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Police: Muslim Women Arrested for Anti-Jewish Provocation

reposted from Arutz 7
Iyar 11, 5773, 21/04/13

Muslim women who tried to physically prevent Jews from visiting the Temple Mount were arrested, police say.

by Maayana Miskin

Several of the Muslim women who repeatedly attempted to physically block Jews from visiting the Temple Mount were arrested, police have said.

Police commander Avi Biton reported the arrests in a letter to Michael Puah, who had sent a letter of complaint over the women’s provocative actions.

The women’s actions were caught on film over the Passover holiday. The women moved to sit in front of a passageway in order to prevent Jewish visitors from accessing the area, but eventually moved after police officers spoke to them.

Jewish visitors reported that the women yelled insults at them as they walked by.

In his letter to Biton, Puah noted that the women’s actions were not a one-time protest, but rather, part of an ongoing effort by female Muslim worshipers to interfere with Jewish access to the holy site.

Biton said that several of the women had been arrested, and some would face criminal charges. Some were temporarily barred from visiting the Temple Mount, he said.

Puah noted that the provocations caused concern not only due to the issue of Jewish access to the holy site, but also due to the recent discovery of a Muslim terrorist cell that was active on the Temple Mount. "There is real fear that from this group of women who do whatever they please will come a female terrorist, or even a male terrorist hidden by those baggy clothes, who will complete the work of the terror cell that was caught," he wrote.

'Jews Should be Able to Pray on Temple Mount'

reposted from The Jerusalem Post
April 18, 2013 Thursday 8 Iyyar 5773

by Daniel K. Eisenbud

New Interior C’tee head Regev says she plans to tour holy site; Meretz MK warns initiative could sabotage peace process.

MK Miri Regev (Likud), appointed Wednesday to chair the Knesset Interior and Environmental Affairs Committees, generated heated controversy when she said she intended to tour the Temple Mount with Interior Committee members to further the possibility of legalizing Jewish prayer at the site.

“Jews can pray at the Temple Mount,” said Regev, who in her new role could play a pivotal part in changing longstanding legislation barring Jewish visitors from praying there.

In a statement to the press Wednesday, she added that she will not hesitate to address the highly controversial issue.

“I don’t understand why a Jew is not allowed to pray in the most sacred place for him – the Temple Mount,” she said. “I intend to soon tour there, with an emphasis on freedom of Jewish prayer.”

MK Michal Roisin (Meretz) swiftly condemned Regev’s comments in a statement Wednesday, warning that her words could sabotage the peace process and ignite a “third intifada.”

“This is a low attempt and a cynical use of religion for political purposes to sabotage the peace process,” said Roisin.

“The government operates on an internal contradiction – on the one hand, it claims to adhere to the outline of two states for two peoples; and on the other hand, initiatives like this one by MK Regev hinder the process of negotiating.”

Roisin warned that it was just such an initiative by former prime minister Ariel Sharon in 2000 that ignited the second intifada.

“MK Regev seems to be all too happy to launch a third intifada,” she continued. “It’s up to the prime minister to immediately stop such an initiative. The Temple Mount issue will only be resolved through a peace agreement that will recognize it as a sacred place for the three religions – and only then can we allow all three religions to respectfully pray there and carry out their beliefs with pluralism, equality and mutual respect.”

Still, MK Moshe Feiglin (Likud) has repeatedly expressed great consternation that Jews, including members of Knesset, are prevented from going to the Temple Mount to pray.

Meanwhile, Regev, who was roundly criticized last May for calling migrants a “cancer,” also said she will ensure that political refugees continue to enjoy the protection they are afforded under international law, while illegal immigrants remain prosecuted.

“The committee will maintain the character of the national and democratic state, with concern for minorities and individuals,” she said. “Concern for minorities is, in my opinion, a Jewish national duty.”

Regev said that in the coming weeks she will also tour south Tel Aviv to study the illegal immigration problem.

Committee members responded to her promotion with praise and wished her success.

In a statement, MK Uri Maklev (United Torah Judaism) said Regev will represent the people of Israel fairly and effectively.

“I’m sure the Interior Committee headed by MK Miri Regev would not be a rubber stamp for the government,” said Maklev.

“And [she] will focus on issues regarding improving the quality life for the citizens of Israel – even if sometimes she will have to act against the government.”

Indeed, Regev said she is going to implement her “social world view,” which seeks to “put the person at the center,” adding that such a focus will serve to strengthen local government.

MK David Azoulay (Shas) praised Regev’s ideology, saying “the role of the committee is to take care of the local governments and prevent any harm to local authorities.”

Regev also said she will work to continue to strengthen the Environmental Protection Ministry and address the issues of civil rights and natural resources.

MK Hamad Amer (Yisrael Beytenu) emphasized the importance of promoting the development plans for Druse communities, “because they have not been advanced in 40 years,” he said.

Regev said that she will cooperate fully with the government and the coalition, while maintaining “independence of thought.” She was sworn in before Knesset Speaker Yuli Edelstein and Knesset House Committee chairman MK Tzachi Hanegbi, and will hold both positions throughout the term of the 19th Knesset without rotations.

Arab Gang Planned to Shoot Up Jewish Visitors on Temple Mount

reposted from Arutz 7
Iyar 8, 5773, 18/04/13

Israeli officials announced that they had nabbed a gang of Arab terrorists who were planning a terror attack on the Temple Mount

by David Lev

Israeli officials on Thursday announced that they had nabbed a gang of Arab terrorists who were planning a terror attack against Israelis or tourists who visited the Temple Mount. An indictment was handed down Thursday against five suspects, residents of an Arab neighborhood in Jerusalem, on charges of terrorism and conspiracy to murder and kidnap innocent civilians.

According to the indictment, the gang's leader, Nur Hamdan, last February organized the group to carry out a shooting attack against Jews or tourists who visited the Temple Mount. According to the rules of the Waqf, which essentially has the last word on whom is allowed to visit, non-Moslems are allowed to tour the Mount for several hours a day. Jews are forbidden from praying on the Mount, and Jewish groups are followed around by a policeman and Waqf religious functionary to ensure that no praying takes place.

Hamdan and his gang contacted the Izaddin al-Qasam and the Fatah-affiliated Al-Aqsa Brigades terror groups, as well as with terrorists in Arab towns in Judea and Samaria and in Gaza, for guidance and assistance on how to carry out the attack. The gang met numerous times in February and March of this year to discuss the plan.

The gang planned to attack groups of religious Jews who ascended the Mount, and to open fire on police stationed there as well. The group also planned to take some of those it injured as prisoners to be used in a deal to force Israel to release terrorists in Israeli prisons.

In March, two members of Hamdan's gang, Imad Sha'er and Jalal Kuttub, planned an additional terror attack; they decided to kidnap an Israeli civilian or IDF soldier waiting at a bus stop or seeking a ride, steal his weapon, and murder him. The two, along with a third terrorist, Amjad Razam, drove through the Pisgat Ze'ev neighborhood and picked up a young Jewish man who asked for a ride to the town of Adam, outside Jerusalem. The three drove in the direction of Samaria, but when it turned out he did not have a weapon, the dropped him off at his destination.

The gang was caught based on intelligence work by Israel Police, the Shabak, and the IDF.

5 Charged for Plot to Kill Jews Praying at Temple Mount

reposted from The Jerusalem Post
April 18, 2013 Thursday 8 Iyyar 5773

by Yonah Jeremy Bob

East Jerusalem Palestinians indicted for conspiring to carry out shooting and kidnapping attacks against Jews worshiping on the Temple Mount and security forces posted in east Jerusalem.

The Jerusalem District Attorney's Office on Thursday submitted an indictment to the Jerusalem District Court against five east Jerusalem Palestinians for conspiring to carry out shooting and kidnapping attacks against Jews praying on the Temple Mount and security forces posted in east Jerusalem.

According to the indictment, defendant Nor Hamdan decided in February 2013 to carry out shooting attacks on Jews who came to the Temple Mount to pray and against security forces in east Jerusalem.

To accomplish this, Hamdan allegedly recruited the other four defendants and others to form a terror cell.

Hamdan made contact with several terror organizations both in the West Bank and Gaza to receive training, guidance and weaponry, said the indictment.

The terror cell met several times in February and March and intended to help enemy terror organizations in their war with Israel, the indictment said.

Next, the indictment said that the cell planned to kidnap a Jew with a weapon, in order to kill him and also steal his weapon for future terror activities.

The state has requested to remand all defendants to police custody until the end of the proceedings.

 

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