Terror returns to Jerusalem: A 3-month-old baby girl was killed and seven other people were wounded Wednesday evening when a Palestinian plowed his car into a crowd of people waiting at the Ammunition Hill station of Jerusalem’s Light Rail.
The driver - a resident of the village of Silwad with a record of security related offenses - attempted to flee the scene on foot, but was shot by police. He sustained chest wounds and was taken to a Jerusalem hospital in serious condition.
Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the car struck the train station near the national headquarters of the police force.
He said police were investigating but all signs pointed to an intentional attack. “There is a strong possibility that it was a terror attack,” he said.
Interior Security Minister Yitzhak Aharonovich, who arrived at the scene, also said that, “all signs indicate this is a terror attack.” He further said that the driver had served time in prison before. He praised the police for their quick response.
“This is not an intifada,” Aharonovich said, noting that he had spoken with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and that the police and the Shin Bet internal security service were investigating.
Two men in their 20s also were taken to Hadassah Medical Center on Mount Scopus with light wounds. Hadassah at Ein Kerem took in three wounded women, one in serious condition and two lightly hurt.
According to MDA paramedics at 5:54 pm they received a report saying that a car hit a number of pedestrians near the Ammunition Hill station.
A paramedic at the scene told Ynet that the baby’s mother “brought her to me with a serious head wound. She told me that the car hit the stroller and she was hysterical. The baby was unconscious.”
Once every 33 years, the religious holidays coincide so that one of the biggest feast days of the year for Muslims falls on the biggest fast day of the year for Jews.
This year, Yom Kippur will coincide with the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, the second most important holiday in the Muslim calendar, and the faiths radically opposed ways of marking their holidays have some worried that interfaith tensions may rise even higher than in past years.
Eid al-Adha means “The Feast of the Sacrifice” and commemorates Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son. The festival is often marked with the slaughter of a goat or sheep, and families travel to get together in a celebratory mood.
Yom Kippur, on the other hand, the Jewish day of judgement, is marked by fasting and prayer. Secular Jews mark the day by refraining from driving cars, in what has become an inseparable cultural aspect to the holy day.
The phenomenon of a shared date happens once every 33 years - in 1948, in 1981, and in 2014. Due to the quirks of the Jewish leap year and the fact that the faiths use different lunar calendars, it will also happen again next year.
Tensions are already high between Arabs and Jews after the war in Gaza this summer and near-constant rioting in East Jerusalem.
The confluence of the two holidays has some worried that any interaction or misunderstanding between Jews and Arabs could quickly degenerate into widespread violence as it has in years past.
Police aren’t taking any chances. National Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the police will increase their presence in mixed cities, especially in Jerusalem and Acre.
The police try to limit their patrols in cars on Yom Kippur but will have more policemen patrolling the area on foot. The Old City is an area of special concern. “There are tensions, but police officers have met with leaders in different communities to coordinate the fact that holidays are falling at the same time,” Rosenfeld said.
In Acre, which saw riots on Yom Kippur in 2008 when an Arab resident drove through an observant Jewish neighbourhood blaring music from his car stereo, local Muslim official Abbas Zakur said an agreement had been reached between the two communities on the timing of celebrations. Muslims would celebrate and feast on Sunday, but from Saturday small electric cars will be provided for those wishing to go to the mosque to pray.
The electric cars would create less noise than motorized vehicles and would be less likely to upset religious Jews, Zakur explained. The old city of Acre would be closed to all traffic, he added.
In the city of Hebron, which sees daily confrontations between Jewish settlers and Palestinians — or between Palestinians and police — soldiers will be manning dozens of checkpoints.
The IDF said it would implement a general closure of the West Bank and Gaza starting at midnight Thursday night and lasting until Saturday night. Palestinians will only be allowed into Israel for humanitarian reasons or for emergencies.
Each religions’ customs for celebrating their holy day could also lead to increased tensions.
“The way that the Jews celebrate [Yom Kippur] is very internal,” explained Rabbi Michael Melchior, a former MK who is also the chairperson of Mosaica Center for Interreligious Cooperation, a group promoting religious tolerance and understanding across the Middle East. “We go inside ourselves on Yom Kippur, looking at our relationships and ourselves. As opposed to other [Jewish] festivals, we go into our homes and into our synagogues, it’s not a day of external celebrations.”
Read more: Leaders bid to downplay tensions as Yom Kippur, Eid al-Adha clash | The Times of Israel timesofisrael.com
This is disgusting. The people in charge of “The Lancet” ought to be ashamed of themselves for even considering allowing this to be published in their journal. Evelyn Schlatter reports on this shocking development.
For nearly 200 years, the British medical journal The Lancet has been internationally well respected in the medical profession. But lately, the journal has come under fire for allegedly being “hijacked” by an “anti-Israel campaign.”
In July, according to The Telegraph, the journal published a controversial “open letter to the people of Gaza” that strongly condemned Israel without mention of Hamas actions. The letter’s five primary authors claimed they had “no competing interests,” but The Telegraph notes that all five have campaigned vigorously in pro-Palestinian causes over the years, something the journal failed to make clear.
Particularly controversial was the fact that two of the letter’s authors, Dr. Paola Manduca and Dr. Swee Ang, also promoted a video by David Duke, a former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan. That information was revealed in a cache of emails openly available in Google groups, according to The Telegraph. Ang is an orthopedic surgeon in the UK while Manduca is a professor of genetics at the University of Genoa in Italy.
More: Stop the Anti-Semitism When Talking Gaza
By Dean Obeidallah
Criticism of Israel’s actions in Gaza is one thing. But anti-Semitism is quite another. Keep it away. Far, far away.
At a crowded Muslim-American event I attended Sunday in North Jersey, Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), the first Muslim elected to Congress, spoke about a range of issues. The audience, many of whom have supported Ellison since he was first elected in 2006, cheered many of his comments, but the biggest applause line came when Ellison said: “There’s absolutely no place for anti-Semitism in discussing Israeli policy.”
And that reaction is not atypical in my experience. On Saturday, I attended another large Muslim-American event in Long Island, New York, and that same sentiment was expressed there.
Muslims, like Jews, are a minority faith in America. Consequently, we have endured our share of vicious barbs launched by hate-group leaders, elected officials and even clergy members of other faiths. This has made us keenly aware of the pain of being demonized simply for our faith. That is why Ellison and I and the Muslims I know find it so despicable to see instances of anti-Semitism arise over the conflict in Gaza.
This is especially the case in Europe. While the media have noted that in large part the rallies there opposing the Netanyahu government’s military action in Gaza have been peaceful, there has been an alarming amount of anti-Semitism on display.
“Gas the Jews” and “Death to the Jews” have been heard at some rallies. Firebombs have been thrown at synagogues in France and Germany, and Jewish-owned businesses in Paris have been vandalized. As Daniel Schwammenthal, director of the American Jewish Committee’s Transatlantic Institute explained to the International Business Times, “If you attack a synagogue, explain to me what this has to do with being concerned about Gaza. You just want to hurt the Jews.” He’s 100 percent correct.
This type of conduct is despicable. Period. There’s no “but” or “let me explain why I said or did that.” It doesn’t matter how much you are angered or heartbroken by the image of children being killed in Gaza. And being of Palestinian heritage, I’ve been very aware of the suffering of Palestinian civilians well before social media has recently made this information instantaneously accessible. So I say this as someone who is very supportive of Palestinian humanity.
Anti-Semitism is morally wrong. It’s just like racism, Islamaphobia, homophobia, or any other type of hate. It can’t be tolerated, defended, or contextualized regardless of the form it manifests.
You know, over the last few weeks the blogosphere has been on fire with arguments and counter arguments regarding Gaza, and Hamas, and Israel, and civilian casualties, “terror tunnels”, and rocket attacks. There is a great deal of analysis and certainly no shortage of opinions (mostly completely uniformed) regarding what happened and what didn’t happen.
But in all the coverage of the blogoshere and in all the opinion pieces I have read there really is a major thing that simply never gets discussed.
Here is a typical conversation that happens on a left leaning website (this one by the way proudly allows Neo-Nazi commentators and supporters to continue their time at the site). Usually the conversation goes from some pro-Israel commentor: “Hamas uses human shields and therefore while civilian casualties are horrible and saddening , what are the Israelis supposed to do? How should they defend themselves”. To which the Pro-Palestinian commentator states: “There is no room in Gaza, where are they supposed to “resist” from. Here is one such example:
What are the people of Gaza supposed to do when Israel is bombing U.N. Shelters repeatedly, enough so that they’ve drawn the ire of U.S. officials for doing so?
What are the people of Gaza supposed to do when Israel is trying to control their diet to try to coerce political change within Gaza?
And more importantly, what are the people of Gaza and the West Bank supposed to do when Israel is torturing children in the West Bank?
by GAKeynesian on Tue Aug 05, 2014 at 01:11:52 AM PDT
A pretty standard response follows regarding how the Palestinians should not be using human shields or how Hamas wants to destroy Israel, or any other number of valid responses. BUT rarely if ever do I see a Pro-Israel commentor actually say the following:
“What should the Gazans do regarding their situation?.. They should not be shooting rockets at civilian targets. Period.”
“How does shooting thousands of rockets into civilian areas equal resistance. In what way does targeting cities, towns, and villages at random equal any kind of legitimate resistance”:
And even when a similar question gets asked we tend to let the “activist off the hook”. But why do we do this? Why doesn’t anyone insist on answers to these questions?
We need to get “full stop” answers or at least have people on record as saying “Well, yeah… shooting Israeli civilians is cool with me”. At least that is an honest response for many pro-Hamas, anti-Semitic commentators. Unlike their other responses which are parsed when these folks start saying things like “Well I don’t support Hamas and I don’t really have answers to what Israel should do but, they need to stop killing civilians.’
So then what does that mean? They seem to be supporting the fact that Hamas can shoot thousands of rockets into Israel but that Israel should not defend itself? How is that not the ultimate expression of support FOR Hamas. How are they not supporting Hamas when they are asking for a cease fire in terms that Hamas sets?
I actually don’t mind having that argument with Hamas supporters, what I don’t understand is how we can simply allow people in these conversations to get away with being less than honest or deceptively presenting themselves as something they are not.
Now… do I support the killing of civilians? No… I don’t. HOWEVER, I support the right of the Israeli people and Nation to defend themselves as fully as they need to in order to remove threats to their own population.
So I would say this to Hamas and it’s supporters… IF you don’t like what’s happening then don’t start up and if you do start up… don’t be surprised.
What should they (the Palestinians) do one might ask? Well, they should use construction materials to build up infrastructure like schools, housing, sewage treatment facilities, power plants etc. Instead of spending money on mass rallies where crowds scream for “Martyrdom” and the “blood of Jewis”, or on propaganda teaching children to slaughter the Jews, they should be directing those funds towards building a stronger business community and educating their children in a peaceful manner. That is what they should be doing. Trying to figure out how to live peacefully in a region that is prone to violence, rather than perpetuating that violence.
So next time you are in an argument with someone on line who claims to be a “Human Rights” Activist… ask them and keep asking them just what is it that they support. The answers are the interesting thing and in the end you may not change their hearts and minds but you will illustrate to those looking at the discussion from the outside and who can be informed by it… just what is REALLY being argued.
One person was killed and several wounded on Monday after a digger rammed into a bus in Jerusalem.
The incident, now determined a terrorist attack, took place in the Shmuel Hanavi neighborhood. Five people were lightly wounded: the bus driver, three passengers and a police officer.
An Israel Prison Service officer who was on the scene as the attack unfolded joined a police officer in firing toward the digger driver, who was consequently killed. The IPS officer was lightly wounded while trying to pull the assailant out of the vehicle.
Missing IDF officer Second Lieutenant Hadar Goldin, said to have been captured by Hamas, was declared dead by Chief Military Rabbi Brig.-Gen. Raffi Peretz on Saturday, at 11:25pm.
The Givati commander died in combat on Friday, August 1, 2014, in Rafah when a terrorist emerged from a tunnel in the southern Gaza Strip and detonated himself near an IDF force, killing another officer and a soldier from Givati Brigade - Major Benaya Sarel and Staff Sergeant Liel Gidoni.
Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon arrived at the Goldin family home in Kfar Saba accompanied by the head of the IDF’s Human Resources Branch, Maj.-Gen. Orna Barbivai and the Chief Military Rabbi, to deliver the news.
The army said the Chief Military Rabbi considered halacha, medical and other relevant considerations, as well as findings from the battlefield, before making the decision. The family was told there were enough pathological findings at the scene to declare Hadar’s death, and these findings also allow his burial.
US-UN plan for 72-hour ceasefire and talks falls apart, as Hamas breaches truce with Rafah attack and kidnapping; after five soldiers killed Thursday, IDF death toll rises to 61
The Times of Israel is liveblogging events as they unfold through Friday, the 25th day of Operation Protective Edge. The US and UN announced a 72-hour truce from Friday morning to be followed by negotiations, but the truce quickly collapsed as Hamas carried out an attack in Rafah in which a soldier was kidnapped. Thursday saw 90 rockets fired at Israel, several Israelis hurt by mortar fire, ongoing IDF strikes at Hamas targets in Gaza and tunnel demolitions, and US criticism of an Israeli strike that killed a reported 15 people at a UN school in Gaza on Wednesday
Five IDF soldiers were killed late Thursday in a mortar attack inside the Israeli border; 61 soldiers and three civilians have been killed on the Israeli side in the 25 days of fighting, while Gazan health officials put the death toll there at over 1,400. Israel says hundreds of those are Hamas fighters.
A Belgian physician who refused to treat a Jewish woman with a fractured rib suggested she visit Gaza to get rid of the pain.
The physician made the remark on Wednesday while manning a medical hotline in Flanders, Belgium’s Flemish region, whose capital, Antwerp, has a sizeable Orthodox Jewish population, the local Jewish monthly Joods Actueel reported Thursday.
The woman, Bertha Klein, had her son, who is American, call the hotline at 11 p.m.
“I’m not coming,” the doctor reportedly told the son and hung up. When the son called again, the doctor said: “Send her to Gaza for a few hours, then she’ll get rid of the pain.” According to Joods Actueel, the doctor confirmed the exchange, saying he had an “emotional reaction.”
Health ministry officials were looking into the incident, according to the monthly’s online edition. According to Joods Actueel, the doctor knew the patient was Jewish because of Klein’s son’s American accent.
The family called a friend, Samuel Markowitz, who is an alderman of the Antwerp district council and a volunteer paramedic. He called the doctor to confirm the exchange, and also recorded their conversation.
Hershy Taffel, Bertha Klein’s grandson, filed a complaint with police for discrimination.
This is the kind of thing that you see all the time at Arutz Sheva or Pamela’s blog and tend to not give it too much credibility, but this is from Haaretz which is a reliable news source.