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November 27, 2014 / 5 Kislev, 5775
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Glick Family Shocked At Lack Of Official US Interest In Rabbi’s Fate

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014

First published on Jewish Business News

Dr. Yitz Glick, a resident of Efrat, Israel, and brother of Rabbi Yehuda Glick who was shot by a terrorist assassin last week, released the following announcement on Tuesday:

“I just wanted to tell you that our family is shocked that we haven’t heard a single word from the U.S. State Dept., the U.S. Ambassador or any representative of the US government regarding the shooting of our brother a US citizen Yehuda Glick.

“My father Prof. Shimon Glick served as Captain in the U.S. Army. He was a federal employee both in the NIH and the VA, taking part in leading hormone research projects. The chief investigator, Rose Yalow, was awarded a Nobel prize.

“My father is one of only five Americans residing in Israel to be appointed to the U.S. National Academy of Science.

“No outrage, no wishes of speedy recovery, not a single word from any U.S. official. This is in total contrast to the teenager that attacked police with a Molotov Cocktail and the State Dept. demanded a transparent investigation and not to mention Abbas’ letter of support to the terrorist shooter.”

(Editor’s note: The statement was originally released to Caroline Glick, who then publicized it.)

Foreign Ministry Scorns Muslim ‘Defilers’ on Temple Mount

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

Israel’s Foreign Ministry blasted Arab rioters who have been attacking people on the Temple Mount over the past several weeks, pointing out “it is the rioters themselves who are defiling the Al Aqsa Mosque by transforming it into a base for attacks. They use the mosque’s furniture as barricades and launch fireworks from inside its premises.” The video clip below shows examples of Muslim Arab violence on the Temple Mount over the past several months. (Photo credit: Israel Police Spokesperson’s Unit)

The Temple Mount in Jerusalem, where both the First and Second Temples in Judaism were built, remains the holiest site in Judaism.

Known in Hebrew as “Har HaBayit,” the site is called “Haram al-Sharif” in Arabic (the Noble Sanctuary) by Muslims, and now contains the ‘Dome of the Rock’ as well as the Al Aqsa Mosque,’ which is considered to be the third holiest site in Islam.

The Al Aqsa Mosque is situated at the southern end of the Temple Mount plaza (esplanade), and covers only a relatively small part of its surface. Moreover, there is evidence that places the historical Jewish Temples on a different part of the Temple Mount than that which is occupied by the mosque.

When Jerusalem was reunited in 1967, Israeli officials decided to allow the Islamic Waqf Authority to continue to administer the site, in cooperation with the Jordanian monarchy. Israel also chose to uphold the existing status quo, according to which non-Muslims can visit the Temple Mount at fixed times, but are not permitted to conduct any prayers. Moreover, non-Muslims who visit the Temple Mount cannot enter the Al Aqsa Mosque itself, and are limited to visiting other parts of the site, mainly the large open spaces.

“It is very important to note that the Government of Israel is committed to maintaining the status quo on the Temple Mount and will oppose all proposals to change it,” emphasized the Foreign Ministry in its statement released this week. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu emphasized a similar stance on Sunday prior to the start of the weekly government cabinet meeting.

“In the past few months, Palestinian radicals have been trying to breach the status quo by preventing Christians and Jews from visiting the Temple Mount,” the Foreign Ministry said.

“Palestinian rioters – incited by Hamas and the radical branch of the Islamic Movement in Israel – have attacked visitors as well as police with stones and fireworks, using the Al Aqsa Mosque as their base of operations. The Israeli authorities have sought to contain these attempts by Islamist extremists to escalate the situation on the Temple Mount.

“The ridiculous accusations that Israel plans to harm the Al Aqsa Mosque are utterly baseless. The fact that they are made not only by Islamist extremists but also by the mainstream Palestinian leadership is alarming and dangerous.

“It is the Palestinian rioters themselves who are defiling the Al Aqsa Mosque by transforming it into a base for attacks. They use the mosque’s furniture as barricades and launch fireworks from inside its premises, where carpets and wooden beams could easily catch fire. The rioters are also demonstrating their disrespect for the many Muslim worshippers who simply wish to pray in peace, as well as for the Islamic Waqf that manages the site.”

Israel Police, which is responsible for public order in Jerusalem, exercises extra caution — and some would say far too much care — not to hurt the sensitivities of Muslim worshipers on the Temple Mount.

Officers restrict themselves solely to entering the area specifically in cases “when riots must to be controlled.” Moreover, as a matter of policy, the police never enter the mosque itself, the Foreign Ministry points out.

Although they often find themselves in life-threatening situations, police officers who operate on the Temple Mount are only equipped with non-lethal means for self-protection.

Jewish Prayer on the Temple Mount Will Galvanize the Arabs to… to What Exactly?

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

I can’t understand why the government claims to be afraid about what the Arabs will say or do when it comes to Jewish prayer and access to the Temple Mount?

Are they going to shoot at us from Gaza? Are they going to launch firecrackers at us from Jerusalem? Will they throw rocks at the Jerusalem Light Rail? Nu shoin. They’re doing that already.

But these aren’t even the Arabs that the government is referring to.

They’re referring to Arabs out there, somewhere else. In Jordan, in Saudi Arabia, in Iraq. Oy! Maybe even Yemen.

Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount will galvanize them to… to what exactly?

Riot in their own cities? Behead each other a little more? Somehow cross the desert to attack us? And the few that make it will what? Throw stones at the border fence before we shoot their legs? Maybe they’ll pass around pictures of Moshe Feiglin praying on the Temple Mount on their social network sites. That will really work them into a lather.

The claim that we’re concerned about the Arab reaction is a fictional one.

The Pisher-King of Jordan should be more worried about ISIS overrunning his kingdom, or of his oppressed “Palestinians” overthrowing his British imposed regime (which would resolve the two-state solution once and for all).

It seems Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount is more their problem than our problem.

If our government is against Jewish Prayer on the Temple Mount, it should say the real reason why.

Maintaining this so-called “status quo” is another farce.

For a few years after 1967, when we weren’t afraid of this fictional Arab rage, Jews would go up to the Temple Mount, and they would even openly pray there. So if anything, that’s the status quo I say we should return to (at a minimum).

A bunch of angry Arabs really isn’t something we need to worry about. They’re always angry, and look at what it’s got them.

PA ‘Warns’ Israel Over Temple Mount Visits, Jerusalem Housing

Tuesday, November 4th, 2014

Palestinian Authority spokesperson Nabil Rudaineh is “warning” Israel over its decisions to build housing in Jerusalem, and visits by lawmakers and others to the Temple Mount.

Yesterday (Monday, Nov. 3) Rudaineh roundly condemned Israel’s approval of a project to build 500 housing units in Jerusalem’s crowded Ramat Shlomo neighborhood.

Although the PA spokesperson had called for calm in Jerusalem, on Monday he also warned that visits by Jews to the holiest site in the Jewish faith – the Temple Mount – was “provoking the sentiments” of local Arabs.

His outrage has been echoed in high places abroad by State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki, who issued similar warnings on behalf of the Obama administration as well — and who nowadays refers to the Temple Mount first by its Arabic name, the ‘Haram al-Sharif‘ before using its English name. Needless to say, none of the staff in the Obama administration refer to the Temple Mount by its Hebrew appellation, ‘Har HaBayit.”

In a briefing with reporters, Abu Rudaineh claimed that “settlers and extremists” were “storming” the Al Aqsa Mosque located on the Mount, which is also considered the third holiest site in Islam.

Abu Rudaineh insisted that “incursions and transgressions against the holy sites are continuing and even escalating,” and warned that visits by Jews were provocations to Arab worshipers at the mosque.

A female Knesset member who visited the Temple Mount yesterday was physically and verbally attacked by a screaming Muslim Arab woman yelling “Allah huAkbar!” – the Arab battle cry used by jihadists prior to an attack. It means, “God is great!”

The attacker was arrested and brought to the local police precinct for question but it is not clear whether she was subsequently detained or released. Israel Police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld was unable to answer that question and later was not available for followup.

On Sunday, MK Moshe Feiglin also visited the Temple Mount. Today, MK Tzipi Hotovely is also scheduled to go up to the holy site.

The daily visits are being coordinated in part to honor Rabbi Yehudah Glick, head of the Temple Mount Faithful organization, who is still fighting for his life after being attacked by an Arab terrorist last week.

Glick was shot at point-blank range by an Islamic Jihad operative on a motorcycle in a targeted assassination attempt after speaking at the Menachem Begin Heritage Center — where the assassin was employed at the facility’s restaurant despite having spent 10 years in an Israeli prison. Glick has undergone multiple surgeries  and is still being held in a medically-induced coma for life-saving purposes.

Tzipi Hotovely to Go Up to Temple Mount

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

Deputy Minister, MK Tzipi Hotovely (Likud), plans to go up to the Temple Mount on Tuesday.

Deputy Knesset Speaker, MK Moshe Feiglin, went up on Sunday, as Islamists reposted photos and videos of him across their media sites.

On Mondy, MK Shuli Moalem-Rafaeli went up, and she was assaulted by a Muslim woman.

We hope that Hotovely goes up with sufficient bodyguards. A platoon of armed Golani soldiers on the Temple Mount would be nice.

Attack the Goose, Hold Sauce for the Gander

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

Two parallel incidents in Israel have had completely different results, despite sharing nearly identical details.

Kiryat Ono Mayor Israel Gal was attacked Sunday evening by a man who said the mayor did not keep a promise he allegedly made to him.

Police said the suspect pushed the mayor immediately following a council meeting in the town. The suspect was detained following his arrest.

He was to be brought before the Tel Aviv Magistrates Court for a determination on whether and how long to extend his remand.

A second Israeli political leader was also attacked this week as well.

Bayit Yehudi Knesset member Shuli Moalem-Refaeli was attacked by a screaming Muslim Arab woman while she was touring the Temple Mount.

The attacker shouted “Allah huAkbar!” (Allah is Great!) And then physically shoved the Israeli parliamentarian.

Police arrested the Arab woman and brought her to the local precinct for questioning, according to Israel Police spokesperson Micky Rosenfeld.

But after that point, the flow of information mysteriously stops and it is impossible to determine what happened to the female Muslim Arab attacker after that.

Was she detained following her arrest? Or is she now free to be able to continue to harass other Jewish visitors to the site?

The Israel Police spokesperson was unable to provide any answer to these questions, saying he did not know but would “check it out.” It has been impossible to reach the spokesperson ever since.

Israelis have the right to feel safe from threats to their personal safety and that of their leaders.

It is not clear to this writer why the consequences of any attack by either Muslim or Jew, male or female, should be shrouded in mystery.

Nor is it clear why the story of one attack and its consequences should be so crystal clear that it merits nearly no interest at all, and yet the same standard of law somehow fails to be applied in the capital city, barely an hour away.

I would have thought that the sauce for the goose surely has to be good for the gander, but perhaps that rigid standard applies only in “anglo” countries abroad.

Or perhaps with regard to Arab attacks, Israel is holding off on the sauce altogether these days.

Israel Police Chief: Fireworks Are A Threat

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

In a disturbing new trend, Palestinian rioters and terrorists have begun using fireworks as weapons.

Fireworks contain explosive charges, which can cause grave bodily injury, or death, when set off in close quarters with people.

According to statistics being kept by Tazpit News Agency, there have been at least six different times in the last ten days where fireworks have been thrown as explosives by rioters around Jerusalem. To make matters worse, police are generally unable to respond to those terrorists, as the rules of engagement limits the police from responding to fireworks – according to the law, fireworks are not even defined as weapons. This prevents police from being allowed to respond with force to the threat. T

azpit News Agency spoke with a spokesperson from the police unit tasked with dealing with the firework threat, and has been informed that those rules of engagement have not been changed at all.

However, for the first time, Israeli Chief of Police Yochanan Danino acknowledged the problem. He said yesterday that “usage [of fireworks] is a major threat to the safety and welfare of the public, with an emphasis on police forces who are working against those causing the disturbances.” In an effort to combat the fireworks, Danino convened a task group to discuss how to limit availability of fireworks – the laws regarding their import, distribution, and sale – as well as rework the rules of engagement for police officers responding to fireworks being used as weapons.

The task group has already begun crafting plans to crack down on illegal distribution of fireworks, and prevent them from being obtained by terrorists in Jerusalem, Judea, and Samaria. The Minister of Public Security released a statement saying “The phenomenon of shooting fireworks should be a top priority of the Ministry of Public Security and the Israeli Police.” “Shooting fireworks by rioters is intended to hurt security forces, interfere with maintaining public order, and violate citizens’ sense of security,” he explained. This follows a small arsenal being uncovered by police in Silwan yesterday.

It contained many fireworks, air guns, and metal to be used as shrapnel. This arsenal belonged to rioters, and the materials were confiscated by police. Several terrorists, including an owner of the house, were arrested.

Tazpit News Agency spoke with residents of the Old City of Jerusalem, where fireworks have been employed by Palestinian rioters in a variety of ways. One resident was asked about the damage these fireworks have caused. “It is important to remember that fireworks are incendiary devices,” he pointed out. “If they enter a window, they will burn down the house.” “People are also overlooking the trauma caused by these nightly attacks,” he continued. “People in the neighborhood have PTSD, and can no longer sleep. Every night, at different times, you are suddenly woken up by loud booms, and you don’t know where they are coming from, or what they are, or what to do, how to protect your family. Many people are starting to see psychologists, even psychiatrists, because they’re no longer functional.”

Fireworks are not only used against police forces during riots. Residents in the Old City of Jerusalem filmed fireworks being thrown as firebombs against houses. Exclusive video footage from Tazpit News Agency shows explosions from fireworks in a narrow alleyway in the Old City, where they are being used to attack the homes there. Police arrive at the scene, but are unable to enter the alley and neutralize the threat to the residents due to the danger posed by the fireworks. You can also hear residents screaming “fire”, as the fireworks have set something aflame.

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