli Border Guard Police officers are seen standing and watching during this lecture, nearly as bored as the fidgeting young targets of the lecture obviously are.

The children are urged halfway through the video by a completely black-veiled woman to chant “Allahu Akbar!” – “God is Great” – while an unidentified Arab man approaches the sheikh.

Surprisingly, the passerby condemns the lesson, telling the sheikh that the children do not understand such things. “You can teach these lessons to adults like us, not to them,” he says.

But the children continue to chant – and the brainwashing and behavioral programming goes on – with the words, “We shall sacrifice our souls and our blood for you, Al Aqsa!”

The lesson does not escape the adult. “Look at these children, look at what you are planting in their minds.”

The sheikh merely replies, “May Allah reward you.”

In disgust, knowing it to be a hopeless exercise, the man repeats, “Shame on you!” and leaves.

The video closes with the young children noisily yelling at “the Jews” their warning: “The Army of Muhammad will return!” “There is no God but Allah!” and “The martyr is beloved by Allah.”

What will the young Arab children of Jerusalem learn from the Waqf Islamic Authority at the Al Aqsa Mosque on the Temple Mount next?

Temple Mount Activist Yehuda Glick Praises Govt But Wants to See ‘More’

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

In comments clearly aimed at healing wounds, Temple Mount activist Rabbi Yehuda Glick praised the Israeli government Monday for not closing the ancient holy site to Jewish visitors — despite fierce Muslim rioting gauged to trigger just that reaction — as it has in the past.

Founder and head of the Temple Mount Heritage Foundation, Glick said, however, that the government still has far to go in safeguarding the rights of Jews on the Temple Mount, and reversing decades of Muslim violence, threats and harassment tolerated by security officials.

Glick has spent years working towards strengthening interfaith bonds in Jerusalem. Last October he nearly died as a result, when a radical Islamist Arab terror group marked him for death, sending an assassin to eliminate the Jewish activist. Glick was shot four times at point-blank range outside the Menachem Begin Heritage Center shortly after he delivered a lecture at the hall. Against all odds, he survived the attack.

“In general, I think yesterday we saw the government moving the police in the right direction by not closing down the Temple Mount due to Muslim extremists, and that needs to continue,” he said. “I think that anybody who saw the pictures the police released [of the rioting] understands that we’re not dealing with ordinary people who come to pray, but with people who are closer in behavior to terrorists.”

Aftermath of violent Arab riot on the Temple Mount.

Aftermath of violent Arab riot on the Temple Mount.

“These are people whose whole goal is causing disorder and trying to frighten Jews from visiting the Temple Mount; trying to violently change the status of the Temple Mount,” he added.

“I think it’s quite obvious that these people exhibit terrorist traits. We experience this behavior every day, and the government should show their intolerance to this.”

First, he said, such groups should be outlawed like terrorists, and force should be used to expel them if necessary. Second, he suggested, a de-escalation policy should be implemented to reduce the tension and allow freedom of prayer for Jews.

“In my eyes, there’s no reason why Jews and Muslims can’t pray together, but if the radical Muslims who have taken over the Temple Mount can’t tolerate Jews praying there, the government must block them and initiate some settlement where Jews can pray in peace and quiet without being attacked on a regular basis.”

As far as he is concerned, said Glick, Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan should initiate a policy to bar radicals from the Temple Mount.

“I think yesterday we saw a first step toward that when Erdan didn’t shut down the Temple Mount to tourists and allowed them to visit,” he said. “The police announced: ‘No matter what, we’re going to keep the Temple Mount open.’”

Glick described the arrest last Thursday of Avia Morris – who after being screamed at and cursed by a mob of Muslims called their prophet Muhammad a “pig” – as unfair.

“I don’t think that remark was smart or should have been said,” he said. “But I saw the film – she was on the Temple Mount for 45 minutes with non-stop harassment, surrounded by almost 100 men and women who were screaming and cursing.”

None of the attacking Muslims were arrested for their equally inflammatory rhetoric, which Glick pointed out.

“Again, I don’t think there’s any need to make such remarks, but to arrest her and none of the other people verbally attacking her is absurd and strange.”

The day after Glick praised the government for its savvy handling of a potentially explosive situation, fully half of all Israeli Arab Knesset members ascended to the Temple Mount to protest “police brutality” in containing the violence of rioting Arabs in Al Aqsa mosque.

MK Ahmed Tibi Tells Police to Expel Jews from Temple Mount

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015

Israeli Arab MK Ahmed Tibi urged police at the Temple Mount on Tuesday to expel visiting Jewish tourists as their group passed the delegation of Arab Knesset members touring the holy site.

During his visit, Tibi ordered police to “Throw them out. Thrown them out,” as a number of obviously observant Jewish men wearing yarmulkas and other Jewish tourists neared the delegation and was about to pass by.

The incident can be seen in the below video, courtesy of the Hebrew-language NRG news site, with Tibi’s orders to police appearing above the frame in Hebrew language at 00.19 in the footage.

You can skip past the commercial in the beginning:

It is not clear what decision was finally made by the police and other security personnel at the scene; what is patently clear is that considerable frantic discussion was devoted to the order while police quickly ushered the Jewish group past the delegation.

More than half of the currently serving Israeli Arab parliamentarians ascended to the Temple Mount to protest a visit to the ancient site on Sunday by Agriculture Minister Uri Ariel for Tisha B’Av, a day which marks the destruction of the two ancient Jewish Holy Temples in Jerusalem, among other national Jewish tragedies.

Israeli Arab Knesset members maintain that Ariel’s visit was a “provocation.”

The Arab lawmakers were accompanied on their tour by an Arab mob chanting “Allahu Akbar! Allahu Akbar!” The phrase, which means “God is Great” in Arabic, is used in context by jihadists as the ancient Islamic holy war cry. It is also used by Arab terrorists prior to an attack, and by Arab rioters at the Temple Mount as they hurl rocks and other weapons at Jews and Israeli police.

Among the Knesset members who participated in the visit were List chairman MK Ayman Odeh and MKs Masoud Ganaim, Jamal Zahalka, Ahmed Tibi, Hanin Zoabi, Abd al-Hakim Hajj Yahya, Osama Sa’adi and Yousef Jabareen. According to the Hebrew-language NRG news site, the Arab lawmakers also met with members of the Waqf Islamic Authority along with the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, Muhammed Hussein.

The delegation told the media they were protesting “police brutality” at the Mount – this, following Sunday’s vicious attack on Israeli and Waqf security personnel by rioting Arab “worshipers” from inside the Al Aqsa mosque.

“There is nothing more natural than the fact that the mosque belongs to Muslims, the synagogue belongs to the Jews and the church belongs to Christians,” said MK Ayman Odeh following the visit. “It is a trivial thing and very natural,” Rotter.net reported.

“Minister Uri Ariel is a government minister, not a settler, and when he arrives for a provocative visit to the Al Aqsa Mosque, it’s a statement,” Odeh continued.

“When he ascends to the Mount and the government does not condemn it, it means the government wants to raise the political issue of the religious conflict in Jerusalem between Muslims and Jews.”

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/israeli-arab-mks-protest-police-brutality-on-temple-mount/2015/07/28/

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