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Friday, Jun. 29 ’12, Tammuz 9, 5772
1. 2ND PHASE OF ULPANA EVICTION: FORCE AND ARRESTS 2. ARAB WORKERS SEAL BEIT EL HOMES 3. RIGHTS GROUP: STATE ENCOURAGES POLICE TO ATTACK ‘SETTLERS’
4. NETANYAHU TO ARAB MKS: LIEBERMAN IS RIGHT 5. MK: NO AFFIRMATIVE ACTION WITHOUT ARAB SERVICE 6. TIBI: RAMON IN TAIBE IN EXCHANGE FOR ARAFAT IN NETANYA 7. HAMAS CONCERNED OVER UNILATERAL ISRAELI DISENGAGEMENT 8. HERSHKOWITZ: TORAH DEMANDS THAT WE JOIN THE ARMY
1. 2ND PHASE OF ULPANA EVICTION: FORCE AND ARRESTS by Elad Benari
The eviction of the second group of families from the Ulpana neighborhood of Beit El was completed on Thursday evening, after Border Police forces removed from their home Yoel and Yiska Fattal, a couple who refused to leave willingly.
The officers arrived and told the Fattals they had to leave their home willing, in accordance with the agreement reached between the Beit El leadership and the government. After the couple refused, the police said they would be forced to remove them from their home in an unpleasant manner. At this point, the officers picked up Yoel and took him out of the house.
Meanwhile, police arrested at least eight right-wing extremists who barricaded themselves in one of the Ulpana homes.[youtube:126623]
The second group which was evicted Thursday is mostly made up of older families, which have more children than the ones evicted Tuesday. Therefore they will be receiving “caravillas” with a floor area of 90 square meters, as opposed to the 60 sq. m. caravillas that the first group received.
Army Radio reported on Thursday that each of the buildings being moved from the Ulpana neighborhood will be “sawed” into 108 parts, which will be stored in a special storage site. They will then be reassembled at a new location inside Beit El.
2. ARAB WORKERS SEAL BEIT EL HOMES
by Maayana Miskin
After the final families were evicted Thursday from their homes in Beit El, workers came to seal off the buildings to make sure nobody can reenter.
The work was done by Palestinian Authority residents employed by a company hired by the Defense Ministry.[youtube:126627]
The ministry took pains to hire Israeli workers to perform other tasks related to the eviction, in an attempt to avoid causing evicted families additional pain. The families” belongings were packed, shipped across town and delivered by Jewish laborers.
The Tatzpit news organization filmed the work being done.
Most of the dozens of families evicted from the buildings are now living in a caravan site on the military base next to Beit El. Some of the families were sent to hotels in the north because their caravans were not ready for occupancy. Others planned, ahead of time, to go to other communities.
The mobile homes provided by the Defense Ministry were taken from families expelled from Gush Katif in 2005. The Gush Katif families had been promised the homes to allow them to make a long-awaited move to the Lachish region, away from the Gaza belt area where most currently reside.
The buildings in Beit El that were cleared out are to be broken into 108 pieces, then rebuilt elsewhere in the Binyamin region town. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told residents that in addition to rebuilding the homes, his government will build another 300 homes in Beit El.
3. RIGHTS GROUP: STATE ENCOURAGES POLICE TO ATTACK ‘SETTLERS’
by Maayana Miskin
The primary cause of police violence against protesters is Israeli policy, human rights activist Orit Strook charged, speaking to Arutz Sheva from outside a courtroom.
“The foremost reason [for violence] is the protection that the State Prosecution extends to the officers,” she said. Strook also noted the “great determination” with which state attorneys defend violent officers against lawsuits.
A current case demonstrates the problem, she said. The state is paying for three attorneys to represent officers accused of extreme violence against a young Jewish protester during the eviction from Amona.
“It hurts that six and a half years later, we”re still fighting in court over Amona,” she said. “The state is making every effort to protect the officers”
Some of those hurt by police brutality in Amona will never see their attackers charged in court due to a statute of limitations, she noted.
Despite the problems, Strook said, the Yesha Human Rights Group has seen police violence decrease over the past few years. “When we first established the Yesha Human Rights Group, police violence against settlers and the right was terrible… It was really a pogrom, not [just] violence,” she recalled.
Today, violence against right-wing protesters is less common, she said. Police violence against those in the hareidi-religious world, where there is no equivalent to the Yesha Human Rights group, remains more frequent, she charged.
Regarding allegations of police violence against left-wing protesters in Tel Aviv, Strook said, “What happened to the leftists… I don”t think it”s OK. It”s serious, every violence in serious – but it”s small change compared to what happened to us in the past, or even today.”
4. NETANYAHU TO ARAB MKS: LIEBERMAN IS RIGHT by Gil Ronen
Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu spoke Thursday evening with Arab MKs Ahmed Tibi and Mohammed Barakeh about the Plesner Committee, in an apparent effort to make it possible to recruit young Arabs to national service.
Netanyahu told them that despite the Plesner Committee’s recommendation not to take action against Arab draft dodgers, he still believes in the idea of “enlistment for all.”
“The world has changed, the country has changed and the situation Is not what it was in the past,” Netanyahu told the two. “Everyone should share the burden.”
Netanyahu said that the Arab MKs should not “build up hopes” after the Committee’s decision, and that the possibility of a conscripting Arabs to do national service “is still being discussed.”
The Plesner Committee’s announcement that it would not recommend sanctions against Arabs who do not enlist caused Yisrael Beytenu and the Jewish Home to announce they were pulling out of the Plesner Committee. Netanyahu’s statement to the Arab MKs can be seen as evidence that he essentially agrees with the Jewish Home and Yisrael Beytenu’s disappointment with the Plesner Committee’s laxness regarding Arabs.
5. MK: NO AFFIRMATIVE ACTION WITHOUT ARAB SERVICE by Maayana Miskin
MK Michael Ben-Ari (Ichud Leumi) has called for an Arab Israeli affirmative action initiative to be put on hold over Arabs” refusal to perform military or national service.
Ben-Ari sent a letter to Knesset Speaker Reuven Rivlin asking him to shut down the Committee on the Integration of Arab Employees in the Public Sector. The committee is headed by MK Ahmed Tibi.
“Those who ask for equal rights need to understand that they have equal obligations,” he argued. “Someone like Ahmed Tibi, who yells whenever he gets the chance about how much discrimination there is, and how Arabs are not part of the state – cannot be unready to also take part in the obligations.”
Tibi “vigorously opposes national service for the Arab public,” Ben-Ari noted.
“Tibi”s behavior, besides being two-faced and immoral, is also illegal,” he continued. “Tibi has become someone who encourages an entire sector of society to be parasitic.”
If the committee on Arab integration is to continue operating, Tibi should be replaced with “a citizen who recognizes the fact that the Arab community has obligations and not just rights,” Ben-Ari suggested.
Tibi has also faced opposition from Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman, who has accused him of intentionally impeding Arab integration and has called on MKs not to cooperate with the committee he heads.
6. TIBI: RAMON IN TAIBE IN EXCHANGE FOR ARAFAT IN NETANYA by Elad Benari
MK Ahmed Tibi said on Thursday that he would agree to name a new aerospace center in the Israeli-Arab city of Taibe after Israeli astronaut Ilan Ramon, if the city of Netanya agrees to name its city hall after former Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat.
Speaking in an interview with the Ma’ariv newspaper”s local edition for the Sharon area, Tibi said, “The final chapter in Ramon”s life was great and his death is tragic. I have great empathy towards the family and I understand their pain. However, I was surprised to receive an invitation to the inauguration of the aerospace center which dictates that it will be named after Ramon.”
“To tell the truth, even the aerospace center in Taibe was surprised and did not like the idea,” added Tibi, who repeated his reasoning for not naming the center after Ramon. “When you commemorate someone you commemorate his entire life, and for most of his life Ramon was a fighter pilot who participated in the Lebanon war and bombed there. His shelling killed civilians. This a sore point for us, and we asked that our feelings be considered.”
Asked whether the Israeli government, which allocated some funds for the aerospace center, has a right to determine in whose name it will be called, Tibi replied, “No. I stand by the principle that we should never accept that it be dictated who will be perpetuated in exchange for the transfer of funds by the Israeli government. It is our privilege. Why stop there? Maybe the Ministry of Education will say: We”ll pay you six million shekels, and maybe you can name a school after [Menachem] Begin.”
“Some will say: Begin signed an agreement with Egypt. So I say, even Arafat has a Nobel Prize, and Israelis called him a terrorist until they signed an agreement with him, and then rubbed elbows with him after he won the Nobel Prize. How about naming Netanya”s city hall after Arafat in exchange for 150 thousand shekels?”
The Netanya municipality said in response, “We have clear procedures regarding municipal commemoration, and any person who is interested can contact the names committee and his application will be reviewed. As for what was said in the article, we see no need to respond.”
7. HAMAS CONCERNED OVER UNILATERAL ISRAELI DISENGAGEMENT by Elad Benari
Hamas said on Thursday that it is concerned over the possibility that Israel would unilaterally withdraw from Judea and Samaria (Yehuda and Shomron), as it did in Gaza in 2005.
Speaking to the Egyptian-based Al-Ahram newspaper, deputy Hamas leader Moussa Abu Marzouk called on Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas to abandon negotiations with Israel, and expressed concern that if Abbas continues with his current policy, Israel would withdraw from Judea and Samaria.
Such a move by Israel, explained Abu Marzouk, would leave two separate “Palestinian” areas that are completely detached from one another and would also isolate Jerusalem.
“This is a dangerous scenario,” Abu Marzouk said, noting that “the Arab preoccupation with internal matters gives Israel a chance to establish facts on the ground as it wishes.”
Defense Minister Ehud Barak suggested last month that Israel consider a unilateral disengagement from Judea and Samaria.
“If it is impossible to reach an agreement with the Palestinian [Authority Arabs], we should consider an interim arrangement, or even a unilateral disengagement,” Barak said in a speech to the annual conference of the Institute for National Security Studies.
The PA rejected Barak”s suggestion, saying such a proposal would not lead to lasting peace agreement, but would only harm the two-state solution.
Abu Marzouk also told Al-Ahram that the Hamas leadership does not see Israel as a military threat to its rule in Gaza, and also rejected the possibility that Israel may launch a ground operation in Gaza or conduct military operations in the Sinai Peninsula to remove the threat of the terrorist groups operating there.
“Israel will not dare to violate Egyptian sovereignty in any way, particularly under the present circumstances,” he said, adding, “Israel will think a thousand times before taking action against Egypt.”
Referring to Gaza, Abu Marzouk said he believed the current situation – where Israel periodically strikes in Gaza in retaliation for rocket attacks – may go on for years.
He tried to shake off responsibility for Hamas” role in allowing Gaza-based organizations to carry out terror attacks against Israel from the Sinai Peninsula, saying, “Hamas policy supports maintaining Egyptian security and non-infringement of Egyptian sovereignty in any way. Agreements exists which are enough to settle this matter with Egypt and we are cooperating fully to achieve this. However, such incidents (terror attacks) make it difficult for both parties – Egypt and Gaza – to maintain security, since it is impossible to maintain security 100 percent. Such incidents happen from time to time, and they conflict with the interests of Hamas and Egypt.”
Abu Marzouk added, “Hamas’ position is clear, and that is that no exit from Gaza which is contrary to the agreements with Egypt should be permitted, and unfortunately this happens sometimes, and we are talking about incidents which take place far from the border and which are difficult to thwart by both sides.”
8. HERSHKOWITZ: TORAH DEMANDS THAT WE JOIN THE ARMY by Elad Benari & Yoni Kempinski
Science and Technology Minister Daniel Hershkowitz, chairman of the Jewish Home party, visited the “suckers tent” in Tel Aviv on Thursday. During his visit, Hershkowitz said that his party is committed to implementing equal service for all sectors of Israeli society.
The “suckers tent” is made up of individuals who were opposed to extending the Tal Law, which regulated the exemption of hareidi soldiers from enlisting in the IDF, and attempted a gradual increase of hareidi army service.
The Tal Law was annulled by the Supreme Court after the judges, under former Court President Dorit Beinisch, struck it down as unconstitutional. A committee, headed by MK Yohanan Plesner (Kadima), has been charged with coming up with a new formula for conscripting hareidim into the military.
The Plesner Committee clarified Thursday that while it favors the principle of “service for all,” it will not recommend slapping any sanctions on Arabs who refuse to enlist, but will recommend punishing hareidim who evade service. In response, Hershkowitz”s party said it will leave the committee. Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman”s Yisrael Beytenu party said it would do the same and advance its own bill stipulating equal service for all citizens.[youtube:126625]
Hershkowitz emphasized in a conversation with Arutz Sheva that studying Torah is important for hareidim, but that serving the country is equally important.
“My message here is very clear: There is no contradiction whatsoever between studying Torah, which is the most important value in Jewish life, and serving the army and building the country,” he said. “In fact, the Torah commands that once you enter the land, you have to start working. You have to start planting, you have to fight.”
He reiterated that “fighting for the very existence of the Jewish people in the land of Israel – is a mitzvah. It”s not an optional thing. So there is no contradiction whatsoever and that”s why my great-grandfather, as a rabbi, asked to be drafted to the army at the age of 80 when the State of Israel was established. That”s why my father and my mother fought during the War of Independence. That”s why I served in the army, as did all my sons. My youngest one was just drafted yesterday.”
Hershkowitz told the occupants of the “suckers tent” that the Jewish Home party “will not let the Plesner Committee do a sloppy job on the issue of hareidi enlistment. The Jewish Home will not take part in sweeping the issue under the table. I demand equal burden for everyone. ”
He added, “I’m speaking here on behalf of the public which carries the major burden. The percentage of people from the national-religious sector who serve in combat units is the highest. The national-religious public is proof that you can combine the Torah world with serving the army and the State, and what we demand of ourselves we demand from others.”
In the worst years of the Second World War, it was not uncommon to see the great Gino Bartali cycling the roads between Florence and Assisi on a training run.
The Italian was one of the most recognized sports figures in the country and throughout Europe. He won the Tour de France in 1938 and became a sporting hero to millions in Europe and North America.
To the Fascist government that had ruled in Italy since the early 1920s, he was a slightly less appealing figure. When he won the Tour he refused to acknowledge dictator Benito Mussolini in his victory speech. He was also a devout Roman Catholic, something the Fascists detested.
Three years after the war ended, Bartali entered the 1948 tour and did what was considered impossible — winning a second time after a 10-year gap and emerging at age 34 as one of the oldest men…
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To Canadian eyes, America’s ideological war over health policy — which came to a climax in today’s 5-4 U.S. Supreme Court victory for Obamacare — can appear bizarre. Aside from the United States, every OECD country on earth already has a universal health care system. Why do Americans have to be dragged kicking and screaming into a policy choice that the rest of the civilized world decided long ago was a cornerstone of a humane society?
For me, a clue came earlier this year, when I was in New Hampshire covering the campaign for the Republican presidential nomination.
The most interesting part of that campaign was the town halls, in which candidates were forced to depart from their prepared scripts, and answer questions from ordinary citizens. Many of the questions were about medical issues — and often they were very specific. I remember one Ron Paul event at which a…
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Thursday, Jun. 28 ’12, Tammuz 8, 5772
1. FATAH TO ISRAEL: DO WHAT WE WANT, OR FACE INTIFADA 2. AFTER THREE DECADES, IDF PREPARES FOR A HOSTILE SOUTHERN BORDER 3. EVICTED ULPANA CHILDREN SUFFERING TRAUMA, SAYS EXPERT 4. YISHAI ORDERS IVORY COAST ILLEGALS DEPORTED 5. HAMAS TERROR MASTERMIND CONVICTED OF 46 MURDERS 6. TWO ARAB ARSONISTS ARRESTED IN JERUSALEM BLAZES 7. OLDEST NADVORNA REBBE PASSES AWAY 8. LIEBERMAN BLASTS IRANIAN REGIME FOLLOWING TALMUD REMARKS
1. FATAH TO ISRAEL: DO WHAT WE WANT, OR FACE INTIFADA by David Lev
If Israel does not surrender all the lands liberated in the Six Day War of 1967, set up an Arab state with Jerusalem as its capital, and make significant concessions in accepting as citizens descendants of Arabs who fled Israel in 1948, a third intifada should, and must, be conducted. The call for a new “uprising of the people” against Israel was part of a the summation statement issued at the end of the two day Palestinian Revolutionary Council (PRC) general meeting held this week. The meeting was led by Palestinian Authority chief and Fatah party head Mahmoud Abbas.
The statement declares its support for Abbas’ ongoing refusal to back down from positions that have proven unacceptable to Israel in the past, including demands that Israel agree in principle to accept as citizens descendants of Arabs who fled their homes in 1948. Abbas has also declared that he will refuse to discuss anything with Israel until all settlement activity is ended. That precondition has also been unacceptable to Israel, but in its statement, the PRC said that it supported Abbas on that as well.
The PA will also make another attempt to be recognized as a state by the United Nations this year. Last year, the PA statehood bid was thwarted after many months of intense diplomatic activity by Israel, but analysts said that the PA was less likely to back down this time, and would insist that the matter be brought before the Security Council.
The statement also expresses ongoing support for attempts to reunite Fatah and Hamas in the PA government.It also praised the election of Mohammed Morsi as President of Egypt, saying that it “indicates that Egypt is on the way to resume its major role in the Arab world.”
2. AFTER THREE DECADES, IDF PREPARES FOR A HOSTILE SOUTHERN BORDER by David Lev
The IDF is preparing for a “new era” on Israel’s southern border, which actually is a rewind of history back to the days before the Camp David Accords. With the rise of what appears to be a hostile regime in Egypt, the IDF will be beefing up forces all along the Sinai border, and is asking the government for NIS 15 billion ($3.8 billion) for the construction of bases, installation of security equipment, and establishment of new training areas.
Analysts said that the new situation in Egypt necessitates the opening of a “fourth front” for the IDF. For decades, security along the southern border has been more relaxed, because of the peace treaty between Israel and Egypt, and the IDF was able to concentrate on trouble spots like Gaza and the northern border, as well as “distance missions.” Egypt’s new President, Mohammed Morsi, who is identified with the Muslim Brotherhood, has said several times that he wishes to “reexamine” the Camp David Accords. Given his party’s open hostility to Israel and its strong support for Hamas, Israel has decided that it can no longer regard the Egyptian border as a “normal” one.
A senior IDF official told the Israeli daily Ma’ariv that while no one expects Egypt to abrogate the Camp David Accords, the new situation requires extreme caution. And thanks to three decades of American military aid and support, the Egyptian army today is extremely sophisticated, and is equipped with the latest equipment, making it, for all purposes, a Western-type army, the official said. Egypt also has the largest army in Africa; it has about 470,000 regular troops and some 480,000 reserve troops. The IDF, by way of comparison, has 180,000 active duty soldiers, and about 560,000 reserve troops.
The IDF will ask for the NIS 15 billion increase to be funded over a five year period. Without this money, officials said, it will be impossible to upgrade the IDF’s souther flank, making the country dependent on the graces of Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood. In a statement, an IDF official would not comment directly on the funding issue, saying that “as a matter of course the IDF is studying the changes in the region, and specifically in Egypt.”
3. EVICTED ULPANA CHILDREN SUFFERING TRAUMA, SAYS EXPERT by Elad Benari
The director of the Welfare Department in Beit El, Hedva Ariel, said on Wednesday that the children who were evicted from their homes in the Ulpana neighborhood are suffering from trauma. She said that the trauma has created many problems within the families who were evicted.
“These are families who have been under a threat of eviction for a long time, be it voluntarily or involuntarily,” Ariel told Arutz Sheva. “The families who were evacuated this week underwent situations of uncertainty and difficulty, wondering whether they will be evicted or not, how and when.”
She added, “We have been in touch with these families since the beginning of the year. We provided assistance to the children, who have experienced a lot of fears and nightmares as a result of the anticipated eviction. We held for them some workshops with psychologists, and provided parents with training on how to help their children with fears. We also provided them with some joyful activities, in order to facilitate the difficult and traumatic experience.”
The first 15 families moved out of their homes in the Ulpana neighborhood without any resistance on Tuesday, following an agreement between the Beit El leadership and the government, which has promised to build 300 new homes in Beit El. Another 15 will leave their homes and move to a nearby neighborhood of temporary caravans on Thursday.
Ariel said that the fact that the residents left their homes without any resistance caused even greater problems for the children.
“The word voluntary is a very difficult and inappropriate word in this case,” she said. “To the children it was not a voluntary eviction but a forced one. They wanted to continue living in their house and saw no reason why they had to leave.”
She added, “The fact that there was no resistance made it harder for them to express their protest and the feeling that it was not voluntary. The media presented it as though it was voluntary and that also increased their anger, because they wanted to stay there. The fact that they did it voluntarily because they were forced to do so, is causing them to now turn inward because they did not get to express their pain.”
Ariel noted that the best experts who helped treat the expellees from Gush Katif are now trying to minimize the damage caused to the evicted families in Beit El.
“We have professionals to help them express their pain,” she said. “We”ve had some success but we still have a lot of work. Children are most vulnerable because they do not have the tools that adults do, and even for an adult it takes a while before he can process the loss.”
“We must also pay attention to see how each child responds, because everyone reacts differently,” added Ariel. “Some children experience fears and nightmares. We saw some children in Gush Katif and Migron who could not attend school. They had difficulty concentrating in school because they were emotionally overwhelmed by pain and anger. They found it difficult to collect themselves and needed much investment to help them psychologically. We hope that everyone in Beit El will rehabilitated quickly.”
4. YISHAI ORDERS IVORY COAST ILLEGALS DEPORTED by Gabe Kahn
Interior Minister Eli Yishai on Thursday instructed the Department of Immigration and Population to begin repatriating illegal aliens infiltrators from the Ivory Coast.
Yishai announced that those who leave Israel the next two weeks will receive a grant of USD 500 per adult and USD 100 per child.
However, those who refuse to identify themselves and voluntarily return to their country of origin will be arrested and deported without financial assistance.
A previous offer of an assistance basket for illegal immigrants in Israel who agreed to return to their countries of origin met little success.
Yishai said exceptions can be made for refugees, but pointed out that only a small number of illegal aliens came to Israel to escape death or imprisonment.
Tens of thousands of Africans have illegally entered Israel in recent years, yet the government largely ignored the problem until the recent movement of the Africans from southern cities to metropolitan Tel Aviv.
Yiahi noted that Sudnaese and other Africans have flooded Eilat, Arad and most recently the southern area of Tel Aviv.
Officials in Tel Aviv said they estimate some 100,000 illegal African immigrants live in the city.
5. HAMAS TERROR MASTERMIND CONVICTED OF 46 MURDERS by Elad Benari
An Israeli military court ruled on Wednesday that Ibrahim Hamad, the former commander of Hamas” military wing in the Palestinian Authority-controlled areas of Judea and Samaria, is guilty of the murder of 46 Israelis.
According to a report on Channel 2 News, Hamad was convicted of involvement in a series of suicide terror attacks. These include an attack at the Sheffield Club in Rishon Letzion which killed six Israelis, a suicide attack at Café Moment in Jerusalem which killed 12 people, an attack at the Ben Yehuda pedestrian mall in Jerusalem and an attack at the cafeteria of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
The report noted that Hamad was acquitted of involvement in an attempt to carry out an attack on the Tzavta Club in Tel Aviv in 2002. In its decision, the Court ruled that no evidence supporting Hamad”s involvement in the attempted attack was presented.
Hamad reportedly renounced the military tribunal”s ruling in his case, but was convicted anyway. His sentence will be handed out early next month, and he is expected to be sentenced to a series of life sentences.
Hamad, a 47-year-old member of Hamas, joined the terror group in the 1980s. He was imprisoned by the PA in the 1990s and was released in 2001. After his release, he ordered a series of lethal terror attacks.
Since 2006, Hamad has been detained in a military prison in Israel. He was captured after a lengthy manhunt.
6. TWO ARAB ARSONISTS ARRESTED IN JERUSALEM BLAZES by David Lev
Two Arab youths from the village of Issawiya in eastern Jerusalem were arrested Thursday and charged with arson, for setting several fires in the area of their village. One of the fires was set next to an IDF base on Mount Scopus, and the other was set next to Hadassah Hospital on Mount Scopus. One of the youths confessed, incriminating his partner in crime.
Twelve soldiers were injured in the fire at the base, requiring treatment for smoke inhalation. But the two fires were among the smaller of dozens of blazes that hit Jerusalem and other parts of Israel this week, with the largest being two major fires in the hills west of Jerusalem Tuesday. Some 300 homes were evacuated, and hundreds of dunams of natural forest growth were destroyed or damaged in the fire. Highway One, the main road into Jerusalem, was closed for hours while dozens of firefighters fought the blazes.
Although the weather in Israel has been hot and humid in recent weeks, many Israelis believe that the fires Jerusalem has experienced this month – one estimate said that some 300 small and large fires were reported in Jerusalem and vicinity – were the work of Arab terrorists. Minister of Internal Security Yitzchak Aharonovitch said Wednesday that the massive fire Tuesday was probably the result of arson motivated by Arab nationalism. Police have already arrested suspects, he said, “some for their nationalism, some for their criminal background.” Police term such arson attacks “spontaneous terrorism,” he continued. “You don”t need an organization to set a forest on fire.”
On Monday, three other fires broke out in Jerusalem, with at least one of them likely a case of arson. Three firefighting crews were needed to put out a blaze in an open area in the Gilo neighborhood, while a second fire raged in an open area in the Bayit Vegan neighborhood. The third fire, in the Talpiot industrial zone, was deemed suspicious after several individuals were seen fleeing the scene of the fire. Several vehicles were damaged in that fire.
Meanwhile, witnesses said Monday that Arabs invaded a house in Havat Gilad, in the Binyamin region of Israel, and set fire to a house in the neighborhood. The house was badly damaged, the report said. Large numbers of firefighters were able to bring the fire under control, and put the blaze out.
Initial investigations indicated that arson was the cause, most likely a fire set by local Arabs. Evidence at the scene showed that several individuals broke into the house, breaking a window. Furniture was broken, as were mirrors and other items in the house. A spokesperson for the fire department told Arutz Sheva that four firefighting crews were needed to douse the blaze. “There was fear that the roof was going to fall in,” the spokesperson said. “We were able to bring the fire under control quickly and prevented the spread of the blaze to other homes. The house was badly damaged,” he said.
7. OLDEST NADVORNA REBBE PASSES AWAY
by Gabe Kahn
The oldest Rebbe of the Nadvorna hassidic dynasty, Rabbi Asher Yeshaya Liefer, passed away last night at Columbia Hospital in Manhattan.
Rabbi Kiefer, who was 98, left behind hundreds of grandchildren and great grandchildren in Israel and abroad.
The rebbe lived in Bnei Brak where he founded a Beit Midrash on Uziel Street, which became reputed as a magnet for Torah and God-fearing Jews.
A few years ago, Rabbi Liefer went to the US to participate in a celebration for one of his children, but because of his advanced age the trip greatly weakened him and he was forced to stay in America to live with one of his relatives.
Earlier this week, a serious decline in the rabbi’s condition caused him to be quickly rushed by relatives to the hospital.
His funeral procession will depart at 09:00 am (PST) from the Beit Midrash “Salka Muncie” to the airport, from where he will be flown to Israel.
Upon arriving, his coffin will be brought to to the school he founded on Uziel Street in Bnei-Barak. From there, the funeral procession will head to the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem.
Rabbi Liefer was called the Rebbe of Nadvorna-Hadera as the hassidic dynasty he hails from maintains more than one court.
In March, his relative Rabbi Yaakov Yisachar Ber Rosenbaum, called the Rebbe of Nadvorna, died at Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva. He was 82.
8. LIEBERMAN BLASTS IRANIAN REGIME FOLLOWING TALMUD REMARKS by Rachel Hirshfeld
Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman blasted the Iranian regime, saying it is composed of “anti-Semitic fanatics”, following the hateful remarks of Vice President Mohammad Reza, who claimed that the teachings of the Talmud incite global drug trade.
Addressing a ceremony for the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking held in Tehran on Tuesday, Rahimi alleged that the “spread of narcotics in the world emanates from the teachings of the Talmud… whose objective is the destruction of the world.”
“The Talmud teaches that it is lawful to acquire wealth through legal and illegal means… which gives (the Jews) the right to destroy humanity,” he said.
“If one seeks what lies behind all forms of corruption, there is the repugnant face of Zionists. This is the same case for the narcotics trade … whose primary operator is the Zionist regime,” he said
“The Zionists spread destruction not only by drugs, but also by (attacking) cultures.”
Lieberman asserted that, “the international community has not yet internalized the great danger that this regime represents for world peace.”
The Minister warned that the presence of international representatives at the conference “gives legitimacy to the regime of the ayatollahs, which poses a real threat to world peace.”
“Hitler said foolish things and succeeded in executing his plans. Today, the situation is different and the sovereign state of Israel will not allow a single Jew to be harmed,” he said.
And so it has come to pass that after centuries of hate, Muslims and Jews finally have been brought together by the human penis — in particular, the shared desire to chop part of it off.
This week, a district court in the German city of Cologne ruled that male circumcision of newborn babies is illegal, except for medical reasons — because the practice causes “irreversible damage against the body” that cannot be excused on the basis of religious freedom. The primary effect will be felt among Germany’s Muslims, of whom there are about 4-million. But the country’s 100,000 Jews will be affected as well.
Rabbi Menachem Margolin, director of the Brussels-based Rabbinical Center of Europe, denounced the ruling as a “brutal attack on freedom of religion” and promised a “public relations campaign in cooperation with the Muslim community [that] will do away with misunderstandings and will prevent both intentional…
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NY Times Op-ed: Blame Israel for Third Intifada
A new Intifada will be Israel’s fault, according to a NY Times op-ed by an analyst of a think tank partly funded by George Soros.
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
First Publish: 6/24/2012, 1:45 PM
Abbas honors dead terrorists
A Third Intifada will erupt and it will be Israel’s fault, according to an op-ed in Friday’s New York Times by Nathan Thrall, an analyst of The International Crisis Group which is partly funded by George Soros, who also is benefactor of the left-wing J Street lobby.
Thrall is the same analyst who last month warned in the same newspaper that if Israel continues to oppose Palestinian Authority unity between terrorist Hamas and Fatah, it might face Al Qaeda instead of Hamas.
This time around, he theorized that the reason for a Third Intifada might be “price tag” vandalism “by Jewish settlers” or “the construction of new settlement housing…”
He added that whatever the cause, it will be Israel’s fault for allowing Israelis to “have come to believe they can eat their cake and have it, too.”
Thrall focused solely on what he called PA Chairman Mahmoud Abbas’
ostensible efforts for security cooperation between the Palestinian Authority and the Israeli government [that] would make Israel feel safer and remove its primary justification for continuing to occupy the West Bank.
He based his thesis that a new Intifada will break out on the claim that there have been “years of peace and quiet in Tel Aviv,” without mentioning the daily attacks on Jewish motorists and more than a few terrorist attacks in the Palestinian Authority, including the savage murders of six members of the Fogel family in Samaria last year.
Thrall praised Abbas as “one of the key architects of the Oslo peace process’” and “perhaps its last remaining believer.”
Abbas “has been forced to pay lip service to the demands of those who advocate confrontation by issuing repeated pledges to confront Israel
– by dismantling the Palestinian Authority or refusing to negotiate unless Israel freezes settlement construction – only to renege on each one,” according to Thrall.
The journalist then suggested that Abbas may become the next Antoine Lahad, the leader of Lebanese forces who allied with Israel in the 1980s against Hizbullah terrorists.
By painting the recalcitrant Abbas as a “peace partner” who has allegedly been patient with Israel, Thrall reasoned the lack of creation of the Palestinian Authority as new country has created distrust among Palestinian Authority Arabs and the PA security forces.
Following the Palestinian Authority’s failures to be recognized as a state despite anti-Israel boycotts and a unilateral push for recognition from the United Nations, Thrall opined that PA Arabs have no options other than “popular protest and armed resistance.”
“The first option faces enormous obstacles because of political divisions between Hamas in Gaza and Mr. Abbas’s Fatah in the West Bank,” he wrote.
“If mass demonstrations erupted in the West Bank, Israel would ask Palestinian security forces to stop any protests near soldiers or settlers, forcing them to choose between potentially firing on Palestinian demonstrators or ending security cooperation with Israel, which Mr. Abbas refuses to do”.
“The second option is armed confrontation”
Acknowledging “widespread apathy” among PA Arabs, he wrote, “A substantial number would welcome the prospect of an escalation”.
“They believe that rocks, Molotov cocktails and mass protests pushed Israel to sign the Oslo Accords in 1993; that deadly strikes against Israeli troops in Lebanon led Israel to withdraw in 2000; that the bloodshed of the second intifada pressured George W. Bush to declare his support for Palestinian statehood and prodded the international community to produce the Arab Peace Initiative, the Geneva Initiative, and the Road Map for Middle East Peace.”
In a new twist on history, Thrall also wrote that the expulsion of Jews from Gaza and the withdrawal of the IDF from the area in 2005 “had the effect of freezing the peace process, supplying ‘the amount of formaldehyde that is necessary,’ as a Sharon adviser put it, ‘so there will not be a political process with the Palestinians.'”
Thrall’s conclusion, which dovetails with the Times’ editorial policy, is that history will credit Abbas but that “he has likely laid the groundwork” for a new Intifada, which is Israel’s fault because Israel supposed missed “a golden opportunity to sign an agreement with Abbas”