THIS SITUATION WILL NOT CONTINUE!

Ben Packer,

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Ben Packer
Originally from Petersburg, Virginia, Ben Packer moved to Israel in 1999, where he served in the IDF's Givati Brigade in the Gaza Strip. Ben served as a Rabbi on campus at Univ. of North Carolina and at Duke Univ. Ben now serves as Director of the Jerusalem Heritage House (www.heritagehouse.org.il) and Co-Director of Young Jewish Conservatives (www.youngjewishconservatives.org). He lives in the Old City of Jerusalem with his wife and 6 children....

What is stopping the Mayor of Jerusalem from coming to the "arab shuk" in the Old City of Jerusalem and putting a stop to the criminal harassment that is ongoing there? Would the police allow Mayor Barkat to be subjected to such treatment? What about Gilad Erdan? or Naftali Bennett? WHERE ARE THEY?!!!! How long will this street terrorism be allowed to continue? The police are clearly incapable (for whatever reason) of restoring order as long as its just regular religious Jews being assaulted. For that matter, where are the Chief Rabbis? The Chief Rabbi of the Western Wall? 

I am stating clearly: THIS SITUATION WILL NOT CONTINUE! How it is stopped is in the politicians' and the police's hands. They should do their jobs so that someone else doesn't do it for them - likely will be messier. 

In the meantime, the situation should not be "ignored" like the illustrious Nir Barkat so ridiculously suggested. The opposite: More Jews should come to the Old City - AND GO THROUGH THE SHUK specifically because of the attacks by our terrorist neighbors! More Jews should come to pray at the "Kotel HaKatan"! A permanent "Aron Kodesh" should be set up there immediately! People should visit the rebuilt "Ohel Yitzchak" Synagogue, right near the Western Wall Plaza! The Hurva Synagogue, soon to be rebuilt Tiferes Yisrael Synagogue, Ir Dovid - its a time to show solidarity! 

Moadim l'Simcha,

Ben Packer

Old City, Jerusalem

www.heritagehouse.org.il

www.youngjewishconservatives.org