Nissan 23, 5777
April 19, 2017
The News on the Israel Street Today
Palestinian terror continues apace . . .
A bulldozer attack took place at the Tekoa Junction in Gush Etzion earlier this afternoon. A 60-year-old Israeli man was run over by a Palestinian terrorist. The Israeli was “moderately wounded” and rushed to Sha’are Zedek Medical Center with head wounds. The terrorist was shot by IDF forces on the scene and believed to be killed; however, he was resuscitated by MADA personnel. Fortunately, he died shortly thereafter at Sha’are Zedek.
Meanwhile, there have been numerous other terror attacks in the last 24 hours including 4 Molotovs thrown at motorists in the Olive Terminal near Jerusalem, a “rock” and Molotov attack at Givat Ze’ev, another Molotov attack near the Tunnel Road in Jerusalem, an attack by terrorists on the Beit El security fence, yet another Molotov attack between El Khader and Efrat, and other “rock” assaults at Silwad, Tekoa, and Wadi Hermiya.
In total, there have been more than 30 Palestinian terror attacks.
Inter-Palestinian violence continues apace in Gaza . . .
There are so many terror organizations in Gaza that it is hard to keep track of them all. Hamas is in charge, but others are constantly striving for prominence. Yesterday, Mahmoud al-Zaq, the Hamas “Secretary of Labor” was kidnapped at gunpoint by unknown assailants in the Shujaiya neighborhood.
The Palestinian prisoner saga continues . . .
The Palestinian prisoner hunger strike continues with more than 1500 now following multiple-murderer Marwan Barghouti. To the great credit of the government, Interior Security Minister Gilad Erdan and Justice Minister Ayelet Shaked have decided that, at least for the time being, there will be no negotiations with the prisoner/terrorists. Hopefully, they have been reading israelstreet where your humble servant has advocated “letting them rot in prison.”
True to form . . . yawn . . . the PLO is threatening a new intifada if any Palestinian prisoner dies.
Speaking of Palestinian prisoners . . .
You will recall that there are some 6,500 Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails. This morning it was revealed that there are 12,494 Palestinian prisoners in Syrian jails.
The carnage on Israeli roads . . .
More disturbing data today about bicycle and motorcycle accidents in 2016:
*during the year, one motorcyclist a month was killed in a crash involving cars.
*107 bicyclists were hit by cars in Tel Aviv alone
The Israel Supreme Court Continues Its Assault On The “Jewish” State
In yet another shocking but entirely predictable ruling yesterday, the Israel Supreme Court once again delegitimized Judaism at the expense of what it called “democracy.” In doing so, it continued to follow a pattern of decisions ranging from the razing of Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria to the denial of Jewish religious rights on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.
At issue in this case was a Tel Aviv Municipality by-law which enables supermarkets and kiosks to be open on Shabbat. The law was challenged by a variety of entities including Tel Aviv businessmen who sought to maintain the holiness of Shabbat.
The Court, in the personages of Chief Justice Miriam Naor, Justice Esther Hayut, and Justice Dafna Barak-Erez, unanimously voted to uphold the Tel Aviv law.
Their decision stated:
“The special and different status of Shabbat represents the national Jewish culture as well as important social values. Despite this, the status quo includes an important democratic element -namely local democracy which allows the more precise expression of the different characteristics of each town and community.”
To put it a different way, Shabbat is especially important for the survival of national Jewish culture and social values, but its importance is overridden by local democracy.
With rulings like this, how long will national Jewish culture and values survive? If Shabbat is taken away, what will disappear next? What the Israel Supreme Court advocates time and again is a secular society totally divorced from Judaism.
Once again, the Court has demonstrated why it must be overhauled before it is too late.