11 Sivan 5776
Friday, June 17 2016
UPDATES 7 pm Israel time:
…Palestinian terror in the last 24 hours…
Two hotspots of terrorism have been the Jebal Mukaber neighborhood of Jerusalem and Hawara.
In Jebal Mukaber numerous Molotov firebomb attacks have resulted in roads into and out of the neighborhood being blocked as police carry out raids.
Meanwhile in Hawara, numerous Jews protested the incessant “rock” attacks emanating from the Palestinian town. Almost as soon as the protesters (and police) left the town, “rock” throwing resumed.
…Too many Jews going to the Temple Mount?…
The Palestinian media was awash with incitement today over the “vast increase” of “Jewish settlers” going to the Temple Mount. According to the Quds Press, 994 “settlers” came to the Mount in the last two weeks.
Settlers? That is the term that the Palestinians use to refer to all Jews. After all, the Palestinians love to disseminate the fraud that all Jews in Israel are settlers.
994 Jews in two weeks. 71 Jews a day. 71 Jews “allowed” to go to the holiest place in Judaism–a place under complete Israeli sovereignty.
…The ongoing “Leftist” conference in Herzliya devolves into mass delusion…
To listen to the speakers, one would think that an election is being held next week.
Just fired former Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon announced that he will run in the next election to replace Netanyahu.
Former PM and Defense Minister Ehud Barak announced that he is thinking about running for office again.
Former Knesset Minister and head of the Labor party, Tzipi Livni let it be known that she intends to run in the next election–and proceeded to attack Ya’alon.
Current Labor head Yitzhak Herzog continued to vehemently bash Netanyahu and announce to all his own political ambitions.
Former IDF chiefs of Staff Benny Gantz and Gabi Ashkenazi announced they are starting a new cultural movement named “Inside” (whose Obamaesque mission is to “establish an agenda of hope and not fear”)–and replace the current government from the bottom up.
What’s the only problem with all of this political ranting?
There is no election on the horizon. And with Lieberman now ensconced in the Coalition, there is not likely to be one until 2018 or 2019.
…How dare the Palestinians have to pay for anything!…
Palestinian “Prime Minister” Rami Hamdallah blasted Israel this morning:
“Israel is conducting an outrageous and inhumane water war against the Palestinian people. Palestinians are forced to spend money to buy their own water.”
The Palestinians believe that they shouldn’t have to pay for anything: food, electricity, water, housing…everything should be free because they are victims.
Infantile and unbelievable.
In your humble servant’s opinion, a great man died yesterday.
Dr. Irving Moskowitz, whose often stated goal was to “do everything I possibly can to help reclaim Jerusalem for the Jewish people” passed away at age 88. Perhaps a more accurate statement of Dr. Moskowitz’s mission was “to reclaim the land of Israel for the Jewish people.”
The list of what Moskowitz and his wife Cherna have accomplished is remarkable.
Through their Moskowitz Foundation, they have been the primary supporters of the El’ad and Ateret Cohanim organizations. In eastern, northern, and southern Jerusalem, Moskowitz quietly bought up land and built apartments in areas in which Jews had once lived but had been thrown out of their homes.
Some of those areas include: the Nachalat Shimon neighborhood, Abu Tor, Kfar HaTeimanim of Shiloach, Maaleh HaZeitim, Kidmat Zion, Ras al-Amud, and Ganei Yitzchak.
More than this, it was Moskowitz who primarily funded the huge Ir David (City of David) archaeological complex just outside the walls of the Old City as well as the restoration of the tunnel that was discovered leading from Ir David to the Kotel (Western Wall).
But even more than this, Moskowitz has been a major donor to the One Israel Fund, that “supports the welfare and safety of the men, women and children of Judea and Samaria.” To that end the Moskowitz Foundation has also made major contributions to the Jewish communities in Itamar, Afula, Hebron and Gush Etzion.
Aside from land purchases and support of Jewish communities, Moskowitz was instrumental in supporting Yashar LaChayal, an amazing organization dedicated to helping the soldiers of the IDF and more specifically the Chayal Boded program that assists lone soldiers who come to Israel to fight in the IDF.
And all of the above just scratches the surface. Schools, hospitals, research institutes, synagogues, yeshivas–the Moskowitz Foundation footprint can be found everywhere you look in Israel.
In the coming days, Dr. Moskowitz will be buried in Jerusalem, the city he so loved–and the city he dramatically changed.
May his wonderful wife Cherna be comforted in her grief as well as his family.
And may the memory of this remarkable man be forever blessed.