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Sorry to bother you with this…

Daniel Bronstein, the victim of the iron bar attack, spoke about his experiences to Arutz Sheva on Wednesday.

“I passed by the Safra square to the New Gate, near the Light Rail,” he said. “Suddenly, five Arabs arrived and sprayed pepper spray in my eyes.”

The Arabs shouted at him to “move” before spraying the pepper spray, he said.

Bronstein was then beaten, but he does not remember details of events.

“I don’t remember exactly what happened from that point on,” he noted. “I saw blood leaking from the back of my head and realized that it was trailing down my body…later, I found out I had been hit on the head. I did not see my assailants at all. I sat down and tried to call someone for help but couldn’t because my hands were shaking.”

Suck it up. You’re alive aren’t you?

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Lame And Lamer

But which is which?

For the first time since the beginning of the current wave of terrorist attacks in Jerusalem, Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Tuesday issued a condemnation of the latest such act.

Abbas was forced to condemn the Har Nof synagogue attack after facing pressure from US Secretary of State John Kerry, who had phoned the PA president twice over the past few days to demand that the Palestinians stop anti-Israel incitement. On Tuesday, Kerry issued a call to the PA leadership to condemn the Har Nof attack.

Kerry’s pressure prompted Abbas to issue two condemnations of the incident. The first came in the form of a terse statement published by official PA news agency Wafa, in which the Palestinian leadership condemned the “killing of worshipers in a synagogue and all acts of violence regardless of their source.”

The statement also called for an end to “incursions and provocations by settlers against the Aksa Mosque.”

Later, Abbas’s office issued a second statement, which again condemned the Har Nof attack and “assaults on the Noble Sanctuary [Temple Mount].”

News Flash: Jews will continue to go to the Kotel and Jerusalem – all of it – is the capital of Israel. But, leaving that aside, who’s more of a dolt, John Kerry or Abu Mazen?

– Aggie

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From Brookline to Jerusalem

He was one of us:

One of the four people killed in an attack Tuesday at a Jerusalem synagogue was from a prominent local Jewish family.

Rabbi Moshe Twersky, 59, graduated from Brookline’s Maimonides School in 1973. In a statement, the school, which was founded by Twersky’s grandfather, Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, said it “is engulfed in grief and outrage” at his slaying.

Twersky lived in Jerusalem for more than 30 years, the school said, and was dean of a Jewish academy he founded there.

According to The Jerusalem Post, “Twersky lived in the Har Nof neighborhood close to the ‘Kehilat Yaakov’ synagogue where the terror attack was carried out.”

The Post added:

Twersky was the elder son of renowned rabbi and author Rabbi Yitzhak (Isadore) Twersky of Boston, and a grandson of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, one of the principle philosophers and founders of the Modern Orthodox movement.

The late Yitzhak Twersky was a professor of Hebrew literature at Harvard University and served as founding director of its Center for Jewish Studies.

Barry Shrage, president of the Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston, says Moshe Twersky was in Jerusalem continuing his family’s focus on religious education.

“[The family] had a huge impact on Jewish thought, and on the development of Jewish thought, here in Boston and throughout the world,” Shrage said. “The loss can be incredibly deeply felt because there’s just no one to replace him.”

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Arabs Celebrate Death of Jews

Every day is Halloween in Gaza:

The families of the two terrorists who killed four people in a brutal attack in a Jerusalem synagogue on Tuesday morning have hailed the two as heroes, as candies to celebrate the attack were handed out in the West Bank and Gaza.

“We got the usual death notification and we shouted with joy, people here also handed out candies to guests who came to visit and were happy for the martyrs.”

He said that the family had been surprised by the attack, and that the two terrorists had not had any political affiliation. “We had not expected it to happen,” he said. “One of them is married with three children; I do not know what will happen.”

He added: “Praise God. For a person to die as a martyr is a great thing.”

And they tell us that the Arabs want peace. Why don’t I believe them?

Rather I believe in Netanyahu’s observation: “The truth is that if Israel were to put down its arms there would be no more Israel. If the Arabs were to put down their arms there would be no more war.”

Ain’t that the truth.

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Israel’s Partners in Peace

Neither partners nor peaceful:

Fatah Central Committee member Sultan Abu Al-Einein said Palestinians who sell their land to Jews should be publicly executed.

Einein, who also serves as an adviser to Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, told the Iranian Arabic-language TV channel Al-Alam that “anyone who sells even an inch of our Palestinian land must be killed in the streets and hanged on an electric pole.”

Public hanging. For the crime of selling property to Jews.

To be fair, he was talking to Iranians. So he had to use imagery familiar to them.

Abbas’s new punishments for Palestinians who engage in property transactions with Israelis include hard labor and life imprisonment.

In the interview, Einein also praised Mutaz Hijazi, a member of Islamic Jihad who attempted to assassinate Temple Mount activist Rabbi Yehudah Glick last month, saying “the way to defeat the Israeli occupation is the way of the martyr Mutaz Hijazi.”

“If the people do not fight the Israeli occupation in the way they see fit, in order to liberate their land, they do not deserve to live,” he said.

This is the kind of vermin Israel has to sit down with when John Kerry comes windsurfing in off the Mediterranean and demands more “peace” talks. No.

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How You Going to Keep Them Down in the Ghetto After They’ve Seen Jerusalem?

Concerned…“deeply concerned”…

Where have I heard those words before?

US State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the move in the Ramot neighborhood would further hinder efforts to resolve the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with a two-state solution, Reuters reported.

“We are deeply concerned by this decision particularly given the tense situation in Jerusalem,” Psaki said during her daily press briefing. “Most importantly they are contrary to Israel’s own stated goal of achieving a two-state solution because they make it more difficult to do that.”

Funny. The world just celebrated the silver anniversary of the unification of another capital city. But not this one. Can’t imagine why.

Anyway, I now remember where I heard “concerned” before:

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini on Tuesday issued a noncommittal response to two deadly attacks in Israel Monday, voicing “concern” about escalating violence and urging progress toward a “two-state solution.”

“We need a Palestinian state living in peace and security next to the Israeli state,” said Europe’s top diplomat in Berlin, after recently visiting Israel and the Palestinian Authority.

“And I am particularly sad and worried about the escalation of violence that we are witnessing these hours,” she told reporters, flanked by German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier, apparently referring to deadly stabbing attacks in Tel Aviv and Gush Etzion.

That was some EU dingbat, but what’s the difference? What Israel could use, “particularly given the tense situation in Jerusalem”, is a whole lot less of the West’s concern, sorrow, or worry. Let them bury their dead and build their houses in peace. If peace is what you truly seek, that is.

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Whaddya Wanna Do After Friday Prayers?

You know the drill:

A symbolic funeral was held in East Jerusalem on Friday for the terrorist behind an attack on Wednesday in which he rammed a crowd with his car, killing two, including a Druze Border Patrol officer. The terrorist, Ibrahim al-Akari, was shot and killed by Israeli forces at the scene.

Thousands attended the mock-funeral march. Marchers held up pictures of the terrorist and shouted, “al-Akari the hero martyr”, “keep killing soldiers”, and “we all have a dream to die as martyrs”.

When they finally reached a military checkpoint, they burned tires and pelted police forces with stones and fireworks, as forces fired stun grenades in an attempt to quell the riot.

“If the Israeli government thinks that we will sit by silently, it’s mistaken,” said a resident of Shuafat. “This is the time to respond and fight against everything going on at al-Aqsa Mosque. As far as we’re concerned, the intifada has begun. Today we are going to combat and take into account that we may return dead.”

It’s your funeral.

Israel closed the Temple Mount for a few days after Arab rioting, then opened it again—to Arabs only—once things had calmed down. The Israeli Prime Minister has given his word that though Jews may return, they may not pray. A rabbi has told Jews to stop going there.

And still the Arabs riot!

Another participant in Friday’s mock-funeral said that earlier in the morning she has urged two of her children to protest and throw stones. “I would be happy if they returned as martyrs,” she stated.

You and me both, mama-san.

Israel has to have learned the lesson that tolerance is treated as weakness. In crowd control and anti-rioting measures, nothing succeeds like excess.

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Hating on the Hebrew, State Department Edition

John Kerry’s touching, empathic response to the terrorist murder in Jerusalem today:

[I]t only makes matters worse. It only raises tensions.”

“We urge everybody to try to step back and find a way to create enough calm and enough space to be able to negotiate these difficult issues,” he added.

Okay, to be fair, the full quote:

“That is not just a terrorist act and an … atrocity, but it only makes matters worse. It only raises tensions.”

“We urge everybody to try to step back and find a way to create enough calm and enough space to be able to negotiate these difficult issues,” he added.

“Tensions…calm and space… difficult issues…” Go [bleep] yourself.

Hamass knows what this was:

“Hamas salutes its hero-martyr Ibrahim al-Akari, likewise hero-martyrs Abdelrahman Shaludi and Muataz Hijazi,” the Islamist group said in a statement, referring to the perpetrators of two recent terrorist attacks in Jerusalem.

Why doesn’t Kerry ever criticize this?

A cartoon showing an Israeli soldier about to rape the Al-Aqsa Mosque portrayed as a woman in jail was posted today by the National Security Forces of the Palestinian Authority. A woman is weeping in a prison cell while an Israeli soldier is undoing his pants outside the cell, saying: “Come on, sweetheart.” The woman is wearing a headdress shaped as the Dome of the Rock. The cartoon appeared with the text: “Daily cartoon: Al-Aqsa is being raped.”

This cartoon appears while tension is high in Jerusalem and Palestinian officials are repeatedly telling Palestinians that Jerusalem and its Muslim holy places are in danger.

Is it me, or does Al Aqsa look like Kim Kardashian? How you doin’, darlin’?

The PA is screaming for a pogrom against Jews in Jerusalem, and Kerry speaks of “difficult issues”. He joins Neville Chamberlain, Charles Lindbergh, and Joseph Kennedy in terrible judgements in character.

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In Other News…

Hamass celebrates the US elections in its own special way:

One person has been killed and at least 13 wounded in Jerusalem, when a terrorist drove a car into a crowd of pedestrians at the Shimon Hatzadik train station, located on Shimon Hatzadik street north of the Old City and not far from the Municipality building.

Shortly after the attack one of those wounded in the attack – identified as a border policeman – was pronounced dead on his way to Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital in Jerusalem.

A total of five victims are being described as in “serious” condition, at least two of whom have already been admitted to Hadassah Ein Kerem hospital. At least two others are “moderately” wounded.

The terrorist continued driving after running over an initial group of around five pedestrians, striking others before crashing into another car, and then another, before finally stopping. He then left the vehicle with an iron bar in his hand and started hitting passersby.

Border Patrol officers on hand at the scene shot the terrorist dead.

A terrible, terrible story. With as happy an ending as possible under the circumstances.

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What is Rarer Than a Day in June?

A Temple Mount Jew:

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Likud MK Moshe Feiglin visited the Temple Mount on Sunday, pressing for Jews to be allowed to pray there despite heightened tensions over its status – and despite a call to “tone down” rhetoric on Judaism’s holiest site from Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu.

An AFP photographer said Feiglin visited the compound in Jerusalem Sunday morning, and was met with slurs from Muslims crying “Allahu akbar” (God is greater).

Feiglin visited the Mount following the attempted murder of Temple Mount rights advocate Yehuda Glick on Wednesday.

Not despite Netanyahu’s call to “tone down”—because of it. I’m a big fan of Bibi, but there’s nothing about the status to keep quo:

Housing Minister Uri Ariel (Jewish Home) on Sunday joined in calls for Israel to change the status quo by allowing Jews not only to visit the compound but also to pray there.

“Jews must be allowed to pray on the Temple Mount. There is enough room for everybody,” he argued.

Netanyahu, who has repeatedly said he has no intention to change the status quo, on Saturday urged MKs to act “responsibly” in the face of mounting tensions.

He recently folded to Jordanian pressure by promising to maintain the discriminatory status quo by which the Jordanian Waqf (Islamic trust) has forbidden Jewish prayer.

What does the Waqf think it is, the IRS? Houston’s mayor?

Is the Vatican administered by Hindus who forbid prayers by Catholics? Do Buddhists run Mecca, keeping a watchful eye on any Muslim who might even be thinking Allah is anything close to akbar? Is this situation any less insane? No, no, and no, if you’re keeping score.

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Close But No Cigar

He wanted to be a thorn in the throat of Zionism:

Following his release from an Israeli prison two years ago, Moataz Hejazi, the terrorist suspected of shooting right-wing activist Yehuda Glick on Wednesday night, gave an interview to Palestinian TV Al Quds and was quoted as saying “I wish to be a thorn in the throat of the Zionist plan to Judaize Jerusalem.”

Instead, he’s not even gum (or worse) on the sole of their shoe:

The suspect police believed attempted to assassinate Rabbi Yehuda Glick outside the Menachem Begin Heritage Center Wednesday night was killed after exchanging gunfire with police at his east Jerusalem home Thursday morning.

“Counter-terrorism operations surrounded the house of the suspect, and as soon as officers took their positions they were fired upon by the him,” said police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld. “Shots were immediately returned by police killing the suspect.”

Rosenfeld said a subsequent raid of the suspect’s home revealed evidence that he was indeed responsible for Glick’s shooting.

I’m betting (praying) that Rabbi Glick is walking freely on the Temple Mount when whatshisface is long forgotten.

Alas, that day is not today:

After the shooting of Temple Mount activist Yehuda Glick Wednesday night, police closed off the Temple Mount to both Jews and Arabs, for fear that mounting tensions between both sides would erupt into a full-fledged riot.

But witnesses Thursday said that the ban had apparently been partially lifted: Arab Muslims were observed on the Mount, but Jews are not being allowed to ascend.

On his way to the Mount Thursday was MK Moshe Feiglin (Likud), who was set to attempt to visit the Mount along with other MKs and activists.

PS: Glick is a dual Israeli-American citizen. Will the Obama administration demand an explanation from Abbas, as he did from the Israelis after they shot an Arab teen (with American citizenship) for throwing rocks or molotov cocktails?

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Jews Out of Jerusalem—American Foreign Policy

I’m no ingenue, but I can barely believe the words I’m reading:

The United States Monday blasted Israel for pledging to build 1,000 more Jewish homes in Jerusalem, saying any such move would be “incompatible” with peace efforts, according to AFP.

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Washington was “deeply concerned” by the reports and American embassy officials were having high-level talks with Israeli leaders to seek more information.

“We continue to make our position absolutely clear that we view settlement activity as illegitimate and unequivocally oppose unilateral steps that prejudge the future of Jerusalem,” Psaki told reporters.

“Israel’s leaders have said they would support a pathway to a two-state solution, but moving forward with this type of action would be incompatible with the pursuit of peace,” she added.

Jews living in Jerusalem: “incompatible with the pursuit of peace”. If that’s how you define peace, you can shove it up your “illegitimate and unequivocal” ass.

Imagine this administration condemning black families buying buildings in white neighborhoods and moving in. Imagine them saying this sort of thing after the black families were threatened with violence and then met it face to face. Imagine them saying it after two Jewish people (or black in this scenario, one a baby) were murdered by a Hamass operative (white supremacist) who ran them over with his car.

Yet they don’t hesitate saying it about Jews.

Speaking of Israeli apartheid:

Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon was denied meetings with top American officials during his visit to the United States this week, The Associated Press (AP) reported on Friday, citing officials in Washington.

While Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon did see Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power, the officials said the White House and State Department rejected Israeli proposals for meetings with Vice President Joe Biden, national security adviser Susan Rice and Secretary of State John Kerry.

The officials also revealed that the Obama administration had sought to stop Ya’alon from seeing Power, but the objections were made too late to cancel the meeting.

I don’t dispute a single thing Ya’alon said—indeed, I’d go further—but you can’t expect them to be happy you said it. No one, not least me, said pettiness and thin-skin were not an integral part of politics.

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