Israel Update: 27 July 2017
ARAB VIOLENCE AS TEMPLE MOUNT CRISIS CONTINUED
A Palestinian terrorist murdered Yosef Salomon, 70, his daughter Chaya Salomon, 46, and son Elad Salomon, 36. and seriously wounded Tova Salomon 68 as they celebrated the arrival of a new grandchild at a Sabbath evening meal on Friday 21 July. The murderer stated that he wanted to commit a terror attack because of events surrounding the Temple Mount in Jerusalem.
In Amman, an Israeli guard was stabbed by a Jordanian workman inside an Israeli embassy residence on Sunday. The guard opened fire on his attacker killing him and accidentally, a second man. Initially the Jordanians refused to allow the guard to leave the country but eventually he and the rest of the Embassy staff returned to Israel on Monday night.
On Monday in Petach Tikva, a Palestinian Arab stabbed an Israeli Arab bus driver whom he mistook for a Jew. The victim, who was stabbed in the neck, suffered severe to moderate injuries. The attacker was eventually arrested after being hit in the face with a pizza platter by the owner of a pizzeria whom he had also tried to stab.
Two IDF soldiers were injured last week in a car-ramming attack at a checkpoint near Hebron. The Israeli government blamed the terrorism on incitement by Palestinian political and religious leaders.
A terrorist attempted to stab a female IDF soldier last Thursday before being shot and killed by security forces at the scene.
JULY 14 TEMPLE MOUNT ATTACK VIDEO
Israeli police released a video showing that the three attackers had an accomplice, an unidentified fourth individual, who brought the guns in a backpack onto the Temple Mount and left them in the Al-Aqsa Mosque.In the wake of this terror attack in which two Israeli police officers were killed near the compound on 14 July Israeli put in place security measures including metal detectors.
PA President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah faction called for Muslims to “intensify the popular struggle” over the Temple Mount, despite the removal of metal detectors and security cameras from the site on Tuesday.
Khaled al-Mughrabi, one of al-Aqsa’s top preachers, said in of2015, “The Israelites…eat bread kneaded with the blood of children.” Mughrabi said on other occasions that the Jews are the real culprits behind the 9/11 attacks and are planning to take over the world. Omar Abu-Sarah, another of al-Aqsa’s chief preachers, said in a sermon: “I say to the Jews loud and clear: The time for your slaughter has come.”
(Al Aqsa is one of Islam’s holiest sites)
Both Hamas and the P.A’s Fatah ruling party called for another “Day of Rage on Friday. (28 July)
The Muslim authorities in Jerusalem instructed worshippers to remain outside the Aqsa Mosque compound on Tuesday, even after Israel removed the metal detectors from entrances to the holy site that had prompted days of violent clashes.
But on Thursday, the Islamic authorities announced that Muslims would once again be encouraged to worship at the al-Aksa compound after Israel removed newly installed security measures at the holy site. …Security cameras and barricades at Temple Mount were dismantled Thursday morning. Israeli authorities had already dismantled the metal detectors it had placed at the entrance to the site.
In Mecca, Saudi Arabia, there are 5,000 closed-circuit television cameras overseen by a British company, G4S.As a security measure, an electronic bracelet is attached to each of the millions of pilgrims throughout their entire stay in the kingdom, allowing the authorities to monitor them.
THE PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY
According to the PA budget for 2017, salaries to incarcerated and released terrorists will amount to $153.4 million, a rise of 13% over 2016. The amount allocated in 2017 for the families of those killed or wounded in terrorist activities against Israelis is $190.8 million. Altogether, PA expenditures for supporting terror in 2017 total $344 million. This amounts to 49.6% of total foreign aid expected by the PA in 2017. By contrast, the total PA budget for real welfare support is $211.6 million. The amount of welfare support per family is much smaller than the salaries provided to terrorists and their families.
A joint initiative between the government and Israel’s biggest employers to hire more Israeli Arabs saw more than 500 people taken on in 2016. Between April 2016 and June 2017, hiring of Israeli Arabs reached 722, with 200 serving in positions at headquarters or senior management.
From June 2016 to May 2017, 32 new Israeli companies entered the UK market. They invested 152 million pounds and created 888 new jobs, the British Embassy in Tel Aviv reported.
The Britain Israel Research Academic Exchange (BIRAX) has funded over £7 million in 15 bilateral research programs including stem cell treatments for multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease and therapies for Type 1 diabetes.
U.S. UN Ambassador Haley said Tuesday: “The United Nations…has passed multiple resolutions calling on Hizbullah to disarm. It has called on the Lebanese state to exercise control over its territory. But neither of these things has happened….Hizbullah openly defies these resolutions and impedes the Lebanese government’s ability to exercise full control over its territory.” “Hizbullah’s illegal weapons build-up is putting the people of Lebanon in great danger…We must begin to get serious about enforcing our own resolutions that have been routinely violated by Iran and Hizbullah.”
Israeli firefighters in two planes from the Air Force’s Fire Squadron completed a five-day mission Sunday in Montenegro to put out wildfires. Israeli firefighters dropped 78,000 liters of fire retardant in 36 sorties.
More than 50 Fijiian children will undergo surgery by a team of medical specialists from Israel. The team was part of the Mashav project, an arm of the Israeli Foreign Ministry, which assists more than 60 countries to alleviate hunger, disease and poverty.
COMMENT & OPINION
Bassam Tawil: The slain (Israeli) police officers were stationed there to ensure the safety of Muslim worshippers. The Palestinian spin doctors are attempting to divert attention from the terror attack by making it look as if the crisis began when Israel installed the metal detectors and not when two police officers were murdered.…In reality, it is the Palestinians themselves who are desecrating the sanctity of the Temple Mount, using the site to launch violent attacks against Jews by hurling stones at Jews praying at the nearby Western Wall. They have also been smuggling various types of weapons into the Temple Mount in order to throw firebombs and stones at Jewish visitors and policemen. The Palestinian leadership and Waqf officials have also encouraged Muslims to harass Jewish visitors and police officers by hurling insults at them.
Mohammed Kaabiya: It is upon us as Arab citizens of Israel to condemn all acts of terror without doubting or blinking, in a loud and clear voice, as well as fighting incitement and those within our society who call for violence. The Palestinian leadership is abusing Islam and its holy site to incite the masses in order to promote their own agenda.
Jonathan S Tobin: How could putting metal detectors to protect a holy site from a recurrence of murder provoke outrage, violence and a promise of mass riots? The answer is that this isn’t about metal detectors. It’s about the right of Jews to be in Jerusalem.
Eli Lake: A prevailing Palestinian narrative about the Al Aqsa Mosque is that Jews are a threat to its preservation. You hear it in the speeches of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, in which he falsely claims Jewish settlers are building tunnels underneath the Temple Mount. He complains of “dirty feet” stepping on this holy ground. Martin Kramer, a historian, told me that the attack at the Temple Mount broke a taboo. “The usual Islamist claim is the danger to the mosque and the shrine is from Jews,” he said. “Here there was an actual conspiracy to smuggle weapons into this holy place and Hamas does not condemn it, they praise it. Who poses the greater danger to Al Aqsa?”
Benny Avni: This isn’t about metal detectors…PA President Mahmoud Abbas has utilized the Al-Aqsa Mosque to manufacture Palestinian and Muslim rage. In the long run, America’s smart move is to start addressing the follies of manufactured Muslim outrage and holding Abbas and the Palestinians accountable for their incitement.
Honest Reporting: Several news services sought to equate the murder of three members of the Saloman family stabbed to death in their own home, with the deaths of rioting Palestinians whipped up by their leaders. One of the rioters was reportedly killed by his prematurely exploding petrol bomb.