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October 31, 2014

 

 

 

Shootings Stoke Jewish-Arab Tensions in Jerusalem

By VOANews

 

Israeli police shot and killed a Palestinian man who allegedly ambushed a right-wing Israeli activist known for pushing for greater access for Jews at a flashpoint religious site, the Temple Mount, in Jerusalem.

 

Police say the suspected gunman shot and seriously wounded American-born Yehuda Glick. He was attacked after leaving a conference at the Menachem Begin Center that was promoting Jewish prayers on the Temple Mount, the site Muslims revere as the Mosque of Al Aqsa. The site, which is the holiest place in Judaism and third holiest in Islam, is a flashpoint of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

 

Police anti-terror units tracked the assailant to his home in a mixed Jewish-Arab neighborhood of Jerusalem, where he was killed in a shootout. Police commissioner Yochanan Danino praised the quick work of the security forces, saying it is a warning to all terrorists that Israel will track them down wherever they are. The police raid sparked angry protests by Palestinians, who shouted slogans and threw stones.

 

The dead Palestinian was identified as Moatez Hejazi, 32,  an Islamic militant recently released from prison. His neighbors accused Israel of carrying out an execution. One man told Israel Radio that Hejazi was not an extremist, but that Hejazi was driven to violence because of Israel’s persecution of Palestinians and Muslims.

 

The shootings are further stoking Jewish-Muslim tensions in Jerusalem, which have been escalating since the Gaza war in the summer. Daily clashes between police and Palestinian youths in Arab neighborhoods of the city are raising fears of a third Palestinian uprising. 

 

Furthering tensions, the Swedish government officially recognized the Palestinian State on Thursday. Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallstrom said she hoped the move would help revive the stalled Israeli-Palestinian peace process and that other EU nations would follow suit. The decision drew praise from the Palestinian president and criticism from Israel, which recalled its ambassador from Stockholm for consultations.

 

Palestinians seek statehood in the Israeli-occupied West Bank and the blockaded Gaza Strip, with East Jerusalem as their capital. But years of efforts to forge a two-state solution with the Israelis have made next to no progress and the Palestinians now see little choice but to make a unilateral push for statehood.

 

“Our decision comes at a critical time because over the last year we have seen how the peace talks have stalled, how decisions over new settlements on occupied Palestinian land have complicated a two-state solution and how violence has returned to Gaza,” Wallstrom said. "By making our decision we want to bring a new dynamic to the stalled peace process," she added.

 

 

Abbas: Closing Temple Mount is 'A Declaration of War'

By IsraelNationalNews.com

 

Israel's closure of the Temple Mount to all visitors - Jews and Muslims alike - following the shooting of Temple Mount rights advocate Yehuda Glick  is tantamount to a "declaration of war," Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas stated Thursday.

 

"This dangerous Israeli escalation is a declaration of war on the Palestinian people and its sacred places and on the Arab and Islamic nation," his spokesman Nabil Abu Rudeina quoted him as saying. "We hold the Israeli government responsible for this dangerous escalation in Jerusalem that has reached its peak through the closure of the Al-Aqsa mosque [Temple Mount - ed.] this morning," he told AFP.

 

Abbas' spokesman also claimed that closing the Mount for security reasons - not repeated claims by Palestinian leaders that Israel is "waging war" on Arab rioters - is leading to escalation.  "This decision is a dangerous act and a blatant challenge that will lead to more tension and instability and will create a negative and dangerous atmosphere," he said. "The state of Palestine will take all legal measures to hold Israel accountable and to stop these ongoing attacks."

 

Two weeks ago, Abbas called for Palestinian Arabs to stop Jews from ascending the Temple Mount - Judaism's holiest site - "by all means. It is not enough to say the settlers came, but they must be barred from entering the compound by any means. This is our Aqsa... and they have no right to enter it and desecrate it," Abbas said, calling the Jews "a herd of cattle."

 

Abbas' remarks were roundly condemned by Israeli officials as clear incitement to violence, sparking new rounds of lawlessness in an already-tense situation in Jerusalem. They were only the latest such remarks by the PA leader, who has repeatedly called for violence in Jerusalem.

 

Abbas' Fatah faction, held by some as a "moderate" alternative to Hamas, has called for a "day of rage" on Friday through the official PA news source Wafa. "Fatah calls to its fighters and to the masses of the Palestinian people to aid the Al-Aqsa Mosque and occupied Jerusalem," said Fatah in the statement which was translated by Palestinian Media Watch.

 

In fact, Fatah's proclamation of terror targeted not only the capital but also terrorists "throughout the homeland and in countries which are home to refugees, to express the Palestinian people's opposition to any attack on the holy places and foremost among them the Al-Aqsa Mosque."

 

Fatah also called for terrorism as a "response" to Jews visiting the Temple Mount, the holiest site in Judaism, saying it considers "desecration of Al-Aqsa as a declaration of a religious war against the Palestinian people and the Arab Islamic nations."

 

Abbas' group has lost no time in praising the Arab terrorist who tried to assassinate Temple Mount activist Yehuda Glick in Jerusalem on Wednesday. Fatah on its official Facebook page slandered Glick, who has struggled for Jewish prayer rights on the Temple Mount, as an "extremist Zionist," and further called the terror attack "the assassination of the despicable Glick," while praising the terrorist who was later eliminated as a "heroic martyr."

 

In the Fatah post Thursday, the terrorist is shown imposed on the Temple Mount, with the text "Fatah announces the death of its heroic Martyr, 'the Martyr of Jerusalem' Mu'taz Ibrahim Khalil Hijazi who carried out the assassination of Rabbi Yehuda Glick and who rose to Heaven on Thursday, August 30, 2014, after a gunfight with the forces of the Zionist occupation in Jerusalem."

 

In another Fatah post on Wednesday, also translated by PMW, Abbas' party wrote "celebrations throughout the Old City of Jerusalem - the attempted assassination of the extremist Zionist Yehuda Glick, who engineered the invasions of the Al-Aqsa Mosque and heads the council of the 'Temple Mount' Faithful, with three bullets as he was leaving a conference of the alleged 'Temple' [Mount] Faithful."

 

Joining in on the praise of the assassination attempt was Sultan Abu Al-Einen, a member of the Fatah Central Committee and Abbas' advisor on NGOs, who just last week praised the terrorist who murdered a three-month-old baby and 22-year-old woman in Jerusalem with his car as a "hero."

 

"With great honor and pride...Fatah's Jerusalem branch accompanies its heroic Martyr to his wedding (with "72 virgins" - ed.), Mu'taz Ibrahim Khalil Hijazi, who carried out the assassination attempt of Zionist rabbi Yehuda Glick," wrote Al-Einen.

 

Kerry: 'Chickenshit' Remark 'Disgraceful, Unacceptable, Damaging'

By YnetNews.com

 

Secretary of State John Kerry distanced himself on Thursday from derisive remarks a US official made about Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu in an interview with The Atlantic.

 

The Atlantic's Jeffrey Goldberg quoted an American official on Tuesday as calling Netanyahu a "coward" on tackling Iran and "chickenshit" who is only interested in his own political survival. Goldberg writes that over the years Washington officials have described Netanyahu as recalcitrant, myopic, reactionary, obtuse, blustering, and pompous – but none of these insults were as surprising, he says, as "chickenshit."

 

"We condemn anybody who uses language such as was used in this article," Kerry told an audience at the annual Washington Ideas Forum in his first comment on the issue. "It does not reflect the president, it does not reflect me, it is disgraceful, unacceptable, damaging." The expression "chickenshit" is used to mean a worthless coward. "I have never heard that word around me in the White House. I don't know who these anonymous people are who keep getting quoted, but they make life much more difficult," Kerry added.

 

With that Kerry becomes the most senior official in Washington to condemn the comments and disavow them. Wednesday saw condemnations from spokespeople in the White House, the State Department and from National Security Adviser Susan Rice.

 

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the remarks did not reflect the Obama administration's views and were counterproductive. "The prime minister and the president have forged an effective partnership, they consult closely and frequently and did so as recently as this month right here at the White House in the Oval Office," Earnest said.

 

"That close relationship does not mean that we paper over our differences. The fact is, the United States has repeatedly made clear our view that settlement activity is illegitimate, and only serves to complicate efforts to achieve a two-state solution in the region." Yet, Earnest noted, the Israel-U.S. relationship was "as strong as ever."

 

Earnest said no effort was being conducted to determine who made the controversial remarks to Atlantic columnist Jeffrey Goldberg. "I am not aware of who made those comments. ... I am not aware if the president knows who made those comments. I'd be surprised if he did."

 

Netanyahu himself addressed the reported name-calling directly during remarks at the Knesset, saying his main focus was the security and unity of Jerusalem. "Our supreme interests, chiefly the security and unity of Jerusalem, are not the main concern of those anonymous officials who attack us and me personally, as the assault on me comes only because I defend the State of Israel," he said. "I don't know who these anonymous people that we keep getting quoted in things," he said on Thursday. "But they make life much more difficult."

 

Touting President Obama's support for Israel, Kerry said that "President Obama is the person who committed to Iron Dome. He made it happen. President Obama has consistently been supportive of Israel's right to defend itself." Kerry said the only way to resolve tensions between Israelis and Palestinians was to bring the sides together to negotiate a peaceful settlement. "We still believe it is doable, but it takes courage and strength," he said, "both sides have to be prepared to compromise in order to do it."

 

Ohio Republican John Boehner, the speaker of the House of Representatives, said, "When the president discusses Israel and Iran, it is sometimes hard to tell who he thinks is America's friend and who he thinks is America's enemy. Over the last several months, I have watched the administration insult ally after ally. I am tired of the administration's apology tour. The president sets the tone for his administration. He either condones the profanity and disrespect used by the most senior members of his administration, or he does not."

 

 

Tel Aviv Named One of the World's Top Culinary Cities

 By YnetNews

 

Tel Aviv-Jaffa, the cultural capital of Israel, has now been declared an international culinary capital in Saveur Magazine's annual rankings of the best food destinations around the world.

 

The prestigious American food and lifestyle magazine rated Tel Aviv "Outstanding" along with Florence, Italy and Lyon, France in the category of Best Culinary Destination, Small International, which refers to cities with a population of under 800,000. It also rated Tel Aviv "Outstanding" in the category for Best Markets and Shops, International, where it appeared alongside culinary powerhouses Paris and Barcelona.

 

Tel Aviv-Jaffa is home to 4,536 eating establishments and three open fresh-food markets. Locals weren't surprised at the ranking. Rafi Mizrahi, a merchant at the Carmel Market, told Israel Hayom that "this is the number-one tourist market in the country. It has authenticity, special colors and smells -- the entire Mediterranean in one market."

 

"The market will be refurbished soon; the infrastructure will be widened, new stalls will be put up, and it will be even more fun to visit here," Mizrahi said. "Any Tel Aviv tour guide with any self-respect comes to the Carmel Market before anything else," he added.

 

Denizens of Tel Aviv were also unsurprised to hear their city's food lauded, but some thought there was room for improvement. "There a huge selection of delicious food of every kind in [this] city," said Liat Rotem, who lives near Rabin Square in the center of the city. "I have no problem with the high-end restaurants, and good for anyone who can afford it. But how have we gotten to the point where a hamburger, a lafa [large stuffed pita], or a plate of pasta costs 50 shekels [$13]?"

 

Tel Aviv's new status as an international food paradise comes on the heels of the city being named one of the world's top start-up cities of the 21st century by Newsweek; the main Europe-area tech hub (The Wall Street Journal); the "capital of Mediterranean cool" (The New York Times); one of the world's 10 best party cities (Lonely Planet) and the best gay tourist destination in the world (Gaycities).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Why Jews don't believe that Jesus is the Messiah

YOU SAY YOU WANT CHANGE? 

By Frances Bernay-Cohen

I can't speak for you, but my grandparents came to the United States to find a refuge from "change." They came to The United States where their basic freedoms were guaranteed by the Constitution; where they could build a future on this solid ground.

Whether our forefathers and forI'm sure you will find some truth in this song.

   

 

 

 

 

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 Paradise Regained, Paradise Lost

By Don Canaan (Commentary)

This year marked the 29th anniversary of the return of the Sinai by Israel to Egypt--a day of mourning by many of the 2,000 settlers who settled and later were forcibly evacuated by Israeli authorities under the command of Ariel Sharon, from the seaside city of Yamit on the Mediterranean.

Yamit was former Israeli Defense Minister Moshe Dayan's dream--a projected seaport and city of 250,000 founded on the Sinai sand dunes overlooking date palm trees and the blue Mediterranean--a populated buffer between the Gaza Strip and Egypt on the other side of the Suez Canal.

Some alternate historians say Moses and the children of Israel passed near the site of Yamit 3,500 years ago as they wandered for 40 years through the Sinai Desert on their way to the proverbial land of milk and honey.

Since April 25, 1982 only the whine of the desert wind weaves its currents through the crevices of destroyed homes, businesses and monument--a memorial to the young men who died during the 1967 Six Day war.

Christians, Jews and Muslims died during three Arab-Israeli wars and battles that took place in the Sinai in 1956, 1967 and 1973--Egyptian and Israeli--young people who fought and died in that desolate, forsaken desert wasteland.

The modern-day chariot carrying Egyptian President Mohammed Anwar al-Sadat hugged the intermittently green coastline of Sinai on its historic mission to Jerusalem. Israelis glancing upward into the clear night sky saw merely a jet banking gently to the northwest.

Official Israeli government policy was that the settlers had to be removed and the army came and forcibly removed the remaining diehard residents. The Jerusalem Post described the scene: Apocalypse had arrived in Yamit and in the dust and noise and destruction one could wander freely. Dozens of bulldozers and giant mobile air hammers were loose in the city like a pack of predatory beasts."

April 25, 20011 marked the 29th anniversary of Israel's withdrawal from Yamit and Sinai and a cold peace between long-term enemies.

That gift of peace silently glided overhead as the Sabbath disappeared and the stars appeared. At 8:01 p.m. Sadat's jetliner landed at Ben-Gurion Airport and the first minutes of a then potential peace came to the Middle East.

Old enemies became new friends. The crowds roared its approval when Sadat shook hands with Moshe Dayan. A person standing nearby, according to the Jerusalem Post, said Sadat told Dayan, "Don't worry Moshe, it will be all right."

The peace treaty between the two nations was signed on March 26, 1979 and on April 25, 1982; the events that had started on a November day at Camp David came to fruition. Sinai was returned to Egypt. Yamit was bulldozed to the ground. But Anwar Sadat did not live to see that day. He had been assassinated seven months before.

 

 

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