UPDATES 10 am Israel time Friday:
*This morning 60 Jews went to the Temple Mount to identify with Moshe Feiglin and others who have been denied entrance to Judaism’s holiest place or have been severely restricted in what they can do there.
Ironically, given your humble servant’s blog of several days ago about sifting through rubble created by illegal excavations undertaken by the Islamic Wakf on the Mount, what did the Jews on the Mount discover this morning?
Illegal excavations being undertaken by the Islamic Wakf–with the Jerusalem Police standing idly by doing nothing to stop it.
Actually the entire episode on the Mount became even more bizarre when Muslims on the Mount attempted to block the Jews from taking photographs and from even walking around. Rabbi Chaim Richman, who was leading a group from Oakland, California reported: “We encountered a lot of interference especially from shouting and cursing Muslims. At one point when we were on the southern side of the Mount, a young Muslim woman tried to blocked our way from moving forward, blocked physically the way, and began physically pushing my arms. The police did nothing to stop her.”
*As your humble servant has been blogging for some time now, the terrorism in Judea and Samaria is morphing from “rocks” and Molotov cocktails to IEDs and gunfire. Last night, in a scene that has become all too common, the IDF captured Palestinian terrorists in a vehicle at al-Khader near Bethlehem from which Molotov cocktails had been thrown Israeli soldiers.
Inside the vehicle was a veritable stockpile of guns including two advanced sniper rifles, rifle silencers, and tear gas cartridges.
*Jewish community members in Judea and Samaria have begun a nationwide campaign to have Israelis switch from McDonalds to the local hamburger chain Burger Ranch. The McDonalds franchise owner for the entire country of Israel, who is also one of the founders of the self-proclaimed “Peace Now” NGO, indicated two days ago that he would not permit a new McDonalds to be built in a shopping mall now going up in Ariel in Samaria.
Last night, as your humble servant and family were at the local cinema getting ready to watch a movie here in Ashdod, an advertisement for McDonalds came on the screen. It was met by a chorus of boos from movie patrons–most of whom were teenagers.
*For the first time in history, the famed Russian Bolshoi Opera will appear in Israel this summer. The opera to be performed is the Tchaikovsky masterpiece “Yevgeny Onegin” which tells the story of the great poet Alexander Pushkin.
Tickets for the multiple perfomances are being sold like hotcakes.
*Anti-Morsi posters have been been plastered all over Egypt in advance of Sunday’s million person march against Morsi (which, in essence, is a march against the increasing power of the Muslim Brotherhood).
Of course it is highly doubtful that organizers will be able to rally one million people in cities throughout the country, and even if they do, the impact should be negligible. After all, Morsi now has the Egyptian military in his back pocket.