Wednesday, October 29, 2014

The Struggle for the Temple Mount with Me in German

In a German-language report - -  Der Kampf um den Tempelberg or, 


The struggle for the Temple Mount


Sie sind nicht nur religiös, sondern auch nationalistisch. „Der Tempel ist Teil des Judentums. Deshalb zerbrechen wir bei Hochzeiten Glas. Wir erinnern damit an die Zerstörung des Tempels. Es ist also ein legitimes Ziel, dass der Tempelberg wieder jüdisch wird“, erklärt Yisrael Medad von der Organisation El Har HaShem, die sich seit den 70er Jahren genau dafür einsetzt.

And in translation:

They are not only religious, but also nationalistic. "The temple is part of Judaism. Therefore, we break a glass at weddings and thereby we so remember the destruction of the Temple. So it is a legitimate aim, that the Temple Mount is to be Jewish again," says Yisrael Medad of the El Har HaShem organization that works for that exact aim since the 1970s.


The full article published on October 23 by Lissy Kaufmann

In Jerusalem stehen einige der größten Heiligtümer der Juden und Muslime. Derzeit entzündet sich dort wieder der alte Streit, wem das Areal des Tempelbergs in der Altstadt gehört. Vor 14 Jahren hat der Besuch Ariel Scharons die zweite Intifada ausgelöst.

Als hätten sie nur auf einen wie ihn gewartet, beginnen die Frauen zu rufen. „Allahu akbar“, hallt es über den Platz direkt vor dem Felsendom mit seiner goldenen Kuppel, als Akiva an diesem sonnigen Herbstnachmittag Haram al Scharif, den Tempelberg in Jerusalem, betritt. Die Rufe unterbrechen die idyllische Ruhe, übertönen das Vogelgezwitscher. Mit jedem Schritt, den Akiva in Begleitung von zwei Polizisten geht, stimmen mehr und mehr Muslime auf dem Tempelberg mit ein. „Allahu akbar“ – Gott ist größer. Ein Moslem schimpft auf Hebräisch: „Nur ein Dieb muss sich hier beschützen lassen.“

In den Augen der Muslime ist der Jude Akiva, ein 25 Jahre alter Mann mit Kippa, ein Dieb, der ihnen den Tempelberg wegnehmen möchte. Sie sehen seinen Besuch als Provokation. Die Polizei begleitet ihn zur Sicherheit. Denn mit den zunehmenden Besuchen von Juden auf dem Tempelberg in den vergangenen Monaten steigt auch die Zahl der Krawalle.

Für beide Seiten ein Heiligtum
Der Nahostkonflikt tritt hier inmitten der Altstadt Jerusalems in seiner reinsten Form zutage: Muslime und Juden streiten sich darüber, wer das Recht auf das Stückchen Land hat, das für beide ein heiliger Ort ist. Hier steht der Felsendom und die Al-Aqsa-Moschee, der drittheiligste Ort für Muslime. Hier soll Prophet Mohammed seine Himmelsreise angetreten haben. Für religiöse Juden ist es der Ort, an dem der erste und der zweite jüdische Tempel standen, letzterer wurde im Jahr 70 nach Christus von den Römern zerstört.

Einige religiöse Juden wollen deshalb auch an bestimmten Orten auf dem Tempelberg beten – was Nicht-Muslimen generell verboten ist. „An jedem anderen Ort könnte man fragen: Warum sollen nicht auch Nicht-Muslime dort beten dürfen? Aber man muss es im Kontext des gesamten Konfliktes sehen. Es geht hier um Politik, nicht um das Recht auf Gebet“, erklärt Aviv Tatarsky von Ir Amim, einer Nichtregierungsorganisation, die sich für die Koexistenz in Jerusalem einsetzt.

Abbas will den Siedlern den Zutritt verwehren
Der Status quo lautet: Die jordanische Waqf, eine Art muslimische Stiftung, verwaltet den Tempelberg, die israelische Polizei kümmert sich um die Sicherheit. Anfang des Jahres wurde in der Knesset über den Status quo auf dem Tempelberg diskutiert. Muslime werten es als Zeichen dafür, dass ihnen der Tempelberg weggenommen werden könnte. Nicht umsonst sprach Palästinenserpräsident Mahmud Abbas deshalb vergangene Woche davon, dass den „Siedlern“ der Zutritt verweigert werden sollte und dass diese kein Recht hätten zu kommen und den Ort zu entweihen. Abbas meinte nicht die Ultraorthodoxen mit ihren langen, schwarzen Mänteln und den großen Hüten, sondern die Nationalreligiösen mit gehäkelten Kippot und T-Shirts. Sie sind nicht nur religiös, sondern auch nationalistisch. „Der Tempel ist Teil des Judentums. Deshalb zerbrechen wir bei Hochzeiten Glas. Wir erinnern damit an die Zerstörung des Tempels. Es ist also ein legitimes Ziel, dass der Tempelberg wieder jüdisch wird“, erklärt Yisrael Medad von der Organisation El Har HaShem, die sich seit den 70er Jahren genau dafür einsetzt.

Die Nationalreligiösen provozieren
Die Nationalreligiösen wollen Präsenz zeigen, fast täglich kommen sie mittlerweile auf den Tempelberg. Sie sind in Israel längst keine Randgruppe mehr, sondern gewinnen auch in der Knesset immer mehr Unterstützung. So sorgen Politiker aus dem rechten Lager für mediale Aufmerksamkeit, wenn sie über den Tempelberg spazieren. Doch Aktionen wie diese sind äußerst heikel: Ariel Scharons Besuch auf dem Tempelberg im Jahr 2000 war ein Funke, der die zweite Intifada mitentfachte. Aus Sicherheitsgründen ist es jungen Muslimen deshalb an bestimmten Tagen untersagt, den Tempelberg zu besuchen.

Vor allem an hohen Feiertagen müssen muslimische Männer unter 50 Jahren draußen bleiben. Der 25-jährige Jamal ist davon betroffen. „Letzte Woche haben sie da vorne Barrieren aufgebaut“, sagt er. Es war das jüdische Fest Sukkoth, an dem viele jüdische Gläubige den Tempelberg besuchen. „Sie haben uns nicht reingelassen. Aber wir lassen uns nicht davon abhalten, es trotzdem zu versuchen. Wir haben dann vor den Barrieren gebetet.“ Nicht selten fliegen auch Steine. Die Polizisten, die die Eingänge zum Tempelberg bewachen, sind für Krawalle gerüstet. Sie tragen Schlagstöcke bei sich, Schutzschilder stehen bereit. Die jungen Muslime sind frustriert: „Es wird immer schlimmer. Sie provozieren uns und wollen uns den Tempelberg wegnehmen. Aber das ist unser Heiligtum.“

Und so ist der Besuch von Akiva auch ein nationalistischer Akt, der die Muslime verärgert. „Raus hier“, ruft ihm ein älterer Mann beim Vorbeigehen entgegen. „Ruhe“, kontert einer der Polizisten, der Akiva begleitet. Akiva aus der Siedlung Kiryat Arba im Westjordanland besucht den heiligen Ort zum ersten Mal. In einer Reihe mit Touristen hat er vor der Mughrabi Brücke neben der Klagemauer gewartet – dem einzigen Zugang für Nicht-Muslime, der nur zu bestimmten Zeiten geöffnet ist. „Es ist mein Geburtstag nach jüdischem Kalender, deshalb wollte ich endlich herkommen“, sagt er.

and in Google Translate's version:


In Jerusalem, some of the largest sanctuaries of Jews and Muslims. Currently there again ignited the old debate of who owns the site of the Temple Mount in the Old City. 14 years before the visit of Ariel Sharon triggered the second intifada.

As if they had only waited one like him, the women begin to call. "Allahu akbar", it resonates across the square in front of the Dome of the Rock, with its golden dome, as Akiva on this sunny autumn afternoon Haram al-Sharif, the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, enters. The calls interrupt the idyllic tranquility, drown out the birdsong. With each step, the Akiva is accompanied by two police officers, vote more and more Muslims on the Temple Mount with a. "Allahu akbar" - God is greater. A Muslim curses in Hebrew: "Only a thief has to be here to protect her."

In the eyes of the Muslims is the Jew Akiva, a 25 year old man wearing a kippah, a thief who wants to take away the Temple Mount. You see his visit as a provocation. The police accompanied him to safety. Because of the increasing visits by Jews on the Temple Mount in recent months also increases the number of riots.

For both sides, a sanctuary
The Middle East conflict occurs here in the old city of Jerusalem in its purest form revealed: Muslims and Jews are arguing over who has the right to a piece of land, which is both a sacred place. Here stands the Dome of the Rock and the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the third holiest place for the Muslims. Here Prophet Mohammed is said to have begun his journey to heaven. For religious Jews, it is the place where the first and second Jewish Temple stood, the latter was destroyed in 70 AD by the Romans.

Some religious Jews therefore want to pray at certain locations on the Temple Mount - what non-Muslims is prohibited. "On any other place you might ask: Why are not supposed to pray non-Muslims there? But you have to see in the context of the entire conflict. This is about politics, not about the right to prayer, "says Aviv Tatarsky Ir Amim of, a non-governmental organization that works for the coexistence in Jerusalem.

Abbas wants the settlers refuse entry
The status quo is: The Jordanian Waqf, a kind of Muslim Foundation, administers the Temple Mount, the Israeli police take care of security. Beginning of the year was discussed in the Knesset on the status quo on the Temple Mount. Muslims consider it a sign that they might be taken away from the Temple Mount. Not for nothing said Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas last week therefore assume that the "settlers" of the access should be denied and that they had no right to come and the profane place. Abbas did not mean the ultra-Orthodox, with their long black coats and big hats, but the National Religious with crocheted kippot and T-shirts. They are not only religious, but also nationalistic. "The temple is part of Judaism. Therefore, we break the glass at weddings. We remember so that the destruction of the Temple. So it is a legitimate aim, that the Temple Mount is Jewish "again, Yisrael Medad says of the Har HaShem El organization that works to accurately since the 70s for it.

Provoke the National Religious
The National Religious want to show presence, almost every day they come now to the Temple Mount. You are in Israel no longer a fringe group, but also win in the Knesset more support. To ensure politicians from the right wing for media attention when they walk on the Temple Mount. But actions like these are extremely delicate: Ariel Sharon's visit to the Temple Mount in 2000 was a spark that ignited the second Intifada. For security reasons it is young Muslims therefore prohibited on certain days, to visit the Temple Mount.

Especially on high holidays Muslim men must remain under 50 years outdoors. The 25-year-old Jamal is affected. "Last week, they have over there barriers built up," he says. It was the Jewish festival of Succoth, where many Jewish believers visit the Temple Mount. "You have not let in us. But we can not prevent us to try anyway. We then prayed before the barriers. "Not infrequently stones fly. The policemen who guard the entrances to the Temple Mount are prepared for riots. They carry batons with them, shields are available. Young Muslims are frustrated: "It's getting worse. They provoke us and want us to take away the Temple Mount. But this is our sanctuary. "

And so the visit of Akiva is also a nationalist act that angered the Muslims. "Get out of here," calls him against an elderly man in passing. "Silence," counters one of the policemen, who accompanied Akiva. Akiva from the Kiryat Arba settlement in the West Bank visited the holy place for the first time. In a number of tourists he has been waiting in front of the Mughrabi Bridge next to the Wailing Wall - the only access for non-Muslims, which is only open at certain times. "It's my birthday according to the Jewish calendar, so I finally wanted to come," he says.

Less than 30 words out of an hour's interview but I trust much of what I said assisted the background understanding.

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Arabs Also Were Settlers and They Conquered



To the Editors:

In response to my article on the Sultanate of Oman [NYR, August 14], several scholars have pointed out that the descendants of slaves in Omani society have a distinct history that should be carefully distinguished from Omanis who have returned to the Arabian Peninsula from East Africa in recent decades.

Oman is believed to have ties to Africa going back to the early years of the Islamic era, and following the conquest of Portuguese trading posts in the late seventeenth century, large numbers of Omanis settled on the East African coast—especially after 1832, when the Omani sultan moved his court to Zanzibar. During this era, African slaves were dispersed among tribes across Oman, and their descendants constituted a separate social class. However, while many slaves would have been by origin Swahili speakers, they would have assimilated into Arabic-language culture within a generation or two.

By contrast, the so-called “Zanzibari” Omanis, of which there may now be 100,000, are the descendants of Arabs who emigrated to East Africa and whose families returned beginning in the 1960s and 1970s. These Zanzibaris are Swahili-speaking and have remained a distinct group in contemporary Oman; a number of them have served in high positions of the civil service and their Zanzibari heritage is a marker of elite status. Some scholars, including Marc Valeri, have further noted linguistic and class distinctions between Swahili-speaking Omanis who had lived in Zanzibar, Kenya, and what is now Tanzania, who are also English-speaking; and those who had lived in Central Africa, who are also French-speaking.

As J.E. Peterson observes, one of the paradoxes of this history of return is that while the descendants of African slaves are considered fully a part of Omani Arab society, the Omani-Zanzibari elite, who are at least in part ethnically Arab, tend to be regarded as “foreign” to a certain extent.

For the record, the great-grandfather of the current Omani sultan, who as I mentioned in my article is reported to have spoken Gujarati and Swahili better than Arabic, was Sultan Faisal bin Turki (ruled 1888–1913), not Taimur bin Faisal.

Hugh Eakin
New York City

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Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Really, I Don't Care If She's A Lesbian But She's Stupid

Actor Miriam Margolyes (Margolyes also talked about her sexuality...“...People won’t judge me on being a lesbian, it’s whether I can do the work".) who appeared in Harry Potter


is also
is a Palestinian human rights activist, having been a member of the British-based ENOUGH! coalition that seeks to end the "Israeli occupation of the Gaza Strip and West Bank." She is also a signatory of Jews for Justice for Palestinians.
She has now taken her pro-Palestinianism to a new low, one that has been around in the background under the category "It's All Israel's Fault" a la Lord Montagu and his fear of being returned to the ghetto.
"has criticised Israel for “allowing people” to vent prejudice against Jews...She told the new issue of Radio Times: “I loathe Hamas, but they were democratically elected and Israel’s behaviour is not acceptable. There’s been a troubling backlash.”
The actress said: “I don’t think people like Jews. They never have. English literature, my great love, is full of greasy and treacherous Jews.
I’m lucky they like me, and one always needs a Jewish accountant. Antisemitism is horrible and can’t be defended, but Israel is stupid for allowing people to vent it.”

There is not enough room to counter her Israel criticism but why is she stupid?

Well, ask yourself, if she is concerned about causing anti-Semitism, why say this:-

one always needs a Jewish accountant?


The Jewish accountant image just feeds the anti-Semitic prejudice, no?  Greedy avarice, etc.?  Not to mention strenthening the assumption that Jewish accountants know how to finegle and cut corners and perhaps even steal.

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Me Interviewed, not Jung and not Naive (but by them)

Here



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State's Psaki Avoids It: Terror

And over at the State Department:-


QUESTION: You called – late on Friday you issued a fairly strong statement in your name calling for a speedy and transparent investigation into the killing of a U.S. citizen apparently by – or your statement said by the Israeli Defense Forces. It’s been 48 hours since – more than that, actually – 60 hours, say, since you issued that statement. Have you yet seen a speedy and transparent or speedy or transparent investigation by the Israelis?

MS. PSAKI: Well, Arshad, I don’t have a day-to-day evaluation of the investigation. We remain closely engaged with authorities. Our consulate-general in Jerusalem is in contact with the family, but obviously, we want to see that investigation rapidly concluded.

...QUESTION: Could you take that one for us? Because you asked --
MS. PSAKI: I will let you know if there’s more that we can convey.
QUESTION: -- publicly for a speedy investigation. More than two days has gone by. A U.S. citizen is dead, and it --
MS. PSAKI: I’m well aware. That’s why we put out the statement on Friday.

...QUESTION: Is the U.S. Government involved in the investigation? Have any – is the FBI involved in any way, or if this is the Israeli Defense Force --
MS. PSAKI: Local authorities have the lead, Elise. Not that I’m aware of.
QUESTION: Well – but, I mean, usually in the killing of an American citizen – I mean, usually the FBI or some other kind of U.S. law enforcement agency would be involved in the investigation. You’re just leaving it up to the Israelis to investigate these – supposed Israeli killing of an American citizen?
MS. PSAKI: I will check to see if there are any U.S. officials involved.
QUESTION: Jen, there was another U.S. citizen who was killed in – last week as well, a child. And you put out a statement --
MS. PSAKI: We did.
QUESTION: -- about that as well, Actually, a baby, I guess, is the correct --
MS. PSAKI: Yes. A three-month-old baby.
QUESTION: Yes. How is the investigation into that going?
MS. PSAKI: I don’t have any updates on the investigations. I would encourage you all to ask the Israeli authorities that question.

...QUESTION: Hold on, Elise [Labott, CNN]. Several months ago, there was a shooting – there was an incident involving a shooting of some Palestinian youths. They weren’t Americans, but you called at that time for an – this was the video, the one that was captured on videotape. Are you aware of the results of that Israeli investigation?

...QUESTION: In the case of the Palestinian American teenager who was killed on Friday, are you – do you know the circumstances under which he was shot?

MS. PSAKI: I don’t have any more details.

QUESTION: There are – okay. The reason I ask is because there are reports out there that he was throwing Molotov cocktails at cars on a highway. And I’m wondering, if that is the case, would you have still been so speedy in putting out a statement and offering your condolences to the family? The argument that is being made by some in Israel is that this kid was essentially a terrorist. And you don’t agree with that, I assume, but I don’t know, so that’s why I’m asking.

MS. PSAKI: Correct, we don’t. I don’t have any more details on the circumstances now.

QUESTION: So you – does that – that would apply even if he was throwing Molotov cocktails?

MS. PSAKI: I’m not going to speculate. I don’t have details to share.

...QUESTION: Well, I’ve got – I’ve got to get one more on this and then I’m done. There is a photograph of this teenager’s – this teenager being buried today, and he’s wearing a Hamas headband. It was put on him, obviously. Is that of concern at all to you guys?

MS. PSAKI: I just don’t have any more on this particular case.

QUESTION: Back to the baby. Can you – I mean, supposedly it was by Palestinian militants or whomever, not by the Israelis. Could you say or check whether – that the U.S. is involved in the investigation into the killing, into that car accident?

MS. PSAKI: I will see if there is U.S. involvement in either of the cases.

QUESTION: Thank you.

(Matt Lee was in there, too)

Okay, and what do you think of Ms. Psaki?

Let me go over that:


QUESTION: To go back to Matt’s question about – were you aware when you put out the statement on Friday night that there were allegations that the Palestinian American teenager had been throwing – our story said a Molotov cocktail and it was – it had run before your statement came out. So didn’t you – did you know at the time when you put out the statement that there were allegations that he was engaged in violence?

MS. PSAKI: Well, there were media reports, Arshad.

QUESTION: Yes.

MS. PSAKI: Beyond that, I don’t have anything to read out for you.

QUESTION: Right, no. But I just wanted to get on the record that you knew about those reports when you put out the call for the speedy investigation.

QUESTION: Matt – I mean Arshad, I’m happy to talk to our team and see if there’s more --

QUESTION: But just to clarify what Matt was saying, and you said – you kind of said something but it was just very short --

QUESTION: But just to clarify what Matt was saying, and you said – you kind of said something but it was just very short --

MS. PSAKI: Okay.

QUESTION: -- you do not believe that this teenager was throwing Molotov cocktails. Is that right?

MS. PSAKI: That’s – I don’t have any more to outline or confirm for you in terms of the circumstances.

QUESTION: No, he said that you don’t believe that to be the case.

MS. PSAKI: That’s not what I said.

QUESTION: Do you? And you said no, you – no.

MS. PSAKI: He asked me if we thought he was a terrorist, and I said no.

QUESTION: Oh, okay.

QUESTION: Is that no longer the case? Do you think you were too precipitous, perhaps, in issuing that statement condemning --

MS. PSAKI: I think we’re going to have to move on now.



P.S.  and the video at 31:50.

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Towers in Binyamin: Shiloh and Qaryut

I just snapped this from the top hill here is Shiloh:




That's Qaryut, to our north.

And I have encircled and pointed to a tower.

A communications signal-booster tower for telephones and other wireless gadgets and systems.

But it is in the middle of the village.

Here in Shiloh, we fought against a similar tower being positioned too close to a residential area.

Just saying.

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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Is America Escalating Matters

Following IMRA's lead, I ask you - what's wrong here:

Death of U.S. Minor in SilwadPress StatementJen PsakiDepartment SpokespersonWashington, DCOctober 24, 2014

The United States expresses its deepest condolences to the family of a U.S. citizen minor who was killed by the Israeli Defense Forces during clashes in Silwad on October 24.  Officials from the U.S. Consulate General in Jerusalem are in contact with the family and are providing all appropriate consular assistance. We call for a speedy and transparent investigation, and will remain closely engaged with the local authorities, who have the lead on this investigation.  We continue to urge all parties to help restore calm and avoid escalating tensions in the wake of the tragic recent incidents in Jerusalem and the West Bank. 

Well,

a)  what clashes?  the IDF was not clashing.

b)  the kid 


was throwing a firebomb at civilian vehicular traffic. That's terror.

c)  how can Israel avoid escalating matters if Arabs keep terrorizing Jewish civilians?


At least this one was better

Press Statement
Jen Psaki
Department Spokesperson
Washington, DC
October 22, 2014

The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms today’s terrorist attack in Jerusalem. We express our deepest condolences to the family of the baby, reportedly an American citizen, who was killed in this despicable attack, and extend our prayers for a full recovery to those injured. We urge all sides to maintain calm and avoid escalating tensions in the wake of this incident.

Unfortunately, that is, we cannot prevent terror without 'escalating', in American terms.

New Temple Mount Novel and a New Research Thesis

Alex Kalman has sold his Silicon Valley start-up and is sitting at home in an armchair bored and purposeless. The phone rings. A grandfather he never knew is dying. He rushes to the old man's bedside and finds himself promising to find the Ark of the Covenant, missing for over 2,500 years.  In Israel Alex picks up a partner in his quest -- archeologist Rivka Golan. Within days they are targeted by a sniper, chased through the streets of Jersualem by a bulldozer, interrogated by Israeli intelligence, and trapped in a tunnel under the world’s most sacred site – the Temple Mount.

No.  Not quite from today's news.

A new novel.  Yet another on the Temple Mount after others.  By Keith Raffel.




It is being launched:

This month, the City of Palo Alto Library launches California Reads book discussions... Palo Alto author Keith Raffel's fifth novel, "Temple Mount," tells the tale of a Silicon Valley CEO with not much to do after selling his company, who gets a call from his dying grandfather that sends him on a quest to find the Ark of the Covenant under Jerusalem's Temple Mount. The book will launch on Sunday, Nov. 2, at 5 p.m. at Kepler's when Raffel will be in conversation with Ellen Sussman.

that's not all.

A new archaeological-themed book penned by Rober Cornuke was published, "Temple -  Amazing new discoveries that change everything about the location of Solomon’s Temple", and I have leafed through it (it is over 200 pages long). 




Its remarkable claim, based on a previous work), is that that Solomon’s Temple was never built on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, but rather approximately a quarter-mile south in the City of David.  That, of course, does not at all fit with other experts.  But the author chooses to confront tradition and asserts that


what was built on the present Temple Mount was actually Fort Antonia, which housed the Roman garrison. This implies that the historic “Wailing Wall” was never part of Solomon’s Temple, but connected to the fortress.

How that fits in with the recorded topography of the site of the Temple, its gates, the surrounding hills, the found remains, the walls that survived, the cisterns, etc. is beyond me.  His claim theat the area where the Temple existed was "completely and utterly ripped from the earth" is unsustainable.  Jewish sources, like the Rambam's Beit Habechirah - Chapter 5, Halacha 1 - have it:


The entire Temple complex was not built on flat ground, but rather on the incline of Mount [Moriah.] 

and Halacha 5

Thus, the ground [on which] the Temple building [was located] was 22 cubits higher than the ground [on which] the Eastern Gate [was located].

But, opinion is free.

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P.S.  Leen Ritmeyer on the book.



On Water Reaching Jerusalem 2000 Years Ago

From Liat Oz's Final Report on a salvage excavation on a section of the Lower Aqueduct from Solomon's Pools to Jerusalem at the Abu Tor neighborhood:


...From historical sources and archaeological excavations, we know that the Lower Aqueduct was constructed during the Second Temple period; changes and repairs were done to it over the centuries, having been used until the early twentieth century CE.
...Two vertical sections of the aqueduct, c. 20 m apart from south to north (L100, L101; Figs. 2–4), 

were cleaned and documented...In the earliest phase, during the Second Temple period, the aqueduct was a plastered, stone-lined, rock-hewn channel; it had a U-shaped cross-section and was situated at an elevation of c. 739 m asl. In the latest phase, during the Ottoman period, sections of terracotta pipes (diam. 0.26 m) were incorporated inside a cement casing....The property owner recalled that the pit was used as a cesspit until several years ago.

In the section of the Lower Aqueduct that was excavated, at least six phases of use—from the Second Temple period until the Late Ottoman period—were identified. The lime pit was apparently hewn in connection with the aqueduct in one of its later phases

Did someone mention the Jewish presence in Jerusalem, from time immemorial?

Friday, October 24, 2014

Haaretz Incurs An Unpleasant Experience

Please read the headline (which was different than its website):




As we all know

in·cur
verb \in-ˈkər\
to cause yourself to have or experience (something unpleasant or unwanted)

and this

in·cur·sion
noun \in-ˈkər-zhən\
a sudden invasion or attack : an act of entering a place or area that is controlled by an enemy :  a hostile entrance into a territory :  raid  :  an entering in or into

[note“The buildings were legally and officially acquired from Arabs, who received full and more-than-appropriate payment by an overseas company... that was established by Jewish investors from Israel and around the world,” Luria said in a statement.]

If I wrote that Ha-Ha-Haaretz was making an incursion into the Jewish sovereign space of Jerusalem would I be incurring the wrath of Charlotte Halle, English-edition editor (with a degree in anthropology) of Haaretz?



Is Haaretz making an incursion into professional journalism?

Will Haaretz incur the wrath of those who champion ethical journalism, a fair media, an objective, unbiased press?


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I Love the 'Women of the Wall'

Not the women, as in females.

The orgamization.

Why?

Well, for years i've claimed wherever they go, I follow.  They to the Wsetern Wall, I to the Temple Mount.

Whatever they gain, I want.

Whatever they gain, I deserve.

And now:

Women of the Wall sneak in Torah and read from it during bat mitzvah at Western Wall 

Quick, bring me a Sefer Torah and we'll ascend.

And all the WOW sympathizers and backers, liberal as they are, will all support my Temple Mount efforts.

Anat, where art thou?

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Conclusions from the Death of Einas Khalil

You've read this unfortunate story:-



A young Palestinian girl who was struck by an Israeli settler vehicle earlier Sunday has succumbed to her wounds, medics told Ma'an news agency.  Einas Khalil, 5, died after being hit by a car driven by an Israeli settler near the central West Bank town of Sinjil, medical sources at Palestine Medical Complex in Ramallah said.  Khalil and another young girl, Nilin Asfour, were walking on the main road near the village when they were hit, and were taken to the hospital in Ramallah where their wounds were described as serious.   Einas passed away hours later.

this element was added (pay no attention to the names

Eye witnesses added that the fled the scene after running over Toleen Omar Asfour and Inas Shawkat Khalil, who were returning from kindergarten.

If you searched, Jewish sites clarified matters:

Police reject village residents’ claim that settler, 29, killed the 5-year-old intentionally; culprit turns himself in at nearby settlement

The driver told police he did not stop after striking the girls because he feared for his life due to the crowd that had gathered around the injured girls, according to Ynet. He stopped in the nearest Jewish community, Ofra, where he reported the accident and turned himself in.  Israel Police said a preliminary investigation showed that the incident was an accident

Let me add:

1.  Highway 60 is the main and only highway between Jerusalem and Shchem and carries heavy traffic.

2.  There is no sidewalk.

3.  The sides of the road are narrow, quite narrow.

4.  The driver said the two girls were alking side-by-side, not in a column.

5.  Who allows two girls, 4-5 years old, out on that road?  Who is primarily responsible for her tragic death?

6.  Indeed, the driver stopped at Ofra and immediately called police and there was no attempt to escape.

And if you read this

EINAS KHALIL, THE FIVE YEAR OLD PALESTINIAN GIRL RUN OVER & KILLED BY JEWISH COLONIST

...On September 29, an Israeli settler ran over and injured 6-year-old young Palestinian girl Islam Basim al-Amour in al-Dairat area south of Hebron. On August 7, an 8-year old Palestinian girl was also run over by Israeli settlers near Hebron and moderately injured.  A week after that incident, on August 14, a 23-year-old Palestinian man was run over and killed by a settler car in the central West Bank.

In all incidents, witnesses and residents said they believed Israeli settlers deliberately hit Palestinians.

Back in 2013, an Israeli settler ran over a seven-year-old boy with his car as he walked to school in the West Bank town of Abu Dis.

Hate crimes by Israelis against Palestinians, referred to as “price tag” attacks, are common

your quite logical conclusion could be that either certain people should not be walking close to traffic or that better road infrastructure could help reduce pedestrians.



The BBC's Quotation Marks

The BBC love affair with quotation marks to assit hate for Israel:

Jerusalem car 'attack' kills baby at rail station    Police say the driver was a Palestinian from East Jerusalem. He was shot by officers as he tried to run away and later died of his injuries in hospital.  Officials say they are treating it as a "terrorist attack" and that the suspect had previously served time in an Israeli prison "for terrorism".


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Is The EU "Jewish Challenged"?

From the EU document on the five 'red lines' Israel needs to back away from:-


Dear EU, if anyone is challenging, the Muslims who attempt to interfere with, prevent, disrupt and otherwise badger the freedom of access and worship of non-Muslims to their holy site are those who are so challenging.

Is the EU "Jewish challenged"?

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

At Amana 's General Assemby

I attended, as a representative of my home community village of Shiloh, the General assembly of Amana


established in 1978 with the primary goal of developing communities in Judea, Samaria, The Golan Heights, The Galilee, The Negev and Gush Katif. This goal includes not only the establishment of communities and their supportive industries and social services but their continued maintenance and development.

Over 80 delegates congregated in Jerusalem to hear reports and to elect a 25-member council which will later select a 7-exeutive directorship.  I missed out getting elected by 3 votes.

A special guest was Minister Naftali Bennett





who outlined his three-point program of Zionist emphasis.

He did say that he would like 1 billion NIS to go for waging a proper public diplomacy campaign alongside developing strategies in internationa law efforts which is part of our actual security difficultues as they tie the hands of the IDF.

Zambish, Ze'ev Chaver, reviewed activities, successes, areas needing greater effort andplans for the future.






He asserted the true figure for Arab residents in Judea and Samaria, outside of the Jerusalem is between 1,650,000 to 1,850,000.  There are 410,000 Jewish residents in that same area which translates into approximately 18% of the total population.


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P.S.

Bennett to Netanyahu: Unfreeze settlement building or we'll destabilize coalition
Habayit Hayehudi warns that unless West Bank housing tenders start moving, it may stay away from no-confidence vote.
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Altering the Status Quo

Remember this?

The European Union (EU) is seeking to persuade Israel not to take a series of moves in the occupied West Bank deemed “red lines” by the European body, Israeli daily Haaretz reported, citing an internal EU document.
According to the paper, the European Union believes that crossing any of these "red lines"...might draw further European sanctions against Israel.
...The last [red line] is harming the status-quo at Al-Aqsa Mosque compound as the EU warned that attempts to challenge the status-quo have led to instability and increased tensions in East Jerusalem...The EU underlines that implementing those plans may amount to a serious breach of International Humanitarian Law (IV Geneva Convention),” the document reads.

A friend of mine wondered is an Arab who drove into civilians at a train stop was engaged in altering the status quo.

Temple Mount Letters-to-the-Editor

From the Jerusalem Post's Letters to the Editor section:

Abbas and the Mount 

Sir, – With regard to “Abbas calls on Palestinian activists to prevent ‘settlers’ from entering Temple Mount” (October 19), I am wondering when we are going to set Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas straight by publishing, fact by fact, our entitlement to the Temple Mount.

Our temples stood on that ground before there were Muslims, before there was Muhammad, before they invented Islam, before Christ. The wall is the same wall that was part of our temple grounds and the only thing we have left of it. Nowhere in the Koran does “Jerusalem” appear. In the Torah it appears countless times, in many contexts as the heart and soul of our country.

They have declared Jerusalem the third-holiest place for their faith. For us it is the holiest place.

As far as Abbas’s disgusting accusation that we are bent on desecrating the “Noble Sanctuary,” take note: They use it to play football, to picnic, to sleep. Oh yes, and to pray.

The “special flavor” that Jerusalem has for Muslims is that the loss of it would devastate the Jews.

Certainly, they should have access to their portion of it, as should we. But when will we formalize our position by backing it up with armed forces protecting our right to our most holy place?

MARCELLA WACHTEL
Jerusalem

Sir, – The time has surely come for Israel to lodge a formal complaint with the UN Security Council about the desecration of the Jewish holy sites on the Temple Mount by Palestinian hooligans – aided and abetted by no less than the president of the PA.

RAYMOND CANNON
Netanya

Sir, – Can someone explain to me how on earth then-defense minister Moshe Dayan was allowed to let the Wakf Islamic religious trust take charge of the Temple Mount after the bitter battle for Jerusalem? That was a tragedy, for ever since it has been one, long fight for Jews to even set foot there.

Now we have the disgusting name-calling of our “moderate” partner Mahmoud Abbas trying to incite his willing masses to stop us completely from all the area, including the Western Wall. What is wrong with our government, for goodness sake, take back control of the whole area and stop being so scared of the rioting Arabs? If they behave normally they can visit; if not, bar them just like you do with some of our own hotheads.

What’s sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander.

JUDY PRAGER
Petah Tikva

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Note the language employed:

"The Palestinian leadership will be taking the necessary legal measures, at the international level, regarding the aggression of settlers on the Al-Aqsa mosque," Abbas said in a speech to the Revolutionary Council of his Fatah party.  "We will not allow settlers to attack the mosque," he added, referring to the entire compound, which is the third holiest site in Islam..."They have no right to enter it and desecrate it," he said of the visiting Israeli Jews.
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Low-intensity Conflict Security Report #94 October 2014

Low-intensity Conflict Security Report #94 October 2014


These reports are translated and publicized by Yehudit Tayar for Hatzalah Yehudah and Shomron with the clearance and confirmation of the IDF.  Hatzalah Yehudah and Shomron is a voluntary emergency medical organization with over 500 volunteer doctors, paramedics, medics who are on call 24/7 and work along with the IDF, 669 IAF Airborn Rescue, the security officers and personal throughout Yesha and the Jordan Valley, and with MDA.

We, the volunteers of Hatzalah Yehudah and Shomron go out to rescue anyone who needs our emergency medical assistance; including civilians, military and Arabs also those within the PA territories. (with IDF presence) To us a life is precious and we go out at risk leaving home and family or stopping on the road to rescue anyone in need.

This is a partial report of the on-going terror attacks against Israel and IDF and innocent civilians. While the world continues to pressure Israel and boycott products from Yesha the attacks continue daily by those who wish to murder Jews in our Land.  It is imperative to break the silence of these attacks which are both encouraged and condoned by the Palestinian Authority, the UNWRA who teach to hate and murder using the excuse of Israel occupying these areas and willfully ignoring the establishment of the PLO in 1964 before the Six Day War in 1967.

While the Palestinian Authority and their representatives continue to attack Israel for not being willing to make concessions in order to continue the "Peace Talks", the reality is that Israel is the only side that has released murdering terrorists, frozen building, and made far reaching one sided concessions in order to at least try to resolve this. To no good since this is a one sided negotiation and the other side have concluded that they will never accept our existence here in our eternal homeland.

This report is from October 1-22, 2014


Rock attacks:



A rock that penetrated Israeli vehicle



Shomron:

Following fire started by  Arabs a fire broke out near MItspeh Yitzhar

Road 55 resident of Kedumim attacked by rocks near gas station

Emmanuel bus attacked

Between Migdalim and Tapuach Junction- damaging 5 Israeli vehicles

Highway 55 near Kedumim

Benjamin:

Near Ma'aleh LEvona bus attacked

By Sen'jal massive rock attacks

North of Ophrah causing damage

Adam Square bus attacked

Highway 443 near Maccabim checkpost

East of Ofra

A-Ram Border Policeman slightly injured taken to Mt. Scopus Hospital

Gush Etzion:

Herodian –Gush Etzion Highway

Near El Arub

Between El Hadar and Efrat junction

Amos Juncion

Sin'jil massive rock attacks injuring 2 IDF soldiers lightly

Kiryat Arba –Hevron:

Daily rock attacks at Erez Square in Hevron

Near mosque in Hevron window of car damaged with father and infant near Kiryat Arba

Near the Cave of the Patriarchs near Erez Junction –Security Officer called out to incident

Halhul Bridge on Cross Judea Highway

In the Kasba- Market of Hevron towards Bet Romano

Rock attack from moving vehicle at Israeli vehicle near Bet Anun north of Kiryat Arba- by miracle no injuries but damage to the windshield

Daily groups of anarchists and Arabs attack IDF soldiers with rocks inside of the Jewish Quarter of Hevron on 2.10 some were arrested

Southern Hevron Hills:

Aduraim Road near Neguhot

El Fuar causing damage to cars

Jerusalem:

The Joz Valley Junction rocks thwon at buses causing damage

Bet Hanina rocks throw nat cars causing damage to the body of the car

Rock attacks on Border police at Shoafat crossing

Mt. Scopus- Bus attacked shattering the windshield inuring one of the passengers

Armon Hanatziv , Paat Junction and Har Homa

Bet Hanina -damaging the body of the car

Shoafat -Border Police attacked

Near Joz Valley -causing damage

Near A-Tur -Jewish family attacked in their car smashing the window and 2 of the injured were taken with mild injuries to Sh'are Zedek Hospital

Fire Bombs:

Jerusalem:

Fire bombs and fireworks at Bet Ovadia in Silwan.  Police responded

Fire Bombs and rocks on the Temple Mt. shattering the window of the police on the Mt. from the Mosque

Benjamin:

Bet El: 2 Arabs broke into the community and threw 2 fire bombs into a yard causing a fire and damage to a window.  They escaped

Sin'jil –

Again a t Sin'jil following a n investigation by the IDF marbles soaked in cloth and dipped in fluid that would burst into flames when hitting cars and buses

Haramia Valley

Shomron:

Gilad Road

Near Yitzhar Junction

Rachelim junction: civilian spotted a suspicious item called the Border Police Bomb Squad

Near Yitzhar Junction

Shomron: Police /Border Police spokesman: 2-10

Suspected terror attack at Tapuach Junction – 2 young Arabs, residents of Shechem in their twenties were suspicious and the Border Police checked them finding on their person 3 explosive devices, an improvised gun, and a number of knives.  They were arrested – transferred to the Intelligence Forces.  The alertness of the security forces prevented a terror attack. This is not the first incident in the last year, there have been several attempts at Tapuach Junction.

Gush Etzion:

Hevron:

North of Hevron at Halhul bypass – 3 Aab terrorists threw fire bombs on buses and cars a the Halhul bypass north of Hevron


The damage to the Israeli families' car




Some of the weapons found on the 3 Arab terrorists at Tapuach Junction



Sunday 19.10.14 3 suspected terrorists from Bet Hanina in the Greater Jerusalem region , Achmed Abu Chadid, 19.5,Kosi Abu Chadid about 18.5, and a 17 year old minor were  charged after they were caught "red handed " on 12.10.14 by a special force of the Border Police of Jerusalem with the aid of technology while they were throwing rocks from behind a building at the light rail train and causing damage to it. The three were arrested in an undercover operation that was carried out that day and the charges that were brought against them were causing danger to lives .

From 2.7.14 and up until today over 100 suspects from Bet Hanina and Shoafat were arrested and 60 charges were brought up against them for attacking the light rail train and its' infrastructure.

On 2.7.14 a special force was established in order to deal with the continuous attacks against the light rail train with the full cooperation of the Jerusalem municipality and a Security company carries out many actions to protect the passengers of the train.

Special illumination was placed along the path of the train in the neighborhoods of Bet Hanina and Shoafat.

The Israeli Police in Jerusalem carries out many undercover and open operations including patrols with extra forces of police and Border policemen along the route of the train and police openly board the train while in route on the Shoafat region in order to enhance the security.  On 13.10.14 a policeman while riding the train noticed a young Arab boy about 14 years old who was raising a bottle in order to throw it at the train and was able to stop him before he was able to throw it.

In addition in covert operations many technical methods are used in order to aid he teams and make arrests of those who are attacking the light rail train. Since the establishment of the special operations team on 7.9.14 and up until 21.10.14, 37 incidents were reported of attacks on the light rail train.

There are about 300 trains that travel each day on the Bet Hanina –Shoafat route and the Jerusalem Branch Police long with the Jerusalem municipality and Stipis Company invest much effort and cost to prevent and limit the attacks.

The Jerusalem police views the attacks as very serious and are making great efforts to prevent track down and arrest the terrorists who are attacking and bring them to justice. There will be no compromise to ensure the safety of the passengers.

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Quiz: Who "Spake"?

Who spake this?  A "state"!






Answer.

And try this as well.

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