World Jewry Needs To Get A Grip On Kotel Reality


4 Tammuz 5777

28 June 2017

 

The News on the Israeli Street

Palestinian terror during the last 24 hours . . .

*It should always be remembered that the IDF, Shin Bet, and Border Police are out in Judea, Samaria, and eastern Jerusalem every night trying to thwart terror attacks before they happen. Last night, our security forces captured 13 wanted terrorists: two in Tulkarm, four in Hevron, three in A-Ram, one each in El Moyer, Deir Abu Mashal, Badena, and Binyamin.

*Meanwhile, Palestinian terrorists continue to run amok along the highways of Judea and Samaria. There were more than 20 reported “rock” and Molotov attacks during the day.

NGOs on the rampage . . .

On any given day here in Israel, numerous international and Israeli NGOs are hard at work delegitimizing the country. A brief sample from yesterday:

*The NGO Emek Shaveh petitioned the High Court of Justice to immediately halt the excavation of tunnels being done by the Israel Antiquities Authority. The tunnels run from the Kotel plaza under the Muslim Quarter to the Via Dolorosa. Last year the High Court accepted the government’s position that all of the tunnels are holy to Judaism.

But Emek Shaveh, which makes its living by disputing anything having to do with “Jewish Jerusalem” has never accepted that ruling.

*Meanwhile over in Tel Aviv last night, a rogue’s gallery of NGOs met to decry Israel’s alleged theft of water from the “poor Palestinians” in Gaza. The meeting was sparked by a fraudulent Amnesty International Report on the subject.

Those in attendance included:  Anarchists Against the Wall; People Without Borders; Banki; Bat Shalom; Gush Shalom; the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions; the Public Committee Against Torture in Israel; the Alternative Information Center; Tarabut-Hikabrut; Hadash; Yesh Gvul; Combatants for Peace;  MachsomWatch; Sadka-Reut; New Profile; Coalition of Women for Peace; Physicians for Human Rights; Rabbis for Human Rights; and Ta’ayush.

In case the workings of these abominable organizations are unknown to you, allow your humble servant to illustrate with reference to three:

Ta’ayush is the organization whose head has been turning over Palestinians who sell land to Jews to the PLO so they can be summarily executed.

Machsom Watch is the organization consisting of about 200 women who regularly take tour groups to Israeli checkpoints to see the supposed IDF brutality exhibited against Palestinians. The only problem for them is that tour after tour (your humble servant went on several last year) shows that there is no such brutality.

Gush Shalom is the organization that ran an ad in the newspapers last week comparing Border Policewoman Hadas Malka–who was savagely stabbed to death two weeks ago–to the terrorist who killed her.

By the way, do you know what is causing the water problem in Gaza? Diversion of funds for terrorism and an ongoing population explosion.

As Mazen al-Banna, an engineer and vice president of the Palestinian Water Authority, put it recently: “Not all projects are being completed given the current political situation” (translation: money that should be going to desalination and reclamation is going into Hamas tunnels). Banna continued: The people’s consumption is large, and the size of the population does not match what is available from these natural elements and resources” (translation: the birthrate is out of control).

TODAY’S BLOG:

WORLD JEWRY NEEDS TO GET A GRIP ON KOTEL REALITY

Your humble servant remains flabbergasted by the degree of disinformation that is being disseminated by politicians in Israel and religious entities abroad about the freezing of the “egalitarian plan” at the Kotel.

Here is an example of the blather coming from the United States today:

“The Jewish Federation of the Sacramento Region stands with the Jewish Federations of North America and our partners at The Jewish Agency for Israel in voicing our disappointment of the Government of Israel’s decision to suspend the Kotel resolution and introduce new conversion legislation.  

Suspending the implementation of an egalitarian prayer space at the Western Wall sets back decades of work by our collective Federations to establish the Kotel as a unifying symbol for Jews around the world. This action by the Government of Israel is counterintuitive to our commitment to the concept of “ONE WALL FOR ONE PEOPLE”.  

We urge our community to engage in conversation at your synagogue, as well as contact the Consulate General of Israel to the Pacific Northwest in San Francisco to express your concern.”

It is worthwhile to review the actual situation at the Kotel once again.

The Kotel has been divided into three sections for almost 10 years:

*one section south of the Mughrabi Ramp is for egalitarian prayer; men and women regularly pray there together. This area was designated for egalitarian prayer by Israel’s High Court of Justice.

*two sections are north of the Ramp: one section for women, and one section for men. Any man or woman (orthodox, non-orthodox Jews, and non-Jews) can pray in either of these sections as long as the women pray with women, and the men pray with men.

Let’s take a look at what ALREADY EXISTS:

Note left to right:

Note left to right along the Wall in the top photo: the Kipat HaSela (known to Muslims as the Dome of the Rock), the 48 meter wide prayer section for men, the 17 meter wide prayer section for women, the Mughrabi Ramp, the Al-Aksa Mosque, the egalitatarian section–more or less along the Wall under the Mosque. Also note that the lower picture is the egalitarian section located on the southern part of the Wall from the Mughrabi Ramp to Robinson’s Arch and on to the SW corner of the Wall (source: Ha’aretz)

Here’s another picture of the same thing:

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And now a few pictures of the mixed area:

Note the upper and lower (beside the Wall) platforms.

Note the upper and lower (beside the Wall) platforms.

And another:

Note women and men praying together.

Note women and men praying together.

And another:

This picture is from February 2016. Note the woman is praying with a shawl, phylacteries, and a Torah. And a man is praying beside her. Isn't this exactly what the Reform and Conservative Movement want?

This picture is from February 2016. Note the woman is praying with a shawl, phylacteries, and a Torah. And a man is praying beside her. Isn’t this exactly what the Reform and Conservative Movement want?

Once again, all of this ALREADY EXISTS.

And even more, this exists as well, because a breakaway group of Women of the Wall actually are demanding a “Women’s Only” section within the egalitarian section (can you believe this?):

A makeshift curtain separates the Women of the Wall from the mixed-gender section.

A makeshift curtain separates the Women of the Wall from the mixed-gender section.

Since all of this ALREADY EXISTS, what is it that the Reform and Conservative are mainly up in arms about–what is it that was frozen yesterday?

1. the construction of a separate plaza for the egalitarian section

2. the construction of an entrance that would be shared by orthodox and non-orthodox alike (everyone would enter the same entrance and go off in their own directions)

These steps and others are all fine and good, but this is like having your cake and eating it too. It appears to your humble servant and others that the Reform and Conservative Movements are more concerned about the aesthetics of the situation than actually praying at the Wall.

World Jewry should get a grip on reality and understand what the real situation is at the Kotel. 

 

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