UPDATES 6 pm Israel time, Sunday, March 16 2014:
**It has been a joyous Purim holiday in Israel with children and adults dressed in costumes and going to parties to commemorate the events with Queen Esther in Shushan thousands of years ago and to escape the pressures of everyday life in the country.
One of the mainstays of Israeli Purim celebrations are parades. Here’s a scene from one such parade in Tel Aviv today:
One of your humble servant’s favorite photos of the day was the hilarious one below of Jewish Home legislator Orit Struck in the annual Purim parade in Hebron. Struck who is one of the most outspoken supporters of Judea and Samaria in the entire country of Israel, dressed herself up as ultra-leftist Michal Rozin of the Meretz party, and carried a sign that said “Get out of the territories, we want missiles in Tel Aviv, too!”
**It has been revealed that two people were killed and five people wounded by a Palestinian rocket fired at southern Israel several days ago.
A 2 year old boy and a 55 year old woman died of their injuries when a missile crashed into their house and exploded. By the way, both of the victims were Palestinians living in Beit Hanoun in the northern part of Gaza.
The missile in question misfired and fell in Gaza instead of Israel.
**Immigration to Israel increased by 6.7% in January compared to January last year according to statistics released yesterday by the Central Bureau of Statistics. 1,218 new citizens to Israel arrived as opposed to 1,141 the year before.
Uri Ariel of the Jewish Home party, who has made it his personal quest to ensure that Jews can pray at our holiest place on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, again fought through Jerusalem Police restrictions to ascend the Mount yesterday.
At first the Police attempted to block Ariel because of dozens of Muslim rioters who threw “rocks” and other items in the morning. When Ariel insisted on climbing up to the Temple Mount, he was finally permitted though the time he could spend there was shortened because of “the request of local authorities” (aka the Islamic Wakf that Israel has absurdly permitted to control religious activities on the Mount for the last 47 years).
Ariel had this to say about his experience:
“A reality in which rioters determine the day’s agenda on the Temple Mount, and prevent Jewish visitors from ascending is unacceptable. I went up to the Mount this morning, I intend to keep on doing so in the future, and I demand that security forces help keep Jewish sovereignty intact and allow any Jew to ascend to the Mount freely.”
Your humble servant has nothing but praise for Uri Ariel and his ongoing attempts to make the Temple Mount a place where all Jews can pray–whenever they want.