Jerusalem: The Undivided Capital of Israel

(Photo: flickr/ agroffman)

(Photo: flickr/ agroffman)

Smiles and warm handshakes exchanged by Barack Obama and Benjamin Netanyahu at their White House meeting yesterday quickly turned into jibes and snarky rebukes which have been the hallmark of the often hostile relationship shared by the two leaders, whose mutual dislike for each other is fortunately overcome by the bond of the two nations they lead.

The squabble which overshadowed the warm White House reception enjoyed by the Israeli premiere erupted when reports of a Jerusalem Municipality decision to approve construction of 2,500 apartment units in East Jerusalem was publicized by leftist NGO Peace Now, just hours before Obama and Netanyahu met in Washington. Shortly after the meeting, the White House issued some of its harshest condemnation towards Israel to date, warning that construction of these units would distance the Jewish state from its “closest allies” and declaring that Israel’s decision to build in East Jerusalem is “poisoning the atmosphere” with our supposed “peace partner,” the Palestinian Authority.

Netanyahu and mayor of Jerusalem Nir Barkat defended the building approval by stating that Jerusalem is Israel’s undivided capital and no construction freeze will be imposed based on race or religion. In fact, a third of the residential units in the new plans are intended to be used for Arab housing. Considering that Arabs make up roughly one third of Jerusalem’s residents, this new project equally benefits both Jews and Arabs living in an overcrowded metropolis in desperate need of new housing to meet the growing demands of its residents.

In general, Arab residents of Jerusalem enjoy far greater freedom to live anywhere in the city than their Jewish neighbors. Just this week, Jewish residents moved into legally purchased apartments in Jerusalem’s Silwan neighborhood, on the eastern side of the Western Wall, a mere five-minute walk from Judaism’s holiest site. Upon moving into their newly purchased apartments, the Jewish residents were greeted by their new Arab neighbors with a bombardment of stones and Molotov cocktails. Riot police had to be called in to calm the situation….

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Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 at 8:58 AM  | Stand For Israel

Watch: Rioters Attack Jerusalem Day Care Center on Mount of Olives

(Photo: Flickr/ IDF)

(Photo: Flickr/ IDF)

While the rocket attacks on Israel have ceased – for now – the Jewish state and its people are still experiencing many violent attacks. Arutz Sheva provides a disturbing video showing Arab rioters throwing rocks at Jewish children on the Mount of Olives:

Arab rioters hurling rocks, fireworks and molotov cocktails at a Jewish infant day care center on Ma’ale Hazeitim, the Jewish neighborhood on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem, were caught on film on Tuesday in further testimony to the ongoing “silent intifada” in the capital.

The video, which was posted by Jerusalem Council Arieh King to his Facebook on Tuesday, shows four Arab criminals throwing various of projectiles with impunity for many long minutes from a protected nook on one of the rooftops, forcing infants to be rushed inside to bomb shelters.

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Wednesday, October 1st, 2014 at 10:57 AM  | Stand for Israel

Is a Third Intifada in the Making?

(Photo: Flickr/ IDF)

(Photo: Flickr/ IDF)

Throughout the summer, our attention was on Operation Protective Edge, while now the threat of the Islamic State (IS or ISIS) is dominating headlines. But Israel Hayom’s Nadav Shragai reports that recent violence and rioting in Jerusalem suggest the beginning of an organized third intifada:

For weeks now, 740 Palestinians arrested during recent rioting in east Jerusalem have been under interrogation. These rioters have been gradually laying the groundwork for the third intifada in the capital. Whoever thought that the disturbances were spontaneous expressions of rage will certainly be surprised to learn that these riots are really an uprising that has the hallmarks and fingerprints of an organization …

So far, the violence has been limited to light arms — stones, rocks, and fireworks. Nonetheless, it’s a very fine line between the use of these weapons and the use of firearms and explosives, particularly in the neighborhoods and villages of east Jerusalem. There are some in the eastern half of the capital who have already crossed that line, particularly in the Shuafat refugee camp.

In each of the villages of east Jerusalem, there is at least one dominant player on the ground. In A-Tor, it’s Fatah. In Issawiya‎, it’s the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine and the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine. In Jabal Mukaber, it’s Hamas. In the Shuafat refugee camp, both Fatah and Hamas are in charge …

It was a group of Palestinians that ambushed the Cohen family as they made their way to the Western Wall last Friday. It was also a group that set fire to a gas station in the French Hill section of the capital in addition to hundreds of other instances.

The villages and neighborhoods are believed to coordinate their actions by using Facebook, fliers, and messengers to communicate the date, time, and location of gatherings and action plans. During their interrogations, some of the rioters said that there is another layer of leadership beyond…

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Friday, September 19th, 2014 at 8:35 AM  | Stand for Israel

Family Attacked on Way to Western Wall

While rocket-fire and terror attacks from Gaza have quieted for now, violence in Jerusalem continues to occur. Yediot Achronot reports that on Thursday evening, a Jewish family traveling to the Western Wall to attend an IDF ceremony was attacked by rioters:

(Photo: Flickr/ IDF)

(Photo: Flickr/ IDF

A family from Ramat Gan narrowly escaped a lynch attempt on Thursday evening when they made a wrong turn and entered the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Wadi Joz, where rioters threw a volley of rocks and bricks at the vehicle they were travelling in.

The family had been on their way to a swearing-in ceremony of the Golani Brigade at the Western Wall in Jerusalem.

Fortunately, the father was the only one to sustain injuries, which were minor. This past week, riots have been taking place in the Arab neighborhood after residents heard that a local youth had died of wounds suffered in a clash with Israeli police last week.

“I’m still in shock from the experience we just had, we were almost lynched,” Eti, the mother of the Cohen family said in tears on Friday, speaking with Ynet.

“We were miraculously saved. I woke up this morning and the first thing I did was cry hysterically, not believing that we’re home and that we’re fine. I saw the pictures and couldn’t believe we were there and that it happened to us,” she added.

We are thankful for God’s protection over this family, and pray for His peace over Jerusalem, the rest of Israel, and the world.

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Friday, September 12th, 2014 at 2:41 PM  | Stand for Israel

Terror Attack in Jerusalem Leaves One Dead


(Photo: Youtube)

(Photo: Youtube)

Earlier today, a terrorist went on a rampage with a tractor in central Jerusalem, overturning a bus:

The terrorist hit a pedestrian, a bus and a car before being shot dead by police. Images from the scene showed an overturned bus, and the the terrorist dead in the cabin of the digger.

Magen David Adom rescue service said that they received a report at around 1:35 pm that a tractor had apparently hit a pedestrian and then an empty bus. Its emergency personnel had treated a 25-year-old man and the 45-year-old bus driver at the scene, the service said.

Motti, an eye witness, said “I went outside and suddenly heard a large boom, and saw a bus upside down, and then heard two or three gunshots and someone jumping on the driver, so we understood they had killed him. We thought someone had blown something up, so we left the area. There was chaos.”

We have also received news of an IDF soldier being shot in Jerusalem, at the entrance to the Mount Scopus tunnel. We pray for the recovery of this young man, as well as those injured in the terror attack on the bus, and pray for God’s peace over Jerusalem and all of Israel.




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Monday, August 4th, 2014 at 10:05 AM  | Stand For Israel

Breaking News: Soldier Shot in Jerusalem

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(Photo: flickr/lemele)

In today’s Daily Dispatch, we noted the excavator terror attack that occurred in Jerusalem, as well as the rioting at the Temple Mount. Arutz Sheva also reports that an IDF soldier was shot at the entrance of the Mount Scopus tunnel in Jerusalem:

An eyewitness named Eti said that the victim is a soldier. “I saw him falling backward,” she told reporter Moshe Nusbaum.

The wounded man is about 20, said the channel’s reporters, and he is in moderate to serious condition and received treatment on the spot. He was then taken to the nearby Hadassah Har Hatzofim hospital.

Eyewitnesses said that he was shot by a man who then got on a motorcycle or scooter and then drove off toward the Arab neighborhood of Wadi Joz. There may have been another man on the scooter as well.

Police are conducting a manhunt assisted by helicopters …

Major General Yosi Parienti, Jerusalem District Police Commander, said that the shooter was dressed in black and that he fired several shots at the soldier from close range. The man then ran toward a Vespa type scooter and drove off. A security guard fired at the scooter but apparently missed it.

We pray for the recovery of the wounded soldier, for the apprehension of the perpetrator(s) of this attack, and for peace in Jerusalem and all of the Holy Land.

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Monday, August 4th, 2014 at 9:15 AM  | Stand For Israel

Four Rockets Fired at Jerusalem, Two Intercepted



Even as Hamas and other terrorist groups in Gaza continue to launch rockets far into Israel, it is still shocking that so many are reaching the nation’s largest cities. Arutz Sheva reports that four such rockets were fired at Jerusalem on Thursday evening, with two of them being brought down by Iron Dome:

“Four rockets were fired at Jerusalem, of which two landed in open areas and two were intercepted,” an army spokesman told AFP, without giving further details.

Witnesses and Palestinian security sources told AFP one rocket struck near Maaleh Adumim, while a second hit close to an Israeli military prison near Ramallah.

Three loud blasts could be heard around the city shortly after sirens wailed, sending people scrambling for shelter …

We continue to pray for God’s protection over all the people of Israel as they lead their daily lives during this chaotic conflict.

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Thursday, July 10th, 2014 at 11:09 AM  | Stand For Israel

Fires Break Out in Jerusalem Hills

(Photo: IFCJ)

(Photo: IFCJ)

Three large fires have broken out in the hills near Jerusalem. Reporting for The Times of Israel, Lazar Berman says that the blazes are being battled and their cause is being investigated:

Police told The Times of Israel that they were looking into the possibility that the fires were deliberate.

Thirty nine teams and six aircraft are involved in battling the flames near Even Sapir, close to the Hadassah Ein Kerem Medical Center. The main road to the hospital was closed to traffic.

We pray that all of those affected will find safety, and for the safety of the firefighters busy working to put out the fires and protect the public.

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Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014 at 11:29 AM  | Stand For Israel

Netanyahu: Jerusalem to Remain United Forever

(Photo: wikicommons/ Juandev)

(Photo: wikicommons/ Juandev)

Today marks Jerusalem Day, the commemoration of the Holy City’s reunification after the Six-Day War of 1967. Speaking at a religious institution in Israel’s capital, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu dismissed demands to share what he called “the heart of the nation”:

Netanyahu said that in the 47 years since Israel wrested East Jerusalem from Jordanian control, the city has been united: “That’s how it’s been since and that’s how it will always be.”

“Jerusalem is also Mount Zion, Jerusalem is Mount Moriah (the Temple Mount), Jerusalem is the Western Wall, and Jerusalem is eternally Israel,” the prime minister said, cataloging sites of historical and religious significance to Jews in the areas of the city captured in 1967.

We stand with Israel today on Jerusalem Day – as we do every other day – and pray that her Holy City will remain united and under God’s protection.

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Wednesday, May 28th, 2014 at 9:57 AM  | Stand For Israel

Terror Cell Nabbed in Jerusalem

(Photo: wikicommons/ Justin McIntosh)

(Photo: wikicommons/ Justin McIntosh)

The Shin Bet (The Israeli Security Agency) and the Jerusalem District Police have arrested members of a terror cell that is responsible for numerous ongoing attacks against Israeli residents, including students of Hebrew University. Arutz Sheva reports that the authorities nabbed five suspected terrorists – the second such cell they’ve dismantled in the past day – who had carried out terrorist attacks against residents for years:

Attacks from Issawiya have become so violent over the past several months that students at nearby Hebrew University Mount Scopus Campus have declared the area a “war zone” …

Residents of the French Hill area stated earlier this month that they felt “abandoned” by the State and the IDF over the waves of terrorism in their neighborhood.

We thank God for the determined work of law enforcement and military to keep Israel safe, and pray to Him for their protection, as well as the protection of all those in the Holy Land.

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