28 Tammuz 5777
22 July 2017
The News on the Israel Street
A rough day in Jerusalem yesterday . . .
It was a tough day for our security forces. With incitement from all over the Muslim world doing its best to whip the Palestinian public into a frenzy, local Muslim leaders felt compelled to follow suit.
One of the most egregious instances was that of Israeli-Arab members of the Knesset (who call themselves “Palestinians”) making a show of trying to make it to the Temple Mount to pray at the Al-Aksa Mosque.
Why was it “a show”?
Because no Knesset (Muslim or Jewish) legislators have been allowed on the Temple Mount for months by order of the government. So, instead of going up to the Mount they stopped outside one of the gates of the Old City, and exhorted the crowd with chants of: “Khaybar, Khaybar, Ya Yehud!”–a reference to the Mohammed’s slaughter of the Jews of Khaybar in 628 CE.
The crowd heard the usual canards of “There is no Jewish connection to the Mount”, “The Jews want to destroy Al-Aksa”, and “The Jews are murdering Muslim women and children.” It was a like a scene from some poorly written movie.
Except for the very real results. Riots ensued at that location and elsewhere which culminated in three terrorists being killed as they attempted to kill our police and soldiers. And the tragically gruesome terror attack at Halamish described below occurred not long after.
And all the while, hundreds of Muslims who were not inclined to riot went through the metal detectors and prayed at Al-Aksa.
Further thoughts on the U.S. State Department Report . . .
Your humble servant still cannot get out his mind this section from the absurdly pro-Palestinian U.S. State Department’s “Country Reports on Terrorism: 2016” (reported on in yesterday’s blog):
” . . . the PA has made progress in reducing official rhetoric that could be considered incitement to violence. Explicit calls for violence against Israelis, direct exhortations against Jews . . . are rare and the leadership does not generally tolerate it.”
Continuous incitement to violence, explicit calls for violence, and direct exhortations against Jews: that is all we have heard from the PA (aka the PLO) for decades.
Just last night, the PLO/Fatah leadership of Mahmoud Abbas called for another “Day of Rage” against Israel today. This morning, Fatah issued a press release which states in part:
“The fight for Jerusalem has begun and will only stop with a Palestinian victory and the liberation of the holy places from the Israeli occupation . . . We congratulate all those who take efforts to defend Al-Aqsa . . . while sacrificing their souls and blood . . . and call on Palestinians to continue their martyrdom.”
A Sea of Blood in Halamish
The murders were so barbarous that we cannot adequately describe the savagery.
A Palestinian terrorist from Khobar broke into a home in Halamish (Neve Tzuf) last night just as ten members of a family had finished Shabbat dinner. He proceeded to viciously stab a 70 year old grandfather, 68 year old grandmother–and their son and daughter both of whom were in their 30s.
The wife of the son who was butchered managed to hide the grandchildren in a room and call police. A neighbor, an IDF soldier from the Oketz Unit, heard the screaming and ran to the home where he shot the terrorist, moderately wounding him.
The grandfather, son, and daughter all bled to death on the spot. The grandmother remains in critical condition.
The Palestinian reaction, as always, utterly defines Palestinian culture. Hamas extolled the terrorist as “heroic.” In Gaza, candy was handed out in the street as joyous demonstrations erupted.
Almost as disgusting were the photos broadcast over Arab media of the terrorist, alive and smiling, being wheeled into Beilinson Hospital for treatment. Israelstreet will not show those photos.
Blood and death. That is what Palestinians live for.