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Peaceful Protest by Ethiopians against Police Brutality Turns Violent

Friday, May 1st, 2015

A peaceful protest against police brutality by Israelis of Ethiopian lineage turned violent Thursday night when the demonstrators marched on the official residence of Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

Police used water cannons and stun grenades to disperse several hundred people who posed a threat to security at “Paris Square,” one mile from downtown Jerusalem. At least two police officers and five protesters were hospitalized in the melee, with demonstrators throwing rocks and bottles at police.

The Ethiopian community in enraged after footage emerged earlier this week of policeman beating a soldier from the Ethiopian community for no apparent reason. Original reports said he was told to clear the area because of a suspicious object.

Netanyahu stated Thursday night:

I unequivocally condemn the striking of the soldier from the Ethiopian community and those responsible will be brought to justice but nobody has the right to take the law into their own hands.

Immigrants from Ethiopia and their families are dear to us and Israel is making great efforts to ease their integration in society.

The two police officers who this week beat the soldier, who was wearing a kippa, face suspension, but that does little to reinforce trust in the law enforcement agency that has been rocked by sex scandals and has a reputation for beating up people, especially Jews, and even more so if they are religious or are settlers.

The video of the police assault showed two police officers hitting him mercilessly for two minutes on a street in Holon, adjacent to Tel Aviv. Somehow, the reported suspicious object evaporated from their agenda or simply was a fabrication.

Police brutality is a disease that exists around the world. Just ask the mayors of Ferguson, Illinois and Baltimore.

There was no indication that the police beat up the soldier because he was Ethiopian. Perhaps it was because he was wearing a kippa. Or perhaps it was because the policemen simply found an opportunity to hyperventilate.

Lacking in last night’s protest were settlers, Hareidim, national religious and secular Jews, leftists and right-wing Jews, and Arabs, all of whom have been victims of police brutality.

The protest also had no responsible leader who would have known better than to present a security threat to the Prime Minister’s residence.

The fact that almost all of the protesters were of Ethiopian descent underlined the feeling of racism, although Israeli police do not discriminate between race, creed and color when it comes to brutality.

Some of the protesters showed signs that they can be no less violent than police, with the leader of the Campaign for Equality for Ethiopian Jews telling Yediot Acharonot, “Apparently the streets of Israel must burn like they do in Baltimore, in order for someone to finally wake up. The apartheid regime is back, this time in 21st-century Israel.”

There is no doubt that the Ethiopian community suffers prejudice from some sectors in Israel, especially the elite Ashkenazi power-brokers.

But they are not singled out by the police, and Netanyahu has the chance to reform the police by appointing a Minister of Public Security who, unlike the outgoing minister, who wants to protect the public from investigations of crime and plain ineptitude.

Below is the video of the police attack on the soldier.

Obama Invited Hamas-Backed Qatar and PA to ‘Counter Violent Extremism’

Friday, February 20th, 2015

Among the 80 groups and countries invited to this week’s White House Summit to Counter Violent Extremism were Qatar, which finances Hamas, and the Palestinian Authority, which includes Hamas.

Also invited were Hamas, another enthusiast of Hamas and the Muslim Brotherhood; and Lebanon, which is dominated by Hezbollah; and the Arab League, a collection of Middle East countries from Saudi Arabia to Afghanistan that live and breathe by the sword.

As previously reported here by The Jewish Press, President Barack Obama said the United States is not at war against Islam. The enemy is not “radical Islam” because if Muslims are violent and extremists, they aren’t true Muslims.

Just imagine how people would behave according to that philosophy. If you are violent in the name of homosexuality, you are not a true homosexual because same-sex relations are all about peace and love.

And if you are violent for the sake of liberalism, or right-wing causes, you can’t possibly be a true left-winger or right-winger because they stand for peace.

It is not far from Catholicism, by which one can sin 24/6, confess on Sunday and go back for another round.

It is a philosophy of “Judge me by whom I am and by what I do.”

That is why not much is expected from Obama’s White House summit, especially when Muslim leaders in the United States and all over the world are not standing on the soap box to denounce their own radical Muslim preachers who espouse violence, all in the name of peace.

Even worse, they insist that Muslims are radicalized because of their economic and social situation, an attitude being accepted by the Obama, as reported here by The Jewish Press.

Marwan Muasher, a Jordanian politician who oversees research on the Middle East at the US-based Carnegie Endowment, told the London Guardian:

This is not the administration’s war, any administration’s war. It is not equipped to do it; it cannot do it.

The Arab world needs to take the lead on this. The Americans can lead on the military front; they cannot lead on the ideological front. They are not capable of doing so and the region does not want them to do so. The question is, is the region capable of taking the lead ideologically.

The answer so far is “no” for exactly the reason he stated – Middle East Muslim countries do not want the American government making the world safe from radical Islam.

As for his question whether the Muslim world can take “the lead ideologically,” the answer until today has been a resounding “no.”

The Muslim world is in the midst of a war between Sunnis and Shi’ites. The war is being fought on the battlefield and not just by the Islamic State but in virtually every country. It is a war that left Egypt on the brink of anarchy, a situation that continues in Lebanon.

It is a war of who controls oil fields, but above all, it is a war of whose Islam rules, and in order to win, ideology is not a convincing weapon. Their weapon is violence.

The Obama administration’s insistence on not mentioning “radical Islam” in its war on terror makes it impossible to root out violent extremism.

Retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, a former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, told the House Armed Services Committee in remarks concerning the war against the Islamic State:

We are at war with violent and extreme Islamists (both Sunni and Shiite) and we must accept and face this reality. We must engage the violent Islamists wherever they are, drive them from their safe havens and kill them.”

President Obama has put his administration in a Catch-22 situation.

He cannot Lt. Gen. Flynn’s thinking because it is politically incorrect.

Otherwise, Muslim countries would not have attended the summit, but because he won’t mention “radical Islam,” nothing will happen.


Pro-ISIS Group Says ‘Use Ferguson Flames to Fuel Terror in America’

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

A group linked to the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terror organization is calling for lone wolf attackers to use the Ferguson riots in America as cover for their activities.

Al Nusra al-Maqdisiyya, a group of pro-ISIS activists who operate across social media on the Internet, tweeted on its Twitter account:

O lone mujahid, you must use the breakdown of security in #Ferguson to increase the burning in America. They are squabbling over worldly [matters], so you send them to hell! #ISIS.

A grand jury in the Missouri town decided Tuesday there was not enough evidence to indict police officer Darren Wilson in connection with the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. The black teenager was killed after he robbed a store and then physically attacked the police officer while he was in his vehicle.

The story of those events was told by 60 different witnesses — nearly all of whom were black as well — and three forensic pathologists who performed separate autopsies on Brown’s body, including one private pathologist retained by Brown’s family. It was heard by a grand jury comprised of nine white and three black jurors over a period of 100 days, who concluded the evidence overwhelmingly exonerated the police officer on all five charges of possible homicide brought before the panel by prosecuting attorney Robert McCullough.

But it wasn’t enough, and within minutes of announcing the decision of the jurors and despite appeals for calm by Brown’s family and even President Barack Obama who spoke on national television from the White House, Ferguson went up in flames, and protesters in numerous other major cities in America began to take to the streets in solidarity.

Rioters in Ferguson look suspiciously like those in the streets of Judea, Samaria and Jerusalem to this journalist who has covered violence in the Middle East. Many covered their faces with scarves and ski masks so their features could not be identified in media photos, and attackers were hurling rocks, bottles, firebombs (Molotov cocktails) and shooting fireworks at police. Some also fired actual guns — more than one hundred shots were fired, in fact.

But no police officer fired a gun, officials and media reported, although tear gas and smoke was used in an initial attempt to clear an area near the Ferguson police and fire department headquarters. Not that this stopped rioters from attacking others and doing their best to destroy their community, some of them practically dancing in glee during the process.

A gang that came upon a Fox News camera crew filming looting at a group of stores in Ferguson instantly beat up the camera man and smashed his camera on the spot as the film was rolling and while the shocked correspondent was voicing his report. The scene suddenly went black and the network switched to a second location, but not before the anchor team tried repeatedly to re-establish contact — unsuccessfully — with the news team that clearly had just been attacked. Footage of the looting was later replayed on Fox News network’s The Kelly File and then posted on the Internet, where it quickly went viral. The correspondent resumed reporting — clearly shaken and somewhat hoarse — within minutes, off-camera and using his cellphone camera to cover the violence. He told the anchor team that his cameraman was “okay” but revealed little else.

Two police cars were incinerated and a dozen buildings were torched in Ferguson, burnt completely to ashes. One police officer was shot and wounded; his condition and identity is unknown, probably in order to ensure his future safety.

According to the Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI), Al Nusra al-Maqdisiyya also tweeted:

O supporters of the Islamic State in America, what is happening in #Ferguson is a valuable opportunity that will not return. Rise up and engage them with themselves, away from the mujahideen. Spill their blood in the roads and in the neighborhoods.

The group is telling ISIS supporters to distribute ISIS videos — especially in the English language — on trending Twitter hashtags related to events taking place in Ferguson, Missouri.

New Zealand Anti-Semite Attacks Jewish Toddler

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

Anti-Semitism has reached a new low in New Zealand, where attackers are now targeting little Jewish children. Jewish adults are considering whether to teach their young to hide their identity.

Last week a small child wearing a yarmulka was attacked by a grown man in the Auckland suburb of Mt. Eden.

The little boy, age 4, was walking home from preschool with his mother, a brother and another friend – also wearing yarmulkas — when a man walked up and slapped him hard on his head. The attacker reportedly laughed and then fled in a car with four other men. He was described as being of “Middle Eastern appearance,” and in his 20s, according to a report published in the New Zealand Herald.

Jewish Council President Stephen Goodman was quoted as saying he believed that news of the attack would come as a shock to residents of the country.

“A small Jewish community has lived here, well integrated, contributing to the wider society and in exceptional peace since the earliest days of New Zealand’s settlement,” Goodman told the newspaper.

But that peace seems to have evaporated in recent months – and the attackers are targeting children dressed in traditional Jewish clothing.

Young Middle Eastern men yelled insults in Arabic at a young Jewish girl who was walking through the Britomart train station recently.

Last month men riding in a car yelled a curse at a little Jewish boy walking in Remuera.

In October 2012, a 19-year-old was part of a group of three who were charged with painting swastikas and other anti-Semitic symbols on historic tombstones in the city’s Symonds Street cemetery.

In May 2005, the Right Wing Resistance movement, an openly White Pride skinhead organization, began activities in all major cities in the country and has since introduced black uniforms along the lines of Fascist Italy.

“It’s really very worrying that [this] seems to have elevated things one level higher. This behavior is so totally unacceptable and intolerable in New Zealand,” Goodman said.

But only a bare six thousand Jews were willing to identify themselves during a 2006 census, although the New Zealand Herald reported “the number of people who are Jewish is more likely to be around 20,000.”

Given the rising anti-Semitism, perhaps it is no surprise that Jews in New Zealand are now discussing ways to protect their children – among them, advising their young not to dress as Jews when they go out in public.

“If an adult is verbally abused, they will know how to handle it. When these sort of things happen against children, it is quite a different story,” Goodman explained. “The mother was very emotionally upset by the incident,” he added. “We just hope there [are] no lasting effects on the child.”

Some 14 percent of Australia and New Zealand’s population is considered to be actively anti-Semitic, according to the most recent survey by the New York-based Anti-Defamation League (ADL) which said the region was one of the “least anti-Semitic” in the world.

One Chabad House exists in the country, headed by Israeli Chabad-Lubavitch emissary Rabbi Shmuel Koppel, located in the city of Christchurch.

New Zealand’s current Prime Minister John Key is, as a matter of fact, the son of an Austrian-Jewish immigrant mother who narrowly escaped from the Holocaust. The prime minister considers himself Anglican but his government has been sympathetic towards Israel. The Key administration narrowly won its third term this past September with 61 out of 121 seats in the nation’s parliament.

POLL RESULTS: Jerusalem Riots and the Temple Mount Status Quo

Friday, November 7th, 2014

Makor Rishon ran a fascinating poll this week, asking Israelis for their opinions on the current status quo on the Temple Mount, as well as who is responsible for the recent violence in Jerusalem.

1) Do you know what the status quo currently is on the Temple Mount?

Know: 61%
Don’t know: 22%
Might know, but not sure: 17%

2) Do you support removing the restrictions on Jews on the Temple Mount?

Against removing restrictions: 34%
Support removing restrictions: 37%
Don’t Know: 29%

3) If an arrangement were set up on the Temple Mount like it is in the Tomb of the Patriarchs, such that there is separation between Jews and Muslims, would this calm the situation?

It would create more conflict: 37%
It would calm things down: 40%
Don’t know: 23%

4) In your opinion, who is primarily to blame for disturbances over the past few months in Jerusalem and the Temple Mount?

Arabs: 55%
Jews: 19%
Police: 10%
Don’t know: 22%

4a) Same question, results broken up by sector:


Arabs: 60%
Jews: 28%
Police: 12%


Arabs: 80%
Jews: 5%
Police: 15%


Arabs: 71%
Jews: 2%
Police: 27%


Arabs: 5%
Jews: 65%
Police: 30%


The poll was held by telephone on the 4th and 5th of November. 501 people answered above the age of 18.

2 Rock Attacks on Jerusalem Light Rail

Monday, September 29th, 2014

There were two separate ‘travel terror’ attacks on the Jerusalem Light Rail Sunday night, both in the northern Jerusalem neighborhood of Shuafat, according to Channel 2 television news.

Local Arabs hurled rocks at the passenger train as it passed through the neighborhood. No one was physically injured although a number of passengers were traumatized by the attacks. Several cars were damaged in the attacks as well.

Each time a window on the Light Rail is smashed, the CityPass company is forced to pay between NIS 3,000 to NIS 5,000 for its replacement since insurance does not cover the cost of damage due to terror attacks.

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat called for a “heavy handed response” to violence in the city in a statement earlier this month, and pledged the assistance of city hall as needed by the police.

Jerusalem Intifada Reaches French Hill

Monday, September 8th, 2014

Sunday night (Sept. 7) saw another round of intifada violence in Jerusalem as screaming hordes of Arabs went on rampages in various parts of the city — one gang destroying a gas station, others hurling rocks and ambushing motorists traveling around the capital.

Dozens of Arab rioters torched a “Menta” gasoline station in the northern Jerusalem neighborhood of French Hill late in the evening. Miraculously, no one was physically injured in the melee, which completely destroyed the station in the quiet neighborhood. “I was lucky to get out of there alive,” the counter man told an interviewer on Army Radio. “Thank God no one else was in the store at the time.”

smashed items at Menta stop in French Hill

Some 40 screaming, rioting Arabs yelling “Allahu Akbar!” (God is Great) hurled rocks and smashed everything in sight. The little convenience store at the gas station was also badly damaged.

According to a report on Voice of Israel public radio, no arrests were made.

Jerusalem activist Aryeh King asked in a post on the Twitter social media website, “Where were the police?”

Masked terrorists also hurled rocks – again – at the Jerusalem Light Rail as it passed through the nearby neighborhood of Shuafat. No one was physically injured, although passengers were traumatized. Miraculously, none of the cars were damaged this time.

The CityPass company managing the line has been threatening to cut off service to the northern neighborhoods in the capital. Thus far the firm has kept the line going as a courtesy to the innocent commuters and students living in Beit Hanina, Pisgat Ze’ev, Neve Ya’akov and other neighborhoods. But the train is losing more passenger cars each day to the violence, and the line is rapidly becoming a losing enterprise as a result. More than a third of the Light Rail cars have been forced out of service, damaged by rioting Arabs.

Also on Sunday night, Israeli motorists and police found themselves dodging road terror attacks as Arabs hurled rocks along the roads in Issawiya and A-Tur. Both are suburbs of Jerusalem, along the northeastern outskirts. Two drivers were wounded in these attacks; both are in good condition. But just a few weeks ago, a Hebron Hills driver was left in critical condition from a similar attack. In September 2011, a Kiryat Arba father and his baby son were murdered in such an ambush.

Israeli media have linked Sunday’s violence to the death of an Arab teenager who died of wounds sustained a week earlier while rioting elsewhere in the capital. The teen was allegedly shot by Israeli police who were faced by a screaming mob of Arabs out for their blood, hurling rocks and firebombs (Molotov cocktails).

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat meanwhile has condemned the rioting and told reporters he was in contact with police officials. He called for a “heavy handed response” and pledged the assistance of city hall as necessary.

But regardless of this week’s pretext for the violence, the rising number of incidents and the escalating level of violence by Arabs in Jerusalem and elsewhere in Israel is just not okay.

It’s unacceptable behavior. Tragedy cannot be an excuse for mass rage. Twice so far the Arabs have used it as a pretext to trigger a nationwide intifada in this country.

Extremist, radical Islamists also used the same excuse to launch mass violence around the world, pretending it had something to do with their faith — which it doesn’t, and never did. It was simply a pretext to quench the extremist Islamist thirst for blood.

The Islamic State is doing the same thing right now.

Any hesitation on Israel’s part, any delay in an unequivocal, concrete response sends a message to local Arab thugs, their provocateurs, the Arab political leadership and the international community beyond that such violence can and will be tolerated in Israel.

This is truly dangerous to all Israeli citizens — here and abroad.

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/news/breaking-news/jerusalem-intifada-echoes-black-rage-strategy-of-los-angeles-and-brooklyn/2014/09/08/

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