Violent riots on al-Aqsa Mosque start again as early as 8am, with Palestinians hurling rocks and Israeli police responding with stun grenades; Palestinian medics says at least 180 hurt in violence, including 80 who were hospitalized
Violent clashes between Israeli police and Palestinian rioters resumed on the Temple Mount compound in the Old City of Jerusalem on Monday morning as Jews were prohibited from visiting the holy site on contentious Jerusalem Day, which marks Israel’s “reunification” of the capital after the 1967 Six-Day War.
Although the police on Sunday gave the go-ahead to Israeli nationalists to parade through the Old City in an annual flag-waving display, the event also appeared to be doubt Monday due to daily riots at the site over the past week.
The clashes in Jerusalem initially began when police blocked the plaza outside the Damascus Gate entrance to the Old City, a popular gathering spot for Jerusalem’s Palestinian residents during the holy month of Ramadan. The barriers were removed after prolonged protests.
The tensions were compounded by growing anger over the potential eviction of several Palestinian families from their homes in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Sheikh Jarrah and a spate of attacks on ultra-Orthodox Jews in the city by young Palestinians, which were then posted on the TikTok social media site.
Despite heavy police presence at the site Monday morning, clashes erupted once again shortly after 8am, with Palestinians hurling stones at officers, who responded by firing stun grenades.
Police said protesters threw stones from the al-Aqsa Mosque compound on the Temple Mount onto an adjoining roadway. Palestinians reported stun grenades fired into the mosque compound, with dozens injured.
Palestinian medics said at least 180 Palestinians were hurt in the violence at the al-Aqsa compound, including 80 who were hospitalized.
“There are wounded people who suffered direct damage from rubber bullets to their heads,” said the spokesperson for the Red Cross.
Israel Police Commissioner Kobi Shabtai earlier Monday confirmed that Jews would not be able to ascend to the the Temple Mount on Jerusalem Day in order to avoid provocation.
“We will continue to allow the freedom of worship, but we will not allow any disturbances,” the police said in a statement.
The Jerusalem branch of Hamas on Monday morning called for Palestinians to keep fighting at the site.
“What is happening at al-Aqsa – the breach of a house of prayer and attack on the worshipers and those within it – is a religious war being waged by Israel. This is proof of the cruelty of the Zionist occupation,” the group said.
“We are calling on our compatriots to keep resisting this breach. Israel will pay a high price for the attack on the Al-Aqsa and the worshipers.”
The High Follow-Up Committee for Arab Citizens of Israel also condemned what it called “the invasion of the al-Aqsa Mosque by the occupation forces and the brutal attack on worshipers there.”
The umbrella organization also said that it held “the Netanyahu government” responsible for “which aimed to inflame the area and ignite a bloody religious war.”
The Jerusalem Day march marks Israel’s capture of East Jerusalem, home to the Old City and its sensitive holy sites, from Jordan in the 1967 war.
The annual flag parade is perceived as provocative, as nationalist Israelis guarded by police march through the Muslim Quarter to the Western Wall, in a move meant to cement Israeli claims to the area. Last year’s parade was cancelled due to the pandemic.
This year’s march was set to begin at 4pm Monday on King George Street and follow two routes.
One group of marchers was to enter the Old City via the Damascus Gate, the recent site of repeated clashes between police and Palestinians, go through the Muslim Quarter and end at the Western Wall.
The second group was to enter the Old City via the Jaffa Gate and from there continue down to the Western Wall.
Maj. Gen. (ret.) Amos Gilead, a former high-ranking IDF and Defense Ministry official, told Army Radio on Sunday that this year’s parade should be canceled or rerouted away from the Damascus Gate.
“The powder keg is burning and can explode at any time,” he said.
JERUSALEM, Israel – The Israeli Security Agency known as the Shin Bet reports that it prevented 250 major terror attacks since the beginning of the year.
At the first International Homeland Security Forum in Jerusalem, Israel shared its expertise with security leaders from around the world, teaching them how to prepare and prevent these attacks.
On the last day of the forum, ministers from some 20 countries witnessed a counter-terrorism demonstration at Israel’s National Police Academy.
At a colorful simulated outdoor market complete with fake fruit, café tables and mannequins on one side and actors at a street festival on the other side, participants watched as a truck rammed the crowed street (on the side with the mannequins) and terrorists jumped out and began shooting at the revelers.
A police officer narrated as Israeli commandos took charge.
“The warriors [are] in a firefight with the terrorists,” he said. “It’s a sad event, but we train [the policemen] day and night [so] that when we need them we can use them.
“Because this happened in mass attack is not our imagination, it [has] happened in Israel, it [has] the world and this is our job as a counter-terrorism unit to save and protect,” he said.
For Israel, terrorism has been a reality for more than 70 years.
In a January 2017 attack modeled in the simulation, a terrorist in a truck ran up over the curb into a park and plowed into a group of soldiers, killing four. Later, Israel installed cement pillars in the area to prevent such attacks in the future.
“We’re sharing intelligence strategies, how we deal with preventing those attacks, what are the global threats that exist here in Israel, which, of course, are global threats that exist in Europe and other countries around the world,” Israel Police Spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told CBN News. “[We’re focusing on] how we can improve transferring intelligence – because when you have strong intelligence, you can prevent a terrorist attack from taking place.”
Israeli Public Security and Strategic Affairs Minister Gilad Erdan organized the event.
“The goal we’ve set before us – enhancing our cooperation in fighting terror, incitement, radicalization and cyber threats – is extremely, extremely complex,” he explained.
According to Erdan, two defining characteristics make up the current terror wave in Israel: online incitement and radicalization combined with easily accessible weapons.
Erdan calls it, “hi-tech communications and low-tech operations.”
US Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Neilson said defeating terrorism will require international teamwork.
“What this means is that a terrorist in your country is virtually in mine. And we have to really think about what that means as this threat evolves. So your risk is very much my risk. My risk is yours,” Neilson said.
Other government ministers who attended the event said they wanted to see the cooperation that began at the forum continue, and other such events planned for the future.
“If we prepare individually, we will fail collectively,” she added.
Erdan said he doesn’t believe that democracies are doomed to suffer from terrorism forever. By working together countries can meet the challenges to protect their citizens and make their countries safe, he said.
The article was published on CBN News
JERUSALEM’S HIGH TECH PIONEERS IN BRUSSELS FOR EU TWINNING CONFERENCE
“No politics, let’s get this done together!”
Brussels, 7th June, 2018. The brief is ambitious, “Scaling up Jerusalem’s ecosystem to create Europe’s first google”, but when European Parliamentarians, EU Institution policy heads and Jerusalem’s brightest and best high-tech entrepreneurs and venture partners got together in the European Parliament, the message was clear, “no politics, let’s just get it done together!”
The conference was organised by the Jerusalem Development Authority, the Israeli Ministry of Jerusalem and heritage and their partners in Europe the European Jewish Association, Europe Israel Public Affairs, the European Jewish Community Centre and the European Coalition for Israel, and hosted by Romanian Socialist MEP Andi Cristea and Liberal Lithuanian MEP Petras Austrevicius.
Israel and the EU already co-operate within the framework agreement, but there is scope to scale things up more, a message that was shared with the conference. “If you fund the scaling up, we will double it”, said Jerusalem Development Authority CEO Eyal Haimovski on the opening panel.
The conference itself focused on the technicalities of setting up an ecosystem, and the ingredients needed for it to flourish, over a busy three panels, the busy Committee Room humming with guests, heard about incentivizing on the part of policy makers to encourage and stimulate action and innovation, the role of venture capital and creating a business angel network, embracing failures as part of success, and lastly but my no means least, establishing and nurturing innovative grass roots communities.
Speaking at the event, MEP Andi Cristea underlined:
“Jerusalem’s ecosystem is a unique asset and an incredible success story. I am glad our friends from the city have accepted our invitation and will share their experience here, within the premises of the European Parliament, amongst friends and to the benefit of our friendship, our people and our common future.”
‘It’s time for the politicians to do something they don’t like doing: shut up and let the experts take the lead on this issue,” MEP Petras Austrivicius added, and made a strong pitch for Vilnius as a tech hub, saying it had long been known as the ‘Jerusalem of the North’.
Rabbi Menachem Margolin, the founder of the European Jewish Association and Europe Israel Public Affairs who organised and managed the event in Brussels said,
“There is a clear appetite to co-operate and develop the EU-Israel innovation partnership further, and in particular foster ties going forward with Jerusalem, to learn and, we hope replicate, the city’s great and ongoing successes.
“In talking to many of the participants, from the EU and from Israel, the message is clear: No politics, let’s just get this done. Today’s conference was a solid and inspiring start to that process where networks were made, inspiration given and with potential business very much in the offing.”
Following the conference, a twinnovation lunch took place in EIPA’s HQ, addressed by His Excellency Leshno-Yaar, where EU high-tech companies were able to ‘speed date’ with their Jerusalem counterparts.
JLMhi-tech day was finished with a bigHigh Tech Night celebration in Place Luxembourg. where the crowds got to try some amazing Jerusalem street food, check out the amazing technology coming out of the city and have a couple of beers.