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Friday, Apr. 17 '15, Nisan 28, 5775



HEADLINES:
1. POLICE NAME SUSPECT IN JERUSALEM CAR ATTACK
2. 'EU BOYCOTTS ISRAEL, NOT MURDERERS IN SYRIA OR GAZA'
3. BAPTISM CEREMONY IN JEWISH TOWN CANCELED AT LAST MINUTE
4. LIBERMAN TO PLACE HAMAS'S DESTRUCTION AS COALITION CONDITION
5. WHY DOES THE MUSLIM WORLD DENY THE HOLOCAUST?
6. VIDEO: ISRAELI TV REPORTER HARASSED IN PARIS
7. WATCH: ILLEGAL ARAB CAR DEALERSHIP FEET FROM CAR ATTACK SITE
8. WATCH: HAREDIM ATTACK SOLDIER, CALL HIM A 'NAZI'


1. POLICE NAME SUSPECT IN JERUSALEM CAR ATTACK
by Uzi Baruch

Israel Police have named the main suspect in a car attack which killed Shalom Yohai Sherki and seriously injured his date, Shira Klein, as 37-year-old Khaled Kutina. 

The terrorist's pregnant wife claimed in interviews with Palestinian Arab media on Friday that her husband is not at all interested in politics and news, so the incident was not a terror attack but "a car accident caused by the weather."

Kutina worked as a cleaner in a mosque near Shuafat neighborhood and suffered a medical problem, Arab media claims.

Kutina's lawyer, attorney, Nasser Mazziz denied the allegations in his client's name.

"My client denies any involvement in illegal activity, except in a car accident that was reasonable under the conditions today," he said. It was raining hard and the respondent believes that ultimately the court will release him." 

On Thursday night, police announced their suspicions that the "car accident" was indeed a terror attack, with evidence from the scene including the way the car struck the bus stop where the two were waiting strengthening that assessment.

Thousands attended Sherki's funeral in Jerusalem on Thursday, which was attended by the Chief Rabbis of Israel and Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat. 

He was the son of the popular Rabbi Uri Sherki, a prominent religious-Zionist scholar, as well as a brother of Channel Two journalist Yair Sherki. 

Friends and teachers at Sherki's former school in Bet El - where he worked as a youth counselor following his IDF service - expressed their shock and sorrow at the loss of "such a special person."


2. 'EU BOYCOTTS ISRAEL, NOT MURDERERS IN SYRIA OR GAZA'
by Reut Hadar, Ari Yashar


Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz (Likud) condemned the request by 16 of the 28 EU states to have "settlement" products from Judea and Samaria labeled, in an economic attack on Israel that was revealed on Thursday.

Writing on his Facebook page, Katz noted Friday that "European Union foreign ministers decided to boycott Israeli produce whose 'source is in the settlements'! Not Syrian produce of (Bashar al-)Assad, not Gaza (produce) of the Hamas murderers, or of any other murderous terror regime in the world. Only Israeli produce."

"What do select Medjool dates raised in the Jordan valley, or products made in Ariel and Ma'ale Adumim (most while providing a livelihood to Palestinian workers), have to do with politics?" posed the minister.

Katz berated "European hypocrisy, nourished by a combination of ancient anti-Semitism and new Islamic influence."

The 16 EU foreign ministers who signed on a letter calling for EU foreign affairs head Federica Mogherini to press the labeling represented Britain, France, Spain, Italy, Sweden, Malta, Ireland, Portugal, Slovenia, Croatia, Finland, Denmark, The Netherlands, Luxembourg, Austria and Belgium.

Continued Jewish presence in Israel's Biblical heartland "threatens the prospect of a just and final peace agreement," they claimed in the letter, adding that labeling would make it clear to consumers what they were buying as endorsed by EU leaders at a summit in 2012.

Despite the EU claims, the 2012 Levy Report proved proved conclusively that the Jewish presence in Judea and Samaria is legal according to international law. Even though the report was commissioned by Binyamin Netanyahu's government, it has yet to be adopted.

Yesh Atid chairperson Yair Lapid slammed the labeling call, declaring "there is no difference between products manufactured beyond the Green Line and products manufactured within the Green Line," in terms of the economic damage to Israel.

"This kind of a call is a stain on the European Union and Israel should fight to prevent this dangerous process," he added.

Likewise a senior Israeli diplomat told the EU "labeling products from Judea and Samaria is a yellow badge," referencing the "Jude" stars the Nazis forced Jews to wear during the Holocaust. Thursday marked Holocaust Remembrance Day.


3. BAPTISM CEREMONY IN JEWISH TOWN CANCELED AT LAST MINUTE
by Hillel Fendel


Cooperation between residents, municipal officials, a city Chief Rabbi and the Yad L'Achim anti-assimilation organization has lead to the cancellation of a Jehovah's Witnesses baptism ceremony this coming Sabbath.

---Update: A legal appeal of the decision was turned down late Friday afternoon. The issue will be reviewed next week.

This is the second time that Yad L'Achim has succeeded in heading off the same baptism-of-Jews ceremony. It was first scheduled to be held in the city of Holon, just south of Tel Aviv, two months ago. The activist organization received word of the planned event, which was to be held in the city's Yad LeBanim building erected in memory of fallen IDF soldiers. City officials were contacted, and the baptism was called off.

However, the Jehovah's Witnesses missionary group found a new site for the ceremony: the MetroWest Sports Center of Raanana, between Tel Aviv and Netanya. 

Once again, Yad L'Achim went into action, contacting hundreds of city residents and asking them to do what they could to have the ceremony canceled. Raanana's Chief Rabbi Yitzchak Peretz and several City Council officials were also made known of the event and the local residents' efforts to stop it.

Finally, on Wednesday, the city council members of the United Religious List of Raanana drafted a clear ultimatum to Mayor Ze'ev Bielski: "If the ceremony is held, we quit the city government coalition."

The party also threatened to take other action, such as organizing a protest and taking the case to the courts.

The next day, with fewer than 48 hours before the baptism, Mayor Bielski announced that the ceremony would not be held. A special protest prayer service was to have been held outside the Sports Center if the baptism had not been called off. 

Yad L'Achim also notes the inter-city cooperation in this success: Deputy Mayor Rabbi Chaim Steiner of the city of Kiryat Malachi, a personal friend of Raanana's mayor, called him personally and pleaded with him to prevent the anti-Jewish ceremony.


4. LIBERMAN TO PLACE HAMAS'S DESTRUCTION AS COALITION CONDITION
by Hezki Ezra and Tova Dvorin

Yisrael Beytenu chairman Avigdor Liberman will meet with Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu for coalition talks on Friday afternoon, where he will reportedly demand that the IDF obliterate Hamas over the next term. 

Sources close to Liberman told Arutz Sheva before the meeting Friday that the chairman will not discuss the portfolios for the next government, and instead insist on key issues: national security and the Conversion and Draft laws - both of which the haredi parties are likely to demand be retracted for them to join. Liberman also insisted that destroying Hamas is on the agenda in a Reshet Bet interview earlier Friday.

As for the portfolios, Liberman indicated that he expects to be reinstated as Foreign Minister for another term, and that repairing ties with the US is the top priority on his agenda under that role; he also strongly opposes the proposal to add more ministers to the government. 

Rumors have been swirling on the coalition agreements, especially as key right-wing players Yisrael Beytenu and Jewish Home have been among the last parties to be approached by Netanyahu for talks. 

According to an NRG report earlier Friday, Likud have insisted that Liberman has also threatened to sit in the Opposition unless he is reinstated as Foreign Minister and has made most or all of Yisrael Beytenu's coalition conditions dependent on his placement in the government. 

Netanyahu will also meet with Jewish Home Friday afternoon, after weeks of barbs have been traded between the two parties. 


5. WHY DOES THE MUSLIM WORLD DENY THE HOLOCAUST?
by Yoni Kempinski, Ari Yashar

A conference on Holocaust denial in the Muslim world was held at Bar-Ilan University this week ahead of Holocaust Remembrance Day on Thursday, featuring numerous academics, several journalists, and Itamar Marcus of Palestinian Media Watch.

At the event Arutz Sheva got a chance to speak with Dr. Mordechai Kedar of Bar-Ilan University, a renowned expert of Arabic and the Arab world.

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Kedar argued the Arab world denies the Holocaust "because any acknowledging that the Holocaust actually was is in their view legitimizing Israel, and giving Israel (a reason) to live and to exist."

"They deny the Holocaust, they deny the Jewish history, they deny the Jewish connection to this country," he explained.

While much of the Arab world denies the Holocaust, Dr. Kedar noted that alternately some are taught about the Holocaust, but they are taught to think poorly of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler not for his genocide, but rather "because he didn't finish the job with the Jews."

Dr. Nesia Shemer, also of Bar-Ilan University, told Arutz Sheva about the position of Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, head of the International Union of Muslim Scholars, and "the most influential and important Muslim leader in our days."

Shemer noted that al-Qaradawi "argues that the Holocaust did happen, but it was a divine punishment from God to the Jews because of their sins." He also minimizes the genocide, claiming only a million or a million-and-a-half Jews were murdered, and that the "real Holocaust is that of the Palestinians."

What should the response be to this widespread Holocaust denial and corruption of fact?

According to Kedar, the Arab world and the world at large should be confronted with pictures and other historical evidence proving the Holocaust.

He said those documents should include "especially those of the mufti (of Jerusalem) Haj Amin al-Huseini, who actually incited the Nazis to burn the Jews in general, and he actually took a very active part in the extermination of half-a-million Jews in Hungary in 1944."



6. VIDEO: ISRAELI TV REPORTER HARASSED IN PARIS
by Gil Ronen

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Israeli Channel 10's reporter in France, Miri Michaeli, used her Facebook page Thursday to publish video documentation of an anti-Semitic assault she experienced in central Paris.
The incident occurred just as she was about to report on camera about the Germanwings passenger jet disaster in the Alps three weeks ago.
"I did not mean to upload this video," she wrote. "It is not possible to understand what exactly happened there, in that short scene, and I do not look too good there, either. But after the report yesterday, which presented worrisome statistics about anti-Semitism in Europe, I received some questions from viewers and friends who thought that the media (and I, as part of it) are painting an exaggerated picture of the situation.
"It's true that if you walk down the streets of Paris, you may feel nothing," Michaeli explained. "But if you don a kippah, wear a Magen David necklace or hold a microphone that says 'News 10' in Hebrew, it is reasonable to assume that sooner or later, you will realize that the situation is worse than what the statistics indicate. These remarks do not enter the statistics, and are not reported. This happens here, every day, and in every place, and it happened to me, too."
The videos show only the beginning of the incident, she added.

"The man whose face cannot be seen in the video identifies Hebrew on the microphone, passes the information on to his friends and starts to harass. What happened afterward was much worse. They surrounded me, four or five men, and began to curse me. The word Jew was repeated, too."
"My hands shake, three weeks later, when I remember the things that they said. I was standing in the street, I was not bothering anyone, and I was cursed – with aggressive hand motions – and threatened. I looked around. The street was full of people who noted what was going on, they watched from the side, and someone even taped everything with a smartphone, but no one helped me.
"When I felt threatened, I ran off (yes, that is the right word) to the train station, where there were soldiers. Only then did they leave me alone... So no, we were not exaggerating. That is the reality. Now we must fight it."


7. WATCH: ILLEGAL ARAB CAR DEALERSHIP FEET FROM CAR ATTACK SITE
by Ari Yashar

Jerusalem Councilman Arieh King made a shocking revelation on Thursday night, just hours after the funeral of Shalom Yohai Sherki, who police have begun to recognize was murdered in a car terror attack by an Arab driver in Jerusalem's French Hill neighborhood the night before.

In the attack Sherki, the 25-year-old son of noted religious Zionist Rabbi Uri Sherki, and his date Shira Klein were run over as they waited at a bus stop, with Sherki murdered by the attack and Klein being critically wounded.

King posted an explosive video on Facebook, illustrating his argument that due to the lack of law enforcement along Highway 1, also known as Chaim Bar-Lev Street, which is where the attack occurred, along with the "seizure by Muslim sources of lands meant for public use, the region of Highway 1 has become a central target for terrorists seeking to attack Jews in the very heart of Jerusalem."

The video shows an illegal Arab luxury car dealership established on a plot designated for public use, and goes on to show the scene of the attack cordoned with police tape a mere 15 meters (50 feet) away from it. (Click on the image below to view)
King identified the illegally seized plot on an aerial satellite map image as lot 32 in bloc 30509 as per urban planning scheme 1541A, 4229.

He called on Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat to return the law enforcement and "sanity" to eastern Jerusalem, arguing that a strict enforcement of building and planning laws, as well as business and environmental laws, will create public order that will increase the "personal security for each of us."

"The Jerusalem municipality is having trouble finding the way to return the plot to public use," King remarked wryly, noting "I wonder what would have happened if only today the plot had Jews in it."

The councilman expressed his hope "that the attack yesterday will shock the decision makers: the prime minister and the mayor, and that in light of the connection between a lack of enforcement on Highway 1 and a lack of security through Highway 1, Bibi (Netanyahu) and Barkat will decide to return the sovereignty and security to Highway 1 in particular, and Jerusalem in general."


8. WATCH: HAREDIM ATTACK SOLDIER, CALL HIM A 'NAZI'
by Ido Ben-Porat and Tova Dvorin

A haredi soldier from the 'Netzach Yehuda' track in the Israeli Air Force (IAF) was verbally attacked Thursday by a group of haredi extremists in Beit Shemesh, an explosive Facebook video revealed.

The haredi men - who attacked the soldier during Holocaust Remembrance Day - cursed the soldier and called him a "Nazi." 

The soldier himself stressed that this is an extremist minority that does not represent the haredi community as a whole.
Col. (ret.) Jonathan Baranski, a former battalion commander for the unit, spoke about the video on Army Radio on Friday morning.

"It can't be that a soldier goes out in uniform in the heart of the State of Israel and receives this response," Baranski fired. "Dozens of people were in the street watching and no one did anything." 

Last year, the IDF publicly confirmed that officers and soldiers living in hareidi neighborhoods - many of them themselves hareidi - have been subject to physical and verbal abuse. 

Beit Shemesh has seen attacks on soldiers before, and several neighborhoods are hotbeds of hareidi extremism. 




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