Sunday, October 26, 2014

Re: Har Hazeisim Desecrations


Outrage on the Mount of Olives
Posted January 21, 2015

....The Israeli newspaper Israel Hayom reports that when the decision was made to bury the four terror victims in Israel last week, the Israeli authorities suggested they be laid to rest at the Mount of Olives cemetery.
The 3,000 year-old site is the oldest and largest Jewish cemetery in the world. It includes the graves of the biblical prophets Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi; numerous Talmudic and medieval rabbinical sages; the first Chief Rabbi of Eretz Yisrael, HaRav Avraham Yitzhak HaKohen Kook; and contemporary Jewish leaders such as Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Hadassah founder Henrietta Szold.
But the families of the Paris victims turned down that suggestion because, as Israel Hayom put it, “Jewish gravestones there are subject to vandalism.”
......Last year, the Religious Zionists of America mobilized more than 100 prominent Orthodox rabbis, including the Chief Ashkenazi Rabbi of Israel, to sign a petition urging the authorities  to take “immediate action to safeguard this holy Jewish site and preserve the integrity of undivided Jerusalem, Israel’s eternal capital.”
It’s not exactly a radical demand. Nor is it very difficult to achieve. All it requires is to station some 24-hour armed guards on the premises. In the wake of the recent terrorist attacks, numerous synagogues and yeshivas around the world have hired armed guards. Why can’t the same be done for the oldest Jewish cemetery in the world?
This should not be a controversial position in the Jewish community. Every Jewish group, regardless of religious or political affiliation, should be able to agree on protecting the Mount of Olives. No matter what one thinks about Israel’s borders or settlements or any other issues, we should all be able to unite on this issue – including the leader of the prominent Jewish left-wing group whose late father is buried on the Mount of Olives.
The time for silence is over. The refusal of the Paris families to bury their loved ones on the Mount of Olives should be a wake-up call to the Jewish world to speak out for protection at this sacred site.
Oct 26, 2014

Dear  Menachem Lubinsky, Jeff Daube, Shea Rubenstein and Chaskel Bennett, amv"sh

Thank you for your past activism for the Security of Har HaZeisim! and for your love of Eretz Yisroel. 

I understand you are focused on Har HaZeisim rather than on the larger Israel Palestinian conflict. 

In all due respect,  it is impossible to isolate Har Hazesim from the big picture. In fact, I imagine that you agree with me.  Perhaps in light of your political affiliations, you can't publicly come out and say that the Palestinians had better stop attacking Israelis.  It is less controversial to simply protest the desecration of the cemetery. Surely you agree that monies collected for the preservation of the cemetery to introduce cameras is lost unless the Police do their job.  The Israeli gov't, as well, Netanyahu and company, has to "play the game of political correctness" and can't call a spade a spade that the Land of Israel belongs to the Jewish People but rather continues this false narrative of the  2 State Solution with Israel and Palestine living side by side in peace and harmony if only those Jewish settlers wouldn't get in the way. 

Netanyahu continues this political game of suppressing the truth, because he is fearful of international public outrage with Israel being accused of war crimes and tarnished with a tainted image of not being a true "peace" partner.  He is afraid truthfulness will  translate into punitive measures against Israel and Jews at large, with world condemnation in the UN and with withdrawal of military aid by America and other allies as what happened temporarily in Operation Protective Edge.  Hashem Yishmor.  (May G-d protect and have mercy on us)

So Israel has their wings clipped and does not respond in kind. The desecration in Har Hazeisim continues to happen because the perpetrators are not being punished in any meaningful way.  There is no effective deterrent. Not for the desecration of Har HaZeisim and not for the recent attacks on innocent civilians in East Jerusalem and nearby neighborhoods nor on the roads and on settlements in Judea and Samaria.

The battlefield is being fought in the mindset and it is this battle that the Palestinians seem to be have the upper hand.

Each and every Jew can and should be enlisted to fight this battle. .

Because America and the prevalent Global and International distorted mindset weakens Israel's resolve to respond.  

We need to unite and pool our resources to fight against American mindset under the Obama Administration.

To clarify: The mindset is that the Palestinians have a rightful claim to Israel and that they are moderate "peace partners".  The mindset then projects wishful thinking that Mahmoud Abbas is a potential peace partner and therefore when innocent civilians in Israel are attacked it is somehow justified because Palestinians are simply engaged in an armed struggle for the Liberation of Palestine.  The Palestinian armed struggle mindset has superiority over Israel's insistence of  defending it's civilians.   After all, the mindset holds as a given, that Israeli citizens are the illegal Occupiers of Palestinian Lands and therefore Palestinian aggression against Israel is justified even more so than Israel's right to defend itself.  The Palestinians hold the upper moral high ground. 

Israel has to claim that we are the rightful inheritors and occupants of Judea and Samaria and Jerusalem.  That then gives Israel the upper moral ground and the right of self defense.

The Land of Israel is G-d's gift to the Jewish People and our claim is justified first and foremost from a religious perspective! The Bible!  ....It is justified as well from a historical, military and internationally legal perspective  unlike the Palestinians false claim to the Land.  Our connection to the Land and lineage is clearly supported with archaeological and genealogical evidence.  The people of Israel indeed are indigenous to the Land of Israel. 

America urges both side to avoid escalating tensions. 

America sees moral equivalency between a terror organization and a free democratic State.

Actually, Palestine from their perspective, is not a terror organization.  Palestine is the land of the Palestinians the rightful occupiers of Judea and Samaria. 

Obama and Kerry repeatedly defend the rights of the Palestinians in light of the "Occupation" and apparently accept as a given, that the Palestinians are rightful owners of Judea and Samaria, East Jerusalem and Temple Mount.

As mentioned above, this is a false narrative,

Israel has been weak in addressing the falsehoods and asserting our rights to the entire Land of Israel possibly because they have an international gun aimed at them. 

Therefore, let me urge you to ask the Rabbanim to make a public clarification of this fundamental truth that the Land of Israel belongs to the Jewish People, the people of the Book and that Israel, unlike intolerant Islam, welcomes in its midst those who accept Israel's Sovereignty and accept the Noahide Laws. Israel is not racist. The Torah is not racist! Compare Israel's tolerance to the 22 Arab nations surrounding Israel. 

This truth is not only fundamental to Jews, but to all religions and to all Bible believers, which comprise the majority of Americans and the Western world at large.

In Today's News:

Arabs Desecrate Mount of Olives Cemetery Again

By: Jewish Press News Briefs
Published: October 25th, 2014 
Latest update: October 26th, 2014

Palestinian Authority-American Shot Dead while Trying to Kill Jews

The US sends its "condolences" and urges "all parties…to avoid escalating tensions."
By: Tzvi Ben-Gedalyahu
Published: October 25th, 2014 
Latest update: October 26th, 2014

Israeli soldiers saved Jewish motorists from a firebombing attack Friday night when they shot and killed a Palestinian Authority-American teenager who was throwing a Molotov cocktail at passing cars on Highway 60, north of Jerusalem, Friday night.
ilitary spokesmen said that Israeli soldiers had set up a lookout patrol on the highway spotted the teenage terrorists hurling the firebomb and opened fire "in order to neutralize the threat to the lives of civilians driving on the highway."

The terrorist, age 14, was identified as Orwah Hammad, who the U.S. State Dept. said was born in New Orleans, Louisiana and moved to the Palestinian Authority with his family at the age of 6.

He was from the village of Silwad, and residents told Haaretz that Hammad was the cousin of a terrorist who killed 10 Israelis in a sniper attack in 2002 and that his uncle was reportedly killed in the intifada that began in the late 1980s.

Hammad's cousin admitted to the newspaper that he was among a group of that was throwing rocks at motorists, but U.S. State Dept. Psaki responded to the attack by sending "deepest condolences to the family of a U.S. citizen minor who was killed by the Israeli Defense Forces during clashes in Silwad."

She made no mention of the circumstance of the shooting and simply stated, "We call for a speedy and transparent investigation, and will remain closely engaged with the local authorities, who have the lead on this investigation. We continue to urge all parties to help restore calm and avoid escalating tensions in the wake of the tragic recent incidents in Jerusalem and the West Bank."


Again, this is related to a bigger picture

On Thu, Jul 24, 2014 at 1:53 AM, Robin Ticker <> wrote:

To Whom it May Concern, amv"sh  Menachem Lubinsky, Jeff Daube, Noveminsker Rav, Rabbi Lieff, Malcolm Hoenlein etc. 

Similar letter sent on website. 

Yasher Koach on your activism for Har Hazeisim.  I understand Rave Moshe Lieff, the Noveminsker Rav and Malcolm Hoenlein have been very involved and Baruch Hashem raised lots of funds for the Har Hazeisim Preservation Committee recently in Flatbush.  

Hundreds of people came to the Flatbush fundraiser. I personally received postcards, telephone calls and emails not to mention advertising in local papers and announcements in almost every local shul in Flatbush and Marine Park by the Rabbanim about the Har Hazeisim event.  

It is noteworthy to mention that lack of security on Har Hazeisim is tied to a bigger picture of lack of security on the roads in general. especially in Yehudah and Shomron and East Jerusalem.  

In addition, since we expelled 8,500 Jews from Gush Katif, Southern Israel has been under attack with residents constantly having their lives disrupted with Sirens going off and having 15 seconds to find shelter.  Now the entire country is being targeted with rockets coming from Gaza from where the Gush Katif communities once were. 

In addition, over time, under the watchful eye of Israel, Israel has allowed Hamas to dig tunnels into Israel proper, right from a Palestinian kindergarten into an Israeli kindergarten, a disaster waiting to happen and allowed these long range rockets from Iran to be smuggled via Egypt ,into Southern Gaza now targetting Israel. . 

The entire Israel is now under attack with rockets coming from Hamas. There is a ground invasion underway. Many Chayalim  are in harms way...

For the past few days, unless tourists fly El Al they couldn't even fly to Israel from USA .. Baruch Hashem the ban was just lifted..Many in fact believe this FAA ban was put in place for political rather than security considerations triggered by anti Israel sentiment in America . I am sure Ted Cruz's investigation helped the ban to be lifted.  Why was just Israel targeted and not Ukraine etc.

The United Nations, the State Dept and Obama Administration believe and publicly say that Jews are "occupying" Gaza and Judea and Samaria even though they reluctantly will admit that Israel has the right to defend itself from rockets with "restraint".  Har Habayit is a live wire as you are well aware so your work for Har HaZeisim is indeed very important because of its close proximity to Har Habayit and the adjacent Jewish settlement not only the cemetery! 

If we allow a Palestinian State in Judea and Samaria, Ben Gurion is within an arms throw and then flights coming in and out would truly be targeted. 

Not too much tourism in that case.

Am Yisroel needs to unite in this time and mobilized and stand united behind Israel and morally defend our right to the Land based on Torah not to mention the right of Self Defense..  

 Please be careful not to be used by our enemies in their attempt to Divide and Conquer which is usually, "I'll support your cause as long as you are quiet about the BIG picture".  This divides Am Yisroel.  It silences a major bloc of our population, one bloc at a time. This was how they succeeded in implementing the Disengagement.  Each group had their individual needs addressed and the needs of the entire people were then Hefker. 

When the Chareidi population was mobilized they were able to gather hundreds of thousands of Yiden. Unfortunately it was to protest a Chareidi Draft and was used to be Motzei Sheim Ra on those in the gov't and the majority of the population who have legitimate concerns of why Israel needs an army to fight Hamas and our enemies.  The primary purpose of the Israeli army is not to destroy Torah as the resolutions of the anti draft Chareidy protest rally suggested, but rather it's a Mitzvah to defend the Land as this War and other wars  attest!.  Rather than addressing how the army can be Holy and fulfill the Mitzva of Vehaya Machanecha Kadosh, this anti Draft rally passuled the army completely.  Would one Passul wearing Tefillin when there is a possibility that the Tefillin might be unkosher? Or would we passul eating and drinking because there is a possibility of eating or drinking something non kosher? How about passuling education for Chareidi children because there are schools in Israel that are coed and they have to work with the Ministry of Education? How is that different than the Mitzva of Self Defense? Haba Lehargecha, hashkem Lehargo  etc....

Who now is fighting the war against Hamas?  Without Hashem's help and our Hishtadlus, the IDF, Rockets would be falling over Chareidim who depend on the gov't for their protection not to mention leftists who promote Palestinian rights and the entire Israel. They would not only be falling over Jewish National Religious communities in Judea and Samaria. 

Isn't there room for Moetzet Gedolei Hatorah to first of all acknowledge the miracles Hashem has showered upon us in the past few weeks as well as Hakoras Hatov to the IDF and all the soldiers who have been putting their lives on the line.  By all means organize Tefilla rallies but do it on the front line preferable so that the Kavana will be that much more intense and admit that perhaps the Gedoilim were mistaken in denouncing a military draft in Israel.  

Decisions by consensus of the three major councils of Torah sages, which met last week in Bnei Brak – that of Shas, Degel Hatorah and Agudat Yisrael. Mass Tefillah Gathering Called For Sunday In Yerushalayim  By Dovid Hoffman And Avi Yishai Http://Www.Yated.Com/Mass-Tefillah-Gathering-Called-For-Sunday-In-Yerushalayim.7-1184-7-.Html
"First to speak at the conference was Rav Shteinman, who decried the terrible chillul Hashem embodied in criminal sanctions. Rav Aharon Leib Shteinman said at the meeting that "chillul Hashem is a worse sin than avodah zarah, for which we are obligated to give up our lives rather than transgress.

"Everyone knows that there is no greater chillul Hashem than to be rodef those who learn Torah, because Torah and Klal Yisroel are one and the same, and Yisroel and Oraisa and Kudsha Brich Hu are also chad. If there is no Torah, the world will be destroyed. Our tachlis is to learn Torah, and there is nothing worse than to disrupt those who learn Torah.

"This is our life, the life of Klal Yisroel from the time of Matan Torah until this very day… May Hakadosh Boruch Hu ensure that all those who wish to impede this will fail, and that we will merit to be saved from them, and to learn Torah and more Torah."

"The whole purpose of existence is to study Torah and there is nothing worse than harassing those involved in this mitzvah. This is our life, the life of Klal Yisroel in all generations from the time the Torah was given until today. We must know that there is nothing except Torah. This is our life!

Rav Shalom Cohen of the Shas Moetzes said that the danger hanging over the heads of Sefardi bnei Torah is even greater.

"All the Sefardim are like hanefesh asher asu beChoron [the people Avrohom and Sarah saved from spiritual destruction]," he said. "I know from my yeshiva that many talmidim's parents want them to go to the army. They don't understand anything. If their sons were not close to their rabbonim, they would go to the army. The rabbonim watch over them. If they don't do something and announce that there should be no army [enlistment] at all, it won't work, chas vesholom.

"The media incites against the bnei yeshivos. This influences Sefardim. Our community may be the hardest hit from this decree. We must learn from hanefesh asher asu beChoron and draw as many people to Torah as we possibly can. I request that a decision be issued from here that there be no army [enlistment] and nothing [else]. Their money doesn't interest us. We are only interested in Torah."

The Vizhnitzer Rebbe emphasized the importance of putting up a united resistance to the draft law.

"The posuk says, 'Yisroel encamped there opposite the mountain,' and Chazal explain, 'Like one person, with one heart.' The goal is unity," he said. "I think that the many rebbes and rabbonim present here must unitedly, publicly, and clearly announce that we will not enlist at all. We have nothing to do with the army, nothing at all. This is the message that must come out from here. If we all unite, with Hashem's help we will persevere and merit the coming of Moshiach Tzidkeinu, soon in our days."

At the end of the meeting, the joint decisions of the three Mo'atzos Gedolei Hatorahwas announced:

"This is not a time to keep silent. Under the prime minister's directive, a plot has arisen among the authorities to rebel against Hashem's Malchus. Their intention is to uproot the Torah and to impart criminal sanctions upon those [for whom] Torah is their livelihood to the extent of throwing them into prison.

"We tremble at the terrible chillul Hashem and humiliation of the Torah this entails. We are fearful of what may result, and pained at the continued attacks directed against the Torah world and the unending attempts to put obstacles in their path. In light of this, we have decided as follows:

1. The Moetzes Gedolei Vechachmei HaTorahdemands that the government immediately annul the decisions of the committee that seeks the coercive draft of talmidei yeshivos and kollelim. We call upon all bnei yeshivos and kollelim not to enlist in the army under any circumstance, not be persuaded by any blandishment or punishment, and not to participate in the army's plan to set up a central sorting center for chareidi [IDF inductees], but instead to continue studying Torah day and night.

2. If, chas veshalom, those who persecute religion enact their plots and make a coercive enlistment law, the Mo'atzos Gedolei Vechachmei HaTorah will convene to make plans against them and their plots, and consider forbidding  visiting army induction centers [even to merely receive deferments].

3. The Mo'atzos Gedolei Vechachmei HaTorah demand that the government cease persecuting the Torah world and instead help the growth of Torah and chinuch institutions in the Holy Land in the path forged by our forefathers.

4. The Mo'atzos Gedolei Vechachmei HaTorahturn to the Jewish people with this message: 'Nothing is left to us but this Torah.' Torah study and fulfilling its mitzvos in holiness and purity are a defending wall for the Jewish people against every distress and tribulation wherever they live. This is a protection from public and private, physical and spiritual difficulties that oppress them in all the places they dwell. We must hugely increase Torah study and the holy performance of its mitzvos, and the precise performance of every detail of halachah.

5. The Mo'atzos Gedolei Vechachmei HaTorahcall upon our Jewish brothers in every place they dwell, in Eretz Yisroel and abroad, to grasp the skill of our forefathers [prayer]. All Jews must gather, men and children, to cry out and plea to our Father in Heaven to have mercy upon us as a father spares his children. We hereby announce that those who fear Hashem's word will gather at a rally of prayer and outcry and mass protest… This will be a kiddush Hashem to counteract the chillul Hashem made by those who plot to uproot religion.

Rabbi Tuvia Schulzinger, the Rabbi of the city of Kiryat Ata and a close associate of prominent hareidi leader Rabbi Shmuel Auerbach
The hareidi public will fight the enlistment of Torah students in the IDF no matter what sanctions the government imposes, warned Rabbi Tuvia Schulzinger, the rabbi of the city of Kiryat Ata and a close associate of prominent hareidi leader Rabbi Shmuel Auerbach.
Speaking to Arutz Sheva, Rabbi Schulzinger compared the expected anti-enlistment protests to recent violent riots in Ukraine.
"Remember what happened in Ukraine, the President had to step down. Here, too, if the powers that be fight us and religion, they will not succeed, none of them will succeed," he declared.
"One million people will flood Jerusalem, and [Prime Minister] Netanyahu will need to step down," he predicted.
Hareidi Jews would rather die than enlist, he predicted. "Rabbi Shach already said that we won't stay in the country. People need to sacrifice for this, and it's likely some will be killed in this war.
"But under no circumstances will we allow young men to be prevented from learning Torah," he declared.
He expressed skepticism over the government's ability to counter hareidi resistance to the enlistment law. "What are they going to do, put tens of thousands of men in jail?" he asked.
Rabbi Schulzinger argued that the real motive behind the enlistment law is a hatred of hareidi Jews, and a desire to change their way of life. "There is a deep hate of hareidi Jews, a hate led by Yair Lapid," he accused.
"They want to change our faith. It won't work," he continued. "Tanks, APCs – nothing will crush us. The Torah is eternal."


Robin Ticker
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Robin Ticker
Activist emails sent to my list  are L'Ilui Nishmat Yisrael ben David Aryeh ob"m (Izzy - Kaplan) and Howard Chaim Grief great activists and lovers of Eretz Yisroel, Am Yisroel and the Torah. Yehi Zichronum Baruch.  May their memories serve as a blessing.

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Personal emails to individuals will not be posted to my blog. 
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