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Friday, Jul. 21 '17, כ"ז בתמוז תשע"ז


by Hezki Baruch

Israeli Transportation and Intelligence Minister Yisrael Katz (Likud), who serves as a member of Israel's Secrity Cabinet, on Friday said that the Cabinet decided to keep magnetometers on the Temple Mount and did not leave the decision up to the police.

"The Temple Mount is in our hands," Katz said, quoting the soldiers who liberated Jerusalem's Old City during the Six Day War. "We will not cede sovereignty. The State of Israel is responsible for preserving law and order on the Temple Mount.""Contrary to reports, the Security Cabinet decided to continue using every security precaution which was begun immediately following the despicable terror attack, including the use of metal detectors. The State of Israel is responsible for implementing this policy."

Earlier on Friday, Israel Police announced that entry to the Old City and the Temple Mount would be closed to men below the age of 50, and that private vehicles would not be allowed to enter the Old City or the nearby Sultan Suleiman Street.

Two IDF combat units from the Judea and Samaria unit are stationed in the area to enforce the decision.

Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat said, "Jerusalem District Police Commander Yoram Halevi's decision to place magnetometers at the entrance to the Temple Mount is a brave and responsible one. Two policemen have already been killed on the Temple Mount. We must ensure such an event does not repeat itself."

"We must not bow to threats and allow terror to achieve results. We face security challenges today and will face them in the future, but this decision is proper and we must support the police and stand behind them. I stand with the Jerusalem District Police Commander and support his display of leadership, which encouraged the Cabinet to support his decision.

"This is not a political decision - it's a professional and security decision. No one is trying to change the status quo on the Temple Mount.

"I call on all of Jerusalem's Muslim residents to work to calm the atmosphere, not to act violently, and to obey police instructions. Whoever wants to pray - we are happy to see; whoever wants to involve himself in terror and provocations will be punished with a heavy hand."

Dozens of people were injured on Thursday night in riots which broke out between Muslim rioters and the Israel Police at the Lions Gate near the Temple Mount's entrance. Rioters threw water bottles and stones at the police officers near Lions Gate, and the officers responded with stun grenades.

In a Thursday night meeting, Cabinet members authorized Israel Police to make any decisions necessary "to ensure safe and free access to holy places, while ensuring public safety and order" on the Temple Mount.

"Israel must preserve the status quo on the Temple Mount, as well as freedom of access to holy sites," a spokesperson said. "Israel must ensure the safety of all worshipers and visitors to the Temple Mount."

by David Rosenberg


Police evacuated residents in western Jerusalem as firefighters battled a forest fire on the edge of the city Thursday afternoon.

According to a police spokesman, a blaze in the Jerusalem forest had forced the closure of a number of streets in the capital, including Rachel Hameshoreret and Harazim Streets and segments of Ish Shalom Road, and Herzl Boulevard in Yefe Nof.

Heavy smoke from the fire also prompted the evacuation of some homes on Rachel Hameshoreret and Harazim streets.

Sixty firefighter units from areas near Jerusalem have been deployed to the scene of the fire and are working to contain the blaze. Air-borne firefighting units have also been called in to battle the fire.

Later on Thursday, a second fire broke out in western Jerusalem near Lifta, to the west of the Romema neighborhood. Firefighting units have been deployed to the scene to contain the second blaze.

Some residents on Panim Meirot Street in the Mattersdorf neighborhood and on its continuation, Sorotzkin,Street, were forced to evacuate due to the heavy smoke from the second fire. Police have also begun evacuating the Neveh Simcha nursing home in Mattersdorf. Streets and offices near the main bus station, in the Givat Shaul neighborhood and those visiting the Har Hamenuchot cemetery have benn evacuated as well.

Latest news reports say the Jerusalem forest fire is under control, while the Romema fire is not yet controlled. The firefighters explaned that the fires began in the dry beds of wadis in the forest and spread rapidly through the brush surrounding them due to the high, dry winds blowing in the area.

by Ido Ben Porat


Israel Police Commissioner Roni Alsheikh arrived on Friday to oversee Israel Police's preparations for the Friday Temple Mount prayers.

Just after 12p.m., Arab public figures arrived on Salah al-Din Street and began inciting Arab passersby. They attempted to break through the police checkpoint and threw stones at the security forces.

Israel Police dispersed the rioters.

Thousands of Israel Police and Border Police officers have been stationed in Jerusalem - especially in the Arab areas and Old City - since Thursday night, to preserve order, direct traffic, and allow thousands of Muslim worshipers to pray safely.

At a police meeting, Alsheikh said, "As Israel's police force, we have an obligation to provide security to all of Israel's citizens, no matter who they are. At the same time, we must not forget that the terror attack last week signaled that a red line had been crossed in the sensitive situation on the Temple Mount."

"We are dealing with several challenges both in and out of Jerusalem.

"Israel Police will do all it can to allow for freedom of rituals and religion for anyone who wants them, and we will do our best to preserve the Temple Mount's status quo. We are implementing the Cabinet's decision authorizing us to implement any necessary precautions and to use sensitivity when necessary.

"I believe that our forces are ready for any situation, and will preserve public order and security. We will work to return normalcy and allow Jerusalem's residents to live an ordinary life. We ask Jerusalem's residents to work with us to achieve these goals."

Alsheikh also emphasized that Israel Police will not allow violations of the law or public order, and that it will work determinedly against anyone who attempts to abuse the Temple Mount's holiness in order to carry out terror attacks or harm the lives of the innocent.

Last Friday, three terrorists carried out a shooting terror attack on the Temple Mount, killing two police officers and wounding a third. In order to prevent future tragedies, Israel's government authorized placing magnetometers at the entrances to the site. The Waqf and Arab MKs and leaders called the metal detectors a change in the status quo, although police found weapons stored on the mount with the Waqf's help, and called for protests.
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by Reut Hadar

Israel Police rescued a 40-year-old Petah Tikva resident who was trapped for 16 hours when a safe fell on him during work.

The police began searching for a man who was reported as missing since Thursday afternoon.

"A police chief searching with the missing man's partner found him in his workplace, trapped under a heavy safe and unable to escape," a police spokesperson said.

The man explained that the safe - which weighed 1763.7 lbs (800 kg) - had fallen on him while he worked, leaving him trapped for sixteen hours.

The police chief alerted the firefighters, who arrived on the scene and extracted the victim. He was transferred to Rehovot's Kaplan Medical Center in moderate condition..

Earlier this month, a yeshiva worker in Brooklyn jumped into a safe to avoid being crushed by it as it fell.

by Orly Harari

A tractor stolen from the central town of Karmei Yosef was found on Friday morning near the Ramallah-area Arab town of Budrus.

After receiving reports of the missing tractor, IDF and Border Police personnel began searching the area, finally finding the tractor near the security fence.

Initial investigations show that the thieves attempted to breach the security fence while traveling towards Judea and Samaria, but security forces and the fence apparently caused the thieves to abandon their loot.

A criminal investigation team and a sapper arrived on the scene to investigate. The tractor is expected to be returned to its owners later on Friday.

"The IDF contributes much to the battle against agricultural crime, in which Palestinian Arabs often attempt to bring the stolen goods to their own towns," a police spokesman said.

Police are investigating the incident.


by Dalit Halevi

Palestininan Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas returned home from China earlier than planned because of the tensions on the Temple Mount.

At the same time, Abbas is pressuring international bodies to force Israel to rescind its decision to place metal detectors at the Temple Mount and Al-Aqsa Mosque entrances.

The security measures, including metal detectors, were implemented this week after three terrorists from the Haifa District's Umm al-Fahm murdered two policemen in a terror attack and wounded a third last Friday.

Abbas called an emergency meeting of PA leaders, including the Palestinian Liberation Organization's executive committee and Fatah's Central Committee.

International and Islamic bodies currently in Jerusalem, including the High Follow-Up Committee and Al-Aqsa Mosque, declared a "day of rage" in protest of the new security measures.

Jerusalem Mufti Sheikh Mohammed Hussein reiterated his encouragement to Muslims to come as close as possible to Al-Aqsa mosque. The mosque's imams announced that Friday's prayers would not be held in the mosques themselves and called on Muslim residents of Jerusalem to come to the Old City and pray near - but not on - the Temple Mount.

by Arutz Sheva Staff


The gag order on last week's deadly terrorist attack on the Temple Mount was partially lifted Thursday, allowing the publication of more security videos of the attack.

Two Druze police officers were murdered in the attack.

The joint investigation by the Israel Police and the Shin Bet revealed the route by which the three terrorists entered Jerusalem and reached the Old City and the Temple Mount.

According to the investigation, the three terrorists arrived in the capital early Friday morning, along with another accomplice. The terrorists split off when they reached the old city so as not to walk in a group, with the accomplice carrying the weapons used in the attack behind them.

The terrorists entered the Temple Mount separately and made their way to the Al Aqsa Mosque, where they prayed.

After finishing their prayers, the three terrorists left the mosque. One of the terrorists held the bag concealing the weapons.

The accomplice was seen leaving the Temple Mount without the bag after having entered the mount with it.

As they left the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the terrorists continued to walk toward the bathroom compound inside the Temple Mount area, where they changed into long clothes. They left the compound armed with their weapons.

The terrorists opened fire on the policemen who were guarding one of the entrances to the Temple Mount, killing one. They then ran back into the compound.

The police pursued the terrorists and engaged in a shootout with them. Another police officer was killed during the shootout, as were two of the terrorists.

The third terrorist rose again after being shot and attempted to stab police officers before he was shot again and killed.

The commander of the Jerusalem District ordered the closure of the Temple Mount immediately following the attack while police searched the mount for hidden weapons. The police found and confiscated knives, clubs, stun grenades, incendiary materials, slingshots and other weapons.

According to the police, the investigation and the documentation of the terrorists smuggling weapons onto the Temple Mount prove the cynical exploitation of the holy site and the lax security conditions by the terrorists.

The Temple Mount was closed to visitors for two days and reopened on Sunday. However, Muslim worshipers have largely avoided the mount after the Jordanian Waqf, an Islamic trust which oversees the holy site, forbade Muslims from ascending the mount as long as the newly installed metal detectors remain in place.

A security source told Arutz Sheva, "The documentation in the video shows that the government must support the demand of Minister Erdan and allow the metal detectors to remain on the Temple Mount - the metal detectors could have prevented the attack on the Temple Mount."


by Arutz Sheva Staff


A Nevada parole board on Thursday granted O.J. Simpson parole after he apologized for his role in a 2007 armed robbery, said he'd been a model prisoner, and promised that he'd have no conflicts if released.

"I've done my time. I've done it as well and as respectfully as I think anyone can," Simpson said, according to CNN.

The former NFL star has served nine years of a nine-to-33-year sentence for an armed robbery and kidnapping in Las Vegas. He is expected to be released as early as October, and said he plans to move to his home in Florida.

The 70-year-old Simpson also repeatedly deflected taking full responsibility for that Vegas crime and avoided any mention of his infamous 1995 acquittal for the slayings of his ex-wife Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend Ron Goldman.

Simpson said associates misled him during the Vegas robbery and then turned on him in court.

"Unfortunately, they got a get-out-of-jail-free card when they said 'O.J. told me (to do it),'" Simpson said. "Nothing I can do about that."

The four parole board members voted unanimously to grant him parole, and board member Tony Corda said he was graded a "low risk to reoffend."

Simpson said in closing remarks that he had been a peacemaker in the prison and had been a model prisoner.

"I've spent nine years making no excuses about anything. I am sorry that things turned out the way they did. I had no intent to commit a crime," he was quoted as having said.

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