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  • Next Year in Jerusalem (Bassem Eid)

    These words, from a Muslim Arab who was born and raised in Jerusalem, will change your view of Israel’s unified, eternal capital!

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    Next Year in Jerusalem
    By: Bassem Eid*
    I was born in the Jewish Quarter in the Old City of Jerusalem, under Jordanian occupation. In June 1966, the Jordanian government decided to evacuate 500 Palestinian families, including my family, from the Jewish quarter and to relocate them to Shuafat Refugee Camp, with no clear reason as to why they did so.
    One day before the onset of the 1967 ‘6-Day’ War, I arrived from the Shuafat Refugee Camp to the Old City of Jerusalem, to visit my aunt. The following day, the war had begun and I was 9 years old and stuck at my aunt’s house. I heard shooting and asked my aunt ‘what’s going on?’ She said, it is a war between the Arabs and the Jews. I said, ‘what is a Jew? Are they human beings like us?’ She said no, they eat human beings. I became very afraid.
    Three days into the war, I started hearing in Arabic, via loudspeakers that anyone who wants food, he can go to a specific point where we are distributing food. My aunt asked me if I want to go and bring food? I said no way, they will eat me. She said I will not send you alone I will send you with the neighbors children. Then I went with the neighbors and I found Israeli soldiers, distributing bread, tomatoes and milk. I carried as much as I could and came back to my aunt’s house. I understood the Israeli soldiers were not like the witch in the children’s tale of ‘Hansel and Gretel,’ where they would fatten the kids before cooking them. I realized that my aunt was a liar and that this was no fairy tale.

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  • ‘Druze soldiers – Jerusalem’s shield’ (Arutz7)

    Israel values the dedication of its soldiers who defend the country and help unify it. This new dedication of a square in honor of the Druze soldiers who helped defend and unify Jerusalem is a unique opportunity to show our appreciation for their sacrifice.
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    ‘Druze soldiers – Jerusalem’s shield’
    Article Courtesy: Arutz7

    The inauguration ceremony of the “Druze Soldiers Square” in the capital took place Sunday Givat Ram, near the Jerusalem Museum Quarter.
    The square was dedicated to the memory of the 423 Druze soldiers who fell defending Israel.

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  • New Project Brings Ancient Jerusalem Right To Your Doorstep

    A new program is being started by the Temple Mount Sifting Project that will allow people to help uncover ancient Jewish artifacts from Jerusalem… right in their own community. The project includes a mobile unit that brings soil and archaeological preservation equipment to communities and institutions around Israel. The soil is filled with ancient artifacts that have yet-to-be uncovered from Jerusalem’s Temple Mount, where the first and second Holy Temples stood over 2,000 years ago. Check this out!

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    Temple Mount Sifting Making a Comeback with Sift at Home Project

    Article Courtesy: JewishPress.com

    The Temple Mount Sifting Project is renewing its activity, and, for the first time in the history of archaeological research in Israel – the site will be coming to you. The sifting, which was conducted until recently in Emek Tzurim National Park, has now been transformed into a mobile activity which can traverse the country and engage various schools, institutions, and communities.

    Yes, the Temple Mount Sifting Project will be bringing the antiquities-rich soil the Arabs illegally removed from the Temple Mount in the late 90s, to a number of communities and institutions throughout Israel. Students and other volunteers will be able to sift through this material and take part in the important work of recovering the ancient artifacts within.

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  • Jerusalem Salutes The United States and All Supporters of Israel’s Capital

    The past few weeks have been crucial ones for Israel. The nullification of the Iranian nuclear deal, the celebrations of Yom Ha’atzmaut (Israel’s Independence Day), Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem’s Reunification and Liberation Day), and the transfer of the United States Embassy to Israel’s unified eternal capital. Jerusalem salutes the courage and moral clarity shown by the United States. Special note is made of the additional countries that will soon be moving their embassies to Jerusalem, in recognition of Israel’s historic capital city. Several additional countries are considering the move — and we look forward to it coming to fruition!

    The moving of these embassies is about more than just the location of buildings. It’s the understanding of the facts about Jerusalem and Israel’s history, present and future. It’s the acknowledgement that Israel is a sovereign nation that solely decides where its capital city is located.

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  • Jerusalem and Washington Team Up To Correct Disastrous Iranian Nuclear Deal

    Last week the Israeli Prime Minister spoke from Jerusalem, showing hard proof of the fact that the Iranian nuclear deal is defective at its very core. The spectacular operation carried out by Israel’s Mossad to obtain proof of Iran’s ongoing nuclear missile programs and continuous lies was essential in proving to the world exactly why the signed deal is so dangerous to world peace. Just moments ago, the U.S. president announced that his country is withdrawing from the deal and is re-instituting severe sanctions against Iran. Jerusalem sends its deepest thanks to our friends around the world who have helped reverse this Iran nuclear deal.

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    President Trump announces withdrawal from Iran nuclear deal, will re-institute sanctions

    Article Courtesy: Fox61

    WASHINGTON DC — President Donald Trump announced Tuesday he is quitting the Iran nuclear deal, pitting him against the United States’ closest allies and leaving the future of Tehran’s nuclear ambitions in question.
    “I am announcing today that the United States will withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal,” Trump said from the White House.
    “It is clear to me that we cannot prevent an Iranian nuclear bomb under the decaying and cotton structure of the current agreement,” he said. “The Iran deal is defective at its core. If we do nothing we know exactly what will happen.”

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  • This is How Israel Proved That Iran is Building Nuclear Weapons

    Yesterday, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu spoke in Jerusalem about the Iranian nuclear weapons projects. He showed proof of the nuclear weapons developments and how the international nuclear deal with Iran was based on lies. The presentation included the newly obtained Iranian nuclear archives. Here’s how it all came about…

    Photo: Screenshot of PM Netanyahu’s presentation of Iranian nuclear archives

    Mossad stole Iran’s nuke archive and smuggled it back to Israel the same night

    Article Courtesy: Times of Israel

    Spies from Israel’s Mossad agency discovered the top-secret location of a warehouse used to store Iran’s nuclear weapons files, broke into the building, took half a ton of documents and managed to smuggle them back to Israel that same night, The New York Times reported late Monday.

    Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu revealed the daring operation as he displayed the trove of documents in a presentation aimed at proving that Iran has lied about its covert atomic weapons program.

    However, he gave few details on how or when the agents managed what he called one of the “greatest achievements” of Israeli intelligence.

    A senior Israeli official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss a secret mission, told The Times that the Mossad had discovered the warehouse in February 2016, and had the building under surveillance since then.

    The operatives broke into the building one night last January, removed the original documents and smuggled them back to Israel the same night, the official said, according to the paper.

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  • Israel Celebrates 70 Years Since Rebirth With Jerusalem as Capital

    Today is the 70th Yom Ha’atzmaut, Israel’s Independence Day. However, it isn’t the day that Israel was born. Rather, it is the day of Israel’s rebirth 70 years ago in its ancestral land, with Jerusalem as its capital. The day when the Jewish Nation celebrates its return to its homeland, after 2,000 years of exile. Yom Ha’atzmaut is a special day when Israel’s leaders gather in the holy capital to commemorate the special gift bestowed upon us by God through the efforts of our defense army. Celebrate with Israel and SHARE the TRUTH about Jerusalem!

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    Breaking from tradition, PM to speak at 70th Independence Day ceremony

    Article Courtesy: Jerusalem Online

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to give a speech at the 70th Independence Day ceremony, making him the first Prime Minister in Israel’s history to do so.

    Traditionally, the role of the main speaker at the annual torch-lighting ceremony on Independence Day is given to the Speaker of the Knesset.

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  • Holocaust Survivors Light Up Jerusalem on Yom Hashoah

    Today is Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) in Israel, with the official ceremonies held in Jerusalem. It is a time when Israel remembers the people who suffered and died at the hands of the Germans and their collaborators. It is also a time when Israel focuses on the strength of the Jews who fought back and directed their hearts and dreams toward surviving and returning to our homeland, with Jerusalem as our unified eternal capital. This year’s ceremony in Yad Vashem will see 6 special survivors helping light up Jerusalem with their torches, experiences and thoughts.

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    6 Holocaust survivors to light torches on memorial day

    Article Courtesy: YNet

    Holocaust Memorial Day will begin Wednesday at 8pm at the Warsaw Ghetto Square in Jerusalem’s Yad Vashem Holocaust Museum, with the day’s events collectively titled, “Holocaust survivors shape memory and build a state”, interweaving with Israel’s upcoming 70th Independence Day.

    President Reuven Rivlin and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will speak at the ceremony inaugurating the day or remembrance, with six Holocaust survivors set to light torches to commemorate the the six million Jews murdered in the Nazi extermination program.

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  • Passover Haggada Connects Israel to Jerusalem Through the Millenia

    One of the highlights of the Passover Haggada is when Jews around the world celebrate our love and yearning for Jerusalem. The Haggada, read at the Seder table, sets out the details of how God, thousands of years ago, miraculously led the Jewish nation from slavery in Egypt to our homeland in Israel, with Jerusalem as our eternal unified capital. This article shares some details of a very old Haggada that was recently discovered.

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    Article Courtesy: JPost

    The Scribes of the Cairo Geniza project unveiled on Wednesday a Haggada from the 10th-11th centuries that offers a rare glimpse into the Jewish customs of the Middle Ages.

    The unique Haggada provides the Seder instructions in Judeo-Arabic, the Arabic spoken by Jews, written with Hebrew letters.

    Additionally, the blessing for washing the hands as is known today, “al netilat yadayim,” is written instead as “al rehitzat yadayim,” a subtle but significant difference indicating that the Haggada follows the Eretz Yisrael tradition of Judaism, which disappeared from the world around the 12th century.

    The Cairo Geniza is a collection of more than 400,000 Jewish texts that were found in the storeroom of the Ben Ezra Synagogue in Fustat (Old Cairo) in Egypt. A geniza is a storeroom for old books, Torah scrolls and other sacred texts in the Jewish tradition.

    These texts reveal Jewish Middle Eastern and North African history and constitute one of the largest and most diverse collections of medieval manuscripts in the world.

    “The hundreds of thousands of documents from the Cairo Geniza continue to provide us with unmediated information about Jewish life in the Middle Ages,” Dr. Moshe Lavi, head of the Cairo Geniza Center at the University of Haifa, which partners with the international project Scribes of the Cairo Geniza, said on Wednesday.

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  • Celebrating the youth that defended Jewish Jerusalem under British rule

    Under British rule in the 1930s and ’40s, the old Jewish community of Jerusalem was constantly under attack from Arab nationalists. In conjunction, the British Mandate authorities instituted increasing anti-Jewish decrees, such as preventing Jews from returning to their ancient homeland and outlawing Jews from defending themselves against Arab terrorism. Regarding the Kotel (Western Wailing Wall) in Jerusalem, the British restricted access for Jews to the site and forbid them from blowing the shofar (ram’s horn) on Rosh Hashanah (New Years). A group of youth worked long and hard toward rebuilding Jewish sovereignty in Jerusalem and now it’s time to celebrate them and learn their accomplishments — after 80 years…

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    ‘Platoon of the Wall’ House to reopen for first time in 80 years

    Article Courtesy: Israel National News

    Eighty years after being closed by the British, Beit Plugat Hakotel (Platoon of the Wall House) will reopen, just in time for Passover (Pesach).

    The home of Tzierei Beitar (Beitar youth) during the 1930s, the walls of the museum tell the Jewish-Zionist story of the defenders of the Western Wall and the shofar blowers active in the Old City until 1948.

    The Beit Plugat HaKotel Museum tells the story of the young members of the Beitar Movement, the Revisionist Zionist Youth Movement founded in 1923 by Zeev Jabotinsky that became the ideological forerunner of the Likud party, who resisted the increasingly anti-Jewish policies of the British Mandate as well as Arab terrorism. Beitar youth sought to defend the Jewish community living in the Old City and the Jewish connection to the Western Wall.

    Visitors to the museum will begin their tour with the sound of the shofar, which the youths ensured was blown at the Western Wall every year on Rosh Hashannah despite the British Mandate’s ban on Jews doing so. They risked lengthy prison terms to ensure the continued practice of Judaism in the Old City of Jerusalem.

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