Points of View from Jerusalem 2017-11-29T18:13:54+00:00

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"Get ready for the big day..." [1]

- Yosef Haim Tubul's post to 'Jerusalemites' Facebook Page

[Selected Comments:]
- "Are these the signs that are going to be put up in Jerusalem? Maybe they're the old signs from Tel Aviv... What's the source of this photo?"
- "They're from the Road Sign Logistics factory."
"You mean for the terror attacks? Because I mean wasn't it enough up until now?"
- "Oh no, so many traffic jams 😢"
- "It's about time!!"
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0202 Editor's notes:
[1] The commenter is referring to President Trump's controversial decision to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, for which the road signs in this picture will allegedly be hung up to direct visitors to the location in Jerusalem.

#US_Embassy #Politics #Diplomacy

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Get ready for the big day... [1]

- Yosef Haim Tubuls post to Jerusalemites Facebook Page
  
[Selected Comments:]
- Are these the signs that are going to be put up in Jerusalem? Maybe theyre the old signs from Tel Aviv... Whats the source of this photo?
- Theyre from the Road Sign Logistics factory.
You mean for the terror attacks? Because I mean wasnt it enough up until now?
- Oh no, so many traffic jams 😢
- Its about time!!
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0202 Editors notes:
[1] The commenter is referring to President Trumps controversial decision to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, for which the road signs in this picture will allegedly be hung up to direct visitors to the location in Jerusalem.

#US_Embassy #Politics #Diplomacy

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"The Elia Media Center in Jerusalem was closed following an order issued by Lieberman

The Israeli Occupation authorities closed the Elia Youth Media Center located on Salah a-Din Street in occupied Jerusalem, under an order issued by Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman.

The Occupation police and the Shin Bet security service issued an order to the Mossad headquarters to close it on the grounds that it is a 'terrorist organization.' This order is signed by Lieberman and is based on the 'Counter-terrorism Bill of 2016.'

In a tweet published on his Twitter, Lieberman claimed that the Elia Institute was 'posing as a community center for young people, but in practice recruited terrorist operatives and prepared them to produce videos of incitement and support for terrorist activity,' according to information gathered by the Shin Bet.

In response to the decision, the director of the Elia Institution, Ahmed Al-Safadi, explained that the Israeli authorities had posted the institution closure notice on the door of his headquarters on Salah a-Din Street when no one was inside.

He also condemned the Mossad's closure order and denied the accusations and allegations against him. He stressed that this is a media institution that provides communication services to Jerusalemite institutions, develops communication skills among young people, provides an opportunity for leadership and development, and provides a spirit of volunteerism in society."

- PalestineToday

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0202 Editor's Note:
1. The Elia Media Center is a news agency that publishes news about East Jerusalem. The name Elia is the ancient name of Jerusalem in Arabic, based on the Roman name, Aelia Capitolina.
3. The Counter-terrorism Bill of 2016 defines what constitutes an act of terror, a terrorist organization, and a member of a terrorist organization. It also establishes legal guidelines with regards to punishment and administrative law. This bill was set in place as a means to better fight terrorism and regulate police authority in the matter. According to the bill, the police have the right to issue an order restricting the use of a place which is used for the activity of a terrorist organization.

#East_Jerusalem #Elia #Avigdor_Liberman #Communication #Youth #Community_Center #Counter_Terrorism

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The Elia Media Center in Jerusalem was closed following an order issued by Lieberman

The Israeli Occupation authorities closed the Elia Youth Media Center located on Salah a-Din Street in occupied Jerusalem, under an order issued by Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman.

The Occupation police and the Shin Bet security service issued an order to the Mossad headquarters to close it on the grounds that it is a terrorist organization. This order is signed by Lieberman and is based on the Counter-terrorism Bill of 2016.

In a tweet published on his Twitter, Lieberman claimed that the Elia Institute was posing as a community center for young people, but in practice recruited terrorist operatives and prepared them to produce videos of incitement and support for terrorist activity, according to information gathered by the Shin Bet.

In response to the decision, the director of the Elia Institution, Ahmed Al-Safadi, explained that the Israeli authorities had posted the institution closure notice on the door of his headquarters on Salah a-Din Street when no one was inside.

He also condemned the Mossads closure order and denied the accusations and allegations against him. He stressed that this is a media institution that provides communication services to Jerusalemite institutions, develops communication skills among young people, provides an opportunity for leadership and development, and provides a spirit of volunteerism in society.

- PalestineToday

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0202 Editors Note:
1. The Elia Media Center is a news agency that publishes news about East Jerusalem. The name Elia is the ancient name of Jerusalem in Arabic, based on the Roman name, Aelia Capitolina.
3. The Counter-terrorism Bill of 2016 defines what constitutes an act of terror, a terrorist organization, and a member of a terrorist organization. It also establishes legal guidelines with regards to punishment and administrative law. This bill was set in place as a means to better fight terrorism and regulate police authority in the matter. According to the bill, the police have the right to issue an order restricting the use of a place which is used for the activity of a terrorist organization. 

#East_Jerusalem #Elia #Avigdor_Liberman #Communication #Youth #Community_Center #Counter_Terrorism

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“Have you ever wondered why young people are getting married at an early age? Or flee the country for the sake of building a life in America? Or save a few pounds to then take a trip once a year? Or do drugs every day? After all, how can one cope? Life in this country costs far more than it’s worth.

Today, it is easier to find drugs than work. A house costs as much as a soccer team should, a year's rent costs as much as a house should, a degree costs thirty thousand shekels in the cheapest case... much more economic to stay stupid! Cars may be affordable, but fuel, insurance, tests, maintenance, parking, tickets... It is better to walk. Everyone is already using packets of tobacco. Yesterday I went to the supermarket, money did not grow on the trees - but fruits did. One pineapple costs seventy shekels! [...] Tel Aviv is more expensive than Europe. [...] My girlfriend's birthday is coming up, but a Pandora bracelet costs as much as a weekend away in Amsterdam! Not only artists have no livelihood. Long before the age of thirty, we have already accumulated great debt!

[...] They [politicians] [...] cut jobs in the market and replaced us with robots. If you are an independent business, the Income Tax Fund is your partner in the business. As if we are really independent! For every little thing, they take seventeen percent! Even if you scratched a winning lottery ticket, it is still the State that benefits. Those sitting in the Knesset determine their monthly salaries. Guess who pays? We do! We chose them, they did not choose us! Five families control the entire economy in Israel, the bank managers are like Robin Hood, but in reverse. They steal from the poor, pampering the rich. [...]

How scary is it to have children!? What can we give them? Better to adopt a dog. [...] What does the state give us? Interest rates? Receipts? That's illegal! Everything has a plus - except my bank account, yours and ours!

So you get a few pennies [from the government] after the army, but are not given any direction. A soldier in the US military earns as much as a senior lawyer in Israel earns. One [Israeli] veteran gets married at an early age because that's the only way he can bring in two salaries, together with his wife. Another veteran hops on a plane, lands in the malls of the United States and all he would like is to purchase clothes for the holidays but still have some money in his pocket. The third veteran makes trips around the world once a year. [...] The fourth veteran takes drugs, swallows a pill. Maybe time will change the perception in this country? Who knows...

[...] ...My father told me once- 'If you understood the country, you would understand everything!' Apparently, I did not understand anything.

And on an optimistic note, Happy Independence Day…”

- Amir Kal in 'Jerusalemites' Facebook Page

#Independence_Day #Economy #Price_of_Living

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“Have you ever wondered why young people are getting married at an early age? Or flee the country for the sake of building a life in America? Or save a few pounds to then take a trip once a year? Or do drugs every day? After all, how can one cope? Life in this country costs far more than it’s worth.

Today, it is easier to find drugs than work. A house costs as much as a soccer team should, a years rent costs as much as a house should, a degree costs thirty thousand shekels in the cheapest case... much more economic to stay stupid! Cars may be affordable, but fuel, insurance, tests, maintenance, parking, tickets... It is better to walk. Everyone is already using packets of tobacco. Yesterday I went to the supermarket, money did not grow on the trees - but fruits did. One pineapple costs seventy shekels! [...] Tel Aviv is more expensive than Europe. [...] My girlfriends birthday is coming up, but a Pandora bracelet costs as much as a weekend away in Amsterdam! Not only artists have no livelihood. Long before the age of thirty, we have already accumulated great debt!

[...] They [politicians] [...] cut jobs in the market and replaced us with robots. If you are an independent business, the Income Tax Fund is your partner in the business. As if we are really independent! For every little thing, they take seventeen percent! Even if you scratched a winning lottery ticket, it is still the State that benefits. Those sitting in the Knesset determine their monthly salaries. Guess who pays? We do! We chose them, they did not choose us! Five families control the entire economy in Israel, the bank managers are like Robin Hood, but in reverse. They steal from the poor, pampering the rich. [...]

How scary is it to have children!? What can we give them? Better to adopt a dog. [...] What does the state give us? Interest rates? Receipts? Thats illegal! Everything has a plus - except my bank account, yours and ours!

So you get a few pennies [from the government] after the army, but are not given any direction. A soldier in the US military earns as much as a senior lawyer in Israel earns. One [Israeli] veteran gets married at an early age because thats the only way he can bring in two salaries, together with his wife. Another veteran hops on a plane, lands in the malls of the United States and all he would like is to purchase clothes for the holidays but still have some money in his pocket. The third veteran makes trips around the world once a year. [...] The fourth veteran takes drugs, swallows a pill. Maybe time will change the perception in this country? Who knows...

[...] ...My father told me once- If you understood the country, you would understand everything! Apparently, I did not understand anything.

And on an optimistic note, Happy Independence Day…”

- Amir Kal in Jerusalemites Facebook Page

#Independence_Day #Economy #Price_of_Living

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23 hours ago

0202 - Points of View from Jerusalem

#0202_A_View_From_East_Jerusalem

"Some of the preparations taking place at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque for the blessed month of Ramadan."

- A-Nawres for News

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0202 Editor's Note:
The month of Ramadan will take place this year from mid-May to mid-June.

#East_Jerusalem #Ramadan #AlAqsa

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Some of the preparations taking place at the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque for the blessed month of Ramadan.

- A-Nawres for News

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0202 Editors Note:
The month of Ramadan will take place this year from mid-May to mid-June.

#East_Jerusalem #Ramadan #AlAqsa

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Israel's 70th Independence Day [1] All Across Jerusalem - A Video Digest on Jerusalemite Perspectives

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"There is a moment, during our Independence Day prayers, in which all of my worlds connect. A second after I finished blowing the Shofar of Redemption [2] to a crowd of over 6,000 men and women, and the singing of 'Next year in the rebuilt Jerusalem', we began singing 'A Song of Ascents' [Psalm 126], continued with [the national anthem] 'Hatikva', and concluded with 'Ani Ma'min'.

'A Song of Ascents: When the Lord returned the captives of Zion, we were like people in a dream.' Indeed, we were truly like people in a dream. The ancient song that represents the days of yore, our yearning for the miraculous return to Zion, that same dream that Jews from around the world have shared, at times of darkness and of light [...]

And immediately following [that song], [we sang] 'Hatikva,' the song that was written prior to the establishment of the State of Israel which became our national anthem, the Zionist dream and its fulfillment, national pride, our present day. The great privilege it is to live in the state in which we are 'a free people in our land' is a dream that will remain so long as 'the Jewish soul yearns.'

And last, [we sang] 'Ani Ma'amin [...]' ['I believe with complete faith in the coming of the Messiah and even though he may tarry, I will wait for him'], the twelfth Maimonidean principle. The understanding that despite everything, it is still not complete. There is still much hard work to be done each and every day to turn our reality, our country, into a better world. And that we will never give up on doing so, nor will we tarry, for in the end we shall succeed, in the end he will come.

The three of [these songs] connected: from the miraculous yearning to the modern day free Zionist to the incompleteness [that still exists] and hard work - that for me is Independence Day.
[...]

I love you all, I love the Nation of Israel, I love the State of Israel, and I love the Almighty - Happy Independence Day!" [See main video on this post]

- Hanan Rubin, Member of Jerusalem Municipal Council

#0202_A_View_From_Haredi_Jerusalem
"After much controversy, Haredi woman lights Independence Day torch [3].

Racheli Ganot lit the torch at the Independence Day ceremony held on Wednesday at Mount Herzl in Jerusalem. Racheli Ganot is a businesswoman, entrepreneur and CEO of a Haredi high-tech company.

Many in the Haredi community have been against her appointment after accusations that the company she owns exploits women in terms of wages and job security.

In her speech, Ganot did not mention the ultra-Orthodox sector at all, and focused on the high-tech industry, women in the industry, and the contribution of the industry to the State, which she described as the spearhead of the economy.

Ganot defined the high-tech industry as providing equal opportunities to all and may have hinted at the controversy that has surrounded her nomination."
[See link to the video of the torch-lighting ceremony in the first comment below]

- Behadrei Haredim

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"An ultra-Orthodox cleric is forcibly preventing girls from participating in the Independence Day celebrations." [See link to the video in the second comment below]

- Shuafat Refugee Camp

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"Bedouin soldiers celebrate [Israeli] Independence Day." [See link to the video in the third comment below]

- Shuafat Refugee Camp

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0202 Editor's Notes:
[1] From Wednesday evening until Thursday evening, Zionist Jewish communities in Israel and around the world celebrated the 70th anniversary of the Israel's Declaration of Independence and subsequent founding as an independent state as the British ended their mandate over Palestine in 1948. Independence Day (Yom Ha'Atzmaut) is a public holiday in Israel marked by public festive ceremonies (including the torch lighting ceremony), free concerts and street parties that often extend to the small hours of the morning. Religious communities often hold festive prayer services with musical instruments, singing and dancing.
[2] The Shofar is a musical instrument used in traditional Jewish ceremonies, made from a ram's horn. The blowing of the Shofar represents awakening and redemption.
[3] Much of the Haredi sector is opposed to Zionism to various extents (some communities support the State, others do not support the State in principle but are willing to cooperate with it, and others do not recognize the legitimacy of the State in any form). Thus, the notion of a woman from within the Haredi sector taking part in such a monumental event in the Zionist calendar as the Independence Day torch-lighting ceremony was the source of controversy from within her own community. Moreover, strict modesty codes which govern the Haredi way of life mean that it is rare, and often looked down upon, for a woman to play such a public role.

#East_Jerusalem #Ultra_Orthodox #Haredi_Jerusalem #West_Jerusalem #Bedouin #Israel_Independence_Day #Nation_Of_Israel #Zionism #Messiah #0202pov

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“Come get to know some of the Jerusalemites who were awarded the President’s Medal of Excellence to exemplary soldiers: [1]

Valeria Ashkenazi is a medical laboratory worker at the Tzrifin Medical Center. Valeria immigrated to Israel alone in 2013 from Argentina at the age of 19. In Argentina, she studied chemistry in high school, which led her to work in medicine. In fact, Valeria fulfilled her personal dream as well as that of her father, who also dreamed of immigrating to Israel and supporting the army.

Sgt. Rada Hemed immigrated to Israel with her nuclear family and is currently the commander of recruits in the Artillery Corps. Sergeant Hemed says she always dreamed of being a combat soldier. Indeed, after much effort, she succeeded in fulfilling her dream and became a fighter in the Artillery Corps. [...]

Second Lieutenant Elia Levy serves as a platoon commander in Battalion 12 of the Golani Brigade. From a young age, he has dreamed of reaching a combat position, especially the Golani Brigade. Lt. Levy relates that from his home he drew the inspiration for a significant combat military service. He has two cousins who also serve as officers in the Golani Brigade. [...]"

- Kol Hair Jerusalem
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0202 Editor’s notes:
[1] During the annual Independence Day event at the President's Residence, President Rivlin recognizes 120 I.D.F. soldiers and officers. Among this year's 120 exemplary soldiers and officers are 75 men and 45 women; 101 are soldiers and 19 are officers; 71 are combat soldiers, 26 are combat support soldiers, and 23 have other roles. Among the exemplary soldiers are 21 lone soldiers and five volunteers. 32 of the soldiers were not born in Israel, rather they made aliyah from Ethiopia, Russia, Ukraine, France, Colombia, Moldova, Brazil, United States of America, Belgium, Argentina, South Africa, England, Mexico and even Lebanon.

#Military #President #Independence_Day

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“Come get to know some of the Jerusalemites who were awarded the President’s Medal of Excellence to exemplary soldiers: [1]

Valeria Ashkenazi is a medical laboratory worker at the Tzrifin Medical Center. Valeria immigrated to Israel alone in 2013 from Argentina at the age of 19. In Argentina, she studied chemistry in high school, which led her to work in medicine. In fact, Valeria fulfilled her personal dream as well as that of her father, who also dreamed of immigrating to Israel and supporting the army. 

Sgt. Rada Hemed immigrated to Israel with her nuclear family and is currently the commander of recruits in the Artillery Corps. Sergeant Hemed says she always dreamed of being a combat soldier. Indeed, after much effort, she succeeded in fulfilling her dream and became a fighter in the Artillery Corps. [...]

Second Lieutenant Elia Levy serves as a platoon commander in Battalion 12 of the Golani Brigade. From a young age, he has dreamed of reaching a combat position, especially the Golani Brigade. Lt. Levy relates that from his home he drew the inspiration for a significant combat military service. He has two cousins who also serve as officers in the Golani Brigade. [...]

- Kol Hair Jerusalem
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0202 Editor’s notes: 
[1] During the annual Independence Day event at the Presidents Residence, President Rivlin recognizes 120 I.D.F. soldiers and officers. Among this years 120 exemplary soldiers and officers are 75 men and 45 women; 101 are soldiers and 19 are officers; 71 are combat soldiers, 26 are combat support soldiers, and 23 have other roles. Among the exemplary soldiers are 21 lone soldiers and five volunteers. 32 of the soldiers were not born in Israel, rather they made aliyah from Ethiopia, Russia, Ukraine, France, Colombia, Moldova, Brazil, United States of America, Belgium, Argentina, South Africa, England, Mexico and even Lebanon.

#Military #President #Independence_Day

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"Five Al-Aqsa guards are summoned for questioning in the Kishle [1] Interrogation Center in West Jerusalem. The guards are Fadi Alyan, Khalil A-Tarhouni, Arafat Najib, Louie Abu Saad, and Hamza A-Nabali"

- Al-Quds Media Center

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0202 Editor's Note:
[1] The Kishle is a detention center near the Tower of David that also serves as the Israeli police headquarters of the Old City of Jerusalem (the David District Headquarters).

#Al_Aqsa #The_Old_City #Police

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Five Al-Aqsa guards are summoned for questioning in the Kishle [1] Interrogation Center in West Jerusalem. The guards are Fadi Alyan, Khalil A-Tarhouni, Arafat Najib, Louie Abu Saad, and Hamza A-Nabali

- Al-Quds Media Center

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0202 Editors Note:
[1] The Kishle is a detention center near the Tower of David that also serves as the Israeli police headquarters of the Old City of Jerusalem (the David District Headquarters).

#Al_Aqsa #The_Old_City #Police 

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2 days ago

0202 - Points of View from Jerusalem

#0202_A_View_From_Haredi_Jerusalem

"Police prevented the provocation of extremists:

Just minutes before the Memorial Day [1] siren [2] sounded, police raided the ‘Sabbath Square’ [3] in Jerusalem. They dispersed a group of extremists who intended to disrupt the order and hold a protest during the siren.
The police dispersed the demonstrators and confiscated the signs they intended to hold. The police reported that 'in the Sabbath Square in Jerusalem, a police force evacuated extremist Haredim who intended to disrupt public order during the siren, and confiscated signs.'"

-Kikar Hashabat

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0202 Editor's Notes:
[1] Israel’s national Memorial Day for fallen soldiers and victims of terror takes place each year, the day before Israel’s Independence Day. As the Haredi relationship with the state of Israel and the army is complicated and diverse, so is the Haredi approach to this day. The Haredi approach to Memorial Day varies from direct acknowledgment and participation, through silent ignorance, to extreme opposition.
[2] During Memorial Day a two-minute-long siren is sounded throughout the country twice, once at 8 pm and the second at 11 am. While the siren sounds, everything, including traffic, comes to a halt. Everyone stands still in somber remembrance. The majority of Haredim, while personally objecting the custom as it is not considered a ‘Jewish custom’, stand still as well if they are in public. Some minority extreme groups oppose honoring this custom and create noise during the siren.
[3] A central square in the Haredi neighbourhoods of Jerusalem.

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Police prevented the provocation of extremists:

Just minutes before the Memorial Day [1] siren [2] sounded, police raided the ‘Sabbath Square’ [3] in Jerusalem. They dispersed a group of extremists who intended to disrupt the order and hold a protest during the siren.
The police dispersed the demonstrators and confiscated the signs they intended to hold. The police reported that in the Sabbath Square in Jerusalem, a police force evacuated extremist Haredim who intended to disrupt public order during the siren, and confiscated signs.

-Kikar Hashabat

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0202 Editors Notes:
[1] Israel’s national Memorial Day for fallen soldiers and victims of terror  takes place each year, the day before Israel’s Independence Day.  As the Haredi relationship with the state of Israel and the army is complicated and diverse, so is the Haredi approach to this day. The Haredi approach to Memorial Day varies from direct acknowledgment and participation, through silent ignorance, to extreme opposition.  
 [2] During Memorial Day a two-minute-long siren is sounded throughout the country twice, once at 8 pm and the second at 11 am. While the siren sounds, everything, including traffic, comes to a halt. Everyone stands still in somber remembrance. The majority of Haredim, while personally objecting the custom as it is not considered a ‘Jewish custom’, stand still as well if they are in public. Some minority extreme groups oppose honoring this custom and create noise during the siren.  
[3] A central square in the Haredi neighbourhoods of Jerusalem.  

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"How do you cope with grief? And don’t tell me that time heals all -that’s a lie."

- Jerusalemites FB group

[Selected Comment:]
- "Today I had the privilege of circumcising my eldest son!
Wow, it is so challenging to write a sentence like that, a sentence that signifies great happiness, and then a moment later to stand with my son during the siren, to remember those who have fallen. Every year, I struggle with the difficult transition from commemorating Memorial Day, to celebrating Independence Day. This year, the difficulty will be doubled: I will be going from happiness to pain, and then from pain to happiness. I’ve asked myself: How do you cope? And how the hell can I make room for pain on the happiest day of my life?

All of a sudden, I understood it all. I understood that this crazy mixture of emotions is our greatest strength, it symbolizes continuity! We hurt, but we overcome the pain. We make room for the pain, but allow happiness to guide our lives. This is what we are, and this is our strength!

I held my son as I stood during the minute of silence, and I whispered in his ear: ‘My dear boy, when you grow up, reality won’t be the same. You won’t have to experience and see terrible things like your dad…But always remember that on this day, we make room for the pain, and respect the memory of the fallen. We fulfill their wish to continue forward courageously and determinedly. We are dedicated to their eternal heritage, "to be a free nation in our country."’

I gave him a kiss on his forehead and read a chapter from the Book of Psalms. Turns out that there is a way to cope – this is who we are, the People of Israel!

May their memory be blessed."

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How do you cope with grief? And don’t tell me that time heals all -that’s a lie.

- Jerusalemites FB group

[Selected Comment:]
- Today I had the privilege of circumcising my eldest son!
Wow, it is so challenging to write a sentence like that, a sentence that signifies great happiness, and then a moment later to stand with my son during the siren, to remember those who have fallen. Every year, I struggle with the difficult transition from commemorating Memorial Day, to celebrating Independence Day. This year, the difficulty will be doubled: I will be going from happiness to pain, and then from pain to happiness. I’ve asked myself: How do you cope? And how the hell can I make room for pain on the happiest day of my life?

All of a sudden, I understood it all. I understood that this crazy mixture of emotions is our greatest strength, it symbolizes continuity! We hurt, but we overcome the pain. We make room for the pain, but allow happiness to guide our lives. This is what we are, and this is our strength!

I held my son as I stood during the minute of silence, and I whispered in his ear: ‘My dear boy, when you grow up, reality won’t be the same. You won’t have to experience and see terrible things like your dad…But always remember that on this day, we make room for the pain, and respect the memory of the fallen. We fulfill their wish to continue forward courageously and determinedly. We are dedicated to their eternal heritage, to be a free nation in our country.’

I gave him a kiss on his forehead and read a chapter from the Book of Psalms. Turns out that there is a way to cope – this is who we are, the People of Israel!

May their memory be blessed.
  
#Commemoration #Memorial_Day
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2 days ago

0202 - Points of View from Jerusalem

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"Pictures: A ceremony honoring the families of martyrs and prisoners in the Qalandiya Refugee Camp [1] north of the occupied city of Jerusalem. The ceremony was organized by the Fatah [2] movement this evening [Tuesday] on the occasion of Palestinian Prisoner Day in the camp.
Freedom for our brave prisoners, and glory and eternal life for our pious martyrs."

- Qalandiya Media Center

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0202 Editor's Notes:
[1] The Qalandiya Refugee Camp is a Palestinian village located in the West Bank, between Jerusalem and Ramallah.
[2] Fatah is a Palestinian nationalist political party and the largest faction in the Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) coalition. In the 2006 parliamentary election, Fatah lost its majority in the Palestinian parliament to Hamas. This lead to a deadly conflict between Fatah and Hamas. However, Fatah did retain control of the Palestinian Authority in the West Bank.

#Qalandiya_Refugee_Camp #Fatah

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A member of the faction council: "The soldiers are holy, they came to save us".

Rabbi Azriel Auerbach [1], a member of the faction council [2], told his student three years ago that, "the soldiers on Mount Herzl [3] are holy, they came to save you".

The student referred to the well known story about Rabbi Azriel's father, Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Auerbach [4]. According to the story, a student came to ask him about a trip to the ‘tombs of the righteous’ [5]. The Rabbi told him that instead of going to the ‘tombs of the righteous’, he should go pray on Mount Herzl. The story is raised every year on Memorial Day [6]. Rabbi Azriel Auerbach denies the famous story saying that it is not suited to his father, but still notes and emphasizes that IDF soldiers are indeed holy.

Behadrei Hardedim

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0202 Editor's Notes:
[1] Rabbi Azriel Auerbach (b.1937) is a prominent Rabbi and a member of the Jerusalem faction (see below). He is the son of the famous Haredi Rabbi and leader Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Auerbach (see below) and the brother of the recently deceased Rabbi Shmuel Auerbach, who founded and led the Jerusalem faction.
[2] The Jerusalem Faction: A group of Jerusalem based Haredim founded by the late Rabbi Shmuel Auerbach and his associates. This minority of Haredim vociferously oppose the law drafting Haredim to serve in the I.D.F. and refuse to co-operate with the army or state officials in any way. They are known to carry out protests expressing their extreme views.
[3] Mount Hertzl is Israel’s national military cemetery.
[4] Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Auerbach (1910-1995) was one of the most prominent Rabbis of the 20th century.
[5] There is a Jewish custom for one to pray to God at the graves of Rabbis and sages.
[6] Israel’s national Memorial Day for fallen soldiers and victims of terror takes place each year, the day before Israel’s Independence Day. As the Haredi relationship with the state of Israel and the army is complicated and diverse, so is the Haredi approach to this day. The Haredi approach to Memorial Day varies from direct acknowledgment and participation, through silent ignorance, to extreme opposition.

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A member of the faction council: The soldiers are holy, they came to save us.

Rabbi Azriel Auerbach [1], a member of the faction council [2], told his student three years ago that, the soldiers on Mount Herzl [3] are holy, they came to save you.

The student referred to the well known story about Rabbi Azriels father, Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Auerbach [4]. According to the story, a student came to ask him about a trip to the ‘tombs of the righteous’ [5]. The Rabbi told him that instead of going to the ‘tombs of the righteous’, he should go pray on Mount Herzl. The story is raised every year on Memorial Day [6]. Rabbi Azriel Auerbach denies the famous story saying that it is not suited to his father, but still notes and emphasizes that IDF soldiers are indeed holy.

Behadrei Hardedim

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0202 Editors Notes:
[1] Rabbi Azriel Auerbach (b.1937) is a prominent Rabbi and a member of the Jerusalem faction (see below). He is the son of the famous Haredi Rabbi and leader Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Auerbach (see below) and the brother of the recently deceased Rabbi Shmuel Auerbach, who founded and led the Jerusalem faction. 
[2] The Jerusalem Faction: A group of Jerusalem based Haredim founded by the late Rabbi Shmuel Auerbach and his associates. This minority of Haredim vociferously oppose the law drafting Haredim to serve in the I.D.F. and refuse to co-operate with the army or state officials in any way. They are known to carry out protests expressing their extreme views.
[3] Mount Hertzl is Israel’s national military cemetery. 
[4] Rabbi Shlomo Zalman Auerbach (1910-1995) was one of the most prominent Rabbis of the 20th century. 
[5] There is a Jewish custom for one to pray to God at the graves of Rabbis and sages. 
[6] Israel’s national Memorial Day for fallen soldiers and victims of terror  takes place each year, the day before Israel’s Independence Day.  As the Haredi relationship with the state of Israel and the army is complicated and diverse, so is the Haredi approach to this day. The Haredi approach to Memorial Day varies from direct acknowledgment and participation, through silent ignorance, to extreme opposition.  

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#Jerusalem_Faction #Auerbach #Memorial_Day

 

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At this rate, Israelis will start worshipping its tanks, drones and war ships...

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"They won’t show this in the media."

- Jerusalemites FB group

[Selected Comments:]
- "This is very moving, but on the other hand, the teacher says that people fought so that others could study the Torah. This shows great disrespect for the fallen. Saying that they fell to save this land, without saying that this is the State of Israel shows that there’s still an issue with an entire sector that won’t recognize Zionism. Those who fought and were killed were all Zionists. In their death, they commanded us to live."
- "Pay attention to the words that he’s saying […] he is being thankful, not, God forbid, disrespectful…"
- "When they, in their turn, draft at 18, they will show their gratitude to the state and its fallen."
- "It is because of those who learn Torah, and the soldiers who fight, that all is well. One does not have to contradict the other."
- "Only, one sacrifices his life, and stands against the enemy, and the other studies in a room. Let’s not get confused, this state is celebrating 70 years tonight because of its soldiers, its heroes. If not for them, we wouldn’t be here today. This state is not celebrating 70 because of those who learn Torah."
- "You only neglected to mention that the state is a Jewish state, and it is thanks to that that we are here. A Jewish state must have Torah learners alongside soldiers.
-The state could not exist for one day without Torah.
There are many hostile countries who are surrounding the Land of Israel. These countries could wipe out the state in a second, if they wanted to.
An entire army couldn’t stop them if God was not here to help."

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0202 Editor's Note:
[1] Many Haredim are ideologically opposed to Zionism and the existence of a Jewish State in the Land of Israel before the Messianic age. As a result of this, many Haredim do not serve in the Israeli army, and some extremists protest the draft. Many Haredim believe that their Torah learning contributes to the physical protection of the State. Consequentially, the Haredi community's perception of Memorial Day is complex as many do not believe in Zionist ideology or serving in the army.

#Commemoration #Memorial_Day #Haredi
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“Israel’s Channel 12 is reporting today [April 17, 2018] that the court of the Occupation has allowed [Israelis] to cry, ‘The nation of Israel is alive’ inside the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque for the first time [1].

The Israeli channel also added that the court’s decision comes after it reviewed an appeal filed by terrorist settler, Itamar Ben Gvir which asked for permission for Jews to cry out this phrase inside Al-Aqsa Mosque just as it is allowed for Palestinians to say 'Allahu Akbar' there.

Ben Gvir received the news of the court decision with great happiness and told Channel 12 that the next step is to allow Jews to pray inside Al-Aqsa Mosque just like Muslims are allowed to pray there.

Itamar Ben Gvir is a terrorist settler that lives in the heart of the city Hebron; he has wandered around the city with complete freedom for many years, and has assaulted Palestinian residents, their properties and holy places.”

- Al-Quds
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0202 Editor’s Note:
Prayer for Jews inside Al-Aqsa Mosque is controversial because of the Status Quo. Since 1967, Jordan and Israel agreed that the Waqf, or the Islamic trust, would have control over matters inside Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, while Israel would control external security. Non-Muslims would be allowed onto the site during visiting hours, but would not be allowed to pray there. This agreement is what is referred to as the 'status quo'.
However, in recent years, Jewish Temple organizations have been increasing their efforts for the establishment of a Third Temple at Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound, and have challenged the Israeli government's ban on allowing Jews to enter it. Today, Israeli forces routinely allow Jewish groups to enter the Al-Aqsa Compound under police and army protection, stirring Palestinian fears of an Israeli takeover of the compound.

#Alaqsa #settlers #court_decision

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“Israel’s Channel 12 is reporting today [April 17, 2018] that the court of the Occupation has allowed [Israelis] to cry, ‘The nation of Israel is alive’ inside the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque for the first time [1].

The Israeli channel also added that the court’s decision comes after it reviewed an appeal filed by terrorist settler, Itamar Ben Gvir which asked for permission for Jews to cry out this phrase inside Al-Aqsa Mosque just as it is allowed for Palestinians to say Allahu Akbar there.

Ben Gvir received the news of the court decision with great happiness and told Channel 12 that the next step is to allow Jews to pray inside Al-Aqsa Mosque just like Muslims are allowed to pray there.

Itamar Ben Gvir is a terrorist settler that lives in the heart of the city Hebron; he has wandered around the city with complete freedom for many years, and has assaulted Palestinian residents, their properties and holy places.”

- Al-Quds
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0202 Editor’s Note:
Prayer for Jews inside Al-Aqsa Mosque is controversial because of the Status Quo. Since 1967, Jordan and Israel agreed that the Waqf, or the Islamic trust, would have control over matters inside Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, while Israel would control external security. Non-Muslims would be allowed onto the site during visiting hours, but would not be allowed to pray there. This agreement is what is referred to as the status quo.
However, in recent years, Jewish Temple organizations have been increasing their efforts for the establishment of a Third Temple at Al-Aqsa Mosque Compound, and have challenged the Israeli governments ban on allowing Jews to enter it. Today, Israeli forces routinely allow Jewish groups to enter the Al-Aqsa Compound under police and army protection, stirring Palestinian fears of an Israeli takeover of the compound.

#Alaqsa #settlers #court_decision

https://bit.ly/2H4NHAZ

#0202_A_View_From_West_Jerusalem

"Not many know this, but the municipal elections in Jerusalem are not held for the sake of democracy and local governance, but to combat the city’s persistent issues of migration.
It happens once every five years: an influx of wealthy people, who regularly do not find Jerusalem suitable for living."

- Yonatan Pelleg, West Jerusalemite activist

[Translation of text in the photo:]

"Nahman Shai joining the race for Jerusalem Elections?
The ‘Zionist Union’ [1] MK is expected to declare his candidacy in the coming elections for Jerusalem Mayor. As a part of this, he will transfer his residency address from Mevaseret Tzion to Jerusalem."

"A declaration of Intent: Dudi Amsalem has transferred his address to Jerusalem
Head of Coalition, Likud [2] MK Dudi Amsalam, has transferred his address to Jerusalem. This, apparently, to leave open the option of him running for mayor."

"Likud Steering Committee will meet with Netanyahu and decide upon candidate
Minister Ze’ev Elkin is the prominent candidate in the race for Jerusalem Mayor, but ‘Kikar HaShabat’ [Haredi newspaper] has been informed that he is waiting for the decision of Netanyahu and the Likud’s steering committee, along with the Haredi decision.
‘Kikar HaShabat’ has also been informed that Elkin will not insist on a law that will enable him to remain a minister, while holding the position of Jerusalem Mayor, but will focus his energies on Jerusalem. Elkin is expected to transfer his address to his parent’s house in Neve Ya'akov [Jerusalem neighborhood] in the following days."

"A new candidate in the run for the position of Jerusalem Mayor: Adv. Yossi Havilio, who in the past held the position of municipality attorney general and is considered one of Nir Barkat’s [current Jerusalem Mayor] greatest rivals. The fact that he has not yet transferred his residency address to Jerusalem (he currently leaves in the nearby village Ora), has not stopped him from officially declaring his candidacy for the position of mayor and from starting his campaign. This week, he has already taken care to hang billboards around Jerusalem, and has promised: Soon, I will move to the city, I’ve bought an apartment in Ramat Sharet [neighborhood], in which I intend to live."

[Selected Comments:]
- "Elections every month. That would totally balance out the negative migration."

- [Yossi Havilio, running for mayor:] “Hello Jonathan,
I would ask you not to compare me to Moshe Lion, Nahman Shai, Ze’ev Elkin and others. My family has been in Jerusalem for more than 500 years, I was born in Jerusalem, I grew up in the city, studied in Jerusalem and have always worked here. My children studied, and are still studying in Jerusalem. […] Please remove my name from the post and the inaccurate comparison.
Happy Independence Day!”
- [In response:] "Indeed, I wronged you a little by putting you in less-than-flattering company, and there’s no doubt that your background is not the same. However, when it comes to transferring your address – there is similarity – and I place great importance by the place of residence, and not just the center of activity.
Just to make things clear – out of the people in the photo (and in comparison to others that are running), Yossi Havilio stand outs with a long, proven and successful record of action in Jerusalem – for Jerusalem (I have said this in the past, publicly and to you personally). I respect you very much, but that is not the post’s subject…"

- "A law should be passed that every candidate that moves to the city just for the elections and loses, will be forced to live in it for the entirety of his opponent’s tenure."

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0202 Editor's Notes:
[1] 'Zionist Union' is a center-left Israeli party.
[2] 'Likud' is a right-wing Israeli party.

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Not many know this, but the municipal elections in Jerusalem are not held for the sake of democracy and local governance, but to combat the city’s persistent issues of migration.
It happens once every five years: an influx of wealthy people, who regularly do not find Jerusalem suitable for living.

- Yonatan Pelleg, West Jerusalemite activist

[Translation of text in the photo:]

Nahman Shai joining the race for Jerusalem Elections?
The ‘Zionist Union’ [1] MK is expected to declare his candidacy in the coming elections for Jerusalem Mayor. As a part of this, he will transfer his residency address from Mevaseret Tzion to Jerusalem.

A declaration of Intent: Dudi Amsalem has transferred his address to Jerusalem
Head of Coalition, Likud [2] MK Dudi Amsalam, has transferred his address to Jerusalem. This, apparently, to leave open the option of him running for mayor.

Likud Steering Committee will meet with Netanyahu and decide upon candidate
Minister Ze’ev Elkin is the prominent candidate in the race for Jerusalem Mayor, but ‘Kikar HaShabat’ [Haredi newspaper] has been informed that he is waiting for the decision of Netanyahu and the Likud’s steering committee, along with the Haredi decision.
‘Kikar HaShabat’ has also been informed that Elkin will not insist on a law that will enable him to remain a minister, while holding the position of Jerusalem Mayor, but will focus his energies on Jerusalem. Elkin is expected to transfer his address to his parent’s house in Neve Yaakov [Jerusalem neighborhood] in the following days.

A new candidate in the run for the position of Jerusalem Mayor: Adv. Yossi Havilio, who in the past held the position of municipality attorney general and is considered one of Nir Barkat’s [current Jerusalem Mayor] greatest rivals. The fact that he has not yet transferred his residency address to Jerusalem (he currently leaves in the nearby village Ora), has not stopped him from officially declaring his candidacy for the position of mayor and from starting his campaign. This week, he has already taken care to hang billboards around Jerusalem, and has promised: Soon, I will move to the city, I’ve bought an apartment in Ramat Sharet [neighborhood], in which I intend to live.

[Selected Comments:]
- Elections every month. That would totally balance out the negative migration.

- [Yossi Havilio, running for mayor:] “Hello Jonathan,
I would ask you not to compare me to Moshe Lion, Nahman Shai, Ze’ev Elkin and others. My family has been in Jerusalem for more than 500 years, I was born in Jerusalem, I grew up in the city, studied in Jerusalem and have always worked here. My children studied, and are still studying in Jerusalem. […] Please remove my name from the post and the inaccurate comparison.
Happy Independence Day!”
- [In response:] Indeed, I wronged you a little by putting you in less-than-flattering company, and there’s no doubt that your background is not the same. However, when it comes to transferring your address – there is similarity – and I place great importance by the place of residence, and not just the center of activity.
Just to make things clear – out of the people in the photo (and in comparison to others that are running), Yossi Havilio stand outs with a long, proven and successful record of action in Jerusalem – for Jerusalem (I have said this in the past, publicly and to you personally). I respect you very much, but that is not the post’s subject…

- A law should be passed that every candidate that moves to the city just for the elections and loses, will be forced to live in it for the entirety of his opponent’s tenure. 

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0202 Editors Notes:
[1] Zionist Union is a center-left Israeli party.
[2] Likud is a right-wing Israeli party.

#Politics #Municipality #Elections
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#A_View_From_Haredi_Jerusalem

"Drowned Infant's Mother Suspected for Murder
The mother of the infant who recently drowned to death, leading to fierce protest against the child’s autopsy [1], has been arrested for the charge of his murder. The woman admitted to having drowned the baby four times, until he stopped breathing. “God revealed himself to me and told me that he is the son of the Messiah”, she told the investigators, “I put the baby in the hotel bath, and a voice from the heavens ordered me not to remove him”. The police suspect that the baby didn’t drown to death, but was murdered prior, by his mother, who has a history of mental illness. The child’s father, who was arrested for suspected interference with the investigation, has been let go.

Selected Comments:
- With so many hours of investigation, she would have admitted to murdering Rabin as well.
- How did we get so quickly from “not fit to testify” to this charge? They already believe her, but we all know this was pre-planned.
- They only care about protesting. When the police asked to do an autopsy, people protested claiming that the police did it for no reason. It’s too bad that there are idiots who go out and riot pointlessly and desecrate God’s name.
- Don’t judge anyone until you get to his place...don’t be so clever writing angry comments, no one here knows what he’ll do one day. Don’t judge this poor woman, may God have mercy on her and heal her quickly.
- Now do you understand why not run immediately to the massive protests? Will you learn your lesson?"

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0202 Editor's Notes:
[1] Performing autopsies is prohibited by Jewish Law.

#mental_health #baby #messiah

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Drowned Infants Mother Suspected for Murder
The mother of the infant who recently drowned to death, leading to fierce protest against the child’s autopsy [1], has been arrested for the charge of his murder. The woman admitted to having drowned the baby four times, until he stopped breathing. “God revealed himself to me and told me that he is the son of the Messiah”, she told the investigators, “I put the baby in the hotel bath, and a voice from the heavens ordered me not to remove him”. The police suspect that the baby didn’t drown to death, but was murdered prior, by his mother, who has a history of mental illness. The child’s father, who was arrested for suspected interference with the investigation, has been let go.

Selected Comments:
- With so many hours of investigation, she would have admitted to murdering Rabin as well.
- How did we get so quickly from “not fit to testify” to this charge? They already believe her, but we all know this was pre-planned.
- They only care about protesting. When the police asked to do an autopsy, people protested claiming that the police did it for no reason. It’s too bad that there are idiots who go out and riot pointlessly and desecrate God’s name.
- Don’t judge anyone until you get to his place...don’t be so clever writing angry comments, no one here knows what he’ll do one day. Don’t judge this poor woman, may God have mercy on her and heal her quickly.
- Now do you understand why not run immediately to the massive protests? Will you learn your lesson?

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0202 Editors Notes:
[1] Performing autopsies is prohibited by Jewish Law.

#mental_health #baby #messiah

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0202 - Points of View from Jerusalem

#0202_A_View_From_East_Jerusalem

“From the page of Dr. Ramadan Dabash [1] concerning the new headquarters of the Ministry of Interior…

This concerns the issue of the new branch of the Ministry of Interior opening in the town of Sur Baher [2]. All requirements and plans for the [new] building have been met; today [April 17, 2018] a metal barrier has been put up around the plot of land in Sur Baher where the new branch will be built to house the Ministry of Interior, National Insurance Agency and fire department. This move comes after great demand and pressure were put on the Ministry of Interior for over two years. According to our agreement, the new headquarters in Sur Baher will officially open in a few months.

Your Brother Dr. Ramadan Dabash”

- Beit Hanina FB page

[Selected Comments:]

-“Which areas will it serve?”

- “Most likely it will serve the areas of south Jerusalem: Sur Baher and Jabal Mukaber.”

- “This page should be against this decision because building this headquarters is like building an [Israeli] settlement on occupied land.”

- “Sur Baher and most other towns and areas inside the separation barrier (under Israeli control) are Palestinian towns that are subject to Israeli law and sovereignty. As to the second comment, the discussion on the subject is long and complex and this news is just being reported as is.”
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0202 Editor’s Notes:
[1] Dr. Ramadan Dabash is the chairman of the community administration in the Palestinian town of Sur Baher.
[2] Sur Baher is a Palestinian neighborhood on the southeastern outskirts of East Jerusalem. It is located east of Ramat Rachel and to its east is the separation barrier. Israel captured Sur Baher from Jordan in 1967 during the Six-Day War, and it has been under Israeli control ever since.

#Sur_Baher #New_Ministry_of_Interior #Ramadan_Dabash

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“From the page of Dr. Ramadan Dabash [1] concerning the new headquarters of the Ministry of Interior…

This concerns the issue of the new branch of the Ministry of Interior opening in the town of Sur Baher [2]. All requirements and plans for the [new] building have been met; today [April 17, 2018] a metal barrier has been put up around the plot of land in Sur Baher where the new branch will be built to house the Ministry of Interior, National Insurance Agency and fire department. This move comes after great demand and pressure were put on the Ministry of Interior for over two years. According to our agreement, the new headquarters in Sur Baher will officially open in a few months.

Your Brother Dr. Ramadan Dabash”

- Beit Hanina FB page

[Selected Comments:]

-“Which areas will it serve?”

- “Most likely it will serve the areas of south Jerusalem: Sur Baher and Jabal Mukaber.”

- “This page should be against this decision because building this headquarters is like building an [Israeli] settlement on occupied land.”

- “Sur Baher and most other towns and areas inside the separation barrier (under Israeli control) are Palestinian towns that are subject to Israeli law and sovereignty. As to the second comment, the discussion on the subject is long and complex and this news is just being reported as is.”
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0202 Editor’s Notes:
[1] Dr. Ramadan Dabash is the chairman of the community administration in the Palestinian town of Sur Baher.
[2] Sur Baher is a Palestinian neighborhood on the southeastern outskirts of East Jerusalem. It is located east of Ramat Rachel and to its east is the separation barrier. Israel captured Sur Baher from Jordan in 1967 during the Six-Day War, and it has been under Israeli control ever since.

#Sur_Baher #New_Ministry_of_Interior #Ramadan_Dabash

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"I am running for Jerusalem’s city council on behalf of the ‘Yerushalmim’ party [1].
I chose 'Yerushalmim' as my political home because it is the only movement that identifies above all with education, equality, coexistence among the city’s different sectors, and mutual respect between them. […]
I am running for city council in order to prove that Jerusalem is the solution – not the problem. All of Israel’s social struggles – from fair employment to state and religion, a solution to the conflict, and [struggles surrounding] the academia and state institutions – they all start here, in Jerusalem.
I’ve decided to embark on this journey, and run for a local position, because this is precisely the place in which you can be influential, in a direct and efficient manner. As someone who belongs to the Haredi Sector, and who believes in creating a synthesis and not in integration, here is the vision I will be working to advance as city council member:
- A city that serves as an example of coexistence – of Jews and Arabs, and of Secular, Religious, Traditional and Haredi.
- Quality and well-funded education
- Preserving the city’s character, whilst respecting all sectors, groups and factions.
- And most important, in my eyes: Equal opportunities for all sectors in the city.
I was born in Jerusalem, and it is here that I gave birth to my two daughters. I raised them here, in the mixed Nahlaot neighborhood, and they attend ‘Beit Ya’akov’ Haredi education schools. Jerusalem is beloved and familiar; challenging, requires creative solutions, and also allows them. I could not have founded a Beit Midrash for Haredi women, or a Sabbath dinner for Haredi students initiative, in any other city. There is no other city in which I, a Haredi women, would have found support, a social movement and a political house that is a solution of all sectors and factions, like I found in 'Yerushalmim'.
[…] I believe that the city’s funds belong to all of its residents equally, and that the struggles regarding the city’s character between the city’s different sectors can be conducted respectfully and considerately, and that all of the city’s children – of all sectors and neighborhoods – deserve high-quality education.
I ask for your support, women and men, in realizing this vision. [...]"

- Pnina Pfeffuer

[Selected Comments:]
- "I’ll be voting for you!"
- "May the good God bring about the best for you and the city’s residents."
- "Pnina, may you succeed and be a savior for Israel, many Haredi women stand behind you. Good luck, and may you have the help of God."

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0202 Editor's Notes:
Currently, Haredi parties do not allow women to run for any political position.
[1] Yerushalmim (lit. Jerusalemites) is a party in Jerusalem municipal politics consisting of both secular and religious Jews that aims to turn Jerusalem into a more pluralistic and open city.

#Elections #Politics #Haredi

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I am running for Jerusalem’s city council on behalf of the ‘Yerushalmim’ party [1].
I chose Yerushalmim as my political home because it is the only movement that identifies above all with education, equality, coexistence among the city’s different sectors, and mutual respect between them. […] 
I am running for city council in order to prove that Jerusalem is the solution – not the problem. All of Israel’s social struggles – from fair employment to state and religion, a solution to the conflict, and [struggles surrounding] the academia and state institutions – they all start here, in Jerusalem. 
I’ve decided to embark on this journey, and run for a local position, because this is precisely the place in which you can be influential, in a direct and efficient manner. As someone who belongs to the Haredi Sector, and who believes in creating a synthesis and not in integration, here is the vision I will be working to advance as city council member:
- A city that serves as an example of coexistence – of Jews and Arabs, and of Secular, Religious, Traditional and Haredi.
- Quality and well-funded education
- Preserving the city’s character, whilst respecting all sectors, groups and factions.
- And most important, in my eyes: Equal opportunities for all sectors in the city. 
I was born in Jerusalem, and it is here that I gave birth to my two daughters. I raised them here, in the mixed Nahlaot neighborhood, and they attend ‘Beit Ya’akov’ Haredi education schools. Jerusalem is beloved and familiar; challenging, requires creative solutions, and also allows them. I could not have founded a Beit Midrash for Haredi women, or a Sabbath dinner for Haredi students initiative, in any other city. There is no other city in which I, a Haredi women, would have found support, a social movement and a political house that is a solution of all sectors and factions, like I found in Yerushalmim.   
[…] I believe that the city’s funds belong to all of its residents equally, and that the struggles regarding the city’s character between the city’s different sectors can be conducted respectfully and considerately, and that all of the city’s children – of all sectors and neighborhoods – deserve high-quality education.
I ask for your support, women and men, in realizing this vision. [...]

- Pnina Pfeffuer 

[Selected Comments:]
- I’ll be voting for you!
- May the good God bring about the best for you and the city’s residents.
- Pnina, may you succeed and be a savior for Israel, many Haredi women stand behind you. Good luck, and may you have the help of God.

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0202 Editors Notes:
Currently, Haredi parties do not allow women to run for any political position.
[1] Yerushalmim (lit. Jerusalemites) is a party in Jerusalem municipal politics consisting of both secular and religious Jews that aims to turn Jerusalem into a more pluralistic and open city.

#Elections #Politics #Haredi

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"Jerusalem: Occupation subjects a minor to an investigation on Monday

Jerusalem, the capital of Palestine, April 15, 2018, Wafa News Agency:
The Committee of Jerusalemite Prisoners and Detainees noted that it anticipates the Occupation Jerusalem District Court will hold a hearing Monday to judge the Jerusalemite boy, 13-year-old, Ashraf Ghaith, from the Mount of Olives/A-Tur neighborhood overlooking the Old City."

- Palestine T.V.

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Jerusalem: Occupation subjects a minor to an investigation on Monday

Jerusalem, the capital of Palestine, April 15, 2018, Wafa News Agency:  
The Committee of Jerusalemite Prisoners and Detainees noted that it anticipates the Occupation Jerusalem District Court will hold a hearing Monday to judge the Jerusalemite boy, 13-year-old, Ashraf Ghaith, from the Mount of Olives/A-Tur neighborhood overlooking the Old City.

- Palestine T.V.

https://goo.gl/2ZgsDv

#0202_A_View_from_West_Jerusalem

“Maybe this post might seem racist to some, but that is not the intention. I was a third year student in the engineering department and during the first two years of my studies, on the Holocaust Remembrance Day, Arab students who were with me in the classroom decided not to stand, but rather sit playing with their cell phones. It made me angrier and angrier.

How can a citizen of the state who receives equal rights from the state like any other citizen who lives and studies under an institution in the State of Israel be unwilling to identify with and pay a little respect to a nation that has undergone mass genocide, massacres, inhuman abuse, children who saw their parents murdered before their eyes and other things that words cannot describe?

I understand that some of them do not identify with the Jewish people and culture and therefore do not see any reason to identify with a Jewish symbol. But I think that the very fact that they are human beings, and people who would not wish upon themselves to go through what our ancestors went through, should show a little respect for those who suffered, no matter what religion, race or gender they are. Just as they would like to be accepted without regard to their race and religion, they should try to understand people who are not of their religion. It's not a matter of politics (right or left) - it's not Independence Day. It's a day that should be sad for anyone!

In my opinion, your failure to stand up during the siren sends one clear message - you do not care at all about what happened, and it would not even bother you if it happened again. If I were living in a foreign country that had committed an inhumane act, I would respect that day, even if I do not respect the people - we are all human beings."

- Huji Confessions

#Holocaust #Remembrance_Day

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“Maybe this post might seem racist to some, but that is not the intention. I was a third year student in the engineering department and during the first two years of my studies, on the Holocaust Remembrance Day, Arab students who were with me in the classroom decided not to stand, but rather sit playing with their cell phones. It made me angrier and angrier. 

How can a citizen of the state who receives equal rights from the state like any other citizen who lives and studies under an institution in the State of Israel be unwilling to identify with and pay a little respect to a nation that has undergone mass genocide, massacres, inhuman abuse, children who saw their parents murdered before their eyes and other things that words cannot describe?

I understand that some of them do not identify with the Jewish people and culture and therefore do not see any reason to identify with a Jewish symbol.  But I think that the very fact that they are human beings, and people who would not wish upon themselves to go through what our ancestors went through, should show a little respect for those who suffered, no matter what religion, race or gender they are. Just as they would like to be accepted without regard to their race and religion, they should try to understand people who are not of their religion. Its not a matter of politics (right or left) - its not Independence Day. Its a day that should be sad for anyone! 

In my opinion, your failure to stand up during the siren sends one clear message - you do not care at all about what happened, and it would not even bother you if it happened again. If I were living in a foreign country that had committed an inhumane act, I would respect that day, even if I do not respect the people - we are all human beings.

- Huji Confessions

#Holocaust #Remembrance_Day 

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4 days ago

0202 - Points of View from Jerusalem

#0202_A_View_From_East_Jerusalem

"Settlers desecrate Bab A-Rahma Cemetery, next to the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, destroying graves and dancing on others."

- Beit Hanina - Jerusalem Page

[Select Comments:]
- "The Waqf [Ministry] shrewdly grab salaries, jam-packed in their offices with their arrogant noses in the air, thinking they're in seventh heaven and guarding the gates of paradise. God, what shame! #Son_of_Jerusalem"
- "A bitter world raising gangs and girls of the streets."
- "God is sufficient for me, the best arbiter of affairs" [Muslim prayer]

#Cemetery #Desecrate

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#0202_A_View_From_East_Jerusalem

Settlers desecrate Bab A-Rahma Cemetery, next to the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque, destroying graves and dancing on others.

- Beit Hanina - Jerusalem Page

[Select Comments:]
- The Waqf [Ministry] shrewdly grab salaries, jam-packed in their offices with their arrogant noses in the air, thinking theyre in seventh heaven and guarding the gates of paradise. God, what shame! #Son_of_Jerusalem
- A bitter world raising gangs and girls of the streets.
- God is sufficient for me, the best arbiter of affairs [Muslim prayer]

#Cemetery #Desecrate 

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