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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Jerusalem to be divided on Jerusalem Day?

Jerusalem Day, the 28th day of the Jewish month of Iyar, celebrates the anniversary of the liberation of Jerusalem and the Holy sites in 1967. For the previous 19 years, Jews were not able to pray anywhere in the vicinity of the Temple Mount. This year, Jerusalem Day falls on May 12.

Jerusalem Day is celebrated with a flag displaying parade throughout the city (pictured), and with an all night march from the Mercaz HaRav yeshiva in the city's Kiryat Moshe neighborhood to the Kotel (Western Wall) via the Damascus Gate (Sha'ar Shchem - one of the articles I am going to link calls it Nablus Gates, which is the correct translation, but which is not how the gate is known).

For those who have forgotten, let's go to the videotape - 28 Iyar 5727, June 7, 1967.

Unfortunately, the Netanyahu government has decided that it is more important to please the Obumbler in Washington than to allow the Jews to celebrate the reunification of their capital city. This year, for the first time, police will prevent yeshiva students from entering the Old City in the wee hours of the morning through the Damascus Gate (the shortest and flattest walk to the Western Wall - I wonder whether they will do the same thing on Shavuoth the following week).
Jerusalem Police announced that it will not allow an annual march held on Jerusalem Day through Nablus Gate in the Old City to the Western Wall, claiming that the march will likely increase tensions in the area and even cause riots.

Thousands of yeshiva students in the city partake in the march every year. The organization Am K'Lavie, which organizes the event, was outraged by the decision.
The flag parade will not even be allowed to march past the Damascus Gate, which is on the northern end of the Old City, about two blocks from the American consulate.
Organizers of the “Rikud Degalim” parade, in which youths parade through the streets of the city on Jerusalem Day with Israeli flags, were shocked to discover that police are preventing them from marching past the Damascus Gate in the Old City. Organizers, who have been conducting the march for the past 20 years, have expressed great distress at the orders.

MK Uri Ariel (National Union) called on police to allow the parade to continue as in the past. “On a national holiday, we must proudly display our flag everywhere, and not try to hide it.” MK Michael Ben-Ari (National Union) said that it was clear that “the Likud is dividing Jerusalem. Even former Prime Minister Ehud Olmert allowed the parade to go on,” he said.
And police are now considering closing off the Damascus and Lions Gates altogether during the parade.
The police are considering closing off the Shechem and Lions Gates of the Old City gates to Jews during the annual Jerusalem Day parade in two weeks. Public Security Minister Yitzchak Aharonovitch told National Union Knesset Member Uri Ariel Tuesday a final decision will be made after assessing the situation.

The annual parade features a “flag dance,” which is scheduled to pass through the gates
The Lions Gate, which is located on the eastern side of the Old City, is the gate through which IDF troops entered the Old City in 1967.

Is the Netanyahu government trying to get us used to the idea of a divided city of Jerusalem? If these decisions are not changed, it will be difficult to draw any other conclusion.


At 8:30 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

Hi Carl.
Excuse my expression but it looks like "you've been sold" already.
Politicians are the greatest enemies of the troops,whatever they have conquered with their blood ,the politician will sell.

At 8:36 PM, Blogger NormanF said...

The only way is to turn hundreds of thousands of Jews to break the police blockade. The police then can try to keep Jews out only by force.

It should be added that not even Olmert prevented the parade to the Damascus Gate and the Old City. If the police do not reverse their decision, the people of Jerusalem should show up to reverse it for them.

At 9:24 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

I got to say, the Palestinians play this game much, much better than the Israelis do. Everyone has to kowtow to them; negotiations? Not even face-to-face. Jerusalem? Divided to prevent "rioting". And the Israelis just continue to cave and cave. Why?

At 10:04 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

walk with your arms in a lock. get it on video. the media might ignore it, but get it on the internet. the police do not have a right to stop a celebration merely because they are Jews

At 10:38 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

doesnt this have more to do with crowd control and incidents of violence that occurred last year?

thanks for posting the vid...it still tears me up

a time when secular and frum yidden were truly united

may we return to those days soon and may yerushalayim always remain a united city

At 12:18 AM, Blogger NormanF said...

Speaking of insults to Israel, Nile Gardiner of the UK's Telegraph has compiled a list of them in his blog. I present the first three of the ten insults Obama has hurled in Israel's direction:

1. Obama’s humiliation of Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House

"In March, the Israeli Prime Minister was humiliated by Barack Obama when he visited Washington. As The Telegraph reported, “Benjamin Netanyahu was left to stew in a White House meeting room for over an hour after President Barack Obama abruptly walked out of tense talks to have supper with his family”, after being presented with a list of 13 demands. As I wrote at the time:"

"This is no way to treat America’s closest ally in the Middle East, and a true friend of the United States. I very much doubt that even third world tyrants would be received in such a rude fashion by the president. In fact, they would probably be warmly welcomed by the Obama White House as part of its “engagement” strategy, while the leaders of Britain and Israel are frequently met with arrogant disdain."

2. Engaging Iran when Tehran threatens a nuclear Holocaust against Israel

"In contrast to its very public humiliation of close ally Israel, the Obama administration has gone out of its way to establish a better relationship with the genocidal regime of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, which continues to threaten Israel’s very existence. It has taken almost every opportunity to appease Tehran since it came to office, and has been extremely slow to respond to massive human rights violations by the Iranian regime, including the beating, rape and murder of pro-democracy protesters."

3. Drawing a parallel between Jewish suffering in the Holocaust with the current plight of the Palestinians

"In his Cairo speech to the Muslim world, President Obama condemned Holocaust denial in the Middle East, but compared the murder of six million Jews during World War Two to the “occupation” of the Palestinian territories, in a disturbing example of moral equivalence:"

“On the other hand, it is also undeniable that the Palestinian people – Muslims and Christians – have suffered in pursuit of a homeland. For more than sixty years they have endured the pain of dislocation. Many wait in refugee camps in the West Bank, Gaza, and neighboring lands for a life of peace and security that they have never been able to lead. They endure the daily humiliations – large and small – that come with occupation. So let there be no doubt: the situation for the Palestinian people is intolerable. America will not turn our backs on the legitimate Palestinian aspiration for dignity, opportunity, and a state of their own.”

There's lots more. Read it all
If this compilation doesn't convince one Obama and his team don't care for and like the Jewish State very much, nothing will. And all of it is deliberate and pre-meditated. For what its worth, I'm not expecting Washington to apologize for its behavior to Jerusalem any time soon.

At 6:27 AM, Blogger Benyaminov Shamil said...

man, I watched that video clip many times and its very painful to see that stupid jews in government willing to give up whats righteously ours. Our people fought for that with pride and sacrifice


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